Author Archives: Matt Stauffer

Facebook Promoted Posts: Buy a larger audience

Today Facebook started rolling out a new featured called promoted posts, a combination of advertising and the news feed. If you’re looking to optimize your news feed or find a better place to spend your advertising money, promoted posts allow you to push any status update to a greater percentage of your users (with a…   Read more

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Wix is now HTML-friendly

Remember Wix? We weren’t a big fan of this content management system when we reviewed it because it was all Flash. But they’ve just released an HTML version of their site builder. Go check it out, and build mobile-ready, iOS-friendly, search-engine-placeable sites! Wix HTML: Get Inspired

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Sneak Peek: Google Drive

Chances are you already have a Google Account. You also may or may not have taken our advice to start syncing your files through the amazing (and innovative) Dropbox (see: “Getting Started With Dropbox.”) Today Google announced their long-rumored Dropbox competitor, Google Drive. Google Drive does what Dropbox does (syncs your files to a web…   Read more

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Order your Gmail Messages By Size

Have you ever gotten close to using up the entirety of that Gmail storage space–gigabytes and gigabytes of it–that you were sure you’d never overrun? Or are you already paying Google money every month for extra storage space? There’s finally a solution for you. Lifehacker has discovered a simple trick to create a Google Docs…   Read more

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Karani is out of beta!

Great news: Karani is now live! You probably know that I (Matt) recently released a web app called Karani, an all-in-one solution for fundraisers to manage their contacts and fundraising. I’ve released some details of the preview in the past, but there’s another great piece of news: Karani is now live! As of last week,…   Read more

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How to Make a Thank You Video: An Example

On his blog last week Brian Barela featured an excellent Thank You video from Charity:Water. This is, of course, a lot better produced than you probably will create (for example, the second camera), but it’s still a great inspiration for making an excellent thank you video. What would it take for you to start creating…   Read more

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Social Media and MPD Presentation

It seems social media and fundraising is the topic du jour (did I use that right? If not, don’t judge me), so we’re pretty lucky to have the slides from an entire 2-hour presentation delivered by Brian Barela about Social Media and Ministry Partner Development (or MPD, the phrase Crusade Cru uses to describe the process…   Read more

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Reading unreadable online text

InterVarsity, the organization I work for, has a web site full of extremely valuable resources, primarily in the form of articles. However, there are a few sections of the site that haven’t upgrade to the organization’s new web site design, and the articles there are formatted painfully poorly. It’s formatted so poorly, in fact, that…   Read more

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