August 12, 2013

6 email marketing services to build your list

mail-services

A comparison of MailChimp, Constant Contact, Aweber & other solid choices

Target audience: Nonprofits, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, community organizations, educators, marketers, Web publishers.

Guest post by Sarah Boisvert

Sarah-BoisvertEmail is now standard communication for all but the smallest nonprofits and businesses. Why? Because it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to market your products and services.

But for email marketing to be effective, the process is so complex it’s not easy to go it alone. Success in the 21st century requires that you use a service that can simplify and automate email marketing tasks, from one-off communications to regular e-newsletters.

Choosing the best mail service for your nonprofit, organization or business is not a simple task, given all the options available today. So here’s a rundown of some (but not all) of the major email marketing services that you should consider, whether you’re just starting out or thinking about a change. Continue reading

December 10, 2012

How nonprofits can adapt to Facebook’s newsfeed changes

6 tips to keep your content top-of-stream

Guest post by Meghan Keaney Anderson
Hubspot

In late September news trickled out about a change in Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm that was causing big drops in reach for many branded pages for nonprofits, businesses and all organizations. The EdgeRank algorithm determines which posts are displayed in the newsfeed and in what priority order. Noticing a clear decrease in the reach and virality of pages, Beth Kanter took to Facebook to see if many nonprofits had experienced it. She received a number of replies affirming the dropoff, while others, like John Haydon at Socialbrite, say the evidence doesn’t support that claim.

What seems to have changed?

The main tenet of social shares remains true: Interesting, remarkable content will always rise to the top

Both EdgeRank Checker and Post Rocket have good posts on the details, but in a nutshell, Facebook has altered the way it displays posts in the newsfeed to prioritize posts that have the greatest number of interactions – a cumulative figure determined by the number of clicks, likes, comments and shares a post receives. The new algorithm also factors in negative feedback and penalizes posts that have been actively hidden by viewers or reported as spam.

Regardless of whether Facebook’s code tweaking is having an impact on your fans’ newsfeeds, the real question now is: Short of paying for promoted posts, what can nonprofits do to adjust to these changes and make sure their content earns the sort of reach and virality needed to engage new volunteers, donors and advocates? Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help your content remain top-of-stream. Continue reading