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Text Messaging for Nonprofits: An Interview with Sam McKelvie, Head of Mobile Strategy (Part 1)

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As more nonprofits use text messaging to engage their supporters, we decided to interview one of our most experienced mobile strategists about the mobile space. The first part of this interview will explore why nonprofits should use text messaging, and how to get started on a mobile campaign. Q: Hi Sam! Tell us a bit about yourself. Thanks, Sam!

7 Creative Ideas to Keep Your Nonprofit Mobile Subscribers Engaged

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Use a text message to share an example of how your organization has helped change someone’s life. personal story can inspire your subscribers and encourage them to help support your cause. This helps spread the word about your work and builds your mobile list at the same time! 2. Running out of ideas for your text message campaign? Look no further! Tie in current events.

Coming Up! Social Media for Nonprofits in San Francisco

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As a proud partner of Social Media for Nonprofits (SM4NP) , we’re looking forward to sponsoring our third conference in San Francisco on November 16, 2015. Social Media for Nonprofits provides nonprofit organizations with training to help them leverage technology for cause awareness, engagement with stakeholders, fundraising, and advocacy. and NYC. Give Us a Shout!

Text Messaging for Nonprofits: An Interview with Sam McKelvie, Head of Mobile Strategy (Part 2)

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Previously we spoke with Sam, Head of Mobile Strategy here at Mobile Commons, about text messaging’s role in the nonprofit sector. In the second part of the interview, we get more in-depth about text messaging’s programmatic options. Q: What types of nonprofit programs work best with text messaging? If you’re trying to help people find resources close to them, SMS is a great tool.

SMS Nation: September 2015, Nonprofit Edition

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Welcome to this month’s nonprofit edition of SMS Nation! From overall text message strategy and success to text therapy, SMS is making great forward strides in supporting the goals of nonprofits. Here we bring you the latest news on text messaging’s swelling popularity, impact, and results in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Quarterly discusses mobile engagement.

Protected: 6 FREE and Simple Tools to Help Nonprofits Make Great Calls-to-Action

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To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: 6 FREE and Simple Tools to Help Nonprofits Make Great Calls-to-Action appeared first on Mobile Commons. This content is password protected. FAQs Inspirations & Ideas List Building Mobile Strategy & Tips

CitizenshipWorks Connects Immigrants With Low-Cost Legal Help

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Many more don’t know where to turn for help at all. All Posts Blog nonprofit Text Messages Use CasesFor millions of people around the world, becoming a United States citizen is a long-held dream, the doorway to opportunity. But many immigrants find that, once they arrive on American soil, the actual process of becoming a citizen is a confusing legal morass. Many can’t afford the costly price of lawyers. Fortunately, CitizenshipWorks is launching a new SMS campaign to connect both English and Spanish-speaking immigrants with informational services. SMS for Citizenship.

Charities Use SMS to Raise Funds and Help Tornado Victims Rebuild

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In response, charities such as World Vision and Save the Children turned to SMS to raise the vital funds to help these communities. After a major disaster strikes, many people are moved to help, but they don’t know how. Text-to-Give can be extremely helpful after a major disaster, when a large amount of media attention raises the public’s awareness.

Three Takeaways from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference

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This past March, nonprofit organizations and technology companies across the country converged at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTEN) to learn more about the latest updates in nonprofit tech. Mobile Commons was excited to be a part of the conference, and we wanted to apply the lessons we learned specifically to SMS for nonprofits and share them with you.

FastCoExist Features Mobile Commons Enroll

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FastCoExist has a great article about Mobile Commons Enroll, our new product that helps educate people about their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Our Mobile Commons Enroll Video Explains How Text Messaging Can Help Enroll People in Health Insurance. All Posts Blog Government health Mobile Commons Enroll Nonprofit npo Press

5 Examples of Great Mobile Calls to Action

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The prominent mobile call to action paired with a strong image and a clear statement definitely caught people’s attention and helped the campaign go viral. After completing the form, the caller receives a text message with the number for their state senator’s office and a pop-up on the web page displays five simple talking points to help the caller through the entire process.

Voto Latino Keeps New Yorkers Informed About Their Health Care Options

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How Voto Latino’s Example Can Help Your Organization. All Posts Blog Nonprofit npo Text Messages Use Cases When circumstances change quickly, SMS can keep people informed. After the Affordable Care Act launched, the government’s website was so overrun with demand, that people had trouble accessing it.  So  Voto Latino  used text messaging to reach their members, right away.

The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

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The Times article explains how text exchanges can often provide better support than voice calls, both for those seeking help and those providing it. Text messages can give teens who are in crisis the help they need without drawing attention to them, whether they are in immediate danger or at school with their friends. To reach the Crisis Text Line, text LISTEN to 741-741.

Four Ways to Build Healthier Communities with Text Messaging

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Help People Find Resources Close to Them. Text messaging can motivate more people to access and use local resources by helping them find the ones closest to them. In 2009, during the H1N1 flu virus outbreak, the California Department of Public Health wanted to help citizens get vaccinated against the virus as soon as possible. To help people achieve their behavior change goals, you can send text messages relative to each individual’s goal date and provide encouragement when it’s needed most, increasing the overall success rate of your program.

5 Questions to Consider Before Launching Your First Nonprofit SMS Campaign

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Making the decision to incorporate text messaging into your nonprofit’s marketing outreach is a big one, but doing your research beforehand can make the process a smooth and educational experience. Text messaging’s immediacy is a big plus for nonprofits who need a communication channel with instant reach and action. Nonprofit mobile lists grow twice as fast as nonprofit email lists.

Mobile Messaging News Roundup

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But for now, it can help us order Domino’s. If Zendesk want to help brands manage Facebook Messenger traffic  – Zendesk also announced a new Messenger product called  Zendesk Messager  that will fit in with its customer service focus. 56% Of Nonprofits Testing Content Marketing Strategy  – ONLY 56%? He’s excerpted some key quotes from the key articles.

CWA Uses Text Messages to Rally Their Members with Real-Time Updates

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Union Privilege Helps Union Members Buy Union-Made Goods, Through Text Message and the Mobile Web. All Posts Blog Nonprofit npo Text Messages Use Cases Communications Workers of America , the largest telecommunications union in the country, is using text messaging to communicate with their members and assemble them at a moment’s notice. Read More about Unions Using SMS.

National Safe Places Launches Live Text Chat for Teens in Danger

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National Safe Place is an incredible organization that connects teens in trouble with convenient places they can get help in an emergency – schools, fire stations, libraries, and other friendly locales where they can be safe if they’re threatened. They just texted “help” and their address to 69866, and were immediately returned the nearest place.  It’s a fast and discreet way to find somewhere to go, without anybody’s eyes prying or ears overhearing. Now, National Safe Place is giving teens even more immediate emergency access to help – through live chat with a counselor.

Jim Carrey, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and More Raise Their Voices Against Gun Violence

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That hasn’t deterred advocacy group Voices Against Violence, a nonprofit committed to saving lives by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. VAV has enlisted the help of stars including Jim Carrey, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mario Batali, Juanes, and the group’s founder, Tony Bennett. All Posts Blog Calls to Action Nonprofit Use Cases Thank you.

United We Dream Uses Texting to Turn 3 Voices into Thousands

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How United We Dream’s Example Can Help Your Organization. All Posts Blog Calls to Action Inspirations Nonprofit npo Use Cases The immigrant youth organization United We Dream recently used SMS to amplify the voices of three of its members into a rallying cry for thousands. United We Dream was able to transform this personal moment into a political rallying cry. How It Worked.

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Advocacy Callers Can Press a Number to Connect to their House Representatives

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To see how Mobile Commons Advocacy can help your organization, check out this brief video now. All Posts Blog Government Mobile Resources and Research Nonprofit npo Our Products Product Tour Why Mobile Commons Mobile Commons Advocacy now lets your callers connect directly with the right House Representative by pushing a number on their keypad. For Representative Jerry Nadler, press 1.

No Kid Hungry’s #SaveSummer Campaign Wins a Blackbaud Impact Award

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Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is one of the most innovative and successful examples of nonprofit achievement. They recently won the Blackbaud Impact Award for their 2014 #SaveSummer campaign , which included a text message program to help connect families with free summer meals. multi-channel campaign to end childhood hunger. How the texting program worked.

SMS Helps Anglers Eat Just the Healthiest Fish And Throw Back the Rest

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Fishermen are always going on about the size of their catches, but a new SMS program helps Buffalo-area freshwater anglers make sure that their catches—big and small—are safe to feed their families. All Posts Blog Nonprofit npo Use Cases There is also information about how to catch, clean, store, and prepare fish to reduce the risk of illness due to pollution.

Sample Timeline for End of the Year Fundraising Text Messages

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So your nonprofit has been extra good this year, and you made your list and checked it twice. However, even the best nonprofits can use a second eye in making sure that their end of year fundraising campaign is in tiptop shape. Check out our tips and SMS best practices to help you plan out your EOY fundraising messages. Sample timeline for EOY fundraising text messages.

Asking for Donations Online: 7 Proven Strategies

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Because so many donors now want to give on the internet, nonprofits are having to step up their strategies for asking for support online. Include images and videos of the people, communities, or animals you help. Tell success stories of how donations have helped the groups you serve. Crafting beautiful, functional emails will help increase your click-through rate.

How to Insure a Country, 160 Characters at a Time – Part 2

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Determining how large this group is, particularly compared to others, helps inform message library content and emphasis. We can let people know that transitional help may be available even before January 1st. In this way, a campaign can both be helpful and allow for a graceful exit even for people who aren’t its primary target. All Posts Blog Mobile Commons Enroll Nonprofit npo Our Products Meeting these challenges required building scientific and practical insights into the library’s design — both for the individual messages and the set as a whole. Census.

Text Messaging for Advocacy: An Interview with Lloyd Cotler, Mobile Commons Strategist

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work mostly with grassroots organizations, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations that are dedicated to advancing progressive ideals, so a lot of my work is helping organizations create engaging content and compelling actions, whether they are targeting elected officials, corporations or their own supporters in order to affect social change. Hi Lloyd! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Justin Long and DoSomething.org Want To Help You Find Your V-Spot

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All Posts Blog Calls to Action nonprofit npo Use CasesHaving trouble finding your V-Spot? You’re not alone. In 2008, 1.9 million people couldn’t find their V-Spots – that is, their voting spots, according to a new ad from DoSomething.org. The comedically twisted ad does a great job of drawing attention to a real problem. Check out the ad below. Text

Three Mobile Campaign Ideas for Giving Tuesday in 2015

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Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, and nonprofits everywhere are looking to current trends and new technology in order to stand out from the crowd. To help you make the cut, we’ve come up with three ideas that use the best of mobile and text messaging to help make 2015 your best fundraising year yet. Nonprofits can always use an extra hand during the holidays.

5 Times Your Texting Dinner Date Might Actually be a Good Person

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Here are five scenarios in which that text message your date is sending is actually helping make the world a better place. Scenario 1: Your date is donating money to their favorite nonprofit. More and more nonprofits these days use text messaging to keep in touch with people who care about their organization, especially during fundraising season.

How to Insure a Country, 160 Characters at a Time – Part 3

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What sorts of answers would they find most helpful? Sometimes giving the most helpful answer is hard. We think it’s possible to help consumers better understand how the ACA affects them without touching political 3rd rails. All Posts Blog Nonprofit npo We’ve learned quite a bit and think the outcome well worth the effort. What To Say and How To Say It.

Mobile Commons Will Help Millions of Americans Find Out Where to Vote on Election Day

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Mobile Commons is leveraging the ease and ubiquity of text messaging to help get millions of Americans to the voting booth this year. Blog nonprofit Our ProductsDid you know that millions of people don’t vote each year simply because they do not know where to go? In 2008, 1.9 Introducing the Mobile Commons Polling Place Locater. How does it work? It’s easy! Try it!

Why SMS May Be The Channel Your Campaign Is Missing!

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That is 7x’s that of the average nonprofit email! It is also helpful to segment your audience lists based on language and time zone, ensuring that they receive their texts during the day and with a 160 character message that is easily understood, with a clear call to action. The following post was written by our friends at Fission Strategy. Of course you do! SMS is the way to go!

5 Ways “Green Thumbs” Can Text for the Environment

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As environmental awareness campaigns gain attention in mainstream media, more nonprofits use text messaging to rally supporters. Greenpeace USA , an influential environmental nonprofit, consistently uses text messaging to achieve their goals. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo consulted their community to help plant 1,000 trees. They are intimately linked.”.

Why Text Messaging is the Best Way for Schools to Increase Enrollment [Infographic]

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Check out our infographic below to see how text messaging can help you reach and engage the Millennial generation. All Posts Blog Collateral Nonprofit npo Our Products “High school kids don’t use email. They use SMS a lot,” said Mark Zuckerberg, way back in 2011 – and that trend has only increased. Why text message is the best method to get them to take action.

Tech President on Occupy SMS: How Text Messaging Can Help in Disaster Relief

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TechPresident has a great piece about the OccupySMS campaign , which uses text messaging to connect people in need after Hurricane Sandy with people who have the resources to help. By providing an easy resource for people to communicate that they need help, Occupy SMS makes it easy for organizations to reach those off the beaten path. “Further away the poorer areas weren’t getting as much attention and those were really the people who needed the help. If you are able to help, text MUTUALAID to 69866. All Posts Blog nonprofit npo Press Use Cases

Inspire USA Uses SMS to Inspire and Connect With Struggling Teens

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The Inspire USA Foundation  is using text messaging to help teenagers in need. They’ve launched two mobile programs that can help teens struggling with mental health issues, using two of text messaging’s powerful capabilities. An easy way to help yourself through those rough patches and generally lift your spirits is to sign up for ReachOut weekly mood booster texts!”

Sierra Club Uses SMS Campaign to Map Environmental Support

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How Mapping Can Help Your Organization. A map of people’s opinions is a great way to gauge support for policy ideas. All Posts Blog Nonprofit npo Use Cases The Sierra Club used a recent speech about climate change by President Obama to engage their base with an SMS campaign designed to create a telling image of national support for the President’s “bold climate plan.”. President.

New Study Shows that Planned Parenthood’s Live Text Chat Program Relieves Teen Anxiety

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A new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows that Planned Parenthood’s live text chat hotline helps relieve teens’ anxiety. The hotline, which responds to teens’ questions via SMS or online chat quickly and privately, has been helping worried teens receive personalized health information for their pressing questions for three years. And a live, anonymous expert?

Introducing Fundraising’s Best Friend: Text Messaging!

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That’s right: text messaging can help you boost your fundraising efforts and increase donations. You can then continue to build your relationship with donors by sending them text message updates showing what your organization achieved with the help of their donations. We all know that text messaging is a great way to stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. Fundraising