HD8 Network Meetups

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events.  (But these are really wonderful and you really should come)  

At our Meetups we have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room in a speed networking style.

As many of the attendees come regularly, this is more of a monthly catch up than elevator pitch, but it is good practise to bring business cards or leaflets with contact details to act as a reminder for people who has met you.  Some people also bring demonstrations or other portfolios, however its about what suits you best.

We generally have a speaker, aimed at educating you on aspects of business, as well as providing heightened exposure to a member’s business, whilst not being a sales pitch.

Building relationships with other business owners brings so many benefits, including peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen, as well as growing your business contacts.

You might be looking for services and trades for home or work life, or want to promote your organisation and sell stuff.

We have many charities who come along and can tell you how you can support the organisations that help to provide much needed services to the community and the exposure they can give you in return.

The HD8 Network Meetups has a range of B2B businesses, as well as B2C and MLM in attendance.  The majority of attendees are made up of sole traders or one-man-bands, however we also have employees, as well as business owners attending and our Meetups attract all ranges of businesses at varying times of the year. You just never know who is going to book on (or even turn up) – that’s the ‘fun’ of running and ‘planning’ events.

 

Will we see you next time?

Most of all the HD8 Network Meetups are a comfortable, fun two hours, aimed at helping your business and the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Join us for our 6th Anniversary event with Jacqui Gedman from Kirklees Council

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hd8-network-mid-morning-mid-month-meetup-networking-event-6th-birthday-tickets

 

But like we say we are SO MUCH MORE than Networking Events

Check out our memberships for package details.  We can get exposure for your business online, through our directory listing, news section, events calendar, social media communities and email.  There is also the opportunity to meet and talk face to face with our members, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.  Life is busy enough.  But they are good fun.

Update your preferences

If you would like to update your preferences please do so here.  If you are receiving our emails more than once, please let us know so that we can merge accounts and keep our data clean and correct.

Top Ten Pages on Google Analytics

Looking at the top ten pages viewed in the last month, it is pleasing to see that the Local Business Directory was at number 1.

The HomePage 2 and Add-your-Event was the 3rd.  The Events calendar followed, followed by the Join page.  These are the top 5 pages that we would like to see in there.

In 6th place is the unsubscribe page.  We have been attempting to do some data cleaning, making sure that our database is current and correct and asking people to update their preferences according to whether they work, rest or play in the HD8 area and their interest in our networking events.  As we understand not all the messages, we send are of interest to everyone and want to tailor this as much as possible,

About the HD8 Network and Mid Month Meetup are next pages in the top 10, followed by Facebook Sign up landing page, which is interesting to see and shows how powerful our social media communities are and they are connected to the website.

News is in 10th place, and whilst I wouldn’t want to wish any of the above not in the top ten, this is where we see the value for our ‘readers’, alongside our directory and events section.  And so would like to see this higher placed in the future.

There were 1264 pageviews.  The average time on the page was a minute and the bounce rate was 63%.

Correct as of 29th March 2019

 

 

New Membership Packages Announced

At our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup in March we announced our new membership packages which will come into force on 1st April 2019.

Please click here to see the information sheet which illustrates the new packages.

At our Mmmmm we delivered a presentation to explain the new packages and the added benefits.  Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy of this.

If you are quick and sign up for membership before 1st April we will honour the current prices.

Bring a guest and get £5 credit

Busy networking events are what everyone wants.

The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.

We do our best to promote our events, however we need your help too!

Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.

As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.

What do you do next?

Click on the picture and you will find a variety of templates that you can download and print to assist you recommend our networking event.

Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.

We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Bloomindale’s Top 5

We are celebrating 5 years of the HD8 Network and so are asking people to give us their top 5.  Please click here to see ours – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/top-5-things-blog/

Here are Bloomindale’s top 5

5 things about Bloomindale

  • Local small business
  • Independent
  • Florist and Atelier
  • Strong community ethos
  • We employ local

5 Bloomindale Events 

  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
  • Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home

5 businesses that Bloomindale like

  • Utterly Yorkshire
  • Springfield Mill
  • Denby Care Home
  • Citrus Financial Management
  • Gawthorpe Butchers

5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area

  • Local trend
  • Community spirit
  • Charitable abundance
  • Accessible transport
  • Outdoor facilities

 

If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk

or connect with them on social media https://www.facebook.com/bloomindaleflorists/ and https://www.instagram.com/bloomindaleflorist/

Have you got a Top 5?

If so, email info@HD8network.co.uk or post them on our social media channels.

 

What to find out more about the HD8 Network?   Then click here

HD8 Network article template

We know it can sometimes be tricky to write an article about yourself, so we have written you a template to get you started.

Use this as a starting point and think about what story you want to tell.

Click here to download the HD8 Network article template 2018

If you would like to book a session to discuss what you could say please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read other articles on the HD8 Network news section – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/news/

our Top 5 things blog

If I had a top 5 top thing, to celebrate our 5th anniversary, I would have to pick my favourite surprise organisations …

Number one – Boom, it has to be Think Forensics.

Wow what a business.  What a concept.  What an amazing woman behind it.

Number two – The Pigs in the Woods.

I must confess I have never visited or made contact, however I LOVE driving past it.  Perhaps a bit dangerous trying to point out the pigs to the kid while driving …. But makes my heart sing a bit.

Number three – Shepley Spring Festival.

I have stolen the description “a mini Glastonbury”.  I mentioned above, an amazing woman, but this Festival is also a credit to the amazing team work that can pull off an international 3-day music festival year on year, despite council and other funding cuts and other obstacles – including the weather in some years!!

Number four – There are so many that I could choose from it is so hard to single out, but I would have to pick the community amenities –

  1. The community libraries seem to have been a great success and popular and have been an impressive response to “the cuts”.
  2. Emley Community Centre, Football Club and Wentworth rooms was a delight the other year and is an impressive community area with so much potential. However, there are also many other sports and recreation clubs across the HD8 area it seems so harsh to single any out.
  3. Cliffe House is an adventure I know will continue to grow for me. I love the history of it – my MiL (Mother in Law) has stayed here … sorry that’s misleading, she’s not that old – she went on here school trip …. My little one isn’t just old enough for the adventure play equipment, but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I did a stewarding session at Shepley Spring Festival the other year and the acoustics in the stables, I kept being told, where amazing!
  4. Scissett Baths – This has been my second office over the last year … not necessarily working, instead working out. It is great facility, but hard work to get to grips with timetables and the classes are so popular, it’s tricky to book.  You must be dedicated, but the facilities are amazing (not forgetting the history) – and it’s one of the longest pools in Kirklees …
  5. Now I am torn between the great facilities for kids or just plummeting for Springfield Mills; especially after Jelly Beans and the transformation she has made (along with support from the other units) …. Leapfrogs too has recently gone through an amazing transformation, as has Kirklees Light Railways – have you been to their outside park in Clayton West recently? And of course, there are the other amazingly run community playgroups, stay and plays, etc, without forgetting the little parks dotted everywhere … However, Spingfield Mills, essentially should be your retail dream … a perfect way to spend your time …. The variety of shops/units in there, the service that is provided (most of the time) the quality and variety that is available, however ….

Number five – I have run out of numbers! Can I lump together in one all the other amazing organisations in the area?

  1. The back-bedroom businesses
  2. The (wo)man with a van services that keep our house, gardens, family and all other sorts of elements in our lives and business in working order
  3. The shops, beauticians, restaurants and entertainment activities, as well as events
  4. The employers, the national and international companies, the manufacturers, fabricators, engineers, ecommerce …
  5. The non-profit organisations that organise our social lives

Wow, I never thought it was going to be so hard to leave out so much.  My mind is racing with the number of organisations and people that I haven’t mentioned, however I mean no offence when I do so.

Can you do better?  What are your top 5?

It doesn’t have to be so far reaching as mine #coverallangels #anglesaswell

Post on our social media, email your articles to info@HD8network.co.uk or just generally tell people what is great and what is happening in the area.

5th anniversary celebration event

This year to mark our 5th anniversary we are holding a celebration at the Dunkirk Inn on 18th July from 7pm.

We have been receiving donations for raffle prizes – so if you are a business and want to donate something in return for coverage and promotion please get in touch.

If you would like raffle tickets but cannot attend the event, please see –

  • the Eventbrite page and buy a ticket *link
  • me in person
  • or one of the volunteered contacts in your community … details coming soon –
    • if you want to be one of those – you could be a ‘mum’ at school or ‘dad’ at sports drop off (sorry to be gender specific) an organiser or participator of a community group, popular, prominent figure etc – and want to help out, please get in touch.

We’d love it if you would be able to attend and have a drink with us at the Dunkirk and have a summer socialable evening (weather permitting on their roof terrace).

This is not a business networking event – if you want to promote your business we will give you a sticker for people to recognise this and maybe space for promotional material and pop up banner, but this is not a sales event!

This event is for those who work, rest AND play here.

It is to celebrate the area and hopefully raise a toast to the HD8 Network and our 5th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book your ticket here

 

#yourtop5

As we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year, the HD8 Network ask for your top 5.

Whether this is 5 reasons why you love work, rest or play in HD8, the top features of your event or business, the groups you belong to, the activities you are involved in.

5 best/recent pictures you have taken of the area.

Be as imaginative as you like ….

 

Help us celebrate 5 years, by sharing wonderful, positive stuff about the HD8 area.

Feel free to

  • Post in the HD8 Network groups that you are members of and maybe mention or tag contacts where possible.
  • Write and email info@HD8Network.co.uk your blog articles, that we can post in our news section, as well as post links to (the news article) from our social media.

We look forward to hearing your top 5!

Read our top 5 coming soon …

The HD8 Network

The HD8 Network is here whether you want to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area and we have a range of tools and packages for you to access them.

Rest or play in the HD8 area?

Then our website has a local business directory, online events calendar and news section with article that might interest about the local area, members and HD8 Network updates.

You can also connect with other people in the area on our Facebook Groups, and on our Facebook Page and other social media channels you can receive updates notifications of events in the area.

We also have an email marketing list which you can sign up to and receive updates via email.

All of this is freely available for you to use in honest pursuit of of local organisations, services and activities.

 

Hold Events?

Want to promote your events and tell more people about them?  Then our FREE Events Calendar is just the trick.

Whether you are part of the PTA or run regular Yoga classes or Football games, whether it is a special offer, an online seminar or a Beer Festival, the online events calendar can be a useful tool to let people know about your events – if that’s what you want of course!

Our Events Calendar can be viewed in chronological order or by category.

If this is of interest to you then please complete your details and submit the form so that we can publish your event details.

 

If you work in the area

Of course all of the above is available to you, however your organisation could be one of the articles or posts that others who work, rest or play in the HD8 area are reading and chatting about.

For full details about what we do can be found on our Join Us page, however we are always happy to discuss requirements and build bespoke packages.  When it comes to membership, the main investment for you to make is content, providing information to be used on the variety of our tools, which the special membership is designed to assist you with.  Plus, you don’t pay for networking events!

Our next Mid Month Meetup networking event is on 13th February at the Coffee Loft in Scissett.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet other businesses from around the area. It is quite informal and friendly and we normally have a speaker. Depending on what you are looking for, attending networking events might be a good way to spread the word of your special offers and build business contacts, hopefully producing referrals – well that is the aim of the game, isn’t it. Booking can be made via Eventbrite – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

If you want to find out more about the HD8 Network and how you can promote your business in the HD8 area you might be interested in our workshops.  The next one is before the networking event. Places are limited and cost £30 per delegate (which will then be discounted against future listing or membership purchases). Booking is essential and can be done via www.PromoteinHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

Depending on your particular business needs we’d be happy to see how the HD8 Network can help. For example, if you were wanting to tick some corporate social responsibility boxes as well as raise awareness, we could look at holding a sponsored community event or find another appropriate way to raise your profile.

Want to find out how to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area then visit our Join Us page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

 

If any of this is of interest to you please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

 

Facts and Figures August 2017

We have 64 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

Our Facebook Page has 1286 Likes

Our Facebook Groups members are as follows

HD8 Network Group     547 members

HD8 Day Out                 27 members

HD8 Jobs                       73 members

HD8 Services                 53 members

HD8 Social                     151 members

HD8 Sports                     115 members

HD8 Walking                 28 members

HD8 Wedding                29 members

HD8 Babies                    717 members

HD8 Toddlers                 194 members

HD8 Infants                    17 members

HD8 Juniors                   15 members

HD8 Teenager               7 members

HD8 School Leaver           10 members

Many of these groups are new and none are actively promoted and so all growth and engagement has been organic.  Facebook has now enabled us to link the groups with our Facebook page, which will enable us to promote and engender engagement in these groups.  One of our marketing objectives this year is to increase our cross promotion of our groups and promote their facility wider.  However, we are often told how reliable and trustworthy community we have.

 

Other social media followers include

Twitter/HD8Network      2533 Followers

Instagram                      260 Followers

Linkedin Company Page       59 Followers

Linkedin Group             160 Members

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook reached 593 people last week (6th August – 12th August 2017), however this was a 67% decrease from last week.

Our Tweets earnt 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days, which is the same as on last report.

Facebook referred 1295 page views (20% of referrals) to the website, although this number is expected to greatly increased with use of tracking codes on links shared externally.  Google refers nearly 30% of traffic to our website and nearly 20% is labelled as direct, which is where the tracking codes will assist better analysis.

 

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 7000 visits, from just under 5000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Whilst there is a reduction of visits and users reported since we last published these results, there has been similar amounts of page views, which shows people are staying on the site for longer.

Events pages received nearly 4000 page views, the directory received 2137 page views and the Join page, the page to add events and about us have also been the top viewed pages in the last year.

Denby Dale in the area section received the most page views, followed by Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton.

Last month there were 559 sessions on the website, with an average of 2.5 pages per sessions

Information correct as of 14th August 2017

 

How do we communicate

We thought we’d take a moment to remind you about the platforms we use to communicate the local knowledge we offer you whether you work, rest or play here.

Website

The main source of information is www.HD8network.co.uk which has an online events calendar and organisation directory, as well as news blog page for member’s updates and stories and other interesting reports of activities in the HD8 area.

Social Media

We have a strong presence on Facebook, with a Page and a variety of Groups.

The focus for the Page is for us to be able to push information out to you guys and for you to like and comment on as you please.  The Groups on the other hand it’s completely up to you how they are used (within legal and ethical boundaries of course). Groups are communities on Facebook enabling you to communicate with others with similar focuses. Many use groups for selling items, whilst this was never our intention for this to be the case, it is a powerful enabler for us to recycle the loved items we don’t want any more.

We are also active on Twitter, Linkedin and Google + and dabble with Instagram. Again these are mostly used for us to push information out to you guys, but we are a chatty bunch and love a bit of banter and would love to engage with you about the HD8 area (always with a positive attitude of course!) using these platforms.

Physical Meetings

For the past 4 years we have held monthly networking events for businesses and other organisations to meet and build relationships, finding new customers, sources of information and shared interests.

We have also held 2 Business Shows, which were full day events revolving around seminars and exhibitors as well as networking opportunities and business relationships being formed and developed.

Email

We have an email marketing circulation, which we want to develop enabling you to pick and choose whether they wish to hear about Work, Rest or Play topics.

 

But none of this works without you, so whether you Work, Rest or Play in the area, get involved and join in.

Engage with us on social media, visit our website, sign up to our mailing list and if you are an event organiser list your event or activities on our online calendar and if you are a business or other organisation then at least get a basic listing on our online directory.

If you would like to find out more about the promotion aspects of the HD8 Network please visit www.HD8 network.co.uk/Join/ or contact us to chat about it.

Research by Huddersfield University

We are honoured to have two groups of Huddersfield University Business and Marketing students conducting their Market Research assignment on the HD8 Network, with the aim of improving the offering you receive from us.

They will be conducting their research in a variety of ways; online via facebook and other social media channels, via email and telephone (businesses only) and handing out leaflets in some of the villages.

So please help these budding students by giving your opinion, taking no longer than 5-10 minutes of your time, to help you receive the service you desire.

All information gathered will be used for only these purposes and we assure you that personal questions are only asked to help analyse the data.

We then plan to present you the results and proposed improvements following the research and recommendations.

Thank you for your participation

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at any time – info@HD8network.co.uk

Improve your visibility on HD8 Network

The HD8 Network offers you a range of ways to get found in the HD8 area.

There are a number of ways to greatly increase the exposure of your organisation

 

  • Make sure you have a description on your directory and event listings containing ‘keywords’ enabling ‘google’ searches to pick up the information and provides useful content for the users to verify they have the right information when they find your listing and make contact with you.

 

  • Have contact details on your listings that are up to date and correct, as well as there being a response at the other end.

 

  • Provide us with content that we can publish on our social media platforms, email communications and news area on your behalf.

 

  • Attend networking events; helping other members to get to know you and your business, enabling them put you in touch with the people you need to speak to.

 

  • Becoming a speaker or exhibitor at our events.

 

We offer 4 levels of membership

  • The basic directory listing
  • The social member
  • Full member
  • Comprehensive member

Want more information about the promotions you could receive for your organisation? Please visit here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Facts and Figures December 2016

We have 184 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 8000 visits, from just over 6000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Last month there were 680 sessions on the website. In October, when we held this year’s Business Show there were 916 sessions and we saw heightened traffic on the website since we started to announce the show.  We also saw a large number of visitors in November last year when we launched the new website and membership options.

Facebook referred 1286 page views to the website

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook has nearly 1200 Likes and reached 758 people last week (26th November – 2nd December 2016) with 90 Post engagements.

The Facebook Group has 475 members.  There are also a range of focused Facebook Groups.

We have 2357 followers on our HD8 Network handle on Twitter and are following 2177. Our tweets earn 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days. On average we earn 3 link clicks, 2 retweets and 2 likes per day.

The Linkedin Group has 154 members and the Company Page has 57 Followers, both of these areas are admittedly currently totally underutilised.

Information correct as of 3rd December 2016

Read the full report here

Background info on the HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was first created in April 2013, initially on Social Media.

In July 2013 the HD8 Network started to offer a physical offline networking at the monthly Meet Up events and a website was started later in the year.

The HD8 Network undertook a rebranding exercise in the summer of 2015, held the first HD8 Business Show in the August 2015, with a subsequent one in October 2016 and the new website and membership packages were launched in November of 2015.

Further improvements have been made to the website since and is part of a continuous improvement strategy.

 

Read the full report here

If you would like to comment or question any of the above please contact us at info@HDnetwork.co.uk

Find out how you can join the HD8 Network and promote your organisation and activities in and around the HD8 area?