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7 Blog Post Ideas for Nonprofits

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If you maintain a blog for your nonprofit, chances are you’ve come up short on ideas more than a few times. Well, in fact there are lots of creative ways to keep your blog active and interesting. Here are some top ideas for writing awesome blog posts for your nonprofit: Photo Essay. Whatever it may be, why not share it with the rest of the community through your blog?

How to Bring Your Business Blog to the Next Level

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Your business blog is a failure. But you keep updating it because all your competitors have blogs. Many company blogs are like this: Business owners start them because everyone else does but you are not sure what to do with it. You just haven’t brought your blog to the next level. What Constitutes A Successful Blog? Why do you have a business blog?

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How to Choose a Format When Writing Your Next Blog Post

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When writing a blog, multimedia is going to keep your readers engaged. This guide will help you figure out whether to choose a video, interview, slideshow, infographic, or traditional article for your next blog post. Take your outreach strategy into account to help you decide which format to use next in your blog. One example is a new blog. What Do Your Readers.

8 Tips for Social Video Storytelling

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Plus you now have quotes for easy use in social shares, blogs and newsletters. Amy DeLouise is a video director-producer who specializes in telling real people stories that help nonprofits and companies tell their brand story. Her new book is The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press). 1 – Tell a Story. See more on how to create a hook in item 6 below. That’s huge.

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Master The Next Wave Of Social

As social media adoption becomes more and more mainstream, marketing leaders race to keep up - creating blogs, communities, and Facebook pages, all too often without a clear road map in mind

How to Use Snapchat for Lobbying and Public Affairs

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This post by Mike Panetta originally appeared on the Beekeeper Group blog here  and is reposted here with permission.  By the way if you have ANY grassroots social media needs, Beekeeper is who to call. Seriously. They are awesome. ————– If you don’t understand the mass appeal of  Snapchat , you are not alone. ————-. photo credit ).

To blog or not to blog in the age of Medium

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—————– More and more, blogging feels like speaking into an unplugged mic. Back in the day, blogging was about words. You The powers that be are telling us not to bother with our little blogs or websites anymore because…money. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself…and why, I guess, I’m going to keep blogging. Maybe they didn’t.

Here’s Your Opportunity to Start Something Awesome: Join #MBUstorm Blogging Challenge!

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That’s what MyBlogU new blogging challenge is all about: Start a new site. Starting out is tough… We all have lots of great ideas “we wish we could do” but they keep piling up waiting for when we have enough time. You can plan for ages and never know how it would change you life if you finally did it or you can just go ahead and start acting! Build it up for 6 months.

Social Media Tools and Resources for Social Learning

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Of course I meant to blog about it before it happened, but we all know how that goes…so I figure better late than never. This past week I, together with my friend Shari Rager from American Medical Writers Association, did a session at Tagoras’s Learning*Technology*Design conference on designing for social learning. Defining and Designing Social Learning. Livestreaming is hot.

We Are Still Doing It That Way 10 Years Later – WTF

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The book is essentially a collection of 100 blog posts written by Jeff De Cagna, David Gammel, Mickie Rops, Amy Riccardi and myself, with each post raising a different issue that we felt associations need to deal with if they are to adapt to the reality of the 21st century. only found 6 that I felt were no longer relevant or were areas that associations had since caught up with: Using blogs.

6 Social Tools to Use Immediately After You Hit “Publish”

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Reply to all the comments both on your own blog and around social media sites! This is must have insight for any blog owner, especially one that is trying to grow their brand, rather than just spread brand awareness. know you can automate this part to send an email blast every time there is a new entry in your blog RSS feed. You have invested in that content. published it.

Resources for Small Staff Associations

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BLOGS/ARTICLES/PODCASTS/ETC. Socialfish –a great blog about nonprofit social media and digital stuff. This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. ————-. It includes not only the 20 covered in the session but a bunch of bonus links with even more great, free resources for busy, budget-strapped association marketing/communications/web pros. Here it is.

11 Content Marketing Tools To Promote Your Blog

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Here’s one by Adam Nowlin, that originally appeared on his blog here , and is reposted with permission for you. Meanwhile, some estimates suggest that there are as many as 2 million blog articles uploaded to the internet every 24 hours. You know how I love posts about content curation tools. Examiner. But wait! There’s more! Click here  to start the application process. Sulia.

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5 Tips for Building a Content Marketing Strategy for Nonprofits

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When some people think of content marketing, they usually think of website design, SEO, and blogging. Content Planning Beyond Just Website Design and SEO. Compared to the corporate sector, it’s safe to say that funding resources are more limited for non-profit organizations. Because of this, there can be more of a struggle to produce engaging content on a regular basis.

6 Ways to Get Your Employees Blogging

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Recently, at my company, I was tasked with starting up a company blog. This is where it gets fun… we have helped our clients build successful blogs and come up with a blogging strategy, content calendars, etc. Write a blog? Who cares about what I do? I don’t know how to write a blog. I don’t want to look stupid. Who do you want reading your blog?

How You Can Use Twitter As a Visual Marketing Platform

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Use other content, such as blog posts featuring statistics, to create simple graphs. So, say you are sharing a link to a new post on your blog, “The Seven Ways You Are Ruining Your Marketing Campaign.” This list of blogging tools contains lots of visual editing tools, photo galleries, screen recording tools, etc. The Importance Of Visuals On Twitter. oh my!

Top 5 Twitter Management Tips for Non-Profit Organizations to Increase Followers Organically

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DrumUp: [Disclosure: I write for the DrumUp blog] a free content discovery tool that can help you comb the web for relevant content using the keywords that you can input. Twitter serves as a great marketing tool and has become increasingly useful for all types of businesses who are looking to expand their reach. You can increase the number of followers with good Twitter management. Go live.

Four tools to revamp your marketing efficiency on Twitter

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Additionally, you can integrate RSS feeds from your favourite blogs and sites into your DrmUp accounts essentially putting all content valuable to you in one place! It’s fast-paced, lets you connect with more than just your followers and needs no more than 140 well-placed characters to help you make your mark. DrumUp – Cut 90% of time used up in social media management. Be useful.

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A Strategic Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits

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Social media shouldn’t be out there alone; it should be integrated and aligned with your strategic goals and target audiences,” said Beth Kanter , Nonprofit Consultant and Author of  Beth’s Blog , one of the longest running and most popular blogs about nonprofits and social media. Nancy Schwartz’s blog has a helpful step-by-step guide to creating personas. 4. Retaining donors.

Starting an Association Online Community? Five Tips for Building a Strong Foundation

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This post originally appeared on the  Online Community Results blog. ———– Recently, Ernie Smith wrote a good piece  about starting online communities in Associations Now. In the article, he referred back to the Reddit volunteer moderator revolt I wrote about last August , and offered some tips for organizations just beginning to build online communities. Hmmmmmm.

8 Tools to Curate Content for Social Media

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Content curation describes the act of searching the web for awesome topics, blogs, quotes, news articles, videos, images, or other forms of content to share with your audience. Tell feedly to curate content from your favorite publications, blogs, Youtube channels, alerts, podcasts etc. The “art” of content curation, as I like to call it, is a lot more challenging than it may seem.

7 Worst Mistakes That Are Eating Up Your Content Marketing Success

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Not Being Consistent: Whether you are writing up blog posts, uploading a fresh stream of videos, or promoting a new product, it has to be consistent! Choosing Only One Form of Content: Sharing inspirational blog posts is definitely a plus for content marketing, but since online visitors are particularly fond of diversity, it’s not always enough. What could have gone wrong??

How To Create A Successful Blog For A Business or E-Commerce Website

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Many business owners and e-commerce site operators overlook the power of blogging, mostly because the traffic isn’t directed to their product or services pages, so they wonder “why bother?”. Blogging can help you overcome those challenges. Consider these statistics: 57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer through their blog. Promote your blog.

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How to Write a Great Business Blog Post

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Seems that everyone’s churning out content these days – but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to write a really good blog post that grabs interest and keeps it. Here are just a few tips that might just help your blog writing stand out from the crowd. 1. ” Well, not so in blogging. Blogging is ultimately a personal art. Have an opinion.  Don’t.

The skinny on the Small World Labs – Personify merger

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also wrote a blog post: [link] where you can see in bold that I state publicly the sentiment above. You will have heard about the Small World Labs/Personify merger  that was announced two weeks ago. From Michael Wilson: Hey Ben, thanks for covering the news. We are excited about this at Small World Labs. There are several key differences to this merger that will make this great: 1.

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5 Attention Grabbing Twitter Marketing Tactics for Non-profits

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Now, here’s a bonus tip for making it all the way to the end of this blog – you can also use Twitter to promote your other social channels. Twitter is perhaps one of the fastest-moving social platforms. With hundreds of thousands of tweets being shared every day, maintaining visibility and driving engagement become key challenges for most Twitter marketers.

Are The Signs Pointing to the Demise of Google+ ?

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And for individuals who blog or contribute to publications, Google authorship was worth setting up a Google+ profile for in terms of SEO and verification of authority. This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. —————-. As much as I liked the concept of Google+ (or is it Google Plus? There still seems to be no consensus), I can’t say I’ve used it a ton.

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Why Associations Should Be Planning Their LinkedIn Exit Strategy

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Ah, LinkedIn…where would my blogging be without your Groups feature? Remember back when you could use your LinkedIn group to advertise your association’s job postings and feature your products and services for free ? Then Then they cut those features. Ditto the polls feature they used to offer. Same for the ability to connect with other group members. ———-. photo credit ).

How You Can Use Promotional Products to Boost Your Social Media Campaign

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She also enjoys writing and blogging and is currently in the process of writing a memoir about her experience as a recent cochlear implant recipient. It’s no mystery why more and more businesses are turning to social media to help bolster their marketing campaigns. That component is promotional products. Here are some ways promotional products can enhance your social media campaign. Potluc

What is no longer working in social media: 2014 edition

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Is your   blog   connected to your lead capture system? Blogging. It’s often forgotten that blogs were among the first social media tools – the best we’d had available since the online bulletin board or forum. The ramp-up to slow-down theory of blogging is no longer working. What’s new in social media, and what is broken. More visibility? An increase in website visitors?

Change Happens. Are you ready?

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We have put together a 5-10 minute Readiness Challenge survey covering the 5 areas outlined in this blog. We have put together a 5-10 minute Readiness Challenge survey covering the 5 areas outlined in this blog. Guest post by Stuart Easton. —————-. Change Readiness Challenge. So are you ready for change? Change; are you ready? Change is eternal.

A Missed Opportunity to Transcend Hierarchy

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This post  originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an  ongoing series  related to Millennials and online community.   And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our  Essentials of Online Community Management  program at a special discount. Contact me for details! All that is a waste of time. The Millennials were not spoiled. Except they can’t.

5 Must Haves for Every Good Blog Post

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I run a Social Media Professionals Community on Google+, and I recently asked a few members of the community to provide 5 things they look for in a good blog post. The idea is: professionals will approach this prompt from the perspective of a blog reader and perhaps even more importantly, someone who advises companies on best practices for their blogs. Here are their responses.

Time-Saving Tools and Apps for Social Media Management

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SocialOomph allows you to manage social media strategy across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Plurk, App.net and your nonprofit blog, and is especially feature-rich with regards to Twitter. The tool enhances your social media and blog productivity by automating auto-DM features and DM inbox cleanup as well. Social media helps you boost traffic to your website (and your physical office!),

Why is your content strategy failing?

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Adopting a content strategy and posting blog posts is not enough. Self-promotion on the blog. The aim of a blog is to share insight, and helpful information with the readers, and if you are using your blog as a medium for product placement, you might as well drop the idea. Do not forget to add details about the category of your blog, title tags, and meta tags.

Learning from Millennials (Yes, Really)

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This post  originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an  ongoing series  related to Millennials and online community.   And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our  Essentials of Online Community Management  program at a special discount. Contact me for details! You can actually trace these kinds of reactions back for centuries. They don’t get it.

How To Create More Content, Faster, Without Sacrificing on Quality

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This is common as your blog gets older. Browse your blog archive and check out popular posts that have gained a lot of attention in the past. Usually write blog posts? Every time I come across a blogger who is able to write every day, or who produces a new ebook once or twice a month, I feel an overwhelming jealousy. Best of all, they are easy to follow! Making an email course.

Association Social Media: Kelli Windsor, Food Marketing Institute

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oversee our digital communications strategy including social media, our blog , newsletter and website content. This includes using a blog and news app to talk about industry issues and trends and Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn to amplify and share this content and other relevant content. Second, we use social media to engage with the food retail industry. Content, content, content!

13 Tools That Can Make Your Social Media Marketing Much Easier

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The blogs posts written of this platform are easy to update. In addition to this, it is possible to incorporate other social media platforms to help you maximize the benefits of blogging. You can use this tool to plan for your blog posts. The tool is particularly helpful for individuals of businesses that tend to blog often. Canva. PicMonkey. Piktochart. EssayMama.

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Speed and Trust – Why Millennials Need Both

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This post  originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an  ongoing series  related to Millennials and online community.   And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our  Essentials of Online Community Management  program at a special discount. Contact me for details! The Millennial generation expects things to be fast. Trust enables speed. Stephen M.R.

4 Steps For Creating the Ultimate Video Marketing Plan

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Many people forget that Pinterest works for more than just images and blog posts. You can also embed your video into your blog posts and promote them on social media and through ads like you normally would. If marketing has shown us anything in recent years it’s this: visual marketing is more important than ever. Create one full-length professionally recorded video. Implementation

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You Don’t Define Engagement; They Do

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She read every email she got from that community, read all the blogs, and was a strong evangelist, telling her friends about it. There is a lot of talk about engagement in the association and nonprofit world. It’s their engagement, not yours. It’s up to them to do that. But she rarely commented or posted visibly. We expect customization. —————-.

Is Your Online Community Changing with the Times?

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This post  originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an  ongoing series  related to Millennials and online community.   And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our  Essentials of Online Community Management  program at a special discount. Contact me for details! We like consistency. We like things to stay the same. This is a challenge.