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Social Media Means Business 2011

On Wednesday 8th June the Social Media Means Business conference will take place in Tallaght Stadium. Hosted by South Dublin County Council in partnership with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce, it will be chaired by Ms. Krishna De and runs from 8am until 1pm

I’ll be talking at it about promoting your business using Podcasts. More details and information on the event and the speakers list can be found over on the website: smmb.ie

Here’s what I’ll be talking about and what they say about me:

Peter Donegan will be speaking at the Social Media Means Business event on June 8th, 2011 in Tallaght Stadium. There he will be presenting a case study on “Promoting your business using Podcasts”

Peter is a landscape gardener – a business man who is constantly in touch with and using social media.  By all accounts he likes to chat and you will find Peter tweeting and creating audio-boos of anything and everything throughout his normal working day (and often later into the evening).  When following Peter, you will realise that he is honest, straight talking, passionate about gardening, and genuine in all that he does. Through the online medium, Peter has built a sizable following. He is a landscape gardener who tweets, blogs, boos, podcasts (appropriately named the sodshow), and otherwise interacts across diverse social medium.

Incidentally the ‘sodshow’ mixes traditional broadcast media with social media.  It airs on 103.2 Dublin City FM – every Friday @ 3pm and is also available in iTunes.

His gardening background began spending four years studying horticulture, before moving on to brighter pastures: teaching horticulture in South Dublin, landscaping in London and becoming head of grounds for Dublin City University. After leaving his post as Contracts Manager in Dublin, Peter moved to Scotland to work on garden design and consultancy, before returning home in 2001 to set up Donegan Landscaping. In 2001, Peter decided to start his own company, Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd and has been at the forefront of Irish landscaping ever since. With nine awards already under his belt, including the Overall Winner’s prize for Design at the 2007 ALCI Landscape Awards, the future looks bright for Peter and Irish gardening.

Connect with our speaker –

Peter Donegan Landscaping – twitterwebaudiobooblog

Who should attend

Social Media Means Business is an open event.  It is being organised with emphasis and specific content for supporting the business community. As such the programme being presented at Social Media Means Business will typically suit SME Owners, Senior Managers and Executives, Business Development Executives, Marketing Executives and Sales Managers, PR & Communication Managers, Media Professionals, Customer Service Managers and other Executives.

Conference Cost

The cost of attending this sensational event is a mere €20.  Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Please use the register now options from this web site.

Seeking Sodcast Garden Podcast Feedback

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Heading into episode 20 of the weekly Garden Sodcast and a new year and I am simply looking for some feeback and your thoughts. Good,  bad a question or indiferrent.

Contact details and how below the mug….

You can contact me in the following ways

Thanks. I really do appreciate it 🙂

Subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 18 of the garden podcast ?

A Sound Weekend

More a weekend of sound…. see what you think ?

Friday evening – pitch and putt club annual outing

Ended up in playing guitar in the resulting trad session

Saturday, I met Ger who was checking the mosture in barley

After I dropped into Philip who makes elder flower champagne

Sunday morning, listening to the birds at 6am

My first time to play pitch and putt in Ballyboughal

The hens needed some TLC and their house a spring clean

My thoughts on promoting horticulture after reading the weekends papers

Some time with Ella….

I also got a little relaxation in….. a little!

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And finally the rain stopped long enough to get the grass cut

The Weekend Garden Outdoors Podcast

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen in MP3 format – or – As always you can rss the podcasts via iTunes or you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed last weeks garden podcast ?

On The Blog This Week:

Interesting snippets:

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And finally:

Straight from the European Union and more organic information:
DG ENV informed the Group about the EU Ecolabel scheme, which has been in place since 1992. The scheme has to be reviewed and the Commission has proposed appropriate amendments to the Regulation – and the Ecolabel scheme would now cover food and drink products as well. This will not be implemented now, but only after a study has been made by the end of 2011. The study will involve consumers and assess whether the Ecolabel will be compatible with the EU organic logo.
CIAA, IFOAM and COPA-COGECA expressed their concerns – including the major risk that consumers would be confused and misled and they called for some kind of communication strategy.
ECVC pointed out that the Ecolabel scheme has been used more traditionally and this calls for cautiousness and that the creation of a new scheme would not benefit anyone. In FairTrade’s view it would be essential not to devaluate the organic EU-logo. CIAA suggested that not only consumers become involved in the study but that the Commission
used other alternatives such as round table meetings. They also presented the argument that the study should not be rushed through with the sole purpose of carrying out new initiatives. EOCC addressed the certified system; separated or single out for the revised scheme.
DG ENV stated that the criteria will be improved and strengthened every 3-5 years and that the Commission was aware of the dilemma between fair trade end eco. The Chair concluded that the Group needs to be informed, so that the concerns can be addressed.

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Answers on a postcard and  have a great bank holiday weekend 😀

Audioboo Deep Dive @ The Dot Conf

bernie, mark and myself

image courtesy brian greene

For those who don’t know what the dotconf was – this post on the dot conf may explain better.

But, it is not until after the hindsight has kicked in that one really realises just how and what audioboo has helped. This was kicked off by Bernie, via podcast of course.

I followed Bernie’s path with my thoughts on podcasting and in particular audioboo as my tool of choice.

So what can you take from this? A good start, from a gardeners perspective, can be made by taking a trip over to audioboo.fm and after that it’s up to you whether you choose to add to the conversation or simply listen. Either or one cannot disagree that the listening to alone is giving radio, maybe of a different format, an entirely fresh and most welcome new lease of life.

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Of course it would not have been possible without the people behind the scenes….

Personally, I like this little chat of a podcast that was recorded just after Bernie, Mark and myself had completed our deep dive audioboo sessions. On top of the National College of Ireland. 🙂


Still unsure… my numbers below, the coffee pot is on or you can send me an email or leave a comment below 😉

For me personally, I just find it amazing that an entire post is put together by seperate audio clips, taken over varying days that join together and make complete one blog post. Could I have done this one year ago ? Possibly….

Update: I really like Emilys take on the dot conf