As the 2012 election campaign heats up, candidates and political strategists are being confronted by a timeless question – where will the money come from? According to one recent article in the Huffington Post, more and more campaigns are answering that question with “mobile.” The article writes, Developing easy ways for people to donate to [...]
“New York has become the epicenter for many experiments in governance,” writes Alex Howard in the O’Reilly Radar. “From citizensourcing smarter government to participatory budgeting to embracing a broader future as a data platform.” The O’Reilly article discusses the way in which New York is opening up its wealth of data to outside developers – and [...]
With the mortgage crisis continuing to affect thousands of families across America, banks and nonprofits alike are looking for effective ways to help people stay out of foreclosure. Plenty of foreclosure counseling services are available – but are they reaching the right people, and are they reaching them on time? A new service from the [...]
Michael Sabat is the VP of Account Management and Business Development here at Mobile Commons. In this post, he discusses 5 practical steps that non-profits can use to launch their own mobile campaigns. This post was originally published on Connection Cafe, a blog written by Convio employees about the ways in which nonprofits, everyday citizens and [...]
It just got a lot less expensive for non-profits to get their own dedicated short codes – the 5 or 6 digit phone numbers that are the hub of your mobile campaign. The CTIA – the wireless group that oversees carrier policies – has just announced that they’re cutting their rates to $200 a month [...]
You now officially have no excuse for not voting on Tuesday. Mobile Commons has created the Mobile Polling Place Locator, an SMS service that tells you where your polling station is. Just text “where” to 30644. (You can also text “donde” to get your answer in Spanish.) The system, which is free, will reply, asking [...]
Forty years ago, George Harrison responded to a desperate situation in Bangladesh with a charitable concert featuring Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and more. It was the first concert of its kind, and set the stage for Live Aid, We Are the World, Comic Relief, and many other benefits that have changed lives around [...]
As the old cliché goes, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” That’s especially true for non-profit groups and advocacy campaigns. Being able to know what your members have done in the past can be invaluable when you’re trying to engage them in the future. Non-profit groups live and die [...]
We’re thrilled that WNYC Radio picked up a prestigious prize for breaking news at this year’s Online Journalism Awards last night. WNYC collaborated with Mobile Commons to report on the massive snowstorm that hit New York City late last year. When the government was saying the snow cleanup was going fine, WNYC listeners told the [...]
Parking. It’s one of those little hassles that make city life so… exciting. But the San Francisco MTA has teamed up with Mobile Commons to make finding a parking space as easy as owning a cell phone. It’s called SFPark. Using our mData information functionality, SFPark can quickly and easily find free spaces near you. [...]
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