New Media Dayton Event 11/14/09 – My Two Cents

November 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm 2 comments

HUGE THANK YOU TO Paula Ivins — owner of Lucid Salon in Lebanon, Ohio — for sponsoring the event! Also huge thanks to The Beavercreek Pub at The Greene — you made us feel welcome and treated us like British royalty. You rock!

I don’t have a head-count yet, but the group of people that attended last night’s New Media Dayton event at The Beavercreek Pub filled up the patio room. I was shocked. You know how sometimes you plan something but you don’t really know until the event takes place if anyone will actually come. To see all photos from event, view Flickr photo stream located on the right-hand side of this page. Go to my Twitter page and view “NewMediaDayton-IRL” list to view complete list of people who attended (who are on Twitter).

New Media Dayton 2009 - The Pub at Beavercreek / The Greene

New Media Dayton 2009 packs the patio room at The Pub / The Greene

Why was the turnout so spectacular? I think the reason is a word we use a lot in the advertising/marketing world — BUZZ. There was a lot of buzz leading up to the event. The base of the buzz has been going for two years now, started by Community Manager & Leader for New Media Cincinnati — Daniel Johnson, Jr. This awesome, humble guy has been selflessly dedicated to community building for two solid years. As someone who likes to chase “shiny things” I am in awe of him for sticking with this, all this time WITHOUT PAY. Someone really ought to hire this guy! Any company looking to get involved in social media needs to start with a Community Manager and this guy is doing a bang up job. (Climbing down off soap box now.)

Secondly, the people of Dayton who are the power-players in Social Media — Chris Celek, Gina Kay, Duane Myers, Jeff Zaret — all enthusiastically promoted the event and never once did I hear any of them ask “what’s in it for me”. All of them “get” it. People like Kelley Tibbs, Mike Cornett and Bryan Suddith gave selflessly of their time to meet/talk and help plan beforehand.

Guest Host, Bryan Suddith talking to Jeff Zaret

Bryan Suddith (Guest Host) and Jeff Zaret


I’m hearing lots of great feedback…people telling me what a great time they had…telling me that they felt it was a huge success. I’m super pleased myself and I’m so encouraged by the sheer number of people and the fact that people I admire and adore (but haven’t met IRL until last night) showed up — Amanda Hite, Leigh Caraciolli and Nicole Walls. When they walked in the room they lit up the place!
Amanda Hite, Leigh Caraciolli, me and Nicole Walls

Amanda Hite, Leigh Caraciolli, me and Nicole Walls

Take-aways:

– What can we do to include more variety of people…more hipsters…people living in urban areas…people of all ages and backgrounds? Thanks to PreppyDude for bringing this up. (Would changing up location help or is keeping location static going to create consistency?)

– What are we doing to help our community? Leigh Caraciolli (FleurDeLeigh) spoke to this beautifully. So we get together and have a good time and congratulate each other and toss a drink back but what are we doing with this gift to give back?!

I’ve saved the “what went wrong” and “what I’ve learned for next time” for last:

1. A huge screw up was the U-stream thing. We were supposed to be streaming live and inviting people via Twitter to watch the event while it took place and we would read their tweets and answer questions live. I COMPLETELY FORGOT. I forgot. I was so caught up in the moment and giddy with excitement that this thing was really happening that I lost track of the technical stuff. Would someone please step forward and take ownership of this important piece?! I am an airhead and a socialite. My strength does not lie in technical stuff, unlike my hero, Daniel Johnson, Jr. Here is link to partial ustream video.

2. Have a full tank of gas in the car BEFORE the event. No one knows this, but as I left my house with NO TIME budgeted for getting gas, I seriously envisioned myself running out of gas on the side of the road on the way to The Pub, explaining to everyone that I had run out of gas. Very mature. That would have been horrifying for my “personal brand”.

3. Sound issues. Make sure we have a microphone that we can pass around that is not a very pricey and delicate, tiny, did I mention EXPENSIVE piece of equipment. I’m sure Mike was having a heart attack as it got handed to people over and over.

4. More sound issues. Dedicate a microphone and amp specifically so the people in the room can hear. It was often hard to hear some soft spoken individuals.

5. Face the camera when I talk. I totally had my back to the camera. Doh!

6. Assign someone to be the go-between to the out-side world. Someone to watch Twitter stream and U-stream comments and bring them to light so that we have interaction with those listening in.

All in all…what an awesome event! Can’t wait to do it again. We’ll take the month of December off. See you second Saturday of January. Same time/place. Be warned ahead of time…if you complain about anything, you will be put in charge of that area to make it better for next time! Ha! 😉

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  • 1. Daniel Johnson, Jr.  |  November 15, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Carole! Great post!

    I am inspired to hear that things went so well, and it sounds like you all are off to a great start.

    There is surely something to be said for taking connections made online into the real world. That’s one thing that makes me passionate about building community – doing things that make deeper connections.

    As a host and event organizer for these events in Cincinnati for over 2 years, I feel very glad that things have gone as well as they do. I always find things that we can improve upon, and much of this has been learning as we go.

    Thanks again for the shout-out. Your post makes me long to get back up to Dayton, even just to see folks like you, Duane (PreppyDude), Rich Palmer, Leigh, Mike Cornett, Gina Kay, and meet others in the area.

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  • 2. sexythinker  |  November 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    You really did a fantastic job. I’m honored to have been able to attend.

    Reply

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