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[Case Study] ... Cold calling is dead……. Long live hot calling

  Colin McKellar, Director at Every Cloud Digital writes

As many of my contacts will know, I launched Every Cloud Digital around 6 months ago and I am more than happy to admit, I was scared. All of my working life I have been employed and the thought of no regular salary filled me with trepidation. 

I’ve been in sales for over 20 years and have done my fair share of cold calling from newspapers and Yellow Pages (remember them!). I will never forget the feeling of despondency if you had the temerity to tell your sales manager that you had no leads only to see a huge phone book being thrown in your direction, it’s pages already well thumbed.

How can charities understand the effects of ageing to encourage legacy giving? .. Future Thinking

In our annual study alongside Seniosphère Conseil, an international specialist in strategy and marketing to the Baby Boomer generation, we spend time understanding the expectations and priorities of the 50 to 70 year old generation.

In recent years this market has become increasingly valuable to brands, due to high levels of disposable income. They are also tech-savvy; a generation raised on consumption, marketing, brands and innovation.

How can charities understand the effects of ageing and the evolving needs of the Baby Boomer generation to encourage legacy giving?

Things are getting tough! 

As with everything, consumers are bombarded with charity messages. We are constantly being asked to donate money to a good cause, sponsor a friend or take part in an event.  We are bombarded via social media and in the street.

It’s therefore getting harder for campaigns to cut through and make a lasting impression with their legacy communications.  

Charities must cut through the clutter and engage supporters so they become longer term loyalists who will consider leaving a legacy.

Sensible targeting

Last year’s criticism of fundraising practices has led to a public backlash, where there is a consensus for tighter regulation of charity fundraising.

The golden rule for all legacy campaigns is that any engagement should inspire, create empathy and crucially a sense of trust so audiences are not pressurised into giving.

Be open and honest

Supporters want to know exactly how their gift will make a difference. Remember, Baby Boomers have time on their hands, so will spend time making a considered and informed decision about which charity to support.

Many charities have a dedicated legacy page on their website, but maybe there is a need for stronger clarification on the process of leaving a gift. 

Baby Boomers will have more time than most and the inclination to investigate your brand thoroughly before making a decision.

Create talkability

The ALS/Motor Neurone Ice Bucket Challenge highlighted how effective social media and PR can be for charities. As with any campaign, driving talkability and sharing is key and it is the fun aspect that generates this, rather than the cause.

Charities need to think of ways to tailor campaigns to make them relevant to the Baby Boomers. Remember, this audience is digital-savvy so they will share the experience to help drive awareness.

Bring stories to life

As seen with Cancer Research’s latest campaign, bringing patients’ stories to life helps to create a personal level of engagement.

Generating empathy in the same way with legacy communications will deliver greater awareness to your brand and willingness to act. What tangible difference will their gift make to your cause in the future?

Understand your supporter base

Different people have different reasons for leaving a gift in their Will. It may be purely the closeness to the cause or knowing someone who has left a legacy.

Tapping into these deep-rooted motivations will strengthen your legacy marketing.

Where there’s a Will there’s a way

2014 figures from nfpSynergy show that 17% of the public claim to have left a gift and legacy income is currently estimated to be worth more than £2 billion a year. There is undoubtedly a correlation between building awareness through campaigns with solicitors and will-writers and engagement.

Baby Boomers are likely to have more than one visit to their solicitors to amend their Wills, so don’t forget their power of influence.


John Whittaker, head of marketing at Future Thinking

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By 2016, 89% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience, versus 36% four years ago.. Gartner in the MTA blog

Lawrence Collis and David Wiles explain why they founded the Marketing Technology Association 


It’s a word that can strike either excitement or fear in the heart. That’s because many business leaders are being thrust into a new world. A world that doesn’t make them feel brave. A world built on technology.

In April 2012 The Economist ran a front cover feature that talked of a Third Industrial Revolution, on how manufacturing is going digital. If we pause for a moment and consider what that means in practice, the profound shift that is underway: advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, cloud computing, social. This is not only industrial change, it is cultural change. On a global level.

Yves Saint Laurent has come up with an innovative way of creating bespoke beauty experiences for their customers / via Hotcow blog



Ever tried using video for your experiential marketing? Gone are the days of raiding your mothers makeup bag and trying to recreate her every makeup move; with numerous demo videos available at the click of a button, more and more women are turning to video streaming websites for advice.

Knowing just how popular online make-up tutorials are, Yves Saint Laurent has come up with an innovative way of creating bespoke beauty experiences for their customer’s, using a growing trend in hi-tech accessories: Google Glass.

Hotcow is a non-traditional creative agency that specialises in experiential marketing that goes viral. Our campaigns generate buzz through crowd participation, PR and content sharing. Contact us on 0207 5030442