Teaching Some Experts How To Be A Social Media Experts (Without Making It A Full Time Job)

A few weeks back I spoke at an epic old venue down by the river about the thoroughly modern subject of Social Media. (Obvs. I mean what else did you expect from me at this stage?)

I was speaking to a room full of experts, women who are spokespeople about their professional specialism. I was there to teach them about how to increase their profiles online – but as these are busy women, I focused my talk on how to fit building up a social media profile into your daily routine.

I love doing talks and public or private training sessions about building up a social media profile. If you’d like me to help out with a social media training session for you or your organisation, get in touch! jessica.m.riches@gmail.com

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In a day and age where everyone is seen as a publisher because of social media, lots of people get very worried that committing to building up a social media following will involve having to create lots of their own, original content. This is obviously ideal if you have the time and genuinely have reams of wisdom to share – but it isn’t necessary, if you’re new to social media and just want to find a way to fit it into your life or working life. Continue reading

Oh Hi There Generation Z

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Generation Y have come of age – even the youngest are in higher education or have jobs.

This means that there’s a new generation in town – the younger crowd who are coming into their own and becoming the new ‘cool kids’, trendsetters and taste-makers as their older counterparts venture into real life. Generation Z are under 17 and still at school, so trends, early adoption and collective behaviour can exhibit itself more clearly.

Unlike the generation before them, Generation Z aren’t approaching adulthood at a time of flux and development.

Generation Y remember that there ever was not an Internet, and were conscious and aware of the transition they were making into digital communication. It’s second nature for them. However, Generation Z cannot truly remember a time without the internet and social media.

Following on from my last look at Generation Y, I wrote this for OnePoll about the biggest differences between these generations.

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Writing About Young People and Social Media (obviously)

Quick one!

I’ve spent the last couple of months working with the SWNS Media Group, OnePoll and 72Point on innovating their digital offerings and helping them reach a new demographic – the kids. Big things are coming for Generation Y and Generation Z.

Anyway – I’ve also done some writing!

This blog for OnePoll is an introduction to the new Youth Engagement offering that we’ve been working on, complete with GIFs:

Five Ways We’ve Been Doing Youth Research Wrong Our Whole Lives (And What We Should Actually Be Doing)

And I jotted down some tips on how PR companies can keep their social media alive when the office is empty to contribute this 72Point post:

Why Summer Is The Time To Shine On Social Media 

Read, learn and enjoy!

The Sexy Topic Of Content Distribution

I don’t want to excite anyone too much but a quick announcement – I’m talking about the raunchy topic of CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS at the Culture24 Let’s Get Real Conference in September.

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After my talk I’ll be in conversation with Tanya Cordrey, the Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian, facilitated by the lovely Anna Rafferty of Penguin Books fame.

The blurb is below and if you happen to be a digital professional in the spheres of arts or culture you can find out more and buy tickets here – http://letsgetrealconference.com/

Dreaming of Content Distribution Systems – Learning From Brands

We can’t force people to click, engage and share, but there are things we can do to make it a lot more likely that they will. How can we learn from big name brands to make sure people actually see the content we create?

See you there!

 

A little bit about Youth Unemployment


So filming has started for the new series of Channel 4’s Battlefront and this time round there’s only one campaign – the fight against youth unemployment. I wrote a blog post to introduce what it’s all about. It’s a pretty non-contentious issue at this stage (essentially we have no future) but have a read anyway.

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There are also some nicely airbrushed photos of me and they call me a ‘social media queen’ in the introduction which always brightens my day, obviously.

Digital Footprint Summit: Learnings and Insights from the Screenagers

I’m going to be speaking about online privacy and data at Digital Footprint Summit: Learnings and Insights from the Screenagers. The event takes place at the Innovation Warehouse on November 3rd, organised by Tony Fish and including panels made of industry and fellow members of the so-called Facebook Generation. Click here, buy a ticket and get involved.

The Real Social Network – A Personal Appeal

Hello all,

Just a quick post here to say that we have only hours left to raise money for the production fund for the film about UCL Occupation and the student movement. If you haven’t seen any sneak peeks yet then I recommend this trailer, because we are all so hilarious.

I know I’ve spammed the hell out of you from both Twitter accounts to try and get you to donate but 140 characters isn’t really enough for me to tell you why I think you should.

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