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Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

Turning Web Analytics into Nonprofit Success

July 29th, 2009

Non-profit web analytics successI know, I know, you think I’ve gone crazy with the heat.  But today, we’re talking about how web analytics can set you up for success, even if your tax status is a bit different.

Sarah from Seattle tweeted Bryan the other week, asking for some advice on how to use web analytics, and specifically “goals,” to help her with a nonprofit website supporting the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.  We thought it would be good topic to explore…

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Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Cause Marketing: Making Money by Giving it Away

December 10th, 2007

The concept isn’t new, but it’s one of the hottest buzzwords in online retail for a reason.

Cause marketing” is the term being used to describe all manner of cross-promotional efforts between for-profit businesses and non-governmental/non-profit organizations. Typically, it involves a portion of for-profit sales going toward a given cause. Today, more than 1 of every 4 retailers are promoting charities at some level — and the Web seems to be speeding that growth. In 2006, IEG reported that cause marketing sponsorship…

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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Facebook Deletes Ranger Rick, Saves Paris Hilton Clones

August 30th, 2007

Ranger Rick and Zuckerberg in better days

It’s a sad day in social media when Facebook deletes Ranger Rick, the National Wildlife Federation’s beloved spokes-raccoon.

On Facebook, networks grow organically — often slowly — and by deleting Ranger Rick, the NWF‘s entire 500-person network was brutally poached.

Sure, this public relations gaff seems more to do with a flawed policy and/or housekeeping algorithm than contempt for nature conservation, but it’s still absurd. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so scandalicious if it weren’t for the fact that Paris Hilton and Hillary…

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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 8:24 am

Trust Us, We’re No Shady Dot Com!

August 15th, 2007

Will you trust a .org more than a .com?


TIAA-CREF thinks you will. Their new advertising campaign created by Modernista emphasizes its status as a nonprofit organization. Their new campaign, starting this week, focuses on a new website,

According to the New York Times article “A Dot-Org Stresses That It’s No Dot-Com“:

“Think .org-onimically,” the headline of a print ad urges. “How much more objective can you get than .o-r-g?” another ad inquires. A third ad declares that “.org” represents “three of…

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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at 11:27 am

Why Do So Many Non-Profits Think They’re Different?

August 8th, 2007

Most non-profits today face the same challenges of any small or emerging business, yet they remain broadly self-segregated from the business world. This divide seems most apparent when it comes to online strategy, where even larger non-profits seem to lag in terms of planning and innovation. Of course, this isn’t true of every non-profit, but it’s time for the “.org” crowd to join the modern marketing dialog in a serious way.

The good news is that the conversation does seem to…

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at 4:21 pm

Non-Profits: Win a Free Pass to “Call to Action” Seminar

August 1st, 2007

Does your non-profit website stink? Are you tired of worrying that your site’s scaring away potential donors, patrons, and volunteers? We can help.

If you work at a non-profit and have some — ANY — control over its web strategy, tell us below why you should join us for next week’s Call to Action seminar.

Non-Profits contact us all the time to see about fixing their online strategy, but it’s usually tough for them to get the support of board members, web developers, or…

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Would You Buy a Pink Putter?

August 1st, 2007

Disclaimer: I am not a fan of pink. I’m especially not a fan of slapping pink on a product and saying it’s “made for women.”

Ok, now that we’ve got that on the table, let’s take a look at a new pink putter from Sweet Spot Golf. In this case, the pink color is used as a tie-in with The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Here’s how Sweet Spot explains it:

Sweet Spot Golf is a proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. When you purchase…

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