Being Social – this Thursday, 13th May 2010

9 May

There’s a great (and very affordable) half-day conference and masterclass this Thursday on social media – Being Social. Sadly I can’t make it but thought I’d share some of the details with you in case you’re able to get along. The main reason I’m highlighting the conference is that a couple of the speakers, Andrew Gerrard and Benjamin Ellis, have oodles of experience of social media in the workplace. Benjamin will be part of a panel talking about how social media is changing how we communicate. And, Andrew will be on the panel talking about social media strategy and execution. There’s a whole host of other valuable presentations throughout the day – and of course a brilliant networking opportunity later on. Well worth attending if you can.Below is a presentation Andrew did at another conference a few months back. Click here to find out more and to book your place.

Social media revolution

8 May

A good update of possibly the best representation of how social media is revolutionising how we communicate. Well worth a watch…

Some fascinating stats!

21 Apr

Some amazing and very current stats on social media, digital technology and next gen media. Well worth a quick read


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of social media

13 Apr

I’m after your thoughts on who or what is the good, the bad and the ugly of social media.

It can be a person, a brand, a company, an event, a piece of news – whatever.

And I don’t need to know why, just your three choices.

And, in case you’re wondering….I’m often asked to give case studies / examples of who’s doing what well / badly. I’ve got my own thoughts – I’d just be interested to know yours.

Feel free to drop a comment below, email me, or just tweet me your thoughts.

Thanks

Facebook Fans racing for Great Ormond Street Hospital

1 Apr

I’m really thrilled to be writing my first blog post as Team Captain for the RBC Race for Kids Facebook Team.  Being a fan of the fantastic work done by Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity team, as well as a Facebook Fan, I just couldn’t resist getting involved.

Every year, Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise over £50m to help replace cramped wards with new modern facilities, provide important equipment and fund essential research to find treatments and cures for complex and difficult illnesses. And, every year, hundreds of people take part in a whole variety of challenge events to raise that vital funding for such a precious cause.

A while ago, I decided I wanted to offer up more of my time to support important causes. 

Over the past two years, I’ve volunteered at a rough sleepers’ temporary shelter providing essential housing, food, warmth and company over the Christmas period. 

I’ve volunteered as a regional co-ordinator for Global Twestival – a twitter festival raising over $400,000 for education programmes for children in the poorest countries. 

And last year, captained a team for the Great Ormond Street Hospital trek along Hadrian’s Wall, raising over £10,000.

Twestival was a huge eye-opener for me in how they rallied support across hundreds of cities around the world simply by using the social networking site Twitter  – “using social media for social good”  

So, in applying that same principle with Facebook, let’s rally some support to raise funds and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
First up, I’m looking for team members. All we need is for you to be a Facebook fan, up for raising some funds (every penny counts) and available to run, walk or even crawl 5k in London’s Battersea Park on Sunday 6th June 2010. You can find out more information on the run, the route and the cause here


Social Media For Internal Comms Channelship Webinar March 31 2010

31 Mar

On Wednesday 31st March, Channelship ran a webinar on using social media for internal comms. I was a panelist on this webinar, and presented on my experiences and opinions on the benefits that getting social can bring to the workplace.

If you missed the webinar, you can take a look below.

And, below are are the slides from my section.

Twestival – I’m challenged to wear an I HEART STEVIE G t shirt!

21 Mar


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a regional co-ordinator for Twestival, the global twitter festival taking place on Thursday 25th March – raising money for Concern.

We’re setting a target of £250 for all four of our Twestival UK & Ireland regional co-ordinators to submit themselves to a humiliating challenge for the day.

And, my challenge is simply awful!

As some of you may know, I’m an out and out Manchester United supporter, with Roy Keane and Eric Cantona as two of my all time heroes. Well known for my twitter banter with Liverpool FC fans, my outspoken challenges often spark a string of abuse in my twitter stream.

So, it was pretty simple finding something that would challenge me to my limits!

As long as we reach the overall £250 target for all four challenges, I’ll be wearing an “I heart Stevie G” t shirt for a full 24 hours starting on Thursday 25th March at 9am GMT. In other words… eating, tweeting, meeting and sleeping with my I heart Stevie G t shirt.

Twitpics and videos will be available throughout the day to ensure that I do indeed follow through with the 24 hour challenge.

So, if you’d like to see me suffer humiliation for the day, please donate now by clicking here. All proceeds to @concern.