OrgSpring Nonprofit Techcast Podcast

We’re really excited to announce a podcast project we’re planning here at OrgSpring.

We’re calling it the Nonprofit Techcast, and we’ll be delivering tech tips to help your nonprofit achieve its mission online.

Really, its the same mission we have at OrgSpring.com and around the family of OrgSpring websites, but we’re distilling the content into an easy to consume audio format.

When we go live next week, you’ll find the podcast here: OrgSpring.com/techcast.

 

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Why We Didn’t Podcast Earlier

In the past, we’d been really hesitant to record audio only because we thought there would be less of an audience for it. We had been concentrating on high quality video tutorials, which, in just a few months, have been watched for nearly 100,000 minutes on our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/orgspring.

But, after a few months, we noticed that many of the comments we received were in the form of questions – specifically people asking for follow up information on how we were doing things. Even more specifically, people were asking us the theory behind what we were doing; not just “how” to do something, but also “why” we chose to do something one way over another way.

 

Why Podcasting is a Good Medium for Nonprofit Tech Theory

In my opinion, this kind of deeper explanation works well in a medium like audio, for several reasons:

  1. Long bouts of audio inside a video post gets boring and you lose the viewers attention. You compensate by creating additional visual stimuli; slides, animations, etc. The result is overproduced video without any additional value for the viewer. We don’t like to waste time or energy, so this is not an option for us.
  2. When explaining the “why” we do something, it’s helpful to get multiple points of view. Audio interviews are extremely well placed here. Radio hosts have been doing it for nearly 100 years, and, more recently, the podcast format gives us many additional options.
  3. Listeners can take audio with them wherever they go. I don’t know about you, but I love the ease with which I can download and listen to podcasts. One click on an iTunes feed and it syncs wirelessly to my iPod and iPad. Even Android has some good podcasting apps, though they take a few more clicks to operate. Often, I’ll load up my recent podcasts and hit the road for a run. The conversation keeps you going and helps take your mind off the fact that running is the most boring exercise in the world!

 

What you can expect from the OrgSpring Nonprofit Techcast

The techcast has been in planning for a few months now and we’ll be launching in the next few weeks.

Our goal is to deliver high quality tips on how nonprofits can use current and future technology to help the organization fulfill its mission online. We recognize there are many “tech tips” shows and podcasts out there. If you’ve seen any of our videos you know we do things a bit differently. We don’t just focus on the technology. Instead, we focus on how nonprofits can use the technology for issues that are uniquely nonprofit in nature.

It’s not enough just to talk about that new CRM that lets you track contacts in the social space. We would take that same content, and bend it toward the nonprofit. For example, we would teach you how to use that same technology to track not only contacts, but also donors, foundations, and grant makers. We’d discuss the theory behind using a CRM, and how nonprofits can implement a workflow that makes data entry easy. Additionally, we’d talk about how you can use reporting to help your nonprofit make business decisions.

We’re also planning podcasts on mobile apps. Of course, everyone is aware of apps live Evernote and Goodreader. We certainly don’t need to rehash that content. But if your organization employs staff that go out into the field to deal with clients, like many human service organizations do, we can show you how to use Evernote templates to take quickly and efficiently take notes in the field, get the data your organization needs, and then how to enter that information back into your system and track it.

Again, our goal is to provide you with information on the tech available to you as a nonprofit, but also to teach you how to make the best use of the technology in your daily workflow. By understanding the process behind the technology, you will better understand how to make the technology work in your organization. And that is the first step in becoming a more efficient nonprofit!

 

Availability of the OrgSpring Nonprofit Techcast

The feed will be available in iTunes and other popular channels, so you’ll have access to it no matter what kind of device you prefer to listen on.

We’ll also be making all the podcast episodes available on our website at www.OrgSpring.com/techcast. You’ll be able to listen directly in your browser or from mobile devices through the site. Our player supports HTML5, so it delivers the latest podcasting technology right to your media device, and for those with older devices we’ll have a flash fallback, so you wont miss a step there either. It will work for everyone!

We’ve decided to start with a short format show, probably not much longer than a half hour for any given episode. This gives us the ability to pick a topic and stay focused on that one topic throughout the show. We have found this to be the format people respond best to.

It also gives us the ability to address the topic from multiple viewpoints. This allows a more thorough discussion than trying to hit multiple topics from just one or two angles.

 

We hope you join us

We’ll be sharing with you the final steps of planning over the next few days before we launch the podcast, and we want your feedback. You can leave us a message or ask a question via our Techcast Question Page.

We’ll try to answer as many questions as we can online. Questions we can’t get to online, will be answered the post to which we’ll attach each podcast, and again, those will be found at orgspring.com/techcast.

The more participation we can get from listeners, the better the show will be.

As always, we thank you for being part of the OrgSpring community, and we look forward to reaching you on the airwaves soon!

 

 

 

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Craig Grella

Founder and Executive Director at OrgSpring
Craig is the founder and executive director or OrgSpring, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits achieve their missions online. Through tips and tutorials, Craig's goal is show nonprofits how to use technology to become more efficient, grow their list of supporters, and increase online donations.