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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.


SAMPRB tweetup #4: New digs, new menu, new partners and more great people / discussion

June 12, 2009

I stepped outside today and it was 91 degrees (felt like 191). “Holy cow! That means it’s June!,” I said to myself. “Time for another tweetup.”

We have great news for SAMPRB #4…

  • Even though 50 is a whole lot of people, 60 is more. So pack your bags because SAMPRB is going to Alamo Café on U.S. Highway 281 this month. Read on to see the menu options an don’t forget to bring cash, which covers your meal, drink, tax and gratuity. A big thanks to @momonmars (A.K.A. Debi Pfitzenmaier) for helping us get in touch with the people at Alamo Café. By the way, have you read her blog yet? If you have kiddos and live in San Antonio, you should. By the way, now that we are getting the hang of this we will try to move the event to restaurant venues around the city to give everyone a little variety. If there is somewhere closer to home or work that you would love to recommend feel free to leave your suggestion in the comment section of our brand new “venues” tab.
  • Because multitasking in a room full of people can be a bit challenging, we were offered live streaming help  by KSAT videojournalists @wmcaldera (A.K.A. William Caldera) and @googoovideo (A.K.A. Robert Paniagua) and, of course, we gladly accepted 🙂 So look forward to an improved live stream service and follow these two gentlemen! Details will follow.

Now that you know what’s new, be sure to RSVP ahead of time. There are only 50 60 spots available  –> RSVP here

Was that all too good to be true? There’s more. This month’s topic is…

Social Media Legal Issues and Policies –

Not everything is peachy

Our guest speakers (list coming soon!) will talk to us about social media policies for companies and employees. They will also present case studies related to legal issues with social media including privacy and personal identity.  Bring questions!

And, by popular request, we will dedicate 10 minutes (or however long it takes us) to list a few more useful social media tips, tricks and tools. The Web is constantly changing. This is a way to help each other keep up.

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

RSVP here to attend the June SAMPRB tweetup!

When: Monday, June 29, 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: To bring cash or check. The prices indicated above cover your meal, drink, taxes and gratuity! The tweetup good stuff is served for 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.

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.