Category: Social networks

Weekly roundup: Finally, a week without a new campaign

It was time, however, to close some campaigns. We closed the Hungary campaign, which had 7,298 supporters and which ran in 14 languages. The union wrote back to us saying “Many thanks – the thousands of signatures gave strong support to our colleagues!” We also closed the Nigeria dockers’ campaign, sponsored by the ITF. It had 7,680 supporters and it ran in 14 languages. We’re waiting to hear what effect, if any, the campaign had. We also asked for permission to close the DNO Yemen campaign, but were asked to keep it going a while longer.

Thanks to all the new campaigns we’ve launched recently, our mailing lists are growing much more quickly. This week we added 422 new subscribers; this number was just 268 last week and 183 two weeks ago.

We’re also looking for ways to encourage people to share our campaigns. Sharing our campaigns and news as Tweets on iOS devices (iPad and iPhone) has recently become problematic, though it works fine on Android and on the web. We’re working on a solution. Meanwhile, I’ve improved the “pass it on” feature which allows people to forward campaigns to their friends by email; it is now being tested in languages other than English, which I hope to roll out next week, one certain security issues have been resolved.

We continue to promote campaigns launched by others. This week, we helped publicize the IUF’s new Cambodia campaign on our news pages and social media. We also did a mailing to our Canadian list promoting a campaign on Bangladesh, organised by a Canadian union. We’re using our news pages as well to help promote union campaigns. Until this week, the ability to link to other websites’ campaigns was working in English and French; I’ve now extended this to all other languages. You can see a working example on the Spanish page (a link to the IUF’s Spanish campaign on Indonesia).

We’ve had a problem with Google indexing one of our petition pages, which is now password protected, but which allowed them for a time access to the email addresses of some of our supporters. We have tried repeatedly to get Google to re-index the site, which would clear this information from their servers, to no avail. I’ve asked friends in the online campaigning community for advice and have received some ideas.

We continue to focus on both internationalising and localising our news and campaigns. Our new UK LabourStart Facebook page, following a mass mailing to our UK list, jumped from 77 to 479 likes. And we now have a simple “photo of the day” feature working on our Brazil page (in Portuguese).

We’re very focussed on expanding our work in other languages, in particular those where we’ve already built a large mailing list. This week we made efforts in Turkish, German and Korean. I had a very productive meeting with two of our Turkish speaking comrades at the ITF, and we made plans to continue LabourStart’s expansion in the Turkish trade union movement, including a revival of our Facebook page in Turkish. Also, our German comrades have done an excellent job in clearing the backlog of untranslated campaigns and mailings. This is hugely important as not only is our German list a very large one, but we have an exceptionally high rate of response from it. And finally, one of our largest mailing lists is the Korean one, but we’ve not been receiving translations of our campaigns and mailings. I’ve written to all our current translators, and will follow up to a wider audience if this gets no results.

Last but not least, this week we were asked to submit formal requests to two unions in the UK and Norway who have offered donations.

Weekly Roundup: Massive growth in the number of Asian languages for our campaigns

Asbestos campaign: This is now live in more languages than any other recent campaign we’ve done, thanks to APHEDA’s helping getting translations of the campaign and mailing in Indonesian, Japanese, Hindi, Vietnamese, etc. We expect to add even more Asian languages as a result, including Urdu. Some of these lists are being mailed to for the first time in years. A number of global unions, including IndustriALL and the ITUC, have publicly called for a global asbestos ban this week. As of this morning, the campaign has 5,728 supporters and is running in 18 languages.

Kazakhstan campaign: This too went live in a big way this week. We have the full support of the ITUC and IndustriALL, and the IUF did a mailing to its Russian language list to promote the campaign. This morning the campaign had 4,469 supporters and appears in 6 languages so far with more translations on the way.

Madagascar campaign: This campaign is already running on the ITF site, but they have begun publicising the version on LabourStart. We’ll begin our publicity shortly.

Somalia campaign: The journalists’ union has asked for our help; expect a new campaign in the next few days.

UK: We went live with our new UK LabourStart Facebook page, publicising it on the social network itself for now; as of this morning it has 74 likes. One of the things we’ve been able to publicise there is a new podcast done by former LabourStart intern Edd Mustill. We’ll soon do a mailing to our UK list to promote this.

Mailing lists: I did two imports this week, adding people who support our campaigns, with a total of 304 new subscribers, mostly to the English list.

Publications: I’ve begun work to complete the new edition of Campaigning Online and Winning.

Publicity: We’ve begun work on a new flyer — it will be based on our 2014 flyer, with an updated text, to be distributed at union conferences this year. We’re looking into the possibility of creating versions in multiple languages.

Arthur Svensson prize: We’ve been invited to participate in this year’s ceremony in Oslo in June.

Fundraising: BWI has made a generous donation to LabourStart which arrived this week.

Weekly roundup: Asbestos campaign, Facebook UK, site redesign, and more

Campaigns: We launched three new ones – on asbestos (a global campaign), Madagascar, and Kazakhstan. Only the first has gone live with full publicity and translations as there are some issues still to be resolved with the latter two; we’ve gotten over 2,600 messages sent since yesterday evening in support of the asbestos ban. I closed a UK-only campaign launched on behalf of BFAWU (the bakers) — I’m pleased to report that we won this. The previous Kazakhstan campaign was also closed this week.

Mailing list: Without a new campaign, the list barely grows — we picked up just 78 new subscribers this week, most of them for the French list. Matt and Mark in Berlin have offered to join the team posting messages, so our German language mailings should go out quicker.

News: We added one new correspondent from Yemen and one from Brazil.

UK: We’ve set up a LabourStart UK Facebook page and will start promoting it next week; Warren is helping by posting news stories to it. After getting a few complaints about the mailing we did last week in support of Ruskin College, I received a clarification from the person who asked us to do it and shared that with everyone who wrote in.

Website redesign: I followed up with a London-based worker coop which has offered to help us with this; we’ll probably meet up in May to discuss next steps.

Outreach: I reached out to a major Irish trade and we had a phone call to discuss ways we can help them and work together. I also had a long conversation with a US based campaigning group and we’re looking for ways we can work together.

Social media: We used Facebook and Twitter this week to highlight a number of important issues including the ITUC’s condemnation of Assad’s chemical attack on his own people, a call for a global ban on modern slavery, and an expose of the use of North Korean slaves in Russia — all this in addition to ongoing Facebook posts and tweets which Derek has been coordinating.

LabourStart in Numbers – December 2016-February 2017

Please note that this report covers a three month period – the last report covered six months. The first number is the current total, the second one is our previous total.

We’ve added 14 smaller languages in addition to the top 20 this time. Four of these have over 100 subscribers.

Mailing lists

English: 86,871- 86,697
French: 9,032- 8,929
German: 6,252 – 5,997
Spanish: 5,527 – 5,525
Turkish: 4,248 – 4,314
Korean: 4,171 – 4,170
Italian: 3,983 – 4,021
Norwegian: 2,772 – 2,681
Russian: 2,564 – 2,444
Dutch: 1,707 – 1,720

Swedish: 1,243 – 1,242
Chinese: 1,077 – 1,112
Portuguese: 848 – 647
Polish: 798 – 798
Finnish: 643 – 638
Japanese: 518 – 518
Arabic: 509 – 418
Indonesian: 346 – 346
Hebrew: 280 – 284
Tagalog: 254 – 254
Farsi: 232 – 231

Esperanto: 155
Hungarian: 149
Ukrainian: 138
Danish: 102
Czech: 81
Thai: 67
Greek: 58
Hindi: 41
Romanian: 41
Slovakian: 20
Bulgarian: 18
Vietnamese: 13
Creole: 12
Sinhalese: 1

Facebook:

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 12,112 – 11,990
Members of LabourStart group: 8,416 – 8,388
Friends of LabourStart Brasil: 3,406 – 3,232
Like LabourStart page (French): 553 – 551
Like LabourStart page (German): 485 – 478
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 181- 177
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 158 – 155
Members of LabourStart Vostok (Russian): 90 – 89

Twitter

English: 17,229 – 16,922
Canada English: 6,638 – 6,404
Canada French: 1,726 – 1,633
USA: 662- 639
Italian: 492 – 475
Swedish: 376- 374
Indonesia: 366 – 365
French: 230 – 225
Portuguese: 223 – 191
German: 94 – 92
Spanish: 70 – 71
Japanese: 21 – 21
Russian: 18 – 18

Website traffic

LabourStart.org (news)

Unique users 42,120 – 41,506

Top countries (by sessions):

USA 20% – 23%
Canada 15% – 14%
UK 16% – 15%
India 5% – 6%
Australia 5% – 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

Home page – English 26,770 – 51,618
USA – English 7,630 – 21,045
Canada – English 5,354- 10,210
India 5,097 – 11,069
Home page – Norwegian 2,175- 4,091

LabourStartCampaigns.net (campaigns)

Unique users 43,979 – 56,270

Top countries (by sessions):

UK 18% – 15%
USA 13% – 13%
Canada 11% – 9%
Germany 7% – 5%
Belgium 4% – 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

Kazakhstan: Save the independent trade union centre from forced dissolution – 11,977
Bangladesh: Release arrested garment union leaders now! – 11,667
Yemen: DNO must pay its workers – 9,480
Nigeria: Government must intervene to support sacked dockworkers – 7,179
Hungary: Public sector union leaders sacked in unprecedented attack – 7,063

Linked In

LabourStart group: 2,052 – 2,044

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 825- 821

Website

Correspondents: 856 – 845

LabourStart in Numbers – June – December 2016

Some highlights:

* Note that this report covers a six month period as we missed our September report.
* Good news on traffic to the website – very big gains in traffic to both the news and campaigns sites. Over 61,000 unique visitors to news site was a gain of nearly 50% compared to the first half of the year.There was an even bigger gain for the campaigns site.
* There’s been a very significant growth in interest in our news site in India.
* While most of the mailing lists either stayed the same size or shrunk, the Portuguese language list stands out for having grown by 36% in the last half year. Also our Brasilian presence on Facebook has shown enormous growth.
* Once again, the Canadian Twitter feeds in English and French have grown dramatically, while the USA Twitter following remains quite small.
* Of the five top campaigns in this half year, two came from the International Federation of Journalists (our first campaigns ever with the IFJ) and three of the five are currently active campaigns.

Mailing lists

English: 86,697 – 88,242
French: 8,929 – 8,791
German: 5,997 – 6,021
Spanish: 5,525 – 5,531
Turkish: 4,314 – 4,268
Korean: 4,170 – 3,965
Italian: 4,021 – 4,044
Norwegian: 2,681 – 2,701
Russian: 2,444 – 2,449
Dutch: 1,720 – 1,774

Swedish: 1,242 – 1,235
Chinese: 1,112 – 1,112
Polish: 798 – 798
Portuguese: 647 – 475
Finnish: 638 – 687
Japanese: 518 – 518
Arabic: 418 – 478
Indonesian: 346 – 346
Hebrew: 284 – 296
Tagalog: 254 – 254
Farsi: 231 – 242

UnionBook

UnionBook was closed in 2016.

Linked In

LabourStart group: 2,044 – 2,012

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 821 – 806

Website

Correspondents: 845 – 826

LabourStart.org (news)

Unique users – 61,279 – 41,506

Top countries (by sessions):

USA 23% – 23%
Canada 14% – 15%
UK 13% – 12%
India – 6%
Australia 5% – 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

Home page – English 51,618 – 34,337
USA – English 21,045 – 8,294
Canada – English 10,210 – 6,297
India – 11,069 – 1,807
Home page – Norwegian 4,091 – 2,746

LabourStartCampaigns.net (campaigns)

Unique users – 56,270 – 37,851

Top countries (by sessions):

UK 15% – 16%
USA 13% – 14%
Canada 9% – 10%
Germany 5% – 7%
Belgium 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

South Korea: Release jailed trade unionists, respect workers’ rights – 8,969
Iran: Freedom for teacher union leader Esmail Abdi – 8,940
Korea: Don’t let Han’s death be in vain – 8,659
Turkey: Press freedom is essential for democracy, set journalism free! – 8,651
AFP: Demand fair terms for freelance photographers – 8,153

Twitter

English: 16,922 – 16,188
Canada English: 6,404 – 5,661
Canada French: 1,633 – 1,071
USA: 639 – 608
Italian: 475 – 458
Indonesia: 365 – 368
Swedish: 374 – 356
French: 230 – 225
Portuguese: 191 – 92
German: 92 – 91
Spanish: 71 – 73
Japanese: 21 – 22
Russian: 18 – 18

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 11,990 – 10,528
Members of LabourStart group: 8,388 – 8,521
Friends of LabourStart Brasil: 3,232 – 1,681
Like LabourStart page (French): 551 – 535
Like LabourStart page (German): 478 – 472
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 177 – 175
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 155 – 155
Members of LabourStart Vostok (Russian): 89 – 109

Number of Facebook followers grows – but we have more work to do

We now have 11,258 followers of our LabourStart Facebook page in English — a big improvement.  We had 10,689 a little more than a week ago, so we’ve picked up 569 new ones in just about a week.  In the previous year, we’d picked up only 611, so this a very significant increase.  Nevertheless, we still have our work cut out for us.  Here are some similar pages on Facebook for comparison:

  1. ILO – 285,993
  2. UNI Global Union – 53,891
  3. Education International – 29,047
  4. Trades Union Congress (UK) – 25,178
  5. International Labor Rights Forum – 22,612
  6. IUF – 21,700
  7. LabourStart – 11,258
  8. Union Solidarity International – 10,794
  9. ITUC – 10,032
  10. IndustriALL – 8,528
  11. ITF – 6,478
  12. PSI – 6,397
  13. IFJ – 4,971
  14. European Trade Union Confederation – 2,756
  15. TUAC – 117

 

 

 

Growing our audience on Facebook

LabourStart has had both a Page and Group on Facebook in English for several years, and has groups, pages and other accounts in other languages as well.  But growth to the English page, which we use to promote both top stories and our campaigns, has stalled recently.

Our English global page on Facebook - picking up nearly 2 new followers per hour.
Our English global page on Facebook – picking up nearly 2 new followers per hour.

A year ago, we had 10,078 followers of our main Facebook page in English; by the end of last week, that had risen to just 10,689 — a gain of only 611 new people in a whole year, or less than two per day.

I took two steps to increase our audience on Facebook which has resulted in significant gains for us.

First, I invited 225 of my Facebook friends to like LabourStart’s page.

And second, I purchased an inexpensive Facebook ad to promote the page.

As a result, we’re up to 10,828, a gain of 139 in just 3 days, or an average of 46 new followers per day.

You can help by inviting all of your Friends to like our Facebook page — do this from our page at https://www.facebook.com/labourstart.org/

LabourStart in Numbers – March-May 2016

Some highlights:

* Significant growth to the English and Turkish mailing lists.
* Slow growth on social networks except for the LabourStart Brasil Facebook presence, which grew by nearly 50% this quarter.
* 24 new correspondents – on average, 2 new ones per week.
* Significant growth in traffic to our news website with 10,000 more unique users than in the previous quarter.
* Our campaigns site also experienced significant growth, with nearly 38,000 unique visitors in this period.
* Downloads of our Android app have slowed dramatically, and fewer people are using it than in the past.

Mailing lists

English: 88,242 – 85,445
French: 8,791 – 8,438
German: 6,021 – 5,870
Spanish: 5,531 – 5,455
Turkish: 4,268 – 3,722
Italian: 4,044 – 4,029
Korean: 3,965 – 3,965
Norwegian: 2,701 – 2,736
Russian: 2,449 – 2,438
Dutch: 1,774 – 1,774

Swedish: 1,235 – 1,255
Chinese: 1,112 – 1,112
Polish: 798 – 798
Finnish: 687 – 687
Japanese: 518 – 518
Arabic: 478 – 450
Portuguese: 475 – 468
Indonesian: 346 – 346
Hebrew: 296 – 286
Tagalog: 254 – 254
Farsi: 242 – 242

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 16,188 – 15,817
Canada English: 5,661 – 5,207
Canada French: 1,071 – 956
USA: 608 – 582
Italian: 458 – 448
Indonesia: 368 – 368
Swedish: 356 – 345
French: 225 – 226
Portuguese: 92 – 71
German: 91 – 90
Spanish: 73 – 74
Japanese: 22 – 22
Russian: 18 – 18

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 10,528 – 10,319
Members of LabourStart group: 8,521 – 8,572
Friends of LabourStart Brasil: 1,681 – 1,198
Like LabourStart page (French): 535 – 500
Like LabourStart page (German): 472 – 462
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 175 – 168
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 155 – 151
Members of LabourStart Vostok [Russian]: 109 – 89

UnionBook

Members: 5,929 – 5,915

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 2,012 – 1,996

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 806 – 802

Website

Correspondents: 826 – 802

LabourStart.org (news)

Unique users – 41,506 – 31,026

Top countries (by sessions):

USA 23% – 25%
Canada 15% – 16%
UK 12% – 11%
Australia 5% – 5%
France – 4%

Most popular pages – page views:

Home page – English 34,337 – 37,618
USA – English 8,294 – 2,788
Canada – English 6,297 – 2,129
India – 3,853 – 1,098
Home page – Norwegian 2,746 – 2,309

LabourStartCampaigns.net (campaigns)

Unique users – 37,851 – 21,763

Top countries (by sessions):

UK 16% – 15%
USA 14% – 14%
Germany 7% – 10%
Canada 10% – 9%
France 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

Uzbekistan: Defend human rights activist Uktam Pardaev – 12,011
Colombia: Free academic and unionist Miguel Ángel Beltrán – 10,780
Peru: Union organizer expelled – 8,497
Gambia: Justice for Sheriff Diba – 8,233
Turkey: Support the union members fighting to save the forests of Cerattepe – 4,939

Android app downloads (totals)

First number is current, second number is total installs. The numbers in brackets are from the previous quarter.

English: 370 / 795 [387 / 757]
Norwegian: 41 / 49 [38 / 48]
Esperanto: 25 / 105 [33 / 99]

Total: 436 [458] current installs

LabourStart in Numbers – December 2015 – February 2016

Some highlights:

  • Nearly 900 new subscribers on our Korean list
  • Hundreds of new followers on Twitter, on several lists
  • The emergence of major new presence on Facebook for LabourStart Brasil
  • Big gains in traffic to both the news and campaigning websites

The second number is the previous quarter (if we have it); some lines are particularly interesting and have been highlighted in green.

Mailing lists

English: 85,445 – 85,588
French: 8,438 – 8,325
German: 5,870 – 5,785
Spanish: 5,455 – 5,448
Italian: 4,029 – 3,970
Korean: 3,965 – 3,068
Turkish: 3,722 – 3,719
Norwegian: 2,736 – 2,782
Russian: 2,438 – 2,433
Dutch: 1,774 – 1,774

Swedish: 1,255 – 1,256
Chinese: 1,112 – 1,103
Polish: 798 – 793
Finnish: 687 – 687
Japanese: 518 – 488
Portuguese: 468 – 416
Arabic: 450 – 463
Indonesian: 346 – 346
Hebrew: 286 – 282
Tagalog: 254 – 254
Farsi: 242 – 242

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 15,817 – 15,395
Canada English: 5,207 – 4,962
Canada French: 956 – 876
USA: 582 – 563
Italian: 448 – 421
Indonesia: 368 – 360
Swedish: 345 – 306
French: 226 – 229
German: 90 – 90
Spanish: 74 – 76
Portuguese: 71 – 47
Japanese: 22 – 21
Russian: 18 – 18

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 10,319 – 10,177
Members of LabourStart group: 8,572 – 8,611
Friends of LabourStart Brasil: 1,198
Like LabourStart page (French): 500 – 483
Like LabourStart page (German): 462 – 447
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 168 – 169
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 151 – 148
Members of LabourStart Vostok [Russian]: 89 – 82

UnionBook

Members: 5,915 – 5,909

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 1,996 – 1,970

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 802 – 791

Website

Correspondents: 802 – 798

LabourStart.org (news)

Unique users – 31,026 – 22,366

Top countries (by sessions):

USA 25% – 29%
Canada 16% – 15%
UK 11% – 9%
Australia 5% – 5%
France 4%

Most popular pages – page views:

Home page – English 37,618 – 41,764
USA – English 13,089 – 13,941
Canada – English 7,616 – 6,294
India – 2,444
Home page – Norwegian – 2,309 – 2,807

LabourStartCampaigns.net (campaigns)

Unique users – 39,304 – 35,723

Top countries (by sessions):

UK 15% – 17%
USA 13% – 14%
Canada 12% – 16%
Germany 6% – 5%
Belgium 5%

Most popular pages – page views:

Egypt: Torture and murder of Giulio Regeni – 13,011
China: Free jailed labour activists, stop suppressing labour organizations! – 6,692
Israel/China: Stop governments’ deal to import bonded workers – 6,324
Djibouti: Teacher trade unionist sentenced to prison – 6,213
Iran: Detained teacher unionist on hunger strike – 5,166

Android app downloads (totals)

First number is current, second number is total installs. The numbers in brackets are from the previous quarter.

English: 387 / 757 [408 / 721]
Norwegian: 38 / 48 [37 / 43]
Esperanto: 33 / 99 [30 / 88]

Total: 458 current installs [475]

Campaign updates from Iran, Israel, China, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Turkey – and more …

The first two weeks of December were a busy time for us, especially regarding campaigns.

2016 conference:

Updates will appear on top of Inside LabourStart as we get them.

Campaigns:

At the suggestion of Andy, I’ll be drawing up a short report on how we did with campaigns in 2015, and we can circulate this early in the new year to our lists.

Iran: At the request of the Education International we launched a campaign 3 days ago demanding the release of a jailed teacher trade unionist. But within 1 day, we received reports that he’d ended his hunger strike and was released. We are now waiting for confirmation of this and will then close the campaign.

Israel/China: The deal to import tens of thousands of workers from China to Israel as bonded labour has fallen through, and as a result we’ve been asked to close the campaign. The campaign had 6,263 supporters in 14 languages despite having been online for little more than one week. We’ll be releasing a statement shortly.

Korea: The campaign continues to grow, and as of this morning has over 10,200 supporters, 1,359 of whom supported the Korean-language version.

Kyrgyzstan: I have asked IndustriALL for permission to close this, as more than three months have passed. We’re still waiting for a green light to do this.

Poland: We closed the ITF Poland campaign after three months. The campaign had 7,910 supporters; we don’t have a final message from the ITF about results of our efforts, despite having asked for such a report.

Turkey: We closed down the SF Leather/Mulberry campaign after more than four months with the agreement of IndustriALL. It was a large campaign with 11,571 supporters.

Outreach:

I have been invited next week to participation in a small workshop at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam; they are keen to discuss their relationship with the global labour movement and the question of archives.

In February, I’ve been invited to speak in Gdansk at a meeting of European trade union communications officers, organized by the European Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Institute.

Facebook & Twitter:

Our group (not page) is increasingly dominated by a handful of individuals some of whom seem to think that we are connected somehow to the British Labour Party. I have written a sticky post on top of the group for all to see encouraging people to post items about the labour movement. It has had limited success.

Meanwhile, our Canadian feed on Twitter continues to thrive, with over 5,000 followers. (See Derek’s post below.)