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Effective Communication Strategies for EU Funded Project Websites

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Ian Bearder

Founder & CEO

Apr 22, 2024

EU Projects
Discover effective communication strategies for EU funded project websites with our expert guide. Learn how to clearly communicate goals and updates to maximise impact. Contact Veedoo for a free consultation on elevating your EU project communications.
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How to Communicate Project Goals and Updates Effectively

In the complex landscape of EU funded projects, effective communication is a key pillar of success. Project officers, communications officers, and non-technical staff are at the forefront of this challenge, tasked with the crucial role of ensuring that the project's vision, progress, and milestones are communicated clearly and compellingly to stakeholders and the public at large.


Understanding Your Audience

The first step in crafting an effective communication strategy is understanding your audience. EU projects often impact a wide array of individuals, from policymakers to the general public. Tailoring your message to address the specific interests, needs, and comprehension levels of your audience segments is crucial.


Articulate Your Goals Clearly

Clearly defined goals are the backbone of your project communication strategy. Convey the objectives of your EU project in a straightforward, jargon-free language. Illustrate how these goals align with broader EU policies and values, making your project relevant to your audience's interests and concerns.
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Leverage the Power of Storytelling

Humans are naturally drawn to stories. Transform your project updates and achievements into compelling narratives. Share success stories, challenges overcome, and testimonials from beneficiaries. Storytelling not only makes your communication more engaging but also more memorable.

Utilise a Mix of Communication Channels

Diversify your communication channels to reach your audience effectively. While your project website is central, incorporating social media, newsletters, and press releases can broaden your reach. Each platform has its strengths and audience demographics, so choose wisely to match your communication goals.

Engage with Your Audience

Communication is a two-way street. Encourage feedback, questions, and discussions from your audience. Use social media platforms and your project website to facilitate this engagement. Listening to your audience not only fosters a sense of community but also provides valuable insights for improving your project and communication strategies.
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Learn from others 🙂

For those looking for inspiration from award-winning EU project websites, the .eu Web Awards are a fantastic resource, showcasing the best in digital communication within the European Union. Here are some notable winners:

SINTEC won the best project website at the 2020 .eu Web Awards, under the "Laurels" category, dedicated to EU projects, educational institutions, and charitable organisations. This recognition highlights SINTEC's effective communication and digital presence​​.

The 2023 .eu Web Awards celebrated excellence across various categories, including Leaders, Rising Stars, Laurels, House of .eu, Better World, and Special Commendations.
Winners include:

Leaders category: web2emotions.eu
Rising Stars category: ecoinomy.eu
Laurels category: africoneu.eu, for educational institutions, charitable organisations, or European projects
Better World category: pocityf.eu
House of .eu category: frankfurt-galaxy.eu
Special Commendation for the Youth Award: aboutbulgaria.eu​​.

These websites exemplify the best practices in digital communication for EU projects, incorporating stunning design, innovative features, and impactful content that align with the goals and values of the European Union. Exploring these websites can provide valuable insights and inspiration for developing effective communication strategies for your EU funded projects.

Additional Resources

To further refine your communication strategy, consider the following resources:

Europa Media: Provides training and resources on EU project management and dissemination.

The European Commission's Communication Toolkit: A comprehensive guide for communicating EU projects.

CORDIS - EU Research Results: For examples of how other EU projects communicate their outcomes.

Hootsuite Blog: Offers social media strategy tips that can be adapted for EU project communications.
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