Make Your Websites Friendly to Seniors (a.k.a. Donors)

Active retirement, senior woman and laptop computerThis will probably seem obvious: older people have a harder time using the Internet. This, too, may seem obvious: the people most likely to be major donors to nonprofits are older older people.

But if both facts were that obvious, you would think people who know the side upon which their bread is buttered would work a little harder to make their websites easier for their primary beneficiaries to use. In Web Usability for Senior Citizens, Jakob Nielsen, the grand guru of computer usability studies, says websites are getting better, but not fast enough – especially with the humongous Baby Boom generation reaching Social Security Age at the rate of 10,000 per day.

Nielsen says too many website designers fail to consider the physical deficits of aging, particularly in vision, physical dexterity, and memory. His study includes scores of specific design recommendations. Blogger Joanne Fritz offers a short summary of the major findings.

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#GRANTS: Nominations Open For Awards of $5000 From WLR Automotive

$25000 to be given away in January

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Have you made a nomination for the “Giveaway For Good”? The giveaway is an initiative of the WLR Automotive Group, who is celebrating twenty-five years of service in the central Maryland/York County PA region. As a part of that celebration, and to give thanks back to the community who have supported the company, its owners have opened up nominations for charitable organizations and nonprofits to win grants of $5000 next January. The nomination process was opened up in mid-November, and anyone can continue to nominate groups through 14 December. Once the nomination process closes (14 December at midnight), the public will vote on the five organizations that they would like to see get a $5000 award from WLR. As of this post, about 25 organizations are up, and your organization certainly can nominate itself.

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#GRANTS: WLR Automotive Group Looking To Give $25K Away In January

WLR Auto Group is giving away $25K

Click to nominate an organization

“Giveaway For Good” is an initiative of the WLR Automotive Group, who is celebrating twenty-five years of service in the central Maryland/York County PA region. As a part of that celebration, and to give thanks back to the community who have supported the company, its owners have opened up nominations for charitable organizations and nonprofits to win grants of $5000 next January. The nomination process was opened up in mid-November, and anyone can continue to nominate groups through 14 December (NB: The site balks when opened in Chrome browsers, but you can use it). [Read more...]

#HOWTO: Setup New Facebook Pages & The Types Available For You

Consider the small print when creating an organization page on FacebookWith the adjustments and reworkings on Facebook over the last 6-odd months, it’s time to update our periodic series on Facebook pages − Next week we will continue with more information about the scuttlebutt around Promoted Posts.

Facebook updates its interface and algorithms periodically. Usually the public response splits fairly evenly into the “love it” and “this is the death of Facebook” camps. We’re not about to predict the death of Facebook, so we want to stay up with developments and help you and your nonprofit do the same. So let’s see what it takes to make a page.

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#COMMUNICATIONS: The Number One Way To Gain Site Or Blog Readership Is…

Though a Supergenius, W.E. Coyote rarely simplified his plansIf your nonprofit or your charity has any online presence at all, you want readers to engage your content, click through the link(s), visit the site, and get involved with money and/or time. If you are a blog writer, you want pretty much the same, though gifts might also/instead mean advertising dollars because so many people come to your site. And, of course, no reason a nonprofit can’t have a blog that carries those ambitions for the blog and the site that hosts it.

The million-dollar question is: “How do I get people to move from scanning the headline to clicking on it and getting engaged?”

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#HOWTO: Get Guidance From Google On Simple SEO Success

Google's developers recommend valuable content when striving for SEO success

Is your site worth searching for?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a social media buzzword: gotta have it, gotta work at it, gotta pack it in to your website or blog! And it is true that SEO needs to be a part of your nonprofit’s online and outreach strategies. Why develop a new site or even update your outdated one if people will struggle to find it, much less relevant information on it? The go-to standard for web searches (including images and videos) is, of course, Google. Even as the e-behemoth develops Android and G+ and even augmented-reality glasses, millions of us use it simply, almost exclusively, for web research.

So why not find out what the folks at Google recommend to bolster the searchability and discoverability of your website?

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#HOWTO: Tumbler Can Be Social Media Hub, But Other Tools Are Available

Tumblr offers ease and accessibility - WP offers control and SEOWe have sung the praises of Tumblr for the past few Thursdays, and we will continue to do so. Tumblr offers nonprofits and charities a free platform (with some themes and extensions costing a few bucks) and host to establish a web presence that is just a couple of clicks away from integrating with your Twitter account and an RSS feed. Tumbr offers elegant simplicity to est up a look and post as quick or as richly developed media-laden posts as your organization cares to produce via its Dashboard.

But most use Tumblr to pursue ‘Tumblogging’. The word morphed from ‘tumblelog’, first used in 2005 but briefly eclipsed by the rather dry ‘microblog’ for a while. It refers to a blog that consists of an ongoing series of focused, but brief, posts that include various visual, aural, and textual media. These tend to be short entries that simply state the immediate context of the subject/object of the post with no effort to tie it to a larger story.

Well, why would a nonprofit want to do that?

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Website Design: What’s In, What’s Out

Branded Out Loud, a blog about communications design, offers its list of what’s cool and what’s yesterday’s news on nonprofit websites, with plenty of visuals to make the point. What’s in? Simple and clean design, infographics, directing viewers where to go, and more.

#HOWTO: Create A Tumblr Account And Why It Might Replace Your Blog

MKCREATIVEmedia series offering tech hints to nonprofitsIf you follow the tech developments and platform inventions of social media, you can get a headache. Facebook and Twitter seem to rule the net, but FourSquare and StumbleUpon are out there too, and many are wrestling with developing a presence on Google+. Et cetera! We want to help cut through that clutter for our clients and readers, and we hope to guide your nonprofit, small business, or charity toward the outreach and development and communication channels that can be most beneficial for you and your audiences.

One such channel that has been around for a while but is not high enough on people’s minds is Tumblr, a (micro)blogging site that offers wonderful ease of construction, numerous ways to customize and brand your site, and some of the easiest means to post quick stories or even audio messages we have ever encountered. Think of it as some of the most accessible features of Microsoft Word linked to the wide reach of Twitter with some of the under-the-hood muscle of a full-fledged website if you want to get your hands dirty. If not, you won’t be disappointed, or much limited, by your creation.

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#HOWTO: Create A Tumblr Account And Why It Might Replace Your Blog

MKCREATIVEmedia series offering tech hints to nonprofitsIf you follow the tech developments and platform inventions of social media, you can get a headache. Facebook and Twitter seem to rule the net, but FourSquare and StumbleUpon are out there too, and many are wrestling with developing a presence on Google+. Et cetera! We want to help cut through that clutter for our clients and readers, and we hope to guide your nonprofit, small business, or charity toward the outreach and development and communication channels that can be most beneficial for you and your audiences.

One such channel that has been around for a while but is not high enough on people’s minds is Tumblr, a (micro)blogging site that offers wonderful ease of construction, numerous ways to customize and brand your site, and some of the easiest means to post quick stories or even audio messages we have ever encountered. Think of it as some of the most accessible features of Microsoft Word linked to the wide reach of Twitter with some of the under-the-hood muscle of a full-fledged website if you want to get your hands dirty. If not, you won’t be disappointed, or much limited, by your creation.

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#INTERVIEW: Christopher Davenport, Founder of 501 Videos, A Company That Makes Videos Exclusively For Nonprofit Clients

501 Videos' Christopher DavenportChristopher Davenport is the founder of 501 Videos, a company that makes videos exclusively for nonprofit clients. His experience includes years in Hollywood working on commercial films and, later, making documentaries. His website is home to Movie Mondays, a weekly series of short films featuring fundraising professionals in action. The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog.

MKC: Did you always know you wanted to make movies?

CHRISTOPHER: Not always. When I was 5 I wanted to be a fireman, and then when I was 5 and a half, that’s when I knew I wanted to make movies.

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#SocialNetworks: (Almost) Free Web Tools To Stir Online Discussion

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968The consultants, designers, editors, and bloggers at MKCREATIVEmedia wish you a happy Martin Luther King Day. The holiday has been on the US calendar since 1986 when the left-leaning, union-supporting, out-of-the-mainstream Republican President Ronald Reagan signed it into federal law. And on this Martin Luther King Day 2012, numerous schools, nonprofits, and religious organizations are getting their students, volunteers, and parishioners out into the community to put service into action.

To inform your members of such service opportunities and to inspire others to join your organization, you need to reach out and market your organization’s focus, skills, and ambitions – as well as explain how your followers can help achieve those ambitions. So in that spirit, we wanted to relay a short list of handy, inexpensive, online tools to help you do just that.

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#SocialMedia: How Can You Improve Your Tweet Stream?

A Call To 'Follow Me' on Twitter

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The statistics of Twitter’s growth since 2006 are staggering, and Twitter has every right to brag about the numbers. Although research shows that most people use Twitter to follow, not to post, that statistic should be encouraging, not discouraging, nonprofits to sharpen their skills and beef up their presence on the social-media platform. Let us suggest a few things to help. Perhaps the first thing to appreciate if you are a neophyte to Twitter is that no one tweet is likely to break your reputation (Well, there are exceptions). Many folks are learning the medium, and the atmosphere is pretty cordial. In fact, the bigger danger might be playing things so safely that your voice simply gets lost among the millions of daily tweets.

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Does Your Website Display What People Want To See?

You have about 10 seconds to make a good impression on your website. Does your content satisfy the expectations of your readers? Nonprofit communications consultant and blogger Kivi Leroux Miller suggests the right content for three different audiences: strangers, friends and your most devoted fans.

#SocialNetworking: Jumo And Good Join To Create Largest Nonprofit Network

Jumo Logo and TaglineWe have followed the development of the Jumo website and network over the last year or so, and that organization has recently announced a development ‘merger’ with Good.is that will make it/them arguably the largest nonprofit socially-conscious network around.

The union will bring together Jumo’s model of searching for and supporting projects by topics with Good.is’s focus on stories, data, and news about a myriad of projects near and dear to the ethically-driven, the socially-engaged, and the community-oriented. What will the merger entail, and what might it mean for nonprofits and social-action groups who want to extend their outreach?

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