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    Create Text Message SMS Campaigns that Sync with the Convio CRM

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    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

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    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

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    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 DoSomething.org

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    As America’s largest national database of youth volunteer opportunities, DoSomething.org 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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Chris Dodd stunned by tech’s ability to “communicate directly with consumers”

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    Last week, the New York Times featured an article about the success of the recent anti-SOPA activism across the tech industry. The article asked the question, “Can the Internet industry, along with legions of newly politicized Web users, be a new force in Washington?” Even SOPA’s backers were surprised by the outpouring of activism from…

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    Harvard Pilgrim Uses Text Messages to Motivate Healthy Parenting

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    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a unique collaboration between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, one of the nation’s top health care plans and Harvard Medical School, one of the nation’s top academic institutions, is a leader in innovative public health research. They’ve proven this once again with a new campaign to use SMS messaging to help…

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    Mobile Commons & New York MTA Launch Bus Time – Press Release

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    MOBILE COMMONS POWERS TEXT MESSAGES FOR NEW MTA BUS TRACKER IN NEW YORK CITY Riders Get Location of Next Bus in Real-Time Via Text  New York, NY – January 26, 2012 – Mobile Commons has partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide the text messaging capability of MTA Bus Time — the MTA’s…

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