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Wildlife Gadgetman Chosen By Theo Paphitis! - WildlifeGadgetman.com

Wildlife Gadgetman Chosen By Theo Paphitis!

_2_circle-280Just when I thought March couldn’t become any more eventful I was thrilled to discover that Wildlife Gadgetman has been chosen by ex Dragon Theo Paphitis as one of his #SBS Winners on Sunday 23 March!

March has been an incredibly busy month which has meant that I haven’t been able to update my blog as often as I wanted. In fact, I’ve had hardly any spare time to write new content over the past three or four weeks. After being knocked for six by a particularly nasty bout of norovirus (I’ve never felt so ill!) I’ve spent the rest of the month playing catch up.

Project proposals, quotations for clients, client website development and lots of time on the road attending various meetings etc. has meant that I have collated a huge backlog of exciting new content to share with you (Yay!), and guess what, I’ve finally managed to catch up sufficiently to start writing again!

But enough of my moans and groans about the past few weeks, lets get back to the fab news from Theo Paphitis!

What is Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday?

Theo Paphitis is best known for appearing on  Dragons Den on BBC2. He is the Chairman of Ryman Stationary plus Boux Avenue lingerie and Robert Dyas, as well as joint owner of Red Letter Days. Back in October 2010 Theo created Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter.

Here is the link to the Small Business Sunday website and the following is how the site describes itself…

Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has over 420,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has over 420,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy too!

Theo says “I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.

All my businesses are privately owned and entrepreneurial in spirit. My stationery firm Ryman has thousands of small business customers, which is why they are now kindly sponsoring #SBS. I want to offer benefits to #SBS winners, past and present and the link with the stationery retailer allows me to do this, so thank you CEO Kypros Kyprianou and Co.

My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club. Like-minded individuals can share successes and learnings. This website will give a valuable profile to the winners chosen to date and should help those who have not yet won but want some tips on how to do so. You will find news about the latest winners plus events and activities of interest.

I know I have been lucky in business and I am keen now to spread goodwill to others, of course not forgetting that very often, you make your own luck by making use of every opportunity.”

 So, has winning had much of an impact?

It certainly has! It’s only been four days but I’m definitely seeing the benefits of taking part. My Twitter followers increased by 150+ overnight and I’m still seeing a steady flow of new followers as a direct result of the win. There’s been a steady flow of new business enquiries and there’s been a definite increase in website traffic too! Not bad for taking two minutes on a Sunday evening to send a tweet!

[pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]I’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I’ve received from the community of previous winners and I get the feeling I’m going to make a number of new friends as well as business acquaintances![/pullquote]

I’ve still to explore the whole of the Small Business Sunday website but from what I’ve seen so far there’s lots of interesting content to discover. I’ve created my profile page (take a look here) and had fun checking out the profile of many of the previous winners.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I’ve received from the community of previous winners and I get the feeling I’m going to make a number of new friends as well as business acquaintances!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Theo for recognising Wildlife Gadgetman and the unique products and services I offer, and the rest of the #SBS winners community for your warm welcome!

I’m proud to be part of the family and look forward to taking an active roll within the community.

 

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