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5 Tips to Stay Sane While Planning an Event
By Whitney Moreau, NMC Account Executive
Some people get a little freaked out when a special event is fast approaching. It might be your dad’s sixtieth birthday, a friend’s baby shower, or an enormous family reunion held at, you guessed it, the [insert your last name here] residence.
Little do they know there is so much more to it, including one of my favorite tasks—event planning.
I can feel you rolling your eyes, but it’s not that bad. In fact, I think it’s fun and after you pull off the event, it’s rewarding, too.
This past weekend, two of my very good friends got married. I’m not talking about a small, simple celebration, either (thanks to Pinterest). I’m talking about a beautifully coordinated, down to matching t-shirts for the bowling party the night before the Big Day, kind of celebration.
Jenna is a Maine native. Jenna has a bachelor of arts in communications from Russell Sage College in New York. After four years away from her home state, Jenna moved back to Maine and has been here ever since. Jenna has worked in the publication industry in some facet for over six years.
When not planning events for Mainebiz, you can find Jenna running in local road races (she just finished her first marathon this year!) or home with her husband and black cat.
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Yesterday Mainebiz hosted their annual Momentum Convention at the Augusta Civic Center.
The convention is where CEOs, marketing executives, human resources managers, business owners, sales managers, technology directors and professionals can spend a day with their peers to help build momentum for their businesses.
NMC debuted their Social Media SWAT Team as the official sponsor of the Twitter feed that captured the real-time results of the hashtag #MOCO2012. The SWAT Team went around throughout the day tweeting pictures and comments from the many businesses and organizations at the event.
Here are some photos from yesterday’s successful event. To see all of NMC’s images, check out our #MOCO2012 Facebook album!
I attended a conference a couple weeks ago where I met a vendor that I was interested in possibly doing business with. The vendor’s sales representative said to me,
Here, I’ll give you my card, and you can send me your email address, then I’ll send you some information.”
I was totally flabbergasted that he didn’t just offer to take my card and send me a follow-up message. He left me “holding the monkey” and I was so surprised that I decided not to follow up. I just felt that the onus should not be on me as the prospect to do the work that the sales rep should be doing.
If you are trying to sell something to someone, it’s a good idea if you hold on to the monkey.
Don’t assume that your prospect is going to follow up.
With over forty participants registered for our NMC Social Media Boot Camps this week, NMC had a great time sharing social media best practices with organizations and business leaders from throughout the state.
Jenna Grant, marketing/events manager at MaineBiz, attended both boot camp sessions. She shares,
This workshop was very valuable to MaineBiz. We understand that social media is always changing and it’s important to always learn more.”
In this era of rapid change in the way we communicate both personally and professionally, it is important to learn new skills and techniques every day.
To encourage social media engagement, we are hosting two Social Media Boot Camps on Wednesday, April 4 at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta for businesses and organizations looking to increase their social media presence.
1.) The beginners’ session from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. is intended for people with a general social media understanding and who are currently using one or more social media networks.
2.) Those attending the advanced session from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. must have a thorough knowledge of Facebook and have already created an active presence on one or more other social media websites.
Both sessions’ attendees are invited for a complimentary lunch from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Senator.
Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 23.
To register, visit bootcamp.marshallpr.com/register. Each session is limited to 30 attendees on a first come, first served basis.
In the spirit of capitalizing on social media as a tool to engage and share, I encourage you to use the event’s Twitter hashtag #NMCsmbc to discuss the boot camps before, during, and after April 4.
This Social Media Boot Camp will help keep you on the cutting edge!
Happy Wednesday! Last night, NMC account executive Greg Glynn and I presented a “Social Media Boot Camp” in Carrabassett Valley to a group of diverse businesses. It was an interactive and intimate meeting of people who were both advanced social media users looking to further capitalize on their efforts and social media novices who understood the need to learn more.
Greg and I discussed everything from Facebook business pages and advertising, who to follow on Twitter, advancements in location-based applications, and more. While lots of material was covered, each participant set a goal at the beginning of the workshop that they strove and met throughout the three hour meeting.
Some key takeaways from the boot camp:
- Social media is not a trend– it isn’t going anywhere; it isn’t a question of whether or not to get involved with it but when…and the time is now.
- Be strategic when posting– don’t be thoughtless with your posts; know your audience and work to engage them.
- Set goals– think about what you are looking to accomplish by engaging with social media.
There are lots of social media networks out there for you to join. Take the time to look at your goals and be realistic about your capacity. Pick the networks that are right for you and your business, and do those well.
Greg and I had a great time sharing our expertise about social media and helping fellow business owners learn more. Thank you to the Greater Franklin Development Corporation for organizing the workshop. Stay tuned for information about future boot camps!
Download our presentation by clicking here: Social Media Boot Camp.
In the last edition of “The NMC Report,” my agency’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, I asked people to submit their list of 10 ways to promote yourself as an expert in your field. Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld of www.cfwphotography.com was the first one to respond and she won a copy of a book in the topic of positioning yourself as an expert. I wanted to share her list as well as the others which were promptly and thoughtfully sumitted. What would your list look like? Continue reading →
Yesterday, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine, published an article about Eric Reynolds, the internet project manager at my agency, Nancy Marshall Communications. The article promoted the fact that on February 16, Eric will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Maine Marketing Association meeting in Portland, Maine, talking about Facebook Technology and Marketing. Continue reading →