Your vision• Where do you want to go to with your communications?• Get yourself known• Keep yourself in front of people’s minds• Make your charity stand out• Help people understand what you do• Get people to support you• Change society• Which outcomes are most important to you?
Your structure CHANGE & INFLUENCE SUPPORT & ENGAGEMENT UNDERSTANDING AWARENESS
Awareness• You won’t get noticed if you don’t get out and about• Spend• Turn up the volume• Go for profile• Play it again• Keep it fresh• Do it a lot and do it often
Understanding• Portray an image• Tell a story• Fashion images and words• Frame messages• Build ‘understanding’• Have a conversation
Engagement• Propensity to support charity• Comms strands – ads, PR, social media, marketing…• Donations, contacts, website visits, volunteering, campaigning…• Econometric modelling
Influence• Social change - the ultimate goal for many charities• Influencing governments• Changing the way people think and behave• The path - awareness, concern, support, action• Complex set of factors involved over long periods• Difficult to measure impact of communications
MeasuringAwareness• Audience surveys• Spontaneous, front-of-mind awareness• Prompted awareness• Total awareness• Recall of communications• Setting KPIs for outputs and first-level outcomes
MeasuringUnderstanding• Perceptions and understanding of your brand• Character, personality & identity• Trust, confidence, effectiveness, relevancy….• Changing the way people think and feel about you• Precursors to support and engagement• Off-the-shelf v tailored surveys
MeasuringSupport• Counting the number of interactions with your charity• Donors, callers, visitors, fundraisers, followers and fans• Response generated from comms and value of response• Online, digital and social media evaluation• Correlating comms activities with types of engagement• Econometric modelling
Measuring Change &Influence• What outcomes, over what period of time?• Areas of focus and specific attitudes and behaviours• From what people think about issues to how they act• ‘Clunk Click Every Trip’ to Make Poverty History• Evaluating the impact of campaigns• Long term impact of communications on long term trends• Has anyone robustly measured this yet?
Adapting yourstrategy• Scorecards, dashboards and reports• KPI milestones• Communicate more to maintain or grow awareness,• Refine your messages to build your brand• Choose channels to drive support & engagement• Track audience response to your campaigns• A communications strategy must hang as one body