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SMC Seattle – March Meeting Wrap Up

imageThe third Social Media Club (SMC) meeting of 2009 was a success. The event was hosted at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill in Seattle and featured H&R Block as a sponsor.

Kevin Urie, SMC Seattle Founder, kicked it off and David Escobar of H&R Block kept it flowing.

image At first when I heard H&R Block was going to speak I could not quite figure out what they could say. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and can report that H&R Block has a set of services that relates very well to many of the Social Media Club members. The services offered include help understanding the implications related to taxes for the self-employed and those thinking of becoming a free agent. They also offer help to maximize benefits and write offs available for those that have been laid off and how to itemize deductions related to job searches. Finally they discussed what the 2009 Stimulus means to us. All of this in less than 10 minutes. David spent time taking questions and talking 1:1 too. Great speaker, great sponsor, great information.

Thanks H&R Block and David Escobar.

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In fact, Social Media Club and H&R Block have teamed up to create the Social Media Tax Center and will host 10 meetings across the US. If you want more information for a meeting in your region check here. Each city will host a 15 minute Q&A session with additional time afterwards for one on one discussions based off the following short presentation H&R Block: Tax Tips for Consultants

The SMC Seattle events are always a lot of fun and a great chance to meet new people, catch up with friends, and even celebrate a birthday. Tamara Weikel was serenaded by the SMC Seattle crowd as they sang Happy Birthday to her.

Behind the Scenes

A few things I heard and saw tonight

There are a few people I always look forward to seeing. Shauna Causey of Comcast is one – she is always willing to jump in and help and she knows everyone. Another is Kenji Onozawa he always brings great ideas to conversation. I always enjoy catching up with TJ Sopher and Veronica Sopher too. Together they have a great perspective on the Social Media scene. I also got a chance to catch up with fellow surfer (real Ocean Waves & Interwebs) Charl Pearce and met a long time Microsoftie and fellow California native checking out the SMC scene – Markee Foster.

 

“Social Media flattens the hierarchy  – tonight I met executives, interns, and students. I love it that everyone can bring something to the conversation.”
Joann Jen (@joannjen)

 
 

“I attend a similar event called the Art Klatch – also on Capitol Hill – and wanted to see how other groups interact and learn from each other.” 
Paul Natkin – visual artist

It’s also great to see Warren Sukernek and Blake Cahill. Both work for Social Media Measurement firms – Radian6 and Visible Technologies, respectively – yet they are talking and chatting it up. They realize that the best way to work in Social Media is the BE SOCIAL & SOCIABLE. As I have often said – You never know when you might be working together … again.
 
Long Riders – People will come a long way for the SMC

  • Leavenworth – I had the pleasure of meeting Geordie Romer at the last two SMC meetings. He may be the person that travelled the greatest distance to attend. He comes all the way from Leavenworth. In case you don’t know where Leavenworth is — it’s a few hours away and requires the navigation of at least one mountain pass (it snowed this week) and is fashioned after a Bavarian Village. It’s a beautiful weekend getaway. Geordie can help you find a place too.
  • Mt. VernonJohn Moody comes from the gateway to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival where he is a Ruby on Rails developer. He came to the event to connect with people that are in the Social Media community — He came to the right place.

image Thanks for all the hard work from the SMC Seattle board members for putting the pieces in place to make this event a success. A huge THANK YOU to the SMC members and the guests that attended the SMC Seattle March meeting.  We hope to see you in April.

What if you missed it?

If you could not make it tonight don’t worry. The next event will be in April. Details will be posted shortly. We hope to see you there.

If you CAN’T WAIT? There is no need to wait until April – Check out what the SMC Seattle is up to on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

This is a guest post by Jeff Shuey – A SMC board member.

My First SMC Seattle Event

By Christian Nossum

I just got home from my first SMC Seattle event tonight. I went with an open mind and no idea of what to expect. All I knew was that H&R Block was the sponsor and that they were going to talk for a few minutes about taxes (and they actually shared a few useful tips!). The event at Sole Repair was packed: 100+ tickets were sold, and the drinks were flowing. The place was rocking, and everyone was networking and sharing. I had initially worried about attending another “networking” event where everyone’s trying to sell you something. Thankfully, SMC Seattle wasn’t like that. It’s just full of people that are genuinely interested in sharing and learning more about social media. I like that. I’m really looking forward to learning and sharing more at the next event. I can’t wait to implement some of the ideas I heard tonight. Oh, and look out for the Puget Sound Blood Center (@BloodCenter). They should have some interesting upcoming tweets and perhaps even a mobile tweetup/blood drive soon. Who wouldn’t want to see a vampire asking for your blood (it’s for a good cause!)?

Christian Nossum is a member of the SMC Seattle team.
Find Christian on Twitter @awesomenossum and his web site Deals in Seattle.

What’s H&R Block doing with Social Media? Cool stuff, it turns out….

Advertising Age just posted an article and a peek into what H&R Block is doing with social media this tax season–Inside H&R Block’s Social Media Marketing Blitz. Now H&R Block is sharing what they tried, what they kicked to the curb and what they learned in their efforts to use social media in a way that works.

Happily for all you social media geeks in Seattle, you can hear all about this adventure at our next Social Media Club meeting Tuesday, March 24th at the Sole Repair Shop on Capital Hill right here in Seattle.

More information, access, sign up, and the rest: get your info here.

See you Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30 pm at Sole Repair!

Join Seattle Social Media Club and H+R Block on 3/24–how perfect is that?

H+R Block and Social Media Club? Yeah, H+R has something going on with their perspective on social media, and you’ll want to learn about it on March 24th at Capitol Hill’s Sole Repair Shop at 6:30pm.

Join us and  meet other social media enthusiasts, bloggers, entrepreneurs and communicators at Social Media Club Seattle’s (SMC Seattle) March event. This month is all about networking, sharing best practices, and learning from each other. The last two events have been a huge success and based on demand, we know this event will fill up fast. This month’s sponsor, H & R Block will give a brief presentation on tax considerations for social media practitioners.

Get your tickets to this event here–don’t wait, last time we sold out pretty quickly.

What: SMC Seattle March Networking Event
Who: Anyone interested in social media
When: March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted bar for the first hour.
Where: Sole Repair, a private event facility at 1001 East Pike in Seattle. (206) 979-SHOP.


About SMC Seattle: Founded in late 2008 by Kevin Urie, Social Media Club Seattle is a chapter of the national Social Media Club. SMC Seattle officially had its kick-off event in January 2009 and has since grown to serve 1,350 people on Twitter, over 500 on Facebook and numerous others on LinkedIn. The group’s organizers consist of bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals from Spring Creek, Visible Technologies, 123SocialMedia, Ascentium and Comcast among others.
To learn more, connect with us at:
Twitter: @SMCSeattle
Facebook: SMC Seattle
LinkedIn: Social Media Club Seattle page
Blog: http://seattlesmc.wordpress.com/
Email: SMCinSeattle@gmail.com

Pondering your business case for Social Media? Look no further….

If you’re curious about social media, or if you’re already hooked and trying to put together a business case for social media at your company, have we got a deal for you.

On Tuesday, February 24th, Social Media Club Seattle and Microsoft are pleased to present just what you’re looking for: Making a Business Case for Social Media, by Chris Heuer, new media pioneer and President of Social Media Club International.

The event will be held at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Bldg 118, Mt Si room from 6:30 to 8:45 pm (map below). Chris will speak for 30 minutes, so there will be plenty of time for Q&A before and after, not to mention networking with a like-minded crowd.

The Deets:

When: Tuesday, February 24, from 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm.
If we’re having too much fun when the building closes, don’t worry; we plan to continue the networking in a more informal setting nearby. Information and directions will be available at the event!

Where: Microsoft campus in Redmond, building 118 in the “Lakeridge” complex. It’s right off 520 from either 40th Street or 148th Avenue. We’ll right off the main lobby in the Mount Si room.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/SMCMountSi 3900 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Tickets: $10 and you can get them here!
Limited number of tickets available; register early because our last event sold out!
Included in the price: Catering, complimentary drinks, and awesome raffle items.
(SMC Seattle is volunteer powered. All event fees are put toward future event costs and securing top of the line speakers. Seattle SMC events are always free for registered Social Media Club members, Professional level and above.)

Last but not least, be sure to join our twitter group @SMCSeattle to keep current about this event and other hot topics. Join our Facebook group for invites and a peek into the growing Seattle Social Media Club community. Speaking of which, there will be a casual get-together this Tuesday Feb 10 @ 6pm at the Tap House Grill in Bellevue in response to a bunch of requests for more information before the 24th. You can find out more here.

And to learn more about Social Media Club and Chris Heuer, check out the SMC web site here.

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)

Social Media Club Seattle: Who We Are

Well, first, your picture might be missing here, and you are the total value-add part of Social Media Club Seattle–so apologies in advance, and we hope to snap you at the upcoming SMCSeattle kick-off meeting–look for yourself here next week. But you might be wondering who we are, so let me introduce to you….

Programming Directors:

Kevin Urie

Kevin Urie

Kevin Urie is an experienced marketing/advertising executive with a history of developing and executing marketing/advertising plans that achieve record breaking results using a wide range of media. Kevin is currently an Account Director at the Seattle based agency Destination Marketing. You can find him on Twitter @kevinurie, and at his blog Change It Marketing.

Barry Hurd

Barry Hurd

Barry Hurd is President, author, speaker, and voice of 123 Social Media. Barry is an evangelist and strategy developer for emerging social technology and shares his daily thoughts on actionable trends: follow him at 123SocialMedia or Twitter @123social media.

Partnership Director:

Blake Cahill

Blake Cahill

Blake Cahill is SVP of Corporate Marketing for Visible Technologies. He is responsible for executing marketing strategies, thought leadership, and analyst relations to increase market and customer awareness for revenue growth. You can find him on Twitter @bcahill and Visinsights Blog.

Promotions Director:

Tamara Weikel

Tamara Weikel

Tamara Weikel currently works in nonprofit but remains a polymath. She spent over a decade as a DJ/touring artist, incl consistent residencies, international engagements, recordings, & promotions. Tamara’s specialties include trendspotting, creative thinking, branding, and photography. You can follow Tamara on Twitter @lifeasart and her blog here.

Production Directors:

Lyndee Geise

Lyndee Giese

Lyndee Giese is the Marketing Coordinator at GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.) in Seattle and is part of ESOMAR World Research Organization Group, Marketing Research Association, Advertising Research Association, and Puget Sound American Marketing Association. You can follow her tweets @lyndeegiese .

Rachel Bergstedt

Rachel Bergstedt

Rachel Bergstedt is an Account Manager at Destination Marketing in Seattle, and is a member of Washington State University Almuni, Seattle Works, American Marketing Association and Puget Sound American Marketing Association. You can follow her tweets @rbergstedt.

Communication Directors:

Veronica Wei Sopher

Veronica Wei Sopher

Twitter @SMCSeattle: Veronica Wei Sopher is a happy medium between Geek and Girl. She is a member of too many groups to enumerate and is the social media evangelist and Executive Assistant for Merchandising at Ben Bridge Jeweler here in Seattle. Follow Veronica on twitter @shih_wei or her blog Weiwardgirl or learn more about her on LinkedIn.

Cass Nevada

Cass Nevada

Social Media Club Seattle Blog: Cass Nevada consults on Voice of Customer and social media strategies, as well as other points of customer experience contact between marketing, support and the customer. You can follow her on Twitter @seacatz, CX Blog and What it’s like blog and find out more on LinkedIn.

Members at Large:

Gina Spadoni

Gina Spadoni

Gina Spadoni is a Market Intelligence Consultant who loves technology and is excited about where social media is taking us all. Gina hopes to apply 2.0 best practices in performing some sort of community manager role for a cause she feels passionate about (perhaps green, think-tank, killer start-up, or philanthropic). You can follow her tweets @gspadoni or her blog Petty Vices, and find out more on LinkedIn.

Barb Jacobucci

Barb Jacobucci

Barb Jacobucci has been a member of Social Media Club Seattle since the beginning; she’s a designated observer of all things SEO, SEM, and Social Media. You can follow her tweets @barbjacobucci.

Joann Jen

Joann Jen

Joann Jen is a Seattle PR chick who loves online shopping, talking politics, social media and anything French – cheese, wine, fries (even though fries are Belgian)… You can follow her tweets @joannjen or find out more on LinkedIn.

Amy McDougall of SpinSpotter

Amy McDougall of SpinSpotter

Amy McDougall is Community Manager at SpinSpotter.com, a startup whose mission is to leverage and enable Citizen Journalism and keep the media honest via a whole world that’s watching. You can read more on the SpinSpotter blog, for follow Amy on Twitter @spinspotter or on Facebook.

Maggie Stam

Maggie Stam

Maggie Stam has been a member of Social Media Club Seattle since the first meeting and is the social media evangelist for the regional Master Builder’s Association–learn more about MBA here.

Janine Southard

Janine Southard

Janine Southard is a Marketing, Communications, and Social Media Generalist. She writes, edits, plans, interacts, converses internally & externally, *and* know basic graphic design. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn and follow her tweets @jsouthard.

Marcus Schmidt

Marcus Schmidt

Marcus Schmidt is an active member of SMCSeattle with a keen interest in all things Social Media. He helps organize and facilitate events and venues-gotta love that. You can follow Marcus on Twitter and on his blog Marcus @ Microsoft.

Josh Bereano

Josh Bereano

Josh Bereano is an Internet Guerilla Marketing expert and is active in helping us pull together events of interest and value and get the word out. You can find out more about Josh at Social Marketing Direct and follow his tweets @joshbereano

Jennifer Rodriguez is shy about her picture, but maintains an avid interest in social media in all its glorious splendor. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter @rodruguez.

There you have it: the usual suspects. Book ‘em Danno.

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.
165,414 followers

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.

Social Media: get it, share it

Want a coupla cool and delicious ways to think about social media? Two things: watch this vid, and then join us on 1.20.09 for our Social Media Club Seattle kick off event at Visible Technologies. The first is the Tao of Ice Cream as applied to social media by Common Craft; the second will offer good peeps, food, drinks, music and prizes. How can you lose? Two, two, two treats in one: