Top 10 Reasons to Attend Social Media Association Meetings

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10. Social media enthusiasts are not health food addicts nor are they “foodies.”  The four food groups available last night were wine, beer, soda and water. What could be better?

9. This 12 step withdrawal program uses Twitter handles instead of first names.

8. You learn what to look forward to — like a panel discussion with PRPLI on how to target and connect with bloggers. Stay tuned.

7. You learn what personality branding is and get to see it in action. And you learn what “groupie gram” is and how to use it in a sentence.

6. You feel “in the know” learning about new social media, new apps and new businesses. You feel like it could be a great discussion opener someday starting with “yeah, the first time I saw that was at a Social Media Association meeting at LaunchPad.”

5. Which brings me to number five. The meeting was at LaunchPad. Way cool. Even if we did all circle the block at least five times. That’s why it’s number five!

4.  You get to see all your social media friends in real life that you are connected to on line and meet some new people too.

3.  You get to hang out with the newbies and novices right alongside the experienced and innovative and realize there are truly 50 Shades of Grey. And no one should take themselves too seriously because as Hilary explains, we are “enthusiasts” but not “experts,” and it is true.

2. Attendees can’t slip through with their elevator speech here. While introductions go on, others shoot questions at them. And then others have follow up questions. And then there are requests for more detailed explanations. 24 people all brought their “A” Game. The more you know, the more likely you can get involved or help with a suggestion.

1. And the number one reason to attend is you feel no guilt for tweeting during the meeting. In fact, you are encouraged to do so. And you want to shout to the world that you are there and it is special.

Photo courtesy of Paul Biedermann

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Sharyn O’Mara is Public Relations Director at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. in Great Neck, NY where she works on public relations, marketing, advertising and social media for the law firm. Sharyn is an adjunct professor teaching the Introduction to Public Relations class at Adelphi University. Ms. O’Mara is a board member of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) where she chairs the scholarship committee, is on the Advisory Board for Fair Media Council and Social Media Association, is a Paragon/IBO member and chairperson of the marketing committee. Sharyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.