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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.

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)