Monday, 21 July 2014

Where I work...



Nothing says thank you like 3 hours off and £20 to spend.

The reason for this loveliness can be found here.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

MobileMagic: (I don't know what to say here)



80 Per Cent of Users Will Disable an App Due to Push Notifications.  Be careful. Don’t annoy your user. They will DELETE you.

Fear Factor: Americans Are Afraid of Losing Their Mobile Devices. Always suprises me how many people don’t have a password...

10 trends that will impact your mobile commerce strategy. A great summary of things to focus on.

Nokia develops world’s first smartphone-charging trousers.  No. You make up a Wallace & Gromit pun.

Smartphones Reach 70% Mobile Market Penetration in the U.S. < at some point soon I will have to stop posting these articles as smartphone penetration will be 100%. FYI Google Glass penetration is well below 1%. 

How sports leagues use iBeacons to complement in-stadium SMS. I was in a meeting this week where we discussed iBeacons. What do you mean you don’t know what they are...

In case you were wondering, that picture is a Merkel/Podolski World Cup winning selfie. Everyone is at it. And while we're on the subject, look at this.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

What's going on in India and why it matters...

We Are Social do great slide deck.

This one is all about India.

Some highlights...

886.3 million active mobile subscriptions or 70% of the population.

70% of web traffic from mobile/tablet.

92 million active social media users via mobile.



You may wonder why I care..

I care because I believe that globalisation is coming for fundraising.

The rise off mobile use means that fundraising propositions can sit outside of national borders.

No credible reason why the biggest fundraising brands in the UK can't be fundraising outside of the UK.

Lots of reasons why it won't happen quickly. But it can, will and should happen.

EDIT: And as Bernard pointed out on Twitter, there is no reason why charities in other parts of the world can't generate response here.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Minimum Viable Product. I've changed

Never thought I'd be posting stuff like this.

I'm becoming obsessed with product development. 

People make it very complicated, something I'm not keen on. It should be super simple.

What do people want it to do?

How can you make it do that?

How can we make it better?

So I'm currently all over this...


Lots more in this fab article on the Fast Monkeys blog.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

MobileMagic: the toss up between a Glastonbury & a World Cup subject line edition...



As UK Social Networkers Move to Mobile, Marketers Follow. Apparently, 75.3% of UK social network users will do so on their mobile phone by the end of 2014

Candy Crush for change: could your charity create the next big app? There is something in this. Games and stuff ;)

Glastonbury 2014: Music, pints and even the loos are going hi-tech at the festival this summer. A loose connection to mobile, but I had to include it as my old mate Hank (see picture) the Glastonbury bin painter, this year painted the fibreglass cows that hid the WiFi hotspots. I know. WiFi hotspots at Glastonbury.

The Convergence of Mobile Messaging Apps. Great article. This time next year, every mobile messaging app will be exactly the same. Apparently…

BBC using WhatsApp and WeChat at Indian elections. Speaking of mobile messaging, the BBC have started using WhatsApp.

Woah there, so have The Guardian… Going to Glastonbury? Add us ...

I met some nice chaps and they asked me a lot of questions about what I think. Some of my thinks ended up in this article… M-payments haven't yet met consumers' needs.

Can I borrow your pocket to recharge my phone? Who would buy these trousers? 

And last but by no means least. Don't forget about this. Anyone that wants to talk at IWITOT should apply today. As the closing date for entries in Monday 7th July.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

You can talk at this (year's) #IWITOT



I spoke at last year’s I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT). IWITOT is the now annual event where the great and the good (and last year me) get 7 minutes to tell the 300 or so fundraisers in the room about the fundraising idea that they wish they’d thought of.

I spoke for 7 minutes about Race for Life. It was a terrifying experience. But I’m really glad that I did it.

This year things are being shaken up a little.

There are 3 speaker slots up for grabs for this year's event on Tuesday 16th September in London. If you want to speak AND I SUGGEST THAT YOU DO it’s super easy to apply. Email my colleague Ian at Open and he will tell you all you need to know. 

Then, you might get invited to pitch your idea to Tanya Steele from Save the Children, Imogen Ward from the Lessons for Life Foundation and me. Between us we will decide who gets the chance to speak at the event and if you're successful and you want it, you'll get one of us as a coach/mentor/sounding board for your session.


So act quickly and email today as the closing date for applications is Monday 7th July.


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lets all take a long hard look at ourselves. And do better.



I insist you watch this. Full screen, with the sound turned up.

It makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

If a bank can make an ad this moving, inspirational and passionate. What's our excuse?

It's becoming a bit of a cliche. Fundraising bod finds awesome commercial ad and makes the comment I make above. But really, what is our excuse?