Where will TMG be December 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!

December is a crazy busy month so we’ll be calming down on the networking scene until the new year when we launch our own event in Dundee

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 December (and their links to the tickets if you need to book!)

Tuesday 5th December

Creative Circles

The fantastic folks at Codebase are hosting Creative Circles monthly meet for creative, techs and makers, Event is sponsored by FreeAgent and is drop in anytime between 8:30 and 10:30am.

For this event we will be extra special as the good folks at PalTiya Premium will be demonstrating their incredible all weather sculpting material.

**There will also be a secont event held at Custom Lane, 67 Commercial Street, EH6 6LH**

Wednesday 6th December

Southsiders In Business

The original Glasgow event that inspired coffee connections is noted to be one of the best monthly events in the city. Don’t forget to bring along a toy or gift voucher for Glasgow Care Foundation

Thursday 14th December

GCI and Microsoft Christmas Extravaganza

Networking, festive drinks, GDPR (you see how we slipped it in subtly there?) at Waverley Gate. would be super to see everyone before Xmas!

Friday 22nd December

The Friday Biz Northumberland

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

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

For those of you who we wont get to see in December, have a great holiday season and we look forward to catching up in the new year

Where Will TMG Be? November 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 November (and their links to the tickets if you need to book!)

Wednesday 1st November

Southsiders In Business

The original Glasgow event that inspired coffee connections is noted to be one of the best monthly events in the city. So naturally we have to check it out!

1st & 2nd November

Scottish Business Exhibition

SMEs of all shapes and sizes will be gathering in the SEC with a variety of talks and events being held over the two days.

Tuesday 7th November

Creative Circles

The fantastic folks at Codebase are hosting Creative Circles monthly meet for creative, techs and makers, Event is sponsored by FreeAgent and is drop in anytime between 8:30 and 10:30am

Wedding Suppliers Network

A great event for anyone who supplies services associated with weddings, from venues and caterers,  bespoke honeymoon planners, to wedding stationers and florists.

Friday 10th November

Preparing for GDPR

Admittedly not the sexiest of subjects but one that we will all be affected by in the next few months. We go along so that we make sure we keep ourselves compliant and also so that we can steer our clients in the right direction for help and advice.

The Friday Biz Northumberland

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

Tuesday 14th November

MBTAG Tourism Showcase

We were invited along to the last MBTAG away day and it was not only eye opening to the range of businesses in the Midlothian and Borders area, but also a bloomin fun (if absolutely exhausting) day out!  come along and see what different services you could work with!

 Wednesday 15th November

Expo Scotland

Hashtag events are running Expo Scotland at Hampden Park for its second year! lets hope this is even bigger than the last!

Friday 17th November

Business Week East Lothian Coffee Morning

This bi monthly event in Haddington brings in a HUGE selection of businesses from in and around East Lothian and has some fantastic speakers.

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd November

Scotland Build 2017

Scotlands leading event for those in construction and design held at the SEC. there will be workshops and seminars covering the two days so check out their website for an itinerary to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Thursday 23rd November

East End Connections

We unfortunately had to miss last months EEC and are feeling the FOMO. Looking forward to this one as it’ll be incredible!

Network Borders

We’ve never been before but this event in Lilliesleaf has caught our attention as its been steadily growing over the summer. so time to check it out!!!

Thursday 30th November

Intellectual Property Zone

Another subject that people shy away from but is incredibly important to know where you stand with. We’ll be going along anyway so if there is any uncertainty with where you stand with trademarks, IP or brand awareness, come along or let us know and we’ll look out for someone who can answer your questions.

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

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.

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 SpotifyAmazon 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

Because sometimes you have to step completely out of your comfort zone.

 

Just a selection of the technologies that were there to present

Over the past few weeks I have been chatting to a lot of customers and I felt my ideas weren’t as “outside of the box” as they usually are, this could be for a number of reasons, because I’ve been working with similar industries, because the people I work with know each other and have wanted to discover similar avenues, because of collaborations or perhaps because we are coming to that time of the year that can be restricting!

Whatever the reason I needed to give myself a kick up the jacksie.

Now, I network a LOT, so being in a room of strangers doesn’t bother me, neither does being with professionals from other industries, in fact, I rather prefer a mixed bag these days.

So, I had to go further….

I had to put myself in a room with people I didn’t know, who discussed something I knew NOTHING about.

So, I went along to the bi-annual Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Seminar to see if I could find collaboration ideas or business development avenues for clients

Challenge accepted

About three minutes into the opening presentation, the words “we all have masters or PhDs” were mentioned and I immediately regretted sitting in the second row of the auditorium. (I never went to Uni and I think I only went to fresher’s fairs when I worked in promo).

I felt dumb.

BUT the first section was on collaborations and while everyone in the room could understand the science, I was more interested in the routes to market, the processes that they took (spoiler alert, much lengthier and drawn out processes than were necessary), the costings and how they accessed the help they needed.

Unfortunately, what they discovered was the same as what many small businesses discover; that there is an awful lot more to business than your own passion for your subject.

Over the course of the day I learnt about collaborations that were going on, research and its intricacies, the challenges to be the first to develop technologies, the accessibility and barriers to collaborative efforts and the lengthy projects on which academics can sometimes base their entire careers.

As someone who moves around as much as me, that’s completely alien!

I had some incredibly interesting conversations, mostly with me asking dumb questions and them being delighted to tell me all about what they were working on! It really got the old noggin ticking!

The conversations were broken down for me so that I could understand the science and when I told them about my work, I broke it down as well, so it really made clear how to communicate things in their most simplistic ways without being patronising or assuming.

Which I think we are all guilty of to some degree.

So yes! I thoroughly recommend taking yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something completely new, be it a hobby or a seminar on something you know nothing about! It will really get you thinking and could generate some fantastic inspiration!

The Firrenes – Band


This is The Firrenes looking all moody and serious and sexy

Back in cold and gloomy February, when research for SeriousExtreme was still in its early stages and most of my time was spent actually going out to try and find the people to list on the site and promote, I bumped into an old friend who had just started a band called The Firrenes.

Everyone asks why they called themselves The Firrenes, I don’t know. I’ll get Jules on a podcast one day and pin him down to an answer, until the, we’ll just have to wonder.

Knowing that I worked in marketing and that band work was pretty different to what they had done before, we decided to work on some ideas, get them a bit more visible on their social media channels and be able to promote them as a band rather than solo artists with view to future gigs and tours!

That’s awesome right!

Big plans are afoot, with a single launch; which we’ve just completed the cover art for, thanks the The PhotoGrabber, album to be recorded next year, new material being written this summer and then gigs in Europe planned for October 2017, its all steam ahead, especially now that we are planning a gig calendar for summer of 2018.

So, watch this space.

You can listen to some sample tracks on The Firrenes website and on their YouTube Channel and why not join them at their single launch gig at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room Ballroom.

See you there!

Follow The Firrenes @ Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

Tickets for all gigs can be found direct from their website or on eventbrite or Skiddle

Where TMG will be – September 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 September (and their links to the tickets if you need to book!)

Thursday 7th September

Thorntons Solicitors Perth – Employment Law Update seminar

When in Perth we like to pop into the Lovat hotel for a nice cup of tea, so let us know if you’ll be popping in

Tuesday 12th September

Tonight we’ll be at the George Zalucki Seminar at the Hilton Doubletree, Edinburgh Airport. Having not attended George’s events before we have it on fantastic authority that he is one of the best speakers around so if you are going along, get in touch or pop over and say hello!

Friday 15th September

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 20th September

Intellectual property Law for creatives

If you are one or work with creatives then this is a must to get along to.

Thursday 21st September

Coffee and Connections at MacDonald Houston House

Breakfast networking with guest speaker Paula Wingate of Influential minds giving the featured presentation. (Organised by Katy Henderson of MacDonald Hotels, and thanks to Farah Hussain at Nespresso who is the bringer of some top notch coffee)

Then

How is the Circular economy good for business

Hosted at Falkirk Stadium, this is for anyone who’s business want to move towards more sustainable options.

THEN (we know, THREE in one day, we’re like networking ninjas!)

Spotless Inspires Talk – Craig Mathieson

Hosted by Spotless, Craig Mathieson is an arctic explorer and one of the most motivating speakers around, so if you want inspiration, get along to this and be ready to be in awe!

Tuesday 26th September

Glasgow BixSocial Expo

Looks like this going to be a crazy goings on of all things networking so get yourself along if you can.

then…

Dundee Club Five55

checking out the Dundee chapter tonight

Wednesday 27th September

Falkirk ClubFive55

and now we’re popping into the Falkirk chapter to see what that crowd is like (its all go at Five55)

Friday 29th September

Friday Biz, Berwick upon Tweed.

This week’s Friday Biz will be hosted at Greaves, West & Ayre who have guest speaker from the Bank of England, Mauricio Armellini coming along to talk all things UK economy. Sure to be a smashing talk!

 

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