Cresta Court Hotel played host to the sixth Chamber meet up of 2018 and President, Mike Fox, was well and truly in the holiday mood. Casually dressed in preparation for a sunny golf getaway as he greeted attendees at the June Breakfast Matters meeting, before introducing Alex McCann from Altrincham HQ who had pulled in yet another big crowd for his well-anticipated social media sessions.
Engagement, engagement, engagement: Why it matters on social media
Alex from Altrincham HQ shared images of members networking with each other at various events organised by the Chamber over recent months emphasising that engaging on social media can be as effective as connecting with people whilst networking.
Alex also gave advice regarding sharing links to websites or articles located externally to the social media platform you are using. Current algorithms are showing that by including a link within your posts, most social media platforms will demote it as they don’t want users to leave the platform.
Comments and shares are what you want to encourage but also what you want to do – engage with your clients and contacts’ posts by sharing relevant content.
There was a round of applause for Alex, and Mike Fox then introduced one of the Chamber’s newest members – Georgina Kirk of Put Yourself Across, preferring to be known as Georgie.
As she took to the floor, Georgie emphasised the point illustrated by Alex previously by suggesting using images rather than text for presentations when it comes to public speaking, and contrary to historic opinions, using notes are actually a good thing ‘happy days’. Georgie provided some great advice and did what she does best – present to a room full of interested listeners, confidently.
David Bellin then gave a special screening of the ‘Chamber Goes Wild’ event, with a short video taken at the Red House Farm to promote the upcoming gathering to showcase what the Chamber has to offer members. David closed by leaving attendees with some sage advice, ‘Don’t wear heels!’
Attention then turned to the business card draw, with Membership and Business Development Manager Paul Mirage drawing the first business card, and Richard Whitehurst from Tutor Doctor was the winner of the Cresta Court Meal for Two. The second draw was carried out by Peter Collins, who awarded Rob Taylor of Reedsmore with a LinkedIn healthcare check.
A big Chamber welcome
The Chamber also welcomed four new members:
Adele Reid of ABC+Warranty & Architects Certificate
Carmel Wylie of CR-HR Consultancy
Ryan Fletcher of Butcher & Barlow
Tim Wood from The Fat Loaf in Sale
Closing off on the Golf theme, Mike returned to the floor to announce that his firm, Slater Heelis, will be sponsoring the Altrincham & Sale Chamber Golf Day on 12th July at Sale Golf Club, encouraging members to sign up their teams of 3!