About Sam Michel
Inquisitive. Hopeful. Jovial. Cantankerous. Digital marketer. Event organiser. Long-time fan of tech, collaboration and innovation. Exploring digital, social, business, technology, society, psychology & startups.
Sam founded Chinwag in 1996 to support the nascent digital marketing industry. The organisation has grown alongside the industry, whilst Sam has held roles ranging from, arguably, the UK’s first paid webmaster at Time Out magazine, part of the founding management team of the UK’s first web agency, Webmedia and the startup team at digital off-shot of TV firm, Carlton (now part of ITV)
He’s developed launched numerous industry events including Chinwag Psych, international startup series, Digital Mission. He’s the Executive Director of Social Media Week London part of a global collaborative event series taking place in 26 cities worldwide. Sam is a member of the global advisory board. Consultancy clients including UK Trade & Investment, Open Data Institute, the BBC, Innovate UK and he’s an active participant in a number of startup accelerators.
Personal, some work and some geek-related blogging lives at Toodlepip along with BBQ recipes and other oddities.
<tl:dr> Using SSL for your website on WordPress is great, but has a downside if you’re using Twitter cards to make your social stuff look purdy, images don’t show. Hooking in to a filter on the hugely popular WordPress SEO… [read more]
<tl;dr> Using Opengraph tags to specify which images and descriptions Facebook should use when a link is being shared often breaks for secure sites using https. They key? Using og:image:secure_url to specify the link. Here’s a quick fix using Yoast’s… [read more]
Last week, frustrated by the difficulty in navigating what’s happening during London Tech Week 2017 (12-16 June ie. next week), I put together a spreadsheet listing all the events (I could find) for speedy scanning and booking. For the cheapskates cost conscious… [read more]
<tl;dr>200+ London Tech Week 2017 events in one list</tl;dr> UPDATE: New events added along with details on any cost to attend or if they’re free. Navigating any tech event can be tricky enough, but when there’s a week of 180+ events… [read more]
Startling economic growth, a colossal population with staggering spending power and a large, active and growing investment community are just a few of the reasons why startups are beginning to ponder the opportunities in China. China’s got money “China’s got… [read more]
Space Mission UK: A Week of Science, Innovation and Inspiration in California. And an Election, too.
Witnessing the US election up close was surreal. I was lucky enough to spend that week travelling the length of California with ten of the UK’s top “New Space” companies for the third Space Mission UK trip. As we boarded… [read more]
<tl;dr> Swearing can be good for your health. And happiness. It’s day 6 of my New Year’s resolution to try writing a post a day for 30 (working) days. To be honest, I’m struggling, so this might be an every-other-day… [read more]
<tl;dr> Online retailers work so hard to get you to buy, then administer a swift kick to the shins when it comes to payment. My New Year’s resolution to wrote each day is being sorely tested, mainly by Making a… [read more]
<tl;dr> Saying please and thank you really works. Actual real-life professors say so. Not only do you get a better response, but it’s good for you, too. I am definitely a novice at this whole parenting thing. Another parenting triumph #dadfail… [read more]
<tl;dr> Where were you the first time? What did you think? Did you have an inkling of what would happen? I was cleaning out the loft recently and came across this CD promising 200 hours of rfree Internet. It got me… [read more]