How Mencap adapted to increased demand for social media designs

The boom in digital assets

Since COVID-19, the demand for digital assets is growing dramatically at charities. Social media has become even more essential. It helps to maintain communication with supporters, to campaign, and raise awareness for events. Social media is a highly competitive space. Digital teams are always looking for eye-catching content to command attention.
 
“The Digital Team do a great job in maximising our exposure online. Their role has never been more important.”
 
The story is no different for Mencap. The Digital Team have a packed schedule of content supporting activities from across the organisation.
 
These types of posts need brand assets to help capture awareness and increase engagement online. Responsibility for supplying artwork sits with the Marketing Team.
 
The volume of design requests the Marketing Team were receiving can sometimes mean they are tight on capacity. As Sophie Spiteri, Marketing Manager explained:
 
“We are a small creative team so don’t always have the design capacity to react quickly to demand for digital artwork.”
 
The digital team needed turnaround to be fast to keep to their schedules. At face-value, it is a simple graphic. The time taken in numerous phone calls, scheduling, multiple rounds of amends, and sign-off before it can be used by Digital isn’t always recognised.
 
“Even when we prioritise a design it can still take up to half a day before it’s ready and signed-off. That’s time we don’t always have!”
 
The Marketing Team’s role since COVID-19 has become ever more reactive.
 
“We needed to change our approach to Digital to cut down the time needed to produce designs and ideally allow Digital to create it themselves.”
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Who are Mencap?

Mencap are a leading charity supporting people with a learning disability, their families, and carers. Their vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to, and included. They employ over 8000 staff, work with 300 independent Network Partners, and have over 2000 volunteers. They are all helping to achieve this vision.

How Mencap meets demand for social media designs

Sophie needed a solution that saved both teams’ time and wouldn’t compromise the brand. Mencap had already been working with RightMarket to empower their Services, Fundraising and Recruitment staff. RightMarket’s self-serve design platform allows individual teams to create on-brand artwork. This includes templates such as posters, flyers and adverts.
 
Sophie’s briefed RightMarket’s Design Service on how they should look. The RightMarket team then designed Mencap branded smart social media templates. To maximise flexibility, the Digital Team at Mencap can select colour variations and different layouts.
 

What has the impact been?

Having smart templates that Digital can use to create their designs saves time for both teams. The back and forth and scheduling  meetings are no longer needed. Designers can focus on other projects and Digital have the assets they need sooner.

“It’s terrific, I can now send them a link or prompt them to access the platform through our intranet so they can do it themselves. I know every design will be consistent and on-brand.”

The new templates on Mencap’s Online Design Centre have reduced turnaround for days to a matter of minutes. The Digital Team can log in and create a variety of designs with a few clicks. Images are easy to source. Pre-approved images are available in a library to select from.

“The time saving has been huge. Since the digital team have had use of the social media templates, it’s meant they can be more reactive, efficient, and agile in their comms!”

Digital is becoming ever more central to Mencap’s approach to outreach. RightMarket has now provided the Digital and Marketing Teams with a sustainable way to keep up with growing demand.

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“It’s always been a fantastic experience collaborating with RightMarket. The fact they also designed the social media assets saved me and the designers even more time.”
Sophie Spiteri
Marketing Manager

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