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The SMCSeattle Kick-off: How good was it?

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So how good was the Social Media Club Seattle kick-off event on Tue, 1.20.2009, that auspicious evening when America celebrated its first net-roots elected President?

It was very very good. We had a huge turn-out and lots of peeps meeting each other f2f for the first time, after tweeting and emailing and FBing and stuff. Great intros by Kevin Urie, and Blake Cahill of Visible Technologies. Prizes awarded by the divine Gina Spadoni, and all around organizational know-how by the SMCSeattle organizers (Rachel, Barb, Lyndee and the rest!).

Sponsored by Visible Technologies and Spring Creek Group, we had a huge turn-out of people interested in learning about Social Media, meeting others who are interested in or even experts on social media and marketing/brand experience/support/knowledge-sharing, etc.

Some questions I heard more than once:

  • “What does Social Media Club do?”
    • Simple really: it’s not so different from a meetup. We’re here to learn from each other about the ever-expanding universe of social media applications, how people and companies are using them, who’s using them and how, what’s working/what’s not, what’s new and best practices. Starting at our next meeting 2.24.2009 (location still being figured out), we’ll have guest speakers, such as Chris Heuer and others.
  • “I’m such a newbie, I barely even twitter. Should I even be here?”
    • Yes, I heard that from a couple of people. Simple answer: YES! We’re all newbies in one way or another. Social media is evolving so fast that we’ll most definitely need to be helping each other figure out how to use it for our specific needs. I heard a lot of people grappling with old questions and new solutions, for example (How many times did you hear ROI last night, hmmm?)
  • Are there regular meetings?
    • Yep, we’re still figuring things out (like sponsors and locations–got any suggestions? How about your company, for example ;-) )but count on third Tuesdays of every month. Next SMCSeattle is 2.24.09 (have I mentioned that yet?)

So here are some snaps of the party last night–thanks everyone for participating, we couldn’t have done it without you and thanks to the lovely Tamara Weikel (@lifeasart) for the excellent photos. (and for lots more, visit Tamara’s SMC tagged photos)

The Obama Inauguration + Social Media Club Seattle kick-off: 1.20.09

How perfect is it that SMCSeattle’s kick-off party is the same day as the inauguration of Barack Obama, our 44th president? Pretty perfect, imho. Here’s why:

  • Obama’s campaign wrote the book on successful leveraging of social media–from facebook, to twitter, to myspace, blogs and more, the Obama campaign did it all and spectacularly well!
  • Obama raised and continues to raise record amounts of money, bit by little bit, all across the country–truly the actualization of those theoretical “netroots”
  • Obama, by all accounts, “gets it,” to the degree that he thinks having a National CTO is an important idea
  • How cool is it that Obama has a site, change.gov, devoted to getting the message out in all kinds of geeky social media ways?
  • Finally, use of social media wasn’t a campaign tactic; use of social media is the obvious and turbo extension of Community Organizing–organizing, empowering, energizing, all key components of Obama’s successful leverage of social media, and these features will continue into his administration and beyond.
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Barack Obama's Twitter Account Nov. 5, 2008: 165,414 followers

So, we sorta think that once the formalities of the swearing in, the speeches, the interviews and the grand spectacle of 1 million people witnessing as our 44th president takes office–once all that’s done, what better place to be than joining a whole bunch of passionate advocates of social media in all its ever-expanding forms at the SMCSeattle kick off event.

Where: Visible Technologies 401 2nd Ave S
Seattle, 98104

When: 6-8:30pm 1.20.09

Who: sponsored for YOU by Visible Technologies and Spring Creek Group

Why: because you, like Obama and millions of others, get it.