5 tips to up your digital communications game

By Molly Anders 02 March 2016

What are the most common digital pitfalls faced by global development organizations and how can they overcome them? Photo by: Arne Kuilman / CC BY-NC

Experts from the global development community and thinkers working in the digital space bemoan the slow pace of digital literacy among civil society organizations.

Asked for their top tips on improving digital communications across an organization, officials from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, nongovernmental organization representatives and civil society consultants gathered at the Bond Annual Conference in London gave their recommendations for overcoming the biggest digital hurdles facing organizations today.

1. Keep testing what works with your digital audience.

In a study of the effectiveness of online appeals, Blue State Digital tested four variations of the same email appeal — ranging from a call to action by “change-maker” and co-founder of Partners in Health Paul Farmer to an emotional and detail-heavy plea — and found that the appeal with the bluntest language and most “transactional” tone received the most donations.

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.


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