Join us for Social Media Club Holiday Social!

2653539589_b5d221e48b_o Calling all Dallas and Fort Worth peeps interested or working with social media: Join both Social Media Clubs for our combined Holiday Social, 9 December!

Hope to see you next Tuesday! Please pass this info to co-workers and friends!

Regular monthly meetings with speakers and topics (Fort Worth/last Tuesday of each month and Dallas/last Thursday of month) will resume January 2009. Please visit our new Facebook Group page.

In for a treat – Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells pay us a visit!

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SMC Founders, Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells, are in town and invite you to join them for coffee and some grub.

Please bring enough cash to pay for what you consume, and we look forward to seeing you there!

          • Saturday, 18 October
          • 9-11am
          • Original Pancake House
          • 2900 Lemon Ave. West, Suite 200 – Dallas
          • RSVP

And thank you to Jake McKee for helping us select the restaurant!

Social Media Club Fort Worth and Dallas: October Meetings

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Social Media: Good, Bad or Ugly
A Frank Conversation

Is the use of social media right for you and your organization? For many, the answer is “No.” For most, it’s “Maybe.”

With almost 15 years building web systems, Steve Lee has a unique perspective of both success and failure. He will share his experiences and answer all your questions from a practical, business and communications POV.

SMC Fort Worth

  • Tuesday, 28 October
  • 7-8pm
  • Dickey's BBQ: 5412 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth
  • RSVP

SMC Dallas

  • Thursday, 30 October
  • 7-8pm
  • Cadillac Bar: 1800 N. Market Street, Dallas
  • RSVP

***If you are not comfortable using Facebook, please leave your name in comments below to RSVP. Thank you!

A bit about Steve…

Among interactive company CEOs, Steve Lee is not exactly normal. For one thing, he has a lot moregray hair than you would expect. But don’t think that just makes him the old guy – decades of businessexperience combined with techno understanding make for a vibrant combination.

In the early 80’s, Steve was a tech fanatic long before the Internet rearranged our world. There’s no doubt that he has an insatiable thirst for exciting new technologies. Yet, he’s also got a veteran’s business eye for what works and what doesn’t. That’s how he helps senior executives wade through the latest interactive and marketing trends to create clearer visions of their business and communications needs.

Steve boasts a varied (and checkered) background in strategic business planning, marketing, communications and technology over the last 30 years. Top national and regional brands like Blockbuster, RadioShack, Payless Shoe Source, Mrs Baird’s, Whataburger, TXU, and Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® have turned to Steve’s counsel on issues far broader than the web, but how to use all aspects of today’s Internet technologies and techniques. It’s rare to find someone with both business
and technical savvy that can sit and advise comfortably in the boardroom.

Before establishing QuickSilver Interactive Group, Steve founded the Mercury Technology Group and was Senior Vice President of Halcyon Associates, a Dallas-based marketing and public relations firm. Before that he was U.S. chairman and sat the board of England-based software pioneer Uniplex, was international marketing director for UCCEL Corporation and was an officer of the advertising agency
GSD&M of Austin, Texas.

A Fort Worth, Texas native and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Steve served six years as a member of the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) National Accreditation Board. He was Chairman of the Public Relations Foundation of Texas and President of the Texas Public Relations
Association (TPRA).

He has received numerous awards for his professional and civic work including the Golden Spur from the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA), the highest personal honor a practitioner can receive in the State of Texas, and the Norman P. Teich Award for outstanding philanthropic activity, from the Public Relations Society of America in Dallas. He is the youngest person to be honored with an Honorary Life Membership by TPRA.

Steve is also an accomplished – and sometimes irreverent – speaker. He has spoken to literally hundreds of groups on topics ranging from ethics to planning and a myriad of technology subjects – web development, online research, blogs, podcasts, social media, etc.

Some of the groups to which Steve has spoken include:
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National Conferences
American Advertising Federation, National Conference
Event and Arena Marketers Association, National Conference
VHA National Conference
Texas Association of Realtors, State Conference
Keep Texas Beautiful, State Conference
Texas Convention and Visitors Bureaus, State Conference
Realty Alliance, National and Regional Conferences
Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA), State Conferences
Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) State Conference
American Marketing Association PRSA, IABC, WICI and other luncheons and workshops

When away from the office, you’ll find him shooting photography, a vocation that began when he was a starving college student writing for the Rolling Store and handling advance work for the rock band, Jefferson Airplane. His rock concert photos of Led Zeppelin, The Who, Deep Purple, Heart, Steve Miller, Jefferson Airplane and Starship and other bands, have been published and purchased for decades (http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/LeeShots/rockshots) — but that’s a whole different story.

Social Media Club August Meetings in DFW

Logo_smc1 Social Media Club – DFW finally has own Facebook group page! Please go to this page to participate in discussions and stay informed of upcoming meetings. Dallas and Fort Worth share this page, but have separate meetings and event notifications.

This month, both meetings will have the same speaker/subject. Please join us for a Cubeless demo. What is Cubeless? (More about Cubeless.)

Social Media Club: Fort Worth – Meeting is Tuesday, 26 August.

Social Media Club: Dallas – Meeting is Thursday, 28 August.

Please RSVP.

Social Media Club: Dallas, 7/24 with Jake McKee!

2653539589_b5d221e48b_o Jake McKee is an evangelist for customer collaboration, online communities, and fan groups. He has a rich background in Web development, community management, business strategy, and product development.

Jake is the Principal and Chief Ant Wrangler at Ant’s Eye View, a Dallas-based customer collaboration strategy practice. In a past life, Jake was the Global Community Relations Specialist for the LEGO Company, where he spent five years on the front lines of customer-company interaction.

 

Deets and RSVP

Priceless

1.25 tank of gas + 6 hours drive time + seeing ‘friends’ face-to-face for the first time or again = PRICELESS

Yesterday started at 3am with drive from Dallas to Austin. I am a morning person, but even this early drive was a bit much. Without a GPS (only female instinct) I arrived at the Dell HQ at 7am for SMC Austin seminar. A big Thank You to host, Dell!

With an energy drink I sat at the front of the room. I took prestigious notes with pen and paper and live blogged the day event. The first half of the seminar was a social media primer. A review for me, but much needed for those surrounding me.

Locked and loaded, the morning hot topic was Shel’s research on education and social media-a topic near and dear to my brain.

Chris Heuer is a great speaker. The man does not miss a beat; he can type, navigate through sites and keep the conversation going! It’s exciting to see others excited.

I met Geoff Livingston for the first time. As my Twitter feed indicates I was most excited about this introduction. I hope I did not blow it looking like a babbling idiot! This man has a dynamic personality and extremely down-to-earth. It was truly a pleasure. Eagerly anticipating his new book, Now Is Gone

Yes, Connie Reece really does have hot pink streaks in her hair and looks fabulous! Connie and the Austin SMC team did a great job organizing the event and fighting for wifi access in our conference room.

It has been way too long since I last saw Kami Huyse in person. What a treat! (Kami, I forgot to give you your baby shower present again!) She showed me the latest pics of her two gorgeous children. Kami was truly luminary yesterday! Of course I asked her for her secret…I think it is her passion radiating. Kami presented metrics after lunch. Her presentation was marvelous and packed with resources.

Live bloggers (Kami, Geoff, Connie and me) captured the key moments via Twitter. I encourage you to go into the archives and fill up your knowledge tank.

The trip home seemed much faster than the trip to Austin. Perhaps it was because I was on an emotional high, too psyched about future posts (all recorded on mp3 player during drive) and talking to Kami on the phone.

Make it a point to meet followers/friends face-to-face.

Feedback: Austin SMC was my first live twittering experience. How did I do? Too much; too little; too vague?