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15 Clever Tactics to Get Your First 1000 Blog Subscribers Extremely Quickly

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If you are looking to up your subscription rate, this is a great blog post by Red Website Design

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Have you just started a new blog and are looking to quickly build your email subscriber list? Or perhaps you’ve been established a while and have experienced poor growth up until now?

Whatever your circumstances take a look at this infographic from QuickSprout who have put together 15 fantastic ways to quickly grow your blog email subscriber base.

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Twitter chats for #eventprofs

When I first started using Twitter to engage in dialogue with other event professionals I was hooked! It was great to be able to talk to others, in real-time, exchange information, ask industry related questions and generally just sounding off ideas about the event world. I do however feel though that the nature of the chats has changed and rather than using the allotted hour to exchange information, the platform is used more for self promotion.

Now don’t get me wrong, all social media endeavours are all about self promotion but I am wondering if there is a way to bring them back to grass-roots, to what I think is most beneficial….exchanging information.

The two Twitter chats I regularly engage in are as follows:


Event Hour is every Wednesday from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm GMT.  I really get a lot out of it (when I can make it). I have even met up with a couple of the event professionals I have met on Twitter and have definitely broadened my network. I think its very useful for any event professionals or event management student.  You can even keep the conversation going once it is over.  There is a LinkedIn group you can join here which is tied in with the Twitter chat.





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Blog Hour is my favorite.  It was set up by the UK Blog Awards (you can read about them more here) and is held every Tuesday from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm GMT. When I can, I am an active participant in #bloghour as I find it ever so useful. Each week, prior to the chat, you can view a list of roughly six questions to which a third-party mediator hosts each chat, taking us all through them.  It is very easy to engage and I have learnt so much from it in terms of making my blog better.  Just last week I learnt how to get free photos for my blog rather than keep paying through istock! result.

Things to remember

If you want to participate in either blog, as far as I can see there are no stipulations.  All you have to do is search for the hashtag and off you go.  I use Hootsuite which makes it so much easier.  All you do is save the search for #eventhour or #bloghour  in one of your streams, you can then view every single tweet using that hashtag.

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Another thing to remember is that you are there to build networks, share ideas and use the chat to sound of a few ideas.  Try not  to use it just to promote yourself, your blog or your brand!

Lastly, and what a lot of people tend to forget is to always use the chat hashtag.  If I am participating in #bloghour, I will use that hashtag in every piece of dialogue, even when there is a chain of 16 replies!

Happy #tweeting!

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Hartwell House – for corporate events

Last Friday I was lucky enough to visit Hartwell House in Aylesbury and viewed their fabulous hotel, event spaces and meeting rooms.  I can’t wait to get started on this blog.  Stay tuned.


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Wedding Weather Makes for One-Off Pictures

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Sunshine, rain, snow makes for amazing pictures… Its about the wedding, not the weather..make the most of it!

Originally posted on The Wedding Planner School's Blog:

TornadoIf you found a tornado or wildfire heading the way of your wedding would you flee the scene or stop for wedding photographs? Two couples and their photographers stopped (not to be recommended!) to turn these natural events into an unforgettable part of their weddings…

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Craft & Grill – Walton

When you work in London but spend your free time in the area, you notice there isn’t that many varied non-chain restaurants in Walton. It’s like Christmas when you spot that a new one has opened, and I am always super keen to try a new venture out!

The Craft & Grill (IMG_0074formerly the Noble Vine and I believe an All Bar One) opened (or re-opened) a few months ago and last night we decided to give it a whirl. Situated on at 29-31 high Street, its not too hard to find parking!

I booked a table for 4 for 8.00 pm which wasn’t really necessary as there wasn’t many people in there. It was quiz night and I would have thought quite busy but alas, it wasn’t.

Decor wise, the place feels like it is pitched as. An American Grill.  Big wooden tables, simple decor and huge bottles of sauce! It has a nice, relaxed atmosphere which is as I expected.

The menu itself features everything you would hope for, burgers, chilli, ribs and those all important buffalo wings.  We were starving so for starters (or small plates & boards as they are called), we ordered 3 lots of wings (£6.00) and a rather huge bowl of their Smokehouse Nachos (£6.00).  The portions were very generous and quite tasty.  The boys went for the Louisiana Hot Hot Hot wings and I had the Buffalo BBQ.  They weren’t as hot as we had hoped but equally good. The tasted quite fresh as opposed to the usual heavy sauced taste wings sometimes have if that makes sense? I think if I am going to break the diet, I want to eat something really decadent and I think perhaps they just needed a bit more…calories?!

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On to the mains. I went for the Cobb Salad (£9.00) which was really good and I couldn’t finish it – great size.  The boys went for the ribs which they both said were really meaty and tasty and Josie went for the “Simply Chicken” (£8.00) which looked tasty.  All of the portions were a huge size and very very well priced.

As the restaurant is called Craft & Grill I probably should mention the booze to which there are 30 bottled craft beers from around the world and Bradley & Bunce probably tried 6 of them! I had a bottle (alright 2 bottles but I shared “some”) of the Malbec which was only £18.95!




Service wise, our waiter was fab.  He was attentive but not OTT.  Service was at a good pace from ordering to starter to mains and nothing was too much trouble for him.

Every Thursday there is a quiz on at 8.45 pm to which we came 4th! and we have all agreed to go back next week. We all really enjoyed our evening there, it was different and we loved the quiz!

Craft & Grill would be a great venue for a birthday party of an informal get together – I haven’t inquired about exclusive use but I am pretty sure you would be able to.


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How Social Media Impacts SEO and Your Websites Ranking on Google

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Social media should play an important part of any successful SEO and content marketing campaign. Without social media we’d lose 80% of our blog traffic and no doubt a huge chunk of our backlinks would never have been earned.

To see how social media can work for your business take a look at this infographic by Submit Edge which highlights how social media can aid outreach and looks at how social signals impact rankings themselves.

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