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Running an on line campaign

One of the topics that came up over Geekmas (about which I could post a lot more!) was the running of a successful on line campaign.

Ah - now I will be the first to admit that our "Save the Train" campaign has NOT been 100% successful in that we haven't achieved our ultimate goal of saving the train (always knew it was something that we had a very limited chance with only) but never the less we've got huge interest, huge exposure, questions being asked at Westminster, local press looking to us for answers on anything train related, MP wannabes and present and other senior politicians on side. So we have had quite an element of success.


So - talking with Dan yesterday concerning a new / revamped web site to provide support and help, and to campaign for recognition, for Neuroblastoma - a rare and usually fatal childhood cancer - I felt we could offer some pointers. Some "do as we did" and others "we could have done this better". What did we come up with?


A Dynamic front page - one that changes, at least in pictures, every day or two - make it more interesting for people coming back. Page to include:
  • A Message of the day / stop press box
  • Common navigation to 5 to 10 top topcs
  • Date and time that the page was accessed
  • Contact details so that people can get support or give money


A handful of pages on background topics - most of the 5 to 10 pages that I've described in the paragraph above, most with dynamic pictures, all with the stoppress box. "What is Neuroblastoma". "Where can I get more information", "Where can I get support", "How Can I help?". AND ALSO ... a search and navigate the forum page, via .html URLs so that it becomes a growing resources written by the people with the most experience - those going through Neuroblastoma.

A forum - an area for anyone to read, and for people (once registered) to chat and contribute. KISS - Keep it Simple, Stupid. Just half a dozen different areas and not a frightening array.
  • Notices
  • Introduce and chat
  • Technical issues on Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroblastoma help and support
  • fund-raising, meetings and calendar
  • Help and support on the use of this board.
See Running and moderating a forum for hints and tips on moderation, etc ...

Blog feeds page - a lot of people with children going through Neuroblastoma write blogs - keep a page of feeds of some top current blogs on the topic. Probably don't host the blogs on the site, as you want to be able to gently skip pass by a feed if the author is in such a crisis point that they've stopped writing for a few days.

Mailing list and Paypal contribute pages Discussion here on how frequently to mail people (max 6 times a year?) and how much personal information to ask for. Delicate topic but so useful for targeted support.

What's the URL, I hear you ask! Well - Dan will be registering a new one and I'll come back and tell you what that is later. For the moment, have a look here and here. Both of these domains will compliment the new one, with (planned) many crosslinks to that they'll help each other in ranking, traffic, and in the support they can offer.

Good luck, Dan - I hope this "brain dump" of mine from yesterday afternoon helps you. And good luck in your Marathon run too.
(written 2006-11-27, updated 2009-01-01)

 
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G903 - Well House Consultants - Running and moderating forums and social media sites
  [22] Falling out over the silliest things - (2004-08-21)
  [29] Silence is Golden - (2004-08-26)
  [115] Expiration dates or times on web pages - (2004-11-12)
  [130] Spelling and grammar - (2004-11-25)
  [204] The confidence to allow public comments - (2005-02-06)
  [231] Feedback as lifeblood - (2005-02-28)
  [248] Use me, but use me effectively - (2005-03-16)
  [424] How not to run a forum - (2005-08-24)
  [516] Open source questions? Anyone can ask. - (2005-12-03)
  [651] Please Register with Opentalk - but just once! - (2006-03-19)
  [806] Check your user is human. Have him retype a word in a graphic - (2006-07-17)
  [828] Freedom of speech and freedom to post - (2006-08-10)
  [841] Forum help - a push in the right direction - (2006-08-21)
  [919] Freedom for X is denial of privacy for Y - (2006-11-09)
  [923] Why shouldn't I spam? - (2006-11-13)
  [1088] Why use BBC code not HTML? - (2007-02-21)
  [1190] Save the Forum - A regular clean sweep - (2007-05-17)
  [1362] No Thank You - (2007-09-23)
  [1472] The Horse goes on and on - (2007-12-15)
  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
  [1523] Ive just received an email from myself. Should I be worried? - (2008-01-29)
  [1532] Comment spam blocked. Please comment via Forums - (2008-02-05)
  [1539] A forum is not always the best vehicle - (2008-02-14)
  [1563] Guidlines for posting on a forum - (2008-03-04)
  [1569] I dont care - goodbye - (2008-03-09)
  [1578] Please don't shout at me! - (2008-03-16)
  [1595] First Great Western Weekend - (2008-03-30)
  [1678] Software - changes and delays. But courses must run on time! - (2008-06-15)
  [1759] While the world sleeps ... - (2008-08-19)
  [1923] Making it all worthwhile - (2008-12-04)
  [1972] Pettifog and forum boards away from public view - (2009-01-03)
  [2103] Ask the Tutor - Open Source forum - (2009-03-25)
  [2116] Why do we delay new forum members through authorisation? - (2009-04-03)
  [2156] Stopping forum spam - control of the signup process - (2009-05-04)
  [2162] Admins thoughts on banning a member from a forum - (2009-05-09)
  [2177] Preventing forum spam - checks at sign up - (2009-05-12)
  [2254] Forum membership - a privilege not a right - (2009-06-22)
  [2386] Computing under the influence of alcohol - (2009-08-29)
  [2526] A reluctance to move from old shoes to new - (2009-12-05)
  [2527] Flying tonight - (2009-12-05)
  [2569] How to run a successful online poll / petition / survey / consultation - (2010-01-10)
  [2781] The 500 pound question to get you started - (2010-05-26)
  [2820] Netiquette for forum newcomers - (2010-06-20)
  [3479] Practical Extraction and Reporting - using Python and Extreme Programming - (2011-10-14)
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  [4065] Handling requests to a forum - the background process - (2013-04-17)
  [4234] Change to Libel and Defamation laws from 1st January 2014 - (2013-12-31)
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  [4403] The unbalanced relationship between customer and provider - (2015-01-21)
  [4492] Almost so wrong, but perhaps it's right for some? - (2015-05-11)


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