Blogroll's Best, June 15 Edition

In case you haven't been zealously tracking our blog roll on Google Reader like us, we did all the scrolling for you to bring you the best of the blog roll from the past few weeks.  In no particular order...


Colin Delany

How Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Google/Salesforce Partnership

Donor Power Blog

Jeff Brooks

Children or Professionals: Who Communicates Better?

Getting Attention

Nancy Schwartz

I'm In Love...with Google Analytics

Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog: Getting to the Point

Katya Andresen

Why Me? Why Now? What for?


Vlinks: The Web's Best Video Sharing, Vlogging, and Resources

youtubeand.jpgYou've heard of YouTube.  You've heard of...well, have you heard of anyone else?  Believe it or not, YouTube is not the be all end all of video hosting sites.  Competition is here and in a serious way.

Rather than join the ranks of the hundreds of other blog entries introducing and comparing these other sites, we'll just give you the links to some of the best around the 'Net.  Not only that, but here's also some help with how your nonprofit can use these great video hosting sites. 

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Care2 Featured in "Greenvertising" Report

thomases.hollis.gifCare2 was mentioned in a fantastic article from Hollis Thomases at ClickZ!  Hollis's post explains why green advertising, or "greenvertising," is becoming increasingly important for companies who are trying to reach a mainstream audience. 

Sure enough, she lists Care2 as a great place for advertisers to reach a "truly qualified audience of influencers" - a "potent buy" as she calls it.  We happen to agree with her. ;O)  Thanks Hollis!


Cultivate, Educate or Activate? Converting Subscribers to Donors

[originally published DMAW AdVents, June 2007]

It is no secret in direct mail (DM) that recency is key to successful fundraising.  We all send appeals to donors who have just given and would never even consider prospecting to rented lists full of old names.

So how to do we take this long-standing DM lesson and apply it to our growing email lists?  What is the best strategy for converting new email subscribers into donating members?

Not surprisingly, a 2005 study conducted by Informz showed that click-through rates dropped noticeably 30 days after the name was acquired and even more drastically after 60 days.  Clearly this indicates the importance of contacting new online subscribers as soon as possible.  But how soon, exactly?  And what should that contact look like?  Is it better to cultivate the new email subscriber before asking for the first gift?  Or, is it more effective to cut to the chase and make the initial contact a direct fundraising ask?

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Free Range: The Art of Story Telling

store_wars_poster_rgb.jpgThanks to everyone who attended today's Internet Advocacy Roundtable on storytelling!  In particular, a big thanks goes out to Alan Rosenblatt for hosting yet another fantastic event and Jonah Sachs and Susan Finkelpearl from Free Range Studios for speaking.

 Attendees enjoyed free food while Jonah and Susan presented not only some of Free Range's work, but also offered several great tips for crafting a compelling, evoking story for any nonprofits' causes.   Using several of their own pieces (such as the big hit Store Wars, The Meatrix, Friends with Low Wages, Hybrid vs. Hummer), the duo reminded everyone about the five key characters in the common myth:

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Some Great Citizen Journalism Links

amyportrait.jpgMembers of the Care2 team visited the good folks at the Green Media Toolshed for a wonderful training session on citizen journalism.  Amy Gahran - a conversational media consultant, content strategist, and freelance writer/editor - showed us some really cool sites about the exciting, ever-developing world of citizen journalism that we wanted to share with you, our Frog Loop readers.

What is citizen journalism? 
Tips for working with citizen journalists 
Citizen journalism resources 
How audiences shape the future of new and information 

Some sites that feature citizen journalism:
Care2 News Network
World Changing 
Social Edge 

coComment - a neat tool for tracking your conversations on blogs 

All of Amy's blogs:
Right Conversation
Poynter Online 
Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker 


Care2 in the Press: Dawn Gets Greener With Care2

Excerpt:  Two new developments from the Redwood City, CA-based site will help its members--reportedly 7 million strong--live sustainable lifestyles and raise awareness of breaking environmental news. GREEN MEANS GO FOR ADVERTISERS like Dawn, Ford and P&G, as environmentally conscious social media site has expanded its community offerings.  Check out the full article.