Run a community organisation?
Does your heart sink when you think about promoting and publicising your organisation to a local audience?
Let us help make it easier for you.
We help local organisations such as voluntary and community groups, clubs, societies, churches, etc, to manage all their communications in one place, saving time and trouble.
We help whole communities to join together and create a shared local audience across social media, email and online.
Many local community organisations really struggle to communicate with a local audience.
There are now so many ways to communicate! Gone are the days when you could submit an article to the local newspaper and it would reach a large local audience. Now, your audience is split across so many different communication channels – the old traditional ones, and newer online channels. You might feel you should be:
- using all the traditional channels such as the local newspaper, local magazines and community noticeboards;
- having your own website or blog;
- making sure you are easily found on Google searches;
- having a presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, and posting updates regularly
- collecting email addresses and send an email newsletter
Like many similar organisations, you may not feel that you have the skills, confidence and time to do all of this, and you may feel you are alone and unsupported in your efforts to promote your organisation.
You’re probably nervous and sceptical about using social media. You know there is a huge audience out there using social media, but you’re not sure of your own ability to reach them, or what you might be getting yourself into.
You need something which:
- Helps you with all your communications – your communications to your members, volunteers and supporters as well as with the wider community
- Helps you to communicate across multiple channels
- Helps you to embrace social media in a way that feels safe
- Helps you to work together with other local organisations to access a shared audience, which could be much larger than the audience you could reach alone
We can help.
We help community and voluntary groups with all their communications, by providing them with a web tool that helps them manage email newsletters, maintain mailing lists, publish online, and post to social media – all in one place. It’s easy to use too. And free.
And as a bonus, we aggregate the content you and similar local organisations publish into a single place – a community website, featuring a community calendar, a community noticeboard and a directory – where local information is organised, searchable, and doesn’t get as ‘lost’ as it may do on fast-moving social media.
We then help community “place makers” to use this community content on social media – for instance by posting it in local Facebook Groups which really engage local citizens.
You don’t even need to have your own Facebook presence in order to be featured on Facebook, and to take advantage of the shared audience created.
Local citizens can also sign up to receive an automated weekly community email, featuring a calendar of forthcoming events and all the latest news.
And of course, there’s our community website, where local information is well-organised.
Introducing… our free web tool
Our free web tool is actually several tools in one. It has been built with local community and voluntary groups in mind. It can be used by any voluntary or community organisation which needs to communicate online, in a simple, straightforward and efficient way.
What you can do with the free web tool
- Upload your mailing list – up to 2,500 email addresses – and create multiple different mailing lists
- Create simple, but visual, email newsletters
- Send emails to your whole mailing list at the same time
- See who has opened your emails, and who hasn’t
- Create a basic one-page webpage for your organisation, customised with your own image and logo
- Publish any news, announcement, events or activities to your webpage (and beyond, if you wish)
- Allow multiple team members to each have their own log-in, and to contribute articles, news, events, etc to your webpage (so it’s not just down to one person)
- Connect your social media accounts and easily post the same content to Facebook and Twitter, linking back to your webpage
- And of course…. use the tool to get more publicity for your events and activities by making sure they get on your local community calendar and into the weekly community email newsletter (and often far beyond!).
How much does it cost?
Our service is entirely free for local community and voluntary groups. To do so, we attract a community sponsor, and we ask for a small “place maker contribution” from whoever manages your community to cover our support costs.
We also encourage community-based businesses to become members for a small membership fee (£20 a year) so that they can post their events and activities to the website and weekly email too, making these even more useful for local citizens.
How do I join?
Go to our communities page to find your community. Join via your community website (if it exists).
If it doesn’t exist, you can still start using our tool – register here.