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Tickbox launch partnership with Bristol orchestra

Tickbox Marketing  is sponsoring Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra’s (BMetO) programme throughout 2015 and 2016.

We are bringing together business, arts, community to help reach new audiences for the orchestra.

As part of our partnership, we are establishing a community project called Open to Orchestra where we reach out to people who often find it difficult, – financially or logistically – to access live classical music.

For Open to Orchestra, BMetO will give access to their rehearsals and concert preparations – a chance to go behind the scenes of a working orchestra.

We will also be providing free places to BMetO concerts to those people involved in this community project. For more confident musicians they could get a chance to rehearse with the orchestra.

We will mentor the people involved in our project to help them fulfil their potential, developing talent wherever it may come from.

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra is a flourishing amateur orchestra with a well-established reputation for excellence, regularly packing out both the Colston Hall and their principal home, St George’s Bristol, with appreciative audiences.

The players come from across the Bristol area. BMetO has a reputation for nurturing and encouraging new talent as these musicians flourish into their respective professional careers.

Tickbox provides advice on digital engagement for charities, arts and business and is providing the orchestra with a Tickbox digital app called Volunteer Makers for free.

The app, which allows charities and community organisations to manage, engage and develop their volunteers, will help BMetO grow their supporter base and turn this into something useful for the orchestra – also a registered charity.

Conductor William Goodchild creates a trusting and engaging connection with his audience during BMetO performances, giving the opportunity for people to think about the music in a way perhaps they haven’t before. William is also a successful film and TV composer.

We believe it is mutually beneficial for business and arts to partner in this way with both BMetO and Tickbox reaching new audiences especially with the use of social media and digital tools. It’s simply a win win partnership for all involved.

New CMS launches, designed by and for clients

hb3 logoAfter a year of intensive development work, we are delighted to be launching our new Content Management System, Hummingbird 3.0 (HB3), this month.

The new CMS builds on the foundations of our original Hummingbird platform, but is completely re-vamped to offer a powerful, cost-effective and future-proofed solution.

Unlike our previous CMS, which were created as stand-alone platforms, HB3 runs from a central core that can be updated, amended and improved centrally and then rolled out to all users.

This ensures that all clients benefit from improvements and updates – ensuring that your website keeps pace with changing technology without the need of expensive re-development.

The platform has been developed with the client view at the heart of it – we’ve taken ideas, input and experience from a number of clients in our key sectors and input them into the CMS to ensure the system works the way we know works for you.

For our charity clients, there are powerful fundraising, membership, donation and income management tools. We have bespoke systems for auctioneer clients (Auction Box) that have a proven track record of delivering record sales for our users.

The whole user-experience has been overhauled to make it one of the most intuitive and user-friendly CMS’s available – with total control over all content through simple, user-focussed interfaces.

HB3 offers:

  • Annual updates automatically rolled out
  • Bespoked plug-ins to deliver functionality specifically for your organisation
  • Integration with leading fundraising, ticketing and membership systems
  • Responsive layout as standard
  • Simple re-skinning, allowing you to completely redesign the look and feel of your site without changing the CMS
  • Powerful image and media editing and management tools
  • Drag-and-drop page templating allowing you to simply create your own layouts
  • The opportunity to plug-in new functionality as required or as it is developed
  • Sector-specific plug-ins for charities, arts organisations and auctioneers
  • And much more

The first HB3 sites are being rolled out at the end of March. If you want to book a no-obligation demonstration of the new Hummingbird 3.0 CMS, contact us on 0117 3250091 or claires@tickboxmarketing.co.uk and we will get back to you to arrange a viewing.

Tickbox has news – made by you

#LutonHappy was a viral hit

#LutonHappy was a viral hit

We’re delighted to see the great work being done by our clients getting plenty of recognition this month, with a number of them up for awards.

Museum Makers – a project by Luton Culture – has been shortlisted in the Marketing Campaign category of the Museums and Heritage Awards 2015 for their #LutonHappy campaign.

The quirky video, set to Pharell’s hit Happy, engaged a wide range of supporters and volunteers at Luton’s Wardown Park Museum, as well as members of the wider Luton community to create a real online buzz about the museum and the area.

Museum Makers is co-ordinated via an innovative challenge database web app created by Tickbox, and manages, promotes and develops the supporter base of the museum.

Meanwhile, Taunton Association for the Homeless has been nominated for a Community Champions award, for its work with homeless people in Somerset.

The charity has helped hundreds of homeless people to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.

You can vote for the charity at the Magnet Trade Community Champions website.

Away from our charity clients, nationally-acclaimed Indian restaurant Mint and Mustard is a finalist in the Cardiff Life Awards.

As the restaurant’s marketing partners, we’ll be joining them at their table for the prestigious award ceremony on March 19th. It’s the second year in a row they have been up for this award, and we’re supporting Cardiff Life as award sponsors.

It’s been a great year for the restaurant, with new premises opening in Weston-super-Mare and Penarth, the re-launch of their Chai St Indian street food cafe, and recognition in the national media as one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK.

And Tickbox MD Claire Sully has got in on the act. Her short play, Mr Wild, has been selected to be performed by theater group Show of Strength as part of Trading Local Wells. The play will be performed on March 21st, 10.30am – 4.30pm at Wells Cinema.


Volunteer Management System for Museum Makers

Museum Makers is a project set up by Luton Culture that has helped transform Luton’s Wardown Park Museum, backed up by technology from Tickbox.

Working with Luton Culture, we developed the Volunteer Makers platform to power the Museum Makers website, which co-ordinates and manages volunteer activity at the museum.

The platform operates as a challenge database, automatically matching volunteer opportunities with skills and allowing light-touch volunteering to encourage a wider volunteer community. The system works closely with social platforms to actively increase engagement and interactions.

The platform has helped Wardown Park Museum to increase its active volunteer force from less than 5o to over 1000 in less than a year, with reduced staff administration time from Luton Culture.

This has helped the museum meet a number of ambitious targets, increase visitor numbers and run effectively with a reduced budget – the volunteers have even managed to get a place in the Guinness Book of Records!

If you are interested in how the Volunteer Makers platform could help your organisation, get in touch with us here.

Hitting the right notes for St Peter’s Hospice

Tickbox is delighted to be supporting our clients St Peter’s Hospice at their fundraising concert of classical music at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

The event, which features pieces from Dvorak and Shostakovich played by the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, is raising money for Bristol’s only adult hospice.

A specially-written piece will also be performed by the St Peter’s Hospice Choir – led by their music therapist, Jane Lings – on Saturday 15th November.

Tickbox have paid for a notice to appear in the concert programme, reminding audience members that they can donate to and support St Peter’s directly through their website.

We have worked with the Bristol-based charity since 2012, and we developed and maintain their website.

The site, built on our charity-sector platform Hummingbird, has helped St Peters to substantially raise their income through applications such as the interactive tribute page and other online-giving streams.

Conal Dougan, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator for St Peters’, said: “The website is very well regarded, and we often receive enquiries from other charities about it.

“In the first year of the website, page views went up 42% and visit duration went up 41%. Mobile usage almost doubled, and our income increased substantially.

“Tickbox provide ongoing support, allowing us to develop the website further.”

Tickets for the fundraising concert can be bought from the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra’s website.


Fundraising Concert for St Peter’s Hospice. Saturday, 15th November 2014


Venue: Colston Hall
William Goodchild, David Ogden<
Lorna James (Soprano)Leigh Melrose (Bass)Alun Rhys-Jenkins (Tenor)

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Orff – Carmina Burana
Shostakovich – Festive Overture