Why email still matters

Bridget Phillipson MP email newsletter showing photo of MP being interviewed outside the Houses of Parliament

When I talk to potential clients about how they can use digital technology more effectively, often the conversation quickly moves to social media and what platforms a client should use. While it’s great that clients are excited about new opportunities to engage, it’s important they also get the basics right. I was therefore pleased to have the chance to help develop a professional looking email newsletter for Bridget Phillipson MP.

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Making the most of Meetups

NetSquared Midlands: Tech for good summer social

One of the things I love about living in Birmingham is the way my city is large enough to sustain a varied professional meetup scene but small enough that you can get to know people and build relationships. Over the past month or so I’ve been lucky enough to get along to quite a few different meetups. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way and why I think you should make the most of meetups in your local area.

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Tip Tuesday: easily create free QR codes for events with goo.gl URL shortener

Saving a QR code as an image from within a web browser

Have you noticed more and more publicity materials are incorporating a square with a black and white pattern on it?

These are known as QR codes and users with smartphones can scan them to be taken straight to your website or social media profile, where they can find out more information about your project and event.

As it’s #TipTuesday, here’s a quick and easy way you can create your own QR codes for free in less than five minutes.

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A foam finger makes all the difference and 6 other things I learned at commscamp

red foam finger sitting on train seat

Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend the commscamp unconference in Birmingham for the second year in a row.

For the uninitiated, commscamp is about people giving up their time to talk, listen and think about how communications is changing across the public sector. Being an unconference rather than a traditional conference, participants are expected to play an active role in shaping the day, sharing and exchanging information and helping each other change the way things are done.

In the spirit of commscamp, I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned yesterday. I also recommend you check #commscamp16  on Twitter to find other useful tips (and see all the lovely cakes you missed).

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Sharing and learning about digital at VCSSCamp

VCSSCamp logo plus the strapline: An unconference for people from the organisations who support the voluntary and community sector

I had a great time last week at VCSSCamp, which took place again this year in Birmingham at the Innovation Birmingham Campus of Science Park Aston.

VCSSCamp is an ‘unconference’ for people from the organisations who support the voluntary and community sector to learn from each other about how they can get the most benefit from social media and digital technology can. With my background in local government and the not-for-profit sector, VCSSCamp felt like a natural fit for OpenUp Digital.

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