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Social Media World Forum Review Part Deux II

Social Media World Forum Review Part Deux II



On Tuesday I found myself sitting on a bar stool, inside Olympia hall 2. At the time it was home for the Social Media World Forum 2012 (SMWF)

Hi All

This is a post I uploaded this morning, that covers my visit to Social Media World Forum this week. Also, has a bit of a road test on the Sonar App for reference. Hope you enjoy it.


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Why Would You EVER Want to Start Work on Another Social Network?

I made a trip down to London this week to attend the Social Media World Forum. Good experience and the icing on the cake was getting to spend a couple of minutes with Chris Brogan. I like the way he works and the straight forward approach he uses to connect with his communty.

His thoughts on Google + are that of a world leader in his field. I hope yoyu enjoy his article noted here

All the best


Underwater App that helps to break the ice!

Have you ever felt isolated or out of your depth at a conference?

Have you ever been at an event or party, when you don’t know a soul, and no one has a clue who you are?

I have, and it’s no fun. If you have changed jobs recently, or are working in a new industry; then this is a scenario you might be facing right now.

Sonar is a cracking tool that will boost your confidence and put you on the front foot. Even if you are well established in your field, this app will most likely knock your socks off!

Imagine being in a conference room, full of strangers. How good would it be if you could:

  • See who was there at the event
  • Read about their interests and business
  • Identify those with similar interests to you
  • Send them a message with just one click

On top of that, if they are making their thoughts known by posting, you will see what they are thinking in real time.

Useful?…. I think so!

Once you have identified the Dude’s you’re interested in, Sonar makes it easy to message people with a simple click.

Hey, now they know your there too!

To me this is a fantastic aid to meeting people. 99% of the tricky bit, is breaking the ice with strangers. If you have a snippet of common interest, or personal knowledge; it becomes far easier to make an introduction that means something. I would take that every time, rather than starting cold.

Sonar is a mobile application that uncovers the hidden connections you share with people nearby. It bottles up the 99.9% of connections you miss everyday and puts them in your pocket. Yes that’s it! In real time, in the palm of your hand

Sonar facilitates conversation by highlighting shared friends, networks, and interests. It works by using Linkedin, Foursquare,Twitter and Facebook posts; bringing together all who are in your vicinity.

To get started all you do is check in on Sonar. The app works best at large events full of people checking in, like conferences, trade shows or concerts. It’s also great for public venues like parks, cafes and airports.

You can search for “sonar” in the Apple App Store. They are listed as “Sonar – Mobile Profile for Local Social Networking” and “Sonar Media, Inc.

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Sonar – A smart way to see whose about.


Have fun and make friends!

Oh and by the way, I would definitely like you to sign up to our weekly mail. You can join your peers by entering an email address at the top of the page.. Right hand side!

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International Facilities & Sourcing Ltd | IFS – Network Generated Sourcing Strategies

I read this article on  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and decided to share it as it presents some great defintitions and advice

International business is a term used to collectively describe all commercial transactions (private and governmental, sales, investments, logistics,and transportation) that take place between two or more regions, countries and nations beyond their political boundary. Usually, private companies undertake such transactions for profit; governments undertake them for profit and for political reasons. It refers to all those business activities which involves cross border transactions of goods, services, resources between two or more nations. Transaction of economic resources include capital, skills, people etc. for international production of physical goods and services such as finance, banking, insurance, construction etc..

A multinational enterprise (MNE) is a company that has a worldwide approach to markets and production or one with operations in more than a country. An MNE is often called multinational corporation (MNC) or transnational company (TNC). Well known MNCs include fast food companies such as McDonald’s and Yum Brands, vehicle manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Toyota, consumer electronics companies like Samsung, LG and Sony, and energy companies such as ExxonMobil, Shell and BP. Most of the largest corporations operate in multiple national markets.

Areas of study within this topic include differences in legal systems, political systems, economic policy, language, accounting standards, labor standards, living standards, environmental standards, local culture, corporate culture, foreign exchange market, tariffs, import and export regulations, trade agreements, climate, education and many more topics. Each of these factors requires significant changes in how individual business units operate from one country to the next.

The conduct of international operations depends on companies’ objectives and the means with which they carry them out. The operations affect and are affected by the physical and societal factors and the competitive environment.


  • Objectives: sales expansion, resource acquisition, risk minimization


  • Modes: importing and exporting, tourism and transportation, licensing and franchising, turnkey operations, management contracts, direct investment and portfolio investments.
  • Functions: marketing, global manufacturing and supply chain management, accounting, finance, human resources
  • Overlaying alternatives: choice of countries, organization and control mechanisms

Physical and societal factors

  • Political policies and legal practices
  • Cultural factors
  • Economic forces
  • Geographical influences

Competitive factors

  • Major advantage in price, marketing, innovation, or other factors.
  • Number and comparative capabilities of competitors
  • Competitive differences by country
  • Local taxes

There has been growth in globalization in recent decades due to the following eight factors:

  • Technology is expanding, especially in transportation and communications.
  • Governments are removing international business restrictions.
  • Institutions provide services to ease the conduct of international business.
  • Consumers know about and want foreign goods and services.
  • Competition has become more global.
  • Political relationships have improved among some major economic powers.
  • Countries cooperate more on transnational issues.
  • Cross-national cooperation and agreements.

Studying international business is important because:

  • Most companies are either international or compete with international companies.
  • Modes of operation may differ from those used domestically.
  • The best way of conducting business may differ by country.
  • An understanding helps you make better career decisions.
  • An understanding helps you decide what governmental policies to support.

Managers in international business must understand social science disciplines and how they affect all functional business fields.

Tom Travis, the managing partner of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, PA. and international trade and customs consultant, uses the Six Tenets when giving advice on how to globalize one’s business. The Six Tenets are as follows:

  1. Take advantage of trade agreements: think outside the border
    • Familiarize yourself with preference programs and trade agreements.
    • Read the fine print.
    • Participate in the process.
    • Seize opportunities when they arise.
  2. Protect your brand at all costs
    • You and your brand are inseparable.
    • You must be vigilant in protecting your intellectual property both at home and abroad.
    • You must be vigilant in enforcing your IP rights.
    • Protect your worldwide reputation by strict adherence to labor and human rights standards.
  3. Maintain high ethical standards
    • Strong ethics translate into good business.
    • Forge ethical strategic partnerships.
    • Understand corporate accountability laws.
    • Become involved with the international business self-regulation movement.
    • Develop compliance protocols for import and export operations.
    • Memorialize your company’s code of ethics and compliance practices in writing.
    • Appoint a leader.
  4. Stay secure in an insecure world
    • Security requires transparency throughout the supply chain.
    • Participate in trade-government partnerships.
    • Make the most of new security measures.
    • Secure your data.
    • Keep your personnel secure.
  5. Expect the Unexpected
    • The unexpected will happen.
    • Do your research now.
    • Address your particular circumstances.
  6. All global business is personal
    • Go to the source.
    • Keep communications open.
    • Keep the home office operational.
    • Fly the flag at your overseas locations.
    • Relate to offshore associates on a personal level.
    • Be available to overseas clients and customers 24/7.

According to C.K. Prahalad & S. Hart,2002, The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid, Strategy & Business, 26: 54-67, and (2) S.Hart, 2005, Capitalism at the Crossroads (p. 111), Philadelphia: Wharton School Publishing.

Top Tier: Per capita GDP/GNI > $20,000 Approximately one billion people

Second Tier: Per capita GDP/GNI $2,000-$20,000 Approximately one billion people

Base of the Pyramid Per capita GDP/GNI < $2,000 Approximately four billion people


  1. ^ Daniels, J., Radebaugh, L., Sullivan, D. (2007). International Business: environment and operations, 11th edition. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0131869426
  2. ^ Joshi, Rakesh Mohan, (2009) International Business, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195689097
  3. ^ Travis, T. (2007). Doing Business Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Going Global. Hoboken: John Wiley&Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-97317-1

See also

  • International Masters of Business Administration
  • International trade
  • Emerging Markets
  • World economy
  • 3G (countries)

External links

  • US Chamber of Commerce The world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations
  • The International Trade Centre ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations
  • The U.S. Government’s export promotion and finance portal A government resource for U.S. exporters
  • UK Trade & Investment A government resource for UK exporters
  • globalEDGE Knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide

This looked and interesting piece that offers some great advice.

MEFAS Middle East visit | International Facilities & Sourcing Ltd

MEFAS Middle East visit

I would like to give you a quick review of the last few weeks; and a hint of what is to come.

Since I last posted I have been to the Middle East and back and as of tomorrow night the 1st March I am once again heading out to the GCC region to take part in SSS Arabia, a security industry trade show being held in Al Khobar.  This show has a number of high profile exhibitors and includes representatives of a number of Government security and defence organisations.

The best part of this new visit is that it is as a direct result of invitation from one of the companies we visited on the last trip to Riyadh.

Also during the trip we were lucky enough to have Jeff Burke from ES Global and Phil Woodman from Modular and Volumetric join us at different points on the journey. All were received well with Jeff meeting up with Arabtec, Saudi Bin Laden and Sela Sport. Feedback has been great and two live jobs are now under consideration.

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Saudi Bin Laden Projects include the huge development at Makkah

Phil came to Cairo meeting up with Deyar Construction for two days of site visits and useful discussion. The sheer scale of Cairo is difficult to take in and our visit came at a time of distinct unrest. However we were once again very well received and extremely well looked after for the duration of the visit.

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One of the great places to visit in the worlld – Pyramids @ Giza

Egypt has a stated aim to construct 700,000 units of accommodation each year. Currently and in part due to the political and social situation they are falling well short. The ethos and objectives of M & V will fit well and should really be a great part of the solution in days to come

Also in the last few weeks Geostrut has taken some great strides both in the UK and the Middle East. Craig Barker CEO of Geostrut USA joined me in Egypt to meet up with a couple of Local prospective dealers. In the event we found some great people to work with at SkyGoup, Cairo and we look forward to moving ahead shortly.

Back in the UK I have hooked up with an old acquaintance in Simon Gillett. Simon is probably best known for his time as owner of Donnington Park Raceway with a contract to stage the F 1 race for the next 15 years. Ultimately it was not to be and Simon has moved on to other business interests.

We have found some common ground on a number of projects that Simon is working on and International Facilities and sourcing will be working to support some of the upcoming projects. One of these a Street lighting contract in Ghana is of possible benefit to GeoStrut to create the lamp posts. Solar powered arrays will charge on board batteries providing street lighting for all whilst not impacting on the countries National Grid. Great project, hope it takes off.

Our recent trip to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was interesting and fruitful. We would live to hear your feedback and suggestions