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Whether you're creating a brand-new site or reviewing your existing web presence completely, here are some recommendations for making your website as effective as possible.

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Case Study: The Foundling Museum’s hybrid approach reaches young and isolated people in lockdown

The Foundling Museum believes in creative action transforming lives, to stimulate imaginations and enrich young lives. Museum Director Caro Howell explains how the museum navigated a hybrid digital/analogue approach in order to support and inspire its network of volunteers and young care-leavers after the advent of Covid-19.

   ·   4 months ago
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Case Study: Museum of London’s online shop sales increased by 144%

The Museum of London is in a central London location and tells the story of Londoners from prehistoric times to the present day. The Museum of London Docklands gives the history of the London docks. Join Buying and Merchandising Manager Rita Rooney as she explains how the museum redeveloped their eCommerce strategy with the support of the Digital Culture Network. Case study from February 2021.

   ·   7 months ago
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Case Study: Higher Rhythm’s new vision and website

Higher Rhythm Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation based in Yorkshire, providing music and media industry services and opportunities across the Yorkshire region. Click here to find out how the Digital Culture Network's Roberta Beattie supported their CEO, Steven Mundin, in redefining the organisation's vision for its new website.

   ·   5 months ago
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Case Study: Brighton Fringe experiments to improve audience engagement

Brighton Fringe is England's largest arts festival. The festival normally runs an annual open access, large-scale event hosted across the city of Brighton & Hove in a variety of venues. Digital Marketing Coordinator, Jamie Haas, talks us through how our Tech Champions helped the festival get in touch with their audiences online through email marketing and social media.

   ·   7 months ago
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Case Study: Mythstories’ website gets an overhaul

Mythstories is a museum based in Shrewsbury that holds a collection of storytelling artefacts and a library of folktales. For over 20 years the museum has organised funded projects with storytelling at their heart. Much of their work is out of doors, much is with young people – encouraging them to explore the oral heritage and become young storytellers. Read on to find out how the Digital Culture Network helped rework their website.

   ·   7 months ago

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Sector Case Study: Hospital Rooms – Digital fundraising for Mental Health Awareness Week

Hospital Rooms was one of the most impressive digital stories the Digital Culture Network heard in 2020: a six-week digital fundraising campaign which raised £30,000 in print sales, and resulted in a 300% increase in memberships and 3,387% increase in website traffic. Project Curator Natalie Tilbury takes us through this case study from July 2020.

   ·   8 months ago
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Case Study: Open Sky’s digital journey from creating digital content to setting up eCommerce

Open Sky Theatre is a small theatre company with big ideas based in rural Herefordshire, combining new writing with physical and digital theatre to tell powerful, moving stories based on real world events. Read on to find out how the Digital Culture Network supported Open Sky's Digital Director, Lisle Turner, in reimagining the organisation's digital strategy. Case study from December 2020.

   ·   10 months ago
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Case Study: Impact Dance’s website journey

Impact Dance's main focus is to empower young people of diverse backgrounds through hip-hop dance training, mentoring, and national and international performances. Marketing and Communications Officer Clara Cowen talks us through how the London theatre company was supported by the Digital Culture Network to develop its website.

   ·   8 months ago
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Case Study: China Plate’s website redevelopment

Launched in 2006, China Plate are an independent theatre studio that work with artists, venues and festivals to develop, make and present engaging, entertaining and accessible new work. Read on to find out how the Digital Culture Network supported China Plate with the redevelopment of their website.

   ·   10 months ago

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Top 7 eCommerce platforms for 2021

In this article we review 7 leading eCommerce platforms which are helping arts and cultural organisations pivot to online. We examine the usability, features, level of support, reporting and pricing structures for each platform. You'll also find examples of arts and cultural organisations using these platforms for reference.

   ·   5 months ago
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Tech platform feature: Teemill print on demand store

Introduction to how organisations can utilise Teemill, an online platform that allows users to build an online shop and sell their designs. Read on to find out what our Tech Champion, Emma Roberts, learned when speaking with Teemill's Head of Business Development, Tobias Penner.

   ·   7 months ago
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Producing video content

This resource provides information and advice on making video content using a smartphone. As well as considerations for generating content, it contains advice on hardware, software and distribution.

   ·   1 year ago
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Online safeguarding resources and training

Safeguarding and child protection continue to be as important as ever, but with many organisations moving their programmes online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, online safety and protection has come to the fore.

   ·   5 months ago
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How to start a Podcast by The Space

How can a small team or a small arts organisation, perhaps overstretched and always with limited funding, take their work and bring it to a wider audience through podcasting? Clare Freeman shows you how to use what you already know, how to add to your skills, and why now is the time to make an arts podcast.

8 months ago
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What you need to do to get your team ready for reopening

With museums and other arts and culture institutions getting ready for opening their doors to the public once again, it is important not to overlook the people aspect of these plans. However, this may be easier said than done. This article by Association for Cultural Enterprises provides some guidance on key factors to consider to ensure teams are in the best possible shape to welcome visitors back.

4 months ago

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5 tips to improve your web writing

This is a short guide from substrakt to help you improve your writing online. These techniques can be used by anyone who writes content as part of their job – whether that’s blogs, event copy or educational resources. The tips are applied within the guide, so you can see what they look like in action.

1 month ago
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The Space’s Online Audiences Toolkit

Your virtual audience may overlap with your physical audience. But it may be unique. And – cherished with the right content and supported with the right strategy – it can be grown and developed, potentially bringing a bigger and more diverse audience to your work.

5 months ago
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The Space’s Digital Rights Toolkit

There may be a piece or production your organisation has created that is crying out for a wider audience or a longer life online. But everyone wanting to share or make digital arts content faces the same hurdle: clearing the rights in their work so it can be seen on TV, in cinemas or online. The Space has been working on an initiative to develop more guidance to organisations in the sector since 2017. Click to find out more.

8 months ago
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Online Abuse – A Toolkit for the Cultural Sector

As artists and cultural organisations share more and more work online, it’s wise to consider the issues of online abuse and harassment. This guide from The Space looks at what can go wrong and how you might deal with it.

11 months ago
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Monetising Online Content – The Tank Museum and Patreon

We all recognise the value of online platforms in building a brand, creating an online community and building advocacy. But we can take this one step further thanks to Patreon.com. Read on to find out how in this article from Association for Cultural Enterprises.

4 months ago
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Paving the Path to Purchase – eCommerce UX Best Practices

Mobile devices comprise the bulk of eCommerce traffic, yet desktop sites have lower cart abandonment rates and higher average purchase values. Mobile eCommerce is the future, but if designers wish to maximize profits in the present, they must enhance desktop sites with eCommerce UX best practices. This article by Toptal looks at some of them.

5 months ago
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Live streaming for the arts: lo-fi and low cost options

Live streaming an event or performance might feel unattainable, but there are low-cost and low-tech options for everyone. In this article by The Space, Jason Crouch, a freelance digital consultant with expertise in live streaming and a PhD in contemporary arts and technology, shares his tips on how to get started.

10 months ago

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Pricing Strategies: Discount Strategies and Tactics

The right type of discount can maximise sales, but using the wrong type of discount can result in adverse consequences. Not only can the wrong discount reduce profits, but it can also devalue your brand. Use this guide by Nick Winkler at Shopify, to offer the right type of discount, to the right customer, at the right time.

8 months ago
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Stage Text: Digital Subtitling Training

This free training, led by Stage Text's Programmes Systems Manager, Oliver Webster, will show you how subtitles work, talk you through the huge audience who use subtitles, and show you step-by-step how to start producing subtitles on YouTube's free platform.

1 year ago
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How to Optimise Your Social Posts for the Visually Impaired

Do you want a larger audience to consume your social media content? Wondering how to create content that’s more accessible to people with impairments? In this article by Social Media Examiner, you’ll discover tips and tools to make your social media content accessible to everyone.

1 year ago
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Building Blocks for Reopening by Spektrix

Building Blocks for Reopening: Practical Relationship Management Tools and Strategies takes arts professionals through CRM strategies for connecting with audiences and donors as the industry prepares for reopening. Designed to be used by remote teams at any stage of the reopening process, this comprehensive guide can help members of the arts industry lay the foundation for a successful future.

1 year ago
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How to Set & Achieve Marketing Objectives in 2021

Article from HubSpot: In the marketing industry, setting objectives can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, constantly raising the bar can incentivize your team to sustain your growth rate over long periods of time. On the other hand, it can incentivize your team to prioritize your company’s needs over your customers’ needs.

5 months ago
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The Definitive Google Ad Grants Guide

Article from Anuncia: One of the most comprehensive guides to Google Ad Grants online. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about how your non-profit can benefit from up to $120,000 per year in free Google advertising via the Google for Nonprofits program.

1 year ago

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5 Tips for Writing Alt Text in Email

Article from Email on Acid: One of the essential parts of an accessible email is well-executed image alt text (alternative text). That said, good alt text should be a feature of every email, regardless of whether you’re designing for accessibility.

1 year ago
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How to create engaging content

Article from Motioncue.com: The internet is saturated with content, those who think outside of the box come out on top. You need to kick it up a notch and learn how to capture your audience’s attention with engaging video content. Read these top 5 tips on how to create engaging video content that elevates your brand.

1 year ago
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Email newsletters – how to

Digital Pathways explains how email marketing systems enable companies and organisations to send email updates, newsletters and invitations to a list of subscribers.

1 year ago
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How to Apply for the Google Ad Grant in 5 Easy Steps

Article from Whole Whale: Most grant applications for your nonprofit are long, complicated, and stress-inducing for your entire development team. Not the Google Ad Grant: Google’s grant for qualifying nonprofits give $10,000 in free in-kind advertising on Google Ads (formerly known as Google AdWords).

1 year ago
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6 Steps to Building a Brilliant Paid Search Account Structure

Article from Word Stream: Building out a Google Ads account structure is not as intimidating as it may appear. Yes, the Google Ads interface can be a bit tricky to navigate at times, but this step-by-step guide will walk you through everything you need to do to create a well-structured account.

1 year ago
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Digital Culture Compass

This self-assessment tool provides a practical framework for improving your organisation’s digital strategy, planning and activities.

1 year ago
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WordPress Demo and Information

Article from Opensource CMS: Want to quickly see how the open-source software WordPress works? You'll find a free and updated demo installation of WordPress here.

1 year ago
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Email Segmentation for Nonprofits: 7 Easy Segments that Increase Donations

Being a newsletter subscriber can be like Goldilocks and the Three Bears: One newsletter sends way too frequently, one never sends anything you want to read, and one sends just enough. Whole Whale wants you to hit the sweet spot right in between, and send just enough emails to move the needle forward on your impact.

1 year ago
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Getting Buy-In For Your Vision

Article from HubSpot: Advice, tips, and real-world examples from seasoned leaders to help ease that occasionally rocky transition from contributor to manager.

1 year ago
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Ecommerce jargon buster

Netmatter's Katy Smith provides some easy explanations for the most common and confusing eCommerce jargon. Netmatter's Katy Smith provides some easy explanations for the most common and confusing eCommerce jargon.

1 year ago
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S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

Article from Yourcoach.be: Once you've charted to outlines of your project, it's time to set specific intermediary goals. With the SMART checklist, you can evaluate your objectives.

1 year ago
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Should You Say Goodbye to Inactive Subscribers?

Article from Campaign Monitor: In an ideal world, every contact on a company’s email list would be active, engaged, and a frequent buyer. Unfortunately, that’s not how it always works. Subscribers grow and evolve, and some become inactive over time.

1 year ago
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Ultimate Guide to EU Cookie Laws

Article from PrivacyPolicies: The EU Cookie Legislation requires 4 actions from website owners who use cookies. Here's a guide on how to handle them.

1 year ago
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