News from the NTEN Connect Blog

How Do Questions Improve Nonprofit Technology Training?

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 8:00am
What are some ways you can use questions to improve your technology trainings? Questions ask your brain to mine your experience and expertise to come up with answers. You become aware of what your thoughts and understandings are about the topic. You are then able to build on this as you incorporate new information. You connect any new knowledge to that which you already know.

6 Ways to Create Content Your Donors & Members Will Value

Submitted on Thu, 2/27/2014 - 9:02am
A recent survey by the Content Marketing Institute showed that 92% nonprofits are using content marketing. While nonprofits are using a wide variety of sites and services to distribute their content, the effectiveness of these efforts is often uncertain. Without a plan for content creation, it’s pretty hard to gauge success. Here are 6 ways you can develop a content strategy and create content your audience will value.

Three Easy Tips for Boosting Your Organization's Signal

Submitted on Wed, 2/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Since launching, Speek has been covered by numerous major publications both in print and online. They were the subject of a Wall Street Journal documentary and have won countless awards. We rank on the first page of Google search results for all relevant search terms. And they achieved all of this without a PR firm and with a negligible marketing budget. They decided to take three easy steps to help get their message out and help grow their company.

Vote for the Winners of the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards!

Submitted by Michael on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:08am

We’ve been working hard the past few days and are happy to share that we’ve narrowed down this year’s DoGooder Video Award submissions to a few special finalists! It was a difficult task, but NTEN and the DoGooder Team have chosen the finalists- and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners!

Visit the contest site today and cast your vote! Public voting is open through March 10th, 2014. 

Test, Send, Adjust, Repeat

Submitted on Tue, 2/25/2014 - 9:12am
In order to make sure that you get your message out effectively, you need to regularly check the data that shows what works, what messages did well, and where you can improve. Sometimes the answer isn't just one metric, but in a combination of metrics that you can find by testing your messages.

Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:30pm

14NTC is just around the corner and the community is buzzing with tips, recommendations, and other advice on making your Washington D.C. and NTC experience a rewarding one. We'll be crossing our fingers for a blizzard-free time (13NTC, anyone?) and some early cherry blossoms. But besides packing that warm jacket just in case, you can plan your D.C. trip with the help of your fellow nonprofit attendees.

Meet Our NTC Green Sponsors!

Submitted by Michael on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:35pm

We're excited to announce our Green Sponsors for the 14NTC! These sponsors are taking a sustainable approach to sponsoring the NTC and are sharing digital ads instead of print ads. We're happy to have them as part of the NTC and as a partner to help reduce the waste and carbon emissions that go along with putting on the NTC.

Ten Video Tips for Nonprofits

Submitted on Fri, 2/21/2014 - 9:00am
A well thought out video strategy can accomplish all of these goals and more. If your organization has not yet produced video, odds are that you have been talking about it for some time. Now that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, now is the perfect time to create content that will inform, inspire and engage donors.

Personalizing Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising Message

Submitted on Thu, 2/20/2014 - 9:00am
If you’re anything like the majority of nonprofits out there, you’re likely trying to find new, creative, and fruitful ways to raise money. It’s no mystery that fundraising is a pretty important part of an organization’s ability to do good in their community. It’s also well known that fundraising is tough. The first step is overcoming people's inertia of non-action and move them towards acting to help you meet your goals!

5 Tips for Getting Started with Nonprofit Video

Submitted on Tue, 2/18/2014 - 6:22pm
With a good story as the foundation for your video, your organization can use YouTube to spread your message and raise money and awareness online. From free video creation sites to royalty free music to use in your videos, it's easy for a nonprofit to start making videos that tell the story of the work that you do. Here are five easy tips for taking the first steps towards creating great videos for your nonprofit!