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Digital Toolkits - what to use?

Building a robust digital toolkit for your social enterprise is essential for effective communication, outreach, management, and operations. In fact, digital working cuts across every aspect of your social business. So getting up to speed with the (often free) tools and resources available is crucial.

Here's a comprehensive list of components you may consider including:

  1. Website: A professional and user-friendly website is crucial for showcasing your mission, projects, impact, and ways to get involved. Ensure it's mobile-friendly and optimized for search engines (SEO).

  2. Social Media Platforms: Establish a presence on relevant social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) to engage in conversation with your audience, share updates, and amplify your message.

  3. Email Marketing Software: Use platforms like Mailchimp or Constant Contact to build and manage email lists, create newsletters, and send targeted campaigns to supporters and stakeholders.

  4. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System: Implement a CRM system like Salesforce or HubSpot to manage interactions with donors, volunteers, and partners, track relationships, and streamline communication.

  5. Online Donation Platform: Offer a secure and user-friendly platform for online donations. Options include PayPal, Stripe, or dedicated fundraising platforms like Donorbox or GiveWP.

  6. Project Management Tools: Utilize tools like Asana, Trello, or Basecamp to manage projects, assign tasks, set deadlines, and collaborate with team members efficiently.

  7. Document Storage and Collaboration: Use cloud-based storage platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive for storing and sharing documents securely among team members.

  8. Analytics and Reporting Tools: Monitor website traffic, social media engagement, and email campaign performance using analytics tools like Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and email marketing platform analytics.

  9. Graphic Design Tools: Create visually appealing content for social media, presentations, and marketing materials using tools like Canva, Adobe Creative Suite, or Piktochart.

  10. Video Conferencing Software: Facilitate remote meetings, webinars, and training sessions using platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet.

  11. Online Survey Tools: Gather feedback from stakeholders, measure impact, and conduct research using survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Smart Survey, or Google Forms.

  12. Website Analytics: Integrate tools like Google Analytics to track website traffic, user behaviour, and conversion metrics to optimize your website's performance.

  13. Content Management System (CMS): Employ a CMS like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal to easily manage and update website content without technical expertise.

  14. Social Listening Tools: Monitor conversations about your organization, relevant topics, and industry trends using social listening tools like Hootsuite, Sprout Social, or Mention.

  15. Security Measures: Implement robust cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive data and ensure compliance with regulations like GDPR. This includes encryption, secure authentication, and regular security audits.

  16. Accessibility Tools: Ensure your digital content is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities, by incorporating accessibility features into your website and digital materials.

  17. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools: Improve your website's visibility in search engine results with SEO tools like SEMrush, Moz, or Google Search Console.

  18. Learning Management System (LMS): If your social enterprise involves training or education programs, consider using an LMS like Moodle or Canvas to create and deliver online courses.

  19. Mobile Apps: Depending on your target audience and objectives, consider developing a mobile app to provide convenient access to your services, resources, or community.

  20. Feedback and Support Channels: Set up channels for receiving feedback, inquiries, and support requests, such as contact forms, live chat, or dedicated support email addresses.

  21. Finance Tools: To stay on top of your finances, to reduce your accounting costs and to smoothly submit your returns to the HMRC you should ditch the folders, spreadsheets and paper records; and put all of your transactions in a user-friendly, data-crunching piece of software like Xero, Quickbooks or Sage.

Customize your digital toolkit based on your organization's specific needs, resources, and goals. Regularly evaluate and update your toolkit to adapt to changing technology and evolving requirements.

Oh, and just so you know, this blog (apart from this paragraph) was generated entirely using Artificial Intelligence - the photograph too! I wonder if you realised!? So, even though it's not listed above I think that the power of AI is something we should begin to embrace too.

So, to paraphrase Dua Lipa and Olivia Newton-John (for our older readers), 'Let's Get Digital!'

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