Wild Apricot Updates October 2008

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Wild Apricot non-profit technology blog is sponsored by Bonasource, creators of Wild Apricot software. Our blog provides ideas and advice to small non-profits — charitable organizations, professional and business associations, social and recreational clubs, student and alumni organizations, churches, online activists, communities, and many others. Among the subscribers there are many people using Wild Apricot software, so we also do occasional posts about new features and development plans.

Wild Apricot Updates September 2008

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As you may know, the Wild Apricot blog about non-profit technology is hosted and sponsored by Wild Apricot software. The main focus of our blog is technology help and advice to millions of small non-profits. Among the subscribers to this blog are many people using Wild Apricot software, so we also do occasional posts about Wild Apricot software updates. Even if you are not interested in Wild Apricot software yourself, we hope you can take a quick look.

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Wild Apricot - final updates for 2008

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About Wild Apricot Our blog provides technology advice for small non-profits. Many subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients, so we do monthly blog posts about our software. Wild Apricot simplifies non-profit management for thousands of professional and business associations, clubs, charitable organizations, churches, activist groups and communities.

Wild Apricot updates November-December 2008

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Our blog provides technology-related ideas and advice for small non-profits - professional and business associations, clubs, charitable organizations, churches, activist groups and communities. Many subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients, so we do occasional blog posts about our software updates. Wild Apricot smart software simplifies life for people in associations and non-profits.

Wild Apricot Blog : Recruit New Volunteers Online and Celebrate Volunteer Week 2008

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Wild Apricot Blog : An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags

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Wild Apricot Blog : Email-to-Snail-Mail Online Postal Services

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Four Books that Made a Difference in 2008

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Too many good books, too little time. Many of the books I read are eventually forgettable, but some endure. Here are four business books I read this year that have remained with me. Groundswell. By Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff. These two folks from Forrester Research (Charlene has since moved on to a solo life) wrote the defining social technology strategy book for the year. Their methods for developing your strategic intent and your audience or organizational readiness are amazing.

Wild Apricot Blog : A Closer Look at Facebook Events

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Wild Apricot Blog : 4 Ways to Put a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Web Site

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Wild Apricot Blog : 10 Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Must Have a Blog

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Wild Apricot Blog : NonProfits on Video: Using YouTube to Promote Your Cause

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Wild Apricot Blog : Making a Case for Social Media Marketing

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Wild Apricot Blog : Top 5 Web Tools to Create Your Own Online Quiz

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Wild Apricot Blog : Next Generation File Sharing Comes Out of the Box

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Wild Apricot Blog : Case Study: Mamapreneurs on Growing Membership Site for Business Moms

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Wild Apricot Blog : Read the Words: Free Text-to-Speech Tool

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Wild Apricot Blog : Facebook Applications for Your Non-Profit Page

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Reddit to Rally Volunteers for Needy Nonprofits

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Last year, social bookmarking site Reddit partnered up to raise over $3,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org), a non-profit selected by the website’s users to benefit from the fund-raising drive. This year, they’re trying something different — raising volunteers instead of cash. It's partly an acknowledgement that many people have few funds to spare, and partly a nod to the wealth of high-tech talent found among Reddit users. Between now and the February 14th deadline, individuals.(

Wild Apricot Blog : 3 New Ways to Target Your Audience with Facebook Pages

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Do what you love and you'll never have to work again.

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The Cost of Free » July 16, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Stepping Up to the Plate | Main. | Do what you love and youll never have to work again.

First Steps in Social Networking for Nonprofits

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Nonprofits looking to start using social media as a marketing tool with find a wealth of sound advice online, but putting the pieces together into a solid strategy? That's the real challenge. No one simple strategy will work for every nonprofit group. (In In fact, trying to give step-by-step "one size fits all" directions for using social media is a lot like trying to teach a shy first-time party guest how to mingle with strangers.)

Wild Apricot Blog : Social Annotation: the Next Generation of Social Bookmarking

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The Big Picture: Continue the Conversation

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Study Reveals High Levels of Twitter Use at Conferences » December 08, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn.

Show, Don't Tell: Google Earth Outreach for Nonprofits

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Since the earliest days of world exploration, maps have told compelling stories to people who may never see the places depicted. Topographical lines on paper only go a small way to recreate the traveller's experience, however, and the rest depends on the viewers' imagination. Now, personalized and interactive maps are stretching those boundaries, and helping nonprofits to bring their messages home.

Get Started Right with Your Nonprofit on Twitter

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It seems like a dozen different social-media sites start up every day, so it can be a challenge to know where to put your online outreach efforts. Twitter is one real-time networking platform that's clearly floated to the top of the social-media pool, however, and it's a great place for any nonprofit to dive in.

The Big Picture: Obama's seven lessons for radical innovators

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Lessons from innovation’s front lines: An interview with IDEO’s CEO » November 17, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Obama To Post Fireside Chats On YouTube | Main.

Lessons from innovation's front lines: An interview with IDEO's CEO

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Continue the Conversation » November 17, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Obama’s seven lessons for radical innovators | Main.

The Big Picture: Obama To Post Fireside Chats On YouTube

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Obama’s seven lessons for radical innovators » November 16, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « All it takes | Main.

The Big Picture: All it takes

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Obama To Post Fireside Chats On YouTube » November 11, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Announcing the Pixelated Blog Conference Series | Main.

Contests Help Nonprofits Get Buzz and Build Community

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For nonprofits, a well-run contest is often enough to raise a significant amount of money in ticket sales, entry fees and straight-forward donations But what about those contests that don't have an entry fee or other fundraising tool connected with them? What does the organization gain from the trouble and expense of putting on such an event? Attention. Engagement. Powerful word-of-mouth publicity for your organization and your cause.

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Is Your Website Ready for More Image-Search Traffic?

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If you've checked your website statistics lately, you may have noticed an increase in the number of visitors who come to your site by way of image search results pages — Google Image Search, MSN Live Image Search, and so on. Webmasters are of mixed opinions about image search traffic, but there are some things you can do to make the most of the growing trend for image search, and its potential to bring new website readers. But why is the quality of image search traffic even a topic for debate?

Business and Nonprofits Find Value in Twitter

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The original intention of sites such as Twitter may have been purely social, but like many Web 2.0 tools, it has evolved in the hands of its users. This time last year, the Canadian Marketing Association saw Twitter as a new toy for the tech savvy Millennial , “an easy, non committal way to keep tabs and staying emotionally close to our friends with low effort, risk and intrusion.” Within a few months, however, that tune had changed to How Tweet It Is.

The Big Picture: Announcing the Pixelated Blog Conference Series

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All it takes » October 05, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « 20 Free eBooks About Social Media | Main. | Announcing the Pixelated Blog Conference Series.

Wild Apricot Blog : How to Make Your Own Custom News Page

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Wild Apricot Blog : How to Use Mail Merge to Create Custom Membership Cards

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Wild Apricot Blog : Get a Quick Word Count

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The Big Picture: 20 Free eBooks About Social Media

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Announcing the Pixelated Blog Conference Series » August 08, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Now if you could only figure out how to use Excel.

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Wild Apricot Blog : AddThis for Simple Social Bookmarking

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The Big Picture: The Cost of Free

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» July 23, 2008. December 2008. November 2008. October 2008. August 2008. July 2008. March 2008. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Do what you love and youll never have to work again. Main. | Now if you could only figure out how to use Excel. The Cost of Free.

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