Be forewarned, this article has to do with an often intimidating topic, but don’t run away screaming just yet, my accidental techie friends. Yes, we’re going to talk about C-O-D-E, as in the string of seemingly incomprehensible letters and numbers that make your website what it is, but *spoiler alert* we’re showing you a way around it.
So here’s the problem: sometimes the code that you need to do magical things with your website is way too cumbersome to use often or doesn’t play well with your content editor. Think: WYSIWYGUIAGYC (what you see is what you get unless I arbitrarily gobble your code).
In those circumstances, it would be great to have a shortcut for that windy path, which is why we’ve introduced Soapbox Shortcodes to our Non-Profit Soapbox platform. Soapbox Shortcodes is a WYSIWYG-safe macro syntax that allows you to easily add complex HTML with a simple shortcut, or shortcode, saving you time and frustration and opening up doors to even cooler features for your site. Read more »
Data cleanliness and data integrity. Ah, such fun things to work on, right? Kind of like spring cleaning, but for some reason all the more frustratingly painful. Since spring is coming early here in North America, we thought it could be useful to share some new insights we’ve had on this topic of data cleanliness, especially for inbound data to Salesforce.
A few of us penguins worked through this last night and today as we’re gearing up for a new release of our Soapbox Engage products, and I thought I’d share some of the highlights of a good brainstorming session that could be useful for others thinking about matching rules.
Our discussions generally broke down into three main areas:
1) Matching scenarios to keep in mind
2) Matching rules
3) Data updating rules
Let’s dive in to our best practices…
We’ve served up pudding recipes for Constant Contact and MailChimp in our price comparison with Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce. They are two great services in their own right. Anyone who has looked at options for email marketing within Salesforce, though, knows this little pudding taste test won’t be worth the digital bits and bytes it’s printed on without sizing up Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce against the obvious choice in the marketplace.
Still got your spoon from yesterday’s Constant Contact taste test? Good because it’s time to dig in to a second price comparison between Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce and another email marketing service.
Yesterday, we claimed Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce is affordable. They say the proof is in the pudding, though, so we’ve whipped up a few recipes to tickle your taste buds so well even Bill Cosby would be proud.
In January, we proclaimed “We are the 99%!” and challenged our sector to do better at providing effective, affordable tools for non-profits – tools that integrate their website, constituent relationship management system, email marketing platform, and social media strategy. We took this challenge personally and sought to lead the fight to provide these effective, affordable tools.
We’re proud to announce Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce. Email your donors, members, supporters, advocates, ex-girlfriends, future boyfriends, foreign dignitaries, the entire state of Texas, people named Bob – whomever you want – directly within Salesforce for less.
How much less? Try 10¢ for every 1,000 emails with a $19 monthly subscription fee. Already a Non-Profit Soapbox or Soapbox Engage client? We’ll waive the $19 monthly subscription. Yep, that’s “waive” as in not charge you – zip, nada, zilch on the subscription fee.
You’re not looking to just send 1,000 emails per month, though, right? Let’s make this a bit more interesting. Say you’ve got a mailing list of 10,000 that you email five times a month. That’s 50,000 emails – or $5 for the emails plus the $19 subscription fee for a grand total of $24 per month. Or, if you’re already using Non-Profit Soapbox or Soapbox Engage, that’s just $5.
As my grandmother would have said, you can’t beat that with a stick.
We’ll be launching Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce officially in a few weeks. You can sign up for first dibs now, though, and we’ll contact you when it’s out of the bubble wrap. Or, if you’re interested in more details, read on, my brethren and sistren! Read more »
My goodness, time certainly does fly by. Today, PICnet marks its 11th birthday, and we’re excited to celebrate it with our growing community of non-profit and socially responsible business clients.
Heading into our 12th year, we’re hot on the pioneering trail with a number of new products, including updates to our Soapbox Engage service and the new Soapbox Mailer. This is all part of our efforts to make technology affordable and accidental-techie friendly so that organizations can be more efficient.
Before you send us a big bouquet of congratulations flowers, brand new hybrid vehicles, or eco-friendly private jets as celebratory gifts, we’ve got another gift in mind…
If you have a PICnet penguin in your office, if you’ve ever participated in NTEN community efforts, or if you want to celebrate PICnet’s birthday without going through the hassle of buying us all new hybrid cars, please support NTEN’s scholarship fund to help send 50 organizations to the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
Thanks to all our clients, partners, PICnetters, friends, and family who have supported us during the past 11 years. Here’s to another year of innovation, penguin fun, success…and eye-poking at over-priced competitors.
Release the penguins! #penguinfund #12NTC
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Guest video blogger and nonprofit accidental techie, Phil Penn Gwynn, has a vital announcement for nonprofit accidental techies and penguin lovers everywhere. To witness video evidence of the crime and answer his call to join the #penguinfund, please donate here.