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Wow! its April Already: Spring Updates

Time Flies

Can you believe we are already in the Spring of 2012 on the second day of April? They say time waits for no man and especially when you are busy and having fun being busy!

Anyway, the purpose of this quick blog update is just to give quick run down of YEP media’s whereabouts, what we’ve been up to and where we are heading the next few months of this fast disappearing year, and we thought we would give this blog a bit of a transformation spring clean to bring in spring time.

Online Media Consulting

So as you may have noticed this blog site has seen nothing but digital tumble weed for the past month because the YEP team work part time and have also been doing bits and pieces for some clients.

We thought we would share one example of what we’ve been busy doing; the results of a Digital Media and Blogging workshop we delivered for a group of young people over at The Future Melting Pot who are working on a project investigating the reasons behind the August 2011 riots. You can check out their work here. This group will be holding an enquiry at the Council House this Thursday where the young people will have a round table discussion with senior leaders about those horrendous occurrences last year.

Unleash Your Inner Supernova

Our highlight for the month of March has to have been helping to host a pretty amazing event along with Bonafide Supernova, which is part of the collective of fashion blogs we are channelling our creative media skills into developing.

The Bonafide Supernova team held their first ever event at The Studio Birmingham in a bid to spark enthusiasm and present a new way of networking for the modern day woman of the ‘future’. Their next event will be taking place in May 2012 and will be all about the Future of Fashion PR so stay tuned for more details on that!

Bonafide Supernova's First event 'Unleash Your Inner Supernova - 21st March 2012.

Bloggers Collective

You may have noticed that we decided to postpone our 3rd  Bloggers Collective: How to Build Your Online Community Workshop until the 17th April 2012.

Bloggers Collective is our Monthly Networking Workshops for Online Media Enthusiasts. Our Topics over the next coming months in no particular order are as follows.

  • How to Build an Online Community
  • Making Money from your Blog’- Sponsored blog posts: To do or Not to do?
  • How to Promote your Brand Online/Creating a Media Kit for your online platform
  • Bloggers Surgery: A Troubleshooting Seminar
  • From Blogger to Online Journalist: Making the Transition
  • ‘It’s all in the Brief’ (Part 1) – How to get the most out of your graphic designer 
  • ‘It’s all in the Brief’ (Part 2) – How to get the most out of your web designer 
  • How to Write Online
  • Improve your Video & Photography  Blog
  • Bloggers Collective- ‘Moving beyond the blog’

We also launched a special offer to attendees of the Unleash Your Inner Supernova event to gain access to future Bloggers Collective Events. Details of this offer can be found here.

If you would like to be kept informed of our bloggers collective events then join our mailing list on the front page of our Website. http://www.yepmedia.co.uk 

The Lost Links/Here I Am Project

Last Year, Daniel from our team was awarded a Level 1 Award from Unltd, the social enterprise charity to deliver a project exploring and addressing intergenerational issues. The project is now taking shape and will kick off with an discussion/conference taking place at Aston University next week Thursday 12th April 2012. For more information about this project and the event visit http://hereiamconference.eventbrite.com.

That is all from YEP Media until Next time. Stay tuned for further updates on Bloggers Collective and other events.

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Bloggers Collective 2 Round Up & Resources #BloggersCollective

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Last week Thursday, we held our second installment at the mac Birmingham and the wealth of information and knowledge made available was very well received by all who attended. Daniel opened up the event giving a run down of his top 10 good practices for writing effective content for the web. See his presentation here.

This was followed by a presentation from Caezar Al-Jassar founder of MobilePhoneNerd.com. He explained how he managed to optimise his search results in google and is now gaining 1000+ new visitors per month. See his presentation here.

The session was then finalised by Samantha who facilitated a very stimulating activity to get attendees thinking about how to write online.

The next workshop will take place on 27th March 2012 at the mac Birmingham 6.30pm-8.30pm. Registration details will be made available very soon. For more information about Bloggers Collective or if you are interested in having a consultation with YEP Media about Online Media. Email info@yepmedia.co.uk.

New Year, New Ways to Refresh Your Media Platform #BloggersCollective

Sometimes it can all be a little too much, keeping up with all the latest news and trends can at times….well be impossible. On occasion most bloggers or media content producers can become bored by what they do and run out of creativity, new ideas and concepts to be able to write or produce something new especially when it comes to online platforms.

Therefore, it’s very important for you as a blogger/content producer to evaluate and think to yourself, how could I refresh what I do and still ‘love it’- as you can start to stop loving what you do. We are only one month in to 2012, so it’s time to reflect on your blog and make changes; so here are some tips on ways to start maintain the ‘hype’:

  1. Target Audience: make sure you are still clear on who your target audience is i.e. 18-30 year old, males, sport lovers- football etc. You can be as specific as you like. To be honest the more specific you are the easier it is to understand your audience and be clear on what they want to hear/read. It’s sometimes a good way to have a quick brainstorm/idea map about exactly who you’d like to target.
  2. Archive material: it’s good to archive old material, so that your blog posts don’t get clogged up. Treat every year as a refresher and put aside some of the stories from the previous year. It is also good practice to hyperlink back to old blog posts from your archives for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) purposes as Google likes blogs that do this.
  3. Keep Up: try and get out there, keep up with the trends and key news within your area of interest otherwise you’ll get left behind. If you start becoming boring, lack knowledge and interest in your field then your audience will know and stop reading your blog. This is such a difficult thing as it can be hard ‘keeping up’ with all that’s happening.
  4. Visit other blogs/media platforms regularly: key point here, visit other blogs for inspiration- not visit other blogs and steal their content, lol! Getting inspiration from other bloggers keeps your mind ticking and stimulates your thought processes making sure you stay on the ball.

Only 14 days until out next Bloggers’ Collective Event – Come join us and pick up some tips on ‘How to Write Online,’ Thursday 16th February 2011, 6.30pm at mac Birmingham. For more information please visit http://bc2yepmedia.eventbrite.com

#BloggersCollective & Other YEP Media Updates

Hello again folks. We hope that you all had a splendid holiday and new year and you are well into the swing of 2012. We at YEP Media are easing slowly into 2012 pacing ourselves as we know that we have a packed year ahead full of plans. So here is a bit about what’s happening at our end.

Blogger’s Collective Volume 2

We have just put out an announcement that we will be hosting our next Blogger’s Collective event on 16th February 2012 at the MAC Birmingham and due to popular demand the next topic will be ‘How to Write Online & other Content Production Secrets.’ If you are an online media producer, particularly a blogger, you don’t want to miss this workshop as it will be packed with all sorts of useful information to inform your work and stimulate your mind.

Upcoming Bloggers Collective topics will include:

  • Keeping it Niche: Developing your own Online community
  • Time for an Upgrade Part One: How to get the best from your Graphic Designer
  • Time for an Upgrade Part Two: How to get the best from you Web Designer
  • The Collective: What does it mean?

and more…

Registration for the next Blogger’s Collective will go live on Monday Morning 16th January 2012.

Creative Studio

Our Creative Studio team has been busy helping sorting out a few clients with some video content for their online media platforms. We have been working with Corporate Livewire to create a promotional introductory video for their new section on their website ‘Wired. We have also been working with E-ngage Consultancy to Produce videos for their upcoming month video blog campaign. We have also been working on some smaller graphic design jobs and consulting.

If you are thinking about developing an online marketing strategy or want to drive traffic to your website for whatever reason, come and speak to us, we can help. Check out our website at http://www.yepmedia.co.uk to see some of our work and get in touch.

Bye for now

YEP Media team

Future Bloggers Collective workshops #BloggersCollective

If you have been following our social networks or you are on our company mailing list, you will have received the latest news on the success of our first Bloggers Collective Workshop.

You will also know that we are trying to find out from our followers what they think the topic of the next event should be.  So we are holding a quick poll.

Please cast your vote, the next event will take place in January 2012.

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Great Birmingham Youtube Vloggers | #BloggersCollective

Another great group of young people who are developing their own online media platforms. We came across these guys this week and met @ChapperzTV at Birmingham Social Media Cafe.

1). The Jord Network 

17 year old youtuber who makes great content and organises meet ups with the local youtube community.

2). Chapperz TV

The brainchild of 21 year old Jamie Chapman who is the man behind the Zombie Walk

3). Cherry goes pop

An Art & design student in Birmingham

4). Gordy Camp TV

All these guys are doing a Youtube Gathering this weekend at the Christmas Markets this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information

Watch out for these guys as they will be innovating the Birmingham Media and Creative Industries. #YoungEntrepreneursPioneering. #BloggersCollective

On @IAmBirmingham | #OnlineMedia #BloggersCollective

Met some of the I Am Birmingham team at the Birmingham Social Media Cafe today for the first time after months of following on twitter with no interaction. Anyway, partly because of that personal interaction, I decided to take a more in-depth look at their website which is like an online video hub of some of the most creative and interesting activity taking place across the city of Birmingham. We think their work is very commendable and again, it is young people being entrepreneurial constructively using new technology to create and sustain valuable online media platforms. Now I must digress from the topic slightly to make a point and I will use I Am Birmingham as a prime example. Stay with me.

Recently I have been involved in several debates online and offline and attending  local events about the future of Birmingham City, leadership, youth unemployment, etc. Many of these have featured some of the main movers and shakers of Birmingham city expressing their concerns that many of the traditional press and media platforms are slowly disappearing. In effect that means that Birmingham’s voice nationally is in jeopardy and in turn our second city status is questioned when compared with other cities such as Manchester.

I highlight these discussions to make the following point. Online media platforms such as I am Birmingham and the many other hyper local bloggers  can be harnessed to ensure the Birmingham is represented on a national scale. It only takes a little bit of out of the box thinking and strategic vision/leadership. These platforms have the potential to be as powerful if not more powerful than the traditional forms over time. With collective thinking and collaborative working the opportunities are endless.

Check out I Am Birmingham’s Website here.

The type of collective thinking and collaborative working we speak of will be discussed in our upcoming series of Bloggers Collective workshops, the first of which will take place on 30th Nov at Birmingham Small Business Centre. Click here for more information