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Slingr – Buy someone a drink from anywhere in the world!

Slingr - Location-based Social GiftingEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Slingr – a location-based social gifting app that allows you to remotely buy a beer (or indeed, any food or drink on offer at a location) for somebody, wherever you are in the world!

Location-based Social Gifting

Available as an App for iOS and Android, Slingr works by allowing registered users to check-in to a location such as a bar or restaurant – in the same way you might check-in on Facebook, Foursquare or Yelp!

Once checked in, Slingr updates your Social Media status (at the moment, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all supported) to let your network know which location you are visiting, along with a link.

Any of your network who follows the link can see a choice of food and drinks the venue has on offer, and can choose to buy you something from wherever they are, that order then being delivered to your table along with a printed note featuring a message from the buyer.

Which Locations support Slingr?

Slingr LogoAt the moment, Slingr only covers some locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles – and it has plenty of competition from Gift Card apps, Coupon Apps and the big location based players such as Facebook and Foursquare. With that said, I can see huge potential for Slingr being used at Conferences, Parties and all manner of locations and events and I hope their business takes off.

Who will be the first in your area to start accepting Slingr orders? Well, if you’re a business owner you can apply to set Slingr up at your venue now.

Registering for Slingr

If you’d like to register for Slingr as a user, then you can get Slingr on the App Store or Slingr on Google Play for free now.


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Persona – Online Reputation Management

Persona - Online Reputation ManagementEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Persona.

Persona is an online reputation management tool. It actively scans your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ profiles and lets you identify and manage content that could compromise your personal brand – whether it be an inappropriate status update, a dodgy photo you may have been tagged in, or even a low-brow comment that a friend may have left.

Employers check Social Media

With employers now actively checking job applicants Social Media I can see tools like Persona being of huge benefit to job seekers who don’t realise the negative impact a dodgy photo or an inappropriate comment can have on their reputation.

Persona offers a historical clean up (scanning your entire profile) and then offers real-time monitoring of your profile – alerting you to issues so you can deal with them.


Sign-up for Persona is free and monitors Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for text posts, comments, links and hash-tags, while there is a Persona Pro plan at $19.99 per year which also monitors images.

If you’re a job seeker, self-employed or care about your online reputation at all – then Persona looks like it will be a useful tool to help you avoid sharing anything that could damage your reputation online.

Friday Favourites – 29th November, 2013 – File Tools Special!

USB Memory DriveEvery Friday I try to post my favourites from the week – links to cool content and tools that I’ve’ve found or had recommended to me.

This week is a Friday Favourite Special focusing on File Tools!

  • PipeApp – Send and receive files via Facebook. Free to sign-up and use. The interface is simplicity itself so suitable for all level of user.
  • Bulk Rename Utility – Free Windows file tool allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria. Thanks to Garrett Murphy for the link!
  • Recuva – Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery utility for Windows. Free download with more fully featured Professional version available. An essential tool for anyone who’s ever lost an important file.

Do you have any cool content or tools to share with me? Why not e-mail me, Tweet me, or share with me on Google+ and I if I feature them in my blog you can be sure to give you credit!

Have a great weekend! Smile


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How To Use Social Media To Be More Effective At Your Job

Social MediaA heads-up that I’ll be joining my good friend Cathy Alper of CompTIA, along with Ginger Clay of 4-Profit for a free webinar this Thursday 14th November 2013 at 4pm GMT (10am CST) where we will be discussing How To Use Social Media To Be More Effective At Your Job.

I’m excited about the webinar because while most of the webinars I typically participate in are aimed at IT business owners, this webinar will focus on the personal use of Social Media for success and being effective in your professional role. In other words, it’s going to provide value for anyone – regardless of the type of work you do!

How to Watch the Webinar

Registration for the How To Use Social Media To Be More Effective At Your Job webinar is free and open now. I hope you can join us!

A recording of How to Personally Use Social Media to be more Effective at your Job is now available to view on-demand. I hope you find it useful! Recording of my webinar w/@CompTIA now available!


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Oi! Oi! The Online Influence Conference comes to UK!

Oi! Conference 2013A heads-up that the Online Influence Conference (Oi!) is coming to the UK and bringing it with it some of the biggest social media and marketing minds from the United States!

  • Tamsen Webster – expert in specialising how to tell the right story to the right people at the right time to drive business results.
  • Mark Schaefer – globally-recognized speaker, educator, business consultant, author and owner of one of the top marketing blogs in the world.
  • Mari Smith – renowned Social Media Thought Leader and one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing.
  • Tom Webster – author and 20-year veteran of opinion, media and marketing research.

Not a bad line-up, huh?

The conference promises to be a social media master class from the brightest brains in the business, covering:-

  • Facebook marketing
  • Content creation
  • Big data
  • Foundational social media elements

I’m excited about the conference because it’s not only a chance to learn cutting edge Social Media marketing techniques, but unusually for these types of Conference, you’ll also get the chance to meet and network with the speakers and other attendees throughout the day too!

Th UK event takes place:-

  • 11th June, 2013 – Cardiff
  • 12th June, 2013 – Birmingham*I’ll be attending & involved answering your questions during a panel session*
  • 13th June, 2013 Manchester

EDIT, 12th May, 2013: Sadly the Birmingham and Manchester sessions have been cancelled.

Early Bird tickets are available at £99 plus fee, so get in quick before the tickets revert to full-price of £149 each!

For anyone who has been to one of these types of conference featuring this calibre of speakers – you’ll know that they usually cost a *lot* more, £99 being an absolute steal! Don’t hesitate to book your tickets and support this type of event coming to the UK!

If you’re going along to the Birmingham event, please let me know – it’d be great to say hello on the day!


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