How Businesses Can Use Real-Time Social Media

On August 9th, 2012, wrote:

Real-time use of social media allows businesses the opportunity connect with people in a way that mainstream media simply cannot achieve as effectively – largely because the bigger an organization, the more unresponsive it can become. In addition, traditional media does not allow for any sort of personal interaction or two-way communication to take place. Not everybody has the second opportunity to go and study social media marketing or a digital media course so I’ve outlined just a few ways that businesses can take advantage of real-time social media to scale their reach with their intended audience. Live video streaming Just a few weeks ago I attended an informal industry talk in my home town of Nottingham, by peer web designer, and now friend, Alex Leeson Brown. He talked about his story and journey of becoming a web designer, including the highs and lows of the various places where he worked and the challenges he encountered. At the time of – Read the full article

After Snubbing Google, Groupon Raises Nearly $1 Billion in Venture Funding

On January 13th, 2011, wrote:

It looks like snubbing the world’s number one search engine was the right move after all. Just a little over a month after rejecting Google’s $5.3 billion offer, daily deals website – and one of today’s fastest growing companies – Groupon has raised $950 million in one of the largest venture funding rounds of all time. The financing came from a long list of venture capital firms and investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, DST, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Silver Lake, Maverick Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures, Mail.Ru Group, and New Enterprise Associates. “We’re thrilled that Groupon has earned the confidence of some of the world’s most respected investment firms,” said Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of Groupon. “With their support, we will continue on our mission to change the way people shop locally and serve the world’s local businesses.” Added Greylock Partners venture capitalists Reid Hoffman and James Slayet in a TechCrunch guest blog post: “We – Read the full article