Thursday, 5 April 2012
Yes, we've joined the select group of Devon museums who are using social media to spread the word about why they're worth a visit. Not just Twitter, but also Facebook.
It all started when the Museum's press officer Michael Downes learned how such things can help somewhere like Fairlynch when last Friday he attended an excellent training session given by Andy Chapman from internet consultancy 1010 Media http://www.1010media.co.uk/
1010 Media, with bases in London and Exeter, has worked with a large range of businesses and organisations including Devon Museums and Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Commenting on Friday's training session, Andy said: "There was lots to cram into a short space of time, and, due to the structure being very 'off the cuff' because of each museum's differing situation, it was slightly tricky to prepare for!"
The session also included topics such as domain names for museums, email, Flikr and the use of PayPal.
"There's no obligation to engage in any of these things but if you do I'm sure you will very quickly start to reap the benefits!" promised Andy.
Within days of signing up, Fairlynch had started tweeting about topics as diverse as 19th century educationalists with South African-based journalist Mandy de Waal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee exhibition at its Canadian partner-museum in Simcoe, Ontario.
So if you're curious, not just about what goes on at Fairlynch but how Facebook and Twitter could work for you, just look for Fairlynch in the search box when you've logged in at https://www.facebook.com/login.php or click on twitter.com/#!/1811Fairlynch