Tag: Facebook

Going to the toilet puts UK economy down the toilet

Watercooler conversations undermine UK plc Crosswords and Sudoko waste UK businesses £2bn a year These are just made-up headline, of course, but I expect if you commissioned a survey into the time individuals spend not working, but chatting with their mates, reading personal emails, etc, etc, you would soon come up with some tasty headlines …

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Hey, we’re social! (not)

It seems a bit desperate when an IT company feels the need to issue a press release announcing that it now has a Facebook page and a Twitter account to augment its blog. I came across a release from US-based plant design software vendor COADE in my RSS feed from AECcafe.com, and my first reaction …

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‘Over half of US workplaces block social networks’

Via a Webware.com article published last week, I learned that more than half of United States workplaces block social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. A survey of about 1,400 US chief information officers by consulting firm Robert Half Technology shows 54% block social networks “completely,” while 19% allow social networking “for business purposes”. While …

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Why social media bans won’t work

I have heard suggestions that more than half of all construction organisations prohibit employee access to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (a recent white paper from the US-based Society for Marketing Professional Services Foundation gives an even higher figure of 67% of AEC firms blocking employees from viwing social networking sites …

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Time to switch from internet advertising to social media?

On Wednesday this week I attended a free half-day seminar organised by Reed Business Information (publisher of Contract Journal and many other B2B titles), entitled What Works Online. Targeted at B2B marketers, this was a useful reminder of the range of online tools that we now have at our disposal, from search engine optimisation (SEO), …

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Avoiding the ‘Glass Box’

Following my CIMCIG talk earlier this month (post), I have exchanged a couple of emails with fellow AEC social media enthusiast, Oona Webster, who works for Leicestershire-based Geosynthetics. She made the following point (reproduced with her permission): ‘The Glass Box’ If social media has the potential to extend a business’s marketing force to include every …

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Resistance is futile!

The ripples from my talk at last week’s CIMCIG event have yet to stop. To date, the Ustream recording has had 76 views, the SlideShare deck has had 345 views, and I’ve had some interesting emails. In one missive, the writer wonders about the relevance of social media to us construction folk: One of my …

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Launching two new Constructing Excellence networks

One of the UK construction industry organisations I value most is Constructing Excellence, as it seeks to maintain the ideals highlighted in Sir Michael Latham’s seminal 1994 report Constructing the Team and by Sir John Egan in 1998’s Rethinking Construction and 2002’s Accelerating Change. In the mid-1990s, I worked for Tarmac Professional Services (now part …

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Managing the UK-Germany social media divide

I have been pitching for the UK B2B PR account for a company based in Germany, and while my main contact is open-minded about the potential of social media it seems that view is not yet shared by many of her fellow Germans. The title of a ReadWriteWeb blog post – Social Media in Germany: …

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Blogs, Twitter, social networking: your new business tools

The latest issue of Construction Manager magazine, the journal of the Chartered Institute of Building, CIOB, has a feature by Stephen Cousins and Elaine Knutt on using social media in the UK construction industry. The feature is well worth reading as it is full of insights from some of the sector’s most well-known bloggers, Tweeters …

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