Time for a Night Class?

The best thing about teaching, is the money…joke! (That’s possibly the worst part).

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As we finished up another run of Digital Marketing night classes last night, I began to reflect on the drive home what delivering these courses means to me.  It is January after all, and a great time to reflect!

I’ve been involved in delivering adult education for over two years now and in that time I’ve evolved so much myself in terms of my knowledge, my experience and, mostly, my confidence.  I can now say, hand on heart, that I love teaching and the best part of teaching, is the great people I get to meet along the way.

Teaching adults is, I imagine, very different to teaching children.  My students rarely throw tantrums, hardly every fight during break and I’ve yet to have an irate parent accost me in the carpark.  All and all, they’re pretty nice people.  I  tend to like them.

Communications HubSome are employees, others self-employed, some are unemployed and more are just out of college.  Whatever their status, all of them are there to upskill and learn something new to help them along their journey.

That thirst for knowledge is the common denominator that binds them.  I watch them over the course of the semester as they develop friendships, support each other and engage in general banter, and it’s such as positive transition.

You can never underestimate how hard it is for an adult to return to education.  So many haven’t been in a classroom setting for years.  So many never finished school first time around.  For others English isn’t even their first language.

I know, I too returned to college as an adult.  My previous career had run off with that mythical creature, the Celtic tiger, and left me abandoned at a crossroads.  I desperately needed to upskill and move forward onto a new career path.

Communications HubWhile pouring over college courses one Friday night (there may also have been some pouring of wine involved), I stumbled on a course that stirred something in me.  On a whim, I enrolled, and before I knew what I was doing I was walking back into Cork Institute of Technology for the first time since I had originally left it in 1998.  I’m glad to say both it and I had changed enormously, and for the better, in the elapsed 17 years.

But this isn’t a blog about me and my story in adult education.  I only mention it to reiterate how returning to education and learning a new skill changed my life.  It changed everything about me.  It awakened my brain, gave me a new outlook on life and gave me back some of the confidence and self-belief that I had lost along the way.

You will never regret the things you’ve learned – the knowledge, the skills – you will only regret the opportunities you didn’t take to help yourself along your journey.  Nobody is ever too old to return to education.  You are never too ‘stupid’ to learn something new.  You are never too ‘out of touch’ to embrace a new skill.

There may never be a right time to take up a class.  There will only ever be now, today.  Make the decision and you’ll make it work.  What’s the worst that can happen?

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Karen Twomey MA BSc is a freelance Digital Marketing Consultant and delivers a part-time QQI L5 Digital Marketing course in Mallow College of Further Education and a Digital Marketing Institute Professional Diploma in Cork Training Centre.  She also provides bespoke one-to-one and group training sessions.  For more information you can contact her on karen@communicationshub.ie or see her website.

 

 

 

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Digital Marketing in 2019

It would be rude of me to start the first blog of 2019 without wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Well here we are, on the 12 month countdown to 2020!  Maybe it’s just me, but it’s hard to believe we are almost 20 years into the new millennium.  So much has changed in terms of technology and communication and with it, society as a whole has also changed.

It would be nice to see those changes as ‘advancements’ and ‘enhancements’ to how we live and do business, but in truth the huge growth in technology has been a double-edged sword in many ways.  However, that’s a blog for another day and this blog is all about positivity for the year ahead!

The last few years have seen huge changes in how we do business and, in particular, how we market ourselves and communicate with our stakeholders.  Most businesses have embraced the online world in at least some way, be it a website, social media platform or email marketing.

Not every business is necessarily comfortable with being online, but they are savvy enough to understand that the wheel keeps turning and you have to roll with it.  After all, if you’re not moving forward…

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For me, 2018 was a major year of change in how businesses went about their digital marketing and social media marketing.  It was the year that businesses started to understand that the best way to showcase online was by showing some personality.

Marketing is no longer about just selling goods and services, it’s about storytelling.

It’s about showing who you are and what’s important to you.  It’s about relationship building, and the only way to for a business to do that is to take responsibility for their online presence.

It’s not enough to just pay someone in-house or otherwise to ‘do your social’.  It has to be about more than that.  There has to be joined up thinking and contributions to what forms your online marketing plan.  The best social media content is when it’s real and authentic and, to achieve that, everybody in an organisation needs to be on board.

So, last year saw me delivering a huge amount of Digital Marketing training sessions all over the country to all different types of industries.  All of the businesses attending these sessions wanted to get a better understanding of how to manage their brands online.

They understood the importance of taking some control to help grow their business’ online presence.

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We covered everything from Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Blogging, Organic SEO, Paid SEO, Email Marketing to the basics of content creation including picture and video editing, keywords and hashtags!  And they weren’t the only ones learning – along the way, I was too.

That’s the interesting thing about Digital Marketing – there’s no such thing as an expert.  It’s a constantly changing and evolving field of study and, in truth, it moves so fast that we’re always playing catch up.  

So, whatever your goals for 2019 might be, do yourself and your business a favour and get yourself online!  Do a course, do some YouTubing – just do something to improve your Digital Marketing skills!  I promise it will be worth it!

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Karen Twomey is a Digital Marketing Consultant with Communications Hub  and specialises in providing Digital Marketing and Social Media Training for businesses.  For further information Tel: 087 7642576 or email: Karen@communicationshub.ie

 

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Certificate in Digital Marketing for 2019?

New Year, New Skills?

The Certificate in Digital Marketing QQI L5 will kick off again  for 2019 on 28th January at Mallow Night School, which is part of Mallow College of Further Education.

The course runs on Monday nights from 6.30 to 9.30 for 12 weeks and includes digital marketing modules on:

  • Social Media for Business – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram & Snapchat
  • WordPress & Blogging
  • Creating Online Marketing Schedules
  • Creating text, photo and video content
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Google Analytics
  • Email Marketing Campaigns

The focus of the Certificate in Digital Marketing is to gain a sound knowledge of digital marketing for business and organisational use and learn some practical take-home skills to help you improve your marketing and communications online, as well as integrating digital marketing strategies with traditional marketing methods.

For further information on the course or to sign up online and receive a discount on fees, see NightSchool.ie

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Top Tips for Creating a Digital Marketing Plan!

Most of the social media training courses I do cover a section on how to put together a digital marketing plan.  You can spent hours posting online, but if you don’t have a strategic marketing plan, you may just be talking to yourself – and we all know that’s a sign of madness!

So, here are my top four tips  for creating a digital marketing plan for your business…

1. KNOW YOUR BUSINESS GOALS Digital Marketing

Define your company, its products or services.

What sets you apart from your competition?

What do you want to achieve from your digital marketing campaign – increased footfall to business, more purchases through online shop, increase use of an app, encourage customers to make a booking through an online system or by phone?

2.  KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER Digital Marketing

Profile your perspective customer in terms of age, gender, family composition, earnings, lifestyle and geographical location.

You may have different customers for different products/services and need to create digital marketing campaigns to appeal to different audiences at different times.

3.  DEVELOP A STRATEGY & TACTICSwww.communicationshub.ie

Which social media platforms?

What’s your call to action?

Type of content?

Frequency & time of posting?

Budget?

 4.  MONITORING & MEASURING Digital Marketing

What is the audience reach of your posts?

Are your target audience engaging with your campaign?

Did we achieve a ROI?

What lessons can we learn for future campaigns?

And there you have it – four easy steps to putting together a digital marketing campaign for your business.  Happy marketing!

Karen Twomey is a Digital Marketing Consultant with Communications Hub  and specialises in providing Social Media Training for businesses.  For further information Tel: 087 7642576 or email: Karen@communicationshub.ie
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Too many Social Media Platforms, too Little Time?

Confused about which social media platforms your business should be on?  You’re not alone…Social Media Training

This is a question I’m always asked when I’m meeting with a business or running one of my social media training courses.  In fact, if I had a euro for each time, I’d be writing this blog from a golden beach in Hawaii…maybe it’s time to reconsider my professional fees.

Anyway, I digress.  Back to social media platforms.

Which social media platform is best for your business is a hard question to answer.  There may even be a place for many businesses on almost all platforms, but in reality, most businesses won’t have the time, inclination or budget for that.

I always answer that it’s better to be on one social media platform and do it well, rather than be on all of them, and failing miserably.

If you’d like something a bit more technical though here’s a breakdown of age profiles on each social media platform.  Think about your audience – Who are they?  What age are they?  Let that be a guide as to the social media platforms your business uses.  It’s also a great guide as to the type of content you should be posting – but that’s a blog for another day.

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(source: Spedfast.com 2018)

For those wondering why Snapchat isn’t included in that graph, it’s because Snapchat isn’t a social media platform, it’s a messaging service.  But, because I’m such a nice person, I’ve put together some stats on age profile use of that too…you’re welcome.

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(Source: Spredfast.com 2018)

So, to sum it up.  Facebook seems to be a ‘catch-all’ for all age groups, while the likes of Instagram and Twitter tend to appeal to a slightly younger to middle-aged aged group.  If your customer is under 25, Snapchat should be a focus for your business online.

Of course, there are always exceptions and the above is just meant as a useful guide for your business when trying to decide the best social media platforms to use.

For more information on social media training and online management, see our website www.communicationshub.ie

#SocialMediaTraining #DigitalMarketing #OnlineTraining

Karen Twomey is a freelance Public Relations and Social Media Consultant with Communications Hub  For further information Tel: 087 7642576 or email: Karen@communicationshub.ie

 

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Is Your Business Being Left Behind?

COMMUNICATIONS HUB specialise in delivering digital marketing and online training campaigns and pride ourselves on using creative marketing to push beyond the boundaries of traditional marketing.

We work with SMEs and local organisations to help promote their brands online in a cost-effective and efficient manner, helping them to future-proof their business.

Want to manage your own online marketing?  We specialise in delivering one-to-one and group digital marketing and social media training and run various courses throughout the year, including a 12 week night course in Digital Marketing in Mallow College of Further Education.

Communications Hub is managed by Karen Twomey who has a Masters in Public Relations with New Media.  She has worked for many years in area of sales and marketing and brings a vast knowledge of business and customer service to the clients she works with.

What Communications Hub can do for you

So whether you’re starting a business, launching a campaign or simply re-branding, we can help.  Contact Communications Hub today and take the next step in growing your business!

Call us on 0877642575 or email Karen@communicationshub.ie

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Digital Marketing Night Course at Mallow College

I’ll be looking forward to teaching this 12-week night course in Digital Marketing QQI L5 at Mallow College of Further Education again this autumn.

This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop and execute digital marketing strategies and activities, under supervision, using a range of e-tools within a range of digital marketing contexts. It would be of interest particularly to those who own a business, who are starting a business, marketing professionals, or anyone managing a corporate website. Digital marketing will enhance your business online presence.

Course details are as follows:

Night: Monday
Times: 18:30 to 21:30
Duration: 12 Weeks
Starting: Monday, 24 September 2018

Cost: €270.00 (€15 discount for signing up online)

For more information see the Mallow Night School website or feel free to email me with any questions karen@communicationshub.ie

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NRG Group Mid-Summer BBQ Fundraiser

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The NRG Networking Group are delighted to once again host our annual Mid-Summer Fundraising BBQ in the Forge Bar & Restaurant, Fermoy on Friday 20th July from 6.30 til late. This year’s proceeds will go toward the Fermoy First Responders, who provide an invaluable service within our community.  The First Responders are all volunteers who operate within the community and respond to incidents within a pre-defined geographical area.

This is the third year of the NRG Group’s Mid-Summer Fundraising BBQ, with the group previously having done some fantastic charity fundraising for the benefit of local organisations.  Most recently they raised €14,000 towards the purchase of a much-needed specially adapted bus for Cope Foundation and almost €8,000 from a sky dive and Summer BBQ for Liam’s Lifts.

The NRG Networking Group is a business networking group that meets in Fermoy Community Youth Centre every Thursday morning from 7.30 until 8.30 and consists of a wide variety of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradesmen, employers and sole traders from the North Cork region.

Tickets for the Mid-Summer BBQ are €20 which includes a food, a glass of prosecco and DJ.  There will also be a raffle on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won and those who cannot attend the BBQ itself are very welcome to purchase raffle tickets 1 for €2 or 3 for €5.  BBQ and raffle tickets are available to buy from Hanley’s Newsagents, Fermoy Community Youth Centre, Frank Morgan Photography & Avondhu Press.

It promises to be a great night and all support would be very much welcomed!

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Digital Marketing Training Cork

Is your business being left behind?

Did you know that over 80% of consumers research goods and services online prior to buying?

Or that 90% of businesses are now active on social media?

Make sure your business is being found online!Communications Hub

Here’s what Communications Hub can do for you…

💫 Digital Marketing
💫 Social Media Marketing
💫 Online Training
💫 E-Mail Marketing
💫 Content Creation
💫 Online Management

Communications Hub has a proven track record in delivering and implementing digital marketing and online campaigns, as well as developing content to help businesses stand out from the crowd.

We provide one-to-one and group digital marketing training sessions which can be tailor-made to suit your business’s online requirements.

For further information see www.communicationshub.ie or call Karen Twomey on 087 7642575 

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Upcoming Social Media Training for Business

Need some help getting your business online? This 2.5hr social media training course will improve your online skills and help your business/organisation to stand out on social media.

Topics covered include:

* An overview of social media platforms, their audiences and use in
the Irish market
* How to create and upload engaging content – text, photos & video
* An introduction to Blogging, Email Marketing & Search Engine
Optimisation
* How to save time using content calendars and online scheduling

It’s the ideal course for anyone who wants to get to know a little more about social media from a professional perspective and improve their online marketing.

COST: €30 per person

For further information contact Karen Twomey on 0877642575/karen@communicationshub.ie or see our website www.communicationshub.ie

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