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VIdeo Shows to watch and join on Firetalk this week

A busy week on Firetalk and I hope you can join us.

You can get your free ticket and reserve your seat by clicking the title of each show.

If you want help with creating your own video chats please ask 😉

Tuesday

Across the Pond 5:00 PM MST 12:00 PM EDT

Leland and Steven will be discussing events of recent days and weeks in both the USA and UK .

We invite you to join us as we try to explain and explore the back story of the events

We have much in common but sometime manage to baffle and bemuse

Cendrine and Steven Interview Anthony Carranza

08:00 PM BST 3:00 PM EDT

Cendrine and Steven are looking forward to talking to Anthony Carranza
about digital journalism

Every month we enjoy interviewing people who are at the ‘top of their game’ and have a tale to tell and good advice to impart

About Anthony Carranza

Digital Media Journalist! Existing contributor for Social Media Today, Epoch Times and others with a track record for web news. A former freelance writer for CBS Local Minnesota. Writing and reporting on the latest social media and business happenings.

Wednesday

Episode 3 of RawChocTV 7:00 PM BST 2:00 PM EDT

For episode 3, Steven & Dan will be joined by Alison Nixon, a UK based Health Coach.

The show will include:

the health benefits of raw chocolate and how it can fit in to a happy, healthy lifestyle
another new raw chocolate recipe video
our monthly competition

Thursday

Blabbing for Britain – News , Views and Chat with Jon and Steven Episode 39

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM BST

This week sees Jon and me host our 39 th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

A special mention to both Stephen Silk and Peter Stewart who have become good friends and discussed hundreds of topics of interest with us over the weeks

Wiltshire Business Club Interview 7:00 PM BST 2:00 PM EST

Every month we interview a member of the group

You can be notified of upcoming event and when they go LIVE by subscribing to my channel (thank you to the 73 people who already have)

Simply click Channel Info Bar on the left

Shows on Firetalk

 

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We are moving to Firetalk’s free LIVE video chat

After 10 months on Blab Jon , me and the team have served our video chatting apprenticeships and have decided to move all our shows to Firetalk.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Blab and have met and chatted with hundreds of people , many of whom have become friends. The Blab team provided an excellent platform and we wish them well as they move forward with their Bebo mobile app.

Firetalk provides new opportunities including video which is excellent quality , great sound and best of all the platform is free . In addition to our FREE shows we can also use the system for paid events in the future.

So please join us over at Firetalk 🙂

You can subscribe to Steven’s channel and you will be informed when he goes live

Blabbing for Britain Thursday 21st July 10:00 AM

This week sees Jon and me host our 36 th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show

Our first morning FireTalk Show !!

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

Firetalk is about getting involved and enjoying good humoured chats.

Firetalk is ideal for interviews , group discussions , tuition and promoting your cause

When we started our aim was to explore live video ourselves , to promote a site we both enjoy using and encourage people to join us on camera .

We are succeeding.

We would like to thank the hundreds of people who have joined us over the weeks especially those who appear on camera .

A special mention to both Stephen Silk and Peter Stewart who have become good friends and discussed hundreds of topics of interest with us over the weeks

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Wiltshire Business Club Interview with Angelika Davey Thursday 21st July 7:00 PM

In our monthly series of interviews with Wiltshire Business Club members I am looking forward to chatting with Angelika Davey .

We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of her business ‘Angelika’s German Tuition and Translation’

Over the years Angelika has enjoyed teaching German to people from 3 to 80 years old of varying aptitudes

As one of her students I can attest that her lessons are informative and fun . In fact you are learning whilst exploring and enjoying getting to grips with the language.

Over the last five years Angelika has branched out publishing four books on Amazon and creating six courses on Udemy (All of which I can recommend) .

Direct Link here

Cendrine and Steven Interview Wikipedia Expert Mike Wood Fruday 22nd July 8:00 PM

This months interview hosted by myself and Cendrine is with Mike Wood and we are really looking forward to chatting (and learning)

About Mike Wood

MIKE WOOD is an online marketer, author, and Wikipedia expert. He is the founder of Legalmorning.com, an online marketing agency that specializes in content writing, brand management, and professional Wikipedia editing. He is a regular contributor to many online publications that have included AllBusiness, Business Insider, Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Today, and many more. He is also the host of the Marketing Impact podcast available on Stitcher and iTunes.

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You can subscribe to Steven’s channel and you will be informed when he goes live

SEE YOU ON FIRETALK SOON HERE

PS You do not need to be logged in to watch the show , you can watch the replay anytime and all shows are uploaded to Youtube

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Cendrine and Steven Interview Marketer and Wikipedia Expert Mike Wood

This months interview hosted by myself and Cendrine is with Mike Wood and we are really looking forward to chatting (and learning)

About Mike Wood

MIKE WOOD is an online marketer, author, and Wikipedia expert. He is the founder of Legalmorning.com, an online marketing agency that specializes in content writing, brand management, and professional Wikipedia editing. He is a regular contributor to many online publications that have included AllBusiness, Business Insider, Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Today, and many more. He is also the host of the Marketing Impact podcast available on Stitcher and iTunes.

For more background read Cendrine’s interview here

Join us Tuesday 28th June at 8:00 PM

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Should the British Parliament Vote to REMAIN in the EU ? #Brexit

On Thursday 23rd June there was a referendum in Great Britain and overall the vote to Leave the EU was taken by 52% of voters.

This is a very small majority to decide such an important issue.

There has been no dancing in the streets , no parties . nobody shouting from the rooftops that GB plans to leave the EU.

The referendum was only advisory and does not of itself trigger Brexit , only Parliament can decide by voting in the House of Commons in the coming days.

People who woke up on Friday morning were genuinely shocked that the majority had voted to Leave the EU , even those who had voted leave were bemused at the folly of it all.

The people who voted Leave did so on false information given to them by the Leave Campaign

Labour MP David Lammy Tweeted lammy

 

Now let’s look at the voting as reported by the BBC

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As you can see those under the age of 45 voted to REMAIN . The overall decision is against their wishes. These people are the future of Great Britain , they saw themselves staying in the EU .

They have no desire to leave.

The people of Scotland voted to remain by 62% to 38% . They want to remain in the EU . Wheels are being put in motion which could see Scotland vote for Independence for a second time. Having been let down by the politicians in Westminster they could indeed vote for Independence and then apply to join the EU .

We are now hearing that some of the ‘facts’ and promises made by the Leave campaign may be illusory .

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As I write this post our Prime Minister has resigned and will step down in October and the aftershocks are being felt around the world.

Background to the vote and the aftermath was discussed by the ‘Blabbing for Britain’ last Friday .

Houses of Parliament Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

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The Launch of RawChoc.TV Episode 01 with Dan Knowlson and Steven Healey

We successfully launched RawChoc.TV on 15th June 2016

The launch episode of RAWCHOC.TV where Dan & Steven discuss that ultimate question ‘What is Raw Chocolate?’  is below

Plus our No-fail Raw Chocolate Recipe!

During the course of the show we chatted about all things Raw Chocolate , showed videos , were joined on screen by guests including Barb Tomlin who asked questions and took questions via text from everyone watching.

BIG thank you to everyone who joined this first ever episode. There was even a surprise gift for everyone who watched LIVE.

There was also a competition announced during the show – about the 31min mark – where you can Win 1 of 3 Raw Chocolate Making Kits. Closing date was 8am, Wed 22nd June.

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Here’s some useful links:

==- No-fail recipe – rawchoc.tv/nofail

==- Facebook page – rawchoc.tv/fb

==- Website – elementsforlife.co.uk

We’d love to hear your feedback and please please comment and share!

Next episode is 7pm BST, Wed 13th July – subcribe at rawchoc.tv

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Across the Pond with Leland Best and Steven Healey on #FireTalk

This is the first episode of a joint venture between myself and Leland Best. I am based in Wiltshire England and Leland is in Michigan USA .

Leland and I first connected on Blab,im , enjoyed each others company and created shows together.

We decided that we should launch ‘Across the Pond’ to share news and stories from both sides of the Atlantic.

We start with serious topics of the day then progress through areas which unite our two countries and explored social topics in a light hearted way.

We explored the British EU vote scheduled for Thursday and I tried to explain why the vote was taking place .

Leland shared his views on the US Election and the people currently involved in the run up to November’s election.

We enjoyed chatting about and highlighting some of the differences between our countries as seen from the British point of view , which was definitely tongue in cheek .

The show was broadcast on FireTalk which we selected for the video quality and stability.

https://firetalk.com/events/SJWRnr24

Leland was using Vmix to broadcast

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BCB Live! was born out of my desire to help others get their message out to those that need or want to hear it. In a modern world of technical advance and the push to bring internet access to the entire planet, it has become obvious to me that everyone has a right to be heard.

Most people would have you believe that you need all kinds of high end equipment in order to broadcast out to the world, when in fact you can do so on even a very “shoestring” type of budget.

Let me show you how you can enter the live streaming community, build your very own broadcasting network on the internet so that you can build out a brand for yourself or your company and take your business to heights you never imagined!

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Holiday Planning with Clare and Steven

In this enjoyable session Clare Evans shared the best ways to plan for your vacation when you are in business .

Clare covered business and personal planning so that you can enjoy your holiday knowing everything has been organised.

If you have a holiday soon, watch the video and you should pick up several helpful tips

About Clare

I’m a Time Management and Productivity Coach and the Author of “Time Management For Dummies”.

My clients include Executives, Business Directors, CEOs and Partners who want to reduce their stress, improve their time management, productivity and organisational skills, change career and improve their business and personal balance.

I specialise in Time Management and Leadership Development applying both business and personal coaching techniques to support, challenge and motivate you to maximise your potential and use your strengths to achieve success.

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Interview with Guillaume Decugis ,CEO & Co-Founder at Scoop.it

Cendrine and I are really looking forward to talking with Guillame . We are both avid Scoopiteers and have been for years.Scoop2

About Scoop.it

We all need to become media. Scoop.it helps millions of professionals as well as thousands of businesses and enterprise clients discover, curate and publish great content to increase their visibility online.

By combining a big data semantic technology that helps them quickly find relevant content with an easy-to-use social publishing platform, we help them show their expertise, develop their online visibility, enrich their blogs or web sites, save time managing their social media channels and build their communities of interests.

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WordPress Blogs and Empire.Kred with Barbara and Steven

In this chat we will be exploring Empire.Kred and missions as a way to promote your blog posts

‘ Hello. I’m a bit blown away by what happened as a result of that one small Empire.Kred mission. Will be writing a post on it but would love to refer people to the basics of getting started themselves. Can you suggest where is best ?

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience

Join here on Friday May 20th at 2:00 PM

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Business Interviews on Blab in May 2016 [Updated]

This month I have a stellar line up of guests on Blab , all ready to share their expertise and answer your questions LIVE on Blab.

Social Media for Bloggers with Mike Allton Tuesday May 3 9:00 PM GMT 4:00PM EST

Mike and I first connected on the Empire.Kred social networking and business game site several years ago .

Since then I have enjoyed reading the articles published on the Social Media Hat and totally changed the way I use Hootsuite after reading The Unofficial Book on HootSuite .

Mike has recently returned from attending SMMW16 in San Diego and I am looking forward to chatting about Social Media for Bloggers

About Mike

I love to help small businesses and organizations that are interested in using the Internet more effectively. I provide a comprehensive set of consulting services, which include Social Media, Blogging, SEO and Internet marketing.

I provide my business clients with ongoing marketing advice and assistance. I can tell them exactly what they need to do, or just do it for them, depending on how involved they wish to be. These ongoing activities can include blogging, creating and updating social network profiles, interacting with followers and readers, and managing online advertising campaigns.

I will teach you how to leverage content to increase traffic to your website, generate leads, nurture leads through your sales cycle, and convert those leads into sales and customers.

I am the editor at The Social Media Hat (http://www.TheSocialMediaHat.com) where I regularly share articles discussing Social Media, SEO, Blogging, Internet Marketing and Business Technology.

I am also a HootSuite Certified Professional and educator, which means that if you’re using HootSuite to manage your social media accounts, or want to, I can help you learn how to use and configure the tool. I wrote the book on Hootsuite, “The Unofficial Book on HootSuite” – http://TheSMH.co/hootbook

You can subscribe and watch here May 3 9:00 PM GMT 4:00PM EST

Blabbing for Britain , news , questions and chat Episode 25 Thursday May 5/12/19/26 at 10:00 AM

This week sees our 25th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show and we thought we would take a moment to look back and thank the people who have taken part.

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

Blab is about getting involved , networking , chatting with people from around the globe.

Blab is ideal for interviews , group discussions , tuition and promoting your cause

When we started our aim was to explore Blab ourselves , to promote a site we both enjoy using and encourage people to join us on camera .

We are succeeding

Over the weeks we have made many new friends around the globe and met up on video with people we have known online for years but never spoken to directly.

Blab is more than a video chat site , there is a real sense of community.

If you want to try out the site in friendly surroundings with hosts who never take themselves too seriously , bring you the latest Blab updates , UK news of the week and an opprtunity to join in on camera or simply just to watch THEN

Helping aspiring authors get their books out of their heads and into the world Friday May 6 at 1:00PM

Mindy and I have known each other over 10 years and she has helped many aspiring authors to publish their books.

Mindy is currently expanding her business by using Vmboom to fundraise (see https://www.vmbvoom.com/pitches/the-book-midwife )

We will be discussing the fundraising and how you can get your own book published

Mindy says

2.87 billion people want to write a book, but 2.58 billion of them will never do it, without the guidance and support of The Book Midwife.
At The Book Midwife, we help aspiring authors get their books out of their heads and into the world.

Most people who want to write a book never even start. They don’t know where to start or how to start. They have massive self-doubt about their ability to write a book, and they don’t know if their idea is any good. Some people start writing a book, but never get to the finish line. That self-doubt creeps in, they get lost or run out of ideas, or life just gets in the way.

Empire.Kred Open Chat Tuesday May 10 at 5:00 PM

In this second Open Chat on Blab we will be talking about how to maximise the benefit of the Leaders packagen and about how to thrive on Empire.Kred
Already 12 EK members will be there , can you join us ? ..

You can watch live , ask questions via text or appear on camera.

It is an opportunity to bring Empire.Kred to life , to see and talk with the people who you have connected to on Empire.Kred.

The event is open to all . If you have questions please ask

This is a members event organised and run by members

Make your Social Media Count with Lilach Bullock Wednesday May 11 at 5:00 PM

Lilach and I connected over 10 years ago and have helped and supported each other over the years.

Lilach says

If your social media isn’t adding to your business – adding profile, reach, leads, sales, then stop what you’re doing. Because, you’re doing it wrong.

Social media done right can open up those opportunities for you. Done wrong and it drains your time, energy and resources – and can be pretty stressy too..

Time Management with Clare Evans Monday 16th May at 2:00 PM

Clare Evans (author of Time Management for Dummies) and I will be exploring the above topic and welcome your questions.

Clare , Mindy and Lilach and I all connected on UK networking site many years ago. I enjoyed reading Clare’s book and refer to it often

About Clare

I’m a Time Management and Productivity Coach and the Author of “Time Management For Dummies”.

My clients include Executives, Business Directors, CEOs and Partners who want to reduce their stress, improve their time management, productivity and organisational skills, change career and improve their business and personal balance.

I specialise in Time Management and Leadership Development applying both business and personal coaching techniques to support, challenge and motivate you to maximise your potential and use your strengths to achieve success.



Homeopathy works for everybody with Giovanna Giraud-Saunders of WBC Thursday 19th May at 7:00 PM

This is the monthly Wiltshire Businnes Club online meeting and this month’s guest is Giovanna Giraud-Saunders of Giovanna Giraud-Saunders
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What is Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is a natural system of medicine. It is effective and gentle.
Minute doses of substances derived from minerals and from the animal and the plant kingdom are used to stimulate the healing process within the individual.

It is safe for people of all ages including babies, and during pregnancy.
It is safe to use alongside other forms of medical treatment.
It does not cause any side effects and it is not addictive.

WordPress Blogs with Barbara and Steven Friday May 20th at 2:00 PM

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience

Interview with Guillaume Decugis ,CEO & Co-Founder at Scoop.it Tuesday May 24th at 8:00 PM

Cendrine and I are really looking forward to talking with Guillame . We are both avid Scoopiteers and have been for years.Scoop2

About Scoop.it

We all need to become media. Scoop.it helps millions of professionals as well as thousands of businesses and enterprise clients discover, curate and publish great content to increase their visibility online.

By combining a big data semantic technology that helps them quickly find relevant content with an easy-to-use social publishing platform, we help them show their expertise, develop their online visibility, enrich their blogs or web sites, save time managing their social media channels and build their communities of interests.

Discover Yourself! Love Your Life Effectively with Elsabe Smit Wednesday May 25th 5:00 PM

Elsabe and I connected after an introduction by Fraser Hay and I am looking forward to an interesting chat.

Central to our discussio will be the Domino Effect

The domino effect where you do something right and it opens doors for you in other areas of your life were you least expect results, e.g. you help a friend and win something on the lottery

Increase your Social Media Engagement Using THRYYVE with Paul Ince Thursday May 25th 5:00 PM

I am looking forward to my next chat with Paul Ince as we explore how Thryyve can help you increase Social Media engagement .

Thryyve Social engagement made easyy.

How do you find relevant people that are interested in your brand without having to sift through masses of irrelevant data?

With Thryyve you can take control of your social engagement and allow our intelligent system to automatically provide you with the closest matches based on what they talk about.

These people love your products, are ready to advocate your brand, and buy. Don’t waste time, start talking to them!

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Social Media for Bloggers with Mike Allton [Updated]

In this informative and entertaining chat Mike delivered sound advice on how we bloggers can make an impact and grow our audience .

Personally I now have many action points to undertake to improve my social media presence and our audience watching live also enthused about the advice given.

If you are looking to engage a wider audience for your blog posts then please watch the video.

Mike and I first connected on the Empire.Kred social networking and business game site several years ago .

Since then I have enjoyed reading the articles published on the Social Media Hat and totally changed the way I use Hootsuite after reading The Unofficial Book on HootSuite .

Mike has recently returned from attending SMMW16 in San Diego and I am looking forward to chatting about Social Media for Bloggers

About Mike

I love to help small businesses and organizations that are interested in using the Internet more effectively. I provide a comprehensive set of consulting services, which include Social Media, Blogging, SEO and Internet marketing.

I provide my business clients with ongoing marketing advice and assistance. I can tell them exactly what they need to do, or just do it for them, depending on how involved they wish to be. These ongoing activities can include blogging, creating and updating social network profiles, interacting with followers and readers, and managing online advertising campaigns.

I will teach you how to leverage content to increase traffic to your website, generate leads, nurture leads through your sales cycle, and convert those leads into sales and customers.

I am the editor at The Social Media Hat (http://www.TheSocialMediaHat.com) where I regularly share articles discussing Social Media, SEO, Blogging, Internet Marketing and Business Technology.

I am also a HootSuite Certified Professional and educator, which means that if you’re using HootSuite to manage your social media accounts, or want to, I can help you learn how to use and configure the tool. I wrote the book on Hootsuite, “The Unofficial Book on HootSuite” – http://TheSMH.co/hootbook

You can subscribe and watch here May 3 9:00 PM GMT 4:00PM EST

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From Couch to 24K and beyond

[This is a repost of a blog written in 2013 ] 3 minute Read [Via Readism]

Catchy title for a blog post, don’t you think ? It came to me whilst Angelika and I were ending our final training session in preparation for walking 15 miles of the Sarsen Trail between Avebury and Stonehenge in two weeks time.

It suddenly occurred to me that twelve months ago I could never have contemplated such a venture as walking 15 miles in a good cause.

Back then I smoked , drove everywhere and the farthest I went under my own steam was a four mile round trip by bike to the nearest village.Medal

So you may be asking – what has changed to make me a non smoker , two stone lighter and fitter than I have been in years.
The answer is simple .. I moved to Devizes to be with Angelika.

It all began with being introduced to Angelika’s allotment on the outskirts of town . At first I was simply the apprentice – painting the shed and mowing the grass .. this year I have played a more active part in preparing the beds making them ready for planting .

The walk and the work combined to make me trimmer , the reward of course was eating the fresh vegetables grown on the allotment.

That was only the beginning , Angelika has had a pedometer for years but last year discovered the Fitbit . Essentially this wifi linked device measures every step you take and records it . So good is it that I was treated to one at the beginning of this year. We have not looked back , there is friendly rivalry not only between the two of us but in an online community including Sally and Stuart. The great thing is that when the stats are published a different person is leading the table each time. I will let Sally tell the story of when she zoomed into the lead after 170 mile drive with her fitbit in her luggage measuring each step 🙂

When Angelika was writing her book ‘Wiltshire von A bis Z’ last year we toured the wonderful county of Wiltshire armed with our National Trust cards and boy did we do a lot of walking ! This year we have been given English Heritage membership , who knows where our walking boots will take us ?
Earlier this year Angelika won a competition and among the prizes was a years membership of the local gym. During the winter months we were able to work out 2 or 3 times per week.

And so it is that we are both in fine fettle and looking forward to the Sarsen Trail in two weeks time and we would welcome some encouragement if you would sponsor us.

Thank you Angelika .

Steven

The Sarsen Trail

It’s a fun-filled, fabulous fundraising day out for the family – a multi-terrain running, walking and mountain biking event, taking you through the Vale of Pewsey, the Avon Valley and then across the beautiful ancient landscape of Salisbury Plain between Avebury and Stonehenge.

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And now to the present day , next Sunday will be our fourth Sarsen Trail together and will be the third time I am walking the full 26 miles . I am still so grateful to Angelika for making our lives together awesome .

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Promoting your Blog Posts with Barbara and Steven

In this session we will discuss promoting your blog posts and welcome your involvement via questions and taking part in our chat

You spend hours drafting and redrafting your blog post , select the perfect images , do all the SEO and publish the result.

What happens next ? Unless you have an email list to tell about your new post , few people will see your post. We all deserve a wide audience for our blogs – to achieve our goal there is work to be done.

The replay on Youtube

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

The replay

Friday 22nd April 2:00 PM

Our video chat on images is here

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The Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show with Paul and Steven

In our third chat Paul will cover every aspect of using Thryyve to fully engage your audience on Twitter and Facebook.

We are changing from an interview format which be used to becoming The Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show with Paul Ince and myself

We will journey through the extensive search and discovery facilities , the profile system . building lists , message lists either via DM or @ message .

Thryyve Social engagement made easyy.

How do you find relevant people that are interested in your brand without having to sift through masses of irrelevant data?

With Thryyve you can take control of your social engagement and allow our intelligent system to automatically provide you with the closest matches based on what they talk about.

These people love your products, are ready to advocate your brand, and buy. Don’t waste time, start talking to them!

Visit http://www.thryyve.com/ The software is FREE and Paul would love you to try it

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Live Business Video Interviews on #Blab in April 2016 . [Updated]

Introducing another great series of Blab interviews with a group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to over the last ten years , several I have met , all are friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Blabbing for Britain \ DontStreamandDrive \Taking Care of your Inbox \ The Participant Principle \ Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show \ Wiltshire Business Club \ Promoting your Blog Posts \Content Curation \New Software Launch

Blabbing for Britain with Jon reaches show 21 . Join us for video chat in a relaxed atmosphere 7th April 10:00 AM

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

Blab is about getting involved , networking , chatting with people from around the globe.

Blab is ideal for interviews , group discussions , tuition and promoting your cause

When we started our aim was to explore Blab ourselves , to promote a site we both enjoy using and encourage people to join us on camera .

We are succeeding

Over the weeks we have made many new friends around the globe and met up on video with people we have known online for years but never spoken to directly.

Blab is more than a video chat site , there is a real sense of community.

#DontStreamAndDrive 8th April 10:00 AM

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SgtTCS says

‘2016 is reportedly the year of livestreaming video. The rise in the number of platforms that facilitate this service has seen a rapid increase in live video.

Driving is a complex operation and needs your full concentration all the time. Livestreaming video has spread into the world of driving. Motorists are livestreaming video as they drive, interacting with comments and essentially taking their focus from where it should be.

The consequences can be fatal. #DontStreamAndDrive day has been set up to encourage the livestream community to pledge to never stream and drive, to encourage others not to and to never watch a broadcast where the host is driving.

Please support me on April 8th.’ You can help by clicking here THUNDERCLAP

Jon and I will be Blabbing for the cause on Friday

Handling Presentation Nerves with Simon Raybould 12th April 7:00 PM

Simon and I have been good friends for over 10 years and he is the author of ‘Presentation Genius’

In our last Blab we covered presenting in general , this time Simon is focusing on ‘Handling Presentation Nerves’ which is something the majority of presenters feel before (and possibly during) a LIVE presentation .

We hope to have as much fun on this Blab as we did the previous one
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Simon says

‘I started life as a research scientist: I looked at the causes of childhood leukaemia. After 24 years as a researcher I gradually became more interested in how science is communicated (or not) because what people act on is very different from what researchers *know*. Then I got more and more into understanding how *anything* was communicated, not just science. I’ve also worked as a lighting designer for dance companies, written a few books and plays, been a teacher, been a fire-eater and other things I’ve forgotten….. :)’

‘Take Control of Your Inbox’ … ‘Manage Your Email More Effectively’ April 18 5:00 PM

Clare Evans (author of Time Management for Dummies) and I will be exploring the above topic and welcome your questions.

Are you constantly checking your inbox for new messages throughout the day?

Are you tempted to go and read new email when you hear that alert go?

Emails can be a great time waster and provide a constant distraction throughout the day. If you’re going to make the most of your day then one way to increase your productivity is to limit the amount of time you spend on emails and use the time that you do more effectively.

THE PARTICIPANT PRINCIPLE: with Maya Middlemiss 19th April 2:00PM

A guide to getting the best recruitment for your user testing and qualitative research

Maya says :

‘We’ve been recruiting research participants for so long, it was time we wrote the book.

Published in Spring 2016, The Participant Principle: A guide to getting the best recruitment for your user testing and qualitative research by Maya Middlemiss distills the experience and expertise of recruiting well over 25,000 participants for projects all over the UK – ranging from focus groups to eye tracking, food tasting to family ethnography, and everything in between.;

The Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show with Paul and Steven 20th April 5:00PM

In our third chat Paul will cove every aspect of using Thryyve to fully engage your audience on Twitter and Facebook.

We will journey through the extensive search and discovery facilities , the profile system . building lists , message lists either via DM or @ message .

We also discussed the inbuilt survey facility.

This looks like becoming a regular monthly chat


Wiltshire Business Club – Member Interview with Dan Knowlson of Elements for Life
21st April 7:00 PM

Elements for Life , chocolatiers, based in Wiltshire owned by Dan and Paul Knowlson celebrated 5 years in business on November 1st 2015.

I am looking forward to hearing about their business since they created their first Raw Chocolate kit and invented Yummy Scrummys and their best selling hot chocolate drink

Dan and Paula are passionate about their craft , love their customers and take pride in producing a quality product.

After the success of the Blab with Phil and Roland of Wiltshire Business Club we decided to run a WBC Blab Session every month.

On the Third Thursday of each month there is now a members Blab
Format

1 Interview with featured WBC members
2 Question and Answer session with members watching live
3 Open session to discuss the topics of the day

The Wiltshire Business Club is a FREE to join Business Network to promote business in Wiltshire. We have regular meetings and webinars and aim to help each other find new customers and suppliers. You can join at http://wiltsbizclub.co.uk/

The Wiltshire Business Club supports, advises, connects and grows thousands of businesses across Wiltshire (and the surrounding areas). Please connect with us across all major social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Follow the hashtag #wiltsbc’

Promoting your Blog Posts with Barbara and Steven 22nd April 2:00 PM

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

In this session we will discuss promoting your blog posts and welcome your involvement via questions and taking part in our chat

Cendrine and Steven chat with Martin W Smith about Content Curation April 26th 8:00 PM

After our amazing chat with Kelly Hungerford in March , Cendrine and I are now looking forward to chatting with Martin W Smith.

WHAT BENEFITS HAS CURATION BROUGHT YOU?

Beyond the numbers, content curation creates connection and learning. I’ve learned more from Ana Cristina Pratas, Brian Yanish, Jan Gordon, Cendrine, Kelly Hungerford, Karen Dietz, Malek and others than attending expensive conferences, reading preaching white papers or listening to self-serving podcasts.

Being a member of the “curator community” is one of the biggest perks.

Curation is more of a journey than a destination for me. I read something every day I want to STOP THE WORLD and share (lol). I’m honestly all in all the time and that stance is important and why my tribe grows.

Conversation with Michael Szerencsy 27th April 2016 5:00 PM

I cannot say too much at this stage as Michael prepares for the launch of the software , however I will say I have used the Alpha version whilst watching the T20 cricket .. and it rocks !!

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Promoting your WordPress Blogs – Announcing BlogBOOSTER Beta Testing

What if there was an easy way to promote your catalogue of blog posts ?

You spend countless hours writing , crafting and designing them . When you are finished you promote them by sending out a couple of tweets then you and your readers forget them.

This is a waste

Many of your blog posts are timeless and worthy of promoting to a wider audience , with promotion at different times of the day.

Now normally this would take time to set up and maintain .

Enter BlogBOOSTER

The aim is simple to PROMOTE the Blog Posts you select from your WordPress site(s) on Twitter WITHOUT your entering data

Step 1 Export your Blogs from WordPress (using a plugin) to an Excel spreadsheet and IMPORT into BlogBOOSTER

Step 2 From the blog list you have imported , select the Blog Posts you want to promote

Step 3 Switch the Booster ON and leave it running

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or on Blab here

If you would like a copy of BlogBOOSTER please register

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Interview with Phil Hendy and Roland Millward of Wiltshire Business Club

I have been a member of Wiltshire Business Club since I moved to Devizes nearly four years ago .

The group is run by Phil Hendy and Roland Millward and after being introduced by Angelika we have become friends.

This session will explore the origins of the group , how members can benefit and their plans looking forward.

Replay

The Wiltshire Business Club is a FREE to join Business Network to promote business in Wiltshire. We have regular meetings and webinars and aim to help each other find new customers and suppliers. You can join at http://wiltsbizclub.co.uk/

The Wiltshire Business Club supports, advises, connects and grows thousands of businesses across Wiltshire (and the surrounding areas). Please connect with us across all major social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Follow the hashtag #wiltsbc’

Watch us here ( Wednesday 09/03/2016 7:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here

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Live Video Interviews on #Blab in March 2016 Subscribe Now ! [Updated]

Introducing another great series of Blab interviews with a group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to over the last ten years , several I have met , all are friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Thryyve Software\ Social Media \ Wiltshire Business Club \ Blabbing for Britain \ Blogging \Time Management \ More about Blogging \ Community Building

Interview with Paul Ince of Thryyve – Discover. Engage. Thryyve on social media

I connected with Paul Ince after one of our ‘Blabbing for Britain’ sessions .

Paul is joint owner of Thryyve a social media engagement system that works , I have been exploring the system for the last two weeks and want to know more .

Thryyve Social engagement made easyy.

How do you find relevant people that are interested in your brand without having to sift through masses of irrelevant data?

With Thryyve you can take control of your social engagement and allow our intelligent system to automatically provide you with the closest matches based on what they talk about.

These people love your products, are ready to advocate your brand, and buy. Don’t waste time, start talking to them!

Watch us here ( Tuesday 08/03/2016 2:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here

Social Media show with Ani Alexander and Steven Healey

This is a first, Ani and I are teaming up to discuss Social Media. I connected with Ani in one of the first ‘Blabbing for Britain’ Thursday shows before she moved with her family to London and we have become good friends over the months

It is a show where you can ask questions and join in on camera to explore the days topics.

We will be discussing ‘Building Commmunity’ a topic we both have years of experience in and Blab training.

Watch us here ( Tuesday 08/03/2016 8:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here


Interview with Phil Hendy and Roland Millward of Wiltshire Business Club

I have been a member of Wiltshire Business Club since I moved to Devizes nearly four years ago .

The group is run by Phil Hendy and Roland Millward and after being introduced by Angelika we have become friends.

This session will explore the origins of the group , how members can benefit and their plans looking forward.

The Wiltshire Business Club is a FREE to join Business Network to promote business in Wiltshire. We have regular meetings and webinars and aim to help each other find new customers and suppliers. You can join at http://wiltsbizclub.co.uk/

The Wiltshire Business Club supports, advises, connects and grows thousands of businesses across Wiltshire (and the surrounding areas). Please connect with us across all major social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Follow the hashtag #wiltsbc’

Watch us here ( Wednesday 09/03/2016 7:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here

Blabbing for Britain Episode 18 Every Thursday 10:00 AM

Join Jon and I for an informal chat and a gentle introduction to Blab .

When we started our aim was to explore Blab ourselves , to promote a site we both enjoy using and encourage people to join us on camera .

We are succeeding

Over the weeks we have made many new friends around the globe and met up on video with people we have known online for years but never spoken to directly.

From our existing online friends we have chatted to Andrew Wilcox , Stephen Bray , Alan Rae , Laurence Lowne, Kevin Arrow . Rod Sloane and Su Butcher

New friends

We have really enjoyed ‘Blabbing for Britain’ and connecting with new friends . among them are

Kelvin Fagan, Steven Bate, Ani Alexander, Peter Stewart , Kevin Scullion , Saul Fleischman,Liam O’Gogain ,Wendy,Sharlene Ryle ,Paul Deach ,Ileane Smith ,Stephen Silk ,Steve Lawson ,CJ Sohal and Nathyn Gibson

Blab is more than a video chat site , there is a real sense of community.

If you want to try out the site in friendly surroundings with hosts who never take themselves too seriously , bring you the latest Blab updates , UK news of the week and an opprtunity to join in on camera or simply just to watch THEN

or on Blab here

Babs Blabs about Blogs with Steven 16/03/2016 Thursday 2:00PM

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

Babs and I will be discussing how to promote your blog

or on Blab here


Wiltshire Business Club – Member Interview and Online meeting
17/03/2016 Thursday 7:00PM

After the success of the Blab with Phil and Roland of Wiltshire Business Club we decided the run a Blab Session every month.

On the Third Thursday of each month there is now a members Blab

Format

1 Interview with featured WBC members
2 Question and Answer session with members watching live
3 Open session to discuss the topics of the day

or on Blab here

Clare Evans (Time Management for Dummies) talks time with Steven Friday 18/03/2016 10:00 AM

Clare and I have been firm friends since we connected on UK networking site Ecademy 1O years ago .

We have met several times over the years and I have a prized signed copy of Time Management for Dummies on my bookshelf and have ejoyed taking part in Clare’s courses.

About Clare

I’m a Time Management and Productivity Coach and the Author of “Time Management For Dummies”.

My clients include Executives, Business Directors, CEOs and Partners who want to reduce their stress, improve their time management, productivity and organisational skills, change career and improve their business and personal balance.

I specialise in Time Management and Leadership Development applying both business and personal coaching techniques to support, challenge and motivate you to maximise your potential and use your strengths to achieve success.

Interview with Paul Ince of Thryyve – Discover. Engage. Thryyve on social media

My second interview with Paul Ince founder of British software house Thryyve. I connected with Paul after one of our ‘Blabbing for Britain’ sessions .

Paul is joint owner of Thryyve a social media engagement system that works , I have been exploring the system for the last two weeks and want to know more .

In our first session we fully engaged our live audience Paul and I enthused about this effective Twitter engagement tool

We covered the extensive Twitter and Facebook search facilities , creating lists , messaging , interacting , the inbuilt Social CRM system and the future of Thryyve.

During the course of the show viewers signed up to try out the free software !!

There were many questions from our involved audience and Steve , Jon and Barb appeared on camera to ask questions of Paul

We are both looking forward to a second chat

Thryyve Social engagement made easyy.

How do you find relevant people that are interested in your brand without having to sift through masses of irrelevant data?

With Thryyve you can take control of your social engagement and allow our intelligent system to automatically provide you with the closest matches based on what they talk about.

These people love your products, are ready to advocate your brand, and buy. Don’t waste time, start talking to them!

Watch us here ( Tuesday 21/03/2016 7:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here

Babs Blabs about Blogs with Steven Episode 3 24/03/2016 Thursday 2:00PM

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

Babs and I will be discussing WordPress Plugins

or on Blab here

Cendrine and Steven chat with Kelly Hungerford about Community Building Thursday 30/03/2016 8:00PM

Two months ago I interviewed Cendrine and we got along famously and had a blast . So this month we teamed up to co-host and chat with a very special guest about social media,

Our special guest this month is Kelly Hungerford . Cendrine and Kelly have worked together and are good friends

About Kelly

Kelly’s a digital marketer and community builder creating ‘customer-first’ strategies that grow brand awareness, customer loyalty and revenue. She is the founder, moderator and Community Manager of #BizHeroes, one of Twitter’s fastest-growing chats.

In her previous position as Head of Marketing for Paper.li, Kelly was tasked with building customer facing organization from the ground up. Taking an “every customer counts” approach, she built Paper.li community and user feedback into operations to build a customer-activated organization, continuously improve Customer Care, Marketing, Communications and Product Development and drive growth, revenue, product development, and customer satisfaction.

or on Blab here

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Empire.Kred Beginners Guide

Introduction

This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire.Kred when you first start

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika  long time members of  Empire.Kred

On Empire.Kred you can host your profile , trade shares , networking in groups , view your social media analytics and run missions.(and make friends)

Registering on Empire.Kred

The blank registration screen

Registering on Empire.Kred

Enter your details

(1) Your Email Address

(2) Your Name

(3) The ‘ticker’ or ID you would like to use.

Everyone’s ticker should be unique , the system will check whether the one you choose is already in use . If it is simply choose another one

(4) and (5) enter the password you want to use . Both fields need to be the same

(6) Subscribe to the Empire.Kred Newsletter

Finally (7) Create My Profile

Enter your details

What are Eaves

Eaves are Empire.Kred’s virtual currency , you start with 100,000 eaves.

The aim is to increase your wealth

You gain eaves when

(1) You received daily dividends from players who you have bought shares in

(2) As a reward for completing missions

(3) Buying them from the shop.

(4) By selling shares at a profit.

What are Eaves

What is your share price ?

You start at a share price of 10 eaves.

One aim on Empire.Kred is to increase your share price , this will happen naturally as people buy your shares and connect with you.

Enjoy playing the game , getting involved in missions , forums and in supporting others .

What is your share price ?

What is your Empire.Kred Score ?

What is your Empire.Kred Score ?

How many players do you own shares in ?

How many players do you own shares in ?

How many players have bought your shares ?

How many players have bought your shares ?

First steps

(1) Please confirm your email address (we will give you eaves)

(2) Join your first community – The Welcome Wagon – here you will be able to connect with other players and ask questions about Empire.Kred

Again will will give you Eaves if you join

First steps

The sign up email

After you sign up , you will receive and email asking the following.

(1) Simply click the link

The sign up email

Your First Missions – Setting up your account

Your First Missions - Setting up your account

Joining Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon is an official Empire.Kred forum staffed by knowledgeable , friendly volunteers.

(1) Press join this community

Joining Welcome Wagon

Your first achievement

When you join Welcome Wagon you will in addition to your eaves earn your first achievement badge.

Badges are awarded for actions taken throughout the game and help you track your progress.

Your first achievement

Second Achievement

As soon as you have confirmed your email address , your shares can be traded on the Empire.Kred stockmarket.

You will be able to make new connections as people see your new account and buy your shares.

How many they buy is up to them , but in the first week the maximum anyone can buy is 400 .

After your first week , players can buy up to 5000 + of your shares.

This is key .. if you are active in your first week , saying hello and buying shares in others – your share price and your eaves balance can sky rocket.

Conversely if you join , confirm your email and do nothing else then people lose interest and nothing happens

Second Achievement

Your Biography

This is your permanent space on your profile to tell people what you do,

Some profiles biographies encourage people to connect with them

Your Biography

Activate Progress

At any time you can check which of the initial missions / tasks you have completed.

You do not have to do them all at once but if you can do them in your first week your progress in the game will be faster and more enjoyable

Activate Progress

Your Interests

You can log your interests .

The immediate benefit is that when you start taking missions – the Recommended missions will be full of missions about topics you are interested in

Your Interests

Activate Progress

We have now completed the first five missions.

You have confirmed your email address , uploaded a photo , written your bio and stated your interests

You also have more eaves . time to explore

Activate Progress

Jumpstart your game

If you press the Jumpstart your game button you can watch this short video which explains one of Empire.Kreds facilities.

In the beginning you can take other peoples missions later you can run your own.

Jumpstart your game

Playing the Game

Each of the missions in this section introduces a different aspect of the game

You need not do all the steps in one go , you can do them when you wish.

If you want to simply get going you can leave this overview and start playing , return when you have questions (or need eaves)

Playing the Game

Playing the Game :Share Prices and Dividends

This short video explains how the Empire.Kred stock market works

Playing the Game :Share Prices and Dividends

Playing the Game :Empire.Kred Stats

As you have only just started playing there is nothing much to see

You can return here at any time to track your progress

Playing the Game :Empire.Kred Stats

Playing the Game :Check out your Eaves Balance

Eaves are needed to buy shares , run missions and other things

You can check your eaves balance here

Playing the Game :Check out your Eaves Balance

Invest

The invest steps you can do anytime you wish

If you like the game you can invite your friends and earn more eaves (1)

Joining the Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community to more advice on tactics for getting the most from the site. (2)

Invest

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community after joining

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community after joining

invest : Steps Review

Check back here to see your progress

invest : Steps Review

Promote

Each of the steps here gains you Eaves

Steps 1 , 2 and 3 will enhance your visibility on the game.

Promote

Your First Investments

You can buy shares in any Empire,Kred account.

There are many strategies which are discussed in the groups.

I am going to buy my first share and have chose my friend Nance .

I found her by typing Nance in the search box which is on all Empire.Kred pages

This is her profile page

You can see the invest button (1)

Your First Investments

Buying Shares

When you click the invest button , the buy screen is displayed

Buying Shares

How many shares to buy ?

I could invest all my eaves in Nance , all 457,000 of them

That would not be a good idea

I could not then buy shares in anyone else.

When you are starting out I suggest you only buy 5 shares in everyone.

However this is your game – you decide how many – it can be from 1 to 200

Note If you buy shares in existing players , they will probably buy your shares too

So the more people you buy , the more will buy you … and they have lots of eaves to spend

 

How many shares to buy ?

Say hello

After you buy shares you can leave a short message which will appear on the profile of your buy

You can use this opportunity to make first contact

Please try to keep the message personal and do not try to sell anything to them , you only just got here 🙂

Say hello

Investment Achievement

Yay , another badge – you are rocking

Badges help you track your progress 🙂

Investment Achievement

Buying more shares

You can by shares every day until you run out of funds.

Each new day you will receive dividends and can earn more eaves by doing missions.

The more shares you own , the greater your dividends.

I am now going to buy Angelikas shares

So I find her profile and click the Invest button (1)

Buying more shares

How many shares to buy ?

Yes the answer at this stage is 5

Enter the 5 (1) and press Invest (2)

How many shares to buy ?

Leave a message

You can also use this opportunity to get help

You will be notified when Angelika replies

Leave a message

My message on Angelika's profile

My message on Angelika's profile

Connecting your Networks.

This is important .

Empire.Kred provides FREE Networking Analytics.

Every day your activity on your connected networks is measured and shown on your profile.

Some people say this is an improvement on Klout.

Bonus

If you connect your Twitter Account you can do twitter missions

If you connect your Facebook account you can do Facebook missions.

 

Connecting your Networks.

Your Profile

As you progress through the game your Profile page becomes more interesting and useful

Your Profile

My investments

I can see the two players who i have invested in

My investments

My shareholders

Players have started investing in me

My shareholders

Buying Back

If someone buys shares in you , you should buy some in them

You do not have to but it is the neighborly thing to do

I pressed invest on Alex’s listing above.

You guessed it .. I am buying 5 shares

Buying Back

Another email from Empire.Kred

You will not get too many emails from Empire.Kred , but the welcome email is helpful

Another email from  Empire.Kred

After Buying Back

I now have 5 investments – the two I made originally and the 3 buy backs

After Buying Back

Missions

Visit the missions tab to view current missions.

It is time to earn some eaves , so I can buy more shares

Missions

Gift missions

As a new player GIft missions are great.

You are given FREE eaves .

Gift missions

Select the mission

and the mission page is shown

Select the mission

Mission Description

Simply press complete mission (1) and 10,000 eaves are yours

Mission Description

After completing

You are taken to the donors profile page.

After completing

Saying thank you

Empire.Kred is a social network.

You can take just a minute to say thank you.

As you are new , this is a great way to connect with people

Saying thank you

Investment missions

Some folks like you to buy shares in them

The best thing is – they will give you the eaves

There is no catch

The number of people you own shares in goes up , your value goes up , you make a new connection and they might also buy your shares

 

Investment missions

The Investment Mission

The Investment Mission

Mission Description

Simply click Complete.

You are now 25,000 Eaves better off and you have invested them wisely and you have met Dan .:)

Mission Description

After Completion

You are taken to the profile and you can see you own 25 shares (1)

After Completion

Do not forget

to say ‘Thank you’

Do not forget

Your profile

is getting busier.

Your profile

Finally

We hope you enjoy playing on Empire.Kred as much as we do and  look forward to connecting with you.

We have met hundreds of people over the years , many are now friends , some we collaborate with .

To all of them we say thank you

If you have questions please ask and also visit the Welcome Wagon

 

Steven and Angelika

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Cendrine and Steven chat about Social Media with Ani Alexander @Blab

Last month I interviewed Cendrine and we got along famously and had a blast . So this month we teamed up to co-host and chat with a very special guest about social media,

Our first special guest was Ani Alexander , best selling author , well respected podcaster and Blabber

I connected with Ani in one of the first ‘Blabbing for Britain’ Thursday shows before she moved with her family to London and we have become good friends over the months

In a very enjoyable chat we talked about

Blogging which is where Ani’s writing journey began.

The path to becoming a best selling author on Amazon starting from Ani’s first book with useful practical information on writing and publishing

Starting and establishing the Write 2B Read podcst in which Ani interviews many people well known in social media

Ani gave insights into her way of writing and working and explained how you can become appreciated for your works providing you are genuine , hard working and focused.

You can contact Ani at http://www.anialexander.com

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About Ani

My corporate career includes extensive management experience of 10+ years and covers different areas such as banking, development projects, media agency and telecom.

I have also created a personal brand, self-published my fiction books and as a result became #1 Amazon bestselling fiction author.

Launched the Write to be Read podcast in 3 weeks, which was chosen by Apple as #1 New & Noteworthy podcast and featured New York Times bestselling authors and influential online entrepreneurs, such as James Altucher, Peter Shankman, Pat Flynn, Tucker Max, Chris Brogan and others.

Watch us here (Recorded Tuesday 23/02/2016 )

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Interview with Brian Murray of CoTap THE workplace mobile messaging app

An enjoyable informative interview with Brian Murray of Cotap I have been using Cotap for the last three weeks and appreciate the clear cross platform interface , the speed and security and the sharing capabilities

I first connected with Brian when Thomas Power introduced a group of us to the Cotap messaging system.

We went from Yammer , Microsoft buying Yammer , the change in culture and vision which led to the creation of a new independent company Cotap.inc and of the new corporate messaging application app Cotap.

It was fascinating to discover how Cotap has developed and the range of facilities that are available to users.

In a wide range chat we discussed

Cotaps beginnings
Company Message systems
The need for speed
Security
Ease of registration
Messaging
File Transfer
Integrated phone and video calling (Individual and group)
Group Messaging
System Integrations

Wednesday 10/02/2016 at 6:00 pm .

Cotap

About Cotap

Cotap-Overview

 

All-in-one communication. Group texting, voice & video calling and file sharing on any device, all in one place. Brought to you by people passionate about making communication at work easier, faster and more human.

Despite the numerous tools intended to help people communicate at work, we’re still a lot better at communicating in our personal lives. Cotap Co-Founders Jim Patterson and Zack Parker set out to change that by empowering employees to communicate in a way they already love — with their mobile devices.

Founded in May 2013, Cotap was born so everyone from the breakroom to the boardroom could easily have the conversations that drive work forward — fast, active, dynamic dialogue that’s meaningful. We’re obsessed with fixing communication at work. Since Cotap launched its first app in October 2013, workers everywhere now have access to real time, secure and easy-to-use mobile communication.

All your communication, together in one place.

Cotap lets employees seamlessly communicate via text, voice and video from any device

Know when messages are delivered and seen.

Keep everyone in the loop and increase accountability. Make groups for departments, projects, office locations or anything your team needs to coordinate around. See when messages are delivered and who’s seen them, in real time.

Call across the world, no long distance charges.

No more swapping phone numbers or searching for dial-in codes. With voice and video calling from desktop or mobile, you can have face-to-face conversations wherever you are.
Launch instant global conference calls with up to 1000 participants.

Send photos and files instantly

With a built-in camera, Cotap lets you snap a photo or shoot a video the moment something happens. Drag-and-drop files from desktop to mobile.

You can view the replay below

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You can discover Cotap here

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Blogging : How To Define Your Target Blog Audience

“If you build it, they will come.” That line may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice may prove disastrous for you if you’re serious about starting a successful blog to stand the test of time.

My Own Blog Journey

In 1995 I founded one of the very first hair and beauty sites on the Web. It eventually transitioned to HairBoutique.com, which is still alive and well as we approach 2016.

Hairboutique.com intially consisted of articles, product reviews, advice columns and forums. In 2002 I created my first blog, which currently contains over 5,000 active topics.

One of the most challenging aspects of running HairBoutique.com and the HB Blog has been clearly understanding the target audience.

Not only has it been an ongoing task, our audience is constantly changing due to a variety of factors.

Why Are You Writing A Blog?

If you’re writing a blog just to have fun, exercise your writing muscles, or as a creative outlet, it probably doesn’t matter if you know who to write for.

However, if you’re trying to build traffic to a blog, or sell products or services, successfully defining your target blog audience will be the difference between success and failure.

Defining Your Target Audience Is The Cornerstoe Of Any Marketing Campaign

Without a well-defined target audience the most fascinating topics or well written content will be completely wasted.

Defining your target audience is the cornerstone of any marketing campaign you develop or launch.

Steps To Define Your Target Audience

How do you definine your target audience? Ask yourself the following four key questions:

1. Who is your target blog reader? Are they male, or female, or both? What is their age range, marital status, educational background, careers and likely political beliefs? Achieving a crystal clear definition of the demographics of your target audience will go a very long way towards helping you to craft custom content to blog about with consistently successful results.

2. What is your target audience’s current pain? In the case of HairBoutique.com the biggest pain for our visitors is problem hair. There are many subcategories of problem hair which can be further defined and categorized. This is the case with most target audiences. With some careful analysis you can find very clear niches to exploit.

3. Where is my target audience hanging out on Social Media? Are they on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, Pinterest or a combination? Since all of the various Social Media platforms have a different appeal, not all people will hang out on all of the platforms. Some may not hang out on Social Mediak depending upon their age or interests.

Facebook has 1 billion users. As a result, it’s a great resource to start looking for your target blog audience. Facebook fans tend to be willing to read longer content than Twitter fanatics. Historically Twitter fans have been proven to have a much shorter attention span.

4. How can you help your target audience? This is a key question to ask when designing your Call To Actions (CTAs) in your blogs. Do you want your blog visitors to visit your site, purchase recommended products or share your content across all the Social Media platforms? What goals are you trying to accomplish with your blogs?

Attract A Blog Audience Who Stays

If you’re not able to provide helpful information to your audience, you may initially be able to attract them, but they won’t stay or ever return.

One of the questions I always ask myself before writing a new blog is what’s happening in the news related to hair and beauty. Once I find out the latest news I ask myself, who would really care about that? Is there new or interesting information I could share with my blog visitors related to hot news items? Would that information help them solve a problem or ease some pain they are experiencing?

Depending upon the answers, I may or may not have discovered new content to develop.

Summary – How To Define Your Target Blog Audience

One of the biggest challenges in learning how to define your target blog audience is to remember you can’t appeal to all of the people all of the time.

Even if you build it, no matter how cool it is, if you didn’t first define your target audience, no one will show up.

Guest post by 

Karen Marie Shelton – CEO/Hairboutique.

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Interview with Barbara Saul about web design , online marketing and WordPress

I interviewed Babs Saul via text as my sound failed in the first five minutes
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Barbara took control though and in an interesting 30 minute talk gave insights into WordPress, themes , plugins , blogging , collaborative blogs and her plans for the future
We are grateful to Simon Raybould who hopped in to ask questions live and to Lynn Tulip who asked questions tooe

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

We will be discussing web design , online marketing and of course WordPress .

Wednesday 27Th January 10:00 AM GMT

About Barbara

In a nutshell: having worked my way through from office junior when I left school at 16 (computers were rare and huge then – we used manual typewriters and log tables!) to management accounting, regional management for a security firm into a great role in the food ingredients industry, then up to London and computer support for some great blue chips, and finally settling in Kent to build my own business and focus on the Internet.

Now I’ve brought together my century-spanning (ok, so that’s just a lucky timing thing, but does add up to well over 15 years) experience of the web together with commercial experience, and focus on Internet marketing strategy – both enabling others to do their own and doing it for them with the team.

The rest of the time, I run the Blogmistress which offers every kind of WordPress help you might want.

You can view the replay here

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You can watch on Blab.im by clicking here

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Software Challenge – The Problem and the Idea

Ideally software should be designed and written to solve a real world problem , far too often we see new software launched and puzzle at it’s usefulness .

The problem should come before the idea , that way you have already discovered your target market .

If you solution takes away the pain at an equitable price then you can starting designing

Before you do though ask around , find out how commonplace the problem is , this helps you define the size of the potential market.

Over the next few weeks I am developing a solution to a real world problem , you can follow me as the new software evolves

I am looking for alpha testers , constructive suggestions and help .

The problem .

You have written the most amazing blog post ever and you want to promote .

You have an awesome back catalog of old blog posts which are timeless and want promoting.

You want to promote your Blabs , your meetings and your seminars

Next you do not want to restrict promotion to your own works , you want to include friends blogs and activities , both to help them and vary the output on your own channels.

You want also to add interesting posts found while surfing.

Finally you want to set it up quickly and maintain it easily and you want your friends to do the same .

The idea

To create a powerful easy to use Promotion system that can do everything outlined in the problem.

It will export all your WordPress blogs from your websites and import them into the program . you decide which ones to promote, adding hashtags to titles without affecting your blog posts/

The system will then take care of all the promotion.

How can you get involved (and earn a free copy) ?

Please tweet this blog post and I will get in touch.

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Interview James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences

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Jim and I spent an enjoyable hour on Blab.im as Jim gave a Master Class in Conference planning and Marketing. We first connected 10 years ago and have remained firm friends ever since

In a wide ranging chat Jim explained his extremely successful approach .

He covered

Choosing event locations\Finding Sponsors \ Selecting speakers \ Email and Text Marketing \ Blogging \ An integrated approach to Social Media Marketing \ Facebook Pay per Click

The importance of Facebook and Facebook groups was discussed at length.

If you are looking for an insightful practical hands on approach on the subject of Conference Organisation , you have found it.

Thank you Jim.

Jim’s website http://www.internetbattleplan.com/

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Chat with Jacqui Malpass on ‘Planning to write your own non fiction book’

During the course of a lively entertaining chat Jacqui and I discussed

Why write a book / Getting Ideas / Who is your Reader / How to Publish and Creating Outlines

If you are thinking of publishing your own non fiction book then listen in for some great insights and tips from an established author and coach.

Jacqui is an established author who encourages others to write through her online courses and writing workshops in the UK and Spain.

We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did 🙂

Jacqui’s website http://www.jacquimalpass.com/

The book on which the chat is based ‘Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend (The pathway to publication)’  is here 

Jacqui says

‘I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)’

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Live Video Interviews on #Blab in December 2015 Subscribe Now !

I have been fortunate to arrange a great series of Blab interviews with group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to for the last ten years , several I have met , all are good friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

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If you would like to be interviewed in January 2016 please click HERE and enter your details.

Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Suzan says ‘Talking about the importance of the written word in today’s business communications…hope you’ll be able to join us.’

Suzan is a qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada .

Her award-winning website, “HowToWriteBetter.net,” despite being a niche site has recently hit the 2 million page view mark after just over 4 years, with more than 1,000 articles and tutorials available for readers to access for free. In addition Suzan has written 31 published nonfiction books on business, self-help and humour topics.

 

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Juie is a keynote speaker about social media, social recruiting, digital natives and digital immigrants, the future workplace, empowering students with social media

Social recruiting ..working with companies and helping them to create talent communities, helping them to become the preferred employer so they naturally attract talent. When I work with you we’ll work together to build a great employer brand, to make sure everyone you recruit is an ambassador , to attract top talent,to cut recruitment costs and to retain talent.

Job Hoppers are ambitious, strategically job hopping to climb the career ladder fast. They’re focused, determined and are adaptable to change, something that’s required in this era of technology. Hoppers are usually well connected within their industry because they add to their network of contacts and social capital with each job hop. A hopper should bring to the table, abilities to change with technology, speed, hyper-connectivity, ambition and a new network of contacts.

 

 

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

JoeJoeKeys is a professional musician who has been active in the industry for over 15 years. He has appeared on numerous albums, and has extensive experience writing music in addition to recording and performing.

Digital Marketer/Songwriter/Label Owner  Owner of (e)INDIEMUSICPL http://www.indiemusicplus.com

 

 

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Simon says ‘I will be talking about The Political Situation in Catalonia and the exciting and often frustrating process of creating a new independent state.’

Lived in Barcelona since 1988. Author of Going Native in Catalonia and Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

 

 

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)

 

 

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am . Visit Simon’s Website

I started life as a research scientist: I looked at the causes of childhood leukaemia. After 24 years as a researcher I gradually became more interested in how science is communicated (or not) because what people act on is very different from what researchers *know*. Then I got more and more into understanding how *anything* was communicated, not just science. I’ve also worked as a lighting designer for dance companies, written a few books and plays, been a teacher, been a fire-eater and other things I’ve forgotten….. 🙂

 

 

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  , Visit Jim’s Website

Jim says ‘I am looking forward to being your guest on our broadcast December 18th. We will be discussing how to produce large, high-dollar conferences and seminars. JIM ‘

Starting his business on the kitchen table in 1986; he became a self-made millionaire within five years. His seminars, speeches, books and educational materials center on the retail automobile industry.

 

 

Summary

Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am (2:00 PM Eastern) . Visit Simon’s Website

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  .Visit Jim’s Website

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

If you would like to be interviewed in January 2016 please click HERE and enter your details .

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Video Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs

On Wednesday 2nd December at 4pm I am looking forward to chatting to my friend Suzan St Maur whom I have known for the last 10 years on the topic of ‘How to Write Better’ which coincidentally is the name of her website here

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We will be talking about ‘Why the written word is so important in our current online environment’

Qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada.

Suzan on writing

1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what your message must achieve.

Yes, absolutely. That one never changes in its theory, but it does change in terms of how it’s delivered. With online business writing today often we’re looking at very different things that our message must achieve according to where in the buying cycle customers and prospects are when they receive it, so we need to refine our message accordingly.

2. Identify your target audience and get to know them very well. No matter how beautifully structured your message is if it doesn’t take into account the real circumstances and needs of the audience, it won’t work. Align your message’s objectives with these circumstances and needs.

Yes, again. However as time goes on we have more and more tools to help us do this, and with increasing accuracy, too. See point 3. below, particularly with media like Search; the latest analytics can tell you so much more about your target audience than traditional methods can.

Suzan on blogging

‘Successful blogging for business can generate great results, but it is a long term strategy that requires commitment and creativity. It offers an opportunity to clearly define your business as the exception to the competition. It can communicate your passions, ethics, expertise, unique selling points and the personality of your company. It should clearly reflect how your business has chosen to operate.’

How to watch us ?

You can register for the Blab and watch us LIVE

You can ask questions and join us on camera if you wish

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Interview with Sarah Arrow of Sarkemedia , author of Zero to Blogger

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We thoroughly enjoyed video interviewing our long time good friend Sarah Arrow of Sarkemedia , author of Zero to Blogger , and with Kevin creator of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge .

Sarah , Jon and I have known each other for 10 years since our days on UK based social networking site Ecademy . In those days blogging was just starting to take hold and Sarah was one of the first in our clan to get to grips with the art.

In 2008 Sarah founded the Birds on the Blog website and gathered friends to blog cooperatively on the site . Birds on the Blog won awards from Forbes three years running and today the site is still Motivating Business Women around the world

Sarah and Kevin now run the ultra successful ’30 Day Blog Challenge’ which has helped literally thousands of people to start blogging seriously . The course takes you from novice to competent blogger and you can join the Facebook group here

You may also know Kevin from his Periscope broadcasts and he also has a blog here

Of course we got sidetracked during out chat but we had great fun and learnt a great deal. We are also thrilled that we took part in a Blab first as Jon relayed the broadcast live on the big screen to Solihull Business Club and Sarah took questions from the Club members

The interview covers

Sarah’s first blogs on BT Tradespace – Blog hosting options – Bird on the Blog from its beginnings to winning Forbes awards – The 30 Day Blogging challenge – Hints and tips on blogging.

You can watch the replay here

or on Youtube

PS If you would like also to be interviewed , at a time to suit you ,please message me .

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Interview wth Nicky Kriel , author of How To Twitter For Business Success #Empire.Kred

On Wednesday I have the pleasure of interviewing Nicky (e)NickyKriel about her book ‘How to Twitter for Business Success’ and Social Media including Empire.Kred

You are most welcome to join us , all you need do is login with your Twitter Account

If you subscribe you can watch live or watch the replay .

PS If you would like also to be interviewed , at a time to suit you ,please message me .

You can also watch LIVE here

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Blab : Now you can embed your #Blab into your website.

Announcement from the Blab Blog by Brittany

Brittany says …

Live Embeds!

Seriously, this is a big one. You can now just embed anywhere! You can even jump in from another site! You can now put this in your space! CAN’T STOP YELLING! This is amazing. The Blab team hasn’t slept for a while, so we hope you love it.

My Recorded Blabs

Blabs I featured in

My upcoming Blabs

You can subscribe just by clicking the button


How to do it ?

Simply paste the code when creating or editing the Blab

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or for Blabs you have already recorded copy the text below

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Simply replace https://blab.im/steven-healey-interview-with-dan-knowlson-of-elements-for-life-chocolatier with your own Blab URL

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A Tale of Two Tweets (why some tweets are read more than others) #EmpireAvenue #IALTY

On twitter the size of your audience matters , the more people who see your tweets the better chance you have of being noticed . The aim should be to engage an increasing number of people in your interests and business expertise.This applies especially when you are building your online reputation using Twitter.

In my last blog post I referred to the Tweet activity dashboard

I promoted the blog post in two tweets and monitored their progress using the dashboard

This is the first tweet

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As you can see the tweet was viewed a reasonable number of times but there was no further activity.

The second tweet was sent out moments later

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As you can see the text in the tweet is similar to the first one , the reaction however is markedly different

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What made such a difference between reactions to the two tweets ?

Why did the second tweet have 7164 views compared to 149 for the first tweet , after all they were both promoting the same blog post and tweeted from the same account.

The second tweet was retweeted by 49 people ; 48 people actually clicked the link , 35 people favourited the tweet , 4 people replied to me and most rewarding 5 people followed me.

The reason is simple ‘the Empire Avenue’ effect . On Empire Avenue you can create a mission asking people to visit a tweet and read it , they are then free to take any other action they wish . I ran a mission 64 people visited the tweet from Empire Avenue and 49 people took further action.

This signifies at least three major points ..

1 If you tweet once and do nothing else you will attract a reasonable number of views. That is the end of the story.

2 The real benefit comes from encouraging interaction on the tweet.

The more people who RT (retweet) you , the larger your audience and the bigger the reaction.

3 Having systems in place that encourage people to promote you.

The key to this is investing time in interacting with people building relationships and trust. This is also known as networking

It really is about engagement and I am still learning daily on how to improve , which is why I joined the #klout70 inititative .

If you have any questions about Empire Avenue or #klout70 then please ask.

Note #IALTY is the tag for ‘Is Anyone Listening to You’ which is the theme of this series of blog posts.

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Is anyone listening to you ? .. The Tweet activity dashboard will tell you

In an ideal world every time you tweet every single one of your Twitter followers has the possibility of seeing it.

Simply put your total reach (audience) is your number of followers.

Reach is not the same as the number people reading your tweet.

In fact only 1 or 2% of your followers will be see each of your tweets as a general rule . So if you have 2000 followers , between 20 and 40 people will see your tweet.

If you are retweeted by someone then your potential reach increases. The excellent Tweetreach ( http://tweetreach.com/ ) can measure the potential audience for your Tweets.

Twitter analytics takes this one step further – it gives you all the statistics on each tweet you have sent in the Tweet activity dashboard

You can register for your own Tweet activity dashboard here and there is a full explanation here

The system starts measuring from the day you register , so you may have to wait to see some action.

I have been using the system for several months and below are the daily views of all my tweets over the last 28 days

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The chart shows the number of views day by day , for each tweet you send further information is available . This tweet was promoted using my friends on Empire Avenue

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The graphic shows the tweet was seen 6005 times , retweeted by 59 people , 35 people favourited it , 12 people responded in my timeline , 9 clicked on my profile and of those 3 followed me

The other interesting point is that the tweet was posted on Tuesday and was still being seen on Saturday

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The life of a tweet was researched by Peter Bray in his blog When Is My Tweet’s Prime of Life?

The Tweet activity dashboard proves you do have an audience . In following blog posts I will look behind the statistics and show how we can use them to improve the level of our readership and can increase both response and interaction.

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Empire Avenue Beginners Guide

Empire Avenue

Introduction

This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire Avenue when you first start

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

Invitation to Join

 

 

If someone you know invited you to join Empire Avenue , the invitation will look like this

Simply click ‘Accept Invite’ (1)

Invitation to Join

When you

click ‘Accept Invite’ , you will be taken to the Empire Avenue webpage

Press ‘Get Started’ (1)

When you

Registering on Empire Avenue

The blank registration screen

Registering on Empire Avenue

Enter your details

(1) Your Email Address
(2) Your Name
(3) The ‘ticker’ or ID you would like to use.

Everyones ticker should be unique , the system will check whether the one you choose is already in use . If it is simply choose another one

(4) and (5) enter the password you want to use . Both fields need to be the same

Enter your details

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

At this stage you may not know, so select the closest match.

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

After registering

A quick tour of the system starts

After registering

Follow the tour

it only takes a few minutes and it will help you .. honest

Follow the tour

The main

features of the system are explained

The main

First steps .. your mission is to ..

There are several small missions which you can perform to familiarize yourself with Empire Avenue

Each one will earn you eaves , which are Empire Avenues virtual reward currency , As a new player you need every eave you can earn.

You need not complete all the missions one after the other , you can return at any time and pick up where you left off.

The first mission is to confirm the email address you used when registering

Click the complete mission button (1)

First steps .. your mission is to ..

Activating your Email Address

The mission description is shown.

Now check your email account for a message from Empire Avenue

Activating your Email Address

Your Confirmation Email

Click the link (1) to confirm your email address and activate your account

Your Confirmation Email

Uploading your picture

This is the second mission .. to upload a picture of yourself.

Remember Empire Avenue is a social network with forums and people like to know who you are , so use a recent photo .. perhaps the one from Facebook.

There are of course always exceptions and I will introduce you to Fenya later 🙂

(1) Choose a file from your computer

(2) Upload the file.

Uploading your picture

Your uploaded picture

will then appear.

Your uploaded picture

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts is straightforward . Just click each connect button in turn.

As soon as each account is connected EAv (Empire Avenue) will begin is measure your success on those networks and will provide network scores and give you recent trends and posts.

When you undertake missions the links to your accounts enable easy manual posting to each network

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting Facebook

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting Facebook

Connecting LinkedIn

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting LinkedIn

At Last your profile page is ready

(1) Your Name and Ticker (ID)

(2) Location .. EAv has taken a best guess , you can change this later if you wish.

(3) Network Scores .. each network is given a score based amongst other things on your activity.

It will take 4/5 days for your scores to show . I always track the tend of the scores .. daily fluctuations will happen but it is a great general guide.

(4) As soon as your profile is visible someone will notice you and send you a message and buy your shares.

EAv is a friendly place and the more you interact , the more fun you will have getting to know people.

(5) Wealth , you have already been paid Eaves for he missions you took earlier in setting up your profile..

At Last your profile page is ready

Buying your first share

On the screen above you can see a search (spyglass) icon (6)

Use it to find the account of the person who invited you or someone you already know.

In this case Angelika searched and found me.

Click the Invest button (1)

Buying your first share

The Buy Shares Screen

is displayed ..

It shows more information .. and says you can buy up to 200 shares (1)

DO NOT BUY 200 SHARES … you will have no virtual money left .

Buy 1 share to get started ..

It will tell the person that you have joined Empire Avenue and they will probably buy shares in you.

At this stage do not worry if someone buys more of your shares than you did of theirs , in time you will catch up.

Empire Avenue is after all a social stockmarket where members invest in each other.

NOTE

In the first 7 days of running your account there are limits to the number of shares people can buy in you ranging from 200 to 400 depending on how they are operating their account.

When the 7 days are up everyone can buy more shares in you , up to 2800 .

So you need to be active in the first week to encourage people to buy and invest further.

Be aware that people can buy and SELL your shares at any time . That said if you create an active presence few people will sell.

 

The Buy Shares Screen

After buying the share (s)

You can post a personal message .which will appear on the users personal profile page.

Enter your message and press Post on Profile (1)

At this stage leave a message when you buy shares , not only are you investing but you are getting to know people

After buying the share (s)

Update your Status

Enter a short message in you profile status and press post (1)

Update your Status

This will encourage

members to get in touch 🙂

This will encourage

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This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire Avenue.

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

 

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Sun Park Lanzarote ,a home in the sun

Imagine living just five minutes walk away from sun kissed sandy beaches and clear blue seas , walking along a six mile promenade from the port to the best beaches on the island.

Imagine living in an apartment overlooking two swimming pools within a 5 star hotel complex.

Venturing out of your door in a morning to be met by the smiles of the new friends you have made since arriving.

A short stroll down the road takes you past inexpensive restaurants offering food from around the globe.

Angelika and I were fortunate to be invited to spend a week sampling the delights of Sun Park in Playa Blanca by our friend Steve Hall and can now confirm all of the above really exist .

After a four hour flight with EasyJet from a wet and cold Bristol airport we touched down at Lanzarote airport to be warmly greeted by Steve and were whisked on a short 30 minute journey to Playa Blanca. We had known Steve virtually for several years online and this was a great way to finally meet.

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Our apartment did indeed overlook the two swimming pools , in face every apartment does.

Over the course of the next week we climbed Montana Roja , the volcano (extinct) which protects the town of Play Blanca . We ventured further afield using cheap and reliable public transport and explored the neighbouring towns and coastline including walking barefoot along the length of the beaches at Puerto del Carmen

The one thing that made our stay a pleasure , apart from the fine food and relentless sunshine was being in the Sun Park complex. There is a real sense of community , people visit for a week , a month , six months and some are there all year round. People are quite happy to leave you to do your own thing , however if you make a small effort you become part of the community and are welcomed with open arms. You can become involved in any aspect of Sun Park which attracts you from taking part in Spanish classes to maintaining the gardens and surrounds.

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By the third day of our stay we were totally relaxed and chilled and had started to realise how special Sun Park and its residents are . We spent evenings in the Trust Bar on site where you serve yourself and pay for drinks at low prices into a trust box. We enjoyed a truly magnificent stay , walked over 60 miles in the surrounding area.

Playa Blanca as a whole speaks three languages Spanish , English and German . All local businesses are managed by friendly multi lingual staff .

We will definitely be visiting with Steve at Sun Park ,Playa Blanca again .

Just two questions remain .. when and will you join us ?

Angelika and Steven

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Who are you ? Are you on About.me ?

Several years ago I was a member of a UK based networking site and when people asked about me I simply gave them a link to my profile page on the site Unfortunately that website no longer exists and so my search has been for a new home for my profile.

The key to the continued success of my next profile site About.me is that it is ranked by Alexa in the top 1500 sites globally , this means traffic levels which are far ahead of other social profile sites. Your task is to make your profile highly visible on the site , which is far easier than promoting your own blog site.

There are resources on site to help you , a thriving support community and a very large friendly group of site members . Enrolling is both easy and free. You can see my About.me profile here .

About me is the

second of the sites where you can store all your online presences

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The benefits

The benefits

Interaction

About.me is more than just a static page to store your pages.

There is interaction – lots of it … you can track all your connections , make new connections.

You can see who has viewed your profile if they are on about.me and of course return the favour.

Interaction

Statistics

About.me tracks the visits to your profile . You can see that until September 2013 there was little activity .

I decided to link all of my major online presences (Facebook , Twitter,LinkedIn) to my about.me account . The results were a major increase in traffic .

As you control what shows on your profile it really is a great , cost free way to market yourself and your services and products.

Attracting traffic to your website is an ongoing battle , the difference with about me is that the site is not just about you , it is about everyone . You can get greater consistent traction by promoting your about.me page

Statistics

You can set your own background picture

edit your biography , change colours and fonts , add links to your social sites and websites and much more.

You can set your own background picture

My Profile

which shows my social presence , with links to all my main profiles , my recent blog posts .

My Profile
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Klout hits the Buffer and still goes steaming down the track.

If you are on twitter you have probably heard of Klout and  love it , hate it or ignore it.

Until now Klout has simply monitored your online activity and given you a Klout score based on how effective it thinks you are . There are arguments for and against how accurate the score is but Klout is well established and I use it not to monitor my score , but the trend  over the months .

Now Klout has had a revamp and has extended the facilities available on the site , which may make it more useful .

Scheduling Posts

Buffer has been the de facto standard for scheduling posts for release at any time of day on any day of the week . In this global village in which we live posting is now a 24 hour a day activity if you want to reach people in all continents. It is very handy if you manage more than one Twitter or Facebook account .

Enter Klout ,

Klout Scheduled Sharing

Your Klout Profile

now shows suggested content to share . You can scroll through the list and select an item by pressing the share button

Your Klout Profile

The share screen is then displayed

and you can set to share on Facebook and/or Twitter (after authorising them)

When you press the schedule button , you can select date and time to share . I set this item to post on my timeline at 2pm Saturday.

The share screen is then displayed

You can review

all your scheduled items .

You can review

As you can see Klout is not as sophisticated as Buffer , you can only at this point in time share content they suggest

They will be providing a metrics system to show you how the Klout sourced content has been received on Twitter and Facebook . So not only are they measuring your performance ,they are helping you to create content.

The interesting thing is the way they have been able to use all those +K you have received from your friends over the years to display content which is relevant to you.

In terms of finding content relevant to your audience this is a good start . Swayy started up last year and do an excellent job in
finding fresh content for you to schedule and share with their free to use package. I wonder if Swayy and Klout might be a good fit.

Mind you both have a long way to go before they can rival Scoop.it . Scoop.it is the best and most cost effective way to gather and share content for your audience . Daily updated content from sources you choose , in topics you choose , a superb page to display it on and a development team which listens to their customers.

These are certainly interesting times in content curation and Klout’s initiative is to be welcomed.

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Google Authorship for your blog in 3 Easy steps

Google is piloting the display of author information in search results to help users discover great content

Step 1 On your blog home page add the following code

<a href=”https://plus.google.com/+XXXXXXXX” rel=”publisher”>Find us on Google+</a>

Place your google + page reference where I have typed XXXXXXXXX

Save your home page , take a quick look and see that the link is visible and works .

Step 2 Visit your Google + About Page

Google + About Link

Find the links section

Steven-Healey---About---Links

 

In the ‘Contributor to’ section add your blog home  page giving it a title and the link

Step 3 Visit Google Webmaster tools http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets

Enter your website home page in the box and press preview to validate your entries

Your blog site should now be linked to your Google + account and you have claimed authorship .

 

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An Ode to Currys

We bought a new oven last week , which should not be too difficult  , this is the story of what happened
with Angelika venting her frustration in rhyme.

 

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Content Curation For Everyone – Support Your Friends

In the previous blog post I suggested you could use Scoop.it to discover content that is of interest to you (and your friends) which you can then publish using Twitter and Facebook.

The next step is to curate and promote your friends and contacts by promoting the content they post daily on their blogs and on Twitter.

The reason for doing this is two fold .. it helps your friends , it helps your online visibility and it builds up  a hopefully mutual supportive group of people. Even if they do not promote you straight away when they see one of your posts that interests them they are more likely to share.

There is but one problem , in normal circumstances you see your contacts’ posts only when you are online . The odds are you see less than 20% of everything they do . So how are you going to promote them , you may not see their best content when you are online.

The answer is simple and easy to do ..

1 Create a Twitter List of the contacts whose work you are going to promote .

There is no need to include everyone , start with around 20 of your more active contacts and add to the list gradually..

2 Visit Paper.li and create a free account , start a newspaper and add the new twitter list as a source.

3  Paper.li creates a daily newspaper from the tweets (which contain links) made by your contacts about topics of interest to them

Simply read this newspaper and you will find items posted by your contacts and you can share them from within the paper.

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You can also embed the newspaper into your website (free of charge)  and as the newspaper is updated daily  so is your website.

This is how I created the Prospect Networking Daily and embedded it into my website .

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Content Curation

Content Curation For Everyone Step 1

 

Visit Scoop.it here

My Scoop.it ‘Blogging Effectively’ , ‘ Google + Applications’  and of course ‘One Man and his Wok’ 

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List.ly brings your Twitter lists to life

Twitter lists help us to make sense out of the chaos and noise on Twitter

We can add people we are interested in to lists allowing us to focus, making Twitter more manageable and useful.Instead of reading the tweets of everyone we follow in one continuous stream we can simply follow several Twitter lists in Hootsuite.

I follow twitter lists I made for of Prospect Networking friends , my list of news feeds , a list by Jorgen Paulsen of Empire Avenue members and one by Annie Diamond for Xeeme

Nick Kellet and the team at List.ly have now added several new dimensions to the new Listing Facility released today .

Now you can create List.ly lists directly from your Twitter lists .

As soon as you publish the list people visiting the list can vote on their favorite people and quickly follow them on Twitter. Twitter lists have been given new life by the team at List.ly .

The list can be sorted by votes , alphabetically and by the date added the the list , you can items in a list you are viewing to one of your own lists.

Finally you can embed any List.ly list into your blog posts

If you want to read more about List.ly and Twitter then you can visit my friend Sarah Arrows blog post here

For a step by step guide visit Mike Gingerich’s site

A couple of years ago I created a Twitter list of celebrities and now it has been List.ly’d . A shortened version appears below , so you can vote for your favourites ,add people to the list, copy them to your own list easily and follow them on Twitter .

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Celebrity Twitter 2

Favourite celebrities on Twitter

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)

'One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.'

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Clare Balding (@clarebalding)

Author of My Animals and Other Family. Co-inventor of the Mobot (yes, really)

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar)

Chairman of Amshold Group, which owns Viglen, Amscreen and Amsprop - http://t.co/Si6KTq5UXE

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

Official Twitter account of Rio Ferdinand

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Al Murray (@ajhmurray)

Alter ego's alter ego. My new book Watching War Films With My Dad out now! Please direct enquiries to kimg [at] avalonuk [dot] com

Celebrity Twitter 2 | jennifer saunders (@ferrifrump)

The real Fatty. Official Sandwich twits and twaddle. I am a comical presentation ruler not a test mouse!
http://t.co/8IhunRBgU1

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Ross Noble (@realrossnoble)

international man of comedy Full T&C's are located here: http://t.co/mMg9JVdlAD

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Ed Byrne (@MrEdByrne)

Currently on tour with new show Roaring Forties

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Sheridan Smith (@Sheridansmith1)

Also responds to the names... Babba,Duckie,Bead,Babby,Frog, Bandy,Smithers,Smythe,Baby Flump,Poddington,Lebowski,mike wazowski etc etc 🙂

Celebrity Twitter 2 | Stephen Fry (@stephenfry)

British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger. NEVER reads Direct Messages: Instagram - stephenfryactually

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Content Creation and Curation for Everyone

Once you have taken the decision to create an online presence the first hurdle you face is – ‘How are you going to create the Content people will want to read ?’ .

There are of course people who output totally self penned content and having crafted it publish and promote it daily.

I am not one of these people , I simply do not have the time for all my content to be self penned. I do however post every day on Facebook,Twitter, Google plus and LinkedIn.

How can I find interesting and topical information created by others in order to share is the key question.

The first step is to determine topics in which I am interested and which will be of interest to my audience.The topics should be relevant to my business however they should be varied in order not to bore anyone who reads my ramblings.

Ideally they should be a mixture of business and personal.

It is possible to use applications which will not only discover fresh content and promote it daily with your contribution limited to simply setting up the system.In this way you have a daily presence but it is not personal, people will quickly realise this and stop reading.

We need systems which will alert us to relevant information and allow us to select items and comment on them before promoting them via Twitter and Facebook.

In the next blog posts I will be taking an in depth review of the systems I have used successfully over the last two years . We will be exploring Scoop.it , Swayy , GaggleAmp and more including Empire Avenue

At the end of the series of blog posts you will have at your fingertips a number of free resources which will help create and maintain a presence online and build your reputation.

The next blog post in there series is here  and this one tells you how to help your friends too .

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101 Things to do with a Brick

This is my first blog post on my new site and my first blog for a while since I have been busy writing software for distributors and manufacturers for the last six months.

Blogs posts can be planned , created as a result of hard work and perspiration or can simply be inspired . This blog is the latter.

I am inspired by two recent happenings , being invited to guest blog on a very sociable blogging network and my use of the wonderful software created by Nick Kellet and his team at List.ly .

Many of us like to make lists , to do lists , shopping lists and reminder lists .

Then there are the bloggers who write posts which are essentially lists giving 101 useful Twitter applications , 7 places to source content for your blog .. the lists are endless.

The genius of a list blog is that we are attracted by the use of numbers in a title and we are ever hopeful of finding just one gem in the list that will be extremely useful.

Now I have started a list grandly entitled ‘101 Things to do with a Brick ‘ and it is a list with a difference , at the moment it is incomplete and I have left it so that you can add your own ideas . You will be helping to create this blog post and your ideas will be promoted.

For this is no ordinary blog post , it is an interactive blog and in addition to commenting you can  help build a list

Of course this is not a really useful list , but it is an experiment in blogging .

Please add your uses for a brick in the list by pressing the [Add to List] button below on the right at the top of the list .. looking for some inspired ideas 🙂

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101 Things to do with a Brick

A crowd sourced list of things you can do with a brick

1

Mashing garlic . . .

Nov 27, 2013 by Andreas Wiedow
101 Things to do with a Brick | Mashing garlic . . .

Brick substitutes BIG Chinese knife and keeps vampires off the house if used to set up a wall later 🙂

2

Make a bookshelf

Nov 27, 2013 by Barbara Saul
101 Things to do with a Brick | Make a bookshelf

Something I've done in my young and carefree days... Well, you need more than one brick, and a plank of wood, but...

3

Build a wall

Nov 27, 2013
101 Things to do with a Brick | Build a wall

This is of course why bricks were invented

4

Sell it on Ebay 🙂

Nov 27, 2013 by Angelika Davey
101 Things to do with a Brick | Sell it on Ebay :-)
Nov 27, 2013 by Jake Oliver - jakeoliveronline.com - 1991
101 Things to do with a Brick | ABOUT JAKE

"Life is always beautiful and exciting, giving us opportunities and lessons at every step we take. Failures and victories are nothing but two sides of the same coin. In order to be successful, we need to take charge of our lives and learn to treat every moment as a challenge and a blessing."

6

Book End

Nov 27, 2013 by Nick Kellet
101 Things to do with a Brick | Book End
7

Use in highspeed chase

Nov 28, 2013 by Shawn Manaher
101 Things to do with a Brick | Use in highspeed chase

When driving along and your enemy comes for you, use the brick to keep the gas pedal down allowing you to leap from your vehicle to safety.

Dec 07, 2013 by Chantal Harvey - flickr.com - 1882
101 Things to do with a Brick | Lay them ..

coffeeshop!

9

Use it as a paperweight

Nov 27, 2013
101 Things to do with a Brick | Use it as a paperweight

Suggested by Rok Sprogar

10

Castrating Bulls

Nov 27, 2013 by Nick Kellet
101 Things to do with a Brick | Castrating Bulls
11

Bric a brac

Nov 28, 2013 by shahidul alam
101 Things to do with a Brick | Bric a brac

Add to your growing list of bric a brac

12

Landscape Border

Nov 28, 2013 by Harold Gardner
101 Things to do with a Brick | Landscape Border
Nov 29, 2013 by Jim Green - img2-2.timeinc.net - 2123
101 Things to do with a Brick | Cook Out

Build a Fire Pit

14

Brick

Nov 29, 2013 by Rene Ruiz - taniafuentez.files.wordpress.com - 1795
101 Things to do with a Brick | Brick

Use for art creation

15

Making a name for yourself

Dec 07, 2013 by Jack Baldwin
101 Things to do with a Brick | Making a name for yourself

Whats in a name

Dec 09, 2013 by Erik van Erne - youtube.com - 1555
101 Things to do with a Brick | BRICK ROAD MAKING MACHINE

BRICK ROAD MAKING MACHINE

17

SEO

Dec 09, 2013 by Shahidull Hassan Mithu
101 Things to do with a Brick | SEO

Steven

18

Water Saving Brick

Dec 11, 2013 by Tina Golden
101 Things to do with a Brick | Water Saving Brick

Put the brick in the toilet tank and it will save on water.

 

 

 

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