Vote for great nonprofit panels at SXSW

South by Southwest Interactive is a fantastic conference for folks who work in social media and the web. Though it's not specifically geared toward nonprofits, nonprofiteers are well-represented among the 14,000 attendees.

Last year, 450 panel discussions were featured, chosen by people who voted online. Since thousands of panels are submitted each year, we need your help to make sure the awesome nonprofit panels that have been submitted are included in next year's conference!

Small Act has submitted two panel ideas, AARP (one of our clients) submitted two panel ideas, and our friends at Beaconfire, a consulting firm that specializes in nonprofits, have submitted several panel ideas, too. Links to all those panels are below.

Even if you're not planning to attend the conference, please vote so nonprofits are well-represented at the conference! Here's what we need you to do:

  • Vote for these panels. It’s fast and easy. (You will need to register, but it only takes a minute.)
  • Leave a comment for these panels. (Comment in the Panel Picker, not on this post.) Comments carry more weight than votes. If you’re excited about a topic, or a speaker, say so!
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Voting starts today and ends at 11:59 CDT on Aug. 27.

Panel suggestions from Small Act:

Let's Go Stalking! Fun With SocialCRMs
Scary or not, here they come! Now that organizations and businesses are entering the social media space, they need to hyper-target and engage users of certain demographics. Social Customer Relationship Management systems (SocialCRMs) make it possible to find and engage your base and get results, fast. By interviewing experts in the SocialCRM space, we'll discuss what the SocialCRM landscape looks like now and how it is going to revolutionize the social media sphere in 2011 for organizations and businesses. We'll also discuss how others have used SocialCRMs successfully to turn fans into donors and customers.

Tiny Strategies: Social Media in 60 Minutes or Less
In this quick-hit, practical-tips-focused panel, nonprofit social media experts will share their strategies for maximizing their social media impact with very little time to devote to it. We'll go round-robin style to find out how you should spend your time, whether you have 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes a day to devote to social media.

Panel suggestions from AARP:

From Woodstock to Facebook: Connecting with Baby Boomers
There are 70 million baby boomers and most of them are online. Even though they’re the fastest growing demographic on Facebook, they don’t want to be talked to like kids. Learn from AARP’s VP of online marketing where they are spending their tech time, what they are talking about and how they differ from Gen Xers & Millennials.

Turning Facebook Followers Into Change Agents
100,000 followers, and you still want more. What are they good for? Online numbers don’t always equate offline results. How do you build an online community that makes a serious impact for your cause? Nonprofit social communications wizards share examples and tips to get your fans mobilized for action.

Panel suggestions from Beaconfire:

You Mobile Non-profit: A Play in Three Acts
Mobile is changing our lives, but it’s also changing the world for the better. We’re dying to share tactics, tools and trip-ups from organizations who have ventured deep into mobile and lived to tell.

Just ‘Cause: Can Technology Make Brand Irrelevant?
Thanks to technology, the line is starting to blur between the power of a household name brand and the passion of scrappy mission-focused organizations. Yet when it feels like nothing short of a crisis will engage people with your cause, how do you compel them to act? The battle of Cause vs Brand is on.

Method Tweeting for Nonprofits: Much Ado About Something
When organizations use Twitter to promote themselves, it’s largely about playing a role. The person tweeting is tasked to be on message as the voice of the organization while creating a unique and engaging personality to draw an audience in. If Shakespeare were on Twitter, how would he tweet?  We’ll pick the brains of people who live this challenge daily in the nonprofit sector.

Money for Nothing, and Your Software for Free
Free beer! Free kittens! Free software! We all love to get something for free, especially when budgets are tight. But free things almost always come with hidden costs, and free software is no different. Some tools give you great power – but you have to know how to use it.  Others limit your options, or ignore what you really need.  Some may even be just what you‘re looking for. We’ll ask: what does free software really cost?

Guerilla Usability Testing: Creative Techniques for Great Results
Usability testing your interfaces is a crucial step in website or application development and evolution. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that the high cost or effort of usability testing often de-rails or excludes this important activity for non-profit organizations and small businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Learn how to go guerilla with your usability testing.

Know of other great nonprofit panels that deserve a vote? Post them in the comments!