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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.

Totally useful list of Seattle who’s-who on Twitter

Monica Guzman (@moniguzman) from the Seattle PI and a very familiar face on Twitter has compiled a list of who in Seattle is Tweeting, with their easy click-thru-to-follow handles and everything.  Check the list out at The Big Blog on the PI–bet you find some good leads to follow (and you can follow Big Blog tweets here).

And some surprises too: who knew The Rat City Roller Girls were tweeting? And just about every hood has its own Twitter account, West Seattle, Ballard, South Lake Union, Cap Hill..the list goes on.  All kinda stuff, and more all the time.  We loves us some Big Blog.

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.

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.