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Make a wish with MS Ireland

Make a wish with MS Ireland

Each year our friends at MS Ireland take part in World MS Day, an international event to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis.

We get excited about creating microsites or campaign pages for MSI - there are a few throughout the year, which are always something different and fun to develop! World MS Day this year is no exception and you can view the landing page here.

Making your wish sends MS Ireland a notification, where they can approve the wish for publish. All approved wishes are then published on the 'Wall of Wishes', complete with an automatic #OneDayMS hashtag.

Make a wish and get involved!

Annette Ryske

Created on Wednesday May 21 2014 03:20 PM

Tags: dublin ireland campaigns msireland

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Reading goes Robotic at MS Ireland!

Reading goes Robotic at MS Ireland!

Yesterday our good friends at MS Ireland launched their 2013 MS READaTHON campaign. It's Ireland's largest and longest-running sponsored read for young people, and this year once again it's supported by a fun Focus microsite!

Featuring moving robots, the site has stacks of information for kids, teens, teachers and librarians about how to sign up for this year's campaign. MSI were keen to ensure the site had a balance between informing young people about MS, and providing fun and engaging ways to get involved.

'Sign up now' features new-styled and easier-to-use forms, and a head-tuning robot to promote it... clever javascript from our Dev team gave two of the robots a life of their own... we love them. (And we can't seem to stop watching the 'Sign up Now' robot - he's captivating somehow!)

The site also features a video embedded in the site, ensuring schools who block videos-streaming sites such as YouTube still get to view the video and find out what it's like to have a family member with MS.

The Comms team at MSI have lots of control over the site, and are able to update much of the content themselves. They also have prizes to be won, games to play and other ways to get involved.

Head over to the site now - we'd love to hear what you think!

Annette Ryske

Created on Tuesday September 10 2013 11:54 AM

Tags: charity dublin ireland campaigns msireland javascript

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Brand new site for MS Ireland

Brand new site for MS Ireland

Thrilled to bits! That's the reaction from our friends at The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland to the launch of their brand new website yesterday!

The Society, one of Ireland's largest charities, work with people with MS, their families and carers, health professionals, students and others who are interested in or concerned about MS. We've been working with MS Ireland since 2007 - not only helping to create their main Society website, but several dedicated campaign microsites too - such as ReadAThon and Tea Party (with McVities). So we were excited to begin working with the Comms team on the structure and design of their brand new site earlier this year.

As well as making sure the web site would be engaging, contemporary and informative, we were briefed that it's key objective was to help create a community of users who could interact with the site and each other through it - providing users and viewers the opportunity to contribute, comment and collaborate on news and views surrounding Multiple Sclerosis.

Through a number of workshops and presentations, the site began to take shape; the creative phase concentrated on site design, navigation and the organisation of information which included introducing 'real life' signposts helping direct visitors to information relevant to them. The administration system that manages the site has been given a complete overhaul to the latest version of Quantum - our bespoke, Rails based content management system. The web site has also benefited from a number of functional improvements  including a brand new and enhanced events calendar, which not only features a far more engaging interface, but also invites users to submit their own events.

The site also includes national and regional blogs updated by geographical editors, five separate blogs with editorial content from the different teams at MSI and user polls - helping get real feedback on important issues from real users.

It's been a brilliant experience working with the team at MSI, and we're so pleased to have this site as part of our portfolio.

Best go and take a look then!

Looking forward to working with the team again on their next campaign site… look out for more on this soon.

"We are thoroughly delighted with our new website. We wanted something brighter, more modern and interactive and which reflected the care and support our organisation provides to people with MS. Focus were wonderful throughout the project, listening to our needs and building on those to give us exactly what we wanted."
Taragh Donohoe
Communications Manager, MS Ireland

Web developments for Irish charity

A return visit is planned next month to Dublin, thanks to our bid being accepted by MS Ireland. You may remember it was my first trip to Ireland back in December, which I absolutely loved and am looking forward to visiting again. We're also pleased to be working with such an important charity and will keep readers up to date on this blog, by our newsletter and in the news section.

Created on Friday February 22 2008 02:59 PM

Tags: charity dublin guinness ireland web-development

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A day in Dublin!

Lisa and her GuinnessSo yesterday, myself and Lisa spent a day in Dublin mixing business with a few pints of Guinness and a wander round one of my favourite cities.

We were invited over by one of Ireland's biggest charities to talk about a new web based project - which meant the joys of the Bristol to Dublin Ryanair route (which I have to admit was on time both ways) and over an hour spent in traffic getting into the city centre - Dublin has some serious traffic issues.

However Ireland's capital looked lovely decked out for Christmas with lights everywhere and it certainly has a different feel from most cities I've been to in the UK - it feels cleaner, safer and adds a bit of a 'European' feel into the mix. It was Lisa's first visit, and apart from the price of the beer (take plenty of Euro's if you're thinking of heading there for a few days) she seemed impressed.

Fingers crossed that we'll be making many more trips in the future - we'll let you know how we get on.

Simon Newing

Created on Wednesday December 05 2007 01:59 PM

Tags: charity dublin guinness ireland

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