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Social media n00b

I am constantly shocked at how much I know professionally about social media sometimes. Other times though I feel like an idiot!

I worked my butt off to change the work social media over the last year to really build it up to the lofty heights of 275 followers compared to the 82 when I started, yet a charity that does nothing with theirs has over 1000!

The problem lies in location of both in the sense of physical location and charity stance.

While I have worked at making it great, its not out there on every piece of communication as MERU have had. With facebook and Twitter you need to tell everyone your on there!

Then you have the fact I work for a charity aimed mainly at a higher age group than the kids medical equipment Epsom based charity MERU.

So get your self out there! Tell the word!

In the past they have also had “design club” on there as a way for far away supporters like me to put in thoughts and expertise online.

It is a bit harder for use to do the same about people dying!

So time to yell and scream about our stuff online! To get it working with people.

Here’s to social media and making it fun and exciting!

Questions about society

Since moving to Exeter, as well as seeing the good in people, I have come across the pure evil that is in society.

Moving the final items out of my old flat, I talked to my nice Romanian and found the terrible conditions throughout her life she has been subjected to.

From this convosation I found out that not only am I lucky to be born and raised british, but that I have been in extremely loverly companies.

Leaving her four year old back in Romania, my housemate moved to England to try and more money so she could afford a better education for her daughter. All of this so she can have a better life. It is shocking to here that 12 years of being a medical assistant, and she was still struggling just to survive from month to month with the basic needs fulfilled for her daughter. With no support from the father, she has to provide enough money to pay for her living in England, her daughter and her mother.

Her job promised that the first month of rent would be free, but 9am the morning of the 28th day in the house, she was told she had till 5pm to be out of the property, and she still had all her shifts to do that day. With no where to live or sleep that night she had to not only deal with her shifts, intensively dealing with others needs, but also find somewhere to sleep. For a few hours she was made homeless by her employees. If it wasn’t for a room being empty in our house, and knowing one of my other housemates, she could have been sleeping on the streets.

How can this be happening? Is there nothing in place that should be stopping this?

I have been shocked how many people, especially forgiegn, are not aware of the laws that protect us, such as the deposit scheme. How many people still do things that are illegal and don’t realise! Did you know that you can not do a £4 for 5 £1 raffle tickets? Or that you need to have a food higene certificate to sell food you have made, even at car boots?

What I do know is that my housemate, if she could have her way, would have her daughter over in England for a better life. What I was shocked about, from this normally understanding and caring person, was her attitude towards the growing numbers England is already dealing with from an existing British population.

I guess when someone is willing to leave their country and daughter to give them a better life, they are uncaring towards people’s children who are orginally from what seems to them a paradise. “Why care about the pressures on the education system from othersn, as long as my child gets a good education” attitudes are normal I guess. But it seems have thast attitude.

“Its ok, as long as it doesn’t effect me!” seems to be what I come across alot. People don’t care about charities it seems until it effects them.

So where have all the caring people gone? Why can companies get away with kicking people out onto the streets? Or try to get them to work illegally? Or not give them the expenses that they deserve?

I work for a good charity, and though they still have not told me what is happening once my current contract ends, they are great for supporting their staff when sick, ill, or homeless. They did all they could to help me find somewhere to live before I even started working for them!

I am lucky, but hopefully more people will see that they are too, and help their fellow man who isn’t.


So many typos!

Yesterday I launched the brand new Men’s Walk for Hospiscare with almost the whole day going off without a hitch after months of trying to plan and sort the day.

Yet there was one thing I forgot to plan for in my communication role… the frequency of typos in all the social media pieces done through the day.

With the Hospice recently getting Netspark to help with the admin of events, the plan was for the Netspark to work as the sign up section, with the registration form and payment handled. Unfortunatly due to a number of delays and illness within the office the sign up had to fall into my hands, leading to mistake number two – forgetting to change the sign up fee after testing the page worked.


When launching an event remember the following:-

1. Sort out all your social media gluff with tweetdeck before hand to automatically send out tweets and facebook messages as you make the site go live

2. Remember to change the test amount if it involves money back to the full price

3. Make sure you have a great PR person on hand (we had Mark Astley, previously editor of the Express and Echo) who can get it on the front page of certain websites and mentioned on the local radio!

4. Plan plan and plan some more!

5. Plan as if plan b is plan a, as with me it constantly appears to be the case!

6. Get all the SEO and website searching stuff up and running beforehand! Its going to take a while now before it turns up in google, bing or other search engines!

7. Except that for the next day or so you will be fixing everything you got wrong on the launch day!

and 8. most importantly of all, get a friend or collegue to check that any sign up system online works (and that you haven’t set the price by accident to £1…)

So here’s to a great event! There’s already alot of buzz and I have certainly made my mark in terms of the design, look and feel of the event!

Will you be going?


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