Category Archives: Communications

Desperately seeking ‘solution’

Posted by Emma Nicol | 14 February 2018

Categories: Campaign Communications Design

problem solving

When it comes to problem solving, we’ve all heard the saying ‘slowing down to speed up’. It’s very true and something that we should all be encouraged to do a little more. In our day to day life, we are all too often solution focused. Continually solution-ising, when we should be staying in the enquiry space for longer.

Keep on Moving with One Voice – Brand Development that Delivers

Posted by Emma Nicol | 3 July 2015

Categories: Best practice Branding Charity Communications Industry Lecture Rebranding Third Sector

brand_delivery

You may think that the title of my blog sounds like a documentary about a boy band or a docu-drama about a choir – alas no! It’s my delegate view of the CharityComms Conference – Brand development: building a brand that delivers.

The conference and it’s theme was to frame charity branding in an environment of a fast changing world. Talks on superbrands, emerging trends and what charities can learn from these and how they simply have to respond.

Train journey conversation and communication lessons learnt

Posted by Emma Nicol | 15 May 2016

Categories: Best practice Communications Design

Volume symbol

I’m sure we’ve all had those train journeys where we are subjected to a vocal human boom box sharing their conversation with the entire train. This morning I had that very joy but it did make me consider this environment in relation to how we communicate through campaigns and marketing messages. There were lessons to be learnt from the megaphone passenger.

My experience this morning homed in on three things:

  • Volume
  • Awareness of the environment
  • Clarity of information

Warning – Hot Contents (Content Marketing)

Posted by Emma Nicol | 17 April 2015

Categories: Best practice Charity Communications Content Marketing Industry Meaningful Social Media Third Sector

Hot Content Image

My delegate view of the CharityComms Conference – Content Marketing: planning, creating and distributing content that adds value.

I arrived with sloth like punctuality to the conference due to the usual train trouble (this time it was ‘derailment’ followed by overcrowding sardine tin style) – so I missed a precious 15 minutes of content! The conference really did have the Ronseal touch and delivered it’s title and then some. The jam packed day was rich with inspiring speakers and great nuggets of information to trigger re-evaluation of content strategy and value. The themes covered ‘what’, ‘why’, how’ ‘where’ and ‘when’. Deep experts from social media strategy and charities alike shared their knowledge insight and case studies.

My main concern of the repeated ‘viral request’ for a ‘viral’ campaign as the main objective was thankfully quashed early on and in fact the entire room tittered when the word ‘viral’ comes up. It sends a shiver down everyone’s spine as well as mine it seems.

The main strand of the conference was that ‘people want meaningful content’. Nicole Parkinson from the Good Agency kicked off with exactly that statement.

“People want meaningful content. It’s not broadcast, it doesn’t preach and it’s not boring but instead tugs on heart strings, blows minds and weaves organisations into everyday human interactions.”

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