October 10, 2014

Social Media for Florists Workshop – London, 1st October 2014

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Last Wednesday, we held our second Social Media for Florists workshop and what an incredible day it was! Florists from all over the UK had travelled to the event, which took place at Brixton East in south London.

Here’s a video about the day, which was created by Duncan McCabe. It features both myself and Fiona being interviewed, scenes from the workshop, plus testimonials by Fiona Pickles from Firenza Floral Design, Sally Murray from Halo Blossom, Holly Cadogan from Holly Cado Flowers and Liz Inigo Jones from Blue Sky Flowers.

For this, our second workshop, we chose a colour palette of damson, plum and purple, mixed with soft blush pink, white and green. Roses, astrantia, scabious, chocolate cosmos, hydrangeas, ammi, continus and mimosa supplied by our fabulous sponsor Zest Flowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market were used to decorate the venue and add a floral touch!

My co-host Fiona and I greeted the delegates with freshly brewed tea and coffee downstairs. There was such a wonderful buzz and it was so lovely for me personally to catch up with florists I knew, plus meet lots of new faces.

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Upstairs, in the ‘classroom’, we started the day by asking the delegates to spend time thinking about their brand and their floristry style.

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To help the them focus on what makes their floristry business distinctive, we asked the delegates to create a mood board. It was so interesting to see that these boards proved to be a real talking point throughout the day.  Lots of the delegates were intrigued to see what everyone else’s board looked like.

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Next up was elevenses. And, oh my! Yet again, our amazing chef Maddie Hatton wowed everyone with her delicious cakes. There were Blackberry & Hazelnut Friandes with Violas (I have to admit…these were my personal favourites!), Pistachio Loaf and Granola Bars.

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During the next part of the workshop, we covered Facebook and Twitter in turn, with a Powerpoint presentation showing shining examples of florists from all over the world. Adorned with flowers, our two course lunch which we ate downstairs was such a picture…and tasted extremely delicious too!

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Thank you so much to Anthropologie for the fabulous glasses, plates and cups!

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There was Rare Fillet of Beef, Lemon & Thyme Grilled Organic Chicken, Heritage Tomato & Ricotta Galette, Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini Yoghurt & Seeds, Wild Rice, Red Cabbage, Apple & Pecan Salad with Maple Dressing, Green Salad with Herbs & Edible Flowers, Goat’s Cheese, Walnuts with Honey & Thyme plus Artisan Breads.

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And for dessert, there was Blackberry & Plum Eton Mess and Valrhona Chocolate Brownies with Berries. Yum!

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Thank you so much to Kilner for sponsoring our event with their wonderful Drinks Dispensers. On tap at lunchtime and throughout the day was flavoured water for the delegates…apple & cinnamon, cucumber & mint and blackberry & lemon verbena.

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The lunch hour whizzed past! It was then time to head back upstairs to look at Instagram, Pinterest and blogging. The delegates asked questions about the intricacies of each social media platform. And we shared with them our hints and tips from our experience of using them.

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As a finale for the day, there was delicious cocktail and mocktail-making downstairs, with a final chance to chat with everyone, before we all made our way home.

Thank you so much to all the delegates for attending the workshop. They all made it such an unforgettable day! My co-host Fiona and I were absolutely thrilled by their feedback. And it’s so exciting to see that some of them have already changed their profiles and the way that they use each social media platform. I look forward to watching how their social media journeys progress! Here are just a few of their comments on Instagram:

‘This was such a brilliant day. It has really made me think about what I shoot and how and what I post and why.’ Liz Inigo Jones, Blue Sky Flowers

‘Fab workshop, learnt a lot but just felt like a really great day out. Relaxed, informative, great goodie bag and delicious lunch.’ Jo Wise, Floral Circus

‘Such a brilliant day! My head is bursting now with ideas. Thanks again.’ Sally Murray, Halo Blossom

Many thanks too to our fabulous goody bag sponsors. They include Cutture, Designers Guild, Jane Means, LSA International, Original Beans, Peach Blossom, Rosehip UK, Sarah Raven, Serax and True Grace. I’ll be writing a blog post showing all the goodies which the delegates received shortly.

There are, of course, several individuals who I would like to thank for making this month’s workshop so very special. My co-host Fiona Humberstone, Flowerona Intern Steph Eastwood, photographer Emily Quinton, videographer Duncan McCabe, chef Maddie Hatton and venue owner Andy Luckett. I feel very privileged to have worked with such an incredible team of people.

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***DATE FOR OUR NEXT SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FLORISTS WORKSHOP!***

I’m thrilled to let you know that Fiona and I will be running our next Social Media for Florists workshop at Brixton East in London on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 from 9.15am-4.30pm.

We’ll be showing you how to make Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and blogging work for your business.  And we’ll also help you create a vision, inspire you with what’s possible and energise you to put into place what you’ve learned, as soon as you get back to your shop or studio. It would be great if you could join us for a day of creativity, inspiration and focus. Your investment for the day is £295 which includes the course material, delicious elevenses and lunch, 2 weeks follow-up support, a goody bag and lots of inspiration!

So do join us if you can and network, gain inspiration, clarity and the expertise to help you grow your business. To secure your place, simply click on the Buy Now button below. Make sure you’re quick though…the last workshop sold out within three weeks! Please click here for the workshop Terms & Conditions.

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(Images: Emily Quinton)

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