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A recap of SAMPRB July 2009. Wait, make that BMPR July 2009

July 23, 2009

JulyAttendessJuly’s tweetup was our biggest one yet. We want to say thank you to all 96 of you who attended, those watching from the office / home and those who were unable to attend but were there in spirit.

If you missed any of it we have a recap for you. Hope to see you at the next one!


1. Deborah Martin: the director of public relations for San Antonio College shared how Twitter and Facebook have helped her connect recent graduates with the college’s career services office, find information about an event before attending and booking potential speakers for the upcoming National Council of Marketing and Public Relations.

2. Nora Frost: the owner of Dos Culturas (Spanish for “two cultures”), a business specializing in public relations and marketing para todos (“for everybody”) shared how she uses Twitter to promote The Cleto Show, San Antonio’s first sitcom.

3. Travis Poling: the man behind Beer Across Texas shared how fellow Twitterers, @lalorek and @paul_berry, convinced him to give Twitter a try and how he has been hooked ever since. Travis now uses the social network to promote his business, stay up to date with what breweries are up to making sure things don’t go flat.

4. Ryan Kelly: the founder, owner and chief analyst of Pear Analytics shared how he uses Twitter and LinkedIn groups and polls in his business. Ryan talked about a new study Pear Analytics is conducting to gauge how people and businesses are using social media. His theory? Self-promotion will stand out among all other uses. Ryan also mentioned as a tool to filter your Twitter stream and cut down the noise.

5. Colleen Pence: the owner of Social Media Mentoring shared how she has helped Brasserie Pavil, a local French bistro, jump on Twitter and use it to take reservations, respond to praise, questions and concerns, promote services and menu specials and more.

Open mic guests

Luis Sandoval Jr.: Talked about the importance of branching out, exploring and using other social media networks to reach target markets.

Kim Fisher: shared the ways in which Twitter has made a difference in her work as a reporter for News 4 WOAI. Kim uses Twitter to reach viewers and get story ideas from the public, businesses and public relations professionals.

Barbara Permilla Roth: shared how she will use her blog to document her journey into Israel – Aliyah, which in Hebrew means to go up, ascent.

Kevin Joyce:  talked about the crazy, cool thing that is Twitter and how Imagine Fellowship has used it to build a upportive, helpful and participative community.

Tips and Tools

Andi Narvaez and Nan Palmero put together a quick presentation (below) with useful social media tips and tools and Matt Scherer spoke about URL shorteners

SAMPRB Announcement

Unfortunately, SAMPRB is no more. Fortunately, that’s only because we rearranged the letters and renamed ourselves BMPR (pronounced “bumper”) – we think the new name is a little easier to roll off the tongue and will help us as we reach new horizons. What else is new you ask? See for yourself…


Once again, @wmcaldera (Billy Caldera) provided us with high-quality livestreaming goodness. Be sure to watch the entire tweetup on demand.

Flashcard Wench and BMPR Hostess

Donna Tuttle helped us transition between speakers with a bit of humor, courtesy of Steven Wright.

Official Greeter

Thanks to one of our new BMPR’ers, Jessica Young, we have a list of attendees for you to start following and connecting with. Use at your leisure!

NOTE: This list will be updated as our community grows. We will soon have the capability to give you the opportunity to add yourself to the list… stay tuned.

Andi Narvaez is a public relations and social media coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas. She is one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup and also a co-organizer of TweetCamp San Antonio. She writes a blog on the integration of public relations, social media, marketing and our changing society. Andi will soon depart for Maryland to earn her Master’s degree in Public Relations at University of Maryland. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador but is proud to have called San Antonio her home for the past five years.


July SAMPRB: Social media co-entrepreneurship

July 10, 2009

If it’s 100 degrees outside it’s because SAMPRB is heating up.

At our next tweetup we are shifting the focus to find out more about YOU. What are you doing? What do you want to accomplish? What challenges are you facing? How can you overcome them? How can social media help? What can we all do to help?

Please RSVP ahead of time. There are  75 spots available –> RSVP here

Introducing July’s topic:

Social Media Co-Entrepreneurship: When our Facebook friends and Twitter followers become our business partners

You are wasting your time with social media unless you learn how to build meaningful relationships (there, I said it). Fortunately, that’s the only thing that’s for dinner – or should I say lunch – at SAMPRB. Our guest speakers (list coming soon!) will talk to us about their experience using social networks and channels to connect with others in and /or outside their industries to make things happen, find opportunities and do business. These are people who are walking the talk. They have tripped along the way, dodged roadblocks, moved forward and are still going. Case studies anyone?

We will end with a new list of  “Social Media Tips & Tools.”  So bring something to take notes with. Just kidding. I meant bring your phone

Feel free to get the discussion going ahead of time – Submit a comment or use the #SAMPRB hashtag on Twitter.

RSVP here to attend the July SAMPRB tweetup!

When: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 12 p.m.

Where: Alamo Café on U.S. highway 281 (Bowie Room)


Fiesta Platter $13,00 – Beef, Cheese, or Chicken Enchilada, crispy Beef Taco, Bean and Cheese Chalupa, and Tostada con Queso. Served with Rice and Beans.

Fajita Ensalada $12.50 – Crisp Mixed Greens topped with charbroiled Beef or Chicken Fajitas, American and Monterey Jack Cheese, Tomatoes, and fresh Guacamole.

Tortilla Soup and Taco $12.50 – Tasty bits of Chicken in a rich broth flavored with Tomatoes, Onions, and Cilantro. Topped with a crisp Tostada, melted Monterey Jack, Sour Cream and Avocado slices. Served with a Chicken or Beef Fajita Taco.

Chicken Fried Steak $12.50 – Our Texas-style serving of fresh tender Beef, specially battered, fried golden brown, and covered in Cream Gravy. Served with Fries and seasoned Green Beans.

Remember: The prices indicated above cover your meal, drink, taxes and gratuity! The tweetup is our treat.

Tweetup: 1) An informal gathering meant to get fellow Twitterers to meet the people behind their followers’ avatars / usernames. 2) A great opportunity to pick the brains of social media and Twitter experts as well as brainstorm with fellow beginners.

Andi Narvaez is one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She writes a blog on integration, communication and our evolving society. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.


Tweetup: It’s All About Connections

May 24, 2009
Photo used courtesy of Flickr Creative Common

Photo used courtesy of Flickr Creative Common

Get up. Get ready. Go to work. Come home. See family. Get up. Get ready. Go to work.

You get the picture. In this circular escalator of life we lead, it’s easy to pass people by on the street without a second thought. It’s a struggle to keep up with the family and friends we already have.

Still, our lives always are richer, though, for making the time to meet new friends, connect with other people who share in our career passions.

This is what the San Antonio Media, PR and Business Tweetup is all about.  At our monthly luncheons, there are colored index cards for participants to fill out and answer the question: “What are you up to?” Every month, we’ll post an update — allowing members to share their new projects, ongoing contracts and latest struggles. The hope is that these SAMPRB connections will lead to new business collaborations, tips or tools. Below is a wrapup from SAMPRB 2.0.

Andy Thomas@ABT70 – is a former Express-News copy editor who is looking for work as a writer or editor. He Twitters and blogs, mostly about the weather, writing and editing.

Alicia Arenas@AliciaSanera – is rebranding her company Sanera, The People Development Co. with a new name, a new logo, new Web site, new everything.

Bo Lora@bolora – specializes in Web strategyand user experience in San Antonio. Lora long has worked in social media for companies like USAA. He currently is chronicling his new life as a job hunter. Check it out at http://blog.

John D. Navarrete @Designminded – Is a computer/graphics consultant who met a new contact at the last #samprb, wrapping up on print media> Later he was installing RAM on a customer’s PC. He thinks Mac Rule.

Jennifer Navarrete@epodcaster – is working on summer fun: Startup Weekend San Antonio III, May 29 – 31; Social Media and Tourism, South Padre Island and Rio Grande Valley June 15th – 9 to 3 p,m; and TweetCamp SA, which takes place July 18th , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Erik Darmstetter@Erikdarm – is the CEO of SalesBy5. This week his firm worked with @Magirealestate on a first class B + co-working space near the airport and 410. The company invited guests to come and comment on their vision for the site – and (gasp) write their ideas on the wall with marker.

Mark Fusco@Marz8 , formerly of ESPN Zone, is developing a web site that will include blogs, videos, music and other interests. Check in out:

Mary Japhet@mjaphet – is the Brand and PR Director of San Antonio Sports. She  launched San Antonio Sports on Twitter and is working on kids programs and premier events for the summer.

Nan Palmero@nanpalmero – chief inspiration officer for SalesBy5 – recently started selling a DVD titled 10 Minutes to Twitter. He is blogging for SalesBy5. Blackberry Cool and mySA.

Neven Jones @NTJ – is a custom picture framer and was working on moving to new studio space. Inside Inspire Fine Art Center. “I get inspiration working around other artists.” Check out her blog:

Nora Frost@norafrost – is working on @thecletoshow to promote San Antonio’s first sitcom / night reality show, The Cleto Show. Her business account @DosCulturas is working on the foundation for the late, great Violoa Barrios family. Also involved with PAWs at the library – pet adoptions with KLRN and the San Antonio Public Library for the Own Up San Antonio campaign. Her Web site:

Maureen Fusco@pressmaam – is working on building her Web page content. She is writing new stories and posting blogs as well as posting old stories and recipes from her previous food column. Click here for more:

Pattie Porter@txconflictcoach – Is a busy bee dealing with conflict, mediation, and conflict coaching. She is involved with San Antonio/Austin communities/happenings and crisis intervention.

A journalist for more than two decades, Donna J. Tuttle is the projects coordinator for the San Antonio Business Journal, where she edits special publications, manages the newsroom’s Twitter account, writes a column called “Working Ideas” as well as features and in-depth projects. A proud alum of Syracuse University, Donna also handles the paper’s editorial internship program and is one of the three co-founders of the San Antonio Media, PR, Business Tweetup. You can find her on Twitter @writeontime or read her blog WriteonTime.

How SAMPRB was born

April 9, 2009

I once wrote a post… and it went a little something like this.

“A little story – A co-worker was meeting a fellow Twitterer for real-time lunch. I was sad I couldn’t join them so I tweeted that I may just crash their next lunch date…. Actually, I’ll just let Twitter do the talkin’”


SAMPRB is the epitome of one of the many things that social media tools like Twitter can do for communities – namely, help build bridges,  make connections and foster communication and collaboration. The SAMPRB organizers realized that the media/PR/business niche is one that has become aware of the new tools of social media and online communication and  that its members could particularly benefit from getting to know what their peers and counterparts are doing on Twitter and other social networks  to build their brands and businesses.

What followed was a tweetup.

Tweetups are informal gatherings meant to get fellow Twitterers to meet the people behind their followers’ avatars / usernames. They are a great opportunity to pick the brains of social media and Twitter experts as well as brainstorm with fellow beginners.

The SAMPRB tweetup took place for the first time on March 17, 2009  and will be taking place again towards the end of every month (we’ll keep you posted!) to make the event a regular meeting of the minds.

We hope to see you every month we welcome your suggestions. After all, this tweetup is OURS. What becomes of it will be the product of collaborative work.

Join the official Google group, where you will find helpful links and information, and to comment on posts to keep the conversation going.

You can also contact the tweetup organizers directly through Twitter:

Donna J. Tuttle, San Antonio Business Journal

Joe Ruiz, KSAT

Andi Narvaez, KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising