We say that a lot. And for good reason.
When Open was set up the plan was to be a digital first agency. But we quickly stumbled across a critical problem. The checkout process. Moving people to give with powerful propositions and stories is the easy bit. But getting people to actually take an action online was a different story unless that experience was perfectly optimised. Which it invariably wasn’t.
So we focused on mobile. Specifically the ease of response that SMS enables. As a result of this focus we created lots of campaigns that raised millions of pounds for our clients and recruited hundreds of thousands of new supporters.
And in 2014, we created Open Mobile Global, our messaging and payments sister company. We’ve seen a constant and huge increase in the use of its platforms and services – in payment and messaging and more focus than ever on engaging donors on their phones.
But, we’ve always known that the potential of OMG sits far beyond SMS & PSMS and we have a very clear innovation focus based on new methods of making payments and messaging.
To support this growth and innovation we’ve been looking for a new MD. Someone who can work with us to create and deliver the longer term strategy to deliver the products and innovation the sector needs.
And we’re delighted to say we’ve found that very special person. Mr Brian Searle, who formally takes over this week.
Most people know Brian. He was first Client Services Director and then Managing Director at Pell & Bales and Pure Fundraising. Last year he co-founded Raise to help organisations develop quality and compliance frameworks to monitor and evaluate fundraising performance and the impact of new regulations.
Meanwhile Mr Paul de Gregorio is not shuffling off into the sunset. For a long time we’ve realised that his current job title of Head of Mobile was limiting and didn’t come close to articulating what we’re doing. So he has a new role at Open, Director of Digital Engagement. A role focussed on ensuring digital thinking and technique is effortlessly applied to all our work and to ensure that digital is central to our absolute focus on ensuring we come up with the campaigns, platforms and innovation that our clients need from both Open & OMG to respond to the ever changing fundraising landscape.
After three amazing years we’re waving farewell to our Account Manager Sam.
We’re looking for someone who loves a challenge and wants to work in a team where mobile, digital and innovation projects dominate our time.
You’ll get to work with some of the largest UK and international charities and no day will be the same. You’ll work with us to recruit new supporters, convert existing ones, develop retention programmes and create new ways to give.
We’d like you to tick most of the boxes in the following areas:
If this sounds like you (and you’re super sharp, ambitious and tenacious), send an email introducing yourself, explaining why you are perfect for the job, with your CV and current salary details.
CLOSING DATE: Please send us your application by 10am Monday 3 October.
The 5th annual fundraising ideas-sharing showcase ‘I Wish I’d Thought Of That’, will be held on Wednesday 30th November and three speaker slots are up for grabs!
‘I Want To Talk At That’ is a competition giving young, up-and- coming fundraisers the opportunity to speak at the event, and this year we have a brand new website – where you can find out more about the process, hear from last year’s winner, and apply.
Applicants must submit a 7-minute video of themselves, talking about the fundraising idea they wish they had thought of. It sounds like a fair bit of work, but the potential rewards are hugely exciting!
Each of the three winners will be paired with a well-known fundraising mentor (Ken Burnett, Kath Abrahams, or Andy Harris), who will help prepare them to present at IWITOT in November, to 250 industry attendees eager for inspiration. Previous audition winners have all been fantastic, and it’s a brilliant chance to show the best minds of our industry exactly what you’re about. There’s a lot of talent out there, and we want to encourage it.
Check out the IWTTAT website here: www.IWTTAT.org. The closing date for entries is 9th Sept.