Originally from Solihull in the West Midlands, I now live with my beautiful wife, Anne-Marie, and our two Daughters, Yasmine (3) and Zara (Born 10/10/10), in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Family is the most important element of my life, and my girls are the reason I wake at 5:30 for those breakfast networking meetings, and hit the sack late at night, after staring at a computer screen for too many hours of the day!
I love to travel (when I can find the time!), and my #1 sporting passion is Snowboarding. My love of the white stuff finally caused me to enter into the world of Property Investment at the end of 2008, when Anne-Marie and I bought an apartment in Morzine, France. Anyone who has been there will know that Morzine is one of the truly great Alpine villages, with a great culture and nightlife, whilst retaining it's Savoyarde charm. The wooden chalet buildings are full of character, and make this a beautiful place to visit all year round.
The view from our balcony
Morzine affords access to the largest skiable area in the World, with over 650km of groomed pistes, and some fantastic off-piste, too. I had a hairy experience on one of the area's most-feared runs, The Wall, which marks the border between France and Switzerland. This Orange Piste (Ungroomed; one up from a Black run), starts off on a near-vertical, and is a challenge for even the most-advanced winter sportsman or woman.
We rent the apartment out, throughout the year. If you're interested, please visit our page on the Holiday-Rentals website ... 2-Bed Morzine Apartment
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, of Influence Agents
, has over 15 years experience in the IT industry and over 6 years as a Search and Online Marketing Specialist. His insights and expertise are highly regarded by other online experts and businesses alike.
What I Offer
Social Media Consultancy
Are there experts in Social Media? In my humble opinion, No. The landscape changes so quickly and so often, that most people know a bit, and never become an expert in any one area. To know Social Media is to live and breath it every day, and keep as close a pace as possible.
What I do is to show small businesses and individuals how to find their perfect clients and strategic alliances online. I provide the tools to delve into the Social Networks, as well as the World of Blogging and Micro-Blogging, to find the people who can help shape your business in the future. I also showcase the tools that can save you time and effort in engaging in Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook etc.
Matt Hodkinson of Influence Agents
Reputation and Online Brand Management
Reputations can be built or broken in a very short time, given the accessibility of User Generated Content (UGC). Reviews, Blogs, Status Updates, all serve to send the message to massive networks in seconds, not hours. That's great if people are saying nice things about you, but not so good if you've given the wrong person the wrong experience of your service or product.
I can assist in monitoring the conversations that the online community are having about you, your brand, and your products & services. "Armed Response" services offer the ability to engage with people, via the same medium, soon after their experiences have been broadcast to the World. This helps to save face, and grow advocacy.
Matt Hodkinson on Linkedin
What my Clients say about me...
"We recently engaged Matt and his team to expand our understanding of the daily conversations happening online around wealth management and private banking. This is a particularly hard-to-navigate market offline, so I was delighted with the results achieved with our first foray into monitoring the online.
The deliverables from the analysis is always presented in a clear and engaging way, however, Matt does not just present "results". He really understands the data and has the great ability to offer insight and to draw out suggestions for key themes that should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Matt has a clear passion for his work, and this shines through in his energy for a project and the speed of results. He is always contactable through a variety of methods (as one might expect from someone engrossed in social media), and is very quick to resolve any issue as it arises.
In short, we will definitely continue to work with Matt on the original project and on many projects to come."
, Scorpio Partners
"I was impressed by Matt's professionalism and in depth knowledge of online marketing which is a hard combination to find"
, Pad Media
"Webigence have been working with Matt Hodkinson for several years and we have always known him to be professional, knowledgeable, organised and hard working. Better than all the above, he delivers results and he's a pleasure to work with. Any more praise than that and his head might explode, which isn't going to do any of us any good, least of all him!"
, Webigence Ltd