Archive for September, 2012

NTEN Partnerships Make Happy Hours Twice as Nice!

As some of you may know, I hold NTEN (nonprofit technology network) Happy Hours once a month. This is a time when we as a community of “accidental techies” get together to discuss the triumphs and tragedies of the job. Add in some food and drink as well as the occasional educational speaker, and we have an excellent way to spend a Thursday evening.

So what can make these NTEN events even better? Well, when we have partners, of course! This month NTEN is in partnership with NetSquared DC for our Happy Hour to be held tonight, Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Local 16. I’m excited to meet various folks from NetSquared as well as mingle with my usual NTEN-ers. And I can’t think of a better way to spend one of the last technical nights of summer than on the beautiful deck of Local 16. We’re meeting from 6 – 8 pm tonight, and there’s still time to register. Hope to see you there!

 

Announcing the Convio Common Ground Refugee Migration package

UPDATE: The Convio Common Ground Refugee Migration package offering provided by PICnet and Exponent Partners in conjunction with Dreamforce 2012 is now closed.

Are you a Common Ground refugee looking for options? PICnet’s Convio Common Ground Refugee Email Hotline is still available at commongroundrefugee@picnet.net.

To assist nonprofit refugees forced to flee from the discontinued Convio Common Ground platform. Exponent Partners and PICnet are pleased to present the Convio Common Ground Refugee Migration package. Migrate your nonprofit from Convio Common Ground to the Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack. Get real time integration with your website through Soapbox Engage to manage new contacts, events, donations and much more!

What’s included? Read more »

 

Release of Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce at Dreamforce

A banner image for a banner day:

Soapbox Mailer release announcement Stop by our booth at the Salesforce.com Foundation Zone in Moscone West, 3rd floor to get the details – or signup to receive the news at www.soapboxmailer.com, if you’re not able to attend Dreamforce.

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Alternatives for Convio Common Ground Refugees

For those hit by the news from Blackbaud last week that Convio Common Ground will be discontinued in 2014, the pressing question at hand is the same that any refugee faces: where to now?

In considering options, there are three important aspects of the move to take into account: 1) which CRM platform should be my new home?; 2) how will I move and who can help?; and 3) how will that CRM platform integrate with my website? Read more »

 

Derek, A Brief Introduction

Derek Hello! My name is Derek and I am proud to say that I am the newest addition to the PICnet team. Today officially marks my second day with the PICnet crew in Washington, DC as a Project Manager, and I could not be more excited to be a PICnetter! I am very much looking forward to helping our clients build and manage their Soapbox sites.

I am yet another accidental techie in the ranks here at PICnet, having been exposed to the tech world during my AmeriCorps VISTA service term last year. I am a surfer at heart and I love the outdoors and eating burritos. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite things:

  1. Fast Company – my source for all things innovative and tech
  2. The Surfer’s Journal – this is how I fulfill my desire to be in the ocean while living in DC; incredible publication with extremely high quality articles and photography
  3. Permaculture/Resiliency – my vision for the future, design governed by principles found in nature
  4. Good – my “go-to” for inspirational ideas that have an impact
  5. Dawes – my favorite band right now and in my opinion, some of the best songwriters in the business today

 

Free hug and penguin for Convio Common Ground Refugees at Dreamforce

Last week, we announced the creation of the Convio Common Ground Refugee Email Hotline. We’re been proud of our operators currently standing by at commongroundrefugee@picnet.net to assist those in need. And, with Dreamforce around the corner, we want to take the opportunity to offer emotional support as well to these displaced peoples.

A free hug and penguin will be given to all Convio Common Ground refugees attending Dreamforce. Just stop by the Soapbox Engage booth in the Salesforce.com Foundation Zone at Moscone West Level 3. Phil Penn Gwynn, our three and a half foot tall inflatable friend and non-profit accidental techie, feels your pain, understands your plight, and will fit neatly into your carry on.

Free hug and penguin for Convio Common Ground Refugees

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5 easy ways for non-profits to prepare for Dreamforce 2012

If this year will be your first time at Salesforce’s Dreamforce, don’t worry, you’re likely to have a lot of non-profit friends in the same boat. With more than 70,000 attendees expected this year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sea of humanity crashing downtown San Francisco for the cloud party of the year.

Here’s a simple checklist of some of my top ways to make the most out of your Dreamforce experience (and yes, it’s not a conference, it’s an “experience”).

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