Saturday, February 15, 2014
Social Media Breakfast Club is Changing How Social Media Is Recognized In My Hometown
OK~ When I started on this blogging train five years ago, I had no idea of how to use social media and quite honestly; I hardly knew what it meant. Well, I quickly learned that I had to learn how several social media platforms worked. After all, I had a blog and I wanted to share it with people all around the world. That to me, was an exciting thought!
Over time, I have learned the ins and outs of several platforms. I have also learned that some social media platforms work well for others and not so well for other types of businesses. What I do know is the fact that the #1 way to communicate is still good old FACE TO FACE communication!
We all know that it is not possible to communicate face to face 365 days of the year, so that is where SKYPE and Google Hangouts come into play. Over the course of the last five years I saw more folks in my hometown begin to express an interest in social media.Yeah, I know, we Iowans are usually a little behind what's happening on the East and West Coast.
For myself, as a blogger, attending blog conferences has literally changed the direction my blogging career has taken. I have met some of the leaders in the industry and the social media advice I have received at these conferences is truly priceless. Being able to have a face to face conversation with someone that can inspire and challenge me, is worth its weight in gold. As with any career, when you get with "your people" you are fired up and ready to move your business forward.
In June of this year, I started a social media breakfast in a local coffee shop. It's a casual, laid back group of local folks that have an interest in social media. I am wishing I would have started this sooner, as I think the interest in social media has existed, but local folks had no clue where to turn. We average 15 people per meeting (room capacity) and different folks attend each month. Now, if everyone showed up every single time, the local coffee shop owner would have to add on to this room! I love that this group is flexible and there is no pressure to attend each meeting.
If you are wanting to connect with more folks locally with an interest in social media, start up a social media breakfast club. We meet from 8:30-10:00 a.m. giving folks energy to kick off their day. We have one person share for approximately 15 minutes on a topic related to social media. And the really cool thing, we all have had an interest in social media and new friendships are being formed. That to me, says it all. And again, it's all about social media and it's meeting face to face!
Tell me, have you wanted to start a social media club in your area? If so, when do you meet and is it well attended? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?