This weekend, which the christmas rush over – I took the plunge and sent my primary computer in to get serviced with SMEIT services locally. Nothing was likely to happen… I’d done the post run for Saturday and I was promised it back on Monday morning. As I don’t work Sunday’s anyway… what would I need the computer for?
Red Herring Games only went and won Small Business Sunday!
What is Small Business Sunday – or #SBS?
Firstly – it’ s a twitter competition. For those of you who don’t know what twitter is… well, it’ll probably mean very little to you – so check out this first: What is Twitter
Small Business Sunday (#SBS) is the brain child of Theo Paphitis one of the Dragons from BBC Dragons Den. (If you don’ t know who Theo is… pull your head out of the sand and click on his name – I’ve hyperlinked it to his website!)
Theo runs the #SBS competition on twitter every weekend to help raise the profiles of entrepreneurial small business owners.
Each sunday between 5.00pm and 7.30pm (GMT)- small business tweeters (that’s people who tweet) from all over the world send Theo a short 140 character message to promote their business.
There are a few rules for entry.
1) The tweet MUST be between those times
2) the tweet MUST include the hash tag #SBS
3) The tweet MUST be directed to @TheoPaphitis
Of the hundreds he receives Theo then reviews them and selects 6 to Retweet (thats repeat to non twitter users) to his followers.
This week he has 215,560 in total – which means my business has just had a mention in front of over 200 THOUSAND people!
This lovely badge came as courtesy of Aqua Design Group Who won #SBS themselves last year. They now help other #SBS winners by generating a badge of their very own.
From what I’ve seen so far membership of the #SBSwinners group is very elite and everyone is there to try and help other businesses get ahead.
Needless to say I’m looking forward to a great 2012!
Well… as promised… there is a list of people to thank for this #SBS win as without these people I would NEVER have got Red Herring Games off the ground let alone winning #SBS… and there’s a LOT of people to thank… so sorry if I miss anyone out – email me if you feel omitted and the chances are you were overlooked by accident and I’ll add you on!
As ever – The first thanks have to go to Mark and Gill Hardy for their continued support from the inception right through to the creation and sustension (is that a word) of the website Red Herring Games!
Alison Clynes of Kinetic Marketing and Design – for intial help Marketting the business and then rebranding the logo!
Paul Fairhall for his tireless editing and voice over work!
Julia from East Coast Pictures for her fabulous You Tube work recently on our behalf!
Fiona and Sharon – the hard working “behind the scenes” girls who do most of the packing day to day! (and Fiona’s mum who’s just started rolling tape for us too!)
My team of authors: Mark and Kathy Pitchford, Kathy Roberson, Michelle Crowther, Tracey Latham, Kit Walkham, Paul Fairhall, Gordon Thorburn, John Waterhouse, Lissa Gibbons, Tony Brown, Julieta Mitnik and Debbie Gooseman.
BNI members (past and present) who’ve supported me in business these last few years (In no particular order): Steve Thickett, Steve Sherwood, Mel and Ben Chase, Dan Reeves, Alison and Steve Clynes, Mark and Gill Hardy, Chris Waud, Mel Sharpe, Fiona, John Tucker, Heath Johnson, Jeremy and Jude Bass, Malcolm Cooke, Simon May, Andy Inch, Jon Ashley, Michael Leadley, Victoria Hearsey, John Booth, Geoff Christie, Alan Young, Mark Jones, Emma and Paul Fairhall, Helen Spauls, Emma Faulkner and Phil Hewson.
Friends and family (I’ve been told I can’t mention names as some of these are teachers – so I won’t mention any – that way I can’t offend anyone – but you all know who you are!!
My acting friends who’ve supported me in the arrival of the events side of Red Herring Games: I don’t know you all by name ( and I’m sure to miss some people off – just ping me an email so I can correct it)! But Bill Jellyman and team from Sale, Marie Shirley Lewis and Phil Armstrong from Durham, Steve Brennan/Bellamy (whatever you’re going by at the moment), Nick Adams, Craig Thurlow, Sara Beasley, Staurt Owen-Howard, Gareth Arthurs, Mike Wilson, Stephen Rayner, Helen Slater, Helen Kent, Jeanine Ridha, David Phillips, Johnny Allbones, Dean Wright, Dean Wilding, John Litchfield, Derek Hodges, Susan Everatt, Alison Bottomley, Matt Storey, Kelly Meacock, Kerry Buckley, Lorraine Laird, Tim Rutherford, Jeff Riley, Tom Wright, Joanne Abbon, Penny and Bob Seymour and many more!
Efactor and Jacqui from PulseCSI who told me all about #SBS!
Finally my customers – of which there are over 12,000 already – and so I can’t name you all one by one!
Thank you ALL for your support to make this possible!