Thursday, September 29, 2011

R.i.P. Steve Jobs

Good day Bloggers.

Today I am leaving this video up in memory of a wonderful man.
Steve Jobs.

He left us with so much.

R.I.P.  Steve Jobs.

You will be missed.

Fly high, Fly free

Fred Felton
Falcon's Cove
A Digital Media Agency
Speaker - Social Media Talks, Workshops & Consulting
cell: 076-977-5788

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

5 Twitter Tools Worth A Look

Good day my friends.

This time we are looking at Twitter and some nifty tools that I use to help my Twitter experience
become even better.  These are 5 that I absolutely love.

1. Tweetdeck

The tried and trusted tool for social media managers.  It opens up multiple windows for you and
you can manage multiple Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts and post to many
social media sites all at the same time.
Also allows for scheduled tweets and tracking of who said what to you.
Highly recommended.

2. Hootsuite

Another great tool for social media management.  Similar in ways to Tweetdeck however
also provides more detailed analysis as long as you use the Hootsuite sharing service
Stats are delivered into your email inbox weekly.  Neat hey.
Loads more has been added to this wonderful software package.

3.  Ubersocial

The mobile app that keeps you updated about Twitter when you are on the go.
You can also post to Facebook as well, see what is happening with your inner circle and
see what is happening in the near vicinity of you.  Very nifty indeed.

4.  Crowdbooster

A great social media manager especially for twitter.  Can show you which are your best tweets, can even suggest the best times for you to send Tweets, shows you who your best followers are.
We can go on and on but my blog is not long enough.  A fantastic tool and also sends
statistics to your email.  Very valuable tool.

5.  Justunfollow

A tool I have started to use more and more.  Due to the amount of bots and spam you get on Twitter this is a wonderful tool.  It helps you sort out the bots and junk.  It also helps you find out who your non-followers
are, yes we know who you are!  Non-followers are those people who don't follow you when you follow
them.  It also helps you find out who the Inactive Followers are.  From 1 month to 6 months or even more.
A fantastic tool to help weed out the weeds.

Well dear friends hope you can use some of those Tools the next time you head off to Twitter.

What are some of your favourite Twitter tools?

Fly High, Fly Free

Fred Felton
Falcon's Cove
A Digital Media Agency
Social Media Is Our Biz
Speaker - Trainer - Social Media Consultant
cell: 076-977-5788
twitter: @fredfelton

Email to book Fred for a talk or workshop on Social Media countrywide.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What Are You Waiting For?

Good day Readers.

This week we have an interesting topic.

What Are You Waiting For?

Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for?

Are you sitting there in your boring job wondering what you are doing there?
Do you have some sort of talent, something that you are good at?
Well, what are you waiting for?  What's stopping you?
Make a plan and go to it.  Focus on your talent and start doing what you love doing.
Whether it is acting or starting up that advertising business or even writing that book.
Get cracking and work on making that dream a reality.

Here are 5 tips to get you started.

1.  What are you good at?
The first thing to work on is to discover what you are good at?
What one thing could you do for no money?  What is easy for you to do?
What comes naturally to you? What do you love doing?  Answer that and
you are on the way.

2.  Formulate a plan.
Now that you have discovered what you love doing form a plan to succeed.
Work on achieving certain goals in 5, 10 and 20 years from now.

3.  Surround yourself with positive people.
When you start out you will always find people who will say you will not succeed.
So instead only surround yourself with positive people who will help you on your way.

4.  Find a mentor.
Find a mentor who is a success in your chosen career path.  Meet with them weekly or monthly
if you can and pick their brains ask all the advice you need and bounce idea's off them and listen to
what they have to say.

5.  Focus.
Focus on your chosen path and let nothing stop you from achieving what you want to do.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Fly High, Fly Free

Fred Felton
Speaker - Social Media Consultant
Falcon's Cove
A Digital Media Agency
cell: 076-977-5788

email or call to book Fred for a talk or seminar.

Join our Facebook Fan Page -  Mr Motivator

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Social Media Breakfasts Coming To Durban

Good day Readers.

If you look at the top of my Blog you can see that something big is arriving in Durban.
Yup @Jodenecoza is coming to Durban and she is doing Social Media talks with me.

We are hard at work at FalconsCove to make sure this is one of the best Social Media
Breakfasts ever.  Jodene does talks around the country and she is currently doing
her #socialiseme breakfasts around the country and now it is Durban's turn.

Here is the press release hot off the press so to speak!

Social Media – how to make it work for you and your brand
Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Foursquare and the latest Google+– this is what everyone is talking about at the moment. People are spending time writing blogs and uploading pictures on Facebook, brands are communicating with their consumers through Facebook updates and Tweets and freedom of speech has hit an all time high. It is obvious that the transition from traditional media to digital media is in progress and it is important that we embrace it now otherwise we will be left behind.
Many individuals, organisations and brands are scared to be active on the variety of social media platforms. And in an online world where there are a great number of formulas that can grow an online presence, not many suppliers of the formula can prove their benefits. And we often find that South Africans take an American formula and apply it to the online world we live in. We often forget how important it is to consider the online psyche in South Africa and adopt this to an individual’s or company’s brand.
Jodene, the co-founder of Lifeology, blogger and social influencer, has identified the need to teach South African individuals and brands why it is important to have online presence. “While there is an abundance of technical support out there and many people can answer the “how to” of socialising yourself, I aim to tackle the reasons why it is important to be online and how to align the needs of the brand with the platforms while showing the best way to use them,” says Jodene. As a blogger and social influencer, Jodene has learned the fearless approach to socialising a brand online and strips away the rules of online media, guiding you to allow the personality of your brand to stand out in the online platforms.
This was the reason “Social media Breakfasts with Lifeology and Falcon’s Cove” came to be. “Socialise Me is a unique product because it incorporates the tools and first-hand experience they used to grow their social media presence and these breakfasts will explore the different aspects of their approach,” says Jodene.
Who should attend these breakfasts:
·         Entrepreneurs and business owners who want to promote themselves and their business online
·         Marketing managers who seek to understand and harness the power of a social media campaign for their company
·         Website owners who need to increase the traffic to their website/blog
·         Groups, clubs and community based organisations looking to build a membership base
·         Independent professionals who want to grow their referral and client networks
“It is easy to dismiss the importance of social media and networking, but it has never been as important for individuals, brands and organisations to embrace this new style of communication. If we make sure we are doing it properly from the get go, it will pave the way to success,” concludes Jodene.
The cost per person is R500.  There will be two breakfasts on Tuesday 20 August 2011 and Wednesday 21 August 2011. .   Time: 8h30 for 9am. The event will be held at Hirsch’s, 5 Royal Palm Avenue, Umgeni Business Park.  (Next to Hyundai, near Makro)

For more information or to book contact Fred by e-mail
Or Cell: 076-977-5788

About Jodene and Lifeology:
Jodene is the co-founder of Lifeology, a life awareness and people development company encouraging courage, consciousness and a sense of humour. They focus on highlighting the understanding that taking responsibility of our own lives is so impactful that it can change the world. As a life achievement facilitator, social media butterfly and through her daily blog, Project Me, along with her years of online presence, she has established herself as a social influencer who assists individuals and companies in understanding the power of being present on social networking platforms. Some of her achievements including blogging daily for over 560 days, she has hosted the Mashable International Social Media day event at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg as part of 1400 events worldwide and she has been a guest on SAFM and Radio 2000 as a prominent South African social influencer.
About Fred and Falcon’s Cove
Fred is the owner of Falcon’s Cove, a digital media agency which markets companies and brands online as a way for clients to get extra customers and to create brand awareness.  He also does social media talks and workshops around the country including talks on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, FourSquare, Blogging and how to use social media for your business. 
He has helped out the Durban Chamber of Commerce with Social Media Consulting and has a widely read blog.  He also runs a online giftshop, Falcon’s Cove Gift Shop

Please bring your business cards as there will be a lucky draw afterwards.

To create awareness of this event please start using the hashtag #socialiseme before the event and during the event.  We encourage people to Tweet during the event using this hashtag.
When you arrive at the breakfast please check in using FourSquare.

Please feel free to pass this on to friends, family and business colleagues who you think might need to attend this breakfast.

Well hope to see you at one of the Breakfasts Dear Readers.

Fly High, Fly Free

Fred Felton
Speaker - Social Media Consultant
Falcon's Cove 
A Digital Media Agency 
cell: 076-977-5788

email to book for our Social Media Breakfasts happening this month in Durban!
Join our Facebook Fan Page: Social Media Breakfasts   

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is a Tweetup?

Hello there readers, today I shall be concentrating on Tweetups and giving you some tips on them.
Last week I was involved in organising a Tweetup and while I was doing it I got a lot of enquiries about
Tweetups, what are they?  What's a Tweetup?  etc etc.

So here is some help for you who do not know what a Tweetup is.

What is a Tweetup?
A Tweetup is a meeting of people from Twitter who meet in a social gathering to meet the people
they Tweet to.  Sometimes it is just a social gathering and sometimes speakers are organised,
prizes are given and creative games are played.

How do you organize a Tweetup?
The easiest way is to use something like -
The interface is pretty easy and you can share it on many social networking sites.
Then get the word out early and share it with all your friends and the people you would like to see at the event.

Keep promoting the Tweetup?
Keep telling people in the area about it so if you are having it in Durban, use the hashtag
#DBNTweetup or #DurbanTweetup or #Durban so people can see it when they search for tweetups.
Have it at a central venue and choose a good time to meet.

Start early
Start promoting the Tweetup early so that you can get awareness of the event and tell people on Facebook and  other sites about it also.

At the Tweetup
Have a host or MC and their job is to make sure the Tweetup is setup, food and drinks are ready if necessary and the venue is ready.  The host should also greet the people as they enter and ensure that everyone has a good time.

There you go, that should help you on your way to starting your own Tweetup.
No matter where you are on this planet you can start a Tweetup.

So what are you waiting for?

Fly high, Fly free

Fred Felton
Speaker - Social Media Consultant
Falcon's Cove Consulting
cell: 076-977-5788

call or email to book Fred for a talk or workshop on social media countrywide.