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Online and in person Networking in Lincolnshire with Lincs Connect

Networking with Lincs Connect

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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.

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Maple Tree Cottage Southrey

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Lives HQ

 

 

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

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

 

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@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.