I just left the Culture Ministry after of a meeting about wlm with officer from patrimonial office. They'll help us in these few days untill the finish of wlm campaign to share the contest in their social networks. And, we are so happy for this, they take compromise to give us a very big space in the principal building of the ministry to have a WLM Exposition, and Awards ceremony. This space is for 2 months between December and February.
So, this year we have the campaign with more photos in Peru, but the next year seems it would be more biggest. We hope.
We'll send to you the posts or twitts that they publish for your RTs and shares...
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We have officially entered the last week of this year's competition (for
most nations). Things look great thanks to the efforts by all organizers!
In the past couple of days submissions have picked up significantly.
Yesterday was the best day so far with almost 10,000 submissions. One more
week and it's time for the last push.
We have started a countdown on our social media outlets, where we make
daily posts until the last day:
Feel free to share our posts on your own social media. If you need
localized versions contact me and I can send you the original files or
modify them for you.
Make sure to keep an eye on the stats tools we have:
In particular, in the 2nd one when you click on details you can get
information on the uploaders and uploads per day. Sometimes it's useful to
check out the uploaders and encourage them to upload more :) Also make sure
you tell your previous winners to participate they have been through the
process so they are already familiar with the steps and the procedure.
Also ask others for help in outreach. If there are social media accounts
with large number of followers ask them to mention WLM in their accounts
and encourage their followers to participate. Just be creative and try to
expand your reach through other people's network.
Finally, feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any help.
Go Wiki Loves Monuments!
thanks to the work by many national coordinators and Romaine, Wiki Loves
Monuments is launching again! I'd like to give a quick update on the
We have currently some 49 participating countries
There are five countries that were planning to participate but are not
ready yet, and may still join the ranks. If you can reach out to them, and
give them a hand - they may appreciate it. These countries are Brazil,
Denmark, Ghana, Mexico and Tanzania. I hope all five will still be able to
join us. If so, that would also mean that we will have a record number of
See https://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/participate/ for a more publicly
digestible overview of the landing pages (if you want to link to your
WLM-Announce mailing list
We are more than halfway through this year's competition. So far we have
had more than 100,000 photos. Kudos to all local organizers for the amazing
job they are doing. As we get close to the end of WLM 2018 submission
period you may want to consider another push on your social media. I
thought I'd add a few more tips to those in my previous email.
1. Consider switching to a business profile on Instagram. It allows you
to look at stats and performance of each post and the overall audience of
your account. It's free and contrary to what the name suggests won't make
you look like a business. You can select the category to be: Community
2. If you are present on both Facebook and Instagram it would be helpful
to link them to each other. Given that Facebook owns Instagram, they have
made the connection pretty straightforward and you can do it from either
platform. It makes it easy for your Instagram posts to automatically show
up on Facebook. Instagram stories can be shared on Facebook stories as
well. Also if you consider paid promotions, linking the two will give you
one unified access to ads in both.
3. If you'd like to share your FB and IG posts on Twitter you can use IFTTT
<https://ifttt.com/>service. We use it with the international account,
therefore, our posts on Instagram automatically show up on Twitter as well.
It has some limitations (e.g., for posts with multiple images) but overall
it's quite useful.
4. If there is a specific monument that you want to have a photo of, you
can easily find people who have photos of that monument on social media.
Say you want photos of Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania. If you search
#KilwaKisiwani on Instagram you will find 280 photos with this tag. Some of
them look good for Wikipedia. You can then just leave a comment or send a
message to the photographer and ask them to submit the photo through WLM.
This works particularly well with countries that have a short list of
monuments or the newcomers to WLM who don't have a large follower base.
5. You might have noticed that we posted a promotional clip on our
social media. I have uploaded the file on Commons
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLM_Promo_4_5.webm>. If you
would like to make one in your local language you can access the PowerPoint
out of which this clip is made. We are working on an Arabic version of the
clip, which will hopefully become available in a few days. If you need any
other language or want to change anything for your own competition, feel
free to modify it in any way you like. Just make sure when you post it you
credit the music (Music: Royalty-free music by bensound.com) Once you
are done editing just go to file>Export>Create a Video. It should
automatically take care of transitions between slides and the music and
generate an MP4 file that you can post..
On the international account we try to promote local accounts. If we have
missed you or you feel you'd want us to mention you more frequently, please
send an email to wikilovesmonuments.insta(a)gmail.com.
Do you know some gellery template or to show photos on user pages? I
think It would be nice and motivator to new user in commons have their
pictures in their pages.
I'm finding something to do that, if you know some, please, share it.
My apologies for the long email but there are important tips that can help
you with promoting your campaign on social media so please bear with me :)
The international team has been promoting the contest on its social media
accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). We do our best to reach out to
as many people as possible,but in many cases, due to language barrier, it's
much more effective to do promotion in the local language. Here are some
tips to help you promote your campaign on social media:
1. Make use of WLM stats page <https://tools.wmflabs.org/wlm-stats/> by
Emilio. It's a wonderful tool to keep track of your local contest. You can
see the total number of uploads, number of users, and the daily breakdown.
It also shows where you stand in comparison to other national campaigns.
2. Stay active throughout the month of September. In addition to making
posts make sure to like relevant posts and encourage those who are
potential participants by commenting under their posts/photos.
3. Use Facebook and Instagram stories to keep your audience engaged. If
you have a large follower base, consider running a live event (e.g.,
Instagram Live) for your audience to go live and ask questions.
4. It's hard to constantly generate content. There are some easy ways
that will help you make a post without too much work. The best way is to
share someone else's story or post. One easy trick is again the stats.
Everyday the international team shares the stats in a story. For example,
today we posted "so far we've got >45000 photos by >3200 uploaders from 53
countries." This is a good way of keeping the excitement alive.
5. Be proactive! If you see a profile on social media with monument
photos invite them to share their photos through WLM. This is perhaps one
of the most effective ways. Typically, I leave a comment like this: "Great
pics of cultural heritage. Please consider sharing your photos on Wikipedia
through Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition. It runs through Sep.
30 with the goal of visual documentation of monuments on Wikipedia." This
encourages people to join and puts all the keywords (monument, Wikipedia
...) in a short message.
6. It's all about word of mouth so ask your followers/friends to be your
ambassadors and encourage others to join. Previous years' participants are
typically excellent candidates to help with promotion.
7. If you have access to people with large accounts ask them to tell
their followers about WLM. This, if done correctly, can help a lot. When
Wikipedia account on Instagram started following us and told about us to
their followers we immediately got many new followers.
8. Consider paid promotions on social media. They are cheap and they can
reach to a very large number of people. But make sure to make it targeted.
If you need help contact me.
9. Make sure to update your information on this page:
so we keep you in mind when promoting WLM on our social media
Finally I would like to thank all our local organizers. You are all doing a
great job and it's so exciting to see so many beautiful monument images
from all over the world. Keep up the good work!
UNESCO are running a regional training on cultural heritage representations
in the Arab region (deadline Sept 10th). All expenses will be covered, more
information is available here.
I think having someone involved in WLM would be amazing. Also I'd like to
explore how we can share some of this knowledge more widely with WLM
outside of the workshop.