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Flash, bang wallop - what a picture, what a photograph!
My brief moment of fame caught on camera when Dragons' Den guru, Theo Paphitis, presented me with my #SBS (Small Business Sunday) winners certificate at the ICC in Birmingham.
Theo Paphitis presenting Felicity with her #SBS winners certificate
What an amazing inspirational day meeting hundreds of other successful, forward thinking businesses at the #SBS Winners conference.
Theo was motivational, yet down to earth, answering any questions from the floor, and took time to chat to all the winners individually. He was extremely interested in our accessible off-road wheelchair and asked what future plans we had at Hoe Grange Holdiays.
You can see why he is such a successful entrepreneur. He recognises the day to day struggles of small businesses and is keen to enable us all to grow and expand by working together, sharing successes and learning within the #SBS family. The room was full of energy and I came away with renewed enthusiasm.
How did I win this fabulous opportunity? Through using social media, and in particular Twitter.
I Tweeted the business entrepreneur about our liberating off-road wheelchair during ‘Small Business Sunday’, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter. Each week Theo rewards 6 small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.
@TheoPaphitis then re-Tweets them (or forwards the message) to his 400,000+ followers giving an instant publicity rush to the small businesses selected.
If only 10% of those people then re-Tweet to 500 followers each, that’s another 15 million people who know about hiring our off-road wheelchair and accessible holiday accommodation. Not bad for a 140 character Tweet that’s free! If the message then gets re-Tweeted again the numbers become unbelievable.
David often asks me what I am "Twatting" about at in the office and thinks I am wasting time, but my Tweet about our Boma 7 off-road buggy enabling “Access for All” to Derbyshire, has gone global. We have boosted our followers on Twitter to 2,384 and suddenly hundreds of potential guests have found out about our accessible self-catering log cabins in the stunning Peak District countryside, and may think of us next time they are looking to book a holiday. The power of social media!
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