Following the discussion we held at the annual correspondents’ meeting in Istanbul, we will not be hold a Labour Photo of the Year competition this year. However, we will continue with the Labour Video of the Year competition and I will begin work on this on 9 January, when I’m back from winter travels. We will also be exploring the possibility – suggested by Kristyne Peter of the IMF – of ‘campaign of the year’.
With little more than a week left to vote, we’ve had 953 votes cost. Last year, 3,000 people voted. Obviously, we’ll send out reminders. But any thoughts on why so few people are voting this time?
Labour Video of the Year: 540 votes have been cast in the last 48 hours, averaging 270 votes cast per day. Last year, we got about 3,000 votes cast. So this year with another 26 days to go, we basically need 100 votes a day to reach the same number of people. You can watch the results in real time here.
May Day appeal: I’ve now written to all correspondents asking for their help to get their unions to donate. So far, the appeal has raised just under £2,000 (US$3,308). This is slightly more than we raised last year by this point.
Global Solidarity Conference: In another week from today, I’m off to Istanbul for a second meeting with the organizing committee. I’ll have a full report when I’m back.
Our campaigns: I continue to update this page – we’re now covered through July 2006, nearly five years. In that time, we ran 124 campaigns (an average of around 25 campaigns each year). Of those, 16 were very large campaigns (by our standards), with more than 5,000 messages sent out in English alone. Of those campaigns, there were one each from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Korea, Mexico and Zimbabwe. Two were Turkish campaigns. And nearly half of them – 7 campaigns – were focussed on workers in Iran.
We had 74 nominations this year – hard to compare that with last year as this time we blocked multiple submissions. We also have nominated films in different languages. As the judges will only review the films in English, and as we want to block multiple voting, here’s how I plan to organize the voting once we have the shortlist:
We’ll use Survey Monkey as we have done in the past – it should block multiple voting and will make it very easy to tabulate results, etc.
For the non-English films, I suggest we set up parallel voting so that individuals (presumably those who speak the language) can vote for their favorite Spanish film, for example. In other words, a parallel competition but without the panel of judges creating a shortlist. That should work for now.
I’m assuming that we won’t have the shortlist before May, so expect voting to take place then.
Friday morning updates: Facebook page, IUF victory, video of the year, and open rates for mass emails
Our Facebook page went from 0 to 117 likes in the first 24 hours online.
Yesterday’s mass mailing focussed on the IUF’s victory in Indonesia against Nestle – driving a substantial amount of traffic to the IUF website as a result.
The number of submissions to the Labour Video of the Year has stalled. Only 2 new submissions came in as a result of the mass mailing.
17 hours after our mass mailing went out and only 10% of the list has opened the message. MailChimp claims that it’s normal for 20-30% to do so. Our best result in the last month in a mailing to the English list was to get 18% to open. Any ideas on how we can improve the open rate? (It’s higher for mailings to our correspondents – as many as 24% will open a mailing. Still, that means 3 out of 4 correspondents don’t open their emails from us.)
We’ve now done five mailings using MailChimp – 2 to our correspondents and 3 to our English language list. I’ve only gotten one bit of feedback – someone who noticed and liked the improvement. No complaints from anyone.
I’m in discussions with Mahesh about getting the Hindi and Bengali editions of LabourStart off the ground – hopefully soon.
I’ve been working on my presentation for the debate on Monday at Oxford on activism vs slacktivism, as well as Thursday’s talk in New Orleans at the UALE conference.
We’ve had a slow flow of nominations for the Labour Video of the Year competition – only 16 nominated so far. I’ve sent out a reminder to our lists.
We’re also just beginning to collect pre-registrations for our global solidarity conference in Istanbul using Facebook. At the moment we have 10 saying yes and 12 saying maybe, for a total of 22. I expect this to increase in the next few days as we’ve not only mentioned it in our mailings, but have just sent it out to members of all our causes on Facebook.
We are today launching a very big joint GUF campaign in support of trade union rights in Mexico. The campaign is being launched simultaneously in 7 languages.
We are very close to a public announcement of our Hindi language edition.
We’ve been holding some email based discussions about the next Labour Video of the Year competition – work will begin on this in March.
Joshua Amberg, one of the judges of this year’s LabourStart labour video of the year competition, asked all the others (and me) to give their answers to the above question. He’s published these on his blog, Look Back: Labor and the Moving Image. Interesting reading.