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? – 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

The Power of face to face networking!

Ok here’s the truth…. Most businesses have at least part of the business online, and sometimes communicating digitally can be incredibly lonely.

This is especially the case when you are starting out in business or have been in a role for a long time, but let me assure you, it happens to all of us.

Who do you ask for help? Who do you talk to about business? Is everyone doing super well and you’re the only one who’s feeling overwhelm?

That’s why you need business chums!

Luckily, recently there has been a resurgence of face to face networking events all around the UK, from the big established networks to the small seminar networking events, popping up at various businesses, more and more people are making the most of being able to go out there and meet people.

But we often shy away from networking, so let’s address a few things

You’re not going to get sold to!

It’s not about selling. You aren’t going to turn up and be expected to buy a wollop of services (unless you want to) and most people who approach it that way, don’t last long. It’s about meeting other professionals, building relationships, building connections, learning about what people want, and tailoring your services accordingly.

People really do buy from people they know and trust. (I may have stolen that tagline)

So, having that face to face contact is incredibly valuable. Everyone knows they are dealing with a human and being on the networking scene shows that you can be found and you are open to communication.

You will build connections FAST!

And you will be shocked at how quickly your network grows and how many strong relationships form in a short space of time!

Being in a room with lots of new people means you have to find common ground  quickly and you can refine your “elevator pitch” to get the most relevant information across and FAST! (I can’t tell you how much I hate the term elevator pitch, but at least you know what I mean)

Everyone was once the newbie in the room!

Networking events can seem a bit intimidating at first; the prospect of putting yourself in a room with up to 100 people and explaining your business can be scary, but you very quickly realise that everyone in that room has at some point felt the exact same.

I don’t know if I can spare the time!

They adopt several different formats; round-tables, seminars, guest speaking events, breakfast or coffee mornings, speed networking, golfing days, cocktail parties, to be honest the list is ENDLESS.

And they are held at all different times of the day, so you can go for an early morning brekkie or maybe a cocktail after work, so some educational seminars during the day. Just find the ones that work for you!

What’s in it for the organisers?

This gets asked time and time again, and the organisers are also building connections, these could be possible clients or even just possible ways to help existing clients.

Those who understand the power of networking know that building a strong network and getting yourself known (and staying known) is one of the best things you can do for your business. So what better way than by organising your own events!

Many offer free or very low cost events. Don’t be suspicious of them, embrace them!

And you’ll often find they encourage you to make those connections and meet people of interest afterwards for a one-to-one to dig a little deeper. They WANT you, as part of their network, to be successful.

The Marketing Geeks are SO passionate about networking that we are in the process of organising our own events calendar starting 2018. In the meantime, we will be publishing the events we’ll be attending on our Where Will TMG Be? Page.

So, pop along! If you’re nervous and need some moral support, let us know and we’ll be sure to introduce you to some people when you get there!

Stop working for free, like, RIGHT NOW!

Credit: Basically.wtf (that’s actually the website, I’m not just being a swearypants)

Regardless of what profession you’re in, you will have encountered the freebie hunters; people wanting free advice, you to do something “really simple” for them (so simple that apparently, they can’t do it themselves) work in exchange for “exposure” (that always makes me giggle!)

You may have even been guilty of not recognising others work yourself, If we’re honest, none of us can fully appreciate how much work, dedication and time others have spent on honing their skills. Just as they won’t fully appreciate ours. And that’s ok, as long as people are being treated fairly.

Yes, some people are naturally talented; artists, musicians and singers probably get the worst deal from this as people ask them to work for “exposure” all the time.

Only this morning I seen a “competition” asking photographers to send in their pictures for the “chance to be featured” (this is a sneaky way of asking to work for exposure while said company get incredible images without having to pay a penny)

There was NO prize.

What utter nonsense

And it’s not only the creative people who get this, we’ve been sucked into free projects, all of which, without exception, were more hassle than they were ever worth; and recently I was chatting to a lawyer who said one of the best pieces of advice he was given on graduating: Don’t tell people you’re a lawyer! Because everyone will come and ask you about all sorts!

Words to live by. I might start telling people I’m an assassin. Surely that’s a conversation killer.

BaDoom!

Especially when you are starting out, you may think it’s a good idea to get exposure, but in the long term, you are better off without these customers.

Walk away. Run away. Screaming if you need to.

Just don’t do it.

I implore you, please value your work! Your skills are worth paying for and if people aren’t willing, well, let them take their “exposure” elsewhere!