Social Media

Twitter Based Small Business Networking in the Midlands

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Online Business, Social Media | 0 comments

Do you run a Twitter networking/chat that is not listed below? Please contact me with details of your chat for inclusion. Business Hour NameLocationTimeHashtagTwitter Address Marches HourMarches, UKWednesday 1-2pm#MarchesHour@MarchesHour Beds HourBedfordshire, All UKMondays 8.30pm-9.30pm#BedsHour@BedsHour Blk Country HourBlack Country & West MidlandsTuesday 7-8pm#blkcountryhour@blkcountryhour Brizzle HourBristolTuesday 8-9 pm. #BrizzleHour@BrizzleHour_ Brum HourBirmingham Sundays 8-9pm#BrumHour@BrumHour Cannock HourCannockThursday 7-8pm#CannockHour@CannockHour Charnwood HourCharnwood & RutlandTuesday 8-9pm#Charnwoodhour@charnwoodhour Cov HourCoventryThursday 8-9 pm#covhour@Covhour Derby HourDerby, DerbyshireTuesday 8-9pm#Derbyhour@derby_hour Droitwich HourDroitwichWednesday 8pm - 9pm#Droitwichhour@DroitwichHour Alcester HourAlcester and StudleyThursday 7pm - 8pm#AlcesterHour@Alcesterhour Av Your SayAmber Valley in DerbyshireTuesday 8pm - 9pm#AVYourSay@AvYourSayLive Dudley HourDudleyThursday 6pm – 7pm#DudleyHour@Dudleyhour1 East Anglia HourBeds, Herts, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, CambsThursday 8-9pm#EastAngliaHour@EastAngliaHour Look We Can BizEast Midlands UKComing Spring 2016#Lookwecan@lookwecan East Mids HourEast Midlands, UKMondays 8pm - 9pm#EastMidsHour@eastmidshour Hinckley HourHinckley and BosworthTuesday 8-9pm#hinckleyhour@HinckleyHour Kenilworth HourKenilworth and WarwickshireThursdays 7-8pm#KenilworthHr@KenilworthHr Kiddy HourKidderminster, Bewdley & StourportThursdays 8pm-9pm#KiddyHour@KiddyHour Leamington HourLeamington & WarwickWednesday 4-5pm#LeamingtonHour@LeamingtonHour Leicester HourLeicesterWednesday 8-9pm#leicesterhour@Leicester_Hour Leicestershire HourLeicestershireThursday 8-9pm#LeicestershireHour@LeicsHour Lincolnshire HourLincolnshireMondays 8pm-9pm#LincsHour@LincsHour Lichfield HourLichfieldWednesday 7-8pm#lichfieldhour@lichfieldhour Love MidsMidlandsThursday 7-9pm#lovemids@lovemids Milton KeynesThursdays 20:30-21:30#MKHour@MKHour MidlandsWednesday 8-9pm#MidlandsHour@MidlandsHour Northamptonshire HourNorthamptonshireThursday 8pm-9pm#Northantshour@NorthantshourUk Norwich HourNorwichMonday 8-9pm#NorwichHour@NorwichHour Nottinghamshire HourNottinghamshireTuesday 8-9pm#Nottshour@NottsHours Robin Hood HourRobin Hood County, England UKThursday 8 – 9pm#RobinHoodHour@robinhoodhour Redditch Biz HourRedditch, WorcestershireThursdays 8-9pm#RedditchBizHour@RedditchBizHour Rugby HourRugby, WarwickshireThursday 8.30-9.30pm #RugbyHour@RugbyHour SELeicBiz HourSouth East LeicestershireThursday 8-9pm#SELeicBiz@SELeicBiz Solihull HourSolihullTuesday 7pm-8pm#solihullhour@solihullhour Staffordshire HourStaffordshireWednesday 8-9pm#staffordshirehour@Staffordshirehr Stourport HourStourport on SevernWednesday 7-8pm #stourporthour#stourporthour SUAHourSUAHourThursday 11am-12#SUAHour@SUAHour Suffolk HourSuffolkWednesday 8.30-9.30pm#suffolkhour@suffolk_hour Sutton Coldfield HourRoyal Town of Sutton ColdfieldMonday 7-8pm#sutcolhour@sutcolhour Tewkesbury HourTewkesbury Gloucestershire Fridays 8-9pm#TewkesburyHour@TewkesburyHour Warwick HourWarwickTuesday 8-9pm#WarwickHour@WarwickHour Witney HourWitney & West OxfordshireWednesdays 7-8pm#WitneyHour@WitneyHour Worcestershire HourWorcestershireMondays 8-9pm; Wednesdays at Noon#WorcestershireHour@WorcesterHour Wolverhampton HourWolverhamptonWednesdays 8-9pm#wtonhour@wtonhour   What is Twitter business networking chat about? Twitter may not have the huge number of users social media rival Facebook has, however when it come to using the two platforms for business networking, Twitter seem to be way ahead of Facebook. Some of the evidence for this is the sheer number of Twitter business chat and other networking groups using the platform. A Twitter group typically have the name #Hour after a place, hobby or interest or even a region for example #MarchesHour, which is a twitter networking hour for local small businesses in and around the Welsh and English Marches. To help small local businesses find a Twitter networking group in their area I have compiled a list of some of the Twitter chat and networking hours in the Midlands, into an easy to browse table, I hope you find it useful. If think I missed some Midlands networking chat, please let me know via Twitter or contact...

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Tweeting at a tweetup in Hereford

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Social Media, Temi | 0 comments

As a lapsed early adopter of Twitter, it is rather interesting and somehow exciting to note that eight years or so since I created my first Twitter account @temi, Twitter has moved on from a tiny niche micro blogging platform that was competition with many others in its early days, to become one of the largest social media sites in the world. Twitter seem to have a somewhat cult like appeal among some of its users, which seem to elevate its use and function beyond the social media / micro blogging platform it was meant to be. I came to this conclusion when I belatedly found out about a phenomenon among twitter users called Tweet up. What is a Tweet up? Tweet up, which can also be spelt as one word tweetup is a meeting or a gathering of Twitter users. Tweet ups tend to be informal. It gives Twitter users from a locality the opportunity to meet up in person. Twitter using tips, techniques and other twitter related information are usually exchanged, most of the time, an advanced Twitter user talks about a particular aspect of tweeting. As a saying goes, better late than never. I have only recently woken up to the existence of tweet ups, I am attending my very first tweet up, which is called Herefordshire tweet up. The event is organised by a Hereford based B&B called Kidwells House. I am not sure about learning anything new about tweeting from the event, but the opportunity to network with local small business owner is a very strong pull. You can find more information about Herefordshire tweet up here. Tweet ups in Herefordshire & other tweetups The tweetup I am attending in Hereford seem to be the only tweet up in Herefordshire. The event’s popularity is to the extent that all available places on the Kidwell House Herefordshire tweetup is all taken up, with a growing waiting list of people who would like to attend the event. The only other tweetup I am aware of is Tweetup Shrewsbury, in the neighbouring county of Shropshire. It would be quite useful and interesting to create a database or a directory of tweetups around the UK. If you have already created such directory, I will like to hear from you. I think there may be a case for a directory of...

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Twitter: Filtering The Rubbish From Useful Is Possible With “Lists” Feature

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Social Media | 0 comments

Twitter: Filtering The Rubbish From Useful Is Possible With “Lists” Feature

Yesterday one my follower asked me if it is possible to filter the rubbish tweets from useful. Looks like an interesting question for me, so I decided to make a quick tutorial for those who do not want to read all the rubbish tweets. At first I would like to note that very often trusted Twitter users adding special tools to their blogs and accounts. And, according to me, some of them are not using them properly. For example when you browse your Twitter home page, you may notice many tweets that actually are not valuable for you. But at the same time you do not want to lose this follower. So next time you will just visually skip his tweets.   Since not many people using “Lists” feature on Twitter, I decided to show how to do that quickly: 1. Click your Twitter icon on the top right and select “Lists”.   2. Click “Create new List” button   3. Type your list name and description [optional]   4. Once the list is created, you may start adding new people to the list by typing their names. Also you may use a hashtag to find a person if you do not know the name. After you found a person for your list, click “Settings” and “Add or remove from lists”.   That is all. Now you can go to your list and read only useful tweets and not...

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4 Social Media Tips To Protect Your Digital Reputation

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Social Media | 0 comments

4 Social Media Tips To Protect Your Digital Reputation

Your digital reputation is everything that shows up when someone searches for you online. From your social media posts to images posted in your profile, your impression on social networks can make or break your web-based reputation. According to a detailed infographic: 63 percent of recruiters check social media profiles to find more about potential candidates 8 percent of companies have fired someone for misusing social media 48 percent HR professionals and recruiters refer to personal sites and profiles before deciding whether you should be hired So, how do you decrease the chance of falling victim to those who seek to use your personal data against you and make sure your social media presence reflects well on your individual identity or business? Here are some tips to help you out: Think before you post This adage has been played out by privacy advocates and media several times. An individual with a decent number of social connections posts something that others find offensive – it snowballs and forces the individual to take it out, but by then plenty of people have shared and taken screenshots of it. If you won’t say it to your boss, in a public gathering or to your grandpa, don’t say it on social media. Want to vent about how your day went by? Better to call a friend or relative rather than getting into the social media abyss for everyone to see. The general rule of thumb – the more offensive or embarrassing your post, image, or video update it, the more likely it will catch attention and spread. Take a look at your privacy settings Review your current privacy settings as they play a major role in protecting your reputation online. Keeping a check here is just as important as keeping your debit/credit card in a safe place. If you want to automate the privacy settings part, you have the option of using an antivirus program for Mac or Windows, depending on your computer OS. There are antivirus solutions that scan the privacy settings on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter to ensure there aren’t any vulnerabilities pertaining to this area. By protecting your privacy, such solutions ensure your current reputation stays intact. Be selective of your connections There’s a saying ‘you are who you hang out with’ – that’s applicable to social media connections. Anyone who is your social connection has the liberty to communicate with you publicly. This means they may be able to see your pictures if you haven’t configured your privacy settings or write/post anything about you on your profile wall as well as tag your profile on their own wall. So when you’re accepting requests on social media, you’re giving every accepted connection the ability to impact your digital reputation. Avoid that from happening by being mindful of who you allow in your social circle; just because someone is following you doesn’t mean you own it to them to be in their social circle. And you don’t necessarily have to reciprocate the gesture to everyone. Review your social profiles Honestly look at your social accounts and things you’ve done in the past. Think about how all the current information could be used against you. Don’t exclude personal comments or documents you’ve uploaded including those grades/GPA. Then plan a damage control strategy; this is what large companies do on their social accounts. You can type your name+social network name in Google to see what information pertaining to your social accounts has been indexed in search. If any material related to your profiles is hosted on third-party sites you can request the domain...

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SEO & Social Media Marketing Tips for Fundraising

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in charities, SEO, Social Media | 0 comments

SEO & Social Media Marketing Tips for Fundraising

Whether you are setting up a fundraising page to raise money for your favourite cause, making a start as a professional fundraiser or just looking for tips to help you maximise fundraising opportunities using social media, you will find this article useful. It is a compilation of social media, SEO and general fundraising tips from professionals with extensive experience in their field. Sandra Swanson Evgeniy Garkaviy Jukka Myllyniemi Carleigh Sisson Harris Schachter Julia Campbell Brian Massey Erik Emanuelli Jeroen Beelen   Sandra Swanson, Fundraiser & Sustainability Consultant Share your wish list – consider ‘pinning’ your wish list to Pinterest or a similar site. Let people know if you will accept gently-used materials and where/how to donate them. For example, if your charity works with children in need – you could encourage people to donate food, handmade/store-bought toys, toiletries, gift certificates, blankets/quilts, backpacks, sports equipment, in-kind services (accounting, admin, etc). Perhaps make this festive! “The 12 Days of Giving – On the first day of giving what we really need is books that the children could read. On the second day of giving what you could give to us is a mechanic to help us fix the bus!” and so on… Entertaining, creative, specific. Recruit supporters – Rather than spending an overabundance of time designing a ‘shiny’ new campaign – make an appeal to your core supporters (current members, trustees, followers, donors, users, etc) to help you reach a specific fundraising goal. “Help us fund a new classroom in Bolivia! We need to raise 25k in the month of December! Please retweet! Please share!” Just by ‘asking’ people to share and retweet you increase the likelihood that it will happen by 60%. According to one study conducted by social media scientist, Dan Zarrella, the words “Please Help” get 130% more retweets and shares. This approach is best used for specific programme costs (versus general appeals). Give people a goal they can achieve — for a product/service they can see value in – then ask them to help you achieve it. EvgeniyGarkaviy, SEO Consultant I am quite surprise that some people, especially those coming from SEO background are yet to appreciate how powerful social media is today. As a matter of fact, if your deploy the potentials of the most popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest you will get more traffic than you will from search engines. Quick tips to get your social media pages bringing in the donations: Create a simple post on your social profile using hashtags #fundraising and #donation and the cause you are fundraising for. This will help you attract attention from people interested in the keywords you added to your post. Be proactive, just creating a post and sitting back is now enough, actively seek out people interested in your cause, let them know what your fundraising is all about. Always create a one very detailed blogpost about your fundraising and the cause you are fundraising for with lots of pictures then link to the detailed page from your social media posts. Ensure you make what you are fundraising for very clear to your potential donors right at the top of your blogpost. Jukka Myllyniemi, Online Fundraising Manager, PETA UK Even during Christmas, online fundraising is still all about the cause and the donor – not your organisation! Over the holidays, don’t just tell supporters how great your organisation is and what you’ve achieved this year. Instead, make the donor feel something and explain how he or she can change the life of the beneficiary this Christmas. Also, as this is the...

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