How Razoo Became a Mobile Platform

The following is a narrative version of my 15 minute speech at the 2012 Innogive Conference today. Last Spring those of us at Razoo began analyzing mobile web solutions. There was a big debate because traffic was in the low single digits, but partly as a result of reading Chuck Martin’s Third Screen, we decided to offer a web based mobile version of the web site and donation platform, and an iPhone app for fundraisers. The Third Screen showed that almost every company or organization that goes mobile sees a surge in mobile traffic usually above 10%. This 10% rule was illustrated over and over again with case studies. We launched mobile at the end of 3Q, 2011, and just […]

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1,886,434 Ways the Long Tail Beat Klout

Last Wednesday’s Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington netted $2,034,434, including 17,838 donations totaling $1,886,434. The online giving contest benefited 1200 nonprofits. As the general manager of the event, this kind of impact makes me profoundly grateful, and many thanks have already been sent to the donors, nonprofits and partners involved. Give to the Max Day also provided yet another example of how big social media names don’t necessarily translate into great social performance. On the contrary, the majority of winners in Give to the Max Day Grand Awards were not the big nonprofit brands with sizable influencers locally. It was the little guys, the Little Lights Urban Ministries (Klout Score: 10) and For Love of Children, Inc. (Klout […]

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Mark Horvath on Punish Geoff Fundraiser Impact

Mark Horvath sent this video last night to thank all of the people who donated to and shared The Punish Geoff Fundraiser. Thank you to the 30 donors who have made $2055, and a significant impact on InvisiblePeople‘s drive across the country. Every dollar counts against a matching grant offered by the Pierce Family Foundation. BUT WAIT. We’re not done yet. There’s still two days left, and one punishment left to accomplish… Making me walk in front of Congress wearing a sandwich board that says “I wrote two social media books, PLEASE hire me!” We’re roughly $1100 away, less than what you collectively contributed Thursday and Friday of last week. There are three things you can do: 1) Please Donate […]

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Applying Social Storytelling to Strategic Online Fundraising

This is a preview of tomorrow’s Millennial Donors Summit presentation on “Connecting with Social Media” at 11:30. There is still time to register for the telesummit! Join us! The fundamental skill of social is applying traditional relationship development savoir faire in the media. Meaning, the tools are the tools, but the actual interaction between people should be the focus for those seeking to cultivate donors. Your communication must convey a compelling story and a means for the donor to participate. From this year’s Millennial Donors report: “Like last year, millennials said they gave most often as a result of personal, traditional giving requests, with popular technologies such as online and email giving coming in at lower percentages. However, the respondents […]

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Tonight’s First #ZooGood Chat Featuring @JohnHaydon

Tonight is the first #zooGood chat, hosted by Razoo. This weekly chat will be held at 9 ET/6 PT on Twitter in an effort to discuss fundraising best practices. Given the time of year, nonprofits and free agents are planning their final fundraising drives of 2010. It’s our hope that these conversations will help causes and individuals maximize their efforts, and prepare them for great, fun drives that will also successfully impact the world. Our first speaker is John Haydon, one of the kindest gentlemen in the business, a fellow who gives his thoughts and time freely. He is the ideal person to co-host the inaugural chat. John will answer a question on the tens, meaning every ten minutes (9:00, […]

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Post Mortem: Examining CitizenGulf

Per last week’s post, the CitizenGulf Day of Action some good numbers and created a mindful way for people to take action in the face of the oil spill. As the entire process was largely open sourced, I’d like to share my analysis of the marketing experience, too. It is my hope that by sharing this information, other individuals and non-profits that are considering developing events can garner best practices for their own efforts. The value of participating as a volunteer in #CitizenGulf was threefold: 1) Provide a mindful way for people to respond to BP and the Obama Administration’s collective mishandling of the situation 2) Help fishing families get on their feet and perhaps find a new future via […]

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