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  • Blackbaud University
    A Change Of Ways
    Do you ever get stuck doing something the same old way – even when you hear about a new way that may be faster – just because the old one is familiar ? I know I do. For example, I'd been hearing about the Instant Pot for a few years now, but I kept putting off getting one. I had a million excuses why I didn't need one, but the truth of the matter was – even though I knew it ... more
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    Good Vibes And A Sweet Reward For Your Feedback
    You want to become wealthy (with good vibes and a sweet mug)? I want to ask for your help in trying out a new feature we released last month for Luminate Beta - Social Posting . We're developing this feature for you, and we'd like to work with you on it. The first "release" of Social Posting allows you to create Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, save drafts, ... more
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    Maintenance On Total Giving Fields In Luminate
    Do you use the  Previous Year Total Amount  and  Year-to-Date Total Amount  constituent transaction fields in Luminate Online? Please be aware that we're running a system-wide maintenance process to update these fields to properly reflect Previous Year (2018) and Year-to-Date (2019) data. If you plan to use these fields to segment customers, they ... more
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    Improved Email Designer
    Do you enjoy using Email in Luminate Beta , but feel like the designer is a bit sluggish? Have you tried to position something in your message, but couldn’t get it in just the right spot? Or do you wish you could search for recipient lists rather than scroll through all of them? If so, then try out the new email designer! How do I get access? If your organization ... more
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  • Zero In Dartboard
    Preparing For Your 2019 Peer-to-Peer Event Season
    As you plan for next year’s Peer-to-Peer events, it is important to gather some big picture analytics to help you get a pulse on how your 2018 events performed. Doing this assessment will help you understand your fundraiser's strengths and weaknesses which in turn will help you better align your 2019 strategy. Before reviewing your own data, it is ... more
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  • Luminate Beta for Social Media Marketers: Spread Your Message
    Questions? Luminate Beta Q&A with Product Managers
    Has your organization explored Luminate Beta ? If so, you'll know that Luminate Beta is where you receive early access to the latest marketing functionality for Luminate Online like ready-to-go dashboards, simplified list-building tools, and our new "next generation" email tool .  You may have some questions about this new functionality and how to ... more
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  • Bullseye
    3 Tips To Enhance Use Of Image Assets In Luminate Online
    Want to get involved in the Luminate Beta Email contest ? You can use it as a chance to get creative and build your brand. Try these tips for using fresh new images from our friend Christina Relacion at Cathexis Partners:  As an online marketer for a nonprofit, you likely wear a lot of different hats — especially if your organization has a tight budget. ... more
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  • Megaphone lady
    Use Luminate Beta Email? Then Get Rewarded!
    Are you using Luminate Beta? Now you can get rewarded for using the new Email tool!  Join our email contest  for a sweet reward when you use Luminate Beta Email and share your experience right here in the Community. How does it work? Use the new  Luminate Beta Email tool  to send an email to over  100 contacts  and share what you did here in this discussion for ... more
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    New: 18 Designer Templates For Luminate Beta Email!
    Do you need some email inspiration? Check out our new, Blackbaud-designed templates for Luminate Beta Email! Whether you’re sending a quick “thank you” email for donors to a recent campaign or refreshing the look of a monthly newsletter, these new templates will save you time, and give your emails a polished, professional – and mobile-friendly – ... more
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    Luminate Beta Email: View Recipient Information
    One of the most satisfying aspects of email  marketing is knowing who opens a message  after it's sent.   To help you und erstand which recipients engage with the content you send from  Luminate Beta , you can now view lists of their names and email addresses as you analyze email performance.  From Marketing , Email , select the name of a communication to ... more
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  • Megaphone lady
    Winning Ways To Engage Mission Ambassadors For End Of Year Campaigns
    Have you locked yourself up yet with a notepad to brainstorm on  how will we change up end of year fundraising campaigns this year ?  Is one of your ideas "let's engage social influencers"? Good news! We've got some tools that will help!  Personal and social recommendations can sometimes cut through the clutter of social media newsfeeds and jammed email ... more
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  • Attentive.ly
    Measuring Social Clout After Klout
    If you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you that Klout is going to the deep caverns of the internet where Geocities and other products have gone when they are retired. Lithium announced a week ago that May 25th would be the last date for Klout scores and topics. So it’s time to bid farewell to one of the datapoints we’ve used to help determine ... more
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    Junk Mail
    I was waiting outside for my son to get off the school bus and figured I would grab the mail. As I flipped though the letters and magazines, one in particular caught my eye. It was all about cats: cat food, cat behavior, cat clothing, cat conventions. I put it straight into the recycling. I have nothing against cats— I like cats! —but my husband is extremely ... more
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  • Mobilize Your Social Ambassadors
    Harness The Social Power Of Your Email List With Social Insights
    By Sam Marx You work hard to cultivate your email list. Whether it's acquiring donors, volunteers, activists, or just people interested in a newsletter, a wide range of strategies and tactics help you capture key supporters and grow the number of people you can reach via email. Cultivating your social media following requires a similar level of effort ... more
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  • Greyhound
    Schedule A TeamRaiser Event Status Email - And More Tips From DNL Omnimedia
    Our partners at DNL Omnimedia have compiled some super Luminate Beta tips in a blog post entitled 3 Ways to Start Using Luminate Beta in 2018 , including new ways to use Dashboards, Lists and the Social Influence Report. Their Dashboards suggestion helps handle a really common challenge for event coordinators: Making sure that everyone who ... more
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    Create Even Better Queries With New Luminate Beta Lists Capabilities!
    Last week we added new Luminate Beta Lists capabilities that help you tie your queries up with a bow. "Filter by Group" allows you to add Luminate Group members to your Lists queries. Yes, you can filter by "current gen" Luminate Groups in your Luminate Beta List queries. How does this extend your Luminate Beta List capabilities? Some of the ... more
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    What's New: Groups Filter In Luminate Beta List!
    Now you can filter on specific system-generated groups from Luminate Online within a Luminate Beta list. You can combine the groups filter with other filters to enhance your lists. For example, you could find TeamRaiser participants who are social influencers and encourage them to help increase awareness of your upcoming event. Anyone with access ... more
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    New Constituent Address And Total Giving Filters
    Just in time for year-end fundraising, we’ve added new Giving and Address filters to Beta Lists to save you time when creating campaign queries.   Filter by Constituent Address Quickly add address parameters to your list with Constituent Address filters. Narrow down addresses by City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, County and Country. Filter by ... more
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  • Welcome email
    NEW! Email Welcome Campaign Toolkit
    It’s a great time to plan a warm welcome for all the new, first-time donors from your #GivingTuesday, year-end, and holiday campaigns.  To help you get this done, we created a new Welcome Series toolkit that includes mobile-friendly email templates, step-by-step instructions, and even Photoshop design files. With these tools and Luminate Beta, ... more
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    3 Ways To Build Birthday Campaigns with Luminate
    With the new Luminate Beta Lists filters , you have fresh superpowers, including creating super simple email lists to drive birthday campaigns. Email people on or before their birthday to power relationship-building and fundraising. Here are a few of the new opportunities this offers you:     1. Send birthday ecards to supporters.  Remind ... more
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  • Blackbaud University
    Become A Luminate Online Power User!
    Are you spending too much time trying to understand the comprehensive tools in Luminate Online? Blackbaud University training can teach you the features and flexibility of these tools to help you streamline tasks and become more efficient in your job. We want to make sure you're getting the most out of your solution so you can better understand your ... more
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  • EOY Fundraising Toolkit
    FREE! Great Giving Tuesday & End Of Year Campaign Kit
    We've just posted a well thought out and totally useful  #GivingTuesday & End-of-Year Email Campaign Toolkit   in the Community. It's mobile-responsive and socially aware. And designed to help you boost your #GivingTuesday and end-of-year campaign results.   This toolkit - created by the experts on our strategic consulting team - gives you all the ... more
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    New TeamRaiser Dashboard Filters!
    Now, in Luminate Beta , you have more choices to help narrow down data on the TeamRaiser dashboard with the Primary Event Type and Event Status filters.  These filters allow you to be more concise in what you choose to display.  The Primary Event Type filter includes values that are used when setting the Primary Event Type in a TeamRaiser event. The  ... more
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    What Can I Do With Wealth Ratings?
    As part of our Intelligence for Good initiative, we’re making analytics and intelligence more accessible and easier to use . Last week we turned on Wealth ratings in Luminate Beta Lists. The new Lists filters allow you to evaluate supporters’ financial resources according to publicly available wealth data . Let's look at some ways you might use ... more
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  • New Feature - Luminate Beta
    Filter By Wealth: A Peek Into Your Constituents' Capacity To Give
    Now you can do even more with Lists in Luminate Beta ! Filter your consituents based on their Wealth rating - a five-star system based on assets. With this sneak peek into your constituents' financial standing and capacity to give, you can help determine where to focus your fundraising energies and which donors to ask for larger gifts. Keep in mind the ... more
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  • Social Insights
    New Social Insights Report
    We've just released the new Social Insights Report in Luminate Beta ! Using Attentive.ly 's contact matching technology, this report gives you insight into what your constituents are up to on social media.   First time in Luminate Beta? Need help logging in? Go here!   From the Luminate Beta homepage, simply click the Social Report tab, and you'll see ... more
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    Luminate Beta Survey Opportunity - Win $50 Gift Card
    Have you not logged into Luminate Beta yet? If you have not logged into Luminate Beta , we’d love to hear from you! Please complete our 10 question survey for a chance to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card .   LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BZHBHD7 We’re using your feedback to better understand how we can serve our clients. ... more
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    Try Two-Step Authentication With Your Blackbaud ID!
    While your email address and password help secure your Blackbaud ID used to sign in to  Luminate Beta  and this Community, you can now try an extra layer of security. With two-step authentication, your Blackbaud ID requires a unique verification code — received on your personal device, to confirm your identity — in addition to your usual credentials. ... more
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    Go Big with People Powered Campaigns
    People want to go big in 2017! This Thursday, we'll show you how on our webinar "The Secrets Behind People Powered Campaigns" with NetChange. Your supporters are inspired to make an impact and bring their social networks, stories and ideas to the table. However, with the growing democratization of social change, the digital tactics we’ve come to know ... more
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  • What's New
    Luminate Beta Lists At A Glance
    Have you checked out Lists in  Luminate Beta  yet? Not quite sure what you can do with  Lists ? Watch the two minute video below to learn more!   Lists  will roll out in waves, and you'll receive a notification in  Luminate Online  and  Luminate Beta  when the feature is added to your site and ready to use. If you can't see  Lists  yet, be sure to check back ... more
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    Sign Into Luminate Beta With Your Blackbaud Account!
    We're launching a new sign-in to access Luminate Beta ! Get ready for Luminate's big step toward Blackbaud's single sign-on solution!   Now, when you access Luminate Beta , you'll be required to link your Blackbaud.com account to Luminate Online . Do you have a Blackbaud.com account?  It's the same account you've used to access Blackbaud Community and ... more
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  • What's New
    Create Lists In Luminate Beta
    We're excited to introduce  Lists  in  Luminate Beta , a powerful tool for identifying and targeting your supporters.  more
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