Social Media Day + Phoenix

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It’s almost here! Social Media Day 2015! And here in Phoenix, we’ve celebrated this awesome day for  6 years! The last 2 years have been organized by MoniQue Hoffman, Vice President of Social Media Club Phoenix and local entrepreneur. Each event has had a special feel of camaraderie and there was much knowledge to be gained… and this year is certain to have just a bit more of that! Get your tickets for the June 30th event here: http://www.smdayphx.com/smdayphx-2015/

The line up is amazing… kicking off with Matt Gottesman, Founder of Hustle & Deal Flow/Stealth Digital LLC. He’s leading a session on creating great content + leveraging it on Instagram. This will be such an amazing session for many attendees, because finding your Instagram voice can be a tricky thing. But once you’ve found your groove… and you know how to leverage it… you’ll be unstoppable! xo

Next on the agenda? A fireside chat (not really because it’s hotter than the gates of hell in Phoenix right now) with Mayor Greg Stanton. The Phoenix Mayor is incredibly social! Find out how he utilizes social media and why he feels it’s an important way to reach the people.

I think I’m most looking forward to the session with Kevin Spidel, Director of Voice Media Group. He’ll be sharing some of his favorite social engagement tools and the power of gamification. That’s a scary word for some brands, but gamification could be just what your brand needs to create an army of active loyalists!

There’s also a panel with some of Phoenix’s most influential social media users. I’d hate to forget to mention that the Social Media Club of Phoenix is coming back in full force after being in hibernation for a couple of years. Vincent Orleck, Social Media Manager at Plexus Worldwide, took on the task of President and is reviving the club. Club members (including me) will be on hand to invite new members to join up and participate! I’ve taken on the role of Director of Partnerships and would love to talk to some of Phoenix’s brightest small business owners! So… step right up and let’s chat!

And… no Social Media Day would be complete without an after party! Join us for some drinks and mingling after the day is done! Can’t wait to see you there! Get your tickets at the top of this post… in case you missed it! xo

 

 

Networking is Everything

Networking

Networking really is everything. The people you know and connect with are the most important resources you have. But it’s not all about getting. It’s about giving. I didn’t even realize what an extensive network of real people I had until recently. I know… all people are real people. But I’m talking about a network of people who will truly go to bat for me. How did I acquire this network? By giving.

The people in my network don’t owe me any favors. I didn’t give out help in hopes of getting some back. Giving to your community should come from the true desire to help. This doesn’t mean to sell yourself short or to give out advice you’d normally charge for. It means- when someone in your network asks you for a hand up in a genuine way… you help. When a newbie in the space asks you an easily answered question… you answer. When someone in your network is celebrating a big win… you celebrate with them. That’s all.

Soon enough… you’ll find that all of your natural goodness has produced a network of kind and helpful people. Networking has gotten me every job worth talking about. It’s gotten me invited to places I feel like I had no business being. And most importantly… it’s connected me with people I look up to and learn from on a daily basis.

Networking + Giving of your knowledge = Gaining new knowledge

So… today, I challenge you to change the way you look at your current network. Get out there and do some social good for no reason at all, other than to see your peers grow and flourish. Eventually… it comes back around a million times over and when you least expected it to.

Happy networking my friends! #giveyou

xo

Kelly