“Journalists love freebies”

Our panellists, from left, Kim Winter (Makerhood), Tim Dickens (Brixton Blog), Fiona Douglas (Oh Sew Brixton) and Helen Ward (West Norwood Feast)

As Kim mentioned here, last Thursday Makerhood held a joint event with West Norwood Business Club at Portico Gallery on Knights Hill, where our knowledgable and friendly experts answered questions from makers and business people.

Our host John Price from Portico Gallery

The audience came from Brixton, West Norwood and even as far away as Streatham (I’m kidding, Streatham – it was great to meet you). They asked intelligent questions such as “What’s the best way to keep in touch with your regular customers?”, “As a local business what’s the best way to approach local press?” and “Do you think goody bags are a good way to promote your business?”

As you can imagine, given the successful businesses and organisations that our panellists represent, their advice and tips were practical, insightful and – most importantly – easy to follow for any maker or small business. Advice such as offering something extra in your newsletter to keep people reading, making sure you have new information when you contact your customers, and using social media, local forums and meet ups to promote events are simple – yet our panellists prove how effective they can be.

One of the pieces of advice I found most interesting was how to approach journalists (not surprisingly, the title of this post comes from this part of the event!). Tim Dickens described how to begin to build a relationship with journalists and how to present your information in a way that makes it easy for journalists to see its value. That’s useful knowledge for anyone trying to get their work noticed!

We’d like to say a big thank you to John Price and Portico Gallery for hosting this event and providing drinks, to West Norwood Business Club for collaborating with us and to our panellists for sharing their experience. And of course, thanks to everyone who came along and took part.


West Norwood event on 26 July

We’re planning a makers’ event in West Norwood on the evening of 26 July, before everyone disappears for the summer.

John Price has very kindly offered the Portico Gallery, along with drinks and nibbles.

At our first meeting in West Norwood in April, the makers who came discussed various ideas for an event, including the following:

  • an impromptu exhibition, where everyone brings one of their
  • products to put on display, talks to other makers and gets feedback
  • an expert on using social media
  • an expert on running making workshops for adults and children
  • a speaker from West Norwood Feast.

We also thought it would be fun to have an interactive space where everyone can contribute to a drawing/collage/painting on a particular theme, eg London 2012.

We need your help
For this event to happen, we need your help! If you can help with any of the following, please let us know:

  • volunteering as a speaker (yourself or someone else who is interested!)
  • helping set up on the day
  • promoting the event in advance
  • helping organise the interactive activity.

If you have any other ideas or comments, do get in touch by emailing kim@makerhood.com.

I will be out of London next week but will try to respond to emails as promptly as possible. If there’s enough interest in the event going ahead, we’ll hold a planning meeting the week after, probably 18 July, to confirm plans and details.

First Monday of the Month: Monthly update

As we rapidly approach the launch of our Beta site, this is an attempt to sum up what’s happened over the past month, and where possible look at what’s coming up.

Our intention is to provide this monthly update at the start of the month, with it in the form of a proper newsletter in due course. Until then, we’ll post the update on the blog. Happy Reading!


Makers’ Meetings

We’ve held six Makers’ Meetings in the past month. These have offered us a great opportunity to explain the project to potential sellers and get their feedback on our emerging online marketplace. As a result of these sessions we’ve been able to fix lots of bugs and also identified questions and issues which we might have missed.

Feedback from the sessions about Makerhood has been great, and attendees also welcomed the chance to meet fellow Makers. A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added one more session on Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm, Cafe Roha (103, Acre Lane). Please book in the form at the bottom of this page please

You can read what local photographer Laura Ward said about the session she attended on her blog.


Local People love the idea of Makerhood

During June we published the results of an online survey which asked people about the Makerhood concept and the philosophy behind it. From great quotes to five key conclusions, the input from 106 people who took part has been invaluable. If you don’t want to read the full post outlining the key conclusions, spend 30 seconds looking at some nice graphs which sum up your thoughts.


People who inspire us

We’ve started to produce irregular interviews with local people who have inspired us. These have proved to be very popular, so we’ll have more in future months. Check out previous interviews with artist Pam Williams, Urban Art Fair’s Tim Sutton and Stockwell based Sweet View.

Not to be out done, Kristina also did her own video with VisionOntv after the OpenTech conference at which she spoke. Click here to watch the five minute Makerhood OpenTech video.


Meet Us and Get Involved

Finally just a reminder of some pre launch meetings we have coming up, including drinks, which you are very welcome to join us at!

If you want to volunteer with Makerhood, as well as sell your wares, then our doors are always open. In the past month we’ve been very lucky to have Kim, Chris and Viv join us, but we’re always hungry for more help. So if you want to get involved in whatever way you can, email us: hello@makerhood.com – and let’s chat!