Social Media can be a scary concept if you're a small business owner. What is it? Where do you start? What can it do for your business? Is it worth it?
But help is at hand with the growth of local Social Media Cafes.
A social media cafe is an event held in a local cafe or coffee shop where small and medium businesses can meet and find out more about the world of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest etc.
Last night was the second Teignmouth and Dawlish Social Media Cafe, held at the Ugly Duckling in Dawlish.
The event was organised by the Mandy Pearce of Seashell Communications and Emma Kay, the Teignmouth and Dawlish Community Interest Company Town Centre Development Manager.
A number of local businesses attended to find out more about how they could set up and use Twitter and Facebook to promote themselves.
The event was based around a basic 'how to get started' workshop, with plenty of time for questions throughout.
As well as learning from a professional, businesses were also happy to share their own experiences and ideas, sharing suggestions about content and the best time to post.
One of the biggest themes of the evening was finding the time to manage social media accounts with the conclusion that quality and relevance count for a lot more than quantity. There was also a lively discussion about the use of humour on social media, where caution was a buzzword.
While social media cafes provide an ideal forum to learn about a vital marketing tool and share best practice, businesses benefit just as much from the opportunity to network.
I will certainly be attending future events and hope to help out - so if there are any burning questions about using social media, let me know and I'll be sure to cover them in my session and in future blog posts.
To find out more about the Teignmouth and Dawlish Social Media Cafe go to: