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Social Media Breakfast March 2009

Updated to add slides and audio from this morning (Thanks to DimDim and Kevin for the Live Cast!):

Attendee Videos:

From Perkett PR‘s Christine Major:

Original Post:

Special thank you to our partial event sponsor, Custom Scoop, publisher of Media Bulls Eye Magazine. Thanks to their generosity and the generosity of Rick Korn from Rick’s Pond View we are able to offer this breakfast at a low cost to you.

What’s Custom Scoop?

CustomScoop, a leader in Media Intelligence,
delivers customizable media monitoring technology and analysis to its
customers in Public Relations, Sales, Marketing, Investor Relations and
Competitive Intelligence.

CustomScoop’s solutions utilize proprietary software, an extensive
database of sources and a team of search experts to deliver information
quickly, accurately and with detailed reporting. Products range from an
efficient online news clipping service to an enterprise-level blog
monitoring and analysis solution.

CustomScoop is headquartered in Concord, NH.

Location: Rick’s Pond View, 92 Route 125, Kingston, NH 03848 (right in the middle of several major highways and roads: Hwy 101, I 495, Route 125, Route 111, Route 107, Route 108 and more. Follow Rick’s Pond View on Twitter, or Rick’s A Cafe and Grille, also on Twitter, and check out both on FaceBook (group/fan page).

Theme for the second Social Media Breakfast: Government 2.0 (how utilities, organizations for the environment, and more work with and from municipalities and other entities using social media to achieve goals)

The second Social Media Breakfast NH (hashtag #smbnh) will be all about topics related to Government 2.0. In this struggling economy and shifting paradigm we need to be working together to be more successful and better weather the storm. We should be pulling in all aspects of technology, new media, old media and social media to succeed. This meeting will help us lay the foundation for a richer, better education, tech and new media community in NH.

In addition to myself, who will be your host and MC for the morning, you will have three speakers giving three brief presentations on topics relating to the theme for the morning.

Electric Tweets‘ – Why @psnh followers increased 1,700% in one week Public Service of New Hampshire’s Martin Murray will discuss the electric utility’s use of Twitter and other social media.

Boston Police Department is sending John Daley to discuss their web outreach efforts via Twitter and other new media.

Now or Never Media‘s Bill Rogers and his partners in clean air initiatives will discuss how they use social media to get the word out and reach out to municipalities for change.

TO SPONSOR THIS OR A FUTURE SMBNH CONTACT LESLIE POSTON via Twitter, Email or Phone or purchase a sponsor ticket above.

Let’s make the new SMBNH crackle with energy and success! See you there!

Social Media for Social Change (SM4SC) is Back and Headed to New York City

You may remember Social Media for Social Change from its debut last year in Boston – a debut I was proud to be a small part of. With its first event at the Harvard Club to benefit Jane Doe under its belt, where would Gradon Tripp and SM4SC go next? Why, New York City, of course.

It makes perfect sense to me that Gradon made the Big Apple the next stop in his 10 events for 10 charities goal for SM4SC. The city is full of need, and I imagine choosing the charity to focus on was a bigger challenge than the location for the event. Gradon settled on City Harvest, a New York food bank, hoping to help the rising number of the city’s hungry.

If you want to attend, you should go over to the SM4SC blog and check out the event page for New York City to sign up. The cost is minimal, goes to a good cause, and you get some serious bang for your buck in the big city, from music and drinks to auction prizes. Highly recommended for a way to go out on the town for less while also helping people in need.

The specific details are:

LOCATION: Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

DATE: Friday, April 3, 2009

TIME: 7:00 – 10:00 PM


Online tickets: $45

Groups of 2 or more: $35 each

Any unsold tickets may be purchased in person on the night of the event for $50

Here’s what you get with your admission:

• Open bar from 7-8:30 (no, we really mean it)

* Free signature cocktail all night

* Live performances from Marissa Lerer and Walt Ribeiro

* A whole bunch of awesome auction prizes available for bid

* Awesome raffle giveaways and prizes

* Meet a bunch of people you didn’t know before (in real life anyway)

* And of course, the good karma of helping a New Yorker in need

If you can’t make it to the event, either because you have a previous engagement or live elsewhere, you can still help the cause. All you have to do is use the widget below and on the SM4SC site to donate something as small as a dollar or as large as Manhattan. I do hope you go though. You’ll get to meet Meg Fowler and Gradon Tripp (aka Twitter’s Cutest Cross Border Couple ™), you’ll get drinks and prizes and the gift of song and you’ll be having fun while helping feed the hungry – how can you go wrong?

Social Media Breakfast NH #2: Now on 3/27

An update for everyone on the state of the SMB NH # 2: It won’t be in Portsmouth on 3/20. The road blocks to getting this going in Portsmouth were astronomical, and in the end I decided to stick with one of the two more welcoming cities I’ve been working with: Manchester and Kingston. To that end the new date and location for SMB NH # 2 is March 27th in Kingston, NH.

I put up an EventBrite page for sponsor sign ups here: I’m looking for 2 sponsors (or one willing to take both slots) at $500 each. I am confirming the three speakers I had on the new date now – keep your eyes peeled for that announcement later as well. I’ll open up regular registration once I know if I have one or two sponsors.

The theme is still loosely Government 2.0. The speakers I have are going to be discussing things like clean air initiatives and how they’ve worked with governments and municipalities to make them happen as well as how public works is using social media to reach out to the people in their communities. It should be educational, and I’d like to encourage you to invite your local government officials to sign up – you don’t have to be in social media to gain or share knowledge this month.

The venue is a restaurant owned by a new client of mine, Rick’s Pond View. It does have WiFi, but as always I encourage speakers to bring a copy of their presentation on flash drive or CD in case the WiFi gets overloaded, as sometimes happens when you have many iPhones and laptops running. It is located right on the 125 in Kingston (92 Rte 125), ten minutes north of I 495, ten minutes south of Hwy 101 and at or near the juncture of Rts 111, 107, and 108. 30 minutes from Manchester and Portsmouth, 20 from Newburyport and Amesbury, 15 from Haverhill and 45 from Boston.

I’ll announce the sign up page link later today.

Social Media Jungle, Geek Girls Camp, Pete Yorn Show: Missing SXSW? Learn right here in Beantown!

In addition to preparing for the next Social Media Breakfast NH on 3/20 (hashtag #SMBNH), I’ve also been prepping for two speaking gigs this week and doing some buzz building for Pete Yorn’s 3/15 show (I’m going, so I want to make it a loose tweet up if possible. After all, why not have fun with a bunch instead of just one?) Where am I speaking? Social Media Jungle Boston (discount code still available via the code in this post) on 3/10 and Geek Girls Camp on 3/12.

My topic for Social Media Jungle Boston is Bringing Generations Together For Success In a New Millennium and I am lucky to share the roster with several amazing people in our industry. The schedule:

08:30 – 09:20 – Registration + “Real-time Social Networking”

09:20 – 09:40 – Jeff Pulver – “ Sometimes You need to be Vulnerable”

09:40 – 10:00 – C.C. Chapman – “It isn’t a numbers game. The human side of social media”

10:00 – 10:20 – Richard Dale – “Twitter as the universal information stream: What if the Twitter stream told us every time a can of soda is sold?”

10:20 – 10:40 – Joe Cascio – “The Compuserve Era of Social Media – when and how will it end?”

10:40 – 11:00 – Doug Levin – “Social commerce, sometimes referred to as R-commerce (relationship commerce).”

11:00 – 11:20 – Laura Fitton – “Social Media for Social Good”

11:20 – 11:40 – Morning break

11:40 – 12:00 – Steve Garfield – “New Media Tools you can use to tell your story RIGHT NOW!”

12:00 – 12:20 – Justin Levy – “ How Small Business can use Inbound Marketing/Social Media to Help Increase Their Business”

12:20 – 12: 40 – [TBA]

12:40 – 2: 00 – Lunch

2:00 – 2:20 – Chris Penn – “It IS a numbers game – thinking about what numbers actually matter”

2:20 – 2:40 – Steven Dill – “Social Media Lessons Learned: From the perspective of a skeptical Online Marketer”

2:40 – 3:00 – Leslie Poston -”Bringing Generations Together For Success In The New Millennium”

3:00 – 3:20 – Matthew Mamet – “Using online video to strengthen your relationship with your online community.”

3:20 – 3:40 – Maria Thurrell – “Social Media: Make new friends but keep the old ones.”

3:40 – 4:00 – Mike Lanford – “The evolution of conversation”

4:00 – 4:30 – Wrap up

4:30 – End of Day

At Geek Girls Camp I will be teaching two workshops and giving one presentation. There are still tickets available for this as well at this link. My workshops are ROI is Not Money and Managing Work Flow in Social Media and my presentation will be on Blogging 101. I hope to see you there!

For the Pete Yorn show you can grab tickets here – let me know in comments if you are coming so we can plan something!

Social Media Breakfast NH # 2: Planning

The first Social Media Breakfast was a success! Thank you all for coming – we had a packed house in spite of the weather. (Link to recap with video and audio)

The next Social Media Breakfast will be on 3/20 in Portsmouth, NH, venue TBD.

The theme is Government 2.0, with a focus on how local government is using social media, how charities and organizations are using social media to work with government, etc. I am still lining up and adjusting speakers, once I have finalized the roster I will post it here.


  • Portsmouth, NH VENUE for 80 people, with food, wifi and room for AV equipment (having the AV equip even better) – I’ve looked at several places and none were a fit either due to price or missing amenities.
  • 3rd speaker
  • Sponsor(s)

Please let your local government know about this – I’d love to have a mix of social media types and government there to share ideas and talk out the issues – remember, in 2009 we want to reach out beyond our social media bubble.

To discuss possible speaking slots or sponsorship, please call the 800 # in the nav bar above or drop a line via email. If you have a venue idea, or other ideas please put them in the comments.

Hashtag continues to be #SMBNH

Social Media Jungle Is Coming To Boston

Jeff Pulver‘s Social Media Jungle was a hit in New York and Las Vegas, and now the 2009 Nationwide Tour has begun in earnest. The Jungle comes to Boston on March 10th, and I am honored to once again lead a discussion.

In New York I talked about human capitol as the new ROI in a session called ROI Is Not Money. One of the sub topics that was mentioned in that talk was working with multiple generations. I am pleased to come back for the Boston leg of the tour to lead a discussion called “Bringing Generations Together For Success In a New Millennium“.

It’s a mouthful, but the discussion will be all about how Digital Natives (or Generation Y), Generation X, Baby Boomers and the influx of other generations can find success by working together. I’ll touch on the nuts and bolts of making it work, including communication, handling knowledge gaps, generational personality clashes and other points. I’m excited, and I look forward to the lively and educational discussion that is sure to ensue.

You can sign up for the Social Media Jungle in Boston by clicking this link. If you enter promotional code TEF3B0IT you will also get a discount on the price for signing up through a speaker link. Take a look at the Roster of Discussion Leaders – this is well worth attending. I’m honored to share the spotlight with such social media luminaries as Chris Penn, Laura Fitton, CC Chapman and many more. This is going to be a great day for learning from each other!

Social Media Breakfast NH # 1 Final Details

I am excited at the response from everyone in the NH tech, new media and social media community for Social Media Breakfasts in NH. We found two sponsors for the event: the venue and AV equipment sponsor Southern NH University and the food and beverage sponsor DimDim. Thanks to their generosity we were able to offer space for up to 80 people for free.

As of this moment we have 80 people booked and another 35 on the waiting list. That is huge! Thank you for the support for this big, crazy idea I had of bringing the SMB family of events to NH! I would ask that if you are on the official list of attendees who registered on the official registration page here and you can not come, please let me know via email or DM by Thursday so I can pass your spot on to someone else on the waiting list. If you aren’t sure if you registered, please look on the EventBrite page here. We’ll be checking names against the list at the door on Friday.

For Parking

A campus/parking map is available here. The event is in the “Hospitality Center” which is marked as #24 on the map. That’s immediately on your right after coming into the north entrance to SNHU. The parking area for the event is Lot #2 which is just on your left after coming in the north entrance.

Update on Parking from SNHU via Twitter: New map for Social Media Breakfast. Use driveway beside Building #7 on -park in any lot near Hospitality Bldg #smbnh <- current as of 2/19

Livecasting and Internet

That’s right, DimDim will be live casting the event on their site (LiveCast Link, Do NOT Log In Until After 7:45AM 2/20 – It Will Not Be Active Until Then!!!)! If you missed the registration cut off, you will still be able to see the event from wherever you are. There will also be WiFi internet available, a password and user name for which will be handed out at sign in on Friday. As with any internet connection, if you are a speaker, please bring a back up of your presentation in case technical difficulties happen.


In addition to myself, who will be your host and MC for the morning, you will have three speakers giving three brief presentations on topics relating to the theme for the morning: Building Bridges. As you know, I promote reaching out beyond the occasionally myopic world of social media to include and educate (and be educated by) other fields that we work with and for. To that end, I’m pleased with our three speakers and their topics. They are: Jen Zingsheim, Vice President, Products and Services for Custom Scoop, who will be discussing building bridges between old media and new media; David Hurlburt, Executive Producer for WMUR News Channel 9 who will be discussing the hurdles faced as an old media company trying to incorporate a social media strategy and the effect it has had on the employees and work load; and Wayne Kurtzman, Senior Marketing Analyst for Hello Direct, who will be discussing going from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy and the strategies and struggles we face in the change in systems.


We will begin at 8:00 AM Eastern with breakfast buffet and mingling until about 8:45 AM. We’ll then kick things off with Jen Zingsheim, followed by Wayne Kurtzman and then David Hurlburt. Each speaker will have up to 10 minutes to present, followed by a few minutes of questions and answers. After that we’ll break for more mingling and to give you a chance to meet the speakers and each other one on one before returning to our offices for the day. I’m excited, and I can’t wait to see some of you again and to meet others for the first time. If you have questions, just DM me or email me before the event.

Social Media Breakfast NH # 1 (Theme: Building Bridges) is Filling Up!

I am just so pleased at the response for the first Social Media Breakfast here in NH. Seats are almost full 14 days ahead of the event!

I want to extend a warm thank you to our sponsors: venue and equipment sponsor Southern New Hampshire University, and food and drink sponsor DimDim. As an added bonus, DimDim will be live casting the breakfast! Details on how to watch the live cast will be posted to the FaceBook Group for Social Media Breakfast NH and on the Uptown Uncorked FaceBook Page when we get closer to the venue.

Yes, I can confirm that there will indeed be WiFi for your laptops for note taking and live tweeting the event – I will be giving the password and username out the morning of the event. DimDim will have the hardline for a smoother live cast.

I plan to start things off with breakfast buffet and mingling from 8:00 to about 8:45 AM, then have speakers making brief 10 – 15 minute presentations and Q&A sessions, with more mingling after they are done. The event is scheduled to end at about 10:00 AM. It will be in the Hospitality Center Ballroom on the Southern New Hampshire University Campus in Manchester, NH.

I am awaiting confirmation on the last two speakers, so stay tuned for updates on this post, but we have confirmed that Jen Zingsheim, Vice President of Products and Services at Custom Scoop, will be presenting on bridging the gap between old media and new media.

I am very excited to meet many of you for the first time, to see some of you again, and to share ideas.

Upcoming Social Media Breakfasts will be touching on topics such as how to effectively work with programmers and other professionals to get your projects off the ground, government 2.0, working with various generations (millennials, gen x, boomers) and more.

The Next Social Media Calendar is Up on Media Bulls Eye

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Social Media Master Calendar Guest Post

I wrote a guest post for Media Bullseye this week that is the definitive list of social media events. Except for any I forgot, of course… (they are legion, hear them roar). If I did forget your event, please add it in the comments over on Media Bullseye so we have one place to find all of the choice events for August, September and October. Check it out here.