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10 steps to a thriving online community. By CyberMummy co-founder Sian To 03 May 2011 The great playwright Henrik Ibsen once described community as "like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm".

10 steps to a thriving online community

The equally great (if slightly easier to digest) wordsmith Neil Tennant of The Petshop Boys, agreed, saying, "I think the world should be one community". Though neither was referring to the internet, they're both right – community can affect your business for better or worse. The growth of social networking like Facebook and Twitter has affected the way businesses large and small now reach out to their customers. 25 Useful Non-profit Networking Sites. If you want to change the world, you can do so by becoming involved in a non-profit organization.

25 Useful Non-profit Networking Sites

Whether you are managing, volunteering, or a paid worker for a non-profit, you can benefit from connecting with others. The Internet makes it easy to share experiences and get ideas. Welcome, Alyssa! 8 Tips for Managing a LinkedIn Group. Jessica Faye Carter is an award-winning author and columnist. Her company, Nette Media develops social media technologies for women and multicultural communities, and she blogs at Technicultr. With over 50 million users, LinkedIn continues to be among the most popular social networking sites for business professionals, offering a variety of features for its users. One such feature, Groups, allows members the opportunity to create and manage groups focused on a wide range of business-related subjects, and some of the largest groups have hundreds of thousands of members and rival many niche social networks outside of LinkedIn in terms of size and activity.

Groups offer valuable networking opportunities for their participants, who gain access to resources and information that can be beneficial for their careers. If you are considering starting a LinkedIn group or want to increase the effectiveness or reach of your current group, the 8 tips below can help. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. How to Build a Thriving LinkedIn Group. Have you considered starting your own LinkedIn Group?

How to Build a Thriving LinkedIn Group

These groups are excellent for networking, prospecting and establishing thought leadership. You can start your own LinkedIn Group based on any of the following categories of professionals: prospects, peers, alumni, geographical, existing organizations, interest and more. You are limited only by your creativity! In my experience, professional people are busy and if they’re going to participate in LinkedIn Groups, they really only have enough quality time for 1 to 3 groups weekly. What follows are best practices for becoming a top group for your target market and specialty category. #1: Choose a narrow niche and specialty category This is probably the most important key to success for building a group on LinkedIn.

Social Media Marketing is a popular group on LinkedIn. For example, my target market is financial advisors, but my category is blogging and social media marketing. Also be clear what your group is about. Linkedin Keyword Optimization. A mind map of 100+ tips for using Linkedin more effectively. Mar 18th, 2011 | By Chuck Frey | Category: Resources Linkedin.com is one of those networking tools that can be overwhelming.

A mind map of 100+ tips for using Linkedin more effectively

So I did a little research and discovered a treasure trove of tips for using it effectively, which I compiled into a mind map of over 100 of the best. There are so many nuances to building an effective profile, networking with others and finding opportunities on this fast-growing (90 million+ people) business networking site that it’s all more than a little overwhelming. 10 Reasons You Should Create A LinkedIn Group.

Evaluating Online Activities. Revised November 23, 2013 Evaluating Online Activities: Online Action Should Create & Support Offline Action & Results Your organization has a profile on an online social networking site such as FaceBook, and you have hundreds of "friends" linked from your profile.

Evaluating Online Activities

So what? Your organization has hundreds of subscribers to an email newsletter. So what? Dozens of people virtually attended your virtual presentation on Second Life. You have hundreds, even thousands, of people following you on Twitter. Hundreds, even thousands, of people voted for you on some contest as the "best" nonprofit, or the one with the best idea. Hundreds of "friends. " Nonprofit Organizations, NGOs & Online Social Networking: Advice and Commentary. Revised with new information: August 5, 2011 Nonprofit Organizations, NGOs & Online Social Networking: Advice and Commentary Your reaction to reading the words online social networking (OSN) for the first time is probably, isn't that just another description of the Internet?

Nonprofit Organizations, NGOs & Online Social Networking: Advice and Commentary

And you would be right: the Internet has always been a place to exchange ideas and to create networks and communities that can defy traditional community structures and hierarchies, and to show how we are all connected to different people. This techie buzz phrase online social networking or Web 2.0 is meant to describe new web-based online communities meant to encourage members to socialize with each other online and have their friends and colleagues publicly listed.

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How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture? Example of A/B Testing Results I’ve been reflecting on why some nonprofits do a better job of measurement and learning, while others do not.

How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

What is the difference? It comes down to organizational culture. The nonprofits that embrace measurement have a data-driven culture. That is they make decisions based on meaningful data, rather than solely by gut. Not all nonprofits are born with the spreadsheet gene. Rjleaman/nonprofit-technology...