Top Social Media Blogs – out of 750 nominations….yikes!

 

The Social Media Examiner has a list of 24 finalists for their 4th annual “Top 10 Social Media Blogs” contest.  Hard to believe there were 750 nominations!  Since they have done the vetting, it would be worthwhile to check out their list of finalists (with hyperlinks, naturally).  Check out the list here.

 

 

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Coursera: So THAT’S how they plan to make money…..

Over the week-end I signed up for a free Coursera class, E-Learning and Digital Cultures.  I was wondering how Coursera does or will “monetize” their venture.  This N.Y. Times article answers that question.

Students Rush to Web Classes, But Profits May be Much Later

I am curious how this class will be.  I admit, I am concerned that because it is free I will have an easy out.  I wonder what the completion rates are for these classes?  I do think it will be significantly higher for folks who obtain a certificate or, of course, class credit.  

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What is your nonprofit’s call to action?: Identifying clear objectives

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Sometimes lost in the sea of social media are the basics of a good nonprofit web site.  “How to Create Clear Objectives For Your Nonprofit’s Website” is a good overview of the importance of clear objectives for your organization’s web site, particularly related to calls to action.  The article, on John Haydon’s website, includes a useful worksheet.

Content Curation: Hey, I think I am attempting that!

Beth Kanter presented a slide show at a recent non-profit conference, with a title I just love:  Mindful or Mind Full Social Media, with tips for mindfull content curation…I can already see how burn out can creep in!

Slate also published a useful article on how limiting commitments can be your best new years resolution: Economists on How to Make Better New Year’s Resolutions 

One of my goals for this blog is to be a spot where I can keep track of all the articles, webinars, blogs about  social media, particularly for non-profits.  It has been a challenge in the past for me to keep track of web-based content so I am giving this a whirl.

How do you measure social media impact? What is success?

Short answer:  I am learning!  I just registered for a free webinar

 Measuring the Networked Nonprofit – Simple Steps for Measuring Social Media Results

on this topic, presented by Beth Kanter, author of  “Measuring the Networked Non-profit: Using Data to Change the World.  The webinar is sponsored by CharityHowTo.com and registration information is here.

Beth Kanter is an expert on social media for non-profits and I strongly recommend perusing her blog for great information.  She is also on Face Book, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, to name a few!

Melding Strategy with Storytelling

Interesting blog post about the importance of harnessing the storytelling power of social media with  strategy.  Doing so is especially important for non-profits – social media is a great opportunity to tell success stories and personalize your non-profit mission.

Read   Why-your-social-media-plan-needs-gurus-and-storytellers” here.