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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!

Speakers

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 philtro.com 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…

Livestreaming

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.

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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)

Menu

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.

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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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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)

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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’”

1sttwitterconvo

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

http://twitter.com/writeontime

http://twitter.com/SABizJournal

Joe Ruiz, KSAT

http://twitter.com/joeruiz

http://twitter.com/KSATnews

Andi Narvaez, KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising

http://twitter.com/andinarvaez

http://twitter.com/KGBTexas