Dundee Connections – Delegate List – 8th March 2018

Please find below the Delegate list for our first outing of Dundee Connections. If you’d like an introduction to any of our attendees please let us know when you arrive

Name Surname Workplace
Peter Adams Utility Warehouse
Emma Ainsley Ainsley Phillips
Jayson Alexander DC Thomson
Simon Anderson Xeretec
Pam Angus Tayside VA
Clark Boles CBO Associates
Deborah Bolton Love & Above
Rebecca Bramhall Hampton by Hilton Dundee
Mike Child Mr Droogle
Alan Duff Barclays
James Ford M3 Networks
Kevin Fullerton Attercopia
Samantha Fyfe Flik magazine
Vivienne Gilmartin Bookkeeper
Robbie Handy Attercopia
Amanda Henderson Axiom Marketing Solutions
Michael Hodgson Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Laila Ibrahim Updatalent
Colin Izatt Capital Document Solutions
Audrey Johnston Thrifty
David Knoyle Swinton Insurance
Gary Langlands Vision Sound and Light
Karen Law Karen Law
Craig McCarron Exchange Communications
John McClarey Business Fies
John Phillips Ainsley Phillips
Peter Richardson First Aid Perthshire
Nicola Robinson Thrifty
Alex Russon Barclays
Stephen Salvona Howdens
Andy Simpson Angus 3D solutions
David Stapley Stapley Fireshield
Ally Stokoe Coe Solutions/Link FX
Jacqui Strachan Smart PA
Paul Strachan Paul Strachan Consulting Ltd
Derek Whittet Skipton Building Society

This list is available to download here: Dundee Connections March

Dundee Connection Delegate list: 8th February 2018

Please find below the Delegate list for our February outing of Dundee Connections. If you’d like an introduction to any of our attendees please let us know when you arrive.

Name Surname Workplace
Ailish Laughlin The Wee Travel Company
Alan Aim Travel by Knight
Alex Russon Barclays
Alex Airnes Mul-T-Lock UK
Ally Stokoe Coe Solutions/LinkFx
Amanda Henderson Axiom Business Consultancy Ltd
Amy Hanlon Calliope Yoga & Bodywork
Andrew Stewart AS Wealth Management
Andy Simpson Angus 3D Solutions Ltd
Audrey Johnston Thrifty Car & Van rental
Chris Scott Chris Scott Photography
Craig McCarron Exchange Communications
David Lawrence Foremost Golf & Sports Photography
Dougie Dougan Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club
Duncan Campbell HR Professional
Felicity Wild Copywriter
Gary Langlands Vision Sound and Light
Gordon Smith ACCA
Jacqui Strachan Smart PA
James Ford M3 Networks
Jodie Kemlo Advocating Together (Dundee) SCIO
Kerri Roberts Peter Vardy
Kevin Fullerton Attercopia
Marcus Patton Peninsula UK
Mark Moody EcoLab
Melissa Lanigan Peter Vardy
Nicola Robinson Thrifty Car & Van rental
Peter Adams Utilities Warehouse
Peter Menzies Dundee Gin Co
Peter Richardson First Aid Perthshire
Robbie Handy Attercopia
Scott Jordan Cleaning Doctor
Simon Anderson Xeretec Office Systems
Stephen Salvona Howdens
Stephen Salvona The Photograbber
Steve Wilson Business Recovery and Insolvency, Thomson Cooper Accountants
Steven Clark Together Money
Susan Malavet-Coulsen Cordially Cake

Download the list: Dundee Connections February

First Dundee Connections is a HUGE Success!

I am absolutely delighted to report that The first of our monthly Dundee Connections networking meetings was a rip roaring success! With over 40 businesses represented in the room there was a fantastic mixture of existing and new connections and I’m sure everyone who attended started on the path of building business relationships that will last!

Weavers Mill are our venue and I’m sure everyone would like to thank Linda for all her hard work as I’m sure a crowd of 40 plus teas, coffees and brekkie rolls were an unexpected addition to her Thursday morning! We’ll have to give her more warning next time!

Dundee Connections will be a monthly event held on the second Thursday of every month, (so pencil the dates in the diary so you don’t miss out) Our next one is booked for 8th February and tickets are available on eventbrite now.

The reason we ask you to register is in part so that we can get a good idea of numbers and also so that we can prepare a delegate list prior to the event so that all attendees can look out for contacts that they need to meet and use the time we have effectively! You are welcome to come along without registering but we cant promote you if we don’t know you’re going to be there!

Hope to see you all at the next one!


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

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 🙂

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 Overwhelming Power of Networks!

This blog was originally written on Clare’s website so dates are from that, the photo above is a portion of the attendees but many had to run for trains or were slow coaches in leaving the pub (ha, you know the ones) so it’s not everyone that was there.

Last Friday was phenomenal.

This year I was lucky enough to be invited along to join a networking group that was just starting out. The story behind it was a mutual friend of the founder had started a similar group in Glasgow and wanted to replicate their groups success.

It was only on Friday that we discovered the full scale of that success.

It’s easy to think that networking groups fleet in and out and you join to do business, but increasingly it’s that human connection that is really craved. Working alone I know I need to be around people.

We are still very new and we had commented in our own group that in the 6 months since its inception that we thought it was going incredibly well, that we were pretty close, and were probably more open about our challenges with each other than we were with friends and colleagues.

And we are right. We are.

So to sit with this other group, who are essentially the reason we are together, was incredible.

This group started off exactly as we have, and 14 years later the bonds are incredible. These are people who came together to network for (essentially) business purposes and have been together through thick and thin. Literally describing the group as having seen them through some incredibly dark times where the only day they could guarantee being uplifted was the day they met to network.

I felt myself well up at that comment.

Did they always talk about business? No.

Probably rarely did.

The got to know each other. They acted as each other’s mentors, without ever officially adopting that role. They were confidants when times got tough and knew they had that strength to help them when they needed to draw from it.

They are best friends, how beautiful is that!!

Jings we have a lot to live up to.

It was once mentioned that members had said that this group was the highlight of their week, I feel like that. I never want to miss it.

I’m also a little bit scared that someone will start sitting in my favourite chair.

So I get there early.

I truly hope that I’m reporting back in 14 years that we are still going strong, and as cheesy as it sounds, I think we will be.

What we can help you with??

Ok, so when people ask what The Marketing Geeks do, the answer is always…

“We help small businesses build their marketing strategy”

But what does that mean?

(It’s OK to be unsure, there are literally hundreds of ways of marketing)

Most people think it’s just about social media, But that’s only one of the tools in the tool kit.

So yes, we can help you build your social media.

and some other services we can provide are:

  • SEO (search engine optimisation) techniques. Paid and Free methods
  • Branding; Graphic design, Website, Logo & Imaging services
  • Brand Development
  • Niche Development
  • Customer Communication
  • Content Development
  • Off-line Marketing
  • Event Consultancy, Co-ordination and Management
  • Seasonal Campaign Implementation
  • Business to Business (B2B) & Business to Customer (B2C) relationship building
  • Promotional Marketing Campaigns
  • Socially Responsible Marketing

And many more!

(totally aware how cheesy the “and many more” bit is…..lets roll with it!)

Most of our work is developing an understanding of your customer, which techniques are the most relevant to them (and to you) and finding ways to implement these in to your business week!

And et voila!

We have a…(drum roll Please)…..Marketing Strategy!

So if you have been stuck with any of the above, lets have a chat and see how we could help your business!

Get in touch at Contactus@themarketinggeeks.co.uk