Francesca Heath's blog

Francesca Heath

Having been at @Chinwag for over 2 years my role has changed and developed as have I. I look after all UK and International Events within Chinwag as well as keep the team ticking over nicely. You can catch my random comments on my Twitter @francescaheath


Vote Now! The Social Media Week Awards 2012 #smwawards

Thank you so much for everyone who attended the Social Media Week Closing Party last night, it was a brilliant night full of networking, connecting and celebrating.

It was also a night for exciting announcements as 3 Monkeys announced the categories for the Social Media Week Awards 2012. So just a recap for you...

The Categories Are:

  • SMW London Event of the week
  • SMW London Speaker of the week
  • Social Media Personality of 2011 (UK)
  • Social Campaign of the Year (since SMWLDN 2011)

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Announcing: The Social Media Week London Awards 2012

We are very excited to announce another very awesome addition to this year's #SMWLDN, the Social Media Week London 2012 Awards, sponsored by 3 Monkeys

The categories for the awards will be announced at tomorrow night's Official #SMWLDN Closing Party.

In keeping with the Global Social Media Week theme; "empowering change through collaboration," the awards will be judged by you and awarded in 2 weeks time. Voting will be done via the Chinwag website. 

With so much going on, the #SMWLDN Closing Party is definitely an event not to missed - we'll be releasing another 50 tickets at 2pm today, so make sure you're quick and grab yourself one before they all go.

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#CanMan Candidates Announced

Two individuals swap cities – equipped with nothing but a smartphone, they attempt to live off the goodwill of the locals through social media for a week!

In conjunction with Social Media Week, Can Man Live on Social Media Alone is a daring cross-city social experiment to evaluate whether one intrepid traveller can depend on nothing but the good will of locals and the power of social media to survive in a foreign city for one week.

From 9th – 15th February, our #CanManLondon and our #CanManSG will trade cities, power up their social media channels and prepare for the best (or worst).

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Calling all #smwldn Volunteers

Have an appetite for social media, blogging, twitter, and all things facebook? Want an insight into the world of social and the opportunity to meet some big brands, agencies and industry experts? Then we have the perfect opening for you.

Social Media Week London is less then 4 weeks away, and we need your help. Running from 13-17 February 2012 we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help us make Social Media Week London a huge success.

We are looking for everyone, from keen bloggers to interviewers, super organised timekeepers to designers - if you want to help we want you!

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How to Livestream your Event #smwldn

Is your event now live on Social Media Week?

If the answer is yes, then give yourself a big pat on the back and follow the four simple steps below to make your event as available as possible. 

This year we have teamed up with Livestream so you can make the most of your event by having it streamed on the official London Social Media Week channel for all to enjoy. It's also free. 

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A Social Experiment : Can Man Live on Social Media Alone?

Are you a self confessed social media junkie with an appetite for adventure? If so then the opportunity of a lifetime awaits you!

The London Social Media Week team have teamed up with our friends in Singapore to run a mini exchange trip in conjunction with Social Media Week.

The overall person, five days, Singapore. Uncover the power of social media and how it can be used for social good.

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Review of the Year: Pick Your Highlight #highlight2011

About this time last year we asked you if you could pick your most significant thing of 2010 what would it be?

We got some great results, from facebook reaching half a billion users to the one and only SXSW and one of my personal favs, the use of the word 'hacktivist' in a Daily Mail headline about WikiLeaks.

2011 has been a year full of ups and down, from the launch of the ipad 2 in March to the very sad loss of the Apple icon Steve Jobs in October. There has been technology failures, the BlackBerry network went down and left millions moving over to the i phone and you can't forget the PlayStation network hack in April.

Google+ took on Facebook and you can now ask your phone if you are going to need to take a umbrella to work thanks to the development of voice control.

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Come Along for Some Christmas Cheers - Thursday 15th December

It's that time of the year again, mince pies are coming out of your ears, that log fire smell is in the air, silly xmas decorations are up in the office, all in all there is alot of Christmas cheer about the place and to make it even better, we have another 'xmas drinks' to add to your list. 

Chinwag have teamed up with Kathryn McMann Consultancy and Put It Out and have organised a very informal xmas get together next Thursday,15th December in central London for some drinks, networking and chatter. We also have a magician for all your entertainment needs.

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Your Guide to Hosting an Event for Social Media Week 2012

Plans for Social Media Week 2012 have well and truly started and some very exciting ideas have been flying around. Some events are already live in London and across the other 13 cities involved. Check out whats already planned for the week here:

Planning an event for Social Media Week can be slightly daunting. Where do you start? Do you have a panel session or a workshop? How do you invite people? Is there a hashtag for every event? Do you need to supply catering?

So many questions, so to help you plan and execute your event, along with hopefully answering all the questions you have, we've pulled together some guidelines to 'Hosting an event for SMW 2012'.

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UKTI Mission to SXSW 2012: Application Process and Next Steps

Are you thinking of applying for the UKTI Trade Mission to SXSW, but not really sure where to start? Wondering how long the application process takes and how it's assessed?

When and how should you book hotels? Do you need to buy a SXSW badge? So many questions, so to make things a little easier we have outlined some simple steps that we hope will answer all of your questions.

We have already had a strong group of application for the UKTI Trade Mission to SXSW, but you do still have time to apply. Applications close Friday 25th November, so start applying today

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UKTI Announce Trade Mission to South by South West Interactive (SXSW) 2012 - Applications Open!

It's that time of the year again...when all the geeks around the globe start to get twitchy, flights start getting booked up and Austin, Texas starts to brace itself for the thousands of digital folk that will be embarking on the massive annual gathering that is South By South West Interactive 2012 (SXSW). 

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Presentation Frenzy. Take a Peek Inside Chinwag Insight Facebook Marketing #insightfb


Last week saw the first ever Chinwag Insight: Facebook Marketing conference take place in central London. With over 80 attendees, 30+ speakers and 10 great panels it was an event not to be missed.

If you missed any of the presentations, you can check them out on Chinwag's SlideShare account

The conference took place last Thursday, 6th October at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden, a less obvious place for a conference location, but we wanted to add a little inspiration and diversify from the average.

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[Video] Chinwag Live: When Customer Service Goes Social Event Last Week

Last week saw the return of Chinwag Live, and with the help of our event sponsors, Conversocial we brought you Chinwag Live: When Customer Service Goes Social.

The event looked into the profound impact social media is having on how corporates interact with their existing and prospective customers. We discussed challenges and solutions as well as the future of customer service on Facebook and other social tools.

If you missed the event, or just want to take a look at the action again, you can check out the video here.

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We Are Social Join Faceook, M&S, Nandos, Conversocial and Capgemini to Complete Social CRM Panel Line-up

Chinwag Live returns next week, and we have a right treat in store for you. Not only do we have Facebook, Nando's, ConversocialMarks & Spencer and Capgemini on the panel, we are very excited to announce that Robin Grant, Managing Director of We Are Social is joining us to complete the high profile line up.

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Big Names Added to Facebook Marketing Conference; Nokia, Tesco, Chelsea FC, Dr Who & Top Gear

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Fancy hearing from leading brands such as Dell, BBC, Nokia, Tesco and Expedia?

Or how about examining some leading case studies, including The Big Fish Fight, Mr Men Sweets, Chelsea Football Club, Doctor Who and Top Gear?

If all of this sounds like something you would be interested in, you need to get yourself a ticket for the Chinwag Insight: Facebook Marketing conference on Thurs 6th Oct.

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