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Networking groups in Lincolnshire

Networking Groups in Lincolnshire

Networking groups in Lincolnshire

Attending local networking events is one part of my marketing strategy, it is a great way to get known locally and find out about other local businesses.  Networking can be time consuming, so it is important that you get the most out of the time you spend at events and that you assess whether attending local networking events works for your business.

Here are my top tips for attending networking events and some of the networking events I attend regularly in Lincolnshire.

Networking hints and tips:

  • Be organised make sure you take a pen and business cards with you
  • Prepare your elevator pitch, work it so you can do it easily in 60 secs
  • If there is a delegate list take notes on the attendees when they do their elevator pitch so you have I idea of who you would like to chat with
  • Ask people open ended questions about their business and what they think of the event
  • Listen to people – use the time to find out about other people and their business
  • Follow up with people after the event, find them on LinkedIn or other social media sites and connect with them
  • Communicate with people between networking events
  • Organise to meet for a coffee and chat, with people that you think might be useful contacts

Networking events in Lincolnshire that I attend

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce local events

I have recently joined the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and attend their local networking events, the Boston Chamber (Boston Business Club) have breakfast networking meetings every other month and different local businesses host the events.  The 2 Boston events that I have attended so far have been well attended with 20-30 people attending.  The next event is the 26th of May check the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce website for details of networking events in your area.

Boston Business Club Networking

Boston Business Club Networking at Boston Audi

Imps Premier Plus

Imps Premier Plus is a free networking event on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 6-8pm at Lincoln Football Ground, Sincil Bank.  The event includes a free buffet and drinks, there is a chance for everyone to do their elevator pitch and a Premier Plus member will give a 15-20 minute talk about their business.  At the last 2 events I attended there were 25-35 business people attending, the next meeting is on the 11th of May, email jakelongworth@lincolncityfootballclub.com for more information or to book on to the next event.

Imps Premier Plus Networking

Nick Hargreaves of Hargreaves First Aid Training at Imps Premier Plus Networking

Lincoln 777 networking

Lincoln 777 networking is another free networking event, however this is networking with a difference, hosted and organised by Russell Payne & Co, 70 minutes, 7 speakers, 7 topics. It is fast paced and very interesting.  The event is held quarterly in January, April, July and September at BG University, Lincoln and includes free danish pastry and hot drink, it is well attended with 30+ people in the room.  The only down side is you don’t get an opportunity to stand up and do an elevator pitch, so you need to be able to work the room and get to talk to as many people as possible before and after the speakers.  Check out lincoln777.co.uk for more details.

Lincs Connect Networking

Lincs Connect Networking is held on the first Friday of the month at 6pm at a lovely venue, the Petwood Hotel, it costs £5 and you buy your own drink at the bar.  The Lincs Connect meetings are an extension of the Twitter #LincsConnect, it is great for meeting people in person that you follow on Twitter.  This event is quite informal and very friendly, therefore if you are new to networking this is a good place to start, attendance varies between 10-15 so it is good for having more in depth conversations.  The next meeting is 6th May 6pm at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.

Link 4 Growth

Link 4 Growth has free networking events all over the country, in Lincolnshire there are events at Weston near Spalding, Bourne and Crowland, there are also events just across the border in Peterborough.  These are great informal and friendly events, just buy yourself a drink and start chatting with people.  The events vary in size, I tend to go to the event at Wimberley Farm Cafe, Weston near Spalding, which has recently had about 20 or so attendees.  No delegate list or elevator pitch just chat with people.

There are other networking events in Lincolnshire but these are the ones that I attend, so feel happy commenting on, as I attend new events I will edit this post and add the details.

How easy is it to find your business online?

Do you ever check how easy your business is to find online?

One of the ways I market my business is attending a number of networking events, some networking events can be very busy and you don’t get an opportunity to talk to everyone, so I use the delegate list to find people online after the networking event or should I say I try to find people.  Some people and businesses are easier to find online than others, how easy is it for your prospective customers to find you and your business?

Where can people find you online?

  • Do you have a website?
  • Are you on LinkedIn?
  • Do you have a Facebook page?
  • Are you on Twitter?

Do your social media sites have the same version of your business name?  And is that likely to be what people are searching for?

For example my business name is Social Media Lincs, so my usernames on social media are either Social Media Lincs or SocialMediaLinc and I also use my name on my Twitter accounts, which means if someone can remember my name but not my business name they should still be able to find me.

Do you attend networking events? Do you follow up with people after these events? Or do you just wait to see them at the next networking event?

Connecting with businesses on social media after networking events can be a great way to stay in touch with people between events and to build relationships with other businesses.

Later this month I will be writing a blog post about how I use LinkedIn to connect with businesses after networking events.

 

Online and in person Networking in Lincolnshire with Lincs Connect

Networking with Lincs Connect

LincsConnect-Twitter

When you are starting out on Twitter it is sometimes difficult to get going with it, especially if you aren’t getting anyone retweeting your tweets or chatting with you.  Finding a local Twitter networking group with other local businesses and people to tweet with is very useful.  Networking hours are good but can sometimes be full of self promoting automated tweets rather than people chatting and retweeting.  Also it maybe difficult to attend if the hour clashes with other commitments, so using a hashtag such as #LincsConnect, which is 24/7 is a great alternative.

Lincs Connect started out on Twitter and the idea is to follow @LincsConnect then use #LincsConnect in your tweets and some people will retweet your tweets.  If you retweet other peoples tweets with #LincsConnect in then you are more likely to get retweets and people are more likely to chat with you.  Below you can see that these tweets have been retweeted.

LincsConnect-TweetsLincs Connect has now expanded and has a monthly networking meeting at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, usually on the first Friday of the month from 5.30pm.  However this month it is on the 11th of July at The Petwood 5.30pm onwards.  It is a really friendly group and helps you get to know the people behind the Twitter names and build relationships with those people.  It is also good fun and we have a laugh.

There is a great mix of people that attend and support Lincs Connect from small businesses like myself, to volunteers from various Lincolnshire charities, crafters and bloggers.  Some people have lots of followers on Twitter and some are fairly new to Twitter.  So here is a bit more about some of the great tweeters that attend:

Mandarin-Leisure

Mandarin Leisure

 

@MANDARINLEISURE Martin knows a lot of people and is a great supporter of Lincs Connect regularly attending the meetings and retweeting people’s tweets.

Maple-Tree-Cottage-Southrey

Maple Tree Cottage Southrey

 

 

 

 

The lovely Ann @SouthreyCottage is a keen gardener and tweets about what is going on around Lincoln.

 

Lives-HQ-Lincolnshire

Lives HQ

 

 

@LivesHQ regularly attends the Lincs Connect meetings if he isn’t busy around the county saving lives.

Aggie-Moore-Twitter

 

 

 

@AggieMoore is a very busy lady also tweeting for @WoodhallSpaShow, a keen photographer and baker of yummy cakes, regular #LincsConnect & #clubhectare tweeter

 

The-Manor-House-B&B

 

 

@themanorhousebb Christ is a generous and positive retweeter, great supporter of farming and Lincolnshire #clubhectare #LincsConnect & #LincsHour

 

 

Other lovely people you might meet at a Lincs Connect meeting are:

  • @RuralPics – James a rural farming and agricultural photographer
  • @suddenadultdeat – Teresa a dedicated volunteer and mum raising money and awareness about Sudden Adult Death
  • @WoodhallSpa1 – Country Girl Katie lovely local with her finger on the pulse of what is happening in Woodhall Spa
  • @GaryBosworth – Horse behaviour expert
  • @SamCollins100 – lovely lady who makes fantastic vintage button necklaces
  • @thelocalprinter – Woodhall Printer Michael can help you with your business stationary and much more
  • @pmountainmbe – Pauline a lady who is passionate about helping Lincolnshire carers
  • @GinzandTonic – Gini a poet blogging on WordPress for a year or more?
  • @CVleaflets – Leaflet distributer based in Lincoln covering the whole of the East Midlands
  • @Sunshinecoach – Wendy Tomlinson who can help you live the life you want

There are lots of other lovely people that attend and you don’t have to be on Twitter to come along and network.  So why not join in the conversation at #LincsConnect on Twitter and pop along to The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on Friday 11th July 5.30pm, for a drink and a chat.  Lincs Connect putting the Social into Social Media.

How to be Famous on Twitter by Deborah Lee at WiRE Lincoln

I have recently started doing more in person networking and on Monday went to my second WiRE Lincoln networking meeting at the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground.  I made the effort to go even though I had lots on that day, as Deborah Lee  was talking about Twitter, 3 steps to Social Media Fame.

Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee

I have been following @debsylee about as long as I have been on Twitter with my first account @GreenAspiration mainly due to the fact she was based in Lincolnshire and looked to be using Twitter regularly.  She kindly followed me back, which when you are starting out on Twitter means a lot.  At present Deborah has 140,000 Followers and earlier this year was included in the Forbes Top 20 Women Social Media Influencer List 2013 followed by the Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 (men and women).  Deborah started out on Twitter in May 2009 and attributes her success on Twitter to being consistent, authentic, helpful, generous and positive, and focusing on quality engagement. In Deborah’s opinion numbers do matter and believes she would not have been in the Forbes list if she had only 4,000 followers, however you also need quality engagement and to communicate with other Twitter users.  I also believe you have to share quality content, which Deborah does in her Tweets and on her blog.  Some more of Deborah’s tips include:

  • Know why you are on Twitter and in Deborah’s opinion that should be to achieve fame in your field of expertise, so show that you are knowledgeable and good at what you do.
  • Allocate time to Twitter every day and be consistent with when you are on Twitter, same time everyday.
  • Do not expect overnight success
  • Focus on the connections that you make
  • Profiles are everything so put effort into writing yours and have a professional photo taken
  • Never get drawn into online arguments
  • Aim high – don’t limit yourself
  • Be sassy
  • Follow back, unless the account looks like a spammer, you never know who is going to want to work with you or who will retweet you.

Find out more information about Deborah Lee on her blog and website.

debsylee.com – blog  deborahleeofficial.com – online training

There were other fantastic business women at the networking meeting including:

  • Sarah Ray, who is Listers new Fleet Manager
  • Naomi Jane Johnson, who runs Purrfectly Social and is a Wikaniko consultant
  • Mel Downing who is a homeopath and helps dogs with behavioural problems
  • Julie Bailey from Andrew & Co Solicitors, who is head of the Family Team
  • Lorraine Bellis of Bellis Perennis, who trains people how to grow their own veg
  • Sandra Bird of An Shen Acupuncture helping people to feel better
  • Rebecca Smith from Working Links who helps people get into work.
  • Zoe of Epix Media Ltd for business videos especially timelapse
  • Emma McDaid- Smith of My Live Well World who offers flexible working opportunities based around selling Aloe vera and bee hive products
  • Rachel Linstead of Firecracker, a business improvement specialist and nutritional therapist.
  • And me Jackie Elton of Social Media Lincs and Green Aspirations selling environmental and ethical gifts.

I love networking, especially as you can get to know people and their businesses.  Do you prefer to network in person or online?

If you like to network in person and live in Lincolnshire why not come to the next WiRE Lincoln meeting on Monday 19th August 10am – 12pm at the Epic Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground nr Lincoln.

 

 

An Introduction to Using Social Media to Promote your Business

Social Media is a fantastic affordable way to promote your business and interact with your customers, on the Thursday 23rd August from 9.30am till 4.00pm I will be hosting a social media workshop at the Red Lion Quarter, Spalding.

The workshop will explain the basics of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Pinterest.  It will help you to decide which Social Media site is best for you and your business.  Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Facebook – the difference between profiles, pages and groups
  • Twitter – how to build followers, who love what you do and will Retweet your Tweets
  • LinkedIn – How to make your profile stand out
  • Pinterest – How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your site
  • Google + – The one for the boys.
  • QR codes – How to generate them and how to use them.

Antonia Bates is a jewellery designer and mum who started out on Twitter February 2012

4 months later with some advice from me and a lot of work on Antonia’s part putting into place my recommendations.

Follow Antonia @abb73 on Twitter or have a look at some of her designs AB Designs on Etsy

To help Antonia on her way I retweet some of her inital tweets to my followers (over 1000) and introduced her to some of my contacts on Social Media that I thought would be useful to her.  A big part of her success on Social Media is that she interacts with people and also recommends people that she thinks might be of interest to her followers.

Here are a few of the things that I do to help my clients:

  • I follow them on all the Social Media sites that they are on
  • I retweet some of their tweets (I have over a 1000 followers on Twitter)
  • I mention them in #ff on Twitter
  • I share their post on Facebook
  • I pin images of their products on to my Pinterest boards
  • if I know people that would be useful to my clients I introduce them

So if you would like to see how I use Social Media to promote my business and the businesses of my clients then book on to this workshop.  It is the only time I will do a workshop like this at this price.

As an added bonus, all attendees will get £5 off any of my future workshops.

The workshop is limited to 20 places and as an introductory offer for those people that have never worked with me before it is amazing value at only £20 (not including lunch). To book a place please contact me via the Contact page.  I look forward to meeting you in the future and doing work with you.

If you would like to find out a little more about my Social Media experience then have a look at the About Me Section.

 

What does your business card say about your business?

First impressions always count especially when you are at Networking Events.  What sort of impression do you want to make?  Do you want to stand out from the crowd and be memorable?  Of course you do.  When people are back in their office you want them to remember you and what you do.

One of the easiest ways to do this is with a well thought out and designed business card.  What do you want your business card to say about you?  Boring and cheap, or unique and valuable.  I was at a marketing event last year and the keynote speaker asked us all to get our business cards out and hold them to our forehead so everyone else on our table could see them.  Lots of them were on white or cream card, rectangular in shape, some with a logo, some without a logo and of course contact details.

My business card is different.  It is a Moo business card, yes it is on white card with my distinctive logo and my contact details, however it is double sided and on the back I have different pictures of my products, I could have upto 50 different pictures if I wanted.  So I tend to fan a few business cards out with the pictures showing and ask the person to pick a card.  At networking events you need to be memorable, to stand out from the crowd and a Moo business card can help you do that.

My Business Cards from Moo

My Business Cards from Moo

Moo Business cards aren’t free like some business cards but you need to invest in your business branding to be a success and stand out from the crowd.  Moo Business Cards can also be purchased in small amouts, which is ideal when you are starting out in business as things can change quickly or if you are adding new product lines.

Moo business cards are very easy to design on their website and they have online chat if you are having difficulties.  Uploading your pictures is simple to do too.  You even have the option of having your cards made from 100% recycled paper, which I did as that is part of my business ethos.  Moo also do mini cards that I use as a tag on some of my products.

So if you want to build your business brand Moo Business Cards are the ideal solution. Click any of the links or the advert across in the side bar to have a look at the Moo website.

This post contains affliate links, if you purchase some Moo business cards using one of the links I will earn a small commission.

Benefits of Networking at Local Events

Do you concentrate most of your networking online?  Too busy to go to local networking events?  Find the time and make the effort to go to a local networking events near you.  Recently I have found some great networking groups in Lincolnshire, I like getting out and meeting people as being a sole trader sat behind a computer all day, face to face social interaction is limited.

Benefits of attending your local networking group:

  • You meet people face to face and can get a feel for whether you can work with that person
  • People will get to know, like and trust you quicker meeting you in person, than when you are on line
  • You can find local business people that may be useful to you and your business
  • It gets you out of the office chatting with people that are in a similar situation to you
  • You might even get some direct business from it
  • People you meet might recommend you to their friends or business contacts
  • Listening to interesting speakers on their specialty
  • Contacts you make and relationships you build may be useful in the future

Since starting networking in Lincolnshire I have gained new clients, found people who are able to print my leaflets and found a T’ai Chi expert.

Read my post about some of my favourite networking groups in Lincolnshire

What are your experiences of networking in person? Leave me a comment below.

Social Media training and networking event – Boston

Are you getting the most from Social Media?

We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
So if you would like to find out how to promote your business using Facebook and Twitter, come along to the Business Mums Lincs Social Media training and networking event on Tuesday the 17th of Jan 10am-12pm at the Black Sluice in Boston, £10 per person.  If you have time to stay on for lunch at the Black Sluice Cafe, I will be available over lunch to chat some more.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 534 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 288 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on the my skills and knowledge about Social Media to you.
For those people that attend the event I will follow and interact with them on Twitter and Facebook.
So if you would like any more information or to book your place contact me either via the contact form. Or if you would prefer to speak to me, call me on 01205 280256.

Amazing Women at Business Mums Unite Conference

Back in October I attended the Business Mums Unite Conference in Nottingham, where I met some wonderful Business Mums and listened to some amazing women speak about their businesses. Charlotte Pearson of Mummy Fever, organised and managed a fantastic conference with brilliant speakers, exhibitors and workshops.

Elaine Hanzak-Gott was the keynote speaker, she is an amazing and inspirational women. Her talk was entitled Big Dreams, Small Worries and was about her experience of the severest form of postnatal depression, puerperal psychosis, and her work to educate people about postnatal depression.

Rebecca Jones – Business in Red Shoes gave a brilliant talk on being successful and doing less but doing it well. I thought Rebecca was very funny and could definitely relate to her manic mum moments. Here are her 5 tips for success:

  1. Accept you are not superwoman, even if you are an amazing woman
  2. Value yourself and your time
  3. Decide what is important for you on your journey through life
  4. Accept help from others and develop a support network around you
  5. Believe in and set your own success targets
And of course who can forget the gorgeous red shoes.

As well as the speakers I met some wonderful business mums, there was the lovely and talented blogger Kizzy Bass, who I knew from the online course Become a Mumpreneur. On the way in I met Georgi Rollings from Starfish Accounting, who is lovely and very knowledgeable re accounting issues mumpreneurs might encounter. Then there was the gorgeous Faye Burrell who runs Puddle Ducks Wakefield, baby and child swimming lessons. And finally there is the fantastic blogger Magz Parmenter, who saved the day for me when the silly carpark meter had run out of change and I hadn’t got enough money for parking.
Here are a couple pictures of the exhibitors stands.

Gorgeous red dress at Sleeves Boutique

Joanna Martin - Employment lawyer

I had a totally fantastic day and it was so nice that for once there was a Conference in the East Midlands, rather than them all being way down south. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention there were Goody Bags as well, with lots of information in about the businesses that were there. So I look forward to seeing you all at next years Business Mums Unite Conference. Well done Charlotte you organised a brilliant conference.

Business Mums Lincs First Networking Event

Calling all Mums in Business in Lincolnshire, would you like to attend Networking Events tailored specifically to mums. Networking events that fit in around school hours, well Business Mums Lincs is just what you have been looking for.

On Wednesday 23rd November, 10am till 12pm at the Healthy Hub, Lincoln, Business Mums Lincs is hosting it’s first Networking and Social Media training event. The Healthy Hub is a fantastic venue and has a lovely cafe, where people can continue networking over a yummy wholefood lunch or fairtrade coffee and cake if they like. I will be staying for some lunch, so would it be lovely to have a few mums to chat with.

Are you getting the most from Social Media?
We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 415 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 273 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on my passion for Social Media to as many Mums in Business in Lincolnshire as possible.
So why not come and join me and 18 other lovely Mums in Business on the 23rd of Nov at the Healthy Hub. It is my first Business Mums Lincs event so the introductory price is a bargain at just £10. Online training courses for 2 hours social media training vary from £35-£50. I also guarantee to follow and like all the mums pages and share and retweet some of their content.
To book your place please use the Contact Page above and I will contact you with further details. I look forward to meeting you on the 23rd November.