Blogging Elsewhere: June 2011

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I know that you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting for the next installment of the Writing for the Web series, but first I want to catch you up on some of my blog posts elsewhere. Over on Grabbing the Gusto , my food blog, I’ve posted recipes in the last few weeks for some very tasty dishes: Coconut Citrus Tilapia , Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (the critics swooned), Kung Pao Chicken with Vegetables , two hearty dinner salads (just what you need in this hot humid weather) and more.

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Speaking Elsewhere: April 2011

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What do I do when I’m not writing? Every now and then I share what I know with others. Recently I did a few presentations that I thought I’d share with you too. Of course it’s not like the real deal when you get to experience my witty banter and stories. Consider this the Cliff Notes version. In March I went to Chicago to speak to a group of association volunteer leaders about creating and nurturing an online community – Community 2.0 – PowerPoint or PDF version with slide notes.

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Blogging Elsewhere: August 2011

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While the association community flies this weekend to St. Louis for the annual ASAE conference, I’ll be driving a few hours to spend a week with lots of family and friends at beautiful Ocean Isle Beach here in North Carolina. I’m sad about missing the opportunity to spend time with friends at ASAE, but I’m easily consoled by the thought of a coastal breeze, warm water and sand between my toes. I’ll leave you with something to read while I’m gone. Tasty Recipes.

Free Non-profit Webinars for December 2011

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Here is the round-up of free non-profit webinars being offered in December. Along with our Wild Apricot product overview and Membership Database webinars, we've found 22+ on topics ranging from non-profit sustainability to Facebook enhancements. nonprofit webinar Non-profit Wild Apricot

Color Me Impressed: The Smart Set for August 2011

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What’s the old saying? For every three people who praise your business, ten others complain about you? That may be hogwash, but I know from experience that the last thing a business owner wants is someone running their mouth off about a bad customer service experience, especially if we were never given the chance to make it right. Social media gives us a platform to b h about the ways we’ve been done wrong, and that negative buzz spreads quickly.

2011 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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Is your organization one of the 49% of nonprofits who said they have no formal marketing or communications plan for 2011? If you are still developing your plan or are curious to see what other nonprofits are planning this year, you should have a look at the 2011 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. Conducted by Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com , the report is based on a survey of 780 mostly small to medium-sized nonprofits in North America in December 2010.

Blogging Elsewhere: Winter 2011

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Read more when it’s published on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. I’ve been a busy blogging bee lately. Here are a few of my posts on other blogs. Give New Life to Your Press Release. With the rise of social media, some pundits have declared the press release dead. Others say that’s an extreme view; a good release still plays an important role. However, too many releases deserve the dustbin — poorly crafted, irrelevant and self-serving announcements disguised as press releases. Read more….

Free Non-profit Webinars for March 2011

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Here is our round-up of free webinars for non-profits and other membership organizations that we've gathered for the month of March. We found over 24 webinars on topics such as: building capacity with Boomer volunteers; social media metrics and benchmarking; project management for non-profits; and numerous leadership and fundraising sessions. So be sure to look through the list to see what might interest you or others in your organization.( read more ).

Blogging Elsewhere: April 2011

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I’m spreading myself around, but not too thin, oh no, plenty of bandwidth here. My recent posts on other blogs — Avectra, Socialfish and SmartBlog Insights – include: Member Communication: Have It Their Way. Member communication is getting crazy. Just when you thought email was the way to go, now we hear young people don’t use it. Do you give up on email? What about print? And must you add social media to the mix?

Blogging Elsewhere: March 2011

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I’ve been cheating on my blog again. Here are some of my posts on other blogs — Avectra and Socialfish. Yes, You Can Be Private in Public. Do you have a hard time convincing your members to get active online? Even the lure of curated resources, scintillating conversations and new friendships might not be enough to get them over a huge mental barrier – loss of privacy and, in their minds, loss of control. Read the rest at Avectra… Gratitude is the Best Attitude.

Free Non-profit Webinars for September 2011

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There are over 23 free non-profit webinars in our round-up for September. You'll find webinars on cause marketing, fundraising, volunteer management, social media, constituent engagement and much more.( read more ). training webinar Wild Apricot

Free Non-profit Webinars for June 2011

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Here is our round-up of free non-profit webinars for June. Along with the Wild Apricot product webinars, this month's topics include: Online Networks and Offline Community Building; Promoting Nonprofit Events With Social Media; Using Google Analytics to Improve Your Website; Ten Best Practices for Year-end Fundraising and much more.( read more ). nonprofit non-profit webinar

32 Free Non-profit Webinars for August 2011

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This month's round-up of free non-profit webinars includes 32 webinars on topics such as: fundraising, volunteer engagement, multi-generational board development, grant-seeking, e-strategy development, LinkedIn and much more.( read more ). events training webinar Wild Apricot

Free Non-profit Webinars For July 2011

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Here are 20 free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations in July. This month we've found webinars on topics such as: online event marketing for nonprofits; ramping up Facebook results; your board and fundraising; and measuring social media return on engagement. So check out this round-up of July webinars.( read more ). events training webinar

Wild Apricot Software News October 2011

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Meet our Product Design Team, get updates on the upcoming Version 4.3 release, and hear all about our progress on next year's future product updates. news Wild Apricot

Association Jam - Top Links for June 2011

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Here’s a look at the highest rated posts on AssociationJam - a forum for association and non-profit staff and volunteers - for the month of June 2011.( read more ). Association Jam Fundraising leadership membership social media Volunteers

Free Non-Profit Webinars for April 2011

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Here is our monthly round-up of free webinars for non-profits for the month of April. This month, we've found 20 free webinars on topics such as: fundraising, grant writing, social media strategies, volunteer management, video tips for non-profits and much more. So be sure to look through the list to see what might be of interest to you or others in your organization.( read more ). membership nonprofit non-profit nptech webinar

Blogging Elsewhere: Early May 2011

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Next week I plan to go offline for an at-home retreat. I envision lots of reading, thinking, planning and creativity exercises. That means I’m finally digging into Patti Digh’s Creative is a Verb and some writing books that have been wooing me. I’m starting the week with a massage on Monday. Isn’t that how all retreats start? Life and work may get in the way, and if so, I’ll roll with it. But if I’m extra quiet, now you know why. Betting can begin on whether I can abstain from Twitter.

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Art Stories: March 16, 2011

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A moment of unexpected bliss came to me this week while watching the trailer for the documentary, Desert of Forbidden Art. If only this film were coming to the NC Museum of Art (hint hint). In the 1950′s and ’60′s, Igor Savitsky traveled throughout the Soviet Union to collect (and save) 40,000 works of avant-garde art. The Stalin regime tortured, imprisoned and killed the artists responsible for what it called “decadent bourgeois art.”

Art Stories: March 10, 2011

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Here are some interesting stories about art that I’ve come across recently– an endlessly fascinating topic for me. When does a work of art stop being itself? When does it stop being by the artist who originally created it? These are questions I would expect to ponder in a conceptual art exhibition, not while reading the news.

Free Non-profit Webinar Round-up for October 2011

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This month's round-up includes free webinars on branding; email marketing; online fundraising; volunteer management; twitter basics and much more! read more

You’ve Got to Read This: October 4, 2011

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If you’re behind in your blog reading, like I am, let me help you out by suggesting a few of my recent favorites. Three of these bloggers have something in common, can you figure out what it is? Long ago I stopped trying to keep up with Facebook changes. My work doesn’t require me to be a Facebook expert, so why not let the experts figure it out and soon enough I’ll learn from them everything I need to know.

You’ve Got to Read This: January 18, 2011

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Clay Shirky ’s Foreign Affairs article, The Political Power of Social Media (registration required), is a fascinating read that rebuts and shreds Malcolm Gladwell’s view about the power of social media to facilitate change.

Top 10 AJAM Posts for September 2011

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Here are the top 10 posts on Association Jam in September, 2011. The posts that received the highest votes were in the Membership, Leadership and Social Media categories. read more ). Fundraising membership Volunteers leadership Association Jam

31 Free Non-Profit Webinars for February 2011

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It looks like February is going to be as busy month - with 31 (and counting) free non-profit webinars already scheduled. There is a wide range of webinar topics, so have a good look through this round-up, since there's bound to be something of interest to you or other folks in your organization.( read more ). Marketing nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications Non-profit technology nptech social media training webinar

Wild Apricot Software News November 2011

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Our product design team has already moved on from Version 4.3, our developers have stopped all the work on new features and changes quite a while ago and are only fixing bugs. Thus, our QA team has the lead on Version 4.3. Our current estimate for. news Wild Apricot

You’ve Got to Read This: September 20, 2011

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This is a big week in the association management industry — the week of Innovation Talks , aka #asaeinnov. I wrote about innovation in associations last week for the Avectra blog and will have another post on Wednesday about how Disney encourages an innovative culture. Innovation is right up there as one of the most over-used words this past year, but maybe that’s because we finally realize that if we don’t innovate, we might become irrelevant.

You’ve Got to Read This: February 10, 2011

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Innovation starts with self-critique (which is why it’s so rare) , says Peter Linett. Go against your type, don’t put on “an exhibition that feels like an art museum designed it” or “a concert format that feels like a symphony orchestra designed it.” His litmus test for innovation: “I ask myself whether it feels like it was designed by that kind of institution, within its traditions, values, and personality — its comfort zone.

The Best of the Wild Apricot Blog in 2011

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Here is a round-up of the top-rated posts on the Wild Apricot blog during 2011. membership events Volunteers Non-profit technology social media

You’ve Got to Read This: January 11, 2011

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You can’t go far on the web without tripping over a productivity expert, or lifestyle guru but that’s another story. Unlike many productivity posts, this list from Lifehacker of ten ways to upgrade your morning routine is well worth reading. It includes a few ideas I hadn’t seen before — ideas that make sense and are doable. My mornings have been more productive lately not only because of the push-ups that Lifehacker encourages, but also because I’m using time blocks to schedule my day.

You’ve Got to Read This: January 4, 2011

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I took a break during the holidays to enjoy time with my family and friends. I didn’t read much online but caught a few outstanding blog posts and conversations, particularly Joe Flower’s post and resulting comments about his decision to not renew his ASAE membership and a follow-up post by Maddie Grant. I’ll go into this topic further in my post this week at SmartBlog Insights. The Blizzard of 2010 hit Massachusetts last week while I was visiting my family.

You’ve Got to Read This: August 30, 2011

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How often do you unplug? How many social media platforms do you participate in? Are you feeling a bit burnt, overloaded and stretched thin trying to keep up with it all? Then, quick, read this short post by Simon Mainwaring at Fast Company: Top 10 Ways to Keep Social Media from Driving You Insane. I like #7, Refresh. Cindy King collected advice from several Social Media Examiner writers in 21 Dangerous Blogging Mistakes (and How to Fix Them).

You’ve Got to Read This: August 23, 2011

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It’s a big week here at Reid All About It, I’ll tell you why later. But enough about life for now, let’s get back to business. If you have trouble coming up with good content for your organization’s blog, you’ll like these 5 Sources for Great Blog Post Ideas by Joseph Wesley Putnam at Blogtweaks. Sources #1 and #4, concepts you explain and questions you answer, both rely on listening and capturing.

You’ve Got to Read This: August 16, 2011

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I’m back from the beach and plowing through emails, blog posts, conference tweets and more. Thanks to Andrew Hanelly at TMG Custom Media’s Engage blog, I found seven ways to tame the beast: 7 Steps to Dealing with Information Overload. If you’re coming back from vacation to blog editor duties, you’ll appreciate the advice in this post from Sarah Arrow at For Bloggers by Bloggers, especially if your blog relies on several contributors: 7 Laws That Make Your Multi Author Blog a Success.

You’ve Got to Read This: August 2, 2011

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a curated post. If you or your organization have trouble finding time to write a post or figuring out what to write about, consider publishing a weekly curated post. As a reader, I love them – my favorite bloggers filter their information stream and select some of their best reads of the week. It’s just like Twitter but instead it’s all in one place and delivered via my Google Reader. So how do you find great content? Well, it’s funny you ask.

You’ve Got to Read This: December 6, 2011

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Blogs are not dead! That was the verdict from DelCor Technology Solution’s unconference last month: Progress U. Blogger Summit. I’m go glad I got up to Arlington VA to attend, it was a great day of conversation. DelCor’s publishing a series of follow-up posts from the Summit. The first talks about the state of blog reading and writing today and why blogs are a good idea for associations. DelCor’s second post discusses Six Barriers to Blogging – And How to Bust Them.

You’ve Got to Read This: February 3, 2011

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Joe Pulizzi at Junta42 shares a great idea for many organizations that’s also a natural fit for associations, and more imperative than ever since many have been losing traction in this area — Starting a News Service for Your Industry. Chief Content Officer? What a cool job that would be! Social media can be a catalyst for positive organizational change. In this fascinating interview with Arthur L.

Wild Apricot Software News December 2011

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A quick note to say Happy Holidays! Our Version 4.3 has been released, Version 4.4 is on its way, and if you're looking for Wild Apricot support over the next few weeks -- don't worry, we'll still be around to answer the phones and help you out

You’ve Got to Read This: September 6, 2011

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Since this is a four-day work week, there’s no time to waste. You’ve got to hit that to-do list hard. No dilly-dallying. How would you like to learn the best procrastination tip ever ? Leo Babuta (aka @zen_habits ) has the answer. Andrew Hannelly of TMG Custom Media dug into a research study and pulled out five stats showing the power of content marketing to build relationships with customers. What is content marketing ?

21+ Free Non-Profit Webinars for May 2011

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Here is our monthly round-up of free non-profit webinars for the month of May. This month we've found 21+ free webinars on topics such as: social CRM; optimizing land pages, grantseeking; online fundraising; writing volunteer job descriptions and much more.( read more ). Associations free membership nonprofit non-profit nptech webinar

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