How You Can Support UKC and UKH

In May this year there are changes happening that affect the way we deal with the privacy of our users. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) becomes law on 25 May 2018. At UKClimbing Ltd. we fully support the ethos behind GDPR, which intends to protect the data privacy of EU citizens and improve organisations' understanding of it - more information here. We feel it's important to inform users about this change and also explain how you can help us to provide the best possible content and features on our website.

To comply with GDPR we need to completely recreate our email database with an opt-in option for subscribers, and a date stamp of your decision when you make it. This affects the UKC and UKH newsletters, which have been sent out once a week for many years to a huge database of email addresses. We are aware that not necessarily everyone in this database wanted, or read, this email, but we did have an astonishingly good open rate of nearly 50% (most marketing emails are around 20% to 25% open rate at best). We are doing okay at building the numbers back up onto the new GDPR-approved system, but we are still someway short of the numbers we have had previously.

Please consider opting in to receive one of our newsletters and opening it once a week. We don't ask much but this is a really easy way for you to support the site.

Many of you will have noticed the subscribe/unsubscribe message that has been appearing on the UKC and UKH home page and the weekly newsletter. This is so that we can establish which users want to opt-in to receive the newsletter email in compliance with GDPR. If you opt-in, then we will continue to send you the email. Nothing else will change and we won't use the list of subscribed email addresses for any purpose other than the weekly newsletters. If you opt-out, you will not receive any newsletter emails and we won't contact you again. These decisions are time-stamped on your user profile (a requirement under GDPR).

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Now here's the bit where you can help

Please consider opting in to receive one of our newsletters and opening it once a week. We don't ask much but this is a really easy way for you to support the site.

The UKC and UKH newsletter is one of the most important communication tools we have. It enables us to inform you of new content as well as being a vital asset for us in appealing to advertisers, which in turn keeps the site free of charge for users.

We realise that spam emails are a modern scourge and many of us strive to keep unwanted emails to a minimum. We'd like to think that the UKC and UKH weekly emails aren't 'unwanted' since they are a potted version of the main content we have had on the web sites for the last week, and these are web sites that many of you visit on a daily basis.

If you have already answered this question and opted in, then thanks very much, your support is very welcome.

If you haven't yet filled in our opt-in/out form for the newsletter then please consider doing so and we would really appreciate it if you opted in to receive the weekly newsletter from one or both UKC and UKH. (As an aside, if you use the site regularly and haven't logged in as a registered user then this too is something that is incredibly beneficial to us - please consider registering).

If you have opted out from the newsletter then please could we ask you to reconsider. It is extremely helpful to us if you make your email address available for our weekly newsletter and open it. We will only ever send you one UKC and/or UKH newsletter a week and this is something that every user could help with for relatively little effort and, you never know, you might actually spot something in the newsletters that you had missed on the site.


Alan James, Director UKClimbing Limited

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Forums 44 comments

We don't operate any pay-per-click systems on the web site anywhere, including the newsletter. We do track if people click but not who they are or where they go.  We do have a thing called SkimLinks which is a clever...
Erm no. Following anything on Facebook is a near impossible task for anyone who doesn't have an account.  In fact, I still haven't worked out how to do so. That's because FB go out of their way to make it difficult for...
I'm sure that most advertisers are shrewd enough to know the ,assive flaws in this type of tracking. Some people will have their inboxes configured to block image downlaofs all the time and others will have them...
I would have imagined that one of the world's biggest climbing websites would have thought quite a lot about all of these issues before issuing such a blatant public request. It seems quite simple to me: if you like UKC...
Ok, but this is looking at it from the point of view of what UKC can do for you. We just want to turn that around here and ask you to do something for us - ie. subscribe. Unlike the greatest hits album, it doesn't cost...
Ok yes I agree largely with what Rob said above from a company perspective. I think the two are quite different though upon reflection. FB is effectively latest news, and if you miss the latest news then there's the...

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