Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

I hope that you are all well and you are enjoying life both and work and in play. I will be speaking at a number of events in different capacitates over the following months. These vary from digital media workshops to seminars addressing how we can approach death in today's digitally-connected World.

James Norris, speaking at The Next Web in Amsterdam

If you are able to attend any of the events that I am speaking at below (please let me know). 


University College London – Utilising Digital and Social Media for Small Businesses (14th July 2014) – UCL, London / UCL students only

Nitro Ignite, Digital Health (4th September) – St. Anne’s Church on Dean Street, London 

Ideal Death Show (6th September) – The Beeches, Bournville (Birmingham)

London Month of the Dead  (26th October) – Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenters’ Chapel Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel, London

Dying Matters Day of the Dead Conference (3rd November) – Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

Health 2.0  Europe (11th November) – The Mermaid Conference Centre, London

Transition in Palliative Care Study Day (11th November) – Recorded seminar shown at Ty Hafan Childrens Hospice (near Cardiff) £90-£100

Mindshare Huddle, (13th November) – Mindshare's Office, London (free, invitation only)

Macmillan Primary Care Conference (Three workshops between: 27th & 28th November). Invitation only – Hilton, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex

UCL, 10,000 Small Businesses (3rd February, 1.30pm-5pm) – Social Media Workshop, Successful applicants for 10KSB programme only.

UCL, Utilising Digital & Social Media (5th March 9.30am-5.30pm) – CPD Accredited Course. UCL students only

Digital Legacy Conference (TBA) – More information coming soon, open to general public

I look forward to seeing many of you soon,

We built the Worlds first ‘livINFOGRAPHIC’ (the living Infographic) for DeadSocial

Over the last few years Infographics have become an extremely effective way to tell stories using data. Infographics are (in short) graphical representations of datasets. They are often focused around one or more pieces of data and provide insights into a specific subject matter.

Livinfographic (infographic installation)
Their visual and narrative nature have helped make a lot of information more appealing to the general public and (when telling a good story) can appeal to almost every demographic. For Dying Matters Awareness Week we launched and built an art installation called the #livINFOGRAPHIC (living-Infographic). The livINFOGRAPHIC lived within a physical space and used data that was being attained to alter it accordingly.
Popup Infographic
The livINFOGRAPHIC was visited by many during it's lifespan in the ‘You Only Die Once’ Popup Shop' (69 Camden High Street, London). We took data from the ‘Digital Death Survey’ and updated it over the week.  The installation was sat on 3 metres x 2 metres of real turf (grass) and lived and breathed over this period.
The data was attained and then updated (in near real-time). Although the installation has now been dismantled the ‘Digital Death Survey’ wil remain live for the next four weeks. It is a very short and anonymous survey. If you have two minutes to spare we would still really appreciate your input: http://www.deadsoci.al/blog/114-digital-death-survey
Infogrpahic visualised (with data)
This survey asks questions about end of life matters in relation to our online accounts and in today's digitally connected society. The installation’s concept was devised by James Norris (CEO DeadSocial) and was built with the help of Natalie Jackson.
The livINFOGRAPHIC was just one of many initiatives and events hosted in the ‘You Only Die Once’ Pop-Up shop'. These included workshops, Death Cafes, live music, poetry, photography and art. Organisations involved ranged from the NHS and The Good Funeral Guide to Save the Male and The Natural Death Centre.
In the next 2-3 weeks we will release a report with the findings from the Digital Death Survey 2014. The results will be published here and on our FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter pages.
(This post was origionally posted on http://www.deadsoci.al/blog/116-livinfographic 

Social Business Trends 2014

The average Internet user spends around two hours a day engaged on social media channels. By leveraging various social and digital channels possibilities and opportunitiues can increase business value, brand perception and profitability

Social Business Trends 2014

Social Media Post-Click Through Engagement

Attaining high quality traffic that converts is more valuable than attaining low quantity of traffic that does not! Recent data released by Shareaholic highlights that the post-click (click through) engagement levels attained from YouTube are higher (on average) than that of other social networks.

This may be surprising at first however when someone views a video they are often able to attain a snapshot of company, the services they provide and the company ethos. Furthermore a level of trust can be built up whilst watching the video. Watching a video can help captivate the viewer and reduce the bounce rate when clicked through to specified website. 

Social Media Click Through Engagement

Shareholic is a social sharing tool that tracks 250 million users visiting it’s network of 200,000 publishers: Full Post from Shareholic  To find out about how Social Media Strategist have helped various brands and organisations utalise video in their marketing efforts click here.

Forrester Report: “Only 16% of respondents believe that their company has the skills & capabilities to execute on their digital strategy”.


"Businesses need to think in terms of dynamic ecosystems of value if they are to compete as effective digital enterprises". That’s one of the top line conclusions of a new report from Forrester released in March 2014. The Future Of Business Is Digital report highlights some uncomfortable findings for many businesses based on interviews with end user organisations:

74% of business executives say their company has a digital strategy.

93% believe digital will disrupt their business in the next 12 months.

16% of respondents believe that their company has the skills and capabilities to execute on their digital strategy. 

19% of respondents think their organisation has the right technology in place to support a digital strategy. 

26% of IT budget decision-makers globally use some type of digital channel as their primary source to research and evaluate technologies and services to purchase. Forrester advises: "Your business needs a reset. You need to look at digital holistically. You need to transform your business by applying digital thinking across everything you do — how you win, serve, and retain customers; how you operate your internal processes; and how you source business services. In short, you must become a digital business".

If you feel that your business could benefit from external strategic direction & delivery get in touch

Media Partner for Social & Digital Marketing Conference 2014

Social Media Strategist have been named as a media partner for Social and Digital Marketing Conference (#SMWF) for the third time this year. The event brings together some of the leading minds in the social media and digital sphere. 

Social and Digital Marketing Conference Europe will be held at The Brewery, London, 31st March – 1st April 2014

Apps World

#SMWF Europe has become the key event in the social & digital marketing conference calendar and returns to The Brewery in London to deliver top-level strategic advice and insight for anyone for whom social is either already, or needs to be, high on the business agenda for 2014.

#SMWF will be the must-attend event of 2014 for Heads of Social Media & Digital Marketing, CMOs, VPs of Marketing, Brand Managers, SME Marketeers and Social Media Strategists to name as well as  traditional marketing heads who will also learn much about the ever evolving market from the show. 

Tickets are available now from http://www.socialmedia-forum.com/europe

Watch Edward Snowden’s LIVE at SXSW here

Edward Snowden will give his South by South West (SXSW) seminar at 4pm GMT today. You can watch this live via the stream below. 

This will be a rare opportunity to hear thoughts directly from Snowden, who has been living in Russia since shortly after leaking the trove of secret government documents. These exposed the broad surveillance programs to the press which has led to debate, reform and outrage across the globe. Surveillance is the hot topic at SXSW this year and Snowden's speech is arguably the most anticipated happening at SXSW since the festival began

Social Media Strategist is a member of the open rights group.  Their work on issues ranging from e-voting to copyright, open data and privacy. They do this by talking to policy-makers and other activists and working with other campaign groups (both here in the UK and abroad). The Open Rights Group raise the profile of these issues and present arguments through conventional and social media.  

Tumblr for your brand or business

Tumblr, is a highly visual and popular blogging platform. It is used by brands to highlight content visually and often in a comical way. Tumblr currently hosts 174.4 blogs (March 2014) and brands often use the service to engage with younger audiences. 

Tumblr for my brand

If you have a visual ir youth orientated brand and are not yet using the service and think that it may be of interest then get in touch.

To discuss using Tumblr for your business call: 07868 823055

Fax Your GP ‘brings back the Fax’ to help YOU opt-out of the NHS’s medical record sharing scheme

If you live in the UK and would like your medical records to remain private you will need to opt-out of the government's 'Care.data' policy. If you do not opt-out your medical records will be added to a giant database and shared with both the public and private sector by the National Health Service (NHS). 

The NHS are not allowing UK citizens to opt-out via email but they are accepting Fax messages. This is where 'Fax your GP' enters the equation! 

Fax Your GP

Fax your GP is a great, volunteer run initiative. The service provides UK citizens with an online templated letter. Once completed this is automatically faxed to each person's local GP. The fax requests that they would like their medical records to remain private and that they are opting out of the scheme.

You can create a letter online & have it faxed to your local GP via: https://www.faxyourgp.com