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September: Looking to the future!

September’s theme is ‘Looking to the future’ and we’re keen to get everyone involved. So please all bring with you something innovative/interesting your organisation is working on at the moment (Queensberry Rules apply, or is that Chatham House?) or a new trend or tool that you would like to learn more about in the next year.

We’ll also be dialling in Duane from ECF to tell us a little about what the ECF community is interested in at the moment, and you’ll have a chance to suggest topics for next year’s Forum.

July: Digital storytelling

It’s gonna be a fun one!

How can we make content more engaging? How can we get real stories across in a new, exciting and emotive way?

In July’s meeting, we’ll hear from digital storyteller Lisa Helledd-Jones from StoryWorks. She looks as presenting stories in a new way – from audio tours of hospitals to tales of footballing memories in sheds! Well also be looking at an interactive documentary by WDM.

Putting aside issues of governance and capacity, we want to hear about how you’ve incorporated stories into your content strategy. What works for you and your audience? Is it all pulling heart strings or dull case studies, or do you leave your story telling to Storify, blogs and Facebook?

Bring your ideas and, even more, bring us a story!

When: Weds 2 July 2014, 4-6pm (pub after!)

Where: Greenpeace, The Boiler House, Canonbury Villas

Are you following us on Google+Facebook and Twitter? Oh course you are…you’re in Digital Charities!

June: Digital leadership

Brani will be presenting the first draft of her report from ECF about Digital Leadership and looking for feedback.

And if anyone has anything else to discuss, please do bring topics/problems/amusing YouTube videos along.

Thanks to Tom and Rob at ActionAid for hosting, hope to see lots of you there and in the pub afterwards too.

When: Weds 4 May at 4pm

Where: ActionAid 33-39 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0BJ

Are you following us on Google+, Facebook and Twitter? Oh course you are…you’re in Digital Charities!

May: Online communities – tell us your tales

It’s MAY! Hooray! To celebrate (!), we’ll be looking at online communities – what platforms do you use, how do you engage, social media, email.

We’d like everyone coming to May’s DC meeting on Wednesday 7 May to bring an example of a successful online community. It might be yours, it might not. We’ll look into what makes them great (or rubbish) and ask the question…what does the user get out of it?

We’ll also be using our own DC community as an example, so prepare to be quizzed!


Hope you can make it.

When: Weds 7 May at 4pm

Where: Can Mezzanine – 32-36 Loman St, London, SE1 0EH (click for a map)


Are you following us on Google+, Facebook and Twitter? Oh course you are…you’re in Digital Charities!

March: Money, money, money – digital budgets

How is it March already?!

But it is, and this month we’re talking about CASH.

Digital budgets: why are they complex/small/scattered across organisations… How to amalgamate them under a digital roof and get the most out of them.

Meet us at 60 Farringdon Road for financial chat, valuable advice, rants and Jaffa Cakes. And if you can, please respond (and join) to the invites on Google+ and/or Facebook

February: getting everyone on board the good ship Digital

Happy new year! Our first 2014 meeting will be on how to convince your charity to think digital. We all know how crucial digital is, but “digital first” often still seems a long way off. How can we best encourage others to embrace digital and to change the way they work?

Owen from Amnesty has kindly agreed to speak and there will probably be jaffa cakes.

Sign up, comment or just tell us about your new year’s eve parties on Google+.

We’ll be at Bond, 8 All Saints St,  N1 9RL on Wednesday 5 Feb from 4pm-6pm. It’s 10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross in the NCVO building.

Hope to see lots of you there.

October meeting: Google Adwords slides here

Thanks to those that made it to our October session on paid advertising. Interesting stuff.

For those who missed it, Centrepoint’s SEO expert Martin Banfield of The Conversion Eye popped over to give us some information about how he uses Google AdWords and the Google Grant for the charity’s fundraising products.

Here’s the download of his slides:

Google Adwords


Martin’s contact details are on the presentations if you’d like more info.

See you all next month for our session on web development and our FUN December meeting on digital storytelling, followed by a festive shindig. Details on both to follow soon.

Don’t forget to follow us on Google+ too – this tends to be where most of the discussions about our meetings are taking place.

October meeting 2013: paid advertising

We had a number of good ideas for future sessions from September’s meeting, and have decided to go with paid advertising for October (and keep the others for November and the new year). We have a special guest – Centrepoint’s SEO expert, to tell us a bit about the work he does on paid advertising for them.

We’d be interested to hear what you guys all do on paid ads also, from Google adwords to anything you’re spending with Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or anywhere more exotic!?

We’re south of the river again this month, at the CAN Mezzanine offices in Southwark, hosted by WWF.

Where: CAN Mezzanine, 32 – 36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH

The closest stations are London Bridge / Waterloo rail and Southwark / Borough tube. We’re on the lower ground floor in Conference room – reception will point you to us once you’ve signed in at the desk.

When: Wednesday 2 October, 4-6pm

September meeting 2013: SEO

The overwhelming majority of those who voted (OK it was three against one) were interested in talking about SEO.

We have a little collection of YouTube videos to watch to get the conversation going, and then we thought we’d open the floor to you, to tell us your best SEO dos and don’ts.

Venue wise we’re being brave and venturing south of the river this month.

Thanks to Susan for having us at the IoF:

Where: Institute of Fundraising, Park Place, 12 Lawn Lane SW8 IUD

The closest stations are Vauxhall by tube or rail and we’re about 5mins away. Just head south when you exit either station heading towards Vauxhall Park. We’re the ground floor but security will point you to us once you’ve signed in at the desk when you arrive.

When: Wednesday 4 September, 4-6pm

August meeting 2013: new social media

Who is actually using Google+? Is Vine the next big think for DM? Could Snapchat be used for anything apart from rude pictures sent to your mates in important meetings? Is Pinterest really just about planning the perfect summer wedding?

Social media is not just about Facebook and Twitter any more. New platforms are emerging and becoming more and more popular. Some might only be around for a matter of months, but some are here to stay. We’d really like to find out if your charity has embraced any new forms of social media or if you’re running in the opposite direction.

Your new chairs (hello!) will be bringing a few examples along to August’s meeting, but we’d love you to do the same – consider this your homework! What works, what doesn’t, what’s worth trying?

Where: Action Aid, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, EC1R 0BJ

When: Wednesday 7 August, 4-6pm

So we have an idea of numbers, can you please join the Facebook event if you’re coming to the meeting? Thanks.

*** It’s late notice, but August’s meeting will also merge into…THE SUMMER SOCIAL! Exciting! We’ve booked an area upstairs in the Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell (although may be hovering outside if the sun is shining!). Please join us, even if you can’t make the meeting beforehand.