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50 Tech Tips You Absolutely Should Know June 20, 2012
Todays Tips Brought to You By… Jim Wiegand Director of Technology, Pro Bono Net Karin Romans Development Associate, Pro Bono Net Allison McDermott Deputy Director, Pro Bono Net
Jims Tech Tips Skype Security Spybot Programming Tools Your Most Important Tool Jim Wiegand Director of Technology, Pro Bono Net
Multiple Skype Accounts? No problem. You can run more than one Skype account at the same time.
Set Skype Logging Be sure to review how Skype logs your activity, if you want to control your privacy.
Skype + Google Voice + iTouch Using Google Voice as your main number linked with Skype and iTouch will provide a very low cost alternative cell phone.
Keep Your Most Important Tool Up to Date Mensa Brain Test AppMoron Test App Sodoku App
Karins Tech Tips Social Media Fundraising Karin Romans Development Associate, Pro Bono Net
Tracking and Timing are Key Use available tools to track your analytics to see when and to what content your supporters are responding. Available Tools: Facebook Insights Tweetstats Bit.ly Twitter Analyzer Klout Pay attention to when supporters are listening and responding 9 A.M.? Noon? 5 P.M.?
Include Calls to Action in Your Post Social Media may not make millions but it can quickly mobilize supporters. Outraged? Frustrated? Excited? Rev people Up! Create creative comments on FB Create a unique hashtag on Twitter Create a video and share it Share a timely blog post Get people talking and direct them to your website!
Make Sure Your Website is Worth Visiting Donate Now button is above the fold and visual Have a variety of ways for supporters to connect Have a clear call to action or ways for supporters to donate
Always Watch the Competition What to do? Identify your top competitors Track what they are doing Create a private list on Twitter Why? Find out what they are doing that works How are they engaging supporters What are they saying
Dont Ignore Your FB Cover Image A good cover image says it all. Your Facebook cover image tells your story. Have a targeted image and messaging. Need help crafting your message? Ash Shepherd provides a good template in Photoshop. www.ashshepherd.comwww.ashshepherd.com Facebook Timeline Cover Resources
Dont Be Messy… You can edit the headlines of articles as well as the text below them to specify them to your needs. Always clean up your posts, delete the links so it is easy to read.
Are You Interacting? Social Media isnt the only stop. Interacting with donors is important. $ isnt always the main message. Most donors fall off because of lack of attention. Invest in email marketing systems such as Constant Contact, iContact, or Vertical Response, among others.
LinkedIn Can Be a Powerful Tool Research Potential Board Staff Sponsors Partners Make Connections Find Solutions Join Groups Ask Peers for Help To Fundraise
Find New Ways to Promote Your Work You do great things. Share them. Create video and content. Find your legal aid peers: http://lsntap.org/Programs_On_YouTube_2009
Theyre Everywhere Increase Your SEO Optimization Post and publish links wherever possible Use share the page tools and share pages on your networks Direct traffic to your donation page
Widgets for Fundraising Fundraising Widgets like those used by SixDegrees.org allow you to create family of fundraisers. Staff, Board and Supporters can create a page and tap their friends and family. Integrate them into websites, social media and your email signature and you can watch funds grow.
Get Your Data Together Data about our donors and potential donors is often kept in multiple places. If you have data on an excel sheet about donors, volunteers or partners makes sure that data is going into your donor management system. Capture information about relationships, partners, how often they volunteer, what are their interests, who are they friends with.
Go the Extra Mile Track Food Track Exercise Target Weight Comprehend Calories Share/Forums Free!
Allisons Tech Tips Hodge Podge Home Grown Tips for Tips Share! Allison McDermott Deputy Director, Pro Bono Net
The Cloud is Your Friend This is Nelson. Nelson has stolen my iPhone.
Apple iCloud for iPhone Google+ Instant Upload for Android
Yes, but Is it Usable? Customize your usability tests Fast user testing turnaround Cheap per user costs
I Do Not Like the Office Ribbon http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/ UBitMenu adds the old Office Menu to the ribbon
But I Do Like No More PrtScn Office 2010 integrates screenshots into its applications (ht Sue Encherman)
I also Like the Snipping Tool http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/snipping-tool Windows 7 tool for grabbing screenshots and other graphic snippets
Rage Against the Email The Twitter of email. No attachments Plain text 500 characters Could you do it? https://shortmail.com/ (ht to Kate Bladow)
Share Your SurveyMonkey ht to Sue Encherman Transfer surveys and responses to other professional accounts
Find Video Content http://www.sharelawvideo.org/ Developed by Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Find SWEB Content http://www.sharelaw.org/ Developed by Arkansas Legal Services Partnership
Write Clearly, Please http://www.writeclearly.org Developed by Legal Aid of Western New York
Tricks of the Internet Marketing Trade www.lawhelp.org/ny/toolkit Developed by Legal Services NYC and LawHelp/NY Search engine optimization and online marketing techniques for legal aid orgs
Ask Brian for Help http://lsntap.org/helpdeskchat Run by Northwest Justice Project
Your Tech Tip Cup Runneth Over http://dailytekk.com/tag/top-100/ 100 new tech tips every Monday. Really.
Life Hacker http://lifehacker.com Tips, tricks and downloads for getting things done
How to fix Mom and Dads computer Kill the spyware Update Windows Switch default browser to Firefox Uninstall unneeded programs Trim down the startup program list Install a firewall Scan and defrag the hard drive Add a hard drive or PCI card From http://lifehacker.com/138113/geek-to-live-- how-to-fix-mom-and-dads-computer
Peer Wisdom Since 2006 50 Tech Tips Office Tips Time Management Tips Google Tools for Advocates Firefox extensions
While we look at a few oldies but goodies… Share your favorite tech tips with us now!