Saturday, 18 October 2014

MobileMagic: The @fiona_pattison edition

There are officially more mobile devices than people in the world. This week's ‘there are more mobile phones than…..’ post.

Street selfies driving up new supporter engagement. This is good and effective. And clever. And obvious.

Fiona was quoted in Ken’s new book... Which makes Team Mobile very proud.

Photo nicked with respect and love from Kirsty Marrins's twitter feed... Go follow her, she is ace.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Some treats from Holland #IFC2014

Every time I go to the International Fundraising Conference in Holland. I come back with a bag full of links to great videos.

This one should embarrass us all. How can a life insurance company produce such a great film, when we (fundraisers) sometimes struggle!? Peter Muffet from DTV included this one in his Thursday afternoon session.

Bryan Miller included this one in his brilliant Digital Trends session. I think I'm late to the party on it, but it's really good, has an SMS call to action and when Brian presented it someone from the charity that made it was in the room and told us it was super successful.

This one from Bryan as well. Not everything should be digital. Sometimes it has to be paper.

Can't remember where I saw this one. Clicktivism though. It's NOT REAL.

I didn't actually see this one at the conference, but Francesco shared it with me on Twitter once I'd posted this blog. It's too good not to share. An oldie, but a goodie. I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of it, probably because I was tired after my trip home from conference right!?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

MobileMagic: the Fight the Power edition

How Hong Kong ProtestersAre Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks. Mesh networks, maybe one way we can take back the internet.

Hong Kong protesters targeted by smartphone spy apps, security company says. Yes it’s a cliché. But mobile phones are now central to protest…

Greenpeace Canada's First Engagement street teams meeting more people (and raising more money). Not totally mobile but totally fascinating. How Greenpeace street teams are evolving. Money comes at some point, but the first interaction is about the cause and the campaigns. Love. It.

Shelfie could put an end to ‘out of stock’ items. Really. Do we really need this? The answer is no.

Can ‘sexual consent’ app Good2Go really reduce assaults on campus? FFS. What a world we live in if this is a thing.

Why Now for Apple Watch. A decent Apple watch article.

Angry Birds maker Rovio lays off up to 130 people in Finland. < Remember Angry Birds? Wonder what the shelf life for these companies is. Seems like you need to move fast or die.

Solar-powered tent keeps festivalgoers’ devices charged. Pretty soon the internetz will be full of people using the term GLASTO and it will make me sad…. (It’s Glastonbury. Or Pilton).

Monday, 29 September 2014

Innovation. Really?

Innovation really is the word of the moment.

Yet some of the biggest, most successful and most memorable fundraising moments of the past few months weren’t planned or created. They didn’t originate from an innovation process or team. It wasn’t someone like me.

I’m thinking #nomakeupselfie and #icebucket challenge as two really big examples, but there are lots of others.  When these moments occur it’s because the act of getting involved captures the public’s imagination, participation is simple and there is an element of sharing and of being challenged to take part by a friend.

Let me be very clear, I’m not anti innovation by any stretch of the imagination. So let’s not go there…

I totally appreciate that innovation means we need to continually improve what we’re doing. Small improvements and big steps forward, innovation is about pushing things on and getting better and better at raising the money. We can’t keep still or we will fail. Someone awesome once told me (over and over again) “if you keep on doing the same things, the same things will keep on happening”…

But I’m convinced that as a sector we’re missing a trick.

Maybe you don’t need an innovation team?

Maybe you need a rapid response team. Or at least a single person in your organisation who is responsible for spotting opportunities and ensuring that your organisation has the relationships, infrastructure and processes in place to react quickly and to follow up with skill.

Maybe we should all be focused on that?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

MobileMagic: It's the Tory conference this week edition

Buying on Twitter - Pilot programme announced. You can buy things on Twitter. Soon you will be able to donate. The future of fundraising is secured… erm...

Mobile shopping officially trumps desktop. Do you have a mobile site yet?

Red Cross launches app for blood donors. An app that makes sense.

Are You Obsessed With Your Phone? I have a PowerPoint slide that says the average is 105 times a day. Yeah. Really. Count them if you don’t believe me.

Mobile users are rediscovering the pleasure of talking on the phone. Talking on a mobile phone! It. Will. Never. Catch. On.

New Mobile App Will Change the Way Donors Give and Nonprofits Fundraise. Hope it does well, but I’m a little sceptical, as I’m not sure this is how the mass want to give.

Phones 4u won't be the last casualty as the smartphone boom goes bust. A sad tale, with some very interesting stats on phone buying habits and smartphone penetration predictions.

Chongqin, China made a separate sidewalk for people to text and walk. Well Boris? You gonna nick this idea as well?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A film that needs to be seen #withsyria

This is a film that needs to be seen. And shared.

Sign the petition here.

All the info here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

MobileMagic: The 'one is not amused' edition

Don’t be scared of Snapchat. Be scared of Snapchat. Snapchat for businesses is real. This is how it’s being sold. Snapcat (meow) is scary. For clarity, click the link to see the slides being used to sell it to business.

Here's The Cold, Hard Proof That We Can't Stop Checking Our Phones. This is old news but, but, but today’s news. I challenge you to count how many times an hour you lock and unlock your phone.

What does ‘mobile first’ mean at Macmillan? Well, they tell us in this great blog post.

Speed matters… One I wrote on the Open blog about some work we’ve done for the DEC.