Beth’s Blog has a great post about how the Human Society worked to get 1 Million fans on their facebook page. Lots of great info that is relevant to businesses and non-profits.
Beth’s Blog: When Is One Million Fans on Facebook Worth More Than A Million Bucks?
Check out BethKanter.org for more info on non-profts and social media.
Thanks to @YoGeek for the heads up on this article.
Last week I was searching for a set of social media icons that included Google+ to add to the sidebar of a blog. While I have yet to find a set of social media icons with a Google+ icon, I did find Social Media Widget.
Social Media Widget is a wordpress plugin that makes it easy to add icons to your social media accounts to your blog’s sidebar. Just install the widget, drag it over to your widget area and add links to your social media accounts. The icons are already included – no images to upload, no links to code.
What about Google+? While social media Widget doesn’t yet include google plus, it does give you the option of adding custom social media icons. You can add Google+ in one of the custom fields. Continue reading
I was just updating the FAQ page for one of my blogs that has been there for years. I did a quick search of the WordPress Plugin Database and found a few plugins that help you quickly set up a fancy looking FAQ page. Some even let users ask questions that you can answer and add to your FAQ list. Here are the plugins that look most promising.
New to FAQ? FAQ is short for Frequently Asked Questions
While the name may be recent, the FAQ format itself is quite old. For instance, Matthew Hopkins wrote The Discovery of Witches in 1647 in FAQ format. He introduces it as “Certaine Queries answered,” … Many old catechisms are in a question-and-answer (Q&A) format. Summa Theologica, written by Thomas Aquinas in the second half of the 13th century, is a series of common questions about Christianity to which he wrote his reply to each.
All of the plugins below have been updated in 2011.
Q and A – FAQ
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This is a question that comes up often so I thought I would share a link to this post from Social Media Today that gives a good rundown on why business (and organizations) should have a Fan Page. I like this post because author addresses why “Friend Requests” aren’t a good strategy for businesses and organizations.
This is a good summary, and social media Today post offers other reasons why you should have a Fan Page instead of a profile for your business.
Secondly, you should WANT people to “Like” your business page without you having to spend your valuable time administrating that aspect of your Facebook page. Do you really want to spend an hour of your time filtering through “Friend Requests”, sifting through personal messages and notifications, removing ”Bejeweled Blitz” score posts and other unnecessary garbage on your wall? Wouldn’t you rather spend 30 minutes of your time posting valuable information to your audience about special deals, what’s coming down the pike, and engaging your audience in a meaningful way?
Read the entire post - Social Media Today: Your Facebook “Friend Requests”: Bad for Business… Annoying to Me!
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Social Media Today has a nice rundown of dos and don’ts for running contests on Facebook. Check out their list to make sure your next contest doesn’t violate the Facebook Terms of Service.
Brand Do’s and Dont’s: Contests on Facebook
The blog CDhub – which is a great resource of information for anyone interested in community development has put together a list of websites that offer helpful information for nonprofits. Check out the list here.
3 Predictions on the Future of Nonprofits
Interesting article from the Barzen Careerist on the impact of technology on non profits – all are good points.
Google Analtics – Mashable has a great overview on how to get started with Google Analytics
HOW TO: Use Google Analytics
Helpful WordPress Plugin - Editorial Calendar - easy to install, this plugin lets you see all of your upcoming posts that are scheduled on a calendar grid.
Why do people like a Fan Page on Feacebook – @socialmedia2day’s post -Why Do Luxury Consumers Engage with Brands on Social Media? offers some interesting data on who and why is interacting with brands on social media sites.
Image by farrelley via Flickr
Here are some websites and online tools that offer information and new ways to bring civic engagement to the internet.
Information – these websites provide information on elected officials, campaigns and issues:
- MapLight.org – a website that connects the dots between contributions to candidates and votes
- The Sunlight Foundation – a non profit organization dedicated to making government more transparent
- ProPublica - an independent non-profit investigative journalism organization
- check out Inside Job – which is a story on ThisAmericanLife collaborated with ProPublica about the financial crisis.
Tools – here are some tools you can use (some require a subscription) to create advocacy campaigns
- Salsa Lab’s Salsa Tool – database for managing supporters, sending out email blasts and running online advocacy campaigns such as petitions, letters to the editor and contact your representatives. There is a monthly subscription to use this tool but it offers an amazing range of features for managing and engaging your supporters.
- ActBlue - online portal for raising money for Federal and State Democratic candidates – allows people to create fundraising widgets for candidates and groups of candidates.
- Facebook Causes – a website that started as Facebook App but also works outside of Facebook, that allows you to engage supports around a cause and raise money for any non profit organization
- check out the Causes Birthday Wish – people can ask their friends to donate to a nonprofit of their choice to honor their birthday.
- NOI (New Organizing Institute) – Non profit organization dedicated to best practices in online organizing, they also offer training and a jobs list
- Roots Camp – An un-conference about using technology in campaigns. There is a national Roots Camp in Washington, Dc and local Roots Camps held in a number of states.
- PodCamp – a series of un-conferences held in cities all over the US and abroad about social media. A great place to meet others and learn about how to use social media.
- The Causemopolitain – Sloane Berrent writes a great blog about non-profits and cause filled living. She has some great information on using social media and she is often writing about innovative campaigns.
Keep an eye on…
- Votizen - a new project that is still in beta but it is another platform to connect people around issues.
What did I miss? What tools do you use for engaging groups, voters, donors? Please add your suggestions to the comments below.