Social Media Club Report

I just got back from the premier meeting of the Salt Lake City Social Media Club, a meeting of local Salt Lake area social media mavens and marauders*. A good time was most certainly had by all who attended, and there were quite a few of us.

I am not sure of the official numbers, but I am certain there were a minimum of 60 people at the event, and it could easily have been 80 or so. (update: I am seeing official reports of ’71′)

With a good mix of usual suspects and new faces, the meeting provided a great opportunity to say ‘hello’ to old and new friends alike, and to add a handful of people to my list of friends to look for at the next social media event.

A special Thank You goes to the great folks at The Summit Group for hosting the event, and providing the well-received pizza and sodas (at one point drawing applause from the entire crowd as a new round of boxes were brought in).

We started the evening with a healthy round of socializing before tuning in to Social Media Club founder Chris Heuer for a video conference via Skype. Chris welcomed us to The Club, provided an introduction and scope of the club’s structure and objectives, and then answered a couple of questions.

After listening to Chris for a few minutes we all migrated to the downstairs where we had more open space to break into smaller workgroups for a few minutes of focused discussion. There were six or so breakout groups, each with a specific area of social media to discuss. At the end of the breakout discussions a representative from each group presented some thoughts to the rest of the attendees.

Initially skeptical of the structure, I soon found myself getting involved and enjoyed hearing the insights from each of the groups. The breakouts turned out to be a great idea and enforced a sense of value for the meeting. We all left understanding that the discussion was recorded, and will be published at some point in the future. I’ll link from here when that happens.

I took a handful of photos with my phone. Here they are below…

To everyone at the event: Thank you and ‘nice to meet you’. To everyone who missed it; we’ll see you at the next one, to be held on every third Thursday from here on out. Watch the official Web site for details.

NEW: Jeri Cartwright posted this review.

I hope to see you all at the #suntweet Charity Tweetup next week!

*I meant that in the nicest possible sense of the word. :-)

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the summary and so glad to hear the inaugural event went off well as I know the local team put some time into this launch.

    I am not where you upload your photos, but if you happen to have a Flickr account, I would love them to be tagged smcslc and added to the SMC group http://www.flickr.com/groups/socialmediaclub/

    Looking forward to hearing more from the SLC crew and hopefully getting Chris Heuer and myself there sometime in 2009.

    Cheers,
    Kristie Wells
    President and Founder, Social Media Club

  2. Posted January 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    After months of months of planning it was great to have the launch be such a huge success. The overwhelming response was awesome and we look forward to it continuing to grow. Thanks so much for the write-up Cary it was so great to meet you and many others in person!

  3. Posted January 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Cary for participating, taking pics, and capturing this info and posting about it. Great summary of this amazing event.

    Can’t wait for #suntweet!

  4. Posted January 17, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I am so happy about the turnout we had for the kick-off meeting at The Summit Group’s offices. We had well over what we had estimated, and that is a good thing. It was so good to meet so many new people, and I am looking forward to the other meetings

  5. Posted January 19, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    This meeting was everything I was hoping hoping it would be with great attendance, great energy and a lot of new introductions. Looking forward to more next month, although I’ll try to not be the guy drinking the soda in the photos next month (yeah, that’s me in the 2nd from the bottom photo).

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