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    SFpark wins a Good Government Award!


    Congratulations to SFpark, which just won a Good Government Award from SPUR, an organization devoted to “good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.” The full awards citation reads: The SFpark team was chosen for its implementation of the groundbreaking smart parking management program. SFpark is the most progressive parking management program…

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    Greenpeace Fights Toxics with SMS


    Greenpeace ships are made for hard work. The environmental advocacy organization is famous for confronting illegal whalers right on the high seas. But last week, one Greenpeace vessel served a friendlier function: promoting SMS advocacy. The Rainbow Warrior III was docked in New York harbor, and Greenpeace invited passersby to tour the ship for a…

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    DoSomething’s Aria Finger Talks About the Power of Mobile Communications

    |’s COO Aria Finger spoke last week at the most recent NextGen: Charity conference about the power of mobile to reach young people. Watch the video below, as Aria provides an excellent overview of how vitally important it is to reach the youth audience, explains why a mobile campaign is the best way to do…

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    Create Text Message SMS Campaigns that Sync with the Convio CRM


    One of the biggest challenges of running any outreach campaign is keeping track of all the information. Which constituents have you sent mailers to? Who have you called? Did your members donate in response to an email blast or an ad they saw on television? (It was probably in response to an SMS message they…

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    5 Ways to Use Mobile to Increase Giving


    Mobile messaging can be a powerful and effective way to raise money. But there’s more to mobile fundraising than a text to give campaigns. Below are five ways to use mobile to increase your revenues. 1) Text to Give Text to give is the most well known form of mobile giving.  Users text in a…

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    Super Bowl Commercials Miss a Major Mobile Opportunity


    Companies spend millions of dollars on their ads for the Super Bowl. A 30-second spot in last night’s broadcast cost an average of $3.5 million dollars. But the tradeoff is that Super Bowl ad time also exposes a brand to an enormous audience. 111.3 million people tuned in last night – many of whom focus…

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    Teens Have Sent Over A Million Texts to


    As America’s largest national database of youth volunteer opportunities, is constantly looking for new ways to bring dozens of causes to millions of volunteers.  And they find them! Their innovative outreach runs the gamut from a mobile scavenger hunt for social change, to an interactive map thanking emergency service workers for all that they…

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    Text STUDENT to 22555 For Reminders About Education Deadlines


    A new mobile reminder program from Union Plus is opening up educational opportunities to union families by helping them meet education deadlines. These days, getting in to school and getting financial aid means jumping through many hoops – FAFSA applications, SAT sign-up, GRE registration, and more. Busy families can be so overwhelmed by the process…

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    How To Build Your Mobile List: Add a Mobile Field to Your Web Forms


    When you start a mobile campaign, the first step to success is to get people to sign up for your alerts. In this series of posts, we’ll be discussing a few ways to use the resources you already have to build your mobile list.  If you have an existing outreach campaign, you probably already have…

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    Text messaging and GOTV: Connect with supporters and drive votes


    Roman Porter works to identify and develop strategic initiatives at Mobile Commons, primarily focusing on political campaigns and government agencies. He is the former Executive Director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s governmental ethics and campaign finance agency and previously worked on political campaigns and for elected officials in California. Nothing matters more at…

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