We had our Mostly Women Doing Digital do yesterday – greetings to all contributors, planned beforehand and otherwise.
It may have had a distinctively female skew in that these tweets needed RT ing several times:
‘We are at 220 High Street. Opposite Labour Party Office. Green tiled building. Mosaic Restaurant on ground floor. #mwwd13’
‘If you are looking for us Pippa @MrsMoti is walking up and down outside. #mwwd’
As promised, here’s summary of some of the content and creators. Apologies to speakers if I’ve missed some of your pearls – may have been too transfixed to write them down…
Juliet Fay knows heaps about how to write and send e-mails online, especially through Mail Chimp.
She spoke about:
You had to be with us to see the full impact of Juliet using an actual drill, as she presented.
(Did this represent a missing part in the room? Freudians amongst you may ponder)
Here’s her own audio account of the day.
With Jess Hughes we had a fascinating tour around the potential of video online :
As Jess’s pro BBC experience might suggest, this was finely edited content to give us relevant and useful tips to make online video. She had us twitching with anticipation…
Esther Nagle took us on a tour of her personal trip over the web, starting with:
Esther’s story is a fab tale of the personal and emotional turning into value on the job market. She’s just build her first large site and community forum for work.
Just 24, Laura Dunn has created a quirky, wonderful blog combining her main interests of politics and fashion. She’s written for the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Mrs O and Daily Beast as a result.
Here was her advice:
Laura’s self-possession and professionalism is amazing. Right at the start of her blogging, she created a media kit. Were we running the Labour Party’s Comms Dept, we’d snap her up now.
Michelle Davis did a lovely interview at the event with Laura.
A participative session with Sangeet Bhullar, who got us to voice our concerns about kids and the future, and then suggest solutions. Her work involves asking kids and adults ‘What does identity look like online?’ and ‘What does safely look like online?’.
She offered us:
Sangeet’s clients include the police. She reminded us that UK law applies off and online, and that sexting can result in listing on the sex offenders register.
(No readers here need take heed of this, thank goodness!)
Helen Reynolds has won lots of social media awards, with her employers Monmouth County Council. She gave us grand examples of corporate indirectness, like ‘disimprove’ being used for ‘get worse’.
And her case study of Yammer being used effectively by foster carers, to champion their cause, was most inspiring.
Helen describes her mistakes – like posting a photo of a Michael Jackson lookalike instead of a royal. But the 25,000 hits she can get on a post speak for themselves.
Her key messages were:
You are nobody until you’ve posted from the wrong account…
And on that note, I’m almost done here.
A quick gripe before the thanks.
We had about 40 people booked on this event but probably half that turned up. We turned some people away. We may have to charge next time…
Here’s to the next one.