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Twitter hashtags–# symbols preceding keywords– are integral to the Twitterverse, helping users organize conversations into  categories. Clicking on a hashtag in a tweet shows you all the aggregated tweets on a topic–from Tweeters all over the world. Hashtags are created organically by Twitter users; some are used regularly and others come and go (e.g. when […]

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In my view, Mark Zuckerberg has handed nonprofit organizations, businesses and other “brands” a Pinterest-like marketing opportunity with the introduction of the cover image for Facebook’s new Timeline. If nothing else, the meteoric rise of Pinterest in the social networking world demonstrates the appeal of distinctive images that invite curiosity, astonish, surprise, or inspire.  Folks […]

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Why should nonprofit organizations blog? To shape public opinion, position oneself as an expert on an issue, give volunteers and supporters a voice, and tell stories from the field (showing donors the impact of their contributions).  A blog may also significantly increase traffic to an organization’s website, since web content is refreshed frequently through blogging. […]

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Last year I blogged on 5 Shining Stars Connecticut nonprofits should be thankful for, and this year the field is again crowded with some true nonprofit luminaries. So, with a generous helping of gratitude, I’m doling out the Thanksgiving turkey drumsticks to these fine Connecticut nonprofit organizations who inspire, innovate, and advocate in ways that […]

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As Connecticut burrows it’s way out of the freakiest October snowstorm on record, I’m left with buckets of Halloween candy from the cancelled holiday, a renewed appreciation for those gaudy purple wool socks gifted to me by mom a few years back, and new insights into the value of social media in a crisis.  At […]

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Panel discussion at “PR and Politics” sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America: (L to R)–Roy Occhiogrosso (Senior Advisor to Gov. Malloy), Dennis House (WFSB), John Dankosky (WNPR), Colleen Flanagan (Gov Malloy’s Communications Director), Mark Pazniokas (CT Mirror), Nancy Andrews (CBIA) So there’s a new sheriff–er, Governor– in town, and judging from the “PR […]

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How could a tiny nonprofit organization like ours—with a staff of 7—organize a rally for hundreds of people within a day? With volunteers. Lots of ‘em. Especially hearty college students. Here’s what happened: In October 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples had the right to marry, making our state the third […]

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HINT:  It’s sweeping across the state from west to east. It’s not a Nor’easter, but it is a windfall for local nonprofits seeking media coverage and volunteers. And it’s exceedingly more interesting than many of the rather dismal print weeklies. Give up? Meet Patch.com, the hyper-local online news service that aims to be the hub […]

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With apologies to you vegetarians out there, it’s time to talk turkey this Thanksgiving week, and I’m giving up a favored drumstick to these folks who make the lives of Connecticut nonprofit organizations much, much easier.   CT Mirror: The Mirror is approaching its first birthday in January, and what a year it has been […]

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Want a dynamic, effective website that engages and inspires? These six forward-thinking Connecticut organizations may give you some ideas. Each is using creative (and in some cases, free!) website and social media tools that are bound to attract more volunteers, donors, clients, and supporters. 1. Hands on Hartford has a terrific online volunteer sign-up system that allows […]

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