6 Secrets To Kicking Butt At Fundraising
With our online donation software at Webconnex, I get a front row seat to witness hundreds of non profits who are all trying to raise money every day. Most do well, some just okay, and a few absolutely kill it. It got me thinking … why do some organizations kick butt at fundraising and others don’t. I noticed a consistent pattern and this is useful for anyone who is currently running a non-profit or thinking about starting one.
10 Fun (and cruel) Ways To Prank Someone’s Facebook
Not long ago, I was at the Apple store looking to buy a computer only to find out that people don’t buy computers at the Apple store — it’s just a free place everyone goes to check their facebook. Anyways, when I was testing a computer to buy, I noticed the last person on the computer never logged out of their facebook account. I must admit I was tempted to teach someone a valuable (and painful) lesson to never to forget to log out of facebook. I had mercy on the poor soul, but here are the 10 things I was tempted to do.
Q:Good Morning – Being new to the world of Twitter, and working on building my "brand", how do you feel about incorporating your "personal" likes/interests into your posts? i.e. Your faith, sports teams, etc. I'm not one for compartmentalizing my life and am unashamed of being a Christian, but am not sure how that fits in to what I'm trying to build as a businessman. Would you suggest having a different 'handle' for personal and ministry posts since they are 2 different audiences? Thanks! -Roger
Hi Roger! Thats a great question. I think each person needs to answer this for themselves. For me, this is how I handle it.
First, understand the context of each social network. For example, think of Twitter as a large convention of people you would like to meet (but dont know personally yet). On the otherhand, Facebook is a place where you already know most people on some personal level. Because of this, I share my faith and faith perspective on Facebook because I know most of my network there is believers and people interested in what I have to say about faith. They engagement with what I say about faith and its easier to engage in this medium without the 140 character limit.
Twitter is a place that puts you into conversation with millions of potential people and are short bursts of communication with people from all over the world. This is why I prefer twitter for my professional thoughts. For me being an entrepreneur in several ventures, most people find me on twitter because of my business pursuits. So I keep my twitter mostly about business. If you were to visit my Facebook, it’s mostly faith and family. I use BOTH twitter and facebook to share my passions (adrenaline, coffee, etc) as it adds an interesting human angle from otherwise generic posts.
It is my belief that most people will want to follow you on Twitter for a particular emphasis. I think that can be anything you really want, but it cant be too spreadout or you will have a hodgepodge following. Twitter is powerful if all your followers follow you for a particular reason.
Last, I use my blog (here) to give people the buffet of what they want. Since they have to come and visit my site (instead of my viewpoints appearing in their feed), I give them a choice for what to read on. My blog is totally about me and how I see the world. While the social networks are contextual based on how I want people to engage with me there.
That’s how I have handled it and it has been great for me. Thanks for the question!
10 Strange Super-Human Abilities Parents Develop
One of the more usual aspects of becoming a parent are all the superhuman abilities and talents that arise. Here is a list of 10 very strange super-human abilities that every parent develops.
20 Rules About Life (According To A Toddler)
Here are 20 rules about life I have learned from my daughter Scarlett:
1) The optimal time to take a marathon nap is right before one of mommy and daddy’s important time commitments. Otherwise stick with 30-40 minute naps or no napping at all.
2) Laptops make a fun noise when they hit the ground.
3) The dog is the favorite family member.
4) The best way to get your point across is to go completely limp.
5) Randomly decide to make it opposite day where “Yes” means ”No” and “No” means “Yes.”
15 Fun Things To Do When The House Next Door Is For Sale
About three months ago, our neighbors moved out of the house they were renting. We absolutely loved having them next to us and they were like family to us. We were very sad to see them go. Meanwhile, their former house has sat vacant for months awaiting to be sold by the investment company that owns it… until yesterday.
To be honest, we aren’t exactly excited to have new neighbors. We like our quiet street and the extra parking out front. But yesterday came the day when Realtors began showing the house and taking several couples on tours of the home. Just like the temptation to swerve at a student driver in the middle of a drivers test, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of fun things we could do during a Realtor’s showing in order to keep the home vacant a bit longer.