Welcome to Social Ties

Vivienne is an expert in the art of relationship building and her passion for clients’ businesses is what makes her thrive in any environment. She is adept in copywriting, communications, marketing, social media, and advertising. She also possesses consummate skills in sales and business development, all acquired from over 30 years of experience in radio, magazines (digital and print), news media agencies, leading newspapers, outdoor advertising, direct mail, event management, and training.

Social Ties was established in 2014 when Vivienne realised that some businesses found having an in-house communications and marketing person was too expensive, or that using online marketing and social media for their business was daunting, or they were unable to dedicate the time and resources to it.

Vivienne recognised this as an opportunity to cost-effectively assist business owners and SME’s by having an off-site, experienced, result focussed, communications and marketing manager, help with all of their needs.

Vivienne is passionate and determined to assist others to grow their business through all media and marketing techniques. She hopes you will consider Social Ties for your social media, marketing and communications. Her knowledge, expertise and welcoming personality are now available for your business.

Vivienne is always happy to see an email in her inbox and loves getting others excited about online marketing for business. Therefore, any questions or comments please get in touch today!

How we can help

Social Ties specialises in providing all of your communications needs. From traditional PR releases, Blogs, Magazine editorial along with social media marketing services for business. Social Ties tailors solutions to meet your requirements.

Whether it is simply using Facebook for small business or a more complex social media marketing/advertising campaign incorporating social networks such as Instagram, LinkedIn or X . No job is too big or too small.

Marketing and advertising solutions are also available to support your social media activities or as a standalone solution. Social Ties can complement events and trade shows by working with an event manager to ensure all communication aspects are covered.

Alternatively, Social Ties has the expertise and connections to plan, manage and deliver your next event ensuring it is something memorable. We also provide social media training for your business, club, or association.

Want to know more? Explore our various services below, or get in touch to learn more…

Client Testimonials

Vivienne Forbes from Social Ties works on The Vault in Port Kembla’s social media. We have used many social media companies in the past, but the difference is in the time Vivienne spends researching our performers and bands, which is reflected in the wide variety of posts promoting each event. Creating humorous, engaging, informative content has elevated our social media awareness. Vivienne’s is available at all hours, and this flexibility ensures timely and relevant posts for our night-time venue. Her “nothing is too much trouble” attitude and problem-solving mindset make our collaboration seamless and enjoyable.

Since Vivienne joined the team, we’ve witnessed significant growth and increased engagement across our social media platforms, turning The Vault into more than just a physical space but a vibrant go-to online destination. We highly recommend Vivienne Forbes and Social Ties for businesses seeking to enhance their social media presence. Working with her is a pleasure; the results speak for themselves.

David Gorr,
Owner The Vault, Port Kembla

Since 2015, I have worked with and referred Vivienne Forbes as a consultant to organisations I have worked with. As a marketing professional, I consider Vivienne an expert in everything she does, whether it’s digital marketing, magazine editing, or PR and communications. Vivienne is always in complete command of the subject matter, well-prepared and energetic in both her delivery and her enthusiasm for the information she presents. She is creative and original, and she is not afraid to integrate or employ new technology in her job.

Vivienne is a wonderful friend to have even when she is not at work. She can conduct a good discussion, is very informative, entertaining, and, most importantly, warm and caring.

Bryan Furtado
Recruitment Marketing Specialist, APM Group

I had the pleasure of working with Vivienne for several months during her time consulting with the communications team at Family Business Association. Vivienne’s ability to quickly grasp concepts and ideas related to family businesses across Australia and New Zealand was truly impressive. She actively contributed to numerous projects aimed at elevating the profiles of these businesses, showcasing her dedication to making a positive impact.

Vivienne’s articles and social media posts stood out for their engaging and insightful content. Her talent for crafting compelling narratives helped bring attention to the unique stories and challenges family businesses face. It was a pleasure collaborating with Vivienne, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for her exceptional communication skills, dedication, and genuine commitment to helping businesses thrive.

Tim Smith
National Membership Manager, FBA

Vivienne at SocialTies has been a long-term provider to ODMA (the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association). I can’t recommend Viv more highly – I have found her super responsive, she is very pro-active and self-sufficient yet also open to working on any new ideas raised. She provides great advice, good summary reports on our social media campaigns and she forms great relationships with our valued members.

I have also found Viv to be an amazing writer, able to find just the right words and keep communications succinct. I have recently expanded her involvement in other projects and events and have found her to be efficient, helpful, an amazing proofreader and a wealth of knowledge on various communication mediums. Viv is a valued member of the extended ODMA team!

Amanda Trotman

For 6 years I had the privilege of working closely with Vivienne at the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA). Vivienne’s remarkable adaptability shone through as she seamlessly navigated responsibilities ranging from social media management to event support and undertaking presentations to live audiences.

Viv is trustworthy, responsive and multi-skilled, making her a great asset and contributor to ODMA’s success. Despite the distance—Vivienne in Melbourne and the association in Sydney—geographical barriers posed no hindrance. Vivienne’s commitment and reliability remained steadfast, proving that her contributions were not bound by location. I highly recommend Vivienne for her versatility, dedication, and professionalism, traits that significantly enriched ODMA’s operations.

Finola Carey
CEO, ODMA (1995-2023)

Vivienne has always stood above others in her field, as an approachable professional with remarkable knowledge of her craft. Vivienne consistently maintains a high level of service and integrity, and doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Whenever you need the right result, Vivienne has a skill in sorting through all of the waffle that exists in today’s business world, and gets results without the fuss.

John Dryden
Global Head of AI, Cyber and Information Security

During “High pressure, High Target” campaigns Vivienne was an asset to the team through her ability to enjoy every aspect of her work, and her view that each challenge was “just another step”. Her ability to connect with people from all sorts of backgrounds became a valuable asset in engaging the contact centre agents to strive to change and achieve more as a team.

Craig Deitrich
CX Transformation Consultant

We worked with Vivienne to film a series of video interviews with event attendees. She was instrumental in driving the conversation with attendees and weaving a narrative for the video.

She had a knack for making interviewees feel calm and comfortable in front of the camera – often with little to no notice of the interview! Her fun & bubbly personality was just what we were looking for in the event wrap-up videos. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Vivienne – she made our video content shine!

Andy P
Team Leader, Video Production Services

In this ever-changing marketing world, Viv astounds me as to how she stays ahead of the pack. Her innate curiosity, practicality and clarity of thought always enable her to find the best strategic applications to any marketing and communications issue. I’m a great advocate for the services and integrity of Social Ties.

Anne Tesch
Director SH3

I have worked with Viv at Social Ties over the past 10 years across multiple businesses, projects and sectors. Her personable approach, experience and insights in customising business objectives with comms that engage with customers across the suite of marketing/sales touchpoints have always delivered positive and measurable outcomes. 

Peter Bates
Marketing and Sales Specialist