Nonprofit Digital Communications

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For those doing digital strategy work, including written or multimedia content for nonprofit websites, social media, and e-newsletters. This group is for those digital communications folks who create written or multimedia content for websites, social media, and e-newsletters for nonprofits. Members will discuss topics such as social media trends, digital analytics, developing content, storytelling, planning and resources, content strategy, and more.

Topic: Introductions - New Thread 

1.  Introductions - New Thread

Posted Aug 17, 2017 14:37
Edited by Kara Potter Aug 17, 2017 14:51
Hi everyone!
Since the original introduction thread includes three years' worth of introductions, @BJ Wishinsky and I thought it would simplify things a bit to start fresh.
Please use this thread to tell us who you are, where you live and what you do, along with anything else you'd like to share.

I'll start things off. I'm Kara Potter, and I am a communication coordinator for the Missouri State Teachers Association in Columbia, Mo. I graduated from Mizzou, so it took me a while to adjust to being back in Columbia as a "grown-up," but I'm starting to enjoy living in a college town without being in college.

I just started volunteering as an organizer with this group, so please reach out to me if you have anything you'd like to see here!

Looking forward to meeting you all!
Kara

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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2.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Aug 17, 2017 15:37

Hi, all,

I'm BJ, the other volunteer organizer for the Digital Communications community group. I'm a former software engineer and technical training manager who left the software industry in 2007. Since then, I do social media for outreach and community-building for nonprofits including the Anita Borg Institute, TechSoup, and, most recently, Benetech. I did a stint a few years ago as an independent consultant, but I'm currently looking for another full-time position.

At Benetech, our online audience included many people with disabilities who use assistive technology to access the internet. Creating accessible digital content is one of my favorite topics, so you are welcome to ask me any questions about it.

I look forward to getting to know you!

bj



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BJ Wishinsky
Social Media for Social Good
Mountain View, CA
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3.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Aug 18, 2017 09:41
I'm Jean, I handle all aspects of communications (media relations, website, social media, email marketing, etc.) for Legal Momentum, a small women's rights nonprofit. We are currently exploring redoing our Drupal 7 website. We use CiviCRM for email, events, and online giving. This forum has been helpful to me as I am a one-woman band here and always looking for ways to balance limited capacity with best practices. I'm coming up on my 4-year anniversary and thinking about my next move, preferably in  human rights/civil justice or environmental conservatio, so would love to connect with anyone who does similar work in NYC.

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Jean Gazis
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4.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

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Posted Aug 22, 2017 12:09

Hi folks!

I'm the Digital Engagement Manager here at NTEN and I live in Portland, Oregon.

I do our email marketing, social media, and website content. Emails take up probably 80% of my time, but we're getting a new email system that's much more efficient, so I look forward to being able to spend more time/energy on web & social!




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Erin Doherty
Digital Engagement Manager
Nonprofit Technology Network
Portland, OR
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5.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 18, 2017 09:43
Hello and Happy Monday! My name is Erin, and I'm the Web & E-Communications Manager for Mass Audubon, based at the headquarters in Lincoln, MA. My focus is all things on the digital front-end: I take the lead on website management, content implementation, e-newsletters, list management, donation forms, eCommerce stores...you get the idea. I serve as the bridge between IT and Marketing, so I work with pretty much all HQ departments, statewide programs, and our 26 staffed wildlife sanctuaries across the state.

Thanks! I look forward to learning a great deal from this community. :)

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Erin Ellingwood
Web & E-Communications Manager
Mass Audubon
Lincoln, MA
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6.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 19, 2017 10:29
Welcome, @Erin Ellingwood! We look forward to learning from you!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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7.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 18, 2017 14:14
Hello everyone,

My name is Matthew McHarness and I am the IT Manager for Metropolitan Family Service in Portland, Oregon.  I have been IT in government, industry, and now (since 2009) in the non-profit sector.  Guess where I'm happiest...  My goal these days is to enable technology for MFS without drawing too much in resources - provide the tools needed for the tasks at hand at the lowest possible cost.  One of my common statements to staff is that you have enough to worry about - you should not have to fight the tech you need to succeed.

I am joining this community to reach out and re-engage.  Not looking for anything in particular, just wanting to hear more.  My time is usually spent as a lurker on sites like this, monitoring content and throughput.  I have decided it's time to pull my dusty Usergroup hat out of storage and jump back in the pond.

Thank you,
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Matthew McHarness
IT Manager
Metropolitan Family Service, Portland, OR
matthewm@mfs.email

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Matthew McHarness
IT Manager
Metropolitan Family Service
Portland, OR
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8.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 19, 2017 10:41
Welcome! Thanks for jumping in!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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9.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 19, 2017 11:35
Hello Everyone,
I am Gita Maheshwaran and I work in the ECM space. I have been in this ECM space since 2000, worked in product development,have architect-ed solutions, done business analysis,managed project implementations. I have moved from the role of a consultant to industry. I have volunteered  in the non profit sector in the past.
Now my goal is to work full time in non profit and want to be engaged more in the non profit IT sector and looking for opportunities where I can make effective contributions using my ECM expertise.

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Gita Mahesh
Johns Creek, GA
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10.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 20, 2017 19:17
Welcome to the Digital Communications group, @Gita Mahesh, and thank you for introducing yourself! I co-moderate the group with @Kara Potter. Please feel free to jump right in to any group discussion of interest, or to start your own. And, for those unfamiliar with the acronym, perhaps you can explain what ECM is?

Best,
bj

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BJ Wishinsky
Mountain View, CA
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11.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 22, 2017 11:45
Hi everyone! I'm new to NTEN, and this is my first note in forum. I'm really pumped to learn more about NTEN members and contribute in any way that would be helpful the community. To briefly introduce myself, I run a digital agency in Chicago called Monday Loves You. We started in 2008 as a social fundraising platform, but have taken more of an agency approach, so rebranded a few weeks ago to our new name (I know the new name is a bit weird and quirky, but so are we!).

About 80% of our clients are nonprofits, where we help them use a mix of digital (strategy, tech development, marketing, and BI/ CRM) to help raise funds and get the word out about their mission.

Again - really excited to become active with NTEN, and helping out in any way possible!

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Kevin LaManna
Principal | Monday Loves You
Chicago, IL

www.mondaylovesyou.com
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12.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Sep 23, 2017 19:13
Welcome to the NTEN communities, @Kevin LaManna! Thanks for introducing yourself. I enjoyed reading (on your website) why your agency changed its name. Great story!

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BJ Wishinsky
Social Media for Social Good
Mountain View, CA
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13.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Oct 17, 2017 17:01
Edited by Julie Sloan Oct 17, 2017 17:02
I'm Julie Sloan, born, raised and working in the northwest suburbs of Denver, Colorado! I've been at Jefferson Center for Mental Health for 16 years. I started my career in the non-profit world as a web developer, and over the years have added all digital marketing (social media, enewsletters, intranet manager and more) to the list. Looking forward to sharing information and learning new things on this board.

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Julie Sloan
Digital Communications
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Wheat Ridge, CO
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14.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Oct 23, 2017 17:50
Welcome, @Julie Sloan! Glad to have you in the community.​

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Bethany Lister
Community Engagement Manager
Nonprofit Technology Network
bethany@nten.org
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15.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Oct 24, 2017 10:41

Hello Everyone,

I'm an owner of Ocreative with my wife Andrea who started the business in 2003. We enjoy working together every day doing what we love - helping others with their marketing while using our creative skills and expertise. Ocreative is an award-winning, full-service, integrated marketing agency working with nonprofits and B2B businesses on all aspects of their marketing. ALthough we are located just outside Milwaukee, WI, we work with several clients throughtout the US from Hawaii to Massachusetts.

My personal background is in web development and multimedia design. I started years ago working with HTML and Macromedia Flash (doing ActionScript). I evolved into a website coder working primarly in PHP and Javascript to build custom content management systems. Wearing many hats, I have knowledge ranging from traditional print to email marketing to search engine marketing. However, as our business has grown, I continue spending more time in sales and business development.

I have a passion for all things tech! The web is my playground and I geek out over all of it. My analytical brain loves working in code and different technologies while my creative side enjoys using that technology in unique ways to develop unique solutions. Right now, I'm working heavily with Marketing Automation.

I look forward to sharing my knowlege and expertise when and where possible while continuing to learn from others!

Thanks

~Matt



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Matthew Koeppel
Principal
Ocreative
Hartland,WI
www.ocreativemarketing.com

Visit us at Booth #618
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16.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 03, 2017 17:36
Welcome, @Matt Koeppel!
It sounds like you have a very diverse background! I'm looking forward to your contributions to the conversation. As someone who does not really have a tech background, it's interesting to hear perspectives from people who do!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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17.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 01, 2017 12:19
Aloha!

My name is Taida Horozovic and I'm the Digital Media Manager at the Patient Access Network Foundation.

I manage our website in Joomla and another part of our site is a Donor Portal which is in WordPress, but I also cover social media, webinars, e-newsletters/eblasts, individual/online donations platform, and I design things for print and web. We are a small communications team of three but we get a lot done :)

Recently, I have been trying to make more room in my life to learn WordPress website building.

I have been in communications and non profits for a couple of decades now and I am really excited about where digital is heading :)

Happy to connect and network with all the awesome people here :)

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Taida
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18.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 03, 2017 17:32
Welcome, @Taida Horozovic!
Wow! It sounds like you've got experience in quite a range of areas! I'm glad you're willing to share your expertise with us!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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19.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 03, 2017 18:22
Hi everyone,

My name is Gord Holtslander. I'm the Director of Communications and Technology here at Circle Drive Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I oversee all the communications, both digital and print which means my days range from website development, to email automation, to video production, to postcard design. I'm also the tech guy, so that means interspersed with the digital communications I get calls, texts and slack messages regarding how to do things in a variety of programs or inquiries about why something isn't working, or FYIs like "I have no internet".

I've been working in Non Profit Country since 1992 and really enjoy it most of the time.

Right at the moment we are hoping to McGyver some camera gear and software together that would let us do live switching of video cameras. But that is an expensive proposition with anything name brand. And so far I've not been too successful in finding a lot of open source (free?) software to do what more obvious choices could do.

I'm looking forward to learning and contributing where I'm able.

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Gordon Holtslander
Director of Communications and Technology
Circle Drive Church
Saskatoon, SK
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20.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 03, 2017 21:08
Hey y'all!

I'm Evan Harrell, and I am the Digital Marketing Manager for Christian Appalachian Project in Lexington, KY. We provide human service programs to people living in poverty in Appalachia, specifically in eastern Kentucky.

I coordinate our email blasts (Salsa), website content (Drupal), and social media (fb, tw, ig -- shameless plug).

I have been a member of NTEN for two years now (going on my third) and, although I have not gleaned as much from the community as I know I could have been, I look forward to getting more involved!

Peace!

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Evan Harrell
Christian Appalachian Project
Lexington, KY
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21.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 16, 2017 15:41
Edited by Ali Jaffar Nov 16, 2017 15:43
Hello everyone! I'm Ali, and I'm the Lead Website Developer & Founder at Key Medium. Recently I've launched a website for a group of charter schools to boost enrollment to be eligible for a grant. See our nonprofit website work.

Another recent win is the COMPLETE REDESIGN of the nonprofitexpert.com website -- which has seen an increase in leads anywhere from 600 to 950% after the website redesign. Check out our other website design and development success cases.

I joined this NTEN community to better understand the needs of small nonprofit organizations, as well as to provide expert advice -- and if you'd like, very affordable services. We give steep discounts and donate our time to select organizations with our Coding for Causes program.

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Ali Jaffar
Lead Developer at Key Medium LLC
codingforcauses@keymedium.com
www.keymedium.com
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22.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 29, 2017 14:30
Welcome, @Ali Jaffar!
What a great recent win! Congrats! I'm sure your client was thrilled!
We frequently have web design questions, so I hope you will share your expertise with us!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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23.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 17, 2017 14:31

Hi everyone!

My name is Bre and I specialize in digital communications and online fundraising for nonprofit organizations. I currently serve on the board of Camp Kesem and Girls Build LA, and am involved in various other nonprofits.

I manage a product called Social Press Kit that helps immensely increase social media sharing and engagement by your supporters and partners.

Excited to be a part of NTEN!

Bre



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Bre Vergess
Social Press Kit
Los Angeles, CA
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24.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 29, 2017 14:27
Welcome, @BRE VERGESS!​
I'm excited that you're excited! I look forward to seeing your contributions to the conversation! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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25.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 28, 2017 10:42
Howdy from Boulder, Colorado! My role at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is largely focused on development and grant writing, and I was a communications director with the International Mountain Bicycling Association for a decade previously. I jumped into nonprofit work after more than a decade in journalism.

I recently scored a grant from a family foundation to launch a citizen science program. If anyone has insights on successful efforts in this space I'd be keen to discuss. Our focus will be on environmental awareness, with a STEM component and compatibility with Next Generation Science Standards. The initial platform will use mobile-friendly web pages, but if I can find more funding I'd like to build dedicated apps.

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Mark Eller
Foundations Director
Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics
Boulder, CO 80304
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26.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 29, 2017 14:19
Welcome, @Mark Eller!
This sounds like a really interesting project! Please keep us posted on how it turns out!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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27.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 28, 2017 12:03
Hey All,

I'm Rashidah McCoy from Pittsburgh, PA! :)
I currently live in Maryland and work in D.C. at the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA as the Communications Coordinator. I assist with all aspects of the organization's external communications, including website, branding, social media, digital components, and media relations.

I'm an advocate for social justice, education, and international unification. I came to JRS/USA after working on a variety of strategic communications, media relations, and social media campaigns for FleishmanHillard/DC in the Public Sector practice and at Kivvit.

I plan to attend the 2018 conference and hopefully meet some of you great peeps there!

Best Wishes!
Rashidah



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Rashidah McCoy
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28.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted Nov 29, 2017 14:14
Welcome, @Rashidah McCoy!
It sounds like you have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience! There are often questions in the discussion about branding, websites and social media, so I hope you will share some of your wisdom with us. And don't be shy about asking any questions of your own!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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29.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 18 days ago
Hi all!

I'm new to NTEN and looking forward to learning from everyone! I'm based in Ottawa, Canada and work with the Dairy Processors Association of Canada as the Manager of Public Affairs and Operations. We're a small team, so my work is a little bit of everything (hence the odd title). I'm officially responsible for all of our communications, website, IT, strategic planning, etc., though my background really is in communications.

Hope to see you all at the conference in April!
Andrea

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Andrea Genereaux
Manager, Public Affairs and Operations
Dairy Processors Association of Canada
Ottawa, Canada
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30.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 17 days ago
Hello Andrea - welcome to another Ottawa nerd! :)

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Michelle Tribe
Coordinator: Electronic Giving
Ottawa Humane Society
Ottawa, ON
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31.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 15 days ago
Welcome, @Andrea Genereaux!
It sounds like you get to wear a whole bunch of hats! I've found this group to be a great resource for questions on those parts of my job where I know just enough to get myself into trouble. Please don't hesitate to ask a question or to share your knowledge!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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32.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 17 days ago
Hello everyone!

My name is Magaly and I work in Seattle, WA as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at a local non-profit called College Access Now. I primarily run all of our internal and external communications (email, social media, etc.) as well as do design work for the organization and maintain our website. I stumbled upon this position last year and the NTEN community has taught me so much already! I am excited to continue learning from you all!

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Magaly Santos
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
College Access Now
Seattle, WA
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33.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 15 days ago
Welcome @Magaly Santos!
I'm excited that you have already found this group to helpful! I know I have learned a lot from this crew! Please don't hesitate to share any wisdom or ask any questions.

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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34.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 12 days ago
Edited by Gregg Banse 12 days ago
Hello and Happy New Year!

I'm Gregg Banse, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Don't look at the website yet - I haven't published the new version yet. :o) We're a small non-profit dedicated to researching and sharing the natural and cultural resources of Lake Champlain (in-between New York and Vermont states).

I've been in the online world since before Google as a service provider and a service consumer. Recently, I was the webmaster for George Mason University, leading their website overhaul project (65,000 pages of content and over 1200 stakeholders). I then took a position with American University as their Director of Digital Strategies. Before all of that I ran my own consulting business and helped clients with website projects and online marketing in the US, UK, Asia, and Canada. I'm white hat but have dabbled in black hat stuff just to learn how it worked and what to look out for from a defensive point of view.  I am a former moderator of WebmasterWorld (webmasterworld.com) and have presented on eCommerce, SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, choosing appropriate technologies, and internet security. I'm a graduate of the ASK Method Masterclass and have been developing automated marketing segmentation funnels - appropriate to our scale - for LCMM.

On my own time I pursue my passion of teaching webmasters how to step above the daily grind, view the big picture, and make the critical decisions that will help them lead their organization to success. I love what I do! Contact me anytime if you'd like to talk shop or kibbitz.

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Gregg Banse
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vergennes, Vermont
http://www.lcmm.org
https://greggbanse.com
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35.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 8 days ago
Welcome, @Gregg Banse!
It looks like you bring a wealth of web redesign wisdom!
Please share your wins with us as you work on your new site!
I'm in the middle of a web redesign, so if will be sure to reach out if I have any questions.
Thanks!

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Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO
Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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36.  RE: Introductions - New Thread

Posted 8 days ago
Hello Kara,
Thank you. Happy to talk shop anytime.

I'll have to think about posting "wins" as they aren't definitive but I'll post something about the status and approach.

G

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Gregg Banse
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vergennes, Vermont
http://www.lcmm.org
https://greggbanse.com
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