I had a few things on my bucket list for 2021, and I definitely wasn’t expecting anything like this! Absolutely chuffed to have been named as one of the 40 Digital Women to Watch in 2021 at the Digital Women Shortlist Awards on International Women’s Day.
I was also lucky to be shortlisted on two other awards too – Role Model of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year – absolutely astonished!
To see the whole shortlist, visit this webpage on the Digital Women website: https://digitalwomen.live/learn/digital-women-awards-2021-shortlists
I would like to wish everyone who was shortlisted the very best of luck and to those that had applied/been nominated and weren’t listed – GO FOR IT AGAIN. Honestly, please don’t feel put down, go for it again!
There’s nothing more heart warming than a new client coming to you from a recommendation. I was contacted by the Big House by the Sea via Facebook earlier this week, and we had a great chat on Zoom only yesterday. The owners of this simply stunning looking holiday home in Barmouth wanted to hand over their social media platforms for me to manage, as well as looking at other avenues of marketing we can utilise.
I’m really excited to get stuck into their Facebook and Instagram profiles, as well as adding a blog to the website, and launching a newsletter in the new year.
I’d definitely recommend you check out their website in the link above – this stunning property can sleep up to 30, and I’m just going to leave these words here: views, cinema, hot tub.
Wow, it’s been a very long time since I sat an exam (I think about 8 years actually!) – so it was very weird to sit an exam for Facebook, but delighted and super excited that I passed!
I sat the exam for the Facebook Blueprint: Digital Marketing Associate, which means I am now officially Facebook Blueprint Certified!
This exam and certificate covers foundational advertising concepts on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, as well as other aspects like the value of Facebook for business, establishing platform presence, advert fundamentals and reporting. The certificate lasts 24 months, to make sure anyone who does get it keeps on top of the changing trends and rules.
Radio Aber is a new bilingual, community radio station launching early 2021, and I’m really chuffed to have been asked to be on the new Board for the company!
One of the things I do really enjoy about working for my own company, is having the choice and flexibility of being a part of the community, and being a part of boards or committees – Radio Aber the latest one for me to get stuck in with.
It certainly is an exciting project, and I really believe it will be a great benefit to the local community when it launches. Not just because we have so much to shout about in our small part of Wales, but also in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching out to those who live by themselves or are in rural areas is now more important than ever. Local radio is a great way to bridge this gap, this hurdle – and I can’t wait to be a part of that.
Click here to find out more about Radio Aber on their own website, and if you want to get involved, we’re on the look out for volunteers – not just to be on the radio, but to help with production, admin, advertising..! There’s always a way to be involved, and I’d highly encourage it!
I’m really excited to be working with Kate from Penlanlas Cymru Soaps on her social media for the remainder of 2020 – it’s been a weird year for artisan makers, especially if they rely on retail sales, many of which are deemed “non-essential”, so it’s time for social media to take a step forward!
I’ll be working with Kate on her Facebook and Instagram pages, to increase reach for both, and sales of her natural soaps and handpoured candles. Kate makes gorgeous soaps from local and natural ingredients – many from her own garden, as well as bath soaks and a beautiful candle.
Find out more about what Kate does on her website, just click here.
At the start of the year, I always have a good think about what I want to achieve during the year. This year, I wanted to get started on hosting workshops with the business – and because of coronavirus we did this, albeit it virtually. They’ve been super popular and something we’re very keen to continue doing!
A much longer term plan would have been to speak at an event, so it certainly wasn’t something I was expecting for June 2020 at all! However, with coronavirus locking us all down, I’ve been doing a lot of networking online and wowee, has it paid off!
I’ve written a blog about the importance of networking before, and especially for those of us who are from more rural areas. I’d never have been able to go to as many events as I have during lockdown, because everything has been virtual – and that includes the hour long networking events here, there and everywhere!
All of this networking led me to becoming a founding member of the new Digital Women membership platform (which if you’re not part of, I highly, highly recommend you look at). This then led to being asked (or told, whichever way you look at it) to speak at the next digital skills summit that Digital Women have been arranging during lockdown!
FANTASTIC! I actually did a few happy dances at the thought! Then it was a case of figuring out what to talk about. With the Gwe Cambrian Web, our bread and butter is websites, but we’ve also moved hugely into social media. Thinking cap on, and knowing there would be a huge range of other amazing speakers, I decided to stick to the websites as a topic.
So, why not sign up to my talk at the Digital Skills Summit on June 30th, – level up your website. It’s a completely FREE event, with 22 speakers from 10am to 4pm, covering such a huge range of digital skills.