Upcoming Conferences (August – November)

James Norris

Lowlands Festival (Amsterdam) 16th – 18th August

Lowlands is an annual three-day music and performing arts festival, held in the Netherlands. This year’s artists range from New Order to Jorja Smith. The Digital Legacy Association are collaborating with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences to help make those attending the festival contemplate their own mortality and digital legacy. It will take place in the scientific field from 12pm until 5pm each day. Details

South West End of life Network (Torquay) 17th October

A version of our flagship digital assets and digital legacy workshop and training course will be ran on the south coast. This event is not open to the general public.

Hospice UK Conference (Liverpool) 20th November

We will be speaking about the work we devise and deliver at Hospice UK’s annual conference in Liverpool. Details

STEP – Digital Estates: A Deep Dive into Managing Digital Assets (London) 22nd November. Details

STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. We will deliver a presentation titled ‘Digital Asset Estate Administration: Where Do You Begin – Email and Social Media‘.

If you would like me to speak at your conference or event get in touch

Speaking on BBC Breakfast

This morning I spoke on BBC Breakfast about the importance of making our end of life wishes know. It follows this weeks court ruling in which a judge ordered Apple to provide the family photos and videos stored on the late Matt Thompson’s iPhone.

BBC breakfast death digital

The episode can be see in full on BBC iPlayer.

Speaking at the RCN

Yesterday I spoke at the Royal College of Nursing about the role of social media in healthcare and end of life care. I would like to thank the RCN for inviting me, it was an honour.

James Norris RCN

Video Marketing Statistics 2015

1. 59% of viewers will watch a video to completion that is less than one minute. – Wistia

2. 92% of mobile video viewers share videos with others. – Invodo 

3. 65% of executives have visited a vendor’s site after watching a video. – Forbes (39% have called a vendor after watching a video) 

4. 70% of marketing professionals report that video converts better than any other medium. – MarketingProfs 

5. When marketers included a video in an email, the click-through rate increased by 200% – 300% – Forrester 

6. The average internet user spends 88% more time on a website with video. – Mist Media 

7. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. – YouTube (That's a lot of cat videos!)

8. 64% of consumers are more likely to buy a product after watching a video about it. – comScore

9. Visitors who view videos stay on web sites an average of 2 minutes longer than those who don’t view videos – comScore 

10. 59% of senior executives prefer to watch video instead of reading text, if both are available on the same page. – Forbes Insight 

11. Homepage videos are shown to increase conversion rates by 20% or more. – ReelSEO (Read about how our client got a 34% increase in conversions) 

12. Using video on landing pages can increase conversion by 80% – Unbounce 

13. Mobile makes up almost 40% of global watch time on YouTube. – YouTube (6 billion hours of video are watched monthly on YouTube) 

14. 1.8 Million Words is the value of one minute of video. – Dr. James McQuivey, Forrester 

15. Only 24% of brands are using online video to market to consumers. – Kantar Media 

Data collated by Adeli Studios. To find out more about using video to market your brand click here

Speaking engagements for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 (next week)

Byw Nawr   
I will be speaking at a number of events around the areas of 'digital legacy' and 'what happens to our social media accounts when we die' next week. All of the events are part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015.
  • – 20th May – Funeral Roadshow at St Christopher's Hospice, London
  • – 21st May – Byw Nawr Launch Event, Science Hub, Welsh Assembly
  • – 22nd May – Byw Nawr Launch Event, Connah's Quay Health Centre Deesude Clwyd , Wales
  • – 23rd May – Digital Legacy Conference 2015 at UCL Partners, London

About the Funeral Roadshow

The funeral roadshow showcase a range of charities and not for profit organisations in St Christopher's Hospice. It is free to attend so come down if you can make it and say "hello". http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/news/funerals-roadshow-at-st-christophers

About Byw Nawr

I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to speak at two Byw Nawr's launch events in Wales. Byw Nawr has been created to promote a healthy and realistic attitude to death and dying in Wales.

Byw Nawr (or 'Live Now' when translate into English) is the sister initiative to Dying Matters in England and is supported by the Welsh Government.

Byw Nawr Launch Event, Science Hub, Welsh Assembly

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  • – Dr Hywel Francis, Chair, Byw Nawr
  • – Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff National Clinical Lead End of Life Care
  • – James Norris, Chief Executive, DeadSocial


Byw Nawr Launch Event, Connah’s Quay Health Centre Fron Road Connah’s Quay Deeside Clwyd, Wales

  • – Bethan Jones Parry Byw Nawr Steering Committee
  • – Dr Peter Higson Chair Betsi Cadwaladr Heath Board
  • – James Norris, Chief Executive, DeadSocial


About The Digital Legacy Conference

The Digital Legacy Conference is ran by DeadSocial will take place in London. It is free for all to attend however tickets need to be reserved in advanced. The conference will explore how the internet has changed the way in which we remember and grieve forever. It will also examine how our digital footprint will ultimately help determine both our legacy and our digital legacy when we die. www.digitallegacyconference.com

DeadSocials Before I Die Graffiti Wall and Twitter Hashtag Wall

DeadSocial's 'Tweet Wall' & 'Before I Die… Graffiti wall' in our #YODO Pop-Up shop for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014.

Media Partner for Social Media World Forum 2015


We are happy to announce that we are going to be a media partner for the Social and Digital Marketing Conference 2015 once again this year.

#SMWF Europe is the premier event for digital & social marketing professionals taking place in London’s Vinopolis, 8-9 June providing top-level strategic advice and digital marketing insight around how to engage customers, manage brand perceptions, empower employees and open untapped audiences through diverse media channels. More information TBA closer to the time.

Macmillan Primary Care Conference – Workshops

Macmillan Primary Care Conference

Can we Palliate Social Media? Workshops & Leaflets

James Norris (Social Media Strategist & DeadSocial) will be co-hosting three workshops with Dr Mark Taubert & Dr Johnny Browne over the two days at Macmillan's annual Primary Care Conference.

'Can We Palliate Social Media' will explore how social media is changing the behaviour of both the patients and those providing primary care. If you are attending the conference please feel free to come along to a workshop if it is of interest.

Can we palliate social media? (Conference Support material)

Can we Palliate Social Media? LeaftletCan We Palliate social media leaflet side 2

Both the leaflet shown above and the presentation given will be available to attendees (digitally) by Macmillan in the coming weeks. 

Can we palliate social media? (workshop timetable)

• Thursday 27th November (with James Norris & Dr Johnny Browne) 1.30pm-2.30pm
• Friday 28th November (with James Norris, Dr Mark Taubert & Dr Johnny Browne) 9.45am-10.45am
• Friday 28th November (with James Norris, Dr Mark Taubert & Dr Johnny Browne) 1.30pm-2.30pm

About the Macmillan Primary Care Conference

The two day conference for Macmillan's primary care community (including Macmillan GPs and a growing number of Practice Nurses) includes key sessions from a range of influential speakers, interactive workshops, delegate showcases and the opportunity for our primary care community to network and share ideas with colleagues from across the UK.

The theme of this year's conference is reflective of our developing work with Consultant Advisers with a focus on integrated working between primary and secondary care professionals. Many are identifying opportunities to work collaboratively in developing shared objectives across boundaries and services in order to provide the best outcome for people affected by cancer.

Venue location:

Hilton London Gatwick Airport, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, RH6 0LL

Last call

If you are attending Macmillan's Primary Care conference feel free to come along to the 'Can We Palliate Social Media Workshop' on Friday 27th November between 9.45am-10.45am or 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Update (5th December 2014)

  • Resources from the 'Can we Palliate Social Media' presentation will be available from Macmillan's website soon 
  • A writeup by Clifford Jone in the British Medical Journal about the 'Can we Palliate Social Media' workshop can be read here