Twitter world (the good, the bad)

I’ve been on Twitter as @planning_angel for a few years. However, I’ve only really taken it seriously for about 6 months, when I was convinced by another Cat ‘mum’ to set up Basil with his own Twitter account @fluffybasil .

It made sense, as I wanted my Twitter account to be about financial planning, life, craft & me and it was getting a little taken over by the craziness of the #catsoftwitter

Via Basil’s Twitter and my own account I daily speak to people all over the world. There are favourite ‘Tweety’s’ who I enjoy conversations with every day. Other Financial Planners, craft and cat lovers. I’ve been sent gifts from people I’ve never physically met from across the world.

It’s done a great job of reminding me that there is great kindness and generosity in the world and that it is still given willingly by many people.

At the same time there are people who are a little scary and demanding. One person this week asked 3 times why I had unfollowed & how dare I? I’d been offended by language and talk about guns – so the account is now blocked. When I see that type of behavior,  I can envisage how vulnerable or impressionable people could be targeted.

When speaking to my mum about the people I’ve met and who I now have regular contact with, she reminded me that my godmother, Gretchen (I’m named after her) and mum met like this, but in a more traditional way, as Pen Pals. Introduced at school to the concept they started writing age 12, my mum in the UK and Gretchen in the U.S. They met at age 21 and remain firm friends and now email regularly instead (45+ yrs of writing!)

Social media & technology can be a little scary sometimes, everything is so quick, in your face and privacy sometimes can be compromised, but it’s also a wonderful tool to express yourself, meet people and make friends.

The new pen & paper.

Week one

So, I am up and running – well typing!!  I am still awaiting my FCA registration and approval, fingers crossed for next week. In the meantime, my new IT equipment is here and other than a few teething problems to sort, all seems to be working. I have also had a couple of meetings and I am starting to get to grips with our new back office software.

My lovely ex colleagues gave me a brightly coloured desk tidy and post-its, paperclips, stapler etc, which looks great in my temporary home office (below)

Check out the new desk!
Check out the new desk!

I have started setting up all our social media, so BFP Wales are now on Twitter (@BfpWales) and a Page on Facebook ‘BFP Wales’. I am tinkering with Hootsuite and Instagram too.

Anyone with a cat (or who follows the crazy cat world on Twitter) will know hashtags (#) for each day are key for trending on the web, for example #tunatuesday #jellybellyfriday #catboxsunday !

I’m trying to think of #’s that could accompany our messages and become our key link for each day of the week. So far I have thought of #calmthoughtmonday #toptiptuesday  and then #planitwell for a key message. Any thoughts for other days of the week?

Speaking of, here is Basil keeping me company today.

Fluffy comany
Fluffy company


Social media extravaganza

This week I am going to try to work out how best to use Social Media for business.

I feel it is very tricky to establish the human interest element when tweeting, posting or blogging about business, especially in connection with Finance. I find a lot of the Linked In and Twitter corporate stuff a little boring.

I believe the reason why many clients work with a Financial Planner, is because you are an individual and they like this ‘you’.  I find that in meetings, whilst they want to know that technically you are up to speed, well qualified and highly professional, they are not as interested in the highly technical details, as much as, where you are off on holiday or how your family are! It’s a very personal relationship that you build.

So, I need to work out how to strike a good balance of technical info and personal interest, and also whether to keep some parts separate, after all, not everyone needs to know what knitting project I’m working on and my friends don’t necessarily want to know all about work.

There are so many sites now: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Blog, Instagram and Google+ (which I have no idea about) – so I have lots to do before I feel confident I can get it right.