Archive for July, 2010

Social Media and all that

Whats your view about social media at the moment.

Do you use it to interact with your customers and target audience?

Are you finding it harder or easier of late to speak to the decision makers, do you think social media will make any difference for you? Is it just another phase we are all going through. Do you find that a lot of the ‘experts’ that you come across haven’t been involved all that long? So what makes them expert do you ask? 

So where do you stand on all of this, is it something for you? Should you care and be involved? Well I think it’s something we should all take note of – like it or not, it’s here. And to stay for a while to come. The thing I like most about it is it’s engaging, and people will genuinely help you if they can. But it’s two way, don’t expect to take all the while, you’ve got to give too, otherwise you’ll get nothing from it.

It does seems to me that the smaller the business the more nimble you are and the more responsive you will be. The larger construction companies just don’t quite seem to get it yet.

Well that’s the conclusion I came to when I read this really interesting article form Nick Pauley at Pauley Creative.  In fact having a look at some of the articles Nick has written on his website could be a lesson to a lot of us in Construction.

Made me think about what we are doing, so look out for some subtle changes to our website as a result!

There was also an interesting tweet I came across in the week from Guido Gihaux that had a link to a youtube video about the use of social media in the UK – well worth a view, a lot of other people have picked up on it too.

So all I should say for now is follow me on twitter, link up with us on LinkedIn and become our fan on facebook!

Does your measurement come up to size?

Are you happy with your measurement?

I met a good friend of mine recently Jon Lever who is very actively involved with the RICS APC process and runs a very efficient business helping guys gain their MRICS status.

Now we were talking recently after he held one of his RICS surgeries at our offices about the lack of measurment being taught in the industry; and we both think that more could be done about this.

So instead of sitting around and doing nothing about it we came up with the idea that we should do something, the thing is what? Our idea is that we would like to help people who want to know more about measurement and how to do things (dare I say) properly. You may have little time, only want to learn about one particular aspect, already be qualified and want to brush up on something, or just generally interested in improving your skills.

We therefore plan to produce a series of cost effective ways that can take you through all aspects of measurement. The way in which we do that will be dictated by you.

If that’s something you think you’d be interested in (or just want to send me a comment) please contact me, as I’d be interested to hear from you. Either post a reply to this, send me an email derek.mynott@gf-partnership.co.uk , tweet me on @gfpartnership, contact me via facebook, or message me on LinkedIn.

Or you could just call ….

Better still complete this on line survey Jon and I are running and we can tailor our idea to suit your specific needs.


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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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