Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Few New Tools For Your Small Nonprofit

Having a cold on a rainy day is great, right?

Anyway - some new things to look at

  • Tweegram
  • Downgram
  • Statwing
  • Pinterest Analytics
  • Alternatives to Google Reader
  • Video: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong

Requires an Android smartphone

By now you know that what gets the most attention is text with image, like those great quotes you've been seeing around the internet. Tweegram is an Android app that lets you put one of these together and share it in a snap.

You download the app to your phone and then put together their style (picture, text style) with your words and then send it off to Instagram, FB, or Twitter. Their page also says you can share it other places, and I would hope that includes Pinterest.

Tweegram is getting pretty good ratings. What would be a nice improvement is being able to upload your own pictures of your nonprofit events or programs.

Requires an Instagram Account, Zip file open utility (standard on Windows)

If you're already a fan of Instagram, you may have already thought about how nice it would be if you could get your hands on the photos you've uploaded without having to first post them somewhere and then copy or download them from the post. Downgram is your answer.

All you have to do here, is go to their page, log in to your Instagram account, and select the photos you want to download. Downgram packages them into a zip file for you to unzip on your desktop or tablet. You don't have to download pictures one at a time or even set up another account.

Requires a free account

You know Big Data is the newest buzzword, but you may be still trying to figure out what to do with the data you've already got. Maybe you've loaded it into a spreadsheet, but you aren't sure you're getting the most out of it. Here to help is Statwing.

You log into your Statwing account, upload your data in the form of a spreadsheet or .csv file (comma separated values - most data tools like FileMaker Pro have an export feature that does this), and Statwing analyzes the data and provide different ways of looking at it, including statistically significant relationships. If you're new to statistics and analyzing data, Statwing may be a good place to start learning how to look for patterns and conclusions. There's a demo on the front page that deals with statistics from the Titanic disaster.

Pinterest Analytics

Although I have a Pinterest account, I use it for self-gratification rather than social media outreach, so I haven't been avidly following the new development of Pinterest offering analytics. But if your small nonprofit has a Pinterest page, their analytics should interest you, helping you define your social communications strategy and tactics. Here's Mashable's take on it: Pinterest Analytics.

Dan Pallotta - TED Talks

Do you think your small nonprofit gets more points from potential funders and donors for how little you spend instead of what you accomplish? If so, then Dan Pallotta agrees with you and thinks it should stop:


Hazel Yamasaki said...

Job well done guys, quality information.

Robyn McIntyre said...

Thanks for coming by!