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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.

Meet Social Media Club Organizers–A Tap House meet-up

So many peeps have expressed an interest in learning more about Social Media Club Seattle and the people behind before the Feb 24th event that we’re holding a meet-up in Bellevue at the Tap House this coming Tuesday, 2/10 at 6pm (Tap House: 550 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA‎ – (425) 467-1730).

If you want to grab a beer and meet some good folks, be there 2/10 @ 6pm.  To learn more go here.

The whole dang SMCSeattle Twitter gang (all 630 of them)

If you are not yet following @SMCSeattle, you should do it. By way of an h’d’oeuvre, Twittersheep offers an interesting tool that combs through the bios of all the people following you and gives you a tag cloud representing the commonalities. Not surprisingly, the tag cloud for SMCSeattle is pretty cool:

twittersheep cloud for @smcseattle twitter gang

twittersheep cloud for @smcseattle twitter gang

Don’t you just love how Love figures so prominently?

Oh, and don’t forget: Social Media Club Seattle has its next event on Feb 24th, hosted by Microsoft. Chris Heuer, founder of Social Media Club, will be the guest speaker and there will be plenty of delish food and drink. Read more about it here. Be there!

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.