Three things that make a social media management course a success

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Training | 0 comments

This post is written as part of our social media managers course exercise, so it may not be totally complete. As a trainer one is always worried about how delegates in a course will take to your training style. Some of a trainer’s fears are: Delegates don’t contribute their ideas to the class People arrive late and put pressure on completing all the topics Delegates not understanding the trainer if English is not their first language 1) Planning your successful course Planning is key to everyone enjoying the course and the things that I prepare for are: Create an event hashtag so everyone can participate in the conversation Prepare tweets in advance to co-inside with slide topics to help students in topics to retweet 2) The layout of the room The layout of the room is very important. Sometimes round tables work well but in our case the view of slides was obstructed. Changing to a U-shape helped with class interaction 3) The food for lunch Providing a good lunch can add to the enjoyment of the day. Good food makes one feel satisfied that they have got their money’s worth from a course This is what I think is important to the start of a successful course. Off course it goes without saying that training materials and slides should be of good quality. Please follow and like...

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Francois Muscat to present at the WSI-Axon Smartcamp in Lagos

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Digital Media Marketing, Events, Training | 0 comments

WSI OMS‘s Francois Muscat will be in Lagos, Nigeria this week to present on Digital Marketing. The event is being hosted by WSI-Axon, a Nigerian WSI franchise based in the country’s capital. Muscat will be joined by Michael Monaghan, director of WSI Digital Marketing and Krista LaRiviere, the CEO of gShift labs. The theme of the Smartcamp is “Propel your brand, harnessing Digital Media Strategy”. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about uncovering digital media possibilities for their businesses. The WSI thoughtleaders will be illustrating why and how digital media has transformed the competitive landscape for companies across the globe, including Africa. Delegates will also learn about the top tools for companies regardless of size and sector as well as what this means for their own business. The WSI-Axon Smartcamp runs from 31 October to 1 November at the Radisson Blu, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos. If you would like more information on the event or if you would like to book Francois Muscat for training and speaking engagements, contact WSI OMS today.   Please follow and like...

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It’s that time of the year when we could all do with an EXTRA R24,000 in CASH

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Training | 0 comments

As many of you know I conduct regular Digital Marketing training and in one of the sessions we do a practical exercise on blogging and engaging in social media conversations. What I call – “leading the conversation to the destination”. Here is one of the blogs from a student. We at JD Financial Services understand that this time of the year is tough with spare cash! To help you cope with all the expenses that this time of the year brings, we invite you to take up a loan of up to R24,000* TODAY! We all have different dreams and things to sort out at this time and with a Personal Loan from JDG Financial Services, we give you the BUYING POWER to take care of all these things; from paying for education, starting your own business, or even making improvements to your home, you could make it a reality today! How can you find out what your BUYING POWER is? Get to any of the following stores countrywide; Barnetts, Bradlows, Electric Express, Joshua Doore, Morkels, Price n Pride or Russells SMS your First Name*Surname*RSA ID* to 41531 and we will call YOU back! Go to www.jdfs.co.za and you can find out what your buying power is in seconds and/or apply online. Call us on 087 941 3489* and we will assist you in completing your loan application. Your application will take less than 30 minutes and on approval of your Personal Loan, your money will be in your bank account on the same day!** So don’t delay, contact us TODAY! All you need to apply is: •   Your ID document, •   Latest Payslip or Proof of income, •   A copy of your latest 3 months bank statements •   A Copy of Credit Life Insurance (if you have a policy) Please follow and like...

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Business Digital Training – Say no to the online lead-generation nightmare!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Training | 0 comments

Most leading business are looking at ways to build their online brand. In fact many businesses are prioritising their online strategy because people are spending more and more time online. If you find the idea of online marketing a bit daunting, you are not alone. Even people with years of sales experience get anxious about generating online leads. The digital era can be incredibly scary for people that grew up without the Internet. However, the digital era is here to stay and now is the best time to learn more about what the Internet can do for your business. If you want to find out how to use social media to attract new customers and increase your sales by driving engagement online, you need to enrol for a digital training course. Generating leads online can be as simple as driving traffic to an online quote request form, allowing you to contact people interested in your products and services. Generating leads online can also be a nightmare… You may have a great search engine optimisation strategy that is helping to attract a lot of traffic to your site, but because of poor website design, users are unable to contact you through your site, or inquire about your services. You may offer terrific products and services, but without sales leads, you won’t see any bottom line results. Here’s another scenario: You are getting lots of inquires through your website, but most of these leads do not result in sales. One of the reasons may be that people coming to your site through Google search results are actually looking for something else. This is a good indication that you need to look at your SEO strategy. At WSI OMS, we specialise in all aspects of digital marketing, including website design, search engine optimisation, web analytics, and social media marketing. We also offer training in these areas that can help you generate leads online. Contact us today and see how easy online lead generation can be. Please follow and like...

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Social Technology Boot camp in Las Vegas

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Training | 0 comments

This week I held a two-day Social technology Boot camp for WSI Internet Consultants from the West Coast. We had just over 20 Internet Consultants, an ideal sized group that interacted the entire two days. We covered the following: Introduction to Social technologies. This presentation sets the scene and gets everyone on the same vocabulary Next was the ‘One-2-One Digital marketing plan where we integrate web properties with our social media properties Following on with the 15 Web 2.0 Dynamics that demonstrates how humanity has changed the way we work On the second day we work shopped the 12 step process to implementing social technologies in an organisation During the day I presented some of the tools that I use for social media. That was when one of my students, Marcus Henry put up his hand and offered to show me a few tricks It was the classic case of reverse mentoring and I really enjoyed Marcus’ approach to applying social media to his role. Here is Marcus and I posing. Please follow and like...

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WSI will be presenting at the Mpumalanga Social Media Boot Camp in May

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Articles, Training | 0 comments

As many of our followers, colleagues and clients know, I’m often presenting at digital marketing conferences and events in Gauteng, South Africa and all over the world. One of my favourite types of events is boot camps and one that I’m particularly looking forward to is the Mpumalanga Social Media Boot Camp in May. The boot camp, organised by Red Carpet Marketing, will be held at the Wrinkler Protea Hotel in White River on 24 – 25 May 2012. The content is geared towards high-level marketing professionals and executives, which gives presenters the opportunity to really take discussions regarding implementation, ROI and measurement to the next level. I’m going to be presenting on the first day of the boot camp (the 24th of May) and I’m going to be talking about the unique social dynamics that Web 2.0 has delivered to the world. We’re going to take a look at how self-forming communities work, how social media levels the playing field between the corporate giants and small business owners and how to take these new online dynamics and use them to your advantage. I’m also going to be presenting a 12 step social media implementation strategy so that attendees can leave the boot camp and know exactly what they need to do to kick-start their social media marketing initiatives. Trevor Madondo, Managing Director of Flowamedia, will be presenting on the second day of the boot camp and I’m looking forward to his presentations. Trevor used to co-host the YFM Breakfast Show as well as manage the show’s social media accounts. The show has morphed into a TV channel that broadcasts to the community of Soweto (as well as the rest of Africa thanks to DSTV) and Trevor was a vital component of the show’s ability to reach listeners using social media. I look forward to his presentations on measuring the return on investment (ROI) of your social media initiatives and which traps to avoid when using social media. Whether you’re a marketing professional living in Mpumalanga or you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to dedicate two solid days to figuring out exactly how you’re going to implement a social media campaign, this boot camp is for you. The cost of the boot camp is R499.00pp per day and all meals and parking will be included in the event. People who wish to attend the Mpumalanga Social Media Boot Camp can contact Mash Malibe on (+27)13 752 3776 or e-mail info@redcarpetmarketing.co.za   Please follow and like...

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