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8 Social Good Trends For Entrepreneurs To Ride On In 2015

The web has dramatically changed the rules of doing business right from fundraising to marketing to selling, everything has changed. What worked before doesn’t work now. Social entrepreneurs that take full advantage of the ever evolving web will be the ones that will rule the hearts and minds of donors and consumers. At Dutiee our goal is to keep you updated with the latest. Trends that are showing results and will help you profit from. In 2014 we outlined seven trends that social entrepreneurs could benefit from and all of these continue to still hold true in 2015. Social mission embedded consumer startups, crowdfunding, data, transparency, visuals, design and hackathons – we believe 2015 will see these trends grow stronger as more entrepreneurs leverage these and realize their benefits. The one new trend that we would like to add for 2015 that’s proving effective for many startups is Storytelling. Brands that are embracing storytelling as part of their communication/marketing strategy are gaining immensely in establishing new, deep and lasting connections. More on storytelling and other …

Technologies That Power Social Good Startups

It seems like just yesterday that the social good sector was struggling with outdated tech, slow computers, crashing and clunky software or worse no access to technology and knowhow. It was the rapid spread of the Internet and coming of age of web-based applications (also known as SAAS or cloud software) that fueled the adoption of tech by nonprofits and social good startups for everything from record keeping, fundraising, campaign management to marketing. Today the sector is using some of the same tools as any other tech savvy startup or billion dollar company. The rise of easy to use web applications and now mobile, many which are free or offer affordable monthly plans has been the real driving force behind this rapid adoption. In my interview series, Learning from founders where I interview social entrepreneurs about how they are building their social good startups, there is one question I always ask “What are some of the tech tools you use to power your startup?” The entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to are working on a wide variety of issues that span everything …

My Big Fat Guide For Social Ventures, How to Grow Sales and Acquire Customers

Every business wants growth and growing sales is a hard problem that is critical for social startups to crack if they wish to succeed in their social mission. Scaling social impact requires scaling sales as Saba Gul, Founder of Popinjay realized after 2 years of hard work running her commerce powered nonprofit. This article is intended to help social ventures, old and new to succeed on the web – on presentation, acquiring customers and increasing sales. Visuals On the web a book is judged by its cover first, your look and feel,  is very important. People are moved by beautiful websites and pictures. If you do a poor job of presenting your store/product on the web, people won’t stay on you site for long or extend that negative impression to your products. On the other hand if you have a beautifully designed website with compelling pictures of your products and provide a nice, engaging experience people will want to hangout on your site longer and would often come back and maybe even tell their friends …

Must Read Guide To The Business Of Doing Good

If you’re looking to learn how the worlds TOMS Shoes and Warby Parker’s are created, or thinking about creating a consumer brand committed to helping the disadvantaged, then this article is for you. We’ve compiled together some serious wisdom from successful entrepreneurs who’ve grown their ventures into huge successes.

Saving Your Loved T-Shirts – Project Repat On How They Went From Idea to Success

Got t-shirts in your closet that you no longer wear and don’t really want to get rid of either. We all have old t-shirts that we want to hold onto since they have so many fond memories attached.  Project Repat offers you an excellent  way to declutter your closet and at the same time preserve your t-shirt memories forever. All you need to do is send them your old t-shirts and they would flip it into a hip new blanket that you could use to stay warm or just keep around your house. Project Repat launched their custom t-shirt blanket through a Groupon campaign last year and it was an instant hit, within a week they sold over 2000 blankets with over 1500 people shipping hordes of their old t-shirts to their office to be memorialized forever. Since then the demand for their service has only been skyrocketing, hitting over $1 million dollars in sales in just over a year. Their popularity is not surprising considering that in America people get t-shirts for almost every …

GiveForward – On Growing The #1 Medical Fundraising Website

GiveForward is a website that aims to rescue people in their most difficult of times. When people are overcome with sickness and bills, GiveForward steps in to help individuals raise funds for their loved ones suffering from a medical condition and struggling to pay bills. GiveForward is a unique web based fundraising platform that is exclusively focused on helping people raise money for medical expenses. In the US there are over 400 billion dollars of out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by insurance, 1 out of every 5 Americans (18 – 65 age group) are struggling to pay medical bills – that sums up to a mind boggling number of over 54 million Americans hurting from medical expenses (* Statistics provided by GiveForward) As of today GiveForward has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for things like general medical expenses, cancer treatment, transplants, funeral costs and disaster-relief. We first introduced this amazing  social startup to our readers back in 2011. We recently had the opportunity to connect back with the co-founder Ethan Austin …