I am back in the IIA HQ after last week’s Congress. So far we have been receiving positive feedback . We really appreciate all kinds of feedback so if you didn’t manage to fill out your feedback form on the day please email comments/ queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can, of course, comment below!
I found the whole experience invaluable and was delighted to meet nearly all of the over 300 delegates. I had spoken to some of you on the phone, via email or here on the blog but it is always nice to put a face to a voice. I mentioned to some of you that you would be more than welcome to guest blog: if you are interested please email me or leave a comment.
The only drawback to being an organiser is that I missed all of the presentations and breakout sessions. Thankfully Talking Voices were there again to record all and these recordings will be available as podcasts soon. Watch this space!
All of the presentations are available on the IIA website already so if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do! You will need to log in to get access to this content. If you were a delegate but you are not a member we have made arrangements for access for a month. Please email me to get a username and password.
It was a sad day in the IIA office when I had to tell my colleagues that no, they could not do the survey and be in with a chance to win a 16GB Apple IPod Touch. So come next December if you are scratching your head and wondering what on earth should I get Roseanne, Fergal and Irene in the IIA for Christmas…
We had a great response so thank you very much to everyone who completed the survey. The results are available on our website – currently just available to members so please log in to access them*. We will announce the winner at Congress, on the IIA site and here next Thursday. Oh the suspense – it’s just like Next Top Model!
One statistic that interested me was the 46.9% who indicated that the absence of a business case was the main barrier to deployment of social networking and new media technologies. We hope, with the presentations of case studies at next Thursday’s congress, that those of you who wish to be convinced, will be and those of you seeking to convince, will have ample ammunition when next you are asked, “What’s so brilliant about social networking and new media anyway?”
And now for some Friday fun. For the 7.3% who responded “What are you talking about?!” when asked which social networking and new media technologies they use in their business I will leave it to the good folks in Commoncraft to explain it all. (Buíochas leis an Imeall don nasc!)
Have a great weekend and see you all next Thursday!
*Have you forgotten your username and password? Email email@example.com and I’ll get one out to you ASAP!
One thing that many of the delegates at our previous congresses asked about was the chance to get some one-on-one advice about website strategy. As the IIA is a member-driven organisation we take these suggestions seriously and so this year we developed a brand spanking new feature of Congress 2008. This year we bring you Web Strategy Clinics! We have organised 5 different clinics with experts from among our membership. These clinics will allow you to sit down for half an hour and pick their brains on your choice of the following:
You need to register for the clinic of your choice* and give some details about your current situation so that you and the expert can kick off and waste no time on formalities. If you leave a comment below saying “hellohowareyou!” you can consider that done and get right into the meat of it!
* You can attend as many as you like – you’ll just have to register for each seperately. Enjoy!
I mentioned that I am in total research mode while finishing up my M.Sc. in Social Research Skills. So here goes my first attempt at picking your brains! Please tell us how does your business use social networking and new media technologies?
In advance of the IIA Congress 2008 “Beyond Websites: Business uses of Social Networking and New Media” (which I may have mentioned here once or twice 😀 ) we and our newest member, Ciall.com, would like to get some idea of how you use these technologies in your company or organisation.
We have developed a survey which will take no more than 3 minutes to complete. This survey asks 10 key questions about your experience and use of these technologies.
Take part in the survey and be in with a chance to win a 16GB Apple IPod Touch with thanks to the IIA’s newest member, Ciall.com. Ciall.com provide professional expertise to their clients in information systems, business process and strategic planning.
Take the survey now!
The information gathered in this survey will be anonymised. The resulting anonymised data will be shared with Ciall.com and key findings will be reported on the IIA website and in the press. If you have any queries please contact Roseanne Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our newest members Web Things who specialise in all things web. Founded by David Hanafin and Guntars Sinarski, this web development company offers packages to suit every budget and a bespoke service to boot. They offer their customers the following assurance:
Our technical ability, combined with graphic design expertise and imagination, ensure your web site is to the forefront in web design, maximising its potential and giving your business the competitive edge needed in today’s business environment.
(Would you like to read about your company here? This is just one of the many ways that we help our members promote their services and expertise. Read about all our membership benefits and join today!)
A big welcome to our newest members Ciall.com. I had a very interesting conversation with Allen O’Reilly from Ciall yesterday. When he told me the company name I was all set to start blathering away “as Gaeilge” but sadly he was not the Gaeilgeoir in the company. They are indeed ciallmhar because they promptly joined the IIA.
Lack of Irish aside, they are a talented bunch with backgrounds in accounting, finance, information systems and project management. They are a consulting company who specialise in solutions built on MS technology. They expressed an interest in Web 2.0 (see you at Congress then!), Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence, Collaboration and Professional Services. If you think you could collaborate in a CIALLmhar way, why don’t you get in touch with them?
Not even our members! Today is your last opportunity to book a ticket for Congress 2008 Beyond Websites: Business Uses of Social Networking and New Media at the early bird price of EUR195.00 which is exclusive to members.
Just make sure you login before booking to avail of this offer. If you can’t recall your login details email email@example.com with your full name, email address, position and company and you will receive a reminder. Extra discounts are available to charities and regional delegates please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to avail of these. Looking forward to meeting you all there!
I still have great plans for this blog and I’m hoping that nobody thinks that I’m starting as I mean to go on with the erratic posting. I’ve started with the IIA at a very exciting time indeed. I’ve spoken to a number of our members via email or over the phone on a range of issues so it was nice to speak to you. There has been a number of new members since I started and if you would like to know who they are, visit www.iia.ie and sign-up for our Digest where we officially welcome new members every month.
Based on a recent blog post I read on TechCrunch I’m obviously not the only one who has a busy schedule. Apparently there is help out there. This post discusses an online app called Jiffle which allows your contacts to book an appointment based on your free time. Your contacts cannot access the details of what you are doing in your busy time; obvious maybe but one of the commenters raised this concern. Other commenters on the post suggested a range of other online applications that do similar.
Has anybody tried one of this applications? I would be very curious to hear about your experiences? Are your contacts happy to interact with you this way? I’m off to try it out myself and I’ll keep you posted.
When I was introducing myself yesterday I failed to mention that I am currently completing a M.Sc in Social Research Skills in the University of Ulster. This course takes place entirely online and that has been a learning experience in itself for all involved.
So you can imagine with the end of my very last module in sight I am in TSR Mode (Total Social Research Mode and no, this doesn’t mean I spend a lot of time in the pub asking people questions. Chance would be a fine thing…) where everything is questioned and nothing is assumed.
While I have no current plans to undertake research about the IIA it is certainly something that could be of interest to all of us and many others besides. In the meantime I have a question for you all and contrary to what is normally considered constructive behaviour I expect you to answer with a question.
If you could ask all the members of the Irish Internet Association one question, what would that question be?
This is also a cunning way for me to get an idea of the issues most on your minds. I think I would ask questions about whether the members use social networking tools like blogs and RSS and how they use them. However I am, of course, totally obsessed with business applications of Social Networking at the moment as it is the focus of this year’s IIA Congress. (Plug plug!)
Sure while I’m at it I might as well keep plugging away! I mentioned in yesterday’s post that our early bird offer of EUR195.00 has been extended until April 25th and that this offer is available exclusively to members. However did you know that you can apply online for membership in four easy steps? Membership is instant so if you do this today you will be able to avail of the early bird offer straight away.
I’m Roseanne Smith, the IIA’s new Membership, Marketing and Communications Manager. I started work with the IIA last Tuesday and it’s been full speed ahead since then.
With the Congress coming up in less than five weeks there has been a lot of interest in membership. It was particularly busy on Friday as our early bird offer closed so there was a desperate scramble to renew membership (Yes it is true: you are not alone although it gets lonelier by the day in the “Oops forgot to renew my membership” camp!) and to avail of the great offers. EUR195.00 for members – a bargain!*
I’ve also been dealing with a number of interesting queries from members and it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to post some of these queries in anonymised form here. I like to think I know a thing or two about this whole Internet business but unfortunately the queries happened to be about the other things about which I couldn’t claim expertise. Let me know what you think: how would you feel about your internet woes being the subject of discussion on this site. Leave a comment to let me know what you think.
And to finish some of you might be scratching your heads wondering where do I know her from so a lá Troy McClure from The Simpsons you might know me from:
- Rathmines in Dublin where I grew up
- Scoil Bhríde, Ranelagh and Muckross Park, Donnybrook where I went to school
- Trinity College Dublin where I got a degree in Drama Studies and Modern Irish and a M.Sc. in Multimedia Systems
- Too many stage productions to list as either cast or crew
- (And now this is really McClure-esque) “Amú san Áis” starring Hector Ó hEochagáin – you may have seen my name in the roller on: I was the researcher
- Gaelport.com: I’m a fluent Irish speaker and I was responsible for developing this community focussed site
- I was a founding representative of The Legacy Group and the Community Sector Employers’ Forum on behalf of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge
- My personal blog which you may have happened upon
- “Giotaí den saol” daily Irish language trivia snippets on a number of radio stations throughout the country.
- Letters in the Irish Times because I’m always writing in and givin’ out
- And if none of that rings any bells I went to Irish College in Rann na Feirste
I look forward to meeting you at Congress in May. Knock over to me and say hello if only to see if I have managed to master the delivery of my extravagant title!
*A slightly later little bird tells me that the early bird offer is extended for members only until 25th April. So get on the case right now. Email me for details.