When it comes to social media, I like to think I’m pretty adept at using the tools that are out there. I was an early adopter of Twitter, and I’ve been podcasting since 2005. But when social media started to become a tool for business, I had to admit to myself that I didn’t know as much as I thought. This came into stark relief when I started attending Social Media Breakfast Maine.
The Social Media Breakfast was originally started by Bryan Person, an early adopter like myself with whom I’ve had varied interesting conversations over the years. Back in late 2007, Bryan decided that he wanted to get a few of his social media pals together to talk shop over breakfast. And so it began. Only a few months later, Social Media Breakfasts (or SMBs) were popping up all over the world. Today there are over 40 SMBs that gather regularly to talk about the latest and greatest in social media over bacon and eggs. Bacon especially.
According to their website, Social Media Breakfasts serve two main purposes:
- Face-to-face networking: Bring together marketers, PR pros, students, entrepreneurs, and social media practitioners and enthusiasts of all stripes over breakfast.
- Education: Through panel discussions, presentations, case studies, debates, and breakout sessions … teach, share, and learn social media best practices for business.
At the Social Media Breakfast, we “feed your belly and your brain.” ™
Maine is one of the proud participants in SMB, and holds their monthly meeting organized by Hall Web Services and sponsored by a variety of local businesses, including Filmosity. Each month, Filmosity packs up the mobile kit and heads to the SMB, usually held in the Portland area, and streams the presentations live to the web via Livestream. The event usually sells out, so this is an opportunity for people who can’t attend (either because the didn’t buy a ticket in time or because they’re tethered to their office chair) to benefit from the wealth of information that comes from SMBME. Of course, web viewers don’t get to participate in the face-to-face networking or the door prizes. One of the benefits of the stream, however, is an archive of past presentations available online anytime. So, while you maximize the benefit by actually attending one of the amazingly inexpensive SMBMEs, you can still get something by watching the livestream.