MK Hour Takeover by Amanda Alston
We recently asked Amanda Alston to takeover the running of our Twitter account for the weekly #MKhour session, which she did with great success! Here's her account of how it went...
Hi everyone! It’s Amanda Alston here guest blogging for Wild things today to discuss all things #MKhour, the weekly online Milton Keynes networking hour held on Twitter. In this post I’ll give you the low down on what it’s all about and why it’s so worthwhile taking part if you have a business or you are a professional in the Milton Keynes area.
Firstly, if you don’t know me... hello! I’m a local marketer with over 9 years’ in-house marketing experience working for a variety of brands, a Milton Keynes blogger and a freelance marketer and copywriter too.
As part of my freelance work, I recently took over the Wild things Twitter account each week for the MK Hour to ensure that the company was present and taking part each week.
So, what is MK Hour?
Milton Keynes Hour is an online networking event for businesses in the Milton Keynes area. The event is held by the @MK_Hour Twitter account, which is run by Debbie Lewis, who by day is the Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at the Milton Keynes NatWest Business Hub.
The MK Hour is run every week on Wednesday 8pm-9pm and everyone uses the #MKhour hashtag to join in the conversation and to see what everyone else has to say!
The MK Hour follows a mini schedule each week. At 8pm, everyone says hello and introduces themselves and their businesses, at 8:15pm there’s a conversation starter (this is usually a fun question to get everyone sharing their ideas and thoughts – it really gets people chatting!), and then at 8:45pm it’s your chance to share what’s on this week. Got an event you’d love people in Milton Keynes to know about? Great. Share it! Got a brilliant piece of content or a case study you’d love people to see? Fab. Get posting and remember to use that #MKhour hashtag.
Why is MK Hour so great?
The brilliant thing about taking part in the MK Hour is that not only will people who are taking part in the networking event see your tweets about all the cool stuff you’re doing and saying, but those who already follow you can see it in their newsfeeds too!
In addition to this, as you chat and engage with other people and businesses, this will increase your reach as their followers could potentially see your posts and account as a result of the engagement. So it’s a no-brainer really!
But don’t just take it from me regarding the potential of the MK Hour, here’s what Denise Pope, Creative Director at Wild things had to say after the first MK Hour takeover I completed:
“And finally [thanks to] Amanda Alston for demonstrating what she can do for our engagement over on Twitter during a SINGLE HOUR last night. I was away doing other things, but was properly impressed with her ability to drive engagement and website traffic during #MKhour”.
As you take part in the hour each week you’ll start to notice some familiar faces, meaning that you can truly build up relationships in this active community and boost your online presence, people will remember you and what you do… and that’s always a winner when it comes to the business world!
On a personal note...
Take my recent redundancy experience for example, as soon as I was able to do so, I shouted from the rooftops to let everyone I know that I was...
1. Looking for a new full time permanent marketing role and that
2. I was now available for freelance work.
I’ll be honest, I never thought much would really come from the freelance side of things… but now, due to my network on social media, I’m actually having to start declining work. That, is the power of social media networking.
The MK Hour and being asked to take over the Wild things account for the hour for a few weeks has built upon this, adding to my experience, increasing my skills and being seen carrying out this work for Wild things has in turn increased my credibility as a freelance marketer, and boosted my own personal online presence.
So, get networking and shouting about what you do, after all, who else is going to do it for you? Self promotion is so incredibly valuable, no matter if you’re an individual or a business and MK Hour is a great place to start! It’s a really welcoming event, everyone is welcome and best of all, it’s FREE!
See you at the next one!