• Digital Taunton - S2 EP03 "Everything you wanted to know about Creative AI..."

    👏🏻 Welcome back – Season 2, Episode 3! 🎉Time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. We'll firing on all cylinders and excited to get back up and running with our regular monthly events. Join us on Thursday 25th June, 7:30pm on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAbAs0g_t7M&feature=youtu.be We're tweaking the schedule and making some improvements. We'll be hosting an action packed 1-hour event with the following line up: 🎙 Host = Jeremy, with Shane & the team pulling levers and pressing buttons. 🎙 Kerry Harrison and Richard Norton from TINY GIANT will be our speakers for the evening - "Everything you wanted to know about Creative AI but were afraid to ask". AI's gonna take your job, right? Wrong! AI can't be creative, right? Wrong! AI can't help you cut loose from the crowd, right? Wrong! Artificial Intelligence gets a ton of coverage in the media, but most of what's written about it is inaccurate and ill-informed. What you need is a practical, no-nonsense steer from a couple of battle-hardened marketeers who use it commercially every week. In this talk, Kerry Harrison and Richard Norton of award-winning North Somerset start-up Tiny Giant will take you on a whistle-stop tour of how AI and humans are collaborating to create work that helps brands and businesses stand out and land their ambitions. They'll show you an array of practical examples from around the world, along with some of the recent projects they've worked on. Find out how a small Bristol distillery got press coverage on five continents within 48 hours. Learn how a humble dataset has evolved into the face of the UK's leading science festival. Discover the crowd-pulling, attention-grabbing appeal of AI-powered sport. You will not win the future by playing safe. If you spend valuable time and money on marketing, it needs to get noticed. If it doesn't, everything else is immaterial. The agile combination of machines and minds offers your business creative superpowers to help it fly high above all that is dreary, dull and derivative. You'll exit this event feeling suitably fired up and inspired at what you can achieve if you open your mind and let machines into your life. Since their formation in 2018, Tiny Giant have helped pioneering brands create stand-out ideas, craft experiences and confidently step into new media and tech. Recent clients include the likes of the BBC, Deloitte, Cheltenham Science Festival and Discover AI. In December 2019, they won Gold at the prestigious Data & Marketing Awards for Best Use Of AI. 🎙 Our spotlight speaker = Jackie Mulligan, founder and CEO of multi award-winning ShopAppy.com. The UK's first and only place-centred marketplace platform, ShopAppy provides small businesses and services the opportunity to connect with an abundance of new customers, showcase products and offerings, and even deliver or organise a super easy “Click & Collect” service. Enabling businesses, shops, traders, services and B2B businesses to connect and adapt, the site can offer browsing, bookings and buying. It can also host virtual events to support local artists and producers secure wider engagement and interest. ShopAppy have received invaluable funding from local councils, so businesses can use this service for FREE for the next 12 months. ---------------------------------------------- 🐶😺 Our sponsor for this month is the amazing: WAGS & WHISKERS SOMERSET https://wagswhiskers-somerset.co.uk/ ---------------------------------------------- Also, this month we have a PIZZA GIVEAWAY! Digital Taunton is well-loved for epic-amounts of pizza, and the virtual events will be no different. The team has launched a competition for ten lucky attendees to win a large pizza, delivered on the night. Entrants should upload a selfie with #dtpizza to their favourite social media platform* by 12pm on 24 June 2020 to be in with a chance to win. A live draw will be hosted via Facebook to announce the winners, on the evening of 24 June 2020.

  • Digital Taunton Live Stream - "How to make your livestreams better"

    Hello! A little later than scheduled. The event will be live streamed on our YouTube channel so be sure to head over to subscribe and get notified. Jeremy and Shane will be having a little chat about what we've been up too and then a presentation by Shane Griffiths on how to make your livestreams, webinars and video that much better. He will walk through tips, tools and tricks on how to make your next livestream or webinar stand out and feel more professional. We will also have John Warner on hand to answer your questions. ⏰ Start time = 7:30pm sharp. ⏰ End time = 9pm We look forward to seeing you and saying hello! feels like ages since we last all hung out :)

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  • Digital Taunton Livestream Expert Panel and Q&A - COVID-19 "Virus Special"

    If we can't get together in person this Thursday, let's get online. 👨🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻 The event will be live streamed on our YouTube channel so be sure to head over to subscribe and get notified - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9MZwQZjsn4 There will be a series of short presentations, followed by an open Q&A. ⏰ Start time = 7:30pm sharp. ⏰ End time = 9-9:30pm, depending on how many questions we get. Our expert panel: 🎙 Shane Griffiths – The Idea Bureau/ Digital Taunton – Shane will be hosting and will also discuss remote working and collaboration. 🎙 Nathalie Ingles - Foot Anstey - Nathalie will be discussing employment issues with COVID-19. She is a Senior Associate in the Foot Anstey LLP employment team who advises on a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including employee relation issues, corporate support and litigation. Nathalie regularly advises and provides support on business acquisitions, reorganisations, outsourcings and large-scale complex change exercises with experience in advising on collective consultation requirements for both redundancies and TUPE. Having trained and qualified with Olswang LLP (now CMS) (including secondments to both the BBC and ITV), Nathalie has experience in the media and technology sectors. 🎙 Jeremy Hyams - Claims Consortium Group/ Digital Taunton - Will be discussing business strategy and BCP. 🎙 Peter Andrews - Introtweet - Award-winning Social Media specialists offering social media management, online training and online networking. Pete will be discussing the importance of staying visible and how you can move your more traditional business elements onto your social platforms in a time when it has never been more important to be maximising the potential of social media. 🎙 Gareth Buckley - The Insolvency Company - Gareth will cover: Getting a grip of business finances, reducing costs, other ways to keep trading, taking advantage of free resources on offer and preparing for normality. 🎙 James O’Sullivan - James is a Chartered Accountant who has been running his own sole practitioner firm from home. James works with a range of different clients across a variety of different sectors/ industries and will recap on the support measures being offered by the government to help people through the coronavirus outbreak. 🎙 Rob Chilcott - Foundations Training - With a background in professional sport, Rob coaches’ leaders and businesses on how to engage their people and to achieve their goals. Wellbeing will come under intense pressure in the coming days and weeks, how we can best look after our people and support them through it will be key. Remote working needs a different support structure to what we are conditioned for, Rob will share some tips, insights and best practice on how to keep engagement, energy and passion high. 🎙 Kate O’Sullivan - ADPR - Kate will discuss PR/ comms, which will include: Key principles and best practices for crisis planning, how to communicate well with your internal and external audiences, how to communicate well with a remote workforce and how to protect the psychological safety of employees, how to cut through the media hype to communicate accurate information and advice, managing your brand beyond the media and keeping your brand visible when your business is forced into temporary shutdown. 🎙 James Shakespeare - Founder & CEO of the multi-award-winning technical agency Evosite who specialise in eCommerce, business system integrations, website design and development. James will be covering the following: Coming together as a business and digital community, taking care of your people and being prepared for the opportunities ahead. We really appreciate your continued support and look for to seeing/ speaking to you online 👋🏻

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  • Digital Taunton - Season 2 EP02

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    Season 2 is now in FULL SWING Once again at Company Spaces, Taunton. 🎙Host for this month will be Jeremy 🎙Speaker 1: Tom Sangers – “The Perfect Search Strategy” Tom has been a finalist at the UK Search awards three times - 2019, 2018 and 2015. Tom has 15 years’ experience in Digital Marketing, is a Google partner, Bing partner, analytics qualified, working with Peaky Blinders as a name, more locally Chatham Shoes, Rainbow Club, Stoanr School and a new agency; MetricHub Digital. It is statistically likely that you've clicked on a Google ad that Tom has been managing. 🎙Speaker 2: Kate Doodson - "The art, or science, of digital transformation" For businesses to sustain competitive advantage, they need to grow, adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of their customers and the new business opportunities of tomorrow. Digital transformation, carried out well, can see businesses benefiting from both cost reductions and revenue gains, but how can we support businesses to undertake this challenge? Kate Doodson from Cosmic will share her experiences of working with businesses and organisations across the South West and give you insights of successful digital transformation programmes. 🎙Spotlight speaker – Charlotte Molyneux Charlotte is the Big Bang Coordinator at CSW Group - Running the Big Bang STEM programme of events across the South West region to highlight the importance of Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths to the next generation of our workforce. ⭐️ Thanks to Bridgwater & Taunton College who are sponsoring this month. 📹 THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON YOUTUBE ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ⏰ Please arrive from 7pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm and we aim to finish at 9:30 pm sharp. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.

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  • Digital Taunton - Season 2 EP01

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    We're back! WELCOME TO SEASON 2 EP01 Once again at Company Spaces, Taunton. 🎙 Host for this month will be Shane Speaker 1 - Jo Middleton - aka Slummy Single Mummy 🔨7 ways to stop feeling like a slave to social media. Understand your insecurities, embrace your inner idleness and learn tools and techniques that can help you get more for less from your social channels. ------------------ Speaker 2 - Kenda Macdonald 🧠Attention! How to get it, keep it, and make it work for your marketing We'll explore how brains pay attention, uncover what you can do to get the right kind of attention, and how you can direct that for marketing that cuts through the noise and creates action. You'll leave with practical actions you can take, and a new outlook on how your prospects are thinking that will change you for the better 📹 THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON YOUTUBE ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ⏰ Please arrive from 7pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.

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  • Digital Taunton - EP10 Season Finale - Jon Air & Adam Sharpe

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    It's EP10 and the finale of Season 1. We are off in December and then back raring to go for Season 2 in January 2020!! Once again at Company Spaces, Taunton. 🎙 Host = Jeremy 🎤 Jon Air, Serial Tech Entrepreneur & Founder of Company Space – “Blinded by vision” Jon will be telling his story about building a business around a passion, the mistakes/ failures and the process of selling and lessons. 🎤 Adam Sharpe, CEO Of Cardstream & Fintech Entrepreneur - “FinTech in the Fast Lane”. Adam Sharpe is not only CEO of Cardstream but a professional racing driver. Adam will be talking about his journey from Le Mans to Fintech (and possibly back again!). He’ll be looking at the parallels involved with the dedication and teamwork that he’s experienced both in motorsport and business. From the most expensive crashes (both cars and servers!) to the opportunities that have been taken to accelerate both passions. 🎤Our Spotlight Speaker = Rob Perks CEO of Inspire Biz - “A strategy-focused firm, is much more likely to be a strong bottom-line performer than one that is not. Every business strategy must now embrace the 4th Industrial revolution or risk extinction” With an outstanding career at Board level within the Financial Services Sector, heading teams in the hundreds with large corporates, Coutts, NatWest, Britannic and Bank of Ireland and having held several Non-Executive roles as well as starting several of his own businesses, Rob brings wide-ranging expertise to leading Inspire’s Business Support offering. Rob is a qualified Business Strategist and devotes his time to developing Inspire’s services to SMEs and ensuring our team of Client Managers deliver first rate Strategy and Business Growth advice to our Clients, skills which are unrivalled in the world of Business Support. 📹 THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ⭐️ Our Sponsor for the evening will be Ad Smart from Sky - Thank you Leigh! ‘AdSmart from Sky is where digital, data and TV combine to give businesses of all sizes the chance to communicate their message Sky to relevant, local households only and on a cost per view basis’ ----------------------------------- ⏰ Please arrive from 7pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.

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  • Digital Taunton - EP09 with What3Words & Zara Nanu

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    It's EP09 - how the time is flying by! Once again at Company Spaces, Taunton. 🎙 Host = Shane 🎤 Caitlin Robbins and Maddie Taylor from what3words – “Meet me at apple.banana.spoon” Changing the way 7 billion people talk about addresses is hard. To work at what3words you must believe that creating a new global standard in the form of three words is a wonderful thing. Maddie & Caitlin explain the marketing challenges and lessons learnt within a rapidly scaling organisation. Aiming to deliver a compelling and more consistent story across everything we do. One that challenges and transforms the way people think and talk about location, that helps save lives and improves businesses. what3words was founded in 2013 in London, UK by Chris Sheldrick. Chris worked in the music industry organising music events around the world. When bands and equipment constantly got lost trying to find venues and festival locations, it became clear that regular street addressing wasn’t good enough, and the world needed a simpler way to talk about precise locations – the idea for what3words was born. what3words is used by over 1000 businesses, government organisations and NGOs in over 170 countries. It is used across diverse industries including automotive, navigation, logistics, e-commerce, post, travel, emergency services, drone routing and disaster response. 🎤 Zara Nanu from Gapsquare – “Addressing Human Problems with Digital Solutions: Closing Pay Gaps with Tech” Zara is a powerful advocate for workplace equality and fair pay, and an entrepreneur who believes business can generate social impact as well as revenue and profit. Zara’s background in human rights inspired her founding of Gapsquare. Her talk will be on why diversity matters when it comes to business, and how tech can lead the way. Discover why pay gaps and disparities exist in the tech industry, how to best reduce them, and what Gapsquare is doing to transform fairness in pay for companies worldwide. 🎤Our Spotlight Speaker = Charlotte Collyer – “With 75% of businesses facing a shortage of digital skills, what action can you take to buck this trend?” Having run a software business, started a tech start up, been a digital marketer and grown a business start-up service, Charlotte’s observation is that continual development of your own and your employees’ digital skills is key to achieving your goal quicker, smarter and slicker. Charlotte will introduce you to the Digital Skills Partnership, a pilot from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which is here to make that journey easier. 📹 THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ⭐️ Our Sponsor for the evening will be our friends at Teapot Creative. ----------------------------------- ⏰ Please arrive from 7pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.

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  • Digital Taunton - September Meetup with Talks by Sandeep Roy & Kenda Macdonald

    It's EP08 - how the time is flying by! Once again at Company Spaces, Taunton. 🎙 Host = Jeremy! Shane is away on holiday 🏖 🎤 Sandeep Roy - "Innovate. Grow, Thrive - Business models to thrive in the Digital Economy" Sandeep is a local business growth specialist, a mentor at SetSquared, Natwest Accelerator and finance innovation Lab, an author on business innovation and a visiting lecturer on Strategy & innovation at Oxford Brookes University. He is passionate about helping SME’s as they are the backbone of the UK economy. He will explain the drivers of a digital economy, changes in consumer behaviour and how businesses can view disruption as an opportunity to respond competitively, hypercharge growth (or stop decay) with innovative business models & strategic digital. 🎤 Kenda Macdonald CEO of Automation Ninjas - "How the brain decides to buy and what you can do about it" Kenda is an award winning behavioural marketing automation consultant. She's the author of Hack The Buyer Brain and uses her background in forensic psychology and marketing automation to help businesses get better quality leads. Discover how your customers brains decide whether or not to buy, and exactly what you can do to influence a purchase decision. 🎤 Spotlight speaker: Bethan Turner from Taunton Chamber of Commerce - "Cyber Security - are you the weakest link?" Bethan is a Marketing and Business Services professional working on behalf of the Taunton Chamber of Commerce to help the business community in the town grow and prosper. She will be focusing on the workshops they are going to run in conjunction with the Somerset Cyber Group. The Taunton Chamber of Commerce exists to support and connect companies, bringing together local businesses and organisations to build new relationships, share best practice, foster new opportunities and provide practical support. 📹 THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ⭐️ Our Sponsor for the evening will be our friends at Albert Goodman. ----------------------------------- ⏰ Please arrive from 7:00 pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.

  • Digital Taunton - August Meetup with Talks

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    We're back for episode 7! Once again at Company Spaces in Taunton. 🎙 Jeremy will be hosting the evening! 🎤 David Ford from Eloquent Technologies - "The fragility of the Internet" 🎤 Jim Rowe Bot - “Chatbots 2019 and Beyond” 🎤 Naomi Jago from Serco is our spotlight guest - "Training opportunities in the South West" 📹 THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ⏰ Please arrive from 7:00 pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7:30 pm. 🙋‍♀️ Our volunteers will greet you, provide you with a name badge and show you around. 🍕Free pizza 🙌🏼 ☕️ Alcoholic, coffees and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe. 💬 There will be plenty of time to mingle and chat before and after the talks. 🚗 Car parking is free after 6 pm at Wood Street car park (https://goo.gl/maps/rZDA48Vu6812) and the Coal Orchard car park (https://goo.gl/maps/NLqPvU4gkcy), both 3-minute walk to the venue. Strictly attendance for people registered via this meetup page only. Sorry, no guests without registering.