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On Failure

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Last Tuesday, our team set aside office work and gathered for a teambuilding seminar.

Unlike our previous activities, however, we spent the day reviewing the basics of sales and exchanging insights about our performance. It was about time that we had this kind of discussion together, as it is a great opportunity to recharge and make sure we are all moving in the same direction as a company.

One of our main topics was this generally pesky concept called failure. You know, when sometimes a situation does not go the way we expected or planned them to? When this happens, we normally ask ourselves: why did it (we) fail? What else, what more, could we have done? What did we not do? What if we did this and not that? Questions, questions.

We all have different opinions about failure. Some people view it as a loss, usually financially, or as a sign of weakness. Others believe that it does not even exist at all. That failure is, supposedly, just a state of mind. However you choose to look at it, I think we can agree that failure is inevitable. Everyone goes and continues to go through it — in their career, relationships, various areas of personal growth. It is necessary, especially if we aim to be successful, and it should not stop us from working harder. We can learn from what went wrong and we will do better next time. There will always be room for improvement, like there’s always room for dessert.

Below are some lessons from the team that might motivate yours as well:

“Keep in mind the reason for our failure.”

“Don’t wait for a memo to give you a wake up call.”

“There’s no excuse for rudeness in the workplace, no matter how wrong they are or how right you are.”

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”

“Cramming does not work for everyone. Know your priorities.”

“Learn when to suck it up, and when to let go.”

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On Failure

teambuilding-on-failure

Last Tuesday, our team set aside office work and gathered for a teambuilding seminar.

Unlike our previous activities, however, we spent the day reviewing the basics of sales and exchanging insights about our performance. It was about time that we had this kind of discussion together, as it is a great opportunity to recharge and make sure we are all moving in the same direction as a company.

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Akubo Tip: How to Merge Contacts

Merging duplicate contacts can be a time-consuming task as you transfer all the update information from one contact to another and delete the duplicate contact.

For this article, we will help you how to merge contacts.

On the main page of Akubo, click the menu icon on the Contacts tile. Then click Helpful Lists, go to Find Duplicates > by Name.

 

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You will see the list of duplicate contacts. If all the information are the same and you don’t have to merge, you can select the contact and click Delete. But if you have to merge contacts, you’ll have to export the contacts, merge them in Excel, and import it back to Akubo. Here are the steps on how to do it:

1) If the duplicate contacts are not yet in group, then it is suggested that you grouped them. On the listing page of Duplicate Contacts, select all contacts then click Add to Group. Create a group of duplicates.

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2) On the main page of Akubo, click Others, then Import & Export.

3) On the Export drop down menu, choose CONTACTS to CSV.

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4) For contacts to export, choose the group with duplicate contacts. Then choose the fields you want to be included in the exported file. Don’t forget to choose ‘Contact ID’ and ‘Group’.

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5) Click Export.

6) You can open the file on MS Excel and you can start merging the information of contacts. When you import back the contacts to Akubo to make it easy to identify which contact to delete, add a group under the Group column. Use comma as a separator.

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7) After you merge the contacts on Excel, go back to the main page of Akubo. Click Others and ‘Import & Export’.

8) Under the Import drop-down menu, click UPDATE CONTACTS using Excel or CSV file.

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9) Click Choose file and select the exported file that you updated, then click Upload.

10) Next step in matching the columns of the spreadsheet with the fields in the database. Matched columns will be in green.

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11) On the Import settings ‘Merge by checking these columns’, select Contact ID.

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12) Click Import.

13) To delete contacts, click the menu icon on the Contacts tile and click Groups. Select the ‘delete_contacts’ group and on the listing page, select all the contacts then click Delete.

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Akubo Tip: How to Merge Contacts

Merging duplicate contacts can be a time-consuming task as you transfer all the update information from one contact to another and delete the duplicate contact.

For this article, we will help you how to merge contacts.

On the main page of Akubo, click the menu icon on the Contacts tile. Then click Helpful Lists, go to Find Duplicates > by Name.

 

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You will see the list of duplicate contacts. If all the information are the same and you don’t have to merge, you can select the contact and click Delete. But if you have to merge contacts, you’ll have to export the contacts, merge them in Excel, and import it back to Akubo. Here are the steps on how to do it:

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5 Tips for a clean database

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When was the last time you checked your contact list? Like medical check-ups, cleaning data is not a fun activity for anyone.

But of course we want our database to work for us, not against us. So it is important that we keep it updated as much as possible so we can deliver the right message to the right people.

If you’re not sure where to start cleaning, read on.

1. Fix duplicates.

It’s inevitable — there will always be duplicates in your contact list. Same name, different email address. Or it can be the other way around — same email address, different name. Duplicates can lead to skewed data in reports, a messy directory, and simply confusion, so make sure you double-check your contacts.

2. Remove inactive contacts.

If a person has been on your list for more than 2 years yet has not opened a single message or interacted with your organization, it’s time to delete them. You can also choose to set their status to Hidden, which retains the contact’s records in your database for archival purposes but makes it unsearchable.

3. Enter missing details.

Sometimes we add a new contact in a hurry and now we realize the data is incomplete. Check each contact profile to fill in any missing fields, even the basic ones like their salutation or birthday. Try to be as consistent as possible: for example, one contact might have an address spelled out as “Negros Occidental”, and another contact might have “Neg. Occ.” listed instead. If necessary, you can also import additional data from a spreadsheet, Outlook, or any CSV file.

4. Review groups, dates, and templates.

Go over your groups to see if it’s time to either create or remove one. Check which customers are nearing the end of their subscription, so you can set up email reminders. Edit any email template that needs to be updated, and make sure you’ve sent a “thank you” to every one who donated at your last fundraiser.

5. Validate existing information.

This will be a more meticulous task — sometimes, people do change their email address, earn a new job title, or move to another office. So once in a while, reach out to your contacts personally to confirm that your data is still valid, and that you are not wasting time or money mailing a formal letter to the wrong address.

It takes time to keep a database healthy, but you will thank yourself eventually. The more you clean your data today, the easier your work will be tomorrow.

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5 Fundraising ideas for nonprofits

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1. Host a walkathon

Even if your organization does not focus on healthcare, you can never go wrong with promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. For added fun, make it a themed walkathon: let participants do the race in costumes, or have them bring their pets. If hosting the walkathon is too expensive, you can opt to sell merchandise like shirts or put up a snack kiosk at the event instead.

2. Do an art auction

Auctions are a great way to raise funds for a cause, promote budding artists, and find great pieces of artwork. You can organize auctions for paintings, sculptures, decorative art pieces, and other handicrafts.

3. Partner with a restaurant

Organize a joint fundraiser to bring more customers for the restaurant and to earn a percentage of the profits for your organization. It can be a cafe, a hotel, a pastry shop, or preferably a family restaurant — since this fundraiser works best if you have a wide network of contacts: your extended family, your officemates, church group members, or classmates.

4. Cut/Shave for a cause

Hair donation may not seem very common in the Philippines, but it is not unheard of. Participants can pledge to shave their heads or beards, or even just cut off several inches of their hair in a ponytail, to raise funds or awareness for an organization.

5. Create and sell

A straightforward fundraiser—many young adults in particular would love to buy customized crafts like journals, bottlecap keychains, handmade soap, desk calendars, water bottles, and even tie-dye shirts!

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5 Fundraising ideas for nonprofits

fundraising-ideas

1. Host a walkathon

Even if your organization does not focus on healthcare, you can never go wrong with promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. For added fun, make it a themed walkathon: let participants do the race in costumes, or have them bring their pets. If hosting the walkathon is too expensive, you can opt to sell merchandise like shirts or put up a snack kiosk at the event instead.

2. Do an art auction

Auctions are a great way to raise funds for a cause, promote budding artists, and find great pieces of artwork. You can organize auctions for paintings, sculptures, decorative art pieces, and other handicrafts.

3. Partner with a restaurant

Organize a joint fundraiser to bring more customers for the restaurant and to earn a percentage of the profits for your organization. It can be a cafe, a hotel, a pastry shop, or preferably a family restaurant — since this fundraiser works best if you have a wide network of contacts: your extended family, your officemates, church group members, or classmates.

4. Cut/Shave for a cause

Hair donation may not seem very common in the Philippines, but it is not unheard of. Participants can pledge to shave their heads or beards, or even just cut off several inches of their hair in a ponytail, to raise funds or awareness for an organization.

5. Create and sell

A straightforward fundraiser—many young adults in particular would love to buy customized crafts like journals, bottlecap keychains, handmade soap, desk calendars, water bottles, and even tie-dye shirts!

Akubo Tip: Import & Update Import Contacts

Adding numerous contacts into a database is a difficult task as well as cleaning your database. A lot of time should be dedicated just for that task. In Akubo, you can import your contacts from an Excel or CSV file as well as doing an update import. Below is a sample format of the Excel file.

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1. On the main page of Akubo, click Others, then Import & Export.

2. On the Import dropdown, select CONTACTS from Excel or CSV file.

3. Click Choose File to find the file from your computer that you want to import. Click Upload.

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4. Next is matching the columns of the spreadsheet with columns in the database. The matched columns will be in green.

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If your file contains duplicate names, you can check on the setting that will not allow duplicates to be imported. You have the option to check for duplicates by: Name/Organization, Email, Both Name and Email, or Custom Field.

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You can use the setting Assign Country to set a country value only if there are no other value in the Country column in the spreadsheet or if all the contacts are from the same country.

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If you want to add the new contacts to a specific group, you can use the setting GROUP: Add all imported entries to the group. From the drop-down menu, you can select an existing group or create a new one.

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5. Click Import.

 


If you’re cleaning your database, you can do an update import by exporting the contacts and after updating them in MS Excel, import it back to Akubo.

1. Export the contacts first. On the main page of Akubo, click Others, then Import & Export.

2. On the Export dropdown menu, select CONTACTS to CSV.

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3. Select the contacts you want to export. You can select all contacts, by group or by individual contacts.

4. Next, select the fields you want to include in the exported file.

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Note: Don’t forget to check Contact ID. The Contact ID will help Akubo identify each contact when you do an update/import.

5. Click Create CSV File (MS Excel), then Export.

6. After editing the contacts in MS Excel, import it back to Akubo. On the Import & Export page, click on the link UPDATE CONTACTS using Excel or CSV file under the Import dropdown menu.

7. Click Choose File, and the select the file you wish to import. Then click Upload.

8. Next step is matching the columns of the spreadsheet with the columns in the database. Matched columns will be in green.

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9. When merging/updating contacts, you can merge by the following options: Name/Organization, Email Address, Contact ID, Both Name and Email Address or by Custom Field.

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Note: When choosing the column to check for merging, it must have a unique value. Example is if you select email address then there should be no contact in the database that has the same email address listed on the spreadsheet. If there are duplicates, Akubo will not import the contact until the duplicate is removed. It is suggested that you use Contact ID since it is unique to each contact.

10. Click Import.

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Akubo Tip: Import & Update Import Contacts

Adding numerous contacts into a database is a difficult task as well as cleaning your database. A lot of time should be dedicated just for that task. In Akubo, you can import your contacts from an Excel or CSV file as well as doing an update import. Below is a sample format of the Excel file.

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1. On the main page of Akubo, click Others, then Import & Export.

2. On the Import dropdown, select CONTACTS from Excel or CSV file.

3. Click Choose File to find the file from your computer that you want to import. Click Upload.

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4. Next is matching the columns of the spreadsheet with columns in the database. The matched columns will be in green.

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If your file contains duplicate names, you can check on the setting that will not allow duplicates to be imported. You have the option to check for duplicates by: Name/Organization, Email, Both Name and Email, or Custom Field.

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You can use the setting Assign Country to set a country value only if there are no other value in the Country column in the spreadsheet or if all the contacts are from the same country.

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If you want to add the new contacts to a specific group, you can use the setting GROUP: Add all imported entries to the group. From the drop-down menu, you can select an existing group or create a new one.

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5. Click Import.

 


If you’re cleaning your database, you can do an update import by exporting the contacts and after updating them in MS Excel, import it back to Akubo.

1. Export the contacts first. On the main page of Akubo, click Others, then Import & Export.

2. On the Export dropdown menu, select CONTACTS to CSV.

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3. Select the contacts you want to export. You can select all contacts, by group or by individual contacts.

4. Next, select the fields you want to include in the exported file.

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Note: Don’t forget to check Contact ID. The Contact ID will help Akubo identify each contact when you do an update/import.

5. Click Create CSV File (MS Excel), then Export.

6. After editing the contacts in MS Excel, import it back to Akubo. On the Import & Export page, click on the link UPDATE CONTACTS using Excel or CSV file under the Import dropdown menu.

7. Click Choose File, and the select the file you wish to import. Then click Upload.

8. Next step is matching the columns of the spreadsheet with the columns in the database. Matched columns will be in green.

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9. When merging/updating contacts, you can merge by the following options: Name/Organization, Email Address, Contact ID, Both Name and Email Address or by Custom Field.

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Note: When choosing the column to check for merging, it must have a unique value. Example is if you select email address then there should be no contact in the database that has the same email address listed on the spreadsheet. If there are duplicates, Akubo will not import the contact until the duplicate is removed. It is suggested that you use Contact ID since it is unique to each contact.

10. Click Import.