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Seminars

Running seminars on topics in your area of expertise can make you stand out as an authority in your profession and show that you are keen to engage with your clients and customers and answer their questions and concerns.

In order to get a good audience to your event you will need to plan it around both your topic and your attendees. TMG are happy to arrange events of your behalf or take care of the promotion in order to put you in front of the best possible audience.

As well as seminar planning you may also want to think about turning any topics of interest into webinars as well in order to maximize your reach.

Webinars

Webinars (or web seminars) are becoming increasingly popular as a method of communicating with your audience by presenting online a talk or lecture, course or even just an introductory workshop.

They can be set up online to be run live or with recorded content so you can reach your customers at a time that is convenient for them from any device.

 

Speed Networking

For many hardcore networkers, speed networking goes against the grain of getting to know the person, not just their profession, but for those new to networking or for those who find themselves speaking to the same people at each event it can be a great way to find out more about everyone in the room so that you can use your 121 time more effectively.

Usually split into two groups there will be ones who stay stationary and others who move around the room giving 1-3 minutes to introduce yourself and then the same amount of time to the other person to do the same.

Great for large groups who want to work the room effectively.

 

Trade Shows

A Trade show, Fair or Expo can offer fantastic opportunites to find others who are working in your industry and make valuable business connections.

If your business and others in your industry would benefit from the exposure a trade show could bring, organizing such an event can propel you as an authority in the industry and give you and others a stage on which to showcase latest trends and activity

 

Networking

If you want to improve your business reach, organizing a networking event can be just the ticket that can get you in front of potential clients and customers.

Networking can range from coffee mornings to drinks events and The Marketing Geeks are just the people to tailor the event to suit both your and your clients needs.

Event Planning and Management

 

The Marketing Geeks have organised a number of events ranging from simple get-together and informal seminars to full trade shows and understand that each business is different so can tailor events to suit your and your clients needs.

Get in touch and we can start planning your next event.

We’ve started a YouTube Channel!

Yes, that’s me! and yes, I am a total poser!

But that’s actually a GOOD THING because we have started a YouTube Channel. Whoohoo!

What I have been finding recently is that different people ask me the same questions, how to set things up? why do one thing and not the other? and often times when I’m speaking to folks it turns out that they have been scared to ask for fear of looking foolish or it being a stupid question.

IT’S NOT, ask away!!!

I am THE QUEEN of “stupid” questions!

Apart from that one time when we sat in a Nintendo briefing and a member of staff asked what to do with the DS if it ran out of battery and we all sat and rolled our eyes as the trainer tried to sensitively tell her to charge it up without adding “you moron” to the end of his sentence. That was a stupid question. But no, on this occasion it wasn’t me.

So from now on, When I get asked a question, we’re going to make a video about it. Because you know what? If you’re wondering it, then other people will be as well! and we might as well be open about it. If I don’t know how to do something, I’ll find out. So we’re all learning together!

(I wont name who asked me, don’t worry!)

So if you’ve got anything to ask, fire it over….this might be fun 🙂

The Firrenes First Single, Now available!!!

So…. As some may already be aware, at the beginning of 2017 I began working with a new Edinburgh band called The Firrenes, they had only formed a few months before and in spite of having only performed one gig, The Firrenes were proving to be an ambitious and talented mix.

They had a second gig in April which rallied a fantastic crowd and then it was in to Chamber Studio, Edinburgh to work with the incredibly talented in-house producer and owner, Graeme Young to put their first double A-side single together.

Like seriously, this guy was like a magician! (for music obviously)

And, (drum roll please) It is a pleasure to announce that the single is now available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from the links below.

As someone who is in no way musical witnessing first hand the phenominal level of talent at every stage of the production process was awe inspiring, from the band as a core, who were joined by Luci Holland on vocals, James McCutcheon on sax (for recording and Fiona Dabjen for live performance) A gospel Choir of Romana Munir, Victoria Simmonds & Helena Paul; Findlay Heatherington on Trumpet and Andrew Blair on Trombone, To the photographic talent of Stephen Salvona (the Photograbber), Model Estefania Alejo, Nexus Digital for video production. Everyone worked incredibly hard to bring this single to life!

(And to anyone else I’ve missed, a massive thank you!, my heads bursting trying to remember everyone!)

And the hard work payed off as the band were joined at their gig at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms by surprise guest, and long time hero of Jules, Michael Eavis. Who looked like he really enjoyed the show!

That’s the band away to Germany now for their gig in Berlin but when they get back the planning of a UK tour and recording their album will be underway (no rest for the wicked)

You can buy the record and CD from the online shop at www.TheFirrenes.com, or download the songs from Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

Excerpts from the singles and some of the Firrenes other material is available on their YouTube channel.
Happy Listening!!!!

Where Will TMG be? – October 2017

For anyone who doesn’t know, The Marketing Geeks are HUGE believers in face to face networking, so we get out and about and try to meet as many people as possible during the working week.

Lots of the events are free or cost the same as a cup of coffee or tea, and the connections you can make can be invaluable!

So, if you would like to come along to any and either meet us there or arrange a one-2-one before or after the events we’d love to meet you!

Below are the events we will be attending this October (and their links to the tickets if you need to book!)

Wednesday 4th October

Falkirk Business Day 2017

Come along to hear speakers from business around the Falkirk area

Tuesday 10th October

Wedding Suppliers Network

All suppliers for wedding, from venues and caterers, to wedding stationers and florists

Wednesday 11th October

Scottish Networking Show (Edinburgh)

Networking on a mammoth scale at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel. Mingling, 60 second pitches, speed networking, the full shebang. If you’re there, say hello!

Thursday 12th October

Launch of the Firrenes first single

Before jetting off to Berlin to begin their first European gig The Firrenes will be launching their first single “Time & Place/Destitution Row” at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh.

Friday 13th October

Friday Biz, Berwick upon Tweed.

Hosted by the delightful Charlie Kenny we attend the Granary from 12noon-2pm (ish), lots of businesses and lots of interesting topics covered.

Wednesday 18th October

Coffee Connections Edinburgh

Colin McKeand’s legendary coffee connections at the Village Hotel, Edinburgh will be drawing the usual crowd of 80+ guests so get along and start connecting.

Thursday 26th October

East End Connections

Having recently bumped into Fiona who runs East End Connections and having never attended before, it’s about time we ventured through to sunny Glasgow to see what all the fuss is about!

On all other days we are free for a chinwag over a cup of tea so feel free to get in touch at contactus@themarketinggeeks.co.uk and we can arrange a suitable time

Your most memorable job?

What’s your most memorable job been?

Has it been memorable because you hated it or because you loved it?

Over the years I have had some pretty interesting jobs and got to work with tremendous people. People who I would never have been able to come into contact with had it not been for some obscure demand from a client or some desperate to impress the boss, new graduate who thought up the wackiest idea ever to get attention.

Usually managed to get the wrong sort of attention as wacky ideas tend to be a logistical nightmare. Just saying!

Anyhoo, the other day I was asked what my favourite job was? The asker probably assuming I would say that working for Nintendo and all their cool games was my fav, or perhaps running events with Alcohol brands?

Nope. These were cool jobs and I learned a lot and had a crazy amount of fun, but my favourite stands alone!

I remember the phone-call…

Hi, Clare, we’ve had a last minute cancellation and wondered if you could step in?

Sure, what’s it for?

It’s for blood donation. (a subject I happen to feel passionate about, so they had me!)

Cool, I’ll do it. Send over the details.

I was dressed as a blood drop. It wasn’t glamourous. But it was incredible fun. I was there to have my photograph taken with delegates of a blood technology conference. So not blood donation at all.

The opening evening had a ceilidh, I was the main attraction and danced about as a crazy blood-drop. The following days I turned up and people came over to get their pictures taken with me. My minder took me around the conference and got to have pictures with scientists and developers and engineers.

At the end of the conference week I got a thank you card from the team and we took pictures of us all together. (I’m in red at the back)

That one idea, which was quite a simple one, turned a run-of-the-mill meeting of scientists at seminars into a memorable and enjoyable few days. It also made Roche stand out amongst the crowds of other exhibitors as everyone knew they were there and where to find them. Clever huh!

So next time you are planning an event or a seminar or even a meeting, think about how you can make it memorable and engaging. Be approachable and people will come to you and feel their time is appreciated. It doesn’t need to be a costume character, take photos as you go around, thank the attendees for coming, put on a speaker, ask for opinions. Make it your own and people will come back!

If we can be of assistance in making your next event memorable, get in touch at workwithus@themarketinggeeks.co.uk