Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MobileMagic: The 13th wedding anniversary edition...

Smartphones of the future - what to expect? Someone’s view on what comes next…  

Politicians should leverage social, SMS to reach voters. SMS is more than payment and text donations. It’s a great way to communicate…

Controversial: Why Apple Pay won’t work.

The global mobile money landscape. I love a good diagram. This is a very good diagram. It brings order to all the different mobile payment methods. Coming soon to a PowerPoint slide near you.

Strut features Tinder-like swiping to enhance mobile shopping. This weeks oh so boring Tinder reference.

Some articles about clever apps. They might just catch on you know…

And finally… Married life in three charts. It was my wedding anniversary last week. That’s why I was on holiday.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Save the bees...

This is good.

The bees are the activists and they want to save us.

The creative is superb, really grabbed me, made the point and I like the parody.

I would love it even more if it had a call to action.

Monday, 3 November 2014

MobileMagic: The Unconnected edition

This The future of technology? It’s in your hands led me to this superb presentation (mobile is eating the world), which made me write ‘The unconnected are shrinking’. All on a Sunday morning.

And as a result of all that I found this. Smartphones in the Arab Spring. Which is a great read.

Some other things…

The Votr App Is “Tinder For Politics” This weeks TINDER KLAXON... when will a week pass without a marketing press comparison of a new app to Tinder?

This week the Samaritans launched Radar. Some people like it, some don’t. Becky liked it .

Mobile games revenue to overtake consoles in 2015. Which is a bit blimey. Apparently hairdressing is next.

I insist you look at this on your mobile. Save the Children made it and I like it.

In the week that the DEC launched the Ebola appeal I found this Ebola SMS article.

How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri. I love this. Get a cup of tea and have a read. Via Hanna.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The unconnected are shrinking...

I spent my Sunday morning poring over these slides from Benedict Evans from a presentation called 'Mobile is eating the world'. It's good, go have a look.

My favourite slide is slide number 6... The unconnected are shrinking.

Pretty soon close to 75% of the global population will have a smartphone. Which as it says in the slides is a supercomputer in your pocket. A portable connection to the internet should be a force for good. (Tinder & Candy Crush aside).

The world is shrinking or has shrunk. The internet, globalisation, air-travel and economic migration amongst other things mean that we are no longer defined by our national borders.

More people with smartphones means more people can connect across these borders.

Which means 'local' causes and protests can become international causes and protests in seconds.

Change.org is a classic example of this. In seconds I can support a petition set up on the other side of the world and show my solidarity with people fighting back against corporations and governments who are doing bad things. In a previous world, I'd have to wait for some element of the media to tell me about it. And if they didn't know about it or more likely care about it - it would be unlikely that the many people could ever find out.

In the past few months I've....

Watched a stadium full of people turn their phones around to show they've made a donation to an international charity.

Watched as the protestors in Hong Kong make their smartphones part of the protest.

Watched (on my smartphone) live footage of the police reaction in Ferguson, Missouri to public protest. And then watched as the people of Gaza sent advice on how to deal with tear gas via their smartphones...

There are of course more examples of how mobile and social media have been the catalyst for change and protest, last year in Turkey, the Arab Spring and the whole Occupy movement.

It's all very exciting stuff for someone like me who gets inspired by acts solidarity. 

And inspiring for the day job which in part is to help the charities and campaigning organisations I work with make the most of the opportunity mobile phones offer.

We should connect people and causes all over the world. 

We should live stream the impact of donations to the people who make them. 

We should enable conversation between the people giving and those who are receiving support. 

We should make that conversation drive real change in behaviours everywhere.

The technology is here, its use is growing, so we just need to get on with it.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Opinions are opinions and not facts.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

It’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that the problem with conferences, blogs and other forms of self promotion is that opinions are all too often presented as fact. Which can be a very dangerous thing.

You’re all terrible at retention.
You’re all brilliant at retention.
There is only one way to recruit donors.
The future of fundraising is XXXXX.
The way you recruit donors is rubbish.
Donors recruited over there are not as engaged as donors recruited over here.
It’s all about story telling.
Slacktivists are shite.
Slacktivists are amazing.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Lots of effort is put into defining a position and then defending it. Which can be oh so tiresome to watch.

So for absolute clarity, I reserve the right to change my opinion on pretty much anything and everything as and when I learn new things and the data changes.

It’s really quite liberating.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

F-Bombs for Feminism

Not my words...

"Facing a future where women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, and where 1 in 5 women are raped or sexually assaulted in gender-based violence, little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed as pretty pink princesses drop F-bombs to draw attention to society’s continued sexism. Asking the question, “What’s more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the sexist way society treats girls and women” these adorably articulate little ladies in sparkling tiaras turn the “princess in distress” stereotype on its head and contrast the F-word with words and statistics society should find shocking such as “pay inequality” and “rape.” The video also features a 12 year-old boy wearing a pink gown standing up against sexism saying, “When you tell boys not to ‘act like a girl,’ it’s because you think it’s bad to be a girl.”

This quite literally blew my mind. It's been on and off of YouTube and Vimeo a lot recently so when you read this it might not be there. But make the effort to find it and watch it. It's important and deserves to be shared and shared and shared...

Or maybe it's just an ad for t-shirts?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Ferguson October

This from the USA.

SMS being used to update activists on the Ferguson October campaign.