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    Tapping The Power Of The Hidden Brain (VIDEO)

    How do your target audiences decide to listen to you or not? How can understanding the decision-making process make you smarter and more effective in your communications?

    To help answer those questions, we invited Shankar Vedantam, a science correspondent for NPR, and author of The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, as the most recent speaker in our Science of Communications Series, co-sponsored by Spitfire Strategies.

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    Into Focus: The First-Ever Benchmark Report and Guide for Nonprofit Video

    It is clear to everyone in the nonprofit world that video is a critical communications tool. Video is everywhere, online and on mobile. YouTube alone delivers four billion video views a day. How nonprofits can effectively use video is less clear – questions of how to produce compelling video, how to measure video’s effectiveness and how to budget for it still loom large.

    To address these and other questions See3 Communications has launched a new report, “Into Focus,”  in partnership with YouTube‘s Nonprofit Program and Edelman as part of their shared commitment to helping move the nonprofit sector forward through effective communications. The guide, which See3 describes as, “the first ever benchmark guide to examine how and what nonprofits are doing with video” is available here. For an overview of the report and its top “take-aways” go here. 

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    Wow, Part 2 (VIDEO)

    As many of you know, this year we took a little different approach to programming our annual Fall Conference. We turned a lion’s share of the decision-making to you–“the crowd.”

    From start to finish, to say the results were spectacular would be something of an understatement. We received an unprecedented number of proposals for our October event in New Orleans–or as Minna Jung, the Network’s vice chair commented in an earlier post: “Wow“–and the numbers of you who voted on which sessions to put on the agenda was beyond anything we imagined. So, Wow, again!

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    Do No Harm

    By Edith Asibey and Bruce Trachtenberg

    In what can only be described as a cautionary tale for people involved in public interest communications, a recent cover story in the New York Times Magazine  describes how the push to encourage women to be screened for breast cancer has done a great job raising awareness about the disease but little to save lives.

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    Measuring the Impact of Social Media

    The following is a modified version of a post that appeared earlier on the James Irvine Foundation’s blog.

    Guest Post: Kevin Rafter

    As others have posted about on this blog, the meeting last week at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided an opportunity for a group of foundation staff, evaluation professionals and social media experts to talk about measurement and evaluation of social media. As someone who thinks about evaluating my foundation’s communications efforts and putting those evaluations in the context of our broader organizational goals, I found the meeting quite productive and helpful.

    Also, because I’m an evaluator and not a communications professional, it’s rare that I get to offer my thoughts on communications outside of my own foundation. So I’m grateful for this opportunity to share some observations — both from an evaluator’s point of view and as someone who believes communications are important to effective philanthropy — with a pretty big and important audience of communicators who work in philanthropy.

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