Good reads and great content from November 2017.
It’s cold outside. Pop the kettle on and catch up with what you missed last month.
News and good reads
- Do you tell context stories? Read more in this JRF blog post by Abigail Scott Paul in August – Social change: are we telling the wrong stories?
- Have you been following Dan Slee’s brilliant #30daysofHumanComms series?
- Innovative or invasive? Charities, data and digital campaigning. NPC raises important ethical questions.
- Lloyds Business Digital Index 2017 shows how digitally mature charities are pulling ahead by Zoe Amar.
- GDPR: it’s not just about fundraising from NPC
- Fine-tune your figures. How to make your stats stand out by Matt Chittock on Charity Comms.
- Random celebration days to use to help spread your message via Hootsuite. Not long til #BaconDay!
- A Simple Way to Improve Your Facebook Ad Relevance Score (and Performance) – Social Media Today. See also 5 ways British Heart Foundation use Facebook ads for fundraising on the JustGiving blog.
- Dogs Trust uses virtual reality in face-to-face fundraising – UK Fundraising.
- Action Hunger launched a vending machine in Nottingham to help homeless people.
- How the BBC news website has changed over the past 20 years.
- Getting your colleagues to think about digital – top tips from Time to Change’s Seb Baird.
- How to get buy-in to invest in social media by Kirsty Marrins on Lightful.
In case you missed these events:
- Storify of Charity Meetup 11 on celebrating success and failure. See also 20 things I learned from Charity Meetup by Sarah Browning.
- Top tweets from the #CharityTech17 conference
- Recorded webinars from Lasa including Dawn Newton’s Facebook for Charities, and Google Analytics for Charities from Jason King.
- Do you know about Toilet Twinning? This story about #Poodate’s lasting legacy is great! On World Toilet Day, they released regular News Flush announcements about the numbers of toilets twinned on the day.
- New train station stats, perfectly illustrated by the Office of Rail and Road.
- Embrace other styles of content. 10 things people with depression want you to know – YoungScot.
- Crisis’ interactive homelessness story – Imagine you are facing homelessness.
Highlights from #OurDay 2017 including the amazing Twitter choose your own adventure story from Doncaster Council.
- Small Talk Saves Lives – Samaritans, launched with Network Rail and British Transport Police to help give people the confidence to start a conversation to help prevent suicide. More about the Small Talk Saves Lives campaign here.
- Alzheimer’s Research UK – share the orange
- Breast Cancer Now Time Machine. A small girl builds a time machine to fast forward to 2050 when research into breast cancer means her mum will be better. More about Our time is now.
- Child Bereavement UK’s #OneMoreMinute video is beautifully simple and powerful (and upsetting). It has had 29,000 views and is part of their #OneMoreMinute campaign.
- Behind the scenes video from Oxfam – 5 amazing places your donations go to. See also Oxfam shops are full of surprises!
- Could you go a week on your own asks the Campaign to End Loneliness in this video.
- Amazing St Andrew’s Day video from V&A Dundee.
Small moments of joy
- Chocolate-y message for a patient at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.
- Do you follow @WomensArt on Twitter? Joy every day.
- The fallopian overlords have arrived.
- 69,000 likes and lovely replies for this tweet about an emergency on the A3
- JK Rowling RTd this from the daughter of a teacher, Mr Prior.
- Slippery stairs, Japanese TV game show.
- Are cats really afraid of cucumbers?
This week Father Christmas himself (well Raymond Briggs’ version) has been joining in with UK Charity Week and highlighting an organisation each day. Happy bloomin’ advent!
What you doing on Christmas day? If you are on your own or need someone one to talk to, look at Sarah Millican’s now annual #JoinIn on Twitter.
PR Week’s review of charity Christmas videos featuring Marie Curie, Greenpeace, Shooting Star Chase, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
What did I miss?
What were your November good reads? Please do comment.
Happy December to you!