17 November 2016

More Time with Family, Less Time with Social Media

via GIPHY Are you counting down the minutes to turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole? How long has it been since you’ve seen your family sit around the table and catch up? Holidays are a precious time to unwind and reconnect with the special people in your life.   via GIPHY However, with the #GivingTuesday or #SmallBusinessSaturday around the corner, organizations cannot afford to let their accounts go silent. The last thing someone needs is the stress of maintaining social media accounts during the holiday. Below are social media tools and tips that will help you be social in...
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10 November 2016

Once Upon A Time..

There was a story that moved the hearts of readers. It compelled them to get involved, to donate, to support a cause. How? How do you write a story to gets a response from your readers? By keeping it relatable. Make sure the people have a name, an age, and a voice in the story. Readers want to be able to relate to whomever they’re reading about. A mission will have more traction if supporters can connect to what they’re working towards! See below, Instagram is a great platform for sharing successes. Barbells for Boobs shared Cheri’s original post and images while...
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02 November 2016

Client Testimonial: Center on Technology & Disability

The Center on Technology & Disability is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. I can’t speak highly enough of AmDee LLC and its creative, talented, flexible team. When another web developer left us past deadline and with little remaining budget, AmDee came to our rescue. They understood our needs and developed a responsive, intuitive, highly functional website design and then implemented it with remarkable speed. They created...
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27 October 2016

Website Practices: Making it Personal

Getting Personal With Your Website Today alone, I have used my search engine to look up the hours of operation for a store. I researched the baggage policy for an airline. I asked for directions to a balloon store for a holiday party. Each site that I landed on immediate picked up that I was on my phone. They all recognized that I was in Eastern Virginia. Some took it a step further and displayed ads based on my recent shopping patterns. It was clever & helpful personalization at it’s finest. So how can organizations create a more personalized website?...
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21 October 2016

Client Testimonial: Parents’ Place of Maryland

The Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, and parent center. They help families of children with disabilities and special health care needs throughout Maryland. They hired AmDee to redesign their website in hopes of making it more accessible. Val Englert is the Communications Coordinator for PPMD and below is her testimonial to the services AmDee LLC provided. What prompted you to seek AmDee’s services? What situation or problem did you need to solve? Before working with AmDee, our previous website designer was not the best match for our organization. We needed someone that understood our mission and was...
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05 October 2016

DIY: Creating a Blog

Welcome back to the second installment of AmDee’s Do It Yourself series. Last time we offered at step by step guide to adding visuals to your blog. This week, we’re going to delve into the nuts & bolts of creating a blog. So. Why blog? The first, and most obvious answer is to drive traffic to an organization’s site. Organizations who take advantage of a blogging opportunity will find that their site’s traffic will increase. As blogs bring visitors to a website, those visitors could become leads, customers, or even promoters.   Using blogs as a platform to tell an organization’s...
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29 September 2016

Behind the Screen: Meet Jessica AmDee’s Senior Designer

Meet Jessica, the mastermind behind AmDee’s graphics and design! Name: Jessica Skorich Position with AmDee: Graphic Design Magician & WordPress Designer aka Senior Designer Do you have any pets? Yes, I have 2 cats. What’s your favorite part of your job? I love getting to be creative, coming up with fresh new designs. It’s great when your passion meets what you do every day.     What’s the last song you listened to? Something from the Piano Guys playlist.       What’s the number one item on your bucket list? I would love to travel the world. Give us one fun...
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14 September 2016

Top 10 Blogging Tools That Will Save The Day

Blogging: (B-log-ing) Verb. The practice of creating content for a website. :Brings more traffic to a nonprofit’s website :Creates credibility within the community :Gives others a glimpse into the service and mission of an organization :Increase donors for fundraising Blogging is opens doors for nonprofits and other organizations. However, it also requires various elements of organization, creativity, and content. Below are 10 tools that can help bloggers on their content creation journey: Hemingway Editor This holy grail blogging tool is a game changer. Aside from the basic spell check and grammar, it reads the content. It lets the writer know sentences that are too long or...
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07 September 2016

Fighting the Social Factors of Accessibility

Digital content shared through a website is a powerful tool for nonprofit outreach, fundraising, community building, and program delivery. But what if your message is falling on “deaf ears”? Currently 1 in 5 Americans have a documented disability. That’s 20% of fundraising opportunities or outreach your organization could be missing. All nonprofits are require to make their site accessible for those with disabilities, read about the basics of making a website accessible here. On top of reaching those with disabilities, nonprofits need to take into account social factors like: Users who speak another language Users with low literacy rates Users who...
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31 August 2016

Behind the Screen: Meet Elyssa, AmDee’s Project Manager

In our last installment of Behind the Screen, we introduced you to our Marketing Coordinator, Elena. Today we’re meeting our Project Manager, Elyssa! Meet Elyssa Respaut, AmDee’s Project Manager. She is a native New Yorker, currently residing in New York City. With a touch of OCD, Elyssa plans and organizes everything in her life. Thus making her career with AmDee a perfect fit. She loves managing projects and team members by keeping them organized and on track. A motto she tries to live by is a place for everything and everything in its place. In addition to her passion for organization, Elyssa loves animals! She’s had a...
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