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Before we tweetup [SAMPRB 3]

May 28, 2009
Could you keep track of all this by yourself?

Could you keep track of all this by yourself?

Judging by how hectic this week has been after a holiday and the usual running around at home and the office, I wouldn’t blame anyone if they who said they forgot what day it was and that SAMPRB 3 was tomorrow.

That’s right. Only a few hours away.

Another thing I seem to lose track of are social media tools, clients, applications tips, trends and tricks. But in the true spirit of social media I usually get the 4-1-1 on the latest and greatest about this topic from social network friends on the very channels that brought us together in the first place or – when I’m lucky – face to face, at events like… oh, I don’t know… tweetups?

For our third installment of the SAMPRB tweetup we have invited a local experts to talk to us about useful tools and tips to make the most of our favorite social media sites and the technology we use to access them – Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, iPhones, Blackberries, Macs, PCs. Here is a list of what awaits you tomorrow, either in real-time or via the SAMPRB Ustream live broadcast:

Ladies and gentlemen… start thinking up some questions.

On a last note…

Before we tweetup

To make things run a little more smoothly, we are coordinating food orders and payment a little differently this time. All for the best we hope.

Please enter the tweetup through the patio door. Paloma Blanca service staff will direct anyone found wondering around aimlessly. The waiters will take your orders as you walk through the door. The menu is below in case you want to take a look at it ahead of time. The waiters will also take your payment at the door to make it easier for everyone to get back to the office when the time calls for it. Please bring $14 in cash or check only. This includes your meal, a drink, tax and gratuity. If things go as planned, logistics will go a lot more smoothly this time and we can all use our precious time to meet more new, great people.

Tomorrow’s menu options:

  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Pollo al Cilantro
  • Enchiladas Verdes
  • Ensalada Esmeralda

If you couldn’t make it or RSVP, don’t despair. We will live stream the tweetup via Ustream and live tweet using the #samprb hashtag. Feel free to participate right from your office or from home.

Feel free to post a comment here or send an update using teh #SAMPRB hashtag if you have any questions, comments about this month’s topic, suggestions for future tweetups, if you would like to let us know what projects you are currently working on that the group can help with or if you would like to connect to SAMPRB in any other way.

See you at the tweetup!

Flickr image by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

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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.

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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.http://www.sanerapdc.com/

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. bolora.com

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.http://www.navarreteconsulting.com/

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. http://brewingmedia.com

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. http://www.salesby5.com

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

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.http://www.sanantoniosports.org

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: http://pictureframing.wordpress.com

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: http://dosculturas.com

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: http://www.pressmaam.com

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. http://www.texasconflictcoach.com

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.
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SAMPRB Profile – Travis Poling

May 20, 2009

What’s another benefit of showing up to the next SAMPRB Lunch Tweetup? We just might profile you! Our goal every month is to speak with some of those who show up and allow them a chance to explain how social media benefits them professionally and personally, as well as talk about what they’re working on. Who knows? You might need them.

This week’s profile is journalist Travis Poling, who can be found on Twitter and on his own Web site. Enjoy. We hope to see you at No. 3. Sign up now before all the spots get filled. It’s free to show, $14 to eat at Paloma Blanca.

Joe Ruiz is one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. He is a freelance journalist and works as the nightside Web editor for KSAT.com in San Antonio, Texas. He is also one of the three New Media track leaders for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists‘ upcoming June 2009 convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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SAMPRB tweetup #3

May 19, 2009

May is almost over already?

The bad news is that the 5th was Cinco de Mayo and if you missed it you have a whole year to go until the next one, again. The good news is that another great SAMPRB tweetup is coming up, fast.

There are only 50 spots available so make sure you RSVP ahead of time –> here

Last month we successfully (according to popular vote) introduced the concept of having an official theme while also keeping the floor open for questions and more discussion. This month we are sticking with that format and making some improvements here and there to make it easier to listen to the discussion (on location and via Ustream), partcipate, eat, drink and be merry.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

The topic for SAMPRB tweetup #3:

Social Media Tools & Tips – You are only as good as the cool things you know about

We have invited a few SAMPRB peeps (list coming soon!) to talk to us about useful tools and tips to make the most of our favorite social media sites and the technology we use to access them – Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, iPhones, Blackberries, Macs, PCs … and more if you want to contribute or suggest for us to add to the list (Hint: comment… </hint>)

Feel free to get the discussion going ahead of time – Here or on Twitter using the #SAMPRB hashtag.

RSVP here to attend SAMPRB tweetup #3!

When: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12 p.m.

Where: Paloma Blanca Restaurant (big room)

Remember: To bring $14 in cash or check. That covers your meal, drink, taxes and gratuity! Cost for the tweetup good stuff? … oh, it’s free 🙂

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.

SAMPRB tweetup was created to give members of the local San Antonio Media, Public Relations and Business industries a place in space and real time to connect, share ideas and find new ways to collaborate and work together.

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.

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Before we tweetup

April 29, 2009
Flickr user westy48

Flickr user westy48

The second SAMPRB tweetup is in a mere 37 hours (but who’s counting?) so we wanted to post a quick list of what to expect. If this reminds you of your school days when teachers would tell you what to bring to a test I immediately apologize and promise that the tweetup will be much more fun, engaging and effective than any standardized test.

1. Because I know my priorities I’m listing food first. As you know, the great people at Paloma Blanca have once again agreed to accomodate our group (52 RSVPs! Not too shabby) and, to help things run smoothly, they have suggested a three-item lunch menu. Each item is $14, which includes the lunch entree and drink of your choice, tax and gratuity. Easy right? So just make sure you make a trip to the ATM sometime before the tweetup.

The menu is below:

  • Enchiladas Verdes: Two chicken enchiladas covered in our tangy tomatillo sauce, melted queso Monterrey and topped with sour cream. Served with Spanish rice, frijoles borrachos and guacamole.
  • Pollo al Cilantro: Grilled chicken breast covered with our signature Crema Cilantro. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles borrachos.
  • Ensalada Esmeralda: A blend of crisp iceberg, romaine and spinach lettuces with grilled chicken, tortilla strips, red onions, rajas poblano and queso fresco tossed in our cilantro dressing.

2. Don’t forget our theme is personal branding but think of that as the appetizer. The idea is to let the discussion run it’s own course. @nanpalmero from Salesby5, @joeruiz from KSAT and SAMPRB founder and yours truly, @andinarvaez from KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising, will kick us off with some insight on personal branding for those in business, media and public relations. We will then open up the floor for more discussion. Our very own @writeontime (A.K.A. Donna Tuttle), from the San Antonio Business Journal and also a proud SAMPRB founder, will be our moderator.

3. If you couldn’t make it or RSVP, don’t despair. We will live stream the tweetup via Ustream and live tweet using the #samprb hashtag. Feel free to participate right from your office or from home.

4. Three things are more than enough to keep track of. See you at the tweetup!

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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.

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What personal branding should mean to you

April 23, 2009

In the changing economy, there are more people fighting for fewer, better jobs (be they career or freelance). So while you’ve obviously got some of the chops, you have to find a way to stand out among the others like you. Dependent upon which group you fall under (media/PR/biz), this will happen in a few different ways, but the general lessons are the same, most of which we hope you’ll take away if you RSVP and attend the second SAMPRB lunch tweetup at noon, April 30 at Paloma Blanca.

Coming from the media side, I can understand why many non-digital natives (specifically in journalism) may feel a little uneasy about personal branding. We’ve always been about getting the story, not playing a role. As somebody who’s been online for over 10 years now (never thought I’d be saying that), I’m used to living my life online, which is what David Cohn (he of Spot.us fame) suggests journos do to establish their identity.

Personal branding doesn’t mean slapping a logo on yourself. It just means being exactly who you are right now (yes, you… the one reading this) but doing that online.

That lesson works for everybody, not just journalists, but so do some of the other lessons from that post. David warns against becoming (or enabling) those who create a fake persona solely for promotion.

These characters often rely on personal brands that are pure flash. Which is to say: They aren’t living their lives online – they are creating a fake persona. There is self-promotion which is understandable in a world of freelancers and then there is shameless self-promotion which is unbecoming.

At the lunch tweetup, we hope to share information from those who have done so and those who are learning about the best ways to establish your presence online. Jacob Share has more than a handful of tips for establishing a personal brand, including one of my favorites that you can do right now for very little investment.

  • Register your own name as a domain name. If not available, use your personal brand name or some variation that won’t confuse people and will still reinforce your brand.

By doing that, and creating a Web site, you being to establish a digital resume and home for your online life. For those unfamiliar with building a Web site, I recommend using WordPress as using its powerful blog customization tools to showcase your work and how best to find you online.

In my own case, I had to purchase a .net domain considering the .com version of my name was a redirect for a flutist (WARNING: Link begins playing audio immediately). He’s since lost the domain, but it was snapped up by another group. That’s not a huge problem (unless single women think I play a mean jazz flute, which I don’t), considering a Google Search for my name brings up my Web site as the top result and four links relating to me on the first page. That’s not to be arrogant, though, I just want to point out what establishing a brand can do for you, especially when you mesh it together by name, company or personal brand name.

A few of our expected attendees at the SAMPRB lunch tweetup have done the same, either via social media or other forms. We hope to see you there so you can either learn or share your experiences. Please RSVP today as we only have a handful of spots remaining.

Joe Ruiz is one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. He is a freelance journalist and works as the nightside Web editor for KSAT.com in San Antonio, Texas. He is also one of the three New Media track leaders for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists‘ upcoming June 2009 convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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SAMPRB tweetup #2

April 9, 2009

If there was one thing to take away from the first, very successful, San Antonio Media/Public Relations/Business (SAMPRB) St. Patrick’s Day tweetup (besides the great people, delicious food and lively discussion) it was the fact that this niche group of fellow Twittering San Antonians are clamoring for more opportunities to get together with peers and like minds.

Officially, the SAMPRB tweetup will take place towards the end of every month in an effort to get together at least once over lunch for a chance to ask questions, share advice and form relationships with people who are in your same line of business or work for sister industries.

Although tweetups are usually informal and unstructured, we have proposed a theme for the next tweetup in order to get our minds geared up to start thinking about good questions or issues to bring up for discussion. The topic for SAMPRB tweetup #2 is…(drumroll)

Personal Branding – Your social media personality

Feel free to comment here to suggest other topics or submit your questions ahead of time.

For everyone interested in taking the conversation beyond the tweetup – join the SAMPRB Google group, where we will keep the discussion going,save useful files and resources from the tweetup and post useful links related to the uses of social media for media, public relations and business.

Lastly, don’t forget to use the #SAMPRB hashtag on Twitter if you ever find yourself Twittering something that the group could help with or that could be taken up for discussion at the tweetup.

And now without further ado…

RSVP here to attend SAMPRB tweetup #2!

When: Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12 p.m.

Where: Paloma Blanca Restaurant (big room)