June #29Social – One Week to Go

Well it’s Wednesday – which means that the June #29Social is just one week away! What is #29Social? It’s simply a chance for a bit of socialising – plus some networking in Glasgow and to learn a few things along the way.

The topics discussed are always Social Media in nature – past topics included Linkedin, Google+, Video, and so forth. The events are FREE to members of 29 Private Members Club and just a £5.00 for non-members. You’ll get a wee drink upon arrival and some nibbles too.Can your business survive without Google?

New Format for June #29Social

This month, after taking on board some feedback, I’m trying something a little different at the June #29social…it will be a panel of three – instead of three speakers. We will be loosely discussing  “Can your business survive without Google?” and broadly speaking about search engines (not just Google but Bing and more), optimising content, blogging, PPC and other ways to drive traffic to a website and get customers.

We are taking questions ahead of time – via Social Media – or if you have one, ask in the comment below!  This will be an amazing event and interesting whether you own a business or not. The panel have been hand-picked because they are experts in their fields of Domains, SEO and Social Media.

June #29Social Panel

The expert panel for this month’s event are as follows:

Domain and SEO expert Tommy Butler speaks at the June #29socialTommy Butler (pic) A digital and internet strategist, Tommy (Mr Glasgow.com) is passionate about domain names and strategy.

Like Alan, he’s an expert in SEO but with an unorthodox take on them that will amaze you!

Alan Fair. Founder of Contact Online, Alan is an expert in Data Analysis, SEO, and Web Design. Get ready to have your mind blown by glorious and geeky stats and analytics – that he’s obtained over a decade of helping businesses online.

Matthew MarleMatthew Marley Social Media Expert in Glasgow speaks at the June #29socialy. The Senior Social Strategist at Yomego responsible for developing and executing social strategies for some of the worlds biggest brands including Amazon and Google, Matthew is our Social Media expert. He can help you with your content marketing queries!

These gentlemen are all experts in their fields and will be sharing their wealth of experience to all who attend this month’s #29Social.

So please RSVP on the 29 Glasgow website and see you there on the 17th.

This June #29Social event will be the last until after the summer. There will be limited seating in the “29 Apartment” – so please RSVP now – and arrive on time at 6 to get yourself a seat!

Training: Facebook, Trading Online & Linkedin…

With regards to training, this week, and next, are among my busiest of the entire year!

Tomorrow morning it’s a session with some SMEs – showing them how Facebook can work for small business (and how, as a business page owner, it doesn’t always work like you’d hope).

Then, a wee break, and it’s class number three of the Trading Online class for on behalf of Business Gateway in Renfrewshire (for NSDesign).


Night shot of Business Gateway Clydebank Titan BuildingAlready, yesterday was the SEO class out in Clydebank for Business Gateway West Dunbartonshire.

I just love this Business Gateway SEO class (called Improve Your Search Engine Rankings) because 1) it’s an exciting-but-constantly-changing-and-evolving field, so you have to be on your toes and 2) Because it’s incredibly empowering to be in control over some of these (on page, at least) aspects of your own website…

Those things can, in return, then have a direct result to your success in the SERPS (Search Engine Results Page – usually on Google).

Frankly, I learn a lot every week on the subject of Search Engine Optimisation. While I am the first to admit that I have some great people who know (way) more about it than I do (and who help me often, e.g Brian Tait from Aillum) – at least I tend to know more than the people I am training which is the main thing.

Thea Newcomb on Linkedin since 2008NEW START SCOTLAND

As if all of this were not enough – on Thursday and Friday it’s New Start Scotland. I’ve spent days writing this Linkedin presentation…aimed at the “newbies” (or new starts) of business.

Though I hope to have a tip or two for the more veteran Linkedin user. I decided yesterday to really keep it more basic. I felt like I was trying too hard to impress and it just ended up stressing me out. The presentation is not finished, so maybe I will look for a few zingers to throw in there as nifty tips for more advanced users out there.

While researching the New Start talk, I came across this link about how “creepy” Linkedin is. It did make me chuckle…I have to admit. I hadn’t really thought of it that way but it kinda is…

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social NetworkNovember 10, 2013 · Interactually · Written by David Veldt This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year. After digging for answers and even a couple attempts at contacting their customer support, I’ve concluded that LinkedIn is by far the creepiest social network. The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the “People You May…
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Well I really had better get back to the Facebook Keynote presentation (on behalf of Postable) and the Linkedin prezi too. Although I know it’s best not to wish your time away – there is something about these next two-super-busy weeks that makes me long for Thanksgiving. I’m taking the day off by the way. I may not celebrate it in the “traditional way” (well for starters I am vegetarian now), but I do always try to take it off and find myself a bit of Pumpkin pie….Roll on Thanksgiving…

PS: Want FREE Tickets for New Start Scotland? Info about the New Start Workshops are here. My talk is around 1:30 or so each day (1:45?). If last year’s talk is anything to go by though, I recommend getting there early and into the front to hear and see best. This goes not just for my talk but any talk you may be attending.


  1. “LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network” · David Veldt · Nov. 10, 2013 · Interactually

New Training Website – Launching Soon

Well now that the company name has been chosen, the domain has been bought, a rough logo has been created, a new company website is soon to follow. . .but for now I thought I’d outline, in a bit more detail what Newcomb’s newco is really about.


wordpress logo - circle with blue WIn the West of Scotland? Do you want a simple, mobile friendly site, but don’t know where to start? Do you only have a small budget?

No problem…

Basically my core training product will be one-to-one WordPress in a Day – in Glasgow and the West.

I take someone who has absolutely no website experience (at all) and hold their hand as I walk them through setting up WP, adding pages, posts, and pictures too.


For me, the key is to empower all of my clients to go away at the end of the day with a site they can feel confident in managing themselves. A client may still want to pay someone else to do it, but at least they won’t be held hostage to their site – unable to make even the most simple of changes to pictures and text. [If I had a dollar for every time I heard a horror story from a website owner who was, effectively, held to ransom by their web design company – I would be a millionaire today!]


Also on the day, I’ll be teaching basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) essentials required to be found on the Internet (read: Google). Well talk about a few of the simple steps that factor into search rankings – on page of and off page optimization (basically the things you can do to get higher up in the likes of Google). Don’t worry I won’t make it too techie!


Finally, the last part of the course will be spent covering some “best practices” of whatever social media channels would best suit the individual client. Some clients may want to be on a few different channels – while others may feel that one platform is enough. So this part of the training will be totally bespoke to each, individual client.

The channels I can help (correctly) set up and train on are: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest*. (You can find me on all of the above – see my social media icons to connect with me).

Note: Incidentally, I would advise customers start with one or two and do them really well – rather than be on all of them in less effective way.

I look forward to meeting and possibly training some of you soon!

PS: The company name will be unveiled when the logo has been signed off – watch this space! 🙂