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Optimising Groundwork UK’s online presence

Groundwork UK homepage with scene of people sitting at picnic benches in an urban environment

I’m feeling rather sheepish as I start to write this as it’s been over a month since I last updated my blog. Over the next few posts I’m going to explain what’s been keeping me from blogging and share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

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Five reasons why you should choose open source software

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I’m a supporter of open source software, the name given to software which everyone has the right to study, change and distribute, and try to use it wherever possible to run OpenUp Digital and the projects we deliver.

I was therefore pleased when Bioregion Birmingham, a thinktank interested in how Birmingham can meet the needs of its citizens within the constraints of natural resources, asked me to write a guest blog about why people should choose open source software.

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What other organisations can learn from Digi-Fayre 2016

Older woman using Macbook laptop

Last Thursday OpenUp Digital partnered with Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to successfully deliver their first ever Digi-Fayre event. The free digital inclusion event was one of many events taking place up and down the country as part of Get Online Week 2016. I’d like to share with you what I think made the Digi-Fayre a success so that people thinking of putting on their own digital inclusion event can benefit from what we learned.

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Improve audience engagement with page jumps

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Whenever you’re online it’s really important to think about your ‘call to action’. By that I mean ¬†what it is you want your audience to do after they’ve read your email, blog post or social media update. Today I’d like to share with you a simple html web tip that will make it easier for readers of your content to respond to your calls to action.

To jump straight to the how-to section of this post, please click on the link below:

Choose where to jump to on your page

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Find out all you want to know about going online at the BVT Digi-Fayre 2016

Bournville Village Trust Digi-Fayre 2016 poster. Words: Bournville Village Trust invites you to Digi-Fayre 2016

Earlier this month I blogged about next month’s Get Online Week digital inclusion campaign and said that I was hoping to be supporting the week in my home city of Birmingham. Today, I’m pleased to be able to confirm that I will be supporting Bournville Village Trust’s (BVT) ‘Digi-Fayre’ at Bournville Gardens on Thursday 20 October.

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7 tips to better protect your online security and privacy

The word privacy written in titles

This morning, crisis communications consultancy The Social Simulator shared via Twitter a guest blog post I wrote for them earlier this year, giving practical advice on how to protect your online security and privacy. In light of the recent hack of 60 million Dropbox users, there’s never been a better time to review your security and privacy habits.

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