Like Minds Autumn 2010

Advertising, Blogging, Business, Design, Devon, Entrepreneur, Like Minds, London, Social Media, Twitter, WebTV

We can’t quite believe it’s a year on from the first Like Minds conference. So much has happened from our small beginnings on October 16th 2009 in the Exeter Conference Centre.

Back then (or back-along as they say down here) we held a half-day conference with 200 attendees and now, on October 28/29th we are expecting between 300-400 attendees over two full days of learning, engaging, networking and generating new business opportunities.

Clearly Scott and I could not have achieved all this without a great deal of help and our heartfelt thanks go to all the people who have really pulled together to make this all happen. From our early supporters who flew over to speak at our first conference like Trey Pennington (@TreyPennington) and Olivier Blanchard (@TheBrandBuilder) from the United States to the Head of Social Media for Sky TV, Maz Nadjm (@Mazi) and Ex-Director of Innovation & New Media at the BBC Media Trust, Daren Forsyth (@DarenBBC) who took a chance and broke free from the bright lights of London to come and speak at an unknown conference hidden away in the depths of the rural South-West.

Today it’s a different story. At our last conference in February you helped us bring over £100,000 of revenue to the city of Exeter and its community of small businesses. No small achievement I’m sure you’ll agree and we expect to increase the revenue this time around to around £200,000. We had speakers and sponsors from Ogilvy Worldwide, Kodak, 1000 Heads, Nokia and our TV platform provider Ooyala in February and we are building on that platform this October with speakers and sponsors from Microsoft, Smarta, Grapple, WCRS and many more.

We’ll have 5 morning workshop Immersives, 20 Like Minds lunches, 4 afternoon keynote Insights each day. All followed by some special evening events – on Thursday 28th there is Like Movies with legendary film maker and Clash collaborator Don Letts, at the Exeter Picturehouse, and on Friday 29th we have Like Music – a 15 band 4 venue live music event being filmed for TV broadcast headlined by Finley Quaye.

John Harvey (@ExeterCCM) and Val Wilson at Exeter City Council have been tireless in their support and enthusiasm and Dave Goodchild and Pippa Wragg at The Cavern have rallied the local music venues along with support from Pat at The Phoenix, Adam at Mama Stones and Garth from Timepiece who’ve helped build a movie and music program that will complete the full schedule we have lined up over the two days.

There are also many other people behind the scenes who help make your stay with us a special one. The team at the Exeter Conference Centre, Jason Tucker and Rachel Prouse in Exeter, our wonderful ‘girl about town’ Gina Decio who also helps run the Like Minds Club in London and of course our interns who keep everything running smoothly, under the watchful eye of the inimitable Faye Gould. All of them help to create such a special atmosphere on the day.

We hope you enjoy the next few days as much as we have had Creating + Curating it all. Don’t forget to tell us what you get out of it all either be it on Twitter or your particular blogging platform as we can only improve on things with your feedback. Remember to Listen, Lean, Engage and above all – work hard and be nice to people!

See you there.

http://wearelikeminds/autumn2010-program

Like Minds

Advertising, Blogging, Business, Devon, Entrepreneur, London, Micro Blogging, New Media, Social Media, Twitter, WebTV

On October 16th I’m co-hosting an event called Like Minds in Exeter, Devon with Scott Gould.

The conference will focus on sustainable social media and social media ROI, answering such questions as:

  • How to measure social media ROI
  • How to carry out online campaigns to compliment offline marketing mix
  • How to target online audiences, and best engage current customers and new customers
  • How to turn customers into brand advocates through social media

Come and meet some of the most informed social media experts from Exeter, London, and the USA. Discover how to get a positive return on investment by using social media to grow your brand and your business. It will be a fun, informative afternoon and give you the chance to increase your network and meet some Like Minds.

Follow the link here for more information.

WebTV DrinkUp 2

Entrepreneur, London, New Media, One Alfred Place, WebTV

We had a great turnout for the 2nd WebTV Group DrinkUp on Feb 18th. About 55 people made it over to One Alfred Place and judging by the noise level everyone was having a great time. As well as welcoming people from the BBC, ITV.com and The Embassy of Finland (!) we also had our first major deal brokered that night. It’s under embargo at the moment but as soon as I can tell you more I will!

Many thanks to Bill Gash for his support on this one and to Sorosh Tavakoli CEO of our drinks sponsors Videoplaza.com. They showed off their online video monetisation system on the in house plasma to much interest. We all enjoyed the Swedish themed lucky business card dip (which I suspect was envisaged in the duty free shop at Stokholm departures lounge when they got snowed in and we had to cancel this the first time!) Congratulations to the winner of the limited edition red sequined bottle of Vodka and the other Swedish goodies in the draw.

Thanks also go to the staff at One Alfred Place who ensured everyone didn’t go without a drink and provided tours and answered questions on the club.

The next one will be in May and if you haven’t joined the group yet click here and you’ll get an invite as soon as we’ve set it all up. Many thanks to everyone who came along and I look forward to welcoming more new faces at the next one.

WebTV MeetUp 2

Advertising, Business, London, Music Industry, New Media, One Alfred Place, Social Media, Twitter, WebTV

Well goodbye #uksnow the WebTV DrinkUp is back on for the 18th! Do register here and please click on the RSVP so we know how many of you are coming.

The event is held at the very wonderful One Alfred Place and drinks are sponsored by our friends at Videoplaza.com. They are also giving away a bottle of Swedish Vodka to the winner of the business card draw. So bring lots of cards and look out for the goldfish bowl on your way in.

It’s an informal format – there will be a short introduction from Sorosh Tavakoli the Videoplaza CEO and some screens available for you to experience their system. The rest of the evening is for networking and making new friends. Feel free to Tweet this to your friends and colleagues who would like to attend.

A resounding “Cheers” also goes to Bill Gash from Partners in TV who secured us our sponsor.

Enjoy!

Stephen Fry Apple Store Talk

Blogging, Devon, London, New Media, One Alfred Place, Social Media, Twitter

I arrived at Paddington station on my usual Monday 9.30 from Newton Abbot to find London had ground to a halt. A wonderful winter wonderland – unless you lived south of the river and were trying to get into town. As a result the Stephen Fry talk at the Apple Store was postponed as was the Tuesday night WebTV DrinkUp sponsored by our friends at Videoplaza.com.

This of course worked out well for me as the Fry talk was re-arranged for the Tuesday night. I left One Alfred Place and braved the icy winds blowing down Oxford Street and was amazed to be able to walk straight in at 6.30pm! I guess many who made it into work that day decided not to risk the potential train fail that evening and called it an early night.

Mr. Fry was impressive. Not only entertaining an audience of around 150, mainly 20-30yr olds, with an encyclopedic knowledge of computing history but sharing many personal stories along the way. One that particularly stood out was allegedly showing Peter Mandelson his first website in 1997. 1997! Perhaps he was too busy swanning around on Yachts and in Greek Taverna’s before then…

He recounted numerous other stories which I won’t divulge as the Podcast is available here so you don’t need any spoilers from me. Though do listen out for my question “What Would Oscar Wilde have thought of Twitter?” which received an enthusiastic and somewhat detailed response. All in all it was an informative and amusing event, presented by a master of delivery and eloquence so do check it out.

He went on to party at Paramount with a coterie of fans but it all ended up rather pear shaped, with an ending that if it had been scripted you wouldn’t have believed it. Put it this way if you get invited there don’t take the lift.

What amused me even further was the hilarious and inspired viral marketing Tweet that went out to followers of a certain Aleksandr Orlov who posted a picture entitled “Me with Mr Stephen Fry in a lift. Stuck, stuck, stuck…” brillant but “simples”!

Design brought on to agenda at Davos

Design, Devon, London

It’s great that design has a voice at Davos this week. What with President Obama currently being lobbied for a Secretary for Arts & Culture (it’s hard to believe the US don’t already have this) maybe 2009 will be the year design finally gets the opportunity to flex it’s vocal chords.

But what is good design? At Davos, design critic and former Design Museum director Alice Rawsthorn will be curating two debates focused on design. The members of the panel will present one example of good design and one of bad design and discuss the reasons for their selection. Industrial designer Yves Béhar, founder of Fuse Project says he will compare two cars, the Hummer and the Smart car. He describes both models as ‘iconic’, but says the Hummer has ‘little insight into a changing world’.

However, I wonder if he’s been to Harrods recently. They have the coolest Hummer I’ve ever seen in the sports department. It runs on electricity, costs a little over £11K and has a range of around 70 miles on one charge. To me it’s a cross between the original Jeep but with that iconic Hummer grille. To the Americans it’s a golf cart. As I live in rural Devon I thought it might finally give me the upper hand over the farm tractors and sheep towing quad bikes that regularly stuff you into the Devon banks at speed.

Sadly Mrs E. hustled me out of there pronto when she saw me so glassy eyed and slack jawed…I dare not tell the kids or it could be a very expensive Christmas ’09.

WebTV DrinkUp – Cancelled

Business, London, New Media, WebTV

Apologies but due to the adverse weather in London the above event is cancelled.

We will re-schedule it in a few weeks at Century Club 61-63 Shaftsbury Avenue, London W1D 6LQ.

We are generously sponsored by Videoplaza and CEO and Founder Sorosh Tavakoli will be on hand to answer questions about their new video advertising service. They have managed to solve the big question of how to make online video profitable – so come along and find out how.

Postcard Teas

Art, Food & Drink, London

Postcard Teas is Timothy d’Offay’s tea sampling shop. If you are based in, or headed to, London and like drinking tea treat your yourself to one of the best cuppas in town. I discovered it as I used to visit his fathers contemporary art gallery at 9 Dering Street in which the tea shop now resides. It’s exquisite and best described by Timothy himself:

Ten years ago in Taipei, a small cup of tea served without milk or sugar completely changed my idea of what tea could be. Its flavour and fragrance so captivated me that when the tea shop owners told me the tea came from a nearby mountain, I asked for directions and set off the next morning to learn more.

Journeys to other tea growing areas in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, India, and Sri Lanka followed as this appreciation of tea turned into a profession. First with East Teas which Alex Fraser and I started at Borough Market in 2000 to sell specialist green and Oolong teas imported direct from tea producers and experts in east Asia. And now with Postcard Teas which works with tea estates in the north east of India and the south of Sri Lanka to bring some of the world’s best black teas to Britain.

Teas from both companies can be tried and bought at the store or by mail order. We also sell tea accessories, ceramics, and postcards, some of which are reproductions of old tea postcards from my collection. Postcard collecting runs in the family – in the downstairs gallery, my father Anthony will be soon show early postcards from around the world.

Timothy d’Offay

WebTV Group

Business, London, New Media, WebTV

I run the London based WebTV Group, a loose collection of people working in online video. With broadband speeds increasing and innovative video serving platforms springing up such as Ooyala the barrier to entry for anyone who wants to create their own online TV station is lowered. We meet up onece a quarter to share a drink and network. If you would like to join us please register here and we’ll let you know when and where the next event is.

One Alfred Place – A club with your own office.

Business, Contact Me, Food & Drink, London, Music Industry

If you live and work outside Central London, but come in for business, you know the problem. Nowhere to make phone calls or keep up with emails between meetings and no office support. If you have a London office with nowhere special to meet important clients or just need to get away from the office to think – you also know the problem.

Welcome to One Alfred Place – a new kind of club that combines the best of a private members’ club with your own London office. A stylish, spacious interior filled with bespoke furniture and stunning contemporary art creates the perfect environment in which to hold meetings, get work done and relax. Excellent food and drink in a private dining club, and club PAs to provide the support you would expect from your own PA, make it a pleasure to spend time there.

Our investors include rock stars and City gurus. Our architects and designers created some of the hottest bars and restaurants in town. But what unites them all is an absolute belief that London has been crying out for a top class business club. Investors include Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Tony Smith, Genesis, Peter Wheeler, a former Goldman Sachs Partner and Managing Director, and of course Chairman Robert Devereux and of course our CEO Rob Shreeve.

Contact me to make an appointment to visit the club or arrange a free one day “experience” pass and see why there’s now a better way to do business In London.