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The Permanent Disruption of Social Media | Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Permanent Disruption of Social Media  | Stanford Social Innovation Review | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.

 

Until recently the models that nonprofits used to find, engage, and cultivate donors, volunteers, and other supporters were reasonably straightforward. The first step was to use direct mail, phone calls, or other techniques to bring in large numbers of potential supporters at a low level of engagement. These supporters were sorted into neat groups, and the most promising people were continually moved up the pyramid or ladder and cultivated for larger and larger donations. It was an orderly and linear process. Today, the Internet and social media have permanently disrupted the traditional donor-engagement process. Online competitions, viral video campaigns, mobile giving—with each new way for organizations and donors to interact come increasingly complex entry points into the traditional models of donor engagement, greater variation in movement along the pathway to deeper engagement, and more opportunities for a person to be influenced by forces outside an organization’s control.

 

To better understand the impact that social media is having on donor engagement, we conducted a nationwide research project. We learned that donor behavior and communications preferences have changed because of social media. And as a result, the traditional donor engagement models are no longer sufficient. In their place we need to create a new model of donor engagement, one that is more fluid and continuous, and that better reflects the growing importance that a person’s influence (and how she uses it) plays in the process.


Via Kimberly Flaherty
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This is really valuable research for nonprofits as well as any organization. Highly recommended reading and thanks to Kimberly Flaherty for sharing it.

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Kimberly Flaherty's curator insight, January 7, 2013 8:09 PM

To be successful, nonprofits must move beyond traditional ways of engaging donors.

Kimberly Flaherty's comment, January 8, 2013 7:59 PM
Thanks, Jeff. It's an excellent post and I'm happy to have found it.
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How to create more fun and playful typography - 99designs

How to create more fun and playful typography - 99designs | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Good typography may be hard work, but designers shouldn’t forget to have some fun with it! While crafting fonts and typographic characters can sometimes feel stiff and overly mathematical, we want you to help you find the joy in creating more expressive and playful typography.

Of course, this approach is great for children-oriented design projects—but let’s not limit ourselves. After all… not every coffee shop, ice cream store and logo needs to look posh. Let’s find the more creative side of typography and get goofy!

In this article, we’ll spotlight some examples of playful typography and show you how to join in the fun with your own work....

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Lots of creative inspiration here  and tips on how to use fun and playful typography in your design..

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10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design - 99designs Blog

10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design - 99designs Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it… Bright, bold colors have been a huge trend this year—not only a 2016 web design trend, but across all mediums. This color palette is popular with good reason; when bright color pops in design, it can conjure excitement, joy and intrigue. For that reason, it’s a great skill to master as a designer.

There are many different ways to incorporate bright color into your designs. This article takes a close look at 10 different examples which accomplish just that. Enjoy!...

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Looking to add some design creativity to your blog? Lots of inspiration here. Recommended reading. 9/10

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SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company - Brian Solis

SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company - Brian Solis | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

SnapChat officially changed its name to Snap, Inc. as the company restyles itself from a one-[major] hit app company into a digital lifestyle brand. To mark the occasion, Snap, Inc. introduced Spectacles, fashion and tech-forward sunglasses that record 10-second clips, which can then be uploaded to SnapChat Memories via wifi. Following the Apple playbook, Snap, Inc. also designed a fashionable case that doubles as a charger. Spectacles will be available this Fall and will cost $130.

Spectacles are the result of a secret acquisition in December 2014 of VergenceLabs, which developed Epiphany Eyewear to record video clips with the press of a button on the side of the frame and upload them online via its app. Over the last 19 months, Snap, Inc. remodeled Epiphany into a fun, but thoughtful sunglass package to give Snappers a way to share their perspective hands-free.

By pressing a small button on the side of the glasses, Spectacles capture video through a 115-degree lens, which better conveys someone’s natural perspective and field of vision. Those on the other side of the lens, will know they’re being recorded because of a halo-like light that surrounds the lens. Unlike smartphones, which record video in a rectangular format, video via Spectacles is circular, allowing the viewer to watch the content naturally, whether in portrait or landscape mode, the way the user “saw” it. Essentially, clips offer a playback experience that simulates your natural point of view....

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the illegitimate child of Donald Trump? Well SnapChat, I mean Snap Inc, that was, well, what the hell was that?

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LinkedIn Unveils Redesign, New Features

LinkedIn Unveils Redesign, New Features | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

With its acquisition by Microsoft still several months from closing, LinkedIn is wasting no time revamping the Web site and adding new features to help bolster user engagement. The new features include an “Interest Feed,” aggregating content relevant to individual users, a new platform for its online education service Lynda, and of course the inevitable chat bot.

The Web site redesign gives LinkedIn’s desktop profile pages a sleek new look and layout, bringing it up to date with the network’s mobile app, which got an overhaul at the beginning of the year. The new format includes easier navigation from the main feed, with buttons for things like profiles, messages, and updates from their professional connections, all appearing in the top left homepage.

Like similar features on Facebook and other social platforms, the new LinkedIn “Interest Feed” brings together updates with new content from other users including posts, links to articles, and commentary from thought leaders on the site. Content appearing in the Interest Feed will be chosen partly by algorithms and partly by editors, guided by factors like the users’ profession, industry, and location....

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New LinkedIn features are worth a quick look.

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Debate strategies leaked by insiders in advance

Debate strategies leaked by insiders in advance | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We were able to speak with campaign insiders on both sides and can now disclose in advance their debate strategies and key messages for tonight. You read it here first!

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You might be able to save yourself 90 minutes of pain. On the other hand, it could be the best TV entertainment since the Super Bowl.

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