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#SocialCloud 3: Exploring Blogger Outreach & Blogger Influence in 2013


We are pleased to renew our #SocialCloud series after the mid-summer break, with our 3rd event – in association with Handpicked Media – looking at the evolution of the Blogger, Blogger Influence, and whether it is really the Blog that matters anymore, or is greater credibility and effective outreach for brands, come from wide and effluent Social Media presence…?

We’re going to have this one as a panel event, as the value in this subject is definitely around the discussion piece. Guesting on our panel so far are…

HollyHuntKrista MaddenTBC


HOLLY HUNT – Social Media Content Specialist & Blogger atYoung Mum’s Beauty Blog

KRISTA MADDEN – Owner of Handpicked Media

Further panelists to be confirmed. 

These guys will have plenty to offer in their panel appearance  – but so will you – this is a platform for discussion and debate, so Q&As from the audience win!

Afterwards there will be networking and drinks – our new venue is a great place to relax and reflect on the content, and enjoy a beverage or two!

Go and book your FREE tickets HERE!


#SocialTV – 2013 Style! #SocialCloud 2

Despite the sweltering heat and impending birth of the future King, a great social crowd gathered at our hidden cocktail haven in Soho last Monday for the second of our #SocialCloud events.

Moving on from ROI, this time our terrific trio of speakers talked #SocialTV and #SecondScreen – 2013 Style. So….if you can’t watch your favourite programme without Twitter and a tablet then their presentations are a must see! 


Write up and review is written by our fabulous Comms Exec, George Archer!

Pete HotchkissPete Hotchkiss – Managing Director of Substance

Opening the evening’s presentations, Peter Hotchkiss spelled out the core challenge he and his company strive to achieve: adding value to a TV programme by encouraging engagement via social media:

“We are constantly asking ourselves what we can do to enrich a show before and after it happens,” he said. “What else can we create while its happening that will enrich it?”

 Highlighting his work with HBO (specifically Game of Thrones) and the challenge of working with “third hand” content – i.e. shows that have been seen before – he illustrated the challenges that arise when working with content produced by major broadcasters in the US and then shown in the UK afterwards.

Substance mine the web for user created content – content (most often images and art) that has been made by the fan base and then circulate this to enrich the viewing experience. “Some of the content produced by Game of Thrones enthusiasts is really good and we take full advantage of this. We aren’t creating – we’re curating,” Peter enthused.

 Although interaction with TV shows varies in type and volume, Peter emphasised that it is a trend he and Substance want to see more of. Moving on, Peter talked about the ‘Tweet your nomination’ way of voting on X Factor. Although officially 100,000 people had used it to vote on one occasion, “it was probably actually about half that.”

In summary, he reiterated that content producers need to be convinced that social can play a key role in the promotion of the show and the viewing experience. “Advertisers need to recognise that user’s attention is increasingly on the Second Screen.”

Kingsley Maunder 2Kingsley Maunder – CEO of Style On Screen

Second to speak was Kingsley Maunder, setting the scene for his talk, he recalled a conversation he had with a friend, in which the friend was watching a TV program and saw a watch that she liked. After four hours of searching diligently on the internet, she found and bought that particular watch.

Kingsley’s company aims to reduce that four hours to a simple two-second Tweet with a specific hashtag. Sensing some skepticism within the audience – he said: “30% of viewers regularly search for products they see on TV programmes,” and that over 50% of us don’t even know what we want to watch when we switch on the TV.

 The challenge that faces him and his company is getting potential customers to download the app – not an easy task as many internet marketing companies probably recognise.

Kingsley cited a survey by Nielsen, the global information and measurement company that found 60% of people watched programmes that their Facebook friends watched. Enforcing the point that the experience of watching TV is enhanced when you watch it with friends, Kingsley pointed out that social media has allowed people to join conversations with others while watching their favourite programmes.

“This enhanced experience needs to be catered for. 95% of live conversation about TV happens on TV, and 50% of the 140m Twitter accounts talk about TV shows. It makes people like they aren’t alone – that they can share their opinions about what they are seeing.”

Ted LittledaleTed Litttledale, Co-founder/Product Director of Second Sync

Last to present was Ted Littledale. His company’s platform was fascinating – it makes sense of conversations about TV programmes by analysing conversations on Twitter. It tracks 35 TV channels, 1,000 programmes and 1,000,000 tweets a day. These conversations can be measured and the data that is gathered is made available to companies and broadcasters.

“The data that is gathered is used as both a metric but also as a kind of ‘secondary currency’; it’s not just about if they see something on TV, but are they actually going to action that? Basically, are they going to use the hashtag? The social data we gather at Second Sync is a really good indicator of that,” explained Ted.

“We’re really just interested in Twitter data – it’s the real time behaviour that we use and extract value from. 95% of real time engagement happens on Twitter – it has an extremely short shelf life.”

The other real, hardcore benefit of Twitter to Second Sync is the fact that it reaches beyond people’s own network via ReTweets and the use of hashtags, and people can follow and be followed by whoever they want – there are no limitations to who they can connect with, unlike other social networks.

Ted went on to explain that users of Twitter frequently come up with their own, organic and dynamic hashtags – a perfect example was the #fagashbreath hashtag that trended during one famous episode of the X Factor; it got Tweeted 16,700 times.

The potential power of Social TV is surfacing – get your Second Screen out.

Our Second #SocialCloud Event… #SocialTV 2013-Style

Social Media ROI – 2013 Style – The first of our #SocialCloud events

To start off our new Social Cloud Series we hosted the very first of our events last Monday night! CloudNine and the social crowd gathered underground at our stylish yet intimate venue in Soho to drink, discuss and of course be social…

First up on the agenda to be debated by our fabulous panel of speakers was the hot topic of Social Media and ROI – 2013 Style.

If you didn’t manage to make it to #SocialCloud or are wanting a quick recap of the presentations then here they are:

Opening the debate was Dirk Singer (@dirktherabbit) -Director and ‘Head Rabbit’ at The Rabbit Agency

Social Media and Sales – Why The Skeptics Are Right


Next up was Danny Whatmough (@DannyWhatmough) – Associate Director, Digital for Ketchum

The 5 Don’ts of Social Media ROI

Take a look at Danny’s write-up of the slides on his EConsultancy post this week.

And last but not least, as well as sharing his 80 Rules of Social Media  was Adobe Social’s Head of Social Strategy, Jeremy Waite (@JeremyWaite) who presented us with some fascinating video content, around his thoughts on Social ROI and where it matters.

Adobe- Slap 

Follow The Frog

Gary Vaynerchuk’s – It Takes 2 Cents To Grow A Wine Show  


From the hashtag#SocialCloud

JeremyCowles: I love presentations where the speaker holds beer all the way through lol #SocialCloud @dirktherabbit


JulesJ85: Really enjoyed the first #SocialCloud event last night thanks @CloudNineRec and the speakers @JeremyWaite @DannyWhatmough @DirktheRabbit


JeremyWaite: @CloudNineRec Sorry for the swearing last night. I always get fiesty around ROI. Top night 🙂 #SocialCloud


EleniYoung: Thanks for a great and insightful #SocialCloud on Monday!


JeremyCowles: I love presentations where the speaker holds beer all the way through lol #SocialCloud @dirktherabbit


JeremyCowles: @1CarinaMorris It was a brill first event for the #SocialCloud guys. Well done to them. Top Venue. Top Presenters. Sure I’m at the next one.


MalcolmJTaylor : #socialcloud poor venue & poor speakers #disapointed

Clearly we can’t please them all (!!) but click HERE for more event reactions.

Look out for more details and ticket information about our next #SocialCloud event discussing Social TV on the 15th July. Save the date!

Kicking off the #SocialCloud Series – Discussing Social Media ROI – 2013 style.

On 3rd June 2013 we kick off the Social Cloud Series with a look at Social Media ROI, 2013-style.

It’s a long discussed and debated subject – but never loses relevance. How do we justify social media in the commercial world, if we can’t measure it’s success – somehow, or another – or track it to sales? Or do we actually HAVE to track it to sales.

We’ve got a stellar three-pronged attack on the subject, from some fine chaps who know a thing or two about Social ROI.

Jeremy WaiteDanny WhatmoughDirk Singer

JEREMY WAITE – Head of Social Strategy for Adobe Social 

DANNY WHATMOUGH – Associate Director – Digital for Ketchum 

DIRK SINGER – Director & `Head Rabbit` at The Rabbit Agency

These guys will have plenty to offer in each of their 15 minute presentations – but so will you – there’s time for 20-30 minutes of Q&As and discussion from the audience.

We meet off at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start. Afterwards there will be networking and drinks – the venue offers half price drinks until 10pm, and is a great place to relax and reflect on the content.


What is The Social Cloud?

At CloudNine we’ve always got involved with finding key subjects in the social media realm – the issues and areas of discussion and content that are interesting, new or debatable!

2013We felt the need for a series of informal evening events, that looked into what is shaping social media relevance in 2013; beyond the cliches. Yes, where innovation is developing, but also where old subjects rear their heads with the benefit of enhanced insights and experiences from leading professionals in the space who are making things happen.

We’ve invited some of those professionals to speak at the events.

We’ve set the venue, and named the dates, picked the subjects and started to identify the people who have the most to offer in expertise.

All that it then needs, is for you to come! It’s aimed at Social Media & Digital professionals – grown up content and Q&A around pertinent subjects.  The venue holds 100, but a great crowd of 50/60 will work in the venue. It’s a quaint little place near Carnaby Street, and serves half-price drinks on the Monday evenings we are holding the events.

We hope they hit the mark, and act as good social gatherings for the active social media community.