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Twitter tips for business

Recommended reading - Joel Comm's Twitter Power

We’ve been playing away again!

I mean blogging at other sites, you smutty lot!

This time we wrote about how we’ve used Twitter to grow customers on the Brighton Twitter Social Meet-up blog managed by Wendy Kier

Have a read if you want some tips on:

–          how to involve customers in your business and to use their ideas,

–          how to use Twitpics and other photo services to enhance brand,

–          how to search the Twittersphere to find people who might want to connect with you, and

–          some tips on optimising the appearance of your page

Helen

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Improve your bottom line with Foursquare

Metrodeco's Helen checks in to Foursquare

We’ve written a guest blog for Brighton-based training provider Silicon Beach Training called How To Use Foursquare for Business.

In it we offer tips for small businesses on how to use the location-based social network, which is growing frighteningly quickly, to attract customers.

If you find this post useful, please come back and read our blog at this site on Brighton’s Tweeting Tea and Coffee Shops.

Hardly Amy Winehouse…the debut music video of a Brighton cafe!

Okay, it’s hardly Amy Winehouse…but there can’t be many small tea shops on the South Coast of England who have released a music video. Besides, we think Brighton-based singer/songwriter and comedienne Hannah Brackenbury, who penned the track recently after a visit, is as good as any of the current crop of British singers. Honest 🙂

This is the first rough cut of The Metrodeco Song – and it was filmed on a sunny afternoon in Kemp Town, Brighton, and Hove. We are currently in promising talks with a charity that’s close to our hearts and some music industry big wigs about making a proper recording in a studio and re-shooting the video so we can flog it on iTunes. All proceeds to that good cause, obviously.

So if you like it, please, please, pleeeease click on the ‘share’ options above or below and tell your Twitter, Facebook and MySpace followers and friends. Or just spread the link to this blog around.

Thanks,

Helen,
Metrodeco

Brighton’s tweeting tea and coffee shops

Metrodeco's Twitter page

A recent tweet by Will McInnes, a Brighton-based social media guru, praised the quality of a mini-explosion of independent coffee shops in Brighton.

Will was probably thinking about the great-tasting coffee – but a man with his digital know-how could not have failed to notice the inventive things these delectable and modern emporia are doing with social media.

Will mentioned Coffee@33 in Trafalgar Street, a delightful and quirky stop-off for anyone heading from the train station to North Laine – or coming back. Coffee@33 has a useful entry on Foursquare to which at least a dozen people have recently ‘checked in’, many urging visitors to try their apparently wonderful ‘flat white’. So I checked in and tried it. Take my word for it – it’s velvety smooth and definitely worth trying. But I’d probably never have known without eavesdropping on the online conversations that enticed me to that shop.

Another of Will’s favourites was our near neighbours at the Red Roaster, who have a vibrant Facebook appreciation group with 183 members, a veritable community of coffee-lovers online. Participants post photos, ask questions of the coffee house’s owners and swap advice on the best product (the Café au Lait is popular). The guys at the Roaster have learned a golden rule of social media – letting go. By that I mean they encourage conversations they do not control about their product, a clear departure from ‘broadcasting’ messages with posters, adverts and press releases. Sure, the odd unfavourable comment crops up – but most people are praise-worthy and the remarks are all the more credible because they come from real customers, not from the owners. Continue reading

Easter march for dog rights

Ever wandered into a cafe with your beloved four-legged friend – only to be met by tutting and barely-concealed disapproval?

Unfortunately, that has been the experience of many visitors and residents in Brighton and Hove because some businesses are needlessly intolerant of dogs.

Often, it’s just based on the false presumption that they will somehow be unhygienic and poorly-behaved, when the vast majority are not. We’ve admitted dogs at Metrodeco since we opened a year ago and never had cause to ask an owner to take his or her pet outside.

But it’s not just unfair – the real damage is that dog-owners from from other towns and cities will eventually consider this to be a city that is UN-FRIENDLY to dogs. And that’s bad for tourism.

So we’re making a stand by holding a march to highlight the issue.

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Tea shop to get a make-over

Metrodeco is undergoing an exciting refurbishment project over the next few days that will allow us to introduce a fuller and more varied menu in time for spring.

At the moment it looks like a giant has picked up the building, given it a good shake with both hands, dripped some paint through the door and put it back again.

But we’re hopeful you’ll like the final result.

Thanks to the tea shop’s growing popularity, we’re able to invest in the equipment and space we need to bring greater choice and service to our customers, including a larger preparation area.

This means we’ll be closed until Friday April 2nd. We apologise for any inconvenience but we hope you’ll agree the improvements are worth the short period of disruption.

We’re hoping to launch our new menu after Easter so look out for news on the website.

In the meantime, please feel free to book a table so you can be sure of being one of our first customers to take advantage of the new look!

Making a monster Easter egg

Metrodeco's Helen with our giant egg

It’s a chocoholic’s dream.

We’ve just had an enormous Easter egg made for the tea shop – and it could be yours for free!

It’s currently nestled in a corner waiting to be raffled off for charity but you can get a free ticket simply by registering on our website. Don’t worry, we promise not to spam you but we’ll ask you once by email if you want to be informed when we write blogs, make videos or have some interesting news.

Back to the egg – it was hand-crafted, stands at almost a metre tall and weighs as much as a small child.

To make it, chocolatier Holly Caulfield, from Hove-based Chocoholly, poured coat after coat of liquid chocolate into a giant mould which was specially-manufactured. You can see that amazing process on our YouTube video.

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