Convio Announces Customer Summit 2006, Nonprofit Sector’s Foremost Customer Event Highlighting Internet Strategies and Best Practices

Inaugural Customer Conference Showcases Innovative Approaches and Effective Techniques for Achieving Strong Online Results

Convio, Inc. — the leading provider of on-demand software and services to help nonprofits use the Internet for building strong constituent relationships and driving support — today announced its inaugural customer conference, Convio Customer Summit 2006, October 23-24, in Washington, DC.

The event will feature Convio experts, partners and leading nonprofit groups presenting best practices and case studies pertaining to online fundraising, marketing, and advocacy as well as other topics — all aimed at helping organizations become more effective at fulfilling their missions by optimizing use of the Internet.

"There has been a sharp increase in demand among our customers and across the entire nonprofit sector for learning how to best leverage the online channel to generate stronger marketing and fundraising results," said Gene Austin, CEO, Convio, Inc. "The Convio Customer Summit will give our customers the most valuable insight on this subject that our marketplace has to offer, and will be a springboard vaulting them to new levels of success."

Convio is widely recognized as a thought leader and driving force within the nonprofit sector and has long evangelized the importance of using an online constituent relationship management (eCRM) strategy to drive increased giving and other forms of mission-critical support. Convio is especially renowned for developing innovative products and services that enable nonprofits to integrate constituent data from their online and offline databases, which is key for conducting effective fundraising and marketing.

Many conference sessions will be based on lessons learned over the years from Convio's work with hundreds of customers who collectively have used the Internet to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Sessions at the Convio Customer Summit 2006 will cover:

  • Effectively leveraging a multi-channel, integrated marketing strategy to drive maximum results;
  • Tapping into the unprecedented power and flexibility of Convio5, the new standard for online fundraising, to create high-impact Internet fundraising campaigns;
  • Best practices for enabling database synchronization;
  • Strategies and tactics for gathering email addresses, maintaining lists, building comprehensive constituent profiles and conducting personalized communications;
  • Utilizing Convio Client Success Services to help achieve new levels of online success; and
  • Increasing awareness and driving new sources of funding through constituent-led fundraising.

"Convio continues to demonstrate its deep commitment to the needs of its customers and to the issues most important to the nonprofit sector," said Shirley Sexton, Assistant Vice President of Internet Marketing, Easter Seals. "This is an event that is sure to help nonprofit professionals get even more out of Convio's eCRM tools while learning new Internet strategies and tactics for building the best possible fundraising and marketing programs."

About Convio

Convio is the leading provider of on-demand software and services to help nonprofits use the Internet strategically to build strong relationships with constituents for driving fundraising, advocacy and other forms of support. Convio has online solutions for fundraising, advocacy, Web content management, event fundraising, ecommerce and email communications. All solutions include the Constituent360™ platform, a sophisticated, online marketing database that centralizes constituent data and integrates with offline databases.

Convio has been named 2005 "Private Company of the Year" by the Austin Business Journal. The company's clients include American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, AVON Foundation, Easter Seals, Farm Aid, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Trust For Historic Preservation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Thirteen/WNET New York. For more information, please visit www.convio.com

Press Contact:
Karoline McLaughlin
Director, Corporate Communications
Convio, Inc.

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