17
Aug
2016

Advancement Data in Bolt’s 100M Gold

  • William Cleaves
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  • alumni engagement . Alumni Relations . data . donor . giving . measuring engagement . rio2016 . Usain Bolt .

Bolt takes gold and remains the fastest man on the planet. It would appear the same old story, however the New York Times created an awesome interactive graphic that breaks down the spectacle, and Dr. Paul Boyce invites us to to examine the race in chapters defined by the smallest of intervals. The graphic shows how Bolt comes from behind…

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28
Dec
2015

The Problem With Solutions

  • Nick Zeckets
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  • alumni advancement . context . Higher Ed . measuring engagement .

Yes. Solutions can, indeed, be problematic. Take a minute and consider what you've done this year that's been completely new for your organization. Which of those things worked? What was a success? At the core of success stories today is that the low hanging fruit of one person being empowered to do their job or even a team being wholly more…

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08
Dec
2015

Heads Down for Alumni End Users

  • Nick Zeckets
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  • Advancement . alumni website . measuring engagement . QuadWrangle .

Over the past couple of months, we've been quiet here. We're not ignoring you. Quite the contrary. We've been heads down building some big, big things that our community has been asking for. This isn't a pitch blog. Those are worthless. We'll tell you all about that new stuff soon, but there are some things about head down work, as…

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13
Feb
2015

Engineering + Alumni Engagement

  • Nick Zeckets
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  • alumni . alumni engagement . Alumni Groups . context . Facebook . LinkedIn . social media .

A couple weeks back we published our Alumni Social Media Playbook with clear tactics on when, where and with what content to engage alumni via social media. Since then, hundreds of schools have downloaded the resource and we've been writing about use cases here on what you can do with those insights. Today, I'd like to talk about how your engineering program,…

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08
Dec
2014

What a good alumni website should have

  • Chi Zhang
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  • alumni website .

A great alumni website attracts alumni, engages them further, and converts them into donors. How do you fully leverage your current site to improve alumni engagement and giving? In our last blog post, “What is an alumni website for,” we listed seven features that alumni offices often include on their websites. As we’ve said, different schools have different goals and…

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17
Nov
2014

Julia Childs Would be Proud Of Your Advancement Efforts

  • Michael DiSarno
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  • Mike Disarno .

Mike Disarno is the Executive Director of Advancement Services for Saint John’s University (Queens) and an occasional QuadBlog contributor. His background as an technology leader in the advancement space, strategy consultant and marketer give him a unique perspective on applying new concepts to higher education advancement.     Many of you who don’t know me very well may find this…

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17
Nov
2014

What Can Baking a Cake Teach You About Your Alumni IT Shop?

  • Michael DiSarno
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  • Mike Disarno .

Mike Disarno is the Executive Director of Advancement Services for Saint John’s University (Queens) and an occasional QuadBlog contributor. His background as an technology leader in the advancement space, strategy consultant and marketer give him a unique perspective on applying new concepts to higher education advancement.     Recently two of my very good friends got married in Italy and…

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10
Nov
2014

What is an Alumni Website for?

  • Chi Zhang
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  • alumni website .

Your alumni website is the digital home for your alumni and broader community to learn, engage, and give. Often times, though, we build our websites with our offices in mind. The truth is we can’t get what we want unless our alumni find our websites compelling and useful for things they are looking for. So, then, what is an alumni…

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23
Oct
2014

How Incentives Can Drive Alumni Engagement

  • Nick Zeckets
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Earlier this week I was having a conversation with Scott VanDeusen from St. John's University about the new social network, tsū. I got to thinking not so much about whether tsū will live or die (I'm betting the latter), but what their unique business model and network approach can reveal for us. tsū's basic premise is that they sell ads…

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14
Oct
2014

Halloween as Model for Changing Advancement Services

  • Michael DiSarno
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Mike Disarno is the Executive Director of Advancement Services for Saint John's University (Queens) and an occasional QuadBlog contributor. His background as an technology leader in the advancement space, strategy consultant and marketer give him a unique perspective on applying new concepts to higher education advancement.     Soon it will be Halloween and the world will be flooded with…

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