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Free social media training and workshops for business
World social media day takes place on June 30th every year to celebrate the way we do business and socialize with others. This year, a series of events from Adelaide City Council, The Barossa Council, Business Enterprise Centres and independent experts are upping the ante to 'social media month'. By July 16, the social media engine will be in full swing when one of the worlds' premiere social media tourism events, #SoMeT14AU comes to the Barossa.
Not just the domain of 'selfies' and cat memes, social media has demonstrated that it is a highly valuable marketing and communication tool. Facebook alone reported 1.28 billion, yes BILLION, monthly active users as of March 31, 2014, that's a lot of potential customers for a business to be able to reach online, and people who can discover you!
After a successful first venture in March this year, Adelaide City Council will run the second TechXPO in the Adelaide City Digital Hub and City Library to coincide with social media day ( #SMDay) on Monday, June 30th. The focus will be on social media exploration, discussion and fun with presentations about utilizing online reviews, instagram communities, keeping safe online and digital resources. You'll find the Adelaide City Digital Hub and City Library on level 3 of the shiny new Rundle Place building in Rundle Mall. TechXPO runs 10am to 4pm, free entry for all.
Adelaide City Council will host TechXPO Two on social media exploration, discussion and fun
As host region of #SoMeT14AU, The Barossa Council have invited TechXPO event organiser, Gadget Coach to bring the TechXPO formula on the road and will be hosting social media expo #TechXpress for local businesses on July 8. #TechXpress is one of a series of events for local businesses where technology and service providers will be presenting and exhibiting current and innovative solutions and ideas. Presentations will include Adelaide Tech Guy on Apps for Business, BizEez Communications on Digital Marketing, The Polaris Centre presenting Wordpress for Business and Yelp! On getting online reviews to work for your business. #TechXpress runs 10am - 2pm at The Barossa Council Chamber, Nuriootpa. Use the hashtag #TechXpress to join the conversation and see the event page for more information.
Other events in The Barossa Council #TechXpress series will continue to provide opportunities for local businesses to leverage the exposure of #SoMeT14AU by establishing or developing their digital strategy and social media presence through an Introduction to Social Media by Digital Enterprise, Forward IT's Digital Business Resources and everything
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Bizeez Communications who will be presenting at #TechXpress, have a host of essential social media advice available on their website and blog. They also have a timely scheduled workshop on June 25 in the shape of 'Facebook for business' where those with intermediate skills already maintaining business online can advance their knowledge. More details and tickets available here.
Also presenting at #TechXpress, The Polaris Centre provide free group training and face to face support for small to medium business to help improve the way they can do business and deliver services online. An excellent series of business fundamental events will be provided at various location throughout June and July.
Outside the Barossa, organisations running programs around social media including Inner West and Eastside Business Enterprise Centre's (BEC). Inner West BEC have events scheduled including planning an online business, introduction to blogging and how to manage content through hootsuite. Eastside BEC sessions include managing ideas for startups and how to improve business resource utilization.
With the current prevalence and pace of technology it's hard to imagine a world without social media but still many businesses who can achieve more. The organisations listed above are just a few who can help you and your business go further. With SoMeT14AU swinging The Barossa and SA into the social media spotlight, make sure you get along and take advantage of the events on offer.