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Doggy Royal Wedding

They are likely to be dogged by impersonaters for decades to come.

But Kate Middleton and Prince William could not have expected to be impersonated by dogs – until we hosted our Canine Royal Wedding.

The stars of the show, red setter ‘Kate Puggleton’ and ‘Prince Woofiam’, a Portuguese Estrala, dressed as the soon-to-be-married royals as they tied the knot in a mock ceremony.

As well as giving a humorous nod to the real Royal Wedding, we hope the stunt will help highlight the cruelty of puppy farming as well as raising over £200 for Be Puppy Farm Aware

Maggie Morgan, co-owner of Metrodeco, which holds regular doggy tea parties and has a special dog menu, said: “You might think we’re barking mad but we wanted a novel way to celebrate the Royal Wedding at the same time as highlighting a real animal cruelty issue.”

Celebrity vet Marc Abraham, who donated a signed copy of his new autobiography Vet on Call to be raffled at the event, said: “This was a fantastic way to bring a horrific practice into the public eye. Puppies bred by puppy farms are usually kept in horrible, dark conditions, totally unsocialised and riddled with both infectious and inbred often incurable diseases.”

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Foursquare swarm party: the movie

I just know you’re going to enjoy this….we’ve enlisted Robert De Niro, Meg Ryan, Robert Duval, Clarke Gable and others to help us promote this week’s Foursquare Swarm Party at Metrodeco in Brighton.

Foursquare flashmob: let’s try again!

You've got these - but what about the Swarm Badge?

Okay, after a fantastic attempt to unlock the Foursquare swarm badge yesterday, we fell short – we had 30 check-ins and we needed 50.

We’re now looking on this as a ‘dress rehearsal’ and we want to have a another attempt a.s.a.p.

Aral (@aral) and Greg (@GR3GD) both made the excellent point that we didn’t do enough to tap into Brighton’s wealth of ‘geeks’.

We’ve checked with Foursquare and there hasn’t been a successful Swarm Party in the UK before – so if we can pull it off we’d all be genuinely the first to unlock a swarm badge at a dedicated flashmob.

QUESTION: What day/time within the next week or so do you think would be best to have another go (bearing we could only do after 6pm on weekends due to being full with customers).

Please reply on the comments section below and we will announce date/time later today or tomorrow. Continue reading

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

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