Great Blog by my brother Coran 🙂
All of us at Radical are extremely proud to have 23 nominations in this year’s Social Media Awards! Click below to see the list of worthy entrants in this year’s awards which is being held at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on June 5th.
It is with great pleasure that I get to write about the Radical Social Media team winning Best Social Media Agency at Thursday’s Social Media Awards!
Funnily enough on the night of my first day joining Radical in 2012 we all went to the Social Media awards. And here we are a year later with the team almost double in size and an impressive rota of clients picking up the best agency award.
I feel blessed to work with such a lovely buch of talented and creative people and I’m already looking forward to aiming to retain our title at next year’s awards 🙂
2011 has proven to be to be one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life.
In September of this year I graduated with my Masters in Marketing from DCU. The course has earned a reputation for it’s proactive approach to Social Media and Digital Marketing and I would recommend the course thoroughly.
In August, I pursued my passion for Social Media marketing and joined a dynamic young start-up SocialMedia.ie. It gave me the perfect opportunity to follow two passions: running Social Media campaigns and training/ lecturing.
Interestingly one of the questions that came up in my interview for the job was,
“Where do you see yourself in a few years?”
My answer was to establish myself as a specialist in the field of Social Media which I feel I am gradually working towards. As part of the SocialMedia.ie team I have delivered presentations to The Institute of Directors, Dublin City Enterprise Board and helped to design and deliver the Practical Social Media Module in NUI Maynooth.
Of course the salesman in me has also been called out on a few occasions and this year I’ve had the opportunity to close some exciting deals with some high profile clients which will be revealed next year.
Outside of Social Media my passions for music have been kept entertained. I spent the summer in The Factory in Dublin recording a new album with The Frank and Walters. We’ve enjoyed some nice trips performing in Croatia, Hungary, France and some nice dates in the UK supporting Carter USM. The new album entitled “Grenwich Mean Time” will be released in March of next year.
Although I relocated to Dublin to complete the Masters, I’ve made regular trips back to Cork to host The Cork Music Show on Cork FM Community Radio. Each Sunday we endeavour to bring original Cork music to the airwaves. Ireland has always produced amazing musical talent but a major obstacle for original acts is that mainstream radio tends to favour international acts before promoting home grown talent. As I noted in a spontaneous interview for WorldIrish.com I hope mainstream radio will recognise the need to support Irish talent by playing upcoming acts and increasing their Irish audience.
Unsurprisingly, Social Media is never far away from my other activities. I coordinate the Frank and Walters Social Media campaigns and regularly release the Cork Music Show as a Podcast which can found here.
2012 will be an exciting year for the Frank and Walters which will see the release of the new album and a UK tour. Similarly for SocialMedia.ie, I predict 2012 will be a progressive and, hopefully, another successful year. Thanks for reading!
I was invited along to the launch of NIB’s brand new mobile app in Clifftown House, Stephen’s Green last week. Guests were treated to a demonstration of the new app on an iPad by NIB Business Consultant, Linda Mulcahy. The new app offers users easy access to their accounts, the ability to transfer money, a currency converter and a branch/ ATM locator.
Speaking at the launch of the app was NIB head of Business Development and Deputy CEO Jesper Nielsen who spoke of his delight to be able to share some good news from the banking sector. He also noted that the launch of this app should address any queries surrounding NIB’s commitment to the Irish market following their decision to close several branches and go “cashless”.
The night was not all business as attendees enjoyed Clifftown House Canapés and a hilarious Social Media themed set from comedian Colm O’Regan. The only disappointment of the night was not winning the iPhone in the raffle!
(This post also appeared on http://www.Connector.tv)
The Chapters Live at the Old Oak, Cork by Cian Corbett
I’d seen Dublin quintet The Chapters quite a few times in some very different venues; last year on the main stage of the Indiependence Festival, in 2007 supporting Cathy Davey on the ‘Silverslieve’ Album Tour in Cyprus Avenue and in 2006 in the Murphy’s Live Band finals in Whelan’s and each time they’d left me and the audience wanting more. But tonight they were in the Old Oak, Cork, a late night bar that plays host to finely tuned and nationally recognised cover bands. A venue where high quality tribute acts wow crowds every weekend. A venue where I saw Jerry Fish once scream at a customer to “Shut the F*ck Up!” when he heard talking in the audience. With original artists normally reserved for upstairs in Cyprus Avenue, how would The Chapters fare here….
The crowd that had gathered on a bitterly cold Tuesday night had already been suitably warmed up by young Mitchelstown foursome The Loaded Kings. These teenagers asserted themselves immediately and delighted a crowd that clapped and danced when instructed to with a performance so confident I nearly forgot they were the support act. (There will definitely be more to come from these North Cork protégés).
As the clock crept towards midnight The Chapters took to the stage and instantly reminded me why I was here by belting out 2007 single “Looking for Love”. This song is instantly recognisable from the guitar and wood block intro to the climactic 3 part harmony laden chorus.
Front man Ross McNally doesn’t give the audience a second to compose themselves before launching into “Juice”, taken from their debut album “Perfect Stranger”. Here we’re treated to their winning formula of retro 80’s synths, spikey electric guitars and 3 part harmonies so strong that when the instruments drop out we realise that the melody can stand alone fearlessly. But don’t get too comfortable, the chorus armed with bass snyths and guitar returns like a kiss with a fist. (Cheers Florence!)
While this winning formula which champions a Talking Heads meets Fleetwood Mac collage, The Chapters aren’t afraid to mix it up. Synths are replaced by solid piano chords, Ross changes to acoustic guitar and Drummer Ciaran opts to create tension using mallets instead of sticks for more atmospheric numbers like Black Room. But one of their strengths is they don’t stray too far from the formula and when you catch yourself singing back the chorus you’ll know why.
Chatting to the audience is kept minimal until we’re invited to sing the infectious guitar riff to 2009 single “Videotapes”. With pursed lips and pointed fingers the crowd duly obliges every time the riff comes along leaving the invitation to join in seem unnecessary.
The Chapters wrap up the night by thanking the audience for doubling in size since the last time they were here and judging from the rapturous reaction to the encore performance of The Boss’s “Dancing in the Dark”, the Cork crowd is sure to be doubled again for the next Chapters performance.
For more information on The Chapters click here