"The findings suggest that while the strategis vision for social business is strong, implementation sometimes falters. 50% of the survey participants reported that their organizations have a strategic framework or vision, however on average, report 38% having integrated social strategy development. Moreover, these data revealed that only 48% of organizations surveyed differentiate between social business and social media marketing."
Tons of interesting stuff in Mary Meeker's annual report. You can see the future materializing right before your eyes. Wearable computing? Driverless cars? They may may you look like a dork right now, but I'm betting they will be part of daily life within 5 years.
"The dramatic shift of the world’s population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of ‘smart’ cities. [In this infographic] we look into what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality."
"When it comes to tracking and using “engagement” data – the actions, interactions, and even conversations that relate to an organization’s work but don’t necessarily represent the transactional or financial data that have been traditionally used for measuring an organization’s health – today’s nonprofits are either tracking a lot, or hardly anything at all. And very few organizations are applying that data to make decisions about their programs or measure their strategic outcomes."
Kicking off 2013 with a new presidency, new goals, and new challenges, nonprofit organizations are planning their year. First thing's first, says Matthew Mielcarek, Charity Dynamic's VP of Consulting--retaining the influx of December donors, many of which are first-time donors. In a benchmarking report conducted by Blackbaud, it shows that 70 percent of first-time donors will not give again. Mielcarek created this guide outlining five effective retention strategies to turn first-time givers into lifetime supporters.