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15 reasons why membership organizations love Soapbox and Salesforce

As we’ve freely confessed over and over (and over and over and…), we’re sweet on Saleforce. It provides an immensely powerful platform for managing all the relationships a nonprofit has with individuals and organizations.

If you’re a membership organization, you’re all about managing relationships. Here are the top fifteen reasons why membership organizations love the crush Soapbox Engage has on Salesforce: Read more »

 

Soapbox Donations: Brains, beauty, and strong communication skills

We like our donation forms to have the complete package: brains, beauty and strong communication skills. No games. Just tell us exactly where things stand. With our Soapbox release last night, Soapbox Donations just got a bit brainier, a bit sexier and a whole lot more communicative.

When a visitor clicks submit, the form confirms that all required information has been entered and is properly formatted. If there are elements that require the attention of the visitor, the form will slowly scroll up to the top of the page, display the message “Please confirm all required information is correct” and highlight all fields needing attention.

Take a 21 second peek to see it all come together:

What’s more, the submit button is disabled during form processing while the credit card is swiped with the payment processor and the transaction details are posted to Salesforce. That prevents the visitor from inadvertently clicking the button and making multiple transactions if that processor takes longer than they expect.

Brains, beauty, and strong communication skills. The complete package.

 

Workflow for online email sign ups pushing to Salesforce Lead and Contact

They say that every challenge is an opportunity. We took that to heart recently when crafting our new approach for onboarding email newsletter sign ups on client websites that create Salesforce Leads to convert to Contacts records. Here’s our chosen approach to overcome a common hurdle in this very standard functional need.

The challenge is this: Read more »

 

More mobile, more money: Five essentials for increasing nomadic conversions

We dig the good folks at Pew Internet. They do some great research to uncover important trends in this, our wired world. Take some numbers from a post summarizing a recent report of theirs:

“Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within the overall population than owners of more basic mobile phones.”

Not shocking news, eh? Yeah, we didn’t think so. This tidbit from another study by Pew Internet won’t be either but the percentages may surprise you: Read more »

 

“Soapbox Engage is where we should be,” says Groundswell Movement

“Massive growth” with Soapbox Engage

Soapbox Engage has allowed us to achieve pretty massive growth,” said Isaac Luria, Senior Director for Engagement, New Media and Technology.

Groundswell logoThe Groundswell Movement is a non-profit organization in New York City, sponsored by Auburn Seminary. It was founded on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by a Sikh American family that was exposed to anti-Muslim violence. As a new organization, building their supporter base was vital.

Within two months of launching Soapbox Engage, they doubled their supporter list.

“We have a list of 40,000 supporters now. Soon we’ll likely be over 50,000 and could be over 100,000 by the end of the year,” said Luria. Read more »

 

Geo search Salesforce data from your website

Geo search Salesforce data in Non-Profit SoapboxWith the latest release of Non-Profit Soapbox, we handed our Saleforce integrations a map and, lo and behold, it turns out that Soapbox has a fine sense of direction and distance!

For any object in Salesforce with valid U.S address fields, you can now add a geo search to a Salesforce Search form. This allows visitors to drop in a zip code and a distance in miles or kilometers, click search, and see what locations in your Salesforce data fall within that geographic radius. The results can display an inset map of that location and tell the visitor how far from the given zip code the location falls.

Why would you care to do this? For as many reasons as there are points on a map, my intrepid explorer! As inspiration for this little journey, think store locator tool, or service location finder, or a tool for finding member organizations that just passed Geography class, or a search tool for funded projects across the country that Dora the Explorer would be proud of.

Interested in giving your website a good sense of direction when it comes to your Salesforce data? Talk to us. We’re happy to serve as your Lewis and Clark for exploring a whole new world of possibility.

 

Funky dollar bill strategies for nonprofit technology projects

We dig the community we work with: smart folks committed to the social good who are seeking innovative ways to bring about positive change as effectively and efficiently as possible. Of course, we know that all the smarts and ingenuity don’t get you too far without the funky dollar bill. Read more »

 

Smarter secure payment forms and real time Salesforce integration

Non-Profit Soapbox can be your cash register. Want to accept donations or member dues or payments for event registrations without having your donor or member or attendee ever leave your site? Yep, you can do that. Our tools are tight with PayPal, Authorize.net, and Braintree so it all happens behind the scenes and you keep your visitor your visitor – rather than shuffling them off elsewhere.

What’s more Read more »

 

Braintree added as payment processor option to Soapbox

At PICnet, we dig choice. Choice is good. Choice is especially good when it comes to ways our clients can collect money for donations, membership dues, and event registrations seamlessly on their sites through Soapbox Donations and Soapbox Events.

Choice + money = all sorts of goodness.

That goodness just got a bit gooder for our do-gooder clients with the addition of Braintree Payments as a payment processor option. Now our clients have the choice of PayPal Website Payments Pro, Authorize.net, or Braintree when it comes to folks swiping their credit cards virtually to support their cause.

Why Braintree? It’s not just for the name which makes us feel smart and earthy every time we say it. They’ve developed quite a rep for being both developer-friendly and customer-friendly. Just check out to what Pascal Finette, Director of Mozilla Labs at Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser you just might be using to read this, had to say about Braintree:

“Braintree is phenomenal – not only do they have a proper payments API (try to find that somewhere else!) and constantly innovate on every aspect of the business, but their team is also redefining what great service looks like. In our terms: A whole lot of Awesome.”

Goodness AND awesomeness. That’s quite a one-two punch – and now it’s available in Soapbox.

 

B Lab leads the way with Salesforce-powered search directories

Benefit Corporations are no stranger to being ahead of the curve, and that especially true for B Lab’s new website that spotlights these trailblazing organizations. For those of you who haven’t heard the word about Benefit Corporations, they are a “new class” of corporation that are re-imagining the way that business does business in order to affect positive change in the world.

If you’d like to see a list of this growing community of socially responsible businesses, the new BenefitCorp.net website will grant that wish. And given that their Benefit Corp search directory is fed live from B Lab’s CRM database—Salesforce.com— you’ll be able to see the list automagically grow almost before your eyes as more and more organizations join the ranks. Read more »