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Social Media Business Strategy? Send a Letter to Santa

December 7, 2011


This weekend I decided to find an alternative Christmas movie to kick start some festive cheer. The result of which is my conclusion that Santa must have had a hand in the creation of Social Media platforms. Why? because Santa Claus had the same idea in 1947. For one reason or another, The Miracle on […]

Will Gamification go full circle?

November 17, 2011


“The next decade is all about Gamification.” So says┬áSeth Priebatsch and Jesse Schell at two conferences last year. Having only recently viewed these two videos, the shock of the implications attached are still washing over me. Scariest of all is the prospect that we will have no choice whether to participate or not. If these […]

How thinking from 1975 is useful for Social Media in 2011

November 16, 2011


In 1975 a man called Paul Grice published his Maxims of Conversation. In 2011 the world is talking more than ever before through Social Media and businesses are constantly advised that it is a conversation they must join. Unfortunately, many in the media industry and commercial world have the impression that asking a question once […]

How Not To Network At A Networking Event

November 10, 2011


Recently I attended a conference and networking event on social media and business practices. I took the chance to meet a whole group of new people and gain some understanding of what the scene is like in Munich, my new home. I was very appreciative of the efforts made by other attendees to speak to […]

All-weather jobs

July 8, 2011


What is the worst job in the UK when it rains? Inspired by the glum weather today and this man’s efforts outside my window to trim hedges whilst soaked to the skin, I would like to share my own experience. A few summers ago I worked for a charity as a ‘Face-to-Face’ fundraiser. This is […]

Social Media Summit verdict: Touch screens are a blessing

May 23, 2011


There weren’t many agreements made between contributors at the BBC’s Social Media Summit (SMS) but all who did attend can be thankful for the noiseless calm of touch screen phones and tablet computers. Sat amongst the crowd in a cramped, sweaty room you could easily have gotten the impression that the whole event was nail […]

Music’s unanswered questions

May 7, 2011


Lyricists throughout time have felt the need to throw questions at us in musical form, most seem never to have been answered. Using the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ let us discuss and answer some of these ponderables. Are we human, or are we dancers? –The Killers I’m not sure these are mutually exclusive states of being, […]