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Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Responsive site for relaunched animal charity

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home relaunched as Bristol A.R.C. with a new, responsive website designed and created by Tickbox to launch their new brand.

The site, built on our Hummingbird 3 website platform, reflect the new brand identity for the organisation and includes many of our powerful community engagement and fundraising tools.

We created a user-friendly animal matching database that allows prospective adopters to find the perfect animal for them. Strong use of images and a light, friendly “voice” to the site support the new brand messages of the Bristol-based charity.

The site includes a fundraising platform, interactive timeline and donation facilities as well as being designed to work seamlessly with mobile devices.

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New year, new sites, for busy Tickbox

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

It may have been a cold January, but there was no hibernating for the busy bees in our development team with two new sites launching in the month.

First up, we sprinkled some digital magic with an upgraded site for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (FOWA).

Westonbirt, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, is the national arboretum and its 18,000 trees across 600 acres are managed by the Forestry Commission. Support from the Friends organisation is vital to maintaining and improving the beautiful and much visited site.

The new FOWA site helps them achieve their goals by incorporating innovative, specially designed online tools to allow supporters to fundraise for the organisation directly via the site.

FOWA members can now enjoy a clearer, more comprehensive interface with the organisation via the site, and there is now an online version of their magazine.

The site was developed using Tickbox’s collaborative approach. FOWA have been satisfied customers now for many years and appreciate the agency’s ethos.

The second major project also reunited Tickbox with an organisation they have worked with in the past – Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. The Bristol animal charity had launched a comprehensive rebranding exercise of its Animal Rescue Centre in the city.

As well as a press and advertising campaign, they commissioned Tickbox to provide a new responsive site.

Among the benefits of the new site is a new comprehensive and interactive animal rehoming section, and a fundraising platform that enables the Centre to set up and manage appeals.

The work will help the RSPCA in Bristol continue its work, caring for 12,000 animals annually, and rehoming 2,000.

There’s a certain symmetry in working for people who care for dogs along with people who care for trees, but we’re not reflecting on that, as we push on with a busy schedule in February.

Volunteeer Makers workshop_Snapping the Stiletto

Volunteer Makers start the year with stilettos, armour and dreaming spires

If 2017 was a busy year for Claire Sully and the Tickbox team as Volunteer Makers caught imaginations up and down the country, so 2018 has continued to build on that momentum.

Claire led Volunteer Makers workshops at the Royal Armories Leeds and with  Snapping the Stiletto, an Essex County Council inter-museum project.

These popular workshops explore how organisations can tap into the micro-volunteering revolution and how they can use the Volunteer Makers platform to achieve this for free for 6 months, followed after by low monthly fees.

Royal Armories is the home of the national arms and armour collection and is a must for militaria buffs as well as all those with an interest in our nation’s history.

Opened in 1996, the Leeds museum complements other Royal Armories’ sites at the Tower of London, and Fort Nelson, near Fareham.

From the weapons of yore to destroying the stereotypes of “Essex Girls”, the next assignment could not have been more different!

Snapping The Stiletto is a project that helps rebuff the “white mini-dress and high heels” cliché attached to Essex, by bringing the county’s museums together to uncover the real stories of strong and pioneering women.

Bringing these hidden stories to the public involved many volunteers, and this is where Volunteer Makers came in.

Museum Project Officer Pippa Smith said: “The training was really useful in bringing together the partners and giving us the time and space to reflect on where we all are with volunteering in our various organisations and how we can move forward.

“For me personally it showed me how the platform can work really well to provide a framework for what is quite a complicated project with a lot of partners.”

Another January highlight was when the Museum of Oxford launched its Volunteer Makers’ platform.

Its volunteer challenge scheme is designed to gamify working with the museum and encourages volunteers to fulfil a number of different roles and engage more closely with the institution’s work.

Cllr Dee Sinclair, who is on the board that runs the museum, summed up the Volunteer Makers’ ethos succinctly: “This is the perfect opportunity to expand volunteering to those who may not be able to regularly be involved. Volunteering can be flexible and can easily fit around your life.“

For more information on Volunteer Makers workshops with free use of the Volunteer Makers technology, get in touch.

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2017- still ticking all the boxes

Woman hand touch white tablet with blank empty screen

During 2017 our development team has been busy with several major site relaunches for prestige customers.  While we have also run a national programme of tech and training (Volunteer Makers) supported by Arts Council England.

The year began with a significant site rebuild for HorseWorld, one of the country’s largest equine charities.

HorseWorld wanted a site that was easy-on-the-eye and logical, briefs Tickbox has many years of experience at delivering.

The charity was keen to highlight the number of horses they are working with to rehabilitate (many after being rescued from mistreatment) and rehome.

After the site relaunch, animal adoptions (a key fundraiser for HorseWorld) doubled and overall web traffic to all the site’s animal pages shows a steep increase.

Tickbox also worked with the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries – a large group of independent heritage organisations across the 7 counties of the West Country.

The aim was to deliver South West Fed a mobile-friendly, modern and responsive site which cut down administration work significantly for their core staff.

By allowing members to join and renew membership of the Federation online, administrative time has been reduced on this task from 30 minutes for a renewal to 5.

The uploading of news, jobs and events has been simplified, meaning SW Fed staff now can update these sectors in significantly less time.

Further developments will make the site even more member-facing, with the use of Tickbox’s Volunteer Makers platform to match volunteers to opportunities, and online blogging to share experiences and expertise.

Another major client undergoing a site overhaul was Arthur Johnson & Sons auctioneers.

This Nottingham company runs the UK’s largest set of auction rooms, from the city’s old cattle market site. It is among the largest companies in its sector.

Arthur Johnson sought a more responsive and feature-rich site, that would deliver big benefits to customers viewing it on mobile and tablet platforms – who make up more than half the site users.

The many back-end,  design and layout changes Tickbox undertook mean the BidMaster online bidding system used by Arthur Johnson integrates smoothly with the content Management system used – giving customers an improved, faster auction experience and saving staff administrative headaches.

The clearer more modern site should help Arthur Johnson maintain their position at the forefront of progressive auction houses.

Delivering these major projects hasn’t been all, for Tickbox and there are still major site relaunches planned in the near future for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

2018 is a year in which Tickbox Marketing is set to keep ticking the boxes with its site building and development work.

Volunteer Makers National Conference

Riding the wave of the volunteering revolution

Volunteer Makers ConferenceTickbox has long been involved in creating innovative technology ideas with organisations for and with arts, heritage, charities and community organisations.

As a marketing and technology company we strove to create a digital platform along with innovative training tools that could harness the know-how of hundreds of thousands of volunteers – many “baby boomers”,  rich in time and expertise, millennials with a sense of purpose looking for skills and experience and the missing middle (Generation X) who want to support through giving their time.

Volunteer Maker evolved from these efforts working collaboratively with our partners from the heritage sector – a bespoke tool for expanding organisations’ volunteering base and connecting with their supporter community.

In 2017, Tickbox’s “baby” expanded from small, local networks and – with the involvement of Arts Council England – has taken off across the country. We have even picked up our first interest from Wales and Scotland.

This year we saw over 60 organisations, including councils, museums and galleries take part in our Pioneer Programme for Volunteer Makers, breaking the target we were set, in a total of 20 training workshops held up-and-down the country.

We also delivered 9 seminars and made 4 presentations to regional conferences, and at the sector’s national conference, we hosted a fringe event for 58 delegates.

Interest has never been higher and it is growing, with local government now joining the heritage sector in making enquiries about VM.

For Tickbox founder Claire Sully, it has meant a year on the road, traversing the UK to speak to museums as far apart as Falmouth Art Gallery and the Tyne and Wear Museums group.

Working with Royal Navy Museums even gives VM a Pioneer in Northern Ireland in the shape of HMS Caroline.

For Claire, spreading the world on the smart use of volunteering, has meant the opportunity to visit museums as diverse as the National Holocaust Centre, the World Rugby Hall of Fame, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Museum of London (to mention just a few).  Claire says:

“It’s been a year of spectacular growth for Volunteer Makers, with organisations all over the country seeing its value, buying into the ethos and spreading the word.

“And the good news is 2018 looks like being even bigger with networks of organisations expressing a keen interest in the programme training, model and technology”.

For more information about the Volunteer Makers model, training and tech click here.  For our Volunteer Makers Pioneers community, click here.