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So I have been a bit lax

So recently I have not been keeping up to date with my blogging. I apologuise; but I have been working hard on my portfolio so that I can look for a job. If you are interested at all, you can find it here. I would really like to hear what you like about it as I am trying to make it look amazing and read well so when I send the link to people for jobs, they will be impressed rather than underwhelmed.

That does lead me to question, how are we in such a job realted mess? It seems that there are too many people all going for the same sort of jobs resulting in alot of unemployment. Having studied at UNiversity and worked in one, there are way too many people in education. I am not saying that only the richest should go, in fact the oppersite. Most of those I met with a very high intelligence were from poor  families like me.

It should only be the best that go, and not have 500 courses up and down the country for a subject that does not lead to a good job. All of my occupational therapist friends have jobs, as do the engineers, but what about the drama, english and history students? They are working in a pub, tesco or other very low paid job. So what is the point of so many going to university?

If there were not as many going then the stress on the government concerning tution fees would not be as high, but what awaits for those who do not go to University? Why are there not enough apperenterships around even for the 50% that aren’t going to university?

Nothing will solve my impending unemployment, nor the millions that have it awaiting them after university, but hopefully my absence from blogging to work on my portfolio will!

 

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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!

New design – Purpose gaming website

After the success of the brand creation for Purpose Gaming, today I finished the design work for the website for now.

The red and black theme has continued, with a very grungy and yet clean design that goes with the branding. It will be exciting to see if people like the new look, and will give Purpose a chance to start working on his streaming and writing again!

There is still quite a way to go before the page is finished, as Purpose now needs to work his SOE magic so more people will find it.

Why not check out the page now and tell me what you think at http://www.purposegaming.tv

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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