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BSD@Events: What the Engage For Good Conference Taught Me About CSR

Vice President of Accounts Katherine Mackenzie recently went to the Engage for Good conference in Chicago. Find out what she learned about how brands and nonprofits are making a positive impact on the world — and how we could all be doing better.

Listening to our Moms

We recently hosted a Mother’s Day brunch in NYC for moms of BSDers — and for the mothers at Blue State. Find out what the moms thought about Blue State, the demands on modern working women, and how the workplace in general has changed over the years.

What Can AI Teach Brands About Customer-Centric Marketing?

What can AI teach brands about customer-centric marketing? Quite a bit, actually. Samir Patel, Managing Director of our London office, writes about how we partner with Tanjo.ai to dive into the future of audience research.

Download: 2018 Fundraising Insights Report

With data from 260+ nonprofits, our latest Fundraising Insights Report will help you pinpoint where your organization is winning and which opportunities you’re missing out on. Get the report to help your organization be hyper-responsive to your most important people year-round.

Fundraising Insights Report

Email Personalization Made Easy

Need to inject a personal touch into your email sends? Senior Strategist Chris Coletta is here to help. Check out his six tips for email personalization using a simple programming language built into the BSD Tools — no complex third-party integrations required.

Download: 2017 Year-End Fundraising Toolkit

‘Tis the season of giving — and we’re presenting to you the 2017 Year-End Fundraising Toolkit. In this pdf, you’ll find practical tools to make last-minute adjustments, perfecting your fundraising program.

6 Tips for Awesome Cross-Discipline Work

At Blue State Digital, we’re not big on silos — cross-team collaboration is happening every minute of every day. Casey Merber (Designer) and Camille Petersen (Content Strategist) have some tips on what they’ve learned from working together on a daily basis.

BSD@Events: Inspiration and Anxiety at DrupalCon 2018

Last week, Sam Zimmerman, our VP of Global Project Management, attended DrupalCon 2018 summit in Nashville. Beset by competitors in every tier of the market, is the Drupal platform at a crossroads? Read on to find out what Sam thinks — and heard — about the state of one of our favorite open source platforms.

Watch: The Stories We Tell

In a world where consumer activism is on the rise, it’s more important than ever for organizations to provide authentic, meaningful experiences to their customers, advocates, and donors. Take a look at what some of our amazing clients are doing to build trust and meaningful relationships.

Stop Losing Your Recurring Donors

Recurring donors are incredibly important to any fundraising organization — so how can we keep more of them around even longer? Will Moyle, Digital Analyst in our New York office, breaks down the different categories of cancellations and what we can do to keep those donors in the fold.

What #MarchForOurLives Says About the State of Activism

A handful of teens affected by gun violence just rallied hundreds of thousands of activists from around the country to march on Washington and other cities. Advocacy & Engagement Director Matt Compton discusses what this inspiring show of organizing says about the state of today’s progressive movement in the U.S.

Clients Creating Change: Female Leaders Speak out

To wrap up Women’s History Month, we wanted to reflect on the past, present, and future of gender equality. We spoke with several women who have achieved enormous success in the nonprofit, brand, and advocacy sectors to better understand how far we’ve come — and how far we still need to go — to increase female representation in leadership.

Creating a More Inclusive Blue State Digital

At BSD, we’re committed to progress for ourselves — for our organization, for our clients, and for the things we care about. To make that happen, we need people from all backgrounds putting themselves and their perspectives into the work. Michael Guzzetti of our HR Team writes about the thinking behind our recently launched Diversity & Inclusion page.

Tips for Implementing Data Validation in Drupal 8

Having trouble with data validation in Drupal 8? BSD’s Director of Technology Operations, Kelli Monahan, is here to help. Read on for some quick tips on how to add your own validation rules when creating or editing content.

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BSD@Events: What We Learned at the PAC Advocacy Conference

Last week, several Blue State Digital staff attended the PAC Advocacy Conference, where Director of Advocacy & Engagement Matt Compton spoke about “How to Build an Advocacy Story.” Here were some of their takeaways from the event.

Looking for Love in All the Right Inboxes

Love is in the air — and in our inboxes. Creative Director Dan Thain discusses some of his favorite Valentine’s-themed email campaigns from the past year and what we can learn from them.

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Facebook is Making Radical Changes to the News Feed. Now What?

Facebook is becoming less and less friendly to publishers who aren’t paying for ads on its platform. This month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the News Feed will start favoring posts by friends and family over publishers and brands. Several BSD staff provide their thoughts on what this could mean for the brands and organizations that rely on Facebook for content distribution — including many of our own clients.

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How Did the Weekend Year-End Affect December Fundraising?

In 2017, the tax deadline for charitable donations (December 31) fell on a weekend — we predicted this would present a challenge for nonprofit fundraisers. Now that year-end donations are in, our analysts took a preliminary look at the results and the effect this timing had on funds raised.

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