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Scribd for communications

Lots of organisations who work in community development are short on time, so when Saqib Amin from Birmingham Settlement came across a tool that would help him share documents across lots of different social media at the click of a button, he wasted no time in getting started.

Saqib Amin and his team support the development and delivery of Birmingham Settlement’s work to help the local community to overcome a range of issues, from long term unemployment to improving adult literacy.

Why did you look for this tool in the first place? What did you need help with?
One of the challenges we face is promoting workshops, courses and advice sessions. We have a very limited budget and want to make sure that as much of our funding as possible is directed to the frontline.

I needed a tool that would help promote our work, but not cost too much.

How did you find out about the tool?
I just searched the internet and came across Scribd. It looked really good, and then a colleague recommended it so I thought I’d give it a go.

What is this tool for?
It’s a simple application for uploading documents, PDFs and reports which can then be viewed by anyone who is interested, and shared using social media.

What do you use it for?
I first used it to upload an event flyer from my Wordpress blog site, which was great as it saved me lots of time. Instead of having to upload it to several different places I could post it on Facebook and Twitter at the click of a button.

Why has this tool been useful to you?
It’s saved me lots of time and has meant that I can make use of different communications channels really easily.

Is there any cost attached to using this tool?
It’s free! There is a ‘premium’ option but I’ve not felt the need to upgrade.

Are there any online tutorials available?
There’s a really good website called learnitin5.com which teaches you various things - including how to use Scribd.

How long did it take you to set it up?
Less than half an hour.

Are there any limitations to using this tool?
One downside is that you can be distracted by all the adverts that appear, but you can always pay for a premium account if they become too much of a problem.