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Oh what a week… #NetworkingWeek

February 2014, by Jon | Add a comment

This last week has been a whirlwind of tips, inspiration and stories from the MOO Community. We’ve been busy bees sharing stories that we’ve found from expert networkers, event exhibitors and organisers. Most of all we’ve enjoyed your practical tips – here are some of the best.

Big thank-you goes to Rachel, who reminds us that networking requires action! You’ve got to take a step out of your comfort zone (and your office) if you want to meet people!

Rachel

And if you’re looking for some really practical advice, such as ‘what questions should I ask someone I’ve just met?’, Hayley has got some tried and tested questions to help you be a great conversationalist.

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Networking Stories: MOO’s Director of Ideation Matt Grey

February 2014, by Jon | Add a comment

Next up in our Networking Stories – we chatted with our very own Director of Ideation, Matt Grey. Before coming to MOO, Matt started his own fashion company Social Suicide (and was already a MOO customer – using MiniCards, Business Cards and Postcards for clothing tags and promo materials), specializing in creative suits and jackets. Starting his business from the ground up involved a lot of networking – from meeting buyers at fashion trade shows to chatting up potential customers. Here’s what he had to say about his networking-heavy days:

So! How did you get started with Social Suicide?
I felt that rather than most men not being interested in fashion, most fashion wasn’t interesting to …Continue reading this article…

And the Networking game changer extraordinaire is…

February 2014, by Jamie | Add a comment

Earlier in the week we kick-started #NetworkingWeek with a fun challenge and asked you to share your game-changing networking moves with us.

We wanted to hear all about how you used your MOO products to make a lasting impression, create the connection of a lifetime or even wowed a room with your conversation starters!

Throughout this week, we’ve been sharing some of our tips and networking experiences with you, but for us, it’s always just that little bit more fun to hear your tips and stories. When it came to the judging, we knew we’d be in for a treat (and you didn’t disappoint!).

So without …Continue reading this article…

Networking Stories: Peter from CafePod

February 2014, by Ashley | Add a comment

We caught up with the founders behind CafePod for our next Networking Stories post. Peter Grainger (along with a few friends) began CafePod, a company that produces ‘clever coffee capsules’, out of his passion for everyone’s favourite morning wake-up ritual.

Team CafePod

Thanks to some savvy networking, they ended up snagging some big clients – UK Supermarkets Ocado, Waitrose and Tesco, as well as Amazon to give you an idea – and the business quickly became a success! We noticed photos of Peter on Twitter networking away at an event and got in touch ask him about his own personal do’s, don’ts, and everything in between for …Continue reading this article…

Networking Stories: A chat with Miranda Bishop

February 2014, by Ashley | Add a comment

People always talk about the merits of networking – but how many actually put what they talk about into action on a regular basis? We caught up with a few MOO customers (plus a few of the MOO Crew) to chat about their real-life networking stories, as well as their reasons for why good old-fashioned face-to-face meet-ups are often the best way to go.

First up in our Networking Stories is Miranda Bishop – a social media consultant who made the leap from company-employed to self-employed after building up a personal client base. Working for herself, Miranda’s always using networking events (as well as her business cards!) to meet new clients and market her skills.…Continue reading this article…

Your Remarkable Networking Move

February 2014, by Cheryl Rafuse | Add a comment

We love hearing snippets of your networking adventures and being a little part of that first ‘hello’ moment. But we do find ourselves curious: 140 characters can only take us so far into the story of your success. We want to know what happened after you handed over your brilliantly designed card?

As part of our networking week, we thought it would be the perfect time for a competition, and the perfect time for you to share your networking stories too.

So we’d like to hear how you’ve made a game-changing move in networking with your MOO products. Did they help you make a connection of a lifetime? Was that one business card the catalyst for your latest entrepreneurial endeavor? Would you …Continue reading this article…

Introducing… Networking Week

February 2014, by Jon | 2 Comments – latest by Teresa

One of our favourite things here at MOO HQ is getting to hear all your fantastic stories and seeing how passionate you all are about your amazing businesses. You’ve always got a little story to share with us, or an anecdote about how impressed your new contacts were with your shiny new Business Cards.

It turns out you guys aren’t just great at creating great businesses; you’re also passionate about getting out there and telling people all about them. In other words – you just love to network!

The first few months of the year are always very exciting, businesses big and small are busy making lots of exciting plans for the year ahead, planning to reach new customers, partnering with new …Continue reading this article…

Time to step out of the dark(room) and reveal our Lomography inspirational competition winner

February 2014, by Jon | 1 Comment – latest by Mason Moore

A few weeks back we teamed up with Lomography for a spot of a photographical fun. They sell analogue cameras, film and more to a wonderful community who capture some really wonderful photos; peruse their website if you ever fancy some analogue eye-candy. Together with our new friends we launched a competition – they gave us one of their shiny cameras, the La Sardina Camera and Flash DIY Edition, no less – to award our favourite set of inspirational photographs.

We felt rather spoilt having our inboxes filled with beautiful photography, and it was delightful to see lots of you find inspiration in everyday delights like walks in the park and seeing people laughing.

Without further …Continue reading this article…

Eureka! MADE LLC

February 2014, by Ashley | 1 Comment – latest by constantine vavolotis

Making MADE
Founder of 3D surf and sail boards company MADE LLC, Shanon Marks, describes the lead up to his Eureka Moment as (pretty  much) his entire life. “I’m 37 years old and it probably took me 36 years to get to this idea,” he said. Growing up on the water, and competitive sailing as a kid, water sports were a big part of Shanon’s life. “My older brothers all pooled together money to get me my first sailboard when I was 13 and I rode that for five years.”

MADE LLC

Still, the issue with his sport of choice always seemed to be the equipment. It was expensive, it was hard to …Continue reading this article…

8 MOO-approved spring networking events

February 2014, by Ashley | 2 Comments – latest by Jon

Spring is in the air – erm well, just about! It’s still a bit dreary at MOO HQ but that only makes us all the more excited for what spring will bring – warmer weather, lush landscapes, and, most importantly, some of the best conferences of the year.

Stickers for networking!

We’ve put together a list of our eight favorite networking events scattered across Europe and North America (plus one in Asia for good measure), catering to designers, tech whizzes, marketers, start-ups, and everyone in between. See which event hits closest to home (in more than one way)!
Reasons to be Creative (We can name quite a few!)
Consider this conference a creative haven. Taking place in London …Continue reading this article…

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