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SMBNH Portsmouth: Local Business Tech

Register for Social Media Breakfast NH: Local Business Tech in Portsmouth, NH  on Eventbrite

We hope to see you at our next SMBNH on May 20, 2011! Online signup closes on May 19, 2011.

You can read what Social Media Breakfast NH is all about, how Leslie started it many moons ago and who the awesome people on the SMBNH team are who make these breakfasts possible, like co-organizers Kevin, Nik, Karen, Diane, Matt, Susan and Melanie by heading over to the official blog and reading our About SMBNH page. There is also a mailing list in the side bar there – signing up means you will hear about these events first!

Leslie and Kevin would like to thank Melanie Burger, without whom we couldn’t have pulled off SMBNH this month. Thank you!

The Theme for May 2011’s Social Media Breakfast NH is Local Business Tech

We’ll be discussing how customers and businesses are using social media to go local, buy local, eat local and more, and how companies, employees and customers can use these tools to their advantage.

Agenda

8:30 – 8:58 AM Networking and Breakfast

8:58 – 9:00 Opening Remarks by SMBNH Founder Leslie Poston and Co-Organizer Melanie Burger

9:00 – 9:05 Sponsor Remarks by Roundabout Diner

9:05 – 9:25 Sarah Diment, The Beachmere Inn

9:25 – 9:45 Walter Elly, MicroArts, Location Based Services in our community businesses

9:45 – 10:05 Stephen Bobbett: Illustrator and Designer, STREET Server and Social Media Liaison

10:05 – 10:30 Group Q&A with all speakers at the front to field questions

We’d like to thank our venue sponsor, the locally owned and operated and social media active Roundabout Diner.

We’d like to thank our food and beverage sponsor: Roundabout Diner

Roundabout Diner is a locally owned restaurant with fabulous food and service, centrally located on the Portsmouth Traffic Circle to serve you.

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We’re looking forward to having these sponsors involved in May!

Note: There is plenty of parking at the diner

Tell your fellow NH VIPs that we’re looking for YOU to help make SMBNH 2011 amazing:

We’re looking for your help to direct the topics of the next year’s Social Media Breakfast NH! Won’t you fill out this quick form letting us know what you want to hear about for SMBNH 2011?

We’re also adding to our speaking roster for 2011 – have you always wanted your 15 minutes to share your knowledge with your SMBNH peers? Now is your chance! Tell us all about you and how you can help us increase our brain power at an SMBNH in 2011 on this form.

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Updates and changes to this event, including confirmed speakers not yet listed, can be found on the blog.


The Value Of User Driven Learning Events Like PodCamp NH

One thing I’m often asked is why I add to my already heavy time load with the education events I bring to NH. That’s easy, I want to make it easy for people to learn what they need to learn, when they need to learn it. I want to empower your success. So I brought Social Media Breakfast up here in the form of SMBNH and PodCamp in the form of PodCamp NH (PCNH), I do a variety of classes around the state, and generally try to teach people as often as my time and budget will allow.

Some wonder if that hurts my business, offering ways for folks to learn on their own. Perhaps a bit, but it’s worth it to me to see my community become stronger from a collective effort to make everyone a bit better at being a business. Plus, I have the help of some fabulous people on each team for each event (check out the team pages on the event sites – I couldn’t do these big ideas without these folks – they are awesome). That makes it a bit easier to make everyone we reach a bit more awesome.

Why would a non-social media marketing wonk want to attend a PodCamp NH or a SMBNH? That’s easy – in addition to the connections and the atmosphere of learning at each, you are guaranteed to learn something new each time. With SMBNH I’m militant about not marketing to the attendees, and encourage people to let me know if they feel any of our presenters or organizers have sold to them during their speaking time instead of educated them via a clear link on the site sidebar and on the Facebook group sidebar. With PodCamp NH that problem takes care of itself thanks to the Law of Two Feet, one of my favorite things about PodCamps everywhere.

For the truly non technical, I’m offering a class at PodCamp NH in social media applications for the trades (construction, etc). I’m also talking social media and music and possibly film. That’s three classes right there that aren’t geared toward the social media marketer, but to YOU, and looking at the sessions proposed I see many, many more. Don’t see one you need but have experience in your profession to bring to the table? Sign up for PodCamp NH then go propose your own session over at the website. We’ll be getting a first draft of the schedule posted soon (though you should note, as a user driven conference, all drafts of the session are just that drafts – it is subject to great sweeping change even during the event as the users evolve what they want to learn in real time).

If you can’t spend a weekend learning (though it is highly recommended) you can try the two hour long SMBNH once a month. The next one is this Friday. And if you don’t live in New Hampshire, you can find a PodCamp in most states and several countries on the PodCamp wiki, or find your closest Social Media Breakfast by heading over to the national web site.

See you in class – let’s teach each other something new!