Hashtag Hijack: Nonprofits Take Advantage of the #PresidentialAlert

If you live in the United States, you probably received a notification yesterday from FEMA and President Trump. While the system is designed to warn us in case of a national emergency, considering the political climate of today the memes started QUICKLY. I just got this text does anyone know what it means#presidentialalert pic.twitter.com/fCyKO8xLZ8 —…

How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030, and its leader Glenn speaks from personal experience. He spent six years incarcerated in a…

5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! 1. Ask An Artist To Illustrate Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. 2. Make a Reading List Summer’s coming. Back-to-School season begins in August. Curate a book list…

Why Using Facebook and Twitter Alone Isn’t Smart

I recently shared some advice in a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on Tools to Schedule and Plan Your Social Media Outreach. Using Facebook and Twitter alone, without an additional management tool, isn’t the smartest approach to your social media. Sure, you can do it that way, directly using only the apps or the .com sites,…

SHOW US YOUR LISTS! 8 Ideas for Nonprofit Twitter Lists 

Every time I teach a Twitter class, I’m surprised at how many seasoned Twitter users DON’T use lists. A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter users. It is an incredibly useful feature that makes Twitter much more manageable. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Here’s the help section…

CASE STUDY: How MomsRising Uses Hashtags to Help Meet Its Mission

Hashtags and advocacy go together like peanut butter and jelly. The hashtag distills an issue into an instant, searchable sound bite that can not only travel far, but fast. MomsRising is a nonprofit that uses hashtags right – consistently, persistently, with focus. I asked MomsRising Director of Social Media Strategy and Blogging Anita Jackson (@anita_sarah) to tell…

BOOKMARK THIS: Big List of Twitter Chats for Nonprofits (Chat Tools, Too!)

Yearning for company, learning, or meaningful connections on Twitter? Try a Twitter chat! TWITTER CHAT  A conversation that happens on Twitter that’s focused within a certain time (usually an hour) on a specific topic and by a specific person or organization. If you’re struggling to “get” Twitter, Twitter chats just may give you that “aha” moment…

WHERE ARE MY PEOPLE? 6 Tools and Techniques for Finding Friends and Influencers on Facebook & Twitter

For more tips and examples, join me next Thursday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific), for my brand new webinar Where Are My People? How to Find Your Audience on Social Networks. (Recording available if you can’t attend live.) Let’s face it – not all followers on social networks are the same. Some are…

10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits

The beauty of Twitter is that it is simple, short and fast. When something happens in the world, more often than not, Twitter carries news of it first. From earthquakes to elections, mundane to momentous, Twitter tells us what’s going on and who’s saying what. It lets us take the pulse of humanity. But Twitter…

Should You Sync Your Facebook and Twitter Updates?

We get this question a lot and the short answer is “No! You should not.” If you are lumping Twitter and Facebook together simply as “social media” that need updating, then you are missing the bigger picture. Twitter and Facebook need to be viewed as two distinct channels with different audiences and different purposes. Yes,…