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Nova Sponsors Barking & Dagenham Chamber Of Commerce Awards 2015

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The Nova Agency is proud to be sponsoring the Young Entrepreneur Award at the Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce (BDCC) Business Awards 2015. At what will certainly be a fantastic evening, businesses from around Essex will gather to celebrate the best and brightest that the South East has to offer.

The Young Entrepreneur Award

This category is open to a young innovative business mind (under the age of 30) who has demonstrated vision and creativity in their work. Does this sound like you or someone you know?

The judges will want to know:

• Your vision for the business
• How you have achieved your objectives, and overcome obstacles
• Your plan for the coming year

This is an excellent opportunity to gain the recognition you deserve. Apply or register your interest here!

Where

The BDCC Business Awards will be held at the impressive function room at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club. The perfect venue to celebrate such an event the function room will help to all to celebrate the Awards in style.

Dates For Your Diary

Entries are open and applicants can apply here.

Entry form closes at 5pm on the 7th of June.

Successful applicants will then be told and provided with free tickets to the event on July 16th! Get your finest wear ready!

How To Apply

So are you a bright young individual making strides in your industry? Or do you know someone who shines at the work that they do? If so get involved and sign up today!

Weekly Round Up

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This Week In The News

Apple Gets Pranked & It’s Pretty Glorious

We wonder if Microsoft had anything to do with these pranksters?

Instagram Introduce An Excellent New App – Layout

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Instagram noticed that their users love to combine many photos into one post so to help them out Instagram has rolled out a new App called Layout. It allows users to easily combine multiple pictures into one and then post onto Instagram in one swift motion.

Developers Aren’t Happy With Facebook’s WhatsApp Announcement

Facebook WhatsApp

Developers want to get their hands on WhatsApp but Mark Zuckerberg simply will not let that happen. He believes that allowing third parties access might “inundate users with messages they don’t want.” Sounds pretty reasonable to us given what it’s done to Facebook. . .

UK MPs Being Forced Into The 21st Century

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Every single one of those 650 hard working MPs of ours will be gifted with brand new Ipad Air 2s after the Election. Bet they want to win their seats even more now.

Tips & Training

Not Too Late To Book In & Find Out Why Our Helena Walsh Loves Social Media

Next Tuesday morning Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Women In Business Breakfast Briefing and our very own Social Media expert Helena Walsh will be there to talk about the many benefits of Social Media to business. It’s not too late to book in, you can either ring Mary Clements on 02085916966 or register your interest here.

5 Executive Tips To Speed Up Your G-mail

Spending too much time going through your E-mails? Check out these 5 great tips & cut time wasting significantly!

Favourite Youtube Video Of The Week

Sassy dog does not like being left alone in the car.

Weekly Round Up

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This Week In The News

The World Bullied The Bully #NataliaKills

Now in the safety of another country it looks like she won’t be apologising any time soon.

Update: Louis Walsh has a few stern words and Natalia Kills has changed her tune.

Dyson Could Be The Answer To All Our Prayers

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Dyson is investing $10 million in trying to double mobile phone battery life. Prayer circles form now.

The Death Knell Rings For Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer RIP

Google Looking To Penalise ‘Doorway Pages

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Nova’s John Palmer isn’t that impressed with the whole thing. . . he breaks it down here

Game Of Thrones Social Media Team Has A Mean Streak Cersei Lannister Would Be Proud Of

Game of Thrones News

In other news 24 days until the premiere!

The Apple Watch May Be Facing A Dangerous Rival Soon – Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer, Google & Intel

Tag Heuer, Google & Intel join forces to create a new Android watch to rival the Apple Watch.

Total Eclipse 2015 – A Tale Of Two Moons

For some it was a momentous once in a lifetime experience. The perfect fodder for Instagram and Twitter.

Solar Eclipse Northumberland
Pretty impressive Northampton. Pretty impressive.

For others it was the Google Glass of Eclipses. Have no fear the British public rallied around their own #anticlimax trend. Damn you Toxic Smog!


Norwich Eclipse not such a ‘tell my grandkids’ moment.


Tips & Training

11 Things You Should Stop Doing On Social Media – By Mellissa Culbertson

Ladies Book In To Hear Nova’s Helena Walsh Talk About Social Media

BDCC Event

Helena will be speaking about the exciting benefits that Social Media has for business at the next BDCC Women’s Breakfast meeting. To book e-mail mary@bdchambers.co.uk, complete this form or ring on 02085916966.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Weekly Round Up

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This Week In The News

Augmented Reality Coming To A Space Station Near You – AR Space Googles

AR Space Glasses

Augmented Reality is entering the final frontier – space. NASA is teaming up with Osterhout Design Group to bring Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality glasses to be used in exploratory activities. To do so would seriously advance future missions in space.

Another Teaser From Game Of Thrones To Whet Your Appetite

Not exactly industry news but it’s pretty important to almost everyone on the planet. Our Mother of Dragons is turning her gaze towards Westeros.

Oculus Rift Is Facing Tough Competition – Valve SteamVR

Valve SteamAR

There’s a new Virtual Reality headset making waves and critics believe the Oculus Rift should watch out. It’s definitely worth watching PC World’s review of the excellent HTC Valve’s Steam VR headset.

Everything You Need To Know About The Apple SmartWatch – In An Infographic

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With all the details flying around about the Apple SmartWatch we thought it was time someone put all the facts into a nice simple Infographic.

The BBC Becomes A Leader In Tech Innovation – The Coder Generation

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The BBC has helped to make huge strides in encouraging younger generations to code. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. They hope that this will help to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap.


Tips & Training

1 Facebook Tip Everyone Should Do Now – Seriously

Not so long ago we discovered a Security loop hole hidden within Facebook Apps. Here’s how to protect your private information from 3rd parties.

Find Out Your Social Media Rank with – Klout

Klout is a free service that can help determine how well you are doing on Social Media. It looks at your engagement and post frequency to deduce how active you are. More than that however, Klout looks past the number of followers you have and looks at how ‘genuine’ they are. That is that they are real human beings and not just spammers.


Weekly Round Up

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This Week In The News

Furniture from the future is here – Ikea Wireless Charging Furniture

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Ikea seems to have read all of our minds and provided something we all desire: Wireless furniture. For all tech lovers out there this will make deciding where to buy furniture from a hell of lot easier.

New offering from Samsung – Samsung Galaxy 6

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The newest offering from Samsung Galaxy, the Samsung Galaxy 6, is all kinds of modern and sleek. It will be carried by all major networks and looks to be a vast improvement on past models. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!

Augmented Reality Comes to Android Wear – Ingress

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It wasn’t going to be long before Augmented Reality games were going to be introduced to wearable tech such as watches. It would be one of the easiest ways to meld the real world with an augmented virtual one. Ingress players out there will be some of the first to experience it and many other versions will be following soon mark our words.

RIP Leonard Nimoy

This week the world lost a truly magnificent man. Whether you were a trekkie or not you would have been touched by this man’s words or actions at some point in your life.

R.I.P Leonard Nimoy


Tips & Training

Eight lessons about social media strategy – From Frank Underwood

Social Media Strategy Tips as taught by Frank Underwood. Some of his quotes may seem a bit severe but if broken down and applied to Social Media? It makes quite a bit of sense.

Want FREE Photos for social media? – Canva

Imagery is vital to any successful Social Media campaign. It encourages engagement, displays calls to actions in an innovative way and captures your audience’s attention. But it can also be a time-consuming task. Different Social Media platforms have different dimensions and free stock photography or graphics can be hard to source. Canva provides a solution to these issues. Free to sign up and with a variety of free content for you to use it also comes with defined templates for each Social Media platform.


Social Trends

We could live without – #thatdress

#thatdress. We all saw it and hand on heart I think we all contributed to the conversation. The abundance of tweets and posts that hit the globe occurred almost instantaneously faster and more wide spread than any other trend before. It also annoyed many as the tweets above prove.

This is the last time we mention it.

We need more of – #quokkaselfie

This is the kind of conversation that all companies can take advantage of. It may not fit with your company image exactly but trust us when we say it will drive engagement and get other accounts to start thinking about you. And that never hurts.

PS. Look at that face!

New Trending Feature On Facebook

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Trending On Facebook

Facebook has recently rolled out a new Trending feature on Facebook Home pages.  Although not available to all Facebook users this feature works like Twitters trending news feed.  It shows the top 3 most popular topics and hashtags being talked about on Facebook at that time.  These stories are collated from people and Pages who’ve shared them with you or have shared them as Public.

Why?

Facebook has introduced this feature, recognizably a Twitter function, in order to encourage conversations, and to push their introduction of the #.

Where?

These trends will appear on the right side of your homepage with a little blue arrow cementing the topic as a rising news story of note.

Facebook Trending Feature

At the moment this feature seems to be at it’s earliest stages with users not able to set locations as a filter meaning that UK users may come across popular news stories in the US.  Whether this is positive or a negative depends on the user.  I for one have no interest in whether the Seattle Seahawks have made it to the Superbowl or not.

As a Twitter user who hates having to click on the trend to find a viable link, and thus having to witness a few moronic tweets a long the way, this will save me time when sourcing content.

One useful feature is Facebook’s addition of putting a link up to a news article discussing the trending topic.  This means that a user does not have to click on the trend to see what it is about but rather can go straight to the source.  As a Twitter user who hates having to click on the trend to find a viable link, and thus having to witness a few moronic tweets a long the way, this will save me time when sourcing content.

These trending topics do not appear on your business page news feed so companies cannot reference them when on their page.  Additionally this feature has not been rolled out to everyone so if you cannot see these little blue arrows of trending might do not worry, I’m pretty confident it will be with you soon.

Do you have this newest feature? Will it add to your Facebook experience?

Personally I would have been more excited by Facebook’s endorsement of GIFs on our news feeds.  Now that would be an excellent addition.

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