So the last couple of weeks have been a bit of an Open America whirlwind.
It began with a meeting at the end of February with a group of big shot TV producers who had the big idea to ask their A-list celebrity friends (the likes of Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Tom Hanks), to take part in a telethon to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
It was going to be the first major telethon to be broadcast on Facebook using Facebook Live and it was going to be the first telethon that used brand new Facebook Donate functionality, that’s currently only available in the USA.
Plus they wanted to do it quickly. The live date was fixed for four weeks later on March 31st.
While the producers and writers are brilliant at comedy and putting on a live show, they recognised that they needed some help with the fundraising. That’s where Open America came in. A team of Open staff, (Fiona, Ali, James Dawe and me) travelled to New York and set up base in the studio where the telethon was going to be hosted.
I asked a friend who works in TV for advice before we left. She said “show no fear” and “anything is possible”. How right she was. In the ten days between landing and the show starting the team achieved an incredible amount.
But that’s just a list. What we actually did was..
But the main thing I learned is that if you put the right team together, and give them the accountability and responsibility required to deliver, they will deliver a high volume of high quality work that gets results. And it will be a lot of fun.
We’re convinced that we’ll be doing more campaigns that fuse community building and fundraising over the coming months. So if you want to know more about what we did, what we learnt and how we can apply our learnings in the UK, let me know.
Paul de Gregorio
No one should have no one at Christmas. I saw this lady today at London Bridge and was drawn to the advert for @Age_Uk about making sure no one is lonely this Christmas. This struck a cord with me and I have just text FRIEND to 70020 to give £3 to Age Concern. This is not a sponsored post. This is me saying if you can help please spend a few minutes today texting @Age_Uk #EndLoneliness Thank you. X
I wanted to share this with you as I think it’s a beautiful image.
MissUnderground is one of my favourite Instagram accounts.
So I was dead proud to see that today’s image featured a campaign that we had a hand in.
And as a direct response fundraiser, even more pleased to see that the call to action was reproduced in the copy.
Paul de Gregorio
Everyone imagines that being a creative is awesome. But, far from brainstorming zany ideas while playing table tennis, the reality is that we spend a large chunk of our time being told what we’ve done wrong and what we could do better.
That’s why, when one wonderful client started typing compliments into the margins of our work to tell us what we’re doing right, it came as something of a surprise. So much so, in fact, that our designers turned his comments into a series of inspirational posters…
Step forward, lovely Jim from Concern – who, coincidentally, are enjoying a year of stellar results in fundraising.