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  • Li Ka-shing's Exit Plan Marks End of Era for Asia's Tycoons
    Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

    The curtain is falling on a generation of Asia’s tycoons who forged vast fortunes in the fires of the region’s political and economic upheaval of the past half-century, as people briefed by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing say he plans to step down as chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd by next year.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Business
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    Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

    Top 10 DMAs in which adults say equality for all is extremely important to them.

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    Source: GfK MRI’s 2011 Market-by-Market Study

    This brief initially appeared in MarketingDaily on December 7.

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  • Lincoln-Sudbury Claims State Title to Round Out Final Nike/USL HSB Top 25
    By mschneider - Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

    The Northeast and Midwest regions wrapped up their seasons over the weekend, but there were no changes in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys' Top 25.

    No. 16 Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), the last of the Top 25 to finish its 2017 campaign, claimed its third straight state title, defeating Acton Boxborough (Mass.) 9-7 and Boston College High (Mass.) 8-7.

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    National Top 25

     
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    1 Landon (Md.) 21-0 1 Season complete (IAC champion) 2 Darien (Conn.) 23-0 2 Season complete (Class L champion) 3 Culver Academy (Ind.) 21-1 3 Season complete 4 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 21-0 4 Season complete (Class C champion) 5 St. Ignatius (Calif.) 19-2 5 Season complete (WCAL champion) 6 Delbarton (N.J.) 21-1 6 Season compete (NJSIAA Non-Public A champion/TOC winner) 7 Calvert Hall (Md.) 17-2 7 Season complete (MIAA-A champion) 8 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 20-2 8 Season complete (Class A champion) 9 McDonogh (Md.) 17-4 9 Season complete (MIAA runner-up) 10 Chaminade (N.Y.) 11-4 10 Season complete (CHSAA AAA Champ) 11 Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 21-2 11 Season complete (Class C runner-up) 12 La Salle College High (Pa.) 21-2 12 Season complete 13 Bullis (Md.) 18-3 13 Season complete (IAC runner-up) 14 Severna Park (Md.) 20-0 14 Season complete (MPSAA 4A/3A champion) 15 Victor (N.Y.) 19-3 15 Season complete (Class B champion) 16 Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 19-1 16 Season complete (Division I state champion) 17 Pittsford (N.Y.) 19-2 17 Season complete (Class A runner-up) 18 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 15-4 18 Season complete 19 Haverford School (Pa.) 16-7 19 Season complete 20 Boys' Latin (Md.) 14-5 20 Season complete 21 Avon Grove (Pa.) 23-2 21 Season complete (PIAA 3A champion) 22 Yorktown (N.Y.) 17-5 22 Season complete (Class B runner-up) 23 Conestoga (Pa.) 22-4 23 Season complete (PIAA 3A runner-up) 24 Manhasset (N.Y.) 15-2 24 Season complete 25 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 17-1 25 Season complete
    Also considered: Massapequa (N.Y.), Malvern Prep (Pa.), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), Springfield-Delco (Pa.), Moorestown (N.J.), Cherry Creek (Colo.)
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    Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
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    Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
    Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
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    Northeast Top 10

    1. Darien (Conn.), 23-0

    The Blue Wave claimed their fourth consecutive Class L state title with a 16-3 win over Cheshire (Conn.) and pushed their winning streak to 54 games. The championship was their 13th overall. Previous: 1

    2. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 21-0

    The Seahawks, who have won 28 straight games, earned their third straight state title with a hard-fought 11-9 decision over Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) in the Class C final. They have two losses combined over the past three championship seasons. Previous: 2

    3. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 20-2

    The Patriots’ ninth state title came with a dramatic 10-9 overtime win against Pittsford (N.Y.) in the Class A championship. Ward Melville trailed 9-4 with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and was still down 9-6 with 1:01 left in regulation. Previous: 3

    4. Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-4

    The Flyers were awarded the CHSAA Class AAA championship after the CHSAA sanctioned St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) for using an illegible player this season, canceling the title game with a forfeit and stripping the Friars of all their wins. Previous: 4

    5. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 21-2

    J-D built a 5-1 lead in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold on in an 11-9 loss to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) in the Class C state final. The Red Rams’ only other loss was to Yorktown (N.Y.) on April 11. Previous: 5

    6. Victor (N.Y.), 19-3

    The Blue Devils were dominant in a 9-3 win over Yorktown (N.Y.) in the Class B final, as they collected their third consecutive state championship. Previous: 6

    7. Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), 19-1

    The Warriors topped Acton Boxborough (Mass.), 9-7, in the Division I North final, then followed with an 8-7 win over Boston College High (Mass.) in the state championship game as L-S claimed its third straight state title. The Warriors built a 5-0 lead early and an 8-4 lead after three quarters in the final, and Jack Sutherland led the way with three goals. Previous: 7

    8. Pittsford (N.Y.), 19-2

    The Panthers just missed out on their first state title, dropping the Class A championship in heart-breaking fashion against Ward Melville. Pittsford led 9-4 with 4:26 left in regulation but gave up the game’s final six goals as the Patriots stole a 10-9 win in overtime. Previous: 8

    9. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 15-4

    The Bulls’ season ended with a 9-8 loss to Ward Melville (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A title game late last month. Connor DeSimone finished the season with 60 goals and 54 assists, while MIchael Latini had 48 goals and 17 assists. All of East’s losses were by one goal, including a regular-season loss to Ward Melville. Previous: 9

    10. Yorktown (N.Y.), 17-5

    Yorktown closed the season with a 9-3 loss to Victor in the Class B state final after earning a thrilling overtime win over Garden City (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Previous: 10

    — Will Cleveland

    Mid-Atlantic Top 10 (season complete)

    1. Landon (Md.), 21-0

    The Bears were rarely tested on the way to an IAC title that closed a perfect season. They finished in style by beating Bullis (Md.), 18-7, in the championship May 12. Joey Epstein (Johns Hopkins) piled up 75 goals and 48 assists for the season, and Justin Shockey (Navy) won 79 percent of his face-offs. Previous: 1

    2. Delbarton (N.J.), 21-1

    The Green Wave blasted Moorestown (N.J.), 15-9, on Saturday to claim their second straight NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title and third in the last four years. They let an eight-goal lead shrink to three in the fourth quarter but recovered to pull away late. Michael Long, Luca Tria (Cornell) and Matt Campbell scored three goals apiece. Delbarton beat Ramapo, 10-4, earlier in the week to earn a spot in the final. Previous: 2

    3. Calvert Hall (Md.), 17-2

    The Cardinals left no doubt about their spot atop the MIAA-A, closing with a 12-6 win over McDonogh (Md.) in the championship May 25. After two early losses, they finished the spring with 15 straight victories. Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) hit his scoring stride in the run and finished with a team-best 47 goals and 44 assists. Previous: 3

    4. McDonogh (Md.), 17-4

    The Eagles came up short in their bid for a repeat MIAA-A title, falling 12-6 to Calvert Hall in the championship May 25. Their nonconference résumé included defeats of heavyweights Chaminade (N.Y.), Haverford School (Pa.) and Bullis (Md.). McDonogh put five players on the all-conference team, including defensive stalwarts B.J. Farrare, Brandon Shure and Chris Smith. Previous: 4

    5. La Salle (Pa.), 21-2

    The Explorers tripped up short of a Pennsylvania state title, falling to Central Bucks East (Pa.), 8-6, in a June 3 quarterfinal. The loss finished an impressive season highlighted by a Philadelphia Catholic League title and wins over a handful of traditional Pennsylvania powers. Brett Baskin (Johns Hopkins) was named PCL MVP after tallying 41 goals and 23 assists. Previous: 5

    6. Bullis (Md.), 18-3

    The Bulldogs put together another strong résumé but settled for runner-up in the IAC after losing 18-7 to top-ranked Landon in the final May 12. Alex Trippi (North Carolina) posted 54 goals and 61 assists this season and finishes as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Previous: 6

    7. Severna Park (Md.), 20-0

    The Falcons were perfect en route to a repeat Maryland 4A/3A title. They finished in dramatic fashion, beating Churchill (Md.), 7-6, in the May 24 final on a goal by Jack Thomas with three seconds left in regulation. UMBC-bound Trevor Patschorke posted 83 goals for an explosive club that averaged 15.8 goals per game. Previous: 7

    8. Haverford School (Pa.), 16-7

    The Fords ended a second straight season with a loss to Culver Academy Prep (Ind.) in the Inter-Ac Invitational final. They couldn’t get much going offensively in a 9-5 defeat on May 21. It was still another strong season for Haverford with a handful of notable wins against a brutal schedule and an outright conference regular season title. Luke O’Grady (Providence) did his part in pacing a new-look attack with 56 goals. Previous: 8

    9. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 14-5

    The Lakers earned the No. 2 seed in the MIAA-A tournament but had their season end in the semifinals with an 11-8 loss to McDonogh on May 22. After a nice run midseason to get to the top of the conference standings, they closed the spring with three losses in their final four games. Matt Brandau (Yale) set the offensive pace with 36 goals and 34 assists. Previous: 10

    10.  Avon Grove (Pa.), 23-2

    Zach Augustine’s double-overtime goal Saturday gave the Red Devils a 5-4 win over then-national No. 20 Conestoga (Pa.) and their first Pennsylvania (PIAA 3A) state title. They had to go to the extra period after allowing the tying goal with one second left in regulation. Avon Grove got through to the final by beating Central Bucks East, 7-5, on Wednesday, boosted by two goals from Augustine. Previous: NR

    — Eric Detweiler

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    South Top 10 (season complete)

    1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 21-1

    The Raiders claimed their second consecutive state championship with a 12-7 win over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.). STA has not lost to a Florida team since May of 2015. 

    2. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 15-5

    The Rangers ended the season by winning their second consecutive THSLL state championship. They are the first repeat THSLL champion since 2010. 

    3. Lassiter (Ga.), 17-4

    The Trojans beat Lambert (Ga.) 10-5 to win their first GHSA 6A/7A state championship since 2006, ending Lambert’s in-state win streak at 39 games and avenging last year’s title game loss. Colvin Prosser led with four goals in the weather-delayed game, while Nolan Moon scored three goals, Choice Mostellar added two and Justin Edwards one. The Trojans came back from down 4-1 early to beat Allatoona 11-9 in the semifinals. 

    4.  Lambert (Ga.), 20-2

    The Longhorns rallied past Centennial (Ga.), 12-7, to advance to the GHSA 6A/7A state championship game, but were denied a repeat title with a 10-5 loss to Lassiter in a weather-delayed final. Alex Walker scored two goals for Lambert. Eric Overbay, Kyle Lewis and Bradley Wehmon had one each. 

    5. Middle Creek (N.C.), 22-0

    The Mustangs finished off a perfect season to claim their first ever state title. They beat Lake Norman 17-8 on Saturday to win the NCHSAA 4A championship. Middle Creek fell behind early, but put together a strong second quarter to take an 8-4 lead at halftime. Senior Jake Medwar led the Mustangs with five goals, and Patrick Tanner and Owen Caputo scored four each, while Graham Schwartz won 19 of 25 faceoffs. Middle Creek got to the finals by upending perennial power and previously-ranked Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 17-4 in the semifinals.

    6. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 18-1

    The Eagles advanced to the THSLL title game, but fell short of the title when Dallas Jesuit rallied for a 9-8 win. ESD had beaten Jesuit 7-5 on April 28. 

    7. The Woodlands (Texas), 23-1

    The Highlanders, top-seeded in the THSLL Final Four, lost to Episcopal Dallas, 11-8, in the state semifinals. The Woodlands owns five out-of-state wins. 

    8. Weddington (N.C.), 19-1

    The Warriors scored 12 second-quarter goals on their way to a 21-6 win over Cedar Ridge in the NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A state championship for their first state title. Austin Leonard led with five goals, while Hunter Fasanaro had four. The Warriors beat Cuthbertson (N.C.) 21-6 to advance to the title game. Leonard scored five goals, Fasanaro had four goals and three assists and James Shipley had four goals and an assist in that win. Whitner Litton collected nine groundballs and won 23 of 29 faceoffs.

    9. Memphis University School (Tenn.), 16-3

    The Owls won their second consecutive TSLA state title when Cade Klawinski scored in the second overtime to beat McCallie School (Tenn.) 9-8. The game was forced to overtime after a flurry of late goals in regulation. Daniel Shumake gave MUS an 8-6 lead with 50 seconds left, but McCallie scored two quick goals to send it to overtime. The Owls beat Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 12-4 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. 

    10. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 19-2

    The Sharks’ promising season ended in an upset in the second round of the Florida state play-in games. Their only other loss was to Jupiter, and they had three strong out-of-state wins. 

    — Aimee Ford Foster     

    Midwest Top 10

    1. Culver Prep Academy (Ind.), 21-1

    The Eagles concluded their season on May 20 by winning the Inter-Ac Invitational in Philadelphia. They beat nationally-ranked Haverford School (Pa.) in the final to avenge their lone loss of the season. Culver, which is ranked third nationally, also had notable in-region wins over Brother Rice (Mich.) and New Trier (Ill.). Goalie Matt Schmidt blocked 169 of the 219 shots he faced this season for a 77.2 percent save rate. Previous: 1

    2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 20-4

    The Warriors clinched their 13th straight state championship with an 8-7 victory over Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) on June 10, following an 8-6 win over Rockford (Mich.) in the semifinals. Brother Rice had 10 first-team all-state selections, led by Michigan’s Mr. Lacrosse Jack Kelly. Previous: 2

    3. Cathedral (Ind.), 21-4

    The Irish finished 2017 with their second-straight state title, defeating Carmel (Ind.) 8-5 in the final June 3 to avenge their lone in-state loss. After an 0-2 start to the season, Cathedral bounced back with wins against Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) and Brother Rice (Mich.), and its only other setback was against Canadian power Everest Academy. Kavan Braun led the way for Cathedral. Previous: 3

    4. New Trier (Ill.), 20-4

    The Trevians were crowned Illinois state champs on June 3 following their 9-6 win over Loyola Academy (Ill.), which avenged a 7-6 loss from April 29. New Trier’s season was highlighted by a pair of wins over MICDS (Mo.) and a victory over DeSmet Jesuit (Mo.). Nelson Gaechter finished the season with 58 goals. Previous: 4

    5. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 19-1 

    The Pioneers won the Michigan Division II state title with an 11-9 victory over Forest Hills Central (Mich.) on June 10. The title was East Grand Rapids’ first since 2009. Hub Hejna (Colorado College) scored an astounding 93 goals and 66 assists this season. Previous: 5

    6. MICDS (Mo.), 17-5

    The Rams won their fourth straight state title on May 27, beating Chaminade Prep (Mo.) in the final. All five of MICDS’ losses this season were decided by three goals or less, including an overtime decision against Brother Rice (Mich.) and two games against New Trier (Ill.). Harry Wellford (Virginia) finished his time at MICDS with 163 goals and 125 assists. Previous: 6

    7. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio), 17-7

    The Crusaders won their last 10 games of the season en route to Ohio’s Division I state title, defeating Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) 9-8 in double overtime in the final June 3. Moeller’s season was highlighted by a win over Ohio powerhouse Upper Arlington in the state semifinals, as well as a win over St. Xavier (Ohio) in the regional finals. Previous: 7

    8. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-8

    The Ramblers could not defend their 2016 state title, falling to New Trier (Ill.) 9-6 in the championship game June 3. Loyola played arguably the toughest schedule in the region, but had most of its success in-state, defeating teams such as New Trier (Ill.) and Grayslake North (Ill.) during the regular season. Previous: 8 

    9. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-3

    The Golden Bears’ impressive season ended in the state semifinals against Moeller on May 31, as they couldn’t avenge a regular-season loss to the Crusaders. The only other team to beat Upper Arlington this season was Dublin Coffman (Ohio). Jack Dolan led Upper Arlington’s attack with 53 goals. Previous: 9

    10. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 15-6

    The Shamrocks nearly ended Brother Rice’s run as Michigan state champs, but wound up short in an 8-7 contest on June 10 in the title game. Detroit Catholic Central had victories over New Trier (Ill.) and one-loss Hartland (Mich.). Previous: 10

    — Justin Boggs

    West Top 10 (season complete)

    1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 19-2

    The Wildcats beat Bellarmine Prep 9-4 to claim their eighth straight West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) title and wrap up another impressive season. Ignatius, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally, hasn’t lost a league game in eight years of play. Previous: 1

    2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 18-1

    A year after failing to make the state final for the first time since 2011, the Bruins made the most of their return to collect their record sixth title with a 17-8 win over defending champion Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the Class 5A championship. Cherry Creek beat Kent Denver (Colo.) 13-5 in the semifinals to set up the third championship meeting in the last four years with Regis. Previous: 2

    3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 18-2

    The second-seeded Mavericks claimed their eighth CIF championship overall and third in four years by outlasting Coronado (Calif.) 10-9 in the San Diego Section Open final. They ended a one-year title drought after topping Poway 11-8 in the semifinals. Previous: 3

    4. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-4

    The Raiders topped 2016 state runner-up Arapahoe (Colo.) 15-7 in the Class 5A semifinals but couldn’t repeat an early-season win over Cherry Creek in the final. Regis fell behind 5-1 in the first quarter and trailed 9-2 at the half. Previous: 4

    5. Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.), 21-4

    The Cubs claimed their second straight Southern Section CIF title, avenging a regular-season loss to Palos Verdes (Calif.) in the Los Angeles final and topping Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) 13-5 in the overall championship. Loyola’s other three losses were against teams that have been ranked this season. Previous: 5

    6. De La Salle (Calif.), 19-4

    The Spartans claimed the CIF North Coast Division 1 title, beating Amador Valley (Calif.) 7-5 in the final to avenge an early-season loss to the Dons. Three of their four losses were decided by two goals or less, including one against nationally-ranked St. Ignatius Prep. De La Salle beat knocked defending champion Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) out in the semifinals, 8-6. Previous: 7

    7. Arapahoe (Colo.), 13-5

    The Warriors won 12 of their last 14 games after a 1-3 start to the season but ended their season with a second loss to Regis Jesuit in the Class 5A state semifinals. Arapahoe led 5-4 at halftime but was outscored 11-2 in the second half of the 15-7 loss. Previous: 8

    8. Oregon Episcopal (Ore.), 17-1

    The Aardvarks avenged their lone loss of the season by beating previously-ranked West Linn (Ore.) 11-10 in overtime of the state semifinals May 31, then went on to win the title Saturday with a 9-6 win over Sunset. They held a 4-3 advantage at the half but fired off four goals in the third quarter to propel themselves to the win. Previous: NR

    9. Skyline (Wash.), 16-2

    The Spartans claimed the WHSBLA Class 4A state title with a 9-7 win over rival Eastlake (Wash.) in the final after topping Woodinville (Wash.) 9-6 in the semifinals. Skyline had one in-state loss this season, a two-goal loss to Bellevue (Wash.) in the opener. Previous: 9

    10. Coronado (Calif.), 15-7

    The Islanders rallied back from an 8-4 deficit against La Costa Canyon to take a 9-8 lead with 4:29 left but couldn’t hold on and settled for runner-up in the San Diego Open division. It was their second one-goal loss to LCC. Coronado upset previously-ranked Torrey Pines (Calif.) 6-4 in the semifinals, less than two weeks after dropping a 19-7 loss to the Falcons. Previous: 10

    — Laurel Pfahler

    Short Summary: 
    Seasons ended in the Northeast and Midwest, highlighted by Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) winning a state title.
    Sub-Category: 
    Photographer Main Image: 
    PHOTO BY JOSEPH PREZIOSO/BOSTON HERALD
    Photographer Parallax: 
    PHOTO BY KEVIN P. TUCKER
    Photo Main Caption: 
    With a 8-7 win over Boston College High (Mass.) in the state championship game, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) claimed its third straight state title.
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    Culver Prep Academy (Ind.) finishes on top in the Midwest after winning the Inter-Ac Invitational in Philadelphia.

    Source: US Lacrosse Magazine
  • Sell smarter with ProsperWorks for G Suite
    Tuesday Jun 6, 2017

    If you want to scale your business, you’ve likely invested in a CRM solution to manage sales workflows and speed up data-driven decision-making - but, CRMs have become a clunky epicenter for team collaboration. You need actionable data insights to drive deals forward, which often require a CRM tool that integrates with the apps you use every day. ProsperWorks for G Suite can help:

    With ProsperWorks for G Suite, it’s simple to integrate your CRM with the tools you already use, like Gmail, Calendar and Docs. You can:

    • Access everything in one place—forget toggling back and forth between your CRM and G Suite applications
    • Automatically sync Google Contacts in ProsperWorks
    • View and track sales activity in real-time directly within Gmail
    • Export data from Sheets to ProsperWorks and get insights instantly without manual data entry
    • Create custom dashboards, reports and charts using the Google Sheets integration in the ProsperWorks CRM Custom Report Builder

    Why UrbanVolt chose ProsperWorks for G Suite

    UrbanVolt, an energy-saving firm based in Dublin, Ireland, installs LED lighting for businesses at no upfront cost (“light as a service”). UrbanVolt's Light as a Service® solves the problem of companies requiring capital to install LED lighting. This model allowed the company to scale rapidly, but it also meant managing a higher volume of inbound leads. “We needed a solution that would allow us to scale our inbounds and deal flow with ease,” says Edel Kennedy, Head of Marketing at UrbanVolt.

    The UrbanVolt team opted for ProsperWorks for its intuitive design and its seamless integration with G Suite. “ProsperWorks was the clear choice for our team. There was no learning curve since it worked with G Suite, where we spend the majority of our day,” says Kennedy.

    Now, UrbanVolt employees save time because they don’t have to toggle between their CRM and spreadsheets to analyze data. Instead, they use G Suite tools like Sheets Add-on for ProsperWorks to view opportunities at various stages in the sales cycle, and create advanced dashboards, reports, charts and graphs collaboratively.

    If you want to get started using ProsperWorks for G Suite at your business, sign up for a free webinar on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

    Source: The Official Google Blog
  • 29 Ideas for #GivingTuesday 2016 you haven’t thought of
    Monday Oct 10, 2016

    I recently attended an event at Whole Whale focused on #GivingTuesday ideas and they know their stuff! We heard from communicators at New York Cares, DonorsChoose.org, and more about how they're approaching #GivingTuesday and what's been successful for their organizations in the past. This article shares similar success stories and insider tips--it's a perfect resource to get your organization's creative juices flowing before November 29th. 

    -Laura Fisher

    This article was originally published on Wholewhale.comWhole Whale is a digital agency that uses data and technology to help nonprofits make an impact. 

    We hope you are participating in #GivingTuesday 2016 as the nonprofit sector tries to build a herd mentality in the same way that online retailers built up Cyber Monday. What’s more, the sector is trying to build a new unselfish social habit, which means it will take more nonprofit participation to compete with the existing holiday corporate messaging. This past year, Cyber Monday revenue grew 16%, topping $3 billion in sales (Adobe Digital Index 2015). In 2015, Giving Tuesday grew by 145% to a record total of $116.7 million in donations. This year Whole Whale analysts predict that #GivingTuesday will raise over $250 million, read more about this and other facts about #GivingTuesday).

    There are tons of #GivingTuesday guides, playbooks, toolkits, examples and stories so we decided to try to summarize some of the best ideas as well as add our own. Enjoy!

    1. Join #GivingTuesday. The rest of these tips don’t really make sense if you aren’t participating… List yourself on GivingTuesday.org/join
    2. Draft a quarterback. Have an internal point person executing the plan and creating wrap up analysis with learnings for next year (this doesn’t have to be your classic fundraising person either). Have them recruit a team of volunteers/super supporters from your network. Pro-tip: give this group a title like #GivingTuesday Advisors.
    3. Beat those pesky giving lines #GivingMonday. Look, if the generous profiteers at Kmart can start Black Friday at 6am on ThanksGiving – you can ‘open your doors’ early and count donations for your campaign starting Monday (or earlier). Feel free to use this joke when you do it.
    4. Use social norms and price anchoring. The average donation amount in 2013 was $140 (Blackbaud). Make this subtly known on your donation form options and copy. Yes, we know averages are wildly misleading – but it’s for a great cause. Geek out on more influence tactics
    5. Focus on new donor cultivation while using it as an opportunity to rally existing supporters to ‘friend raise’ and pull in their friends by donating themselves.
    6. A message from your constituents. Plan a Youtube video with recorded “I gave because” from your super supporters – with donate button. Release it on Monday and throw some ads behind it. Here is a great one the Michael J. Fox Foundation created from supporter letters.
    7. Host a live YouTube ‘telethon’, announce new donors and interact with social media interactions. Pro tip: register for YouTube.com/nonprofit and make sure you have a strong internet connection.
    8. Put your CEO in a dunk tank. Well it doesn’t have to be a dunk tank, but you get it. This idea is inspired by our friends at DoSomething.org who put their CEO, Nancy Lublin and COO, Aria Finger in a dunk tank and only dunked them if they hit a million for their annual event. We were there, it was awesome. Pro-tip: combine this with #7.
    9. Karma. Find a cause you care about and donate to it on #GivingTuesday. Never hurts to have (good) karma on your side.
    10. Schedule it. Schedule out your giving reminders across all major platforms using HooteSuite, Facebook scheduled posts, and your email scheduler. Try to analyze peak times your followers are active – we like FollowerWonk for analyzing followers on Twitter.
    11. Ink your supporters. Create temporary hand tattoos with your  {logo} + #GivingTuesday or #Unselfie. Send these to volunteers ahead of time, ask them to ask staff during lunch to collect. These can also be used as incentives for early giving or participation. Here are the cheapest ones we found – 1000 for $100
    12. Reputation matters. New volunteers will be evaluating new nonprofits based on rating sites. Check to make sure you are updated in places that matter: Guidestar.com, CharityNavigator.com, GreatNonprofits.org, Wikipedia.org.
    13. Time sucks suck… Participate, but don’t let this take too much time! Time is money, manage expectations on returns for your work.
    14. Start early. Trends for Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday show people gearing up in August/September.
    15. Blitz your message! Have super supporters schedule tweets that say “I gave to @{YourCharity} #GivingTuesday” for December 2nd, 2014. ThunderClap is a great tool for this.
    16. Better together– don’t worry about crowded messaging, we are increasing the size of the pie, which means your slice will be larger. Think about how you can collaborate with other orgs in your cause area. Donation averages per charity involved in 2012 & 2013 stayed relatively even as total charities involved increased by 250%.
    17. Matching Gifts are to #GivingTuesday as deals are to #CyberMonday.  Create urgency by creating a 24-48 hour period where donations will be matched. Use Double the Donation’s #GivingTuesday Matching Gift Pages for free.
    18. Don’t cannibalize your holiday messaging. This is just the start of the race – not the final sprint. Think about positioning this as participating in a social movement to combat the shitty commercialism that has taken over one of best excuses to eat turkey with in-laws.
    19. TEST YOUR DAMN DONATE PAGE. This should happen well before #GivingTuesday. We have had increases of 20% and higher for every page we have A/B Tested for our Whole Whale clients.
    20. First Tuesday giving. Offer an option for donors to repeat their donations on the first Tuesday of every month.
    21. Be a part of the conversation. Be hyperactive on social and consider running ads in the afternoon 1-4pm when donation activity peaked on #GivingTuesday in 2013 (Blackbaud).
    22. Prepare a landing page. Promote your Giving Tuesday campaign on your site’s homepage, and across subpages so that all visitors will know about it. Create a focused giving page just for #GivingTuesday and promote that exact page, don’t make people click to find your donate button please.
    23. Progress meter! Set a donation goal and show users the progress towards that amount. Pro-tip: feel free to raise the goal if donations start pouring in and try to seed early donations to get started. We like IndieGoGo and Tilt, but you can also fake this functionality by manually updating an image on your site as you hit milestones.
    24. Say thanks! Show a feed of Twitter users who have donated and try to thank each one that donates with #GivingTuesday.
    25. Make donations tangible. Will the money go toward a new program or needed equipment? Giving transparency can help your story when getting ‘fence-sitters’ to convert. Lakeside Chautauqua managed to raise $105k by focusing on a local restoration project in their community.
    26. Be #Unselfie (ish). Encourage your members to share their #unselfie(s) with you on Twitter, FB, and Instagram. Try to highlight the best stories – Once again, The Michael J. Fox Foundation did this very well in 2013.
    27. The best ideas are not in the room. Look to your supporters for great fundraising stories that you can bring national attention to.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation did this well by finding a 10 year-old who was selling barrettes to raise money to help her friend struggling with the disease.
    28. Don’t ignore corporate giving! Companies are just like people (#HobbyLobby) and may have employee giving programs you can tap into or find matching gifts through. America’s Charities is a leader in running workplace giving campaigns and has some great tips for #GivingTuesday corporate giving.
    29. Did it work? Create a December donation forecast, then measure total donations for December and on #GivingTuesday. Ask the question: Did we cannibalize giving, redistribute to Tuesday, or increase it?

    Video training on online fundraising basics

    Source: BigDuck smart communications for nonprofits
  • The elusive millennials: are they worth chasing?
    Monday Dec 5, 2016

    Ah, millennials—they’re the constantly SnapChatting young people with attention spans that shorten every day. (I’m allowed to say this because I’m one of them!) As millennials make up more and more of the workforce and their buying power increases, organizations are obsessing about how to get them to care about their cause—and ultimately how to get them to give.

    This obsession has led to tons of research about the generation, and after doing a little digging, I noticed that the research doesn’t always match up. For instance, MobileCause said millennials give to causes, rather than specific organizations or brands, but Inc. 500 found millennials to be extremely brand loyal compared to other generations.

    So what’s the deal? Do millennials care about a specific organization or not? And how does that affect their likelihood to give? Big Duck’s new market research tool, the Brandraising Benchmark, also digs into questions like these, and our June survey returned some interesting results about young people:

    1. 18-34 year olds had some of the highest levels of awareness of participating organizations. This means they were more likely than other, older age groups to claim that they’d heard of a participating organization. This was true for nonprofits large and small, and across a variety of sectors.
    2. When asked about the importance of participating organizations’ mission statements, 18-34 year olds were more likely than any other age group to say the mission was very or extremely important. Again, true for nonprofits of all sizes and a variety of sectors.
    3. When asked about their likelihood to donate in the future, 18-34 year olds were more likely than all other age groups to say they probably or definitely would donate. Again, true for organizations large and small, and across sectors.

    So perhaps all the obsession over millennials is warranted: they’re aware of what’s going on in the nonprofit sector and excited about donating. What’s more, they seem to be aware of specific organizations (not just the issues behind them), so they may pay more attention to your brand than you might expect.

    My biggest takeaway about all of this is that developing a brand that inspires connection is more important than ever. Think Nike or Old Spice, and think fast because this age group has a lot of organizations vying for their attention.

    If you want to know what millennials (and other demographics) think of your organization specifically, sign up for our Brandraising Benchmark.

    Source: BigDuck smart communications for nonprofits
  • Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed
    Friday Apr 7, 2017

    You want to change the world? Don't forget the little tasks in life. Adm. William McRaven, who offered that piece of advice in a landmark 2014 commencement address at the University of Texas, discusses his book, "Make Your Bed," on Lunch Break With Tanya Rivero. Photo: iStock

    Source: The Wall Street Journal: Books
  • Your #GivingTuesday To-Do List
    Wednesday Nov 2, 2016

    #GivingTuesday is less than one month away! [That’s Tuesday, November 29th, in case you missed it!] I’m already getting emails and tweets reminding me to “save the date”... are you ready?

    Earlier this week, Daniel and I shared some tips for how to maximize #GivingTuesday with the finalists of the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize, who will each receive a match of up to $5,000 for their donations. This is part of their new local giving campaign, Brooklyn Gives, created to encourage Brooklyn residents and small businesses to come together to support some of Brooklyn’s most outstanding community-based nonprofits.

    As part of the training, we offered a week-by-week list of how to plan #GivingTuesday. So if you still haven’t started your preparations, don’t fret. There’s still time and lots of hope!

    Week 1 (Oct 31-Nov 6)

    • Brainstorm your big idea/approach
    • Set your goal(s)
      • # of donors
      • # of actions
      • Dollars raised
      • Average gift
      • New donors (general and/or monthly)
      • New social followers

    Week 2 (Nov 7-13)

    • Outline your plan

      • Who will you target?
      • Why should people participate?
      • What channels will you use?
      • When will you send out messages?
      • Who will be the sender or signer(s)?
    • Begin producing content

    Week 3 (Nov 14-20)

    • Finish content production

      • Finalize copy and design; get approval
      • Code emails
      • Test online giving
    • Get staff and board excited
      • Tell them what you are doing
      • Ask them to participate

    Week 4 (Nov 21-27)

    • Schedule content
    • Share gratitude during Thanksgiving
    • Preview your #GivingTuesday campaign as part of other communications

    Week 5 (Nov 28-Dec 4)

    • Send out your appeals
    • Keep supporters posted on updates
    • Test "boosting posts" or online advertising
    • Raise lots of money on Nov 29!
    • Report back on results and say thank you!
    Good luck, and if you’d like to dig into some more #GivingTuesday pearls of wisdom, read these posts:

    Source: BigDuck smart communications for nonprofits