LinkedIn Debate: Web Designers Should Provide Social Media Training

Friday’s blog post suggesting that social media training should be provided by web design and development companies seems to have struck a nerve on LinkedIn.

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Shouldn’t Social Media Training Be Included With Web Design Services?

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The rather provocative title comes from recent experience on an interesting project with a brilliant new client.

Contact Theatre, Manchester’s home for explosive new theatre run a biennial international theatre exchange programme called Contacting the World.

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Social Media and Multiplatform Content Production in Practice aka An Update

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More on the picture shortly….first things first:

Hello Real Fresh TV blog, it’s good to see you!

It’s been nearly 10 weeks since the last blog post and though I must apologise profusely, that’s actually a good sign.  I’ve had my hands full working on a number of things one of which is a rather exciting digital media/social media training project that will be launching in early 2010.

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Social Media Starter Course – Tuesday 27th October, 9:30am – 12:30pm

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It’s been a little while since the last Social Media Starter Course but I’m pleased to announce there’s one scheduled for Tuesday 27th October 2009.

Real Fresh TV’s innovative Social Media Starter Course was developed over a year ago and launched in October 2008 as the first dedicated Social Media for Beginners training course in the UK.

It has proven incredibly popular, with academics, marketers, PR companies, photographers and even non-profits attending over the course of the year.

Attendees even requested a more hands-on follow up course, the Learning Social Media By Doing Course which has since been developed.

Here’s some of the fantastic feedback the Social Media Starter Course has received:

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The First Learning Social Media By Doing Course – A Success!

The Learning Social Media By Doing Course - logoBy all accounts, yesterday’s first Learning Social Media By Doing Course was a success!

Put on specifically in response to requests by attendees of the Social Media Starter Course for a more practical follow-up course, the half-day workshop was aimed at giving beginner to medium level social media users a hands-on introduction to social media tools.

And hands-on they got!

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The Learning Social Media by Doing Course Overview

The Learning Social Media by Doing Course Overview

The Learning Social Media By Doing Course has been put together in response to requests by attendees of the popular Social Media Starter Course for a more practical, hands-on training event.

Designed as a follow up to the entry level Social Media Starter Course, the Learning Social Media By Doing Course is a practical half day workshop that gives anyone new to social media a safe environment to try on the tools for size.

Do you need to Twitter for work?  Have you just been nominated company blogger but don’t know your WordPress from your Movable Type?  Do you feel overwhelmed by all this talk of trackbacks, pingbacks and Google PageRank?

Then the Learning Social Media By Doing Course is for you.

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Using Twitter for Discussion and Feedback during the Social Media Starter Course

Using Twitter for Discussion and Feedback during the Social Media Starter Course

Yesterday morning saw an incredibly well attended Social Media Starter Course, the second ever and fully booked!

Attendees included staff from Salford, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester universities looking to engage with the local community using social media, the marketing team from online travel and leisure company, iKnow, a community worker from Trafford Metropolitan Borough and a PR/journalist.

It was a pretty mixed group with varying levels of social media experience and knowledge.

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The Importance of Online Marketing

The Importance of Online Marketing - Social Media Workshop at Bradford Gallery, UK

I had the pleasure of presenting a social media workshop titled ‘The Importance of Online Marketing’ to a group of creatives at Bradford Gallery at the Yorkshire Craft Centre yesterday evening.

Organised by Fabric, the arts development organisation for Bradford as an event for the Creative Bradford programme, it was pretty well attended with at least 30 arts practitioners from artists and animators to photographers attending the 3 hour event. There was even an eco friendly web hosting company!

My slides are now up on Slideshare and are embedded after the jump.

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From Single Mother To Social Media Celebrity

LaurenLuke - From Single Mother To Social Media CelebrityFollowing on from last week’s post on the University of Salford’s newly approved MA in Social Media which got a response from the BBC’s Business editor, Tim Weber on Twitter, here’s further discussion by way of an example.

Meet Lauren Luke, a single mother who’s recently joined the Guardian as a video blogger on the strength of the popularity of her videos on YouTube.

Thanks to John Welsh for the hat tip on Twitter.

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Is That A Degree Qualified Social Media Consultant?

Social Media Academic Qualification - UK

I don’t know about you but I think Social Media has started off the year with a bang!

From being talked about at the World Economic Forum in Davos to cropping up on Twitter accounts of the great and the good, it looks like participatory media has finally arrived in the UK.

You want more examples?

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