‘Croatia can cause World Cup surprise’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Croatia can cause World Cup surprise’ – Blazevic optimistic for Russia 2018 Naim Beneddra 16:00 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nigeria vs. Croatia Getty World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Iceland Argentina Nigeria Zlatko Dalic’s side face Argentina in their second game of the tournament and have been backed for success by a former coach Croatia’s 1998 World Cup coach Miroslav Blazevic is “very optimistic” about the national team’s chances at the 2018 tournament in Russia.Blazevic led Croatia to the semi-finals in France 20 years ago and he feels Zlatko Dalic’s side could be capable of a similar achievement.Croatia opened their Group D campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria and face Argentina on Thursday before rounding off the pool against Iceland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move After underachieving at Euro 2016, Croatia have been labelled as an outside bet to go far in this tournament given the amount of quality at their disposal throughout the team.The likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have spent several seasons at the elite end of club football and Blazevic feels these players can take Croatia far.“There is a lot of talent in this Croatian team,” Blazevic told Goal. “There are some very great players that are in the squad like Modric, Rakitic, Lovren, Perisic, Mandzukic and others.“They are top-level players. There are also two or three who are relatively unknown, but who are able to shine and win the trust of our coach. It’s for this reason that I’m very optimistic.”Croatia qualified for the World Cup after finishing second in their group behind Iceland, but breezed through their play-off game against Greece, winning 4-1 on aggregate to advance.This summer’s competition has been branded as one of the most wide-open World Cups in recent memory, and Blazevic believes that a ‘surprise’ team could lift the trophy.“There are always traditional favourites,” said Blazevic, who also took Croatia to the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 1996. “But, I’m sure this time there will be a surprise.“Croatia is a favourite in my eyes. But, well, football experts don’t have the monopoly on predictions. And I don’t pretend to be an expert.“It’s always difficult to predict, and it is often the case that journalists are mistaken. But that’s why football is interesting too. No-one can ever pretend to know the truth.”last_img read more

What Facebook Reach Means for Nonprofits

first_imgExplaining organic reach and the Edgerank algorithmOrganic reach is simply seeing content in your newsfeed directly from a page that you’ve liked. This is different from viral reach which is seeing content from a page because a friend has liked, commented on, or shared that piece of content.Edgerank is Facebook’s algorithm that determines what is published is each user’s newsfeed. The goal of this algorithm is to publish only the most interesting and relevant content for each specific user.To determine if any given Page post shows up in the news feed, Facebook looks at four main factors:1. If you interacted with a Page’s posts before: If you Like every post by a Page that Facebook shows you, it will show you more from that Page.2. Other people’s reactions: If everyone else on Facebook who is shown a post ignores it or complains, it’s less likely to show you that post.3. Your interaction with previous posts of the same type: If you always Like photos, there’s a better chance you’ll see a photo posted by a Page.4. If that specific post has received complaints by other users who have seen it, or the Page who posted it has received lots of complaints in the past, you’ll be less likely to see that post. (This article was adapted from a post that originally appeared on Nonprofit Marketing Blog.) Does this mean a drop in Facebook engagement?Facebook periodically adjusts their algorithm to account for various different phenomenon in the newsfeed. For example, Facebook has adjusted it to include complaints on posts.Some pages have seen a decrease in reach, while other pages have had no change at all in their reach. So it’s really case-by-case, and not a global phenomenon. The pages that have seen the most dramatic loss in reach were pages who weren’t publishing content that was interesting or relevant to begin with.center_img Have Facebook changes harmed social media engagement efforts for nonprofits and companies?  We wanted to get the scoop, so Network for Good’s Katya Andresen turned to Facebook expert, John Haydon. He provided these excellent, understandable and level-headed responses to the most common questions on why people see what they see on Facebook.Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoHow do Facebook updates work and what do supporters see?When someone publishes an update (photos, videos, text only updates, links) to their brand’s Facebook page, some of the people who have liked that page will see that update in their newsfeed. Whether a specific person sees that update or not is determined by an algorithm Facebook calls “Edgerank”.In other words, liking a page does not guarantee that a user will see updates from that Page in their newsfeed. This is actually a good thing, because if you and I saw every update from everyone we ever friended (including people who were jerks to us in high school), no one would ever use Facebook.last_img read more

Key takeaways from the Internet Trends Report

first_imgAffectionately known as “Queen of the Net,” Mary Meeker is back with her zeitgeist of digital insight. Meeker, partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, presented the 2014 Internet Trends report during this week’s Code Conference. This annual report is full of useful nuggets, including key stats and opportunities for innovation. As fundraising and nonprofit marketing evolves in an increasingly digital world, this type of insight can help you understand how the landscape is changing and how these changes may affect and inform your efforts to acquire and engage donors over the next few years. A few highlights:Mobile usage, smartphones, and tablets are still on the rise.The percent of mobile traffic is growing over 1.5x per year, with this growth expected to continue or accelerate in the coming years. Mobile traffic is currently 25% of all global Internet traffic, a sharp jump from the 14% seen this time last year. Takeaway: No surprise: mobile is now a primary way we access information and services online. It’s time to understand how your audiences are using mobile by analyzing your own traffic, then plan accordingly for a mobile-friendly experience.Smartphone users now make up 30% of all mobile phone users. Meanwhile, tablets are growing more rapidly than PCs ever did, as technology and processing power becomes more inexpensive and portable. Takeaway: Test your key online interaction points to ensure they are functional and friendly to smartphone and tablet users. Think about how smartphone and tablet use differs from PC (not just how these devices are used, but also where and when), and leverage the smart interfaces and features that users expect on these devices.Communication continues to shift from broadcast to targeted conversations. New social channels and messaging apps (such as WhatsApp) have allowed online communications to shift from large broadcasts of fewer messages to more frequent communications with smaller groups. Takeaway: You don’t have to Snapchat with your donors, but think about how more personalized and targeted messages may be more effective for your organization’s most valuable relationships.Technology requires us to re-imagine content.Social content distribution is driven more frequently through a few key platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter now drive nearly 30% of all social traffic referrals. The life cycle is relatively short, though, with an average piece of content reaching half its total social referrals in just 6.5 hours on Twitter or 9 hours on Facebook.Takeaway: Find out which channels are referring the most traffic to your site and key content. Offer news and updates that are optimized for social platforms and sharing, then plan your distribution accordingly to take the social “half life” into account.The ‘visual social web’ has grown rapidly over the past year, with platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine providing a powerful intersection of mobile, social, and visual content. Over 1.8 billion photos are uploaded and shared each day, much of that volume being driven by real-time platforms like Snapchat and WhatsApp.Takeaway: Beyond engaging your supporters with your own images, encourage them to share photos of your impact and work to help build interest and amplify your reach.Our multi-screen world has unlocked a new age of video consumption, with digital audiences watching more on-demand long form video, as well as short, online. It’s also worth noting that smartphones are now the most viewed/used medium for video in many countries. Takeaway: Your best stories can be even more compelling in video form. Consider the video opportunities you already have—event footage, historic clips, testimonials—and make them part of your regular communication with supporters. For best results, host your videos in such a way that they are mobile-friendly and sharable. The report also contains keen observations on the shifts in the education and healthcare sectors, and the opportunities of big data.Check out the full report for more, then chime in below to let us know which stat is most exciting for you and your organization. KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerslast_img read more

How to Choose the Best Pictures to Use with Your Online Donation Software

first_imgHow to Choose the Best Pictures to Use with Your Online Donation SoftwareThe internet is a visual medium, and that can be very beneficial for nonprofits. Your online donation software should include images, but to get the best response, you need to use the right kind.Include Your LogoOnline fundraising tools should include your logo because it assures site visitors that they are in the right place. The familiarity of your logo also connects donors with the good feelings they have for your cause and the experiences they have had with your organization. The upper left corner of the page is where online visitors expect to see the logo. Consistency is especially important when it comes to online fundraising tools, since your aim is to make it clear that this is the page where you accept online donations, and their contribution—and personal information—is secure.One Great PhotographPhotographs are important in your donation software as well as your website. Telling your story is a key part of communicating with potential donors, and pictures make any story have greater impact. Pictures also help make the emotional connection that inspires generous giving.Your website can have many pictures, but the donation page should have a single, powerful image. Here are a few tips to help you choose just the right one:Quality photos – not cartoons, illustrations or abstracts: When you want one picture to make an impact, it should be a photograph.Your actual work – Use a real photo that shows your actual work. Avoid canned, stock images. They will not be meaningful to your donors.Include one or two people or animals – Depending on your cause, it may be more appropriate to use animals, but the best picture for evoking emotion includes a close-up image of a face. If the subject is looking straight into the camera, the viewer will feel a stronger connection with them, and also with your message.Show positive impact – Donors want to know that their donation will make a difference. A picture that illustrates the need for your work, and especially the great results that you get, will be most inspiring.Focused – The photo should be a quality, focused shot. It should also be focused on a subject. Crowds do not invoke emotion the way individuals do, so they should not feature in your donation software picture. Likewise, a too-busy image will have less meaning for the viewer. You don’t want to scatter their attention in any way. The picture you choose should help keep them in the experience of giving.Avoid inanimate objects – Buildings or landscapes make great subjects for artistic photographs, and may even relate closely to your cause, but they can’t connect with donors on the same level.Since 2001, Network for Good has helped over 100,000 nonprofit organizations raise more than $1 billion online. To discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, contact us today via our website or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

An Inside Look at The 4 Pillars of Donor Relations: Q&A with Author Lynne Wester

first_imgBONUS: She shared the names of a few organizations who are excelling at donor relations. If you want to see what a great donor experience looks like, consider giving a small gift to one of the organizations she mentions. If your “team” that is responsible for donor relations is just one person, or 50% of one person’s workload, what do you recommend they focus on first? What has the potential to have a big impact in a short amount of time? LW: I would have to say that the most meaningful messages I receive in a consistent manner come from the folks at charity:water. They make me feel important, they show me the impact of my donations, no matter how large or small and they make me feel very valuable and essential to the process. I did a quick Q&A with Lynne so you could understand what the book is all about. If we want to see what a great donor relations experience looks like in reality, who should we make a small donation to and experience it ourselves? LW: If the average first-time donor retention rate is 27%, and that’s the average, I would want to keep at least HALF of my first-time donors. It has nothing to do with the size of the organization, but rather the mindset and the attitude of gratitude that one possesses. Large or small, holding onto half of the people that invest in us shouldn’t be too high of a goal. This will really move your needle. You have to hold onto your first-time donors, otherwise they will never become loyal donors. We get this question all the time and I think you’re the right person to weigh in: what is a GOOD donor retention rate? LW: The first thing is thanking without an ask. There is NO such thing as a soft ASK, that’s like being partially pregnant. So, sincerely thank your donor in a timely manner and then, once you’ve spent their funds, tell them the story of the impact their funds had on the people your organization serves. We have to make the donor the hero and tell a story, not overwhelm them with news and information about the organization or ask them for more money. First we have to thank them, and then tell them the impact their money had. It’s a simple formula, really. LW: By far, it’s in stewardship and impact reporting. Nonprofits don’t take the time to tell the donor the impact and power of their gift, where the money went, and how it was spent. Instead, they’re too eager to obtain the next gift which leads to horrific retention rates. Of the four pillars of donor relations (acknowledgement, stewardship and impact reporting, recognition, and engagement) where do you see nonprofits struggle the most? Do you have any good examples of monthly giving programs that were branded as a “society” or “member” vs. a monthly giving program that had no separate branding? Do you know of any research that shows this works well or not? Lynne Wester: I guess you could say I’ve been in donor relations since I was a child and my mom made me write thank you notes before I could play with my Christmas and birthday presents. But in reality, as a career, it came at Rollins College where I got my start writing thank you notes for leadership and my career blossomed from there. I am so blessed to be able to spend a lifetime helping others express gratitude.center_img LW: charity:water, Whitworth University, Livestrong, and Kalamazoo College Since the webinar, Lynne has published a book, The 4 Pillars of Donor Relations. It’s a great resource for any fundraiser who wants to increase their donor retention rate (aka everyone). loyal or consecutive donors Lynne Wester is not only an expert on donor retention; she has spent her career in donor relations and is known as the Donor Relations Guru. Earlier this year I published a Q&A with Lynne about her new book, The Four Pillars of Donor Relations. Enjoy this encore blog post and don’t forget to register for Lynne’s webinar! What is the most meaningful message you’ve received from an organization after a gift was made? How did you first get interested in donor relations? If you aren’t familiar with Lynne Wester’s work in donor relations, you are missing out. Last year she presented an amazing webinar (one of our highest attended!) on donor relations and ever since then I’ve been hooked on the topic of donor relations and Lynne’s wise words on this important work that many fundraisers don’t (unfortunately) know much about. But honestly, being a part of a club is not why I give monthly. Just as powerful is my monthly gift to Livestrong, as a cancer survivor, they don’t need to brand me with a moniker or anything like that. They do a great job ensuring I have a sense of belonging and importance to them. Their donor relations and impact communications are spot on and I’m so proud to support them. I always tell my clients the amount of the gift is the LEAST important thing. The behavior is the MOST important thing. To have bottom line ROI impact focus on two groups first: LW: I give monthly to two organizations that do a great job of this. I’m a member of charity:water’s Pipeline, their monthly giving program, and I think this does a great job of keeping me informed, telling me why my support is important, and making me feel inextricable to their mission. Also Make-a-Wish does a great job with their monthly program and it has a brand. They call it the “wishmaker” club. first-time donors Thanks to Lynne for giving us a peek into the topics covered in her book and for sharing her recommendations with us. For more of Lynne’s thoughts on donor relations, follow her on Twitter.last_img read more

Health Worker Survey Finds Gaps in Facilities’ Maternal Health Supplies

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 20, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new article, “Access to essential technologies: a survey of health workers in Africa and Asia,” which was written by Jonathan M Spector, Jonathan Reisman, Stuart Lipsitz, Priya Desai and Atul A Gawande and published today BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth reports the results of a survey of health workers on the availability of essential maternal health commodities in health facilities.  The article highlights two critical points: there were critical gaps in supplies overall, while  reports by health workers in some of the 124 participating facilities suggested that shortcoming were even more severe in some places.From the article:Birth centers in lower income countries and those with lower birth volumes were overall less equipped. Birth centers in low volume centers were particularly resource-poor: reliable technologies were available only 52% of the time. While centers with larger birth volumes were overall better equipped, these birth facilities also fell short of universal access to essential equipment, medicines, and supplies.The authors also point out that since data for this study was collected via an internet survey, and therefore likely represents input from health workers in relatively well-equipped facilities, it is likely an underestimate of the severity of the problem.For more on essential maternal health supplies, visit the UN Commission on Essential Commodities or click here to watch the October 2012 policy dialogue “Strategic Steps for Global Action on Maternal Health Medicines” sponsored by MHTF, UNFPA, PATH and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.Share this:last_img read more

Join IDEAS December 18 for This Month’s Web Seminar: Maternal, Perinatal and Child Death Reviews

first_imgPosted on December 16, 2013August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This Wednesday, December 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will host this month’s edition of its monthly web seminar series.  This month’s seminar will focus on the issue of maternal, perinatal and child death reviews, drawing  on PMNCH Knowledge Summary #27, which IDEAS developed earlier this year, and covers different types of death review processes, as well as their uses and benefits for efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health in diverse settings.  The web seminar will be led by IDEAS’ Dr. Boika Rechel and use case studies in the discussion of success and challenges for implementing maternal death review processes, different perspectives on the use of death reviews, and recent developments in the area of maternal death reviews and responses.The seminar will begin at 9:30 am GMT on December 18. To take part in the seminar, you will need a headset with a microphone and headphones, an internet connection and the latest Java update.  The seminar will be available at this link.As with past seminars, this month’s discussion will be recorded and made available on IDEAS resources page.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

St. John’s Research Institute, MHTF Launch Maternal Health Young Professionals Program in India

first_imgPosted on January 24, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, St. John’s Research Institute in Bangalore, India, welcomed the inaugural class of the Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) program.The program, designed to strengthen the research skills of young health care professionals in India, kicked off with a weeklong intensive course in research methods. Eight young professionals were selected from across India to participate.With the help of mentors from St. John’s Research Institute and their home institutions, each young professional will design and complete an innovative research project on a maternal health topic.The young professionals will be blogging about their experiences in the MHYP program and sharing updates about their research on the Maternal Health Young Professionals blog. Follow along to learn more!The MHYP program is supported by the Maternal Health Task Force in collaboration with St. John’s Research Institute.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Commemorating Hellen Mammeja Technau

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on February 21, 2014November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)It is with very heavy hearts that we share that Hellen Mammeja Technau, a Maternal Health Young Champion, passed away unexpectedly last weekend.  She was a South African midwife, whose passion for helping those less fortunate and her ability to “think big” led her to not only become the dedicated maternal health professional, but also a leader in the maternal health field in South Africa.Hellen said herself:“I am a great Young Champion of Maternal Health because I am motivated, enthusiastic and extroverted and a midwife passionate about maternal and infant health…lots of work remains to be done in our country regarding maternal health and the empowering of women, the youth and midwives.”As a Young Champion, she identified the lack of coordination and communication between hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, NGOs, community health centers, and pregnant women as a key barrier to maternal health referrals and record keeping in and around Johannesburg. To address this challenge, she created a holistic database system to coordinate efforts between all entities.She was a rock star in maternal health, appearing on national TV to discuss her ideas and speaking at various conferences on the subject. Her passion and dedication to the health of women across the globe will be truly missed.Hellen always emphasized how important it was that in maternal health, women—midwives, nurses, and mothers—felt loved. She did her best to make others feel loved in all that she did. It’s a lesson that has influenced the many people who had the pleasure of knowing her.last_img read more

Margaret Kruk Joins the MHTF: Strengthening Health Systems for Women

first_imgPosted on February 24, 2015October 28, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)I sat down with Margaret Kruk, who recently joined our team at the MHTF, to talk about her career, how health systems can better serve women, the power of social media, and her hopes for the future.Your recent work has focused on health systems research in sub-Saharan Africa. How has your career brought you to this point?MK: I have a somewhat nonlinear path to academia. I’m a physician originally by training and practiced family and emergency medicine in northern Canada, which really informed my perspective on health systems, informed my research questions, and actually has really contributed to the reality testing of some of the research and policy recommendations that we’re really prone to giving inside academia.Also, I have had policy experience at the UN and have a bit of a sense for how countries struggle to implement health systems that work. I think the combination of these perspectives—both from very practical, on the ground delivery of health care to discussions with policy makers who are often very stretched by multiple agendas and donor demands and requests—has really given rise to what is for me a very rich research agenda around the functioning and quality of health systems.What a wealth of experience you have. Can you tell us a little more about your work and the important intersection of health systems research and maternal health?MK: Maternal health offers really important insight into the functioning of health systems. To provide quality maternal health care it doesn’t suffice to have simple interventions—a little bit of Vitamin A, or bed nets, or one-off technologies—what it really requires is a system: a system of individuals, facilities, of community links to facilities, and for all of that to be working all of the time in order to really avert maternal deaths.I think mothers with labor complications are only one group [who needs functioning systems]. Other folks in communities [need them] as well; people with accidents, injuries and emergent conditions get good care [and] benefit from [systems] working.That makes so much sense. If a health system can’t respond well to an obstetric emergency, it likely also can’t respond well in other emergencies. Can you share with us one of your more surprising recent findings?MK: There are a lot of global efforts to get pregnant women on antiretroviral treatment, [and we] assume that women once on treatment will stay in it; that’s how we protect future babies, protect family, and optimize the woman’s health outcomes. The difficulty is that women don’t necessarily stay in treatment and [in recent research] we wanted to understand how we could organize health services to better match what women hope and expect from a health system in Ethiopia and Mozambique.What we found from interviewing women is that respectful treatment is incredibly important to women as a part of their routine care provision for HIV as well as the opportunity to access non-HIV services in the same clinic. Women don’t see HIV as an isolated thing that they’re tackling in their lives, they have multiple health needs. When they come to clinic they want to make sure they can attend to those health needs and be efficient. That was a novel insight, we didn’t realize it would be one of the top attributes to maintaining women in treatment!You have a Twitter account. That’s great! Tell me a little bit more the value you see in using social media in global health:MK: As researchers involved in health systems, part of our social obligation is to highlight strong evidence and to disseminate findings of our research and colleagues’ research that is relevant to politicians and policy makers today. I think in particular, Twitter has been very useful in promulgating research findings and stirring up discussion and debate within the field.We agree! Now that you’re with us at the Harvard Chan School, what are you looking forward to?MK: There are massive and wonderful opportunities. I’m excited to be at Harvard, it is a cauldron of wonderful ideas and brilliant thinkers and also just a real history of engagement with policy makers and with health system leaders, which I think really enriches the research, enriches the questions and brings opportunities to engage at a really meaningful level for health system change.I hope to take the next year to stand back a little bit and ask myself which directions are the most meaningful in terms of provoking change for women, populations, and communities. I think of importance is, fundamentally, how can we push forward beyond fragmented health programs and siloed health initiatives of the past to create a flexible, responsive health system for users. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more