Facebook and Twitter users to take part in historic 7 Wonders of Britain tour

Official Press Release:
7 Wonders of Britain Tour Map

Within days of the Royal Wedding, a historic tour of the 7 Wonders of Britain, as voted by thousands in a Twitter and Facebook poll in February is set to launch from Manchester.

The 7 Wonders of Britain tour is also promoting The Great Exhibition 2012 online campaign which launches on May 6th 2011 and celebrates all that is Great about Britain.

The Great Exhibition 2012 is supported by a host of illustrious British celebrities including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Terence Conran, Dame Ellen Macarthur and Dame Evelyn Glennie.



Job: Sponsorship Manager, 7 Wonders in 7 Days

Job: Sponsorship Manager, 7 Wonders in 7 DaysWe are looking for a passionate, tenacious and fun loving over achiever with a successful track record in media or conference telesales to join the 7 Wonders in 7 Days project team as a Sponsorship Manager.

7 Wonders in 7 Days is Real Fresh TV’s social media powered round-the-world charity fundraising project.

Next July (on 7-7-2011), 7 travel companions, all brought together through social media (YouTube and Twitter) will embark on a never-been-done-before adventure to see the new 7 wonders of the world in 7 days.  The goal: to raise £777,000 for 7 charities.

We are now seeking a freelance sponsorship manager to co-ordinate our fundraising efforts and raise the funds needed to pay for everyone’s travel expenses during the trip.

Our fundraising target is £26,250 based on securing 28 sponsors each paying the amounts detailed on the Sponsor page on the 7 Wonders in 7 Days website.



Not your average Social Media Cafe Manchester event: building the ‘Flickr of Dreams’ and US Corporate Social Media

Josh (Rajesh Joshi), co-organiser, Social Media Cafe Manchester and guest speaker, JohnCass

Can you believe that November marks the two year anniversary of the first Social Media Cafe Manchester event?  Unbelievable!!

The influential Social Media Cafe Manchester network, now at over 750 members started off as a ‘debate on blogging’ at the Northern pub in November 2008.  I felt honoured to be invited to be part of the panel debate and remember being excited about blogging my review of that inaugural event.



Real Fresh TV hosts the UK’s first Facebook Q&A tomorrow, Join Us!

Real Fresh TV is hosting the UK’s First Facebook Q&A Tomorrow, Join Us!

As part of our social media powered charity fundraising project, 7 Wonders in 7 Days, we’re hosting the UK’s first charity-focused Facebook Q&A tomorrow in association with Diabetes UK, the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes.

We’re looking for travel enthusiasts who suffer from the condition and we’re asking one simple question:

How Far Can You Travel With Diabetes?

Have you got an interesting travel story to tell?  Do you have diabetes?

Join us at the 7 Wonders in 7 Days page on Facebook tomorrow August 18th from 10am to 5pm.


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3 Key Points for Businesses considering using Facebook’s new Instant Personalisation features

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg At f8 2010

Much has been written online about Facebook’s new ‘Instant Personalization’ features.

At its annual f8 developer conference, the world’s largest social network recently unveiled a raft of new features that aim to make the web inherently social.

The main headline grabber has been the ‘instant personalisation’ features enabled by the Facebook Open Graph API which allows any website to present information about a user’s friends actions on the site.


Landing a Twestival of Sky High Ambitions – MancTwester, a review

Manchester Twestival 2010

Manchester Twestival 2010

Despite the rather grandiose title, this blog post is a rather short review of last night’s scintillating Manchester Twestival event.

I’d been really looking forward to it as last year I wasn’t able to make the very first MancTwester, despite helping out behind the scenes in the run up to it and providing items for the charity auction because I had to fly out to Nigeria for my gran’s funeral.

I heard great things about MancTwester Twestival 2009 on my return and the funds raised for charity:water, the charity that particular event was in aid of speaks volumes of how successful it was.

Manchester Twestival 2009 raised £3500 on the night, part of the £174,899 ($250,000) raised for charity:water through the 200+ simultaneous fundraising events that took place around the world on February 12, 2009.

Twestival has inspired a number of social media powered fund-raising ideas not least 7 Wonders in 7 Days, the epic round-the-world charity fundraising project I’m involved in that aims to raise £777,000 for 7 charities through a transatlantic dash to see the new 7 wonders of the world in 7 days, with 7 strangers in tow!

I’ll share more on the exciting developments with 7 Wonders in 7 Days in another blog post.  You can follow mine and the 7 charities plans by following the Twitter account or Facebook page.

Back to MancTwester 2010.

This year’s Manchester Twestival set out to be bigger than last year’s.  From current reports, it was, beating the total raised in 2009 by over £500 pounds.

All funds raised go to Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to reducing suffering and ending extreme poverty

It was a top night.  The MancTwester charity auction, presented by Byron Evans of the sadly missed ‘TV channel for Manchester’ Channel M and featuring an incredible list of items donated by the Manchester community made for much conviviality.

I’m still miffed I missed out on the tickets to the fabulous FuturEverything conference in May.

Here come a couple of short videos from the event.

The first is a short clip of the Paper Aeroplane Flight Off, sponsored by event sponsors bmibaby, Manchester Airport and KMP Digitata.

The other is a short clip of the live music on the night.  Please name the band if you can… Can’t remember what they were called.  Cheers!

Katie Moffat, event organiser tells me that the band were called Rook and Ravens.

Where you there? What did you think?


Fundraising using Social Media: Mashable’s Summer of Social Good Case Study

Mashable’s Summer of Social Good

Another momentous month has flown by.

Amongst a raft of new project developments for Real Fresh TV (more on this on the soon-to-be unveiled new website!), a number of significant developments have taken place in the burgeoning social media industry relating to charity fundraising I feel I most post about.



Skillset North Launch and a Quick Update on 7 Wonders in 7 Days

Dinah Caine OBE and Peter Salmon at the launch of Skillset North

I’m finally blogging my notes from a couple of key industry events I attended in the last month.  This post is about the launch of Skillset North.  I will blog about developments at MediaCity:UK in a follow up post.


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7 Wonders In 7 Days Live Music Gig: Hungry Pigeon Festival

7 Wonders in 7 Days Live Music Gig: Hungry Pigeon Festival

Hot on the heels of my announcement of Real Fresh TV’s social media charity engagement of the year: 7 Wonders in 7 Days, comes the first live music event in aid of the charity fundraising trip planned for September 2009.

For those of you who are unaware, 7 Wonders in 7 Days is an epic adventure trip I’m embarking on jointly inspired by my grandmonther’s funeral in February and Channel 4’s brilliant Secret Millionaire programme.


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7 Wonders In 7 Days – my Social Media for Social Change project

7 Wonders In 7 Days Launches

Some of you may be aware that I have recently launched an epic yet exciting project called 7 Wonders In 7 Days.

Instigated by a number of things including Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire TV programme, I’ve set out to visit all new 7 wonders of the world in 7 days, setting off on 9th September 2009 -9/09/09- with the goal of raising £777,000 for 7 worthy charities.


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