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BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media

ConAgra Foods, US Navy, UnitedHealth Group, IRS, Delta Air Lines, National Association of REALTORS, Discovery Communications, and USA TODAY will share case studies in corporate social media at BlogWell DC: How Big Brands Use Social Media on May 4 in Washington, DC. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program phenomenal – all in one afternoon, for just $250. Get practical, how-to advice on creating great content, earning management buy-in, training employees, engaging fans, and keeping everything ethical and legal. Presented by GasPedal and Apply the code SMCDCSENTME to get 20% off your registration.

To register, please visit:


Event Recap: Get Geeky: Smart Social Networking

Guest post by: Liz Glomb, DC Events Committee Member

Having to compete with multiple other networking events on the same evening, it was great to see that a large group of people decided to attend the Get Geeky: Smart Social Networking SMCDC event at Porter Novelli DC on February 23, 2011. People were greeted with a warm welcome by Porter Novelli, a fantastic and yummy spread of food, and top notch panelists.

The speakers for the event included Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber, CEO & Co-founder of TechCocktail), Shana Glickfield (@dcconcierge, Partner at Beekeeper Group), and Shonali Burke (@shonali, Principal at Shonali Burke Consulting) and was moderated by Alexander Howard (@digiphile, Govt 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media).

The topic for the event was centered around how to network in the digital age using various social networking platforms and how to turn an online relationship into a business or job opportunity. Other topics that were discussed included how to manage your offline and online activity as well as the pros and cons of having your personality reflected in your online image. 

The panel brought up many interesting points, and after 2-hours intense discussions and tweets, here were some of the highlights:

  • The Line between offline and online is becoming thinner, so you have two choices: wall up completely or be social.
  • Your relationships that form online can affect you offline (and vice versa)
  • Always be curious (Frank Gruber)
  • You don’t always have to be serious (Frank Gruber)
  • You are still a person, so use your personality
  • Don’t have a personality? Learn to behave (Shonali Burke)
  • Don’t ignore opportunities i other social media channels

And that’s the recap for the Get Geeky: Smart Social Networking SMCDC. MANY thanks to Porter Novelli DC for allowing us to use their space for the event and for the delicious food and refreshments. Another thank you goes out to our awesome moderator and panelists for their great content, interactions, and humor. For more information about the Social Media Club DC and other events, please follow the conversation on Twitter (@smcdc) and “like” us on Facebook.

SMC-DC September Event: Using Social Media for Customer Service

SMC-DC is hosting a panel regarding Using Social Media for Customer Service. Panelists will discuss how social media impacted the traditional customer service world, best practices for large enterprises in using social media to connect with customers, and local vs. national difference. Participants include moderator Shashi Bellamkonda, who is currently Head of Social Media and Brand Evangelism for Network Solutions; Munish Gandhi who founded Hy.Ly; Andre Francis who is the Social Media Representative for Pepco; and Tony Hudgins who is the Co-Managing Partner for Public Group/SET Entertainment, which includes DC favorites Public Bar, Sushi Rock, and Lupe Cantina.

Title: Using Social Media for Customer Service

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: TBA very soon – watch the Eventbrite page for details!


Sign up on Eventbrite:

Once the event reaches full capacity, we will start a waitlist. Please email us at if you wish to be added to the list, or to cancel your reserved spot.

In other SMC-DC News:

Mark you for calendars for an October 1 tweetup to see “The Social Network” (a.k.a. the Facebook movie). Theatre locations in DC, MD and VA. Stay tuned for where and what time the movie will be.

In October, our monthly event will be on a Monday instead of a Wednesday night. Mark your calendar for Oct. 25th. It will be part of a national Social Media Club initiative for social media and family.

A message from Jill Foster:

As a way to show appreciation for your continued participation in the social tech community, WomenWhoTech is to donating (2) tickets to two SMC-DC members to attend WomenWhoTech’s telesummit. Think top leaders, movers, shakers, entrepreneurs, and you – all on one telesummit! It’s time for the 3rd annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit that will take place September 15, 2010 with over 800 women (and men) from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world.  The awesome event will feature an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels including technology change makers.  The TechCrunch CEO, BlogHer’s COO, and more great minds will join this year’s speaker slate with more on panels, events, and how to register at

To enter the raffle for free tix, just tweet the below twitter post (definitely include the cited hashtags as to ensure your name is entered to win!).

Hey @smcdc ! Want 2 hear TechCrunch CEO & other greats @WomenWhoTech’s Telesummit 9/15? Tweet this 2 enter 2 win free tix! #smcdc #wwt

And in other social media news:

The WOMMY Awards executed by WOMMA (The Word of Mouth Marketing Association) celebrate excellence in the word of mouth and social media marketing industry and honors those who have created innovative, strategic and (most importantly) talkable marketing campaigns throughout the past year.
There are several categories for entries to the WOMMYs, and both agency and corporate teams are invited to participate.
Eligible Categories Include:
  • Social Media: Best use of social media as a communication medium
  • Introduction: Best word of mouth communication program to introduce new products/services
  • Momentum: Best word of mouth program to juice existing products/services
  • Experiential: Best word of mouth program as the result of great customer experience
  • Innovation: Best use of word of mouth insights to invent a new product or service.
  • Research: Best strategic thinking to measure the impact/success of WOM

The final deadline for entry is Friday, September 17th, so check them out today!

SMC-DC Leadership Team 2010-2011: Open for All Members!

We’re excited to announce openings for our Social Media Club DC (SMC-DC) Leadership Team this year. After a stellar year with our current team, we have decided to expand our team to accommodate our growing membership.

The success and example of our friends at IABC, WWPR, WIT and PRSA-NCC have led us down a path where we’ve decided to structure a board and committee team member organization. We’re hoping this will allow more positions for members to become active, and also to help us grow even bigger and provide more useful content and activities for our close to 1,500 members.

Thank you to all our current team members who helped make this past year so wonderful.

  1. Larissa Fair (@LYF108)
  2. Andrea Baker (@immunity)
  3. Sarah Wurrey (@sarahwurrey)
  4. Travis Mason (@tgmason)
  5. Sara (Burson) Willis (@swegl)
  6. Andi Narvaez (SMBDC) (@andinarvaez)
  7. Maia Kotlus-Gates (@maiakg)
  8. Beth McNamee (@bethmcnamee)
  9. Nisha Chittal (@nishachittal)
  10. Meg Roberts (@megmroberts)
  11. Gabriel Key (@gabrielmkey)

We’re looking forward to making SMC-DC an even better organization with a little help from our members. Here are opportunities for you to join our team:

  • VP of Digital History (oversees Marketing & Digital Content Committee)
  • DC Events Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • MD/VA Events Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • SMBDC Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • Sponsorship Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • Partnership Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • Membership & Community Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)
  • Marketing & Digital Content Committee (Co-chair and member positions available)

Not sure where to start? Are you extremely organized and  well-connected in the DC metro area? Do you love event planning, sweating the small stuff and bringing people together? Check out our Events Committee. Early birds flock to the SMBDC Committee. If you have a huge network, don’t mind asking for donations, and are excited to help raise funds to keep our organization running smoothly, we NEED you for the Sponsorship Committee. Do you have a passion for charitable work? Do you love connecting the right people together? Are you a community leader? Join the Partnership Committee. Do you love to be connected? Interested in getting to know more about our members? Dedicated to community management? Check out our Membership & Community Committee. If you love to document events, take photos, enjoy graphic design (and web design), and have a knack with a video camera, we need your skills on our Marketing & Digital Content Committee. Applications are due August 6th, so take your time!

We are also looking for some web savvy graphic designers to help us make our online properties pop! Since SMC-DC is one of the largest chapters of Social Media Club in the country, we want to show off our stuff. Please contact us if you’re interested in designing a web page / blog site for us, and helping with our online branding (Facebook landing page, Twitter page, etc.). E-mail Larissa at larissafair(@)gmail(dot)com to volunteer. Thanks in advance!

Check out the open positions and committee descriptions and apply for a position. We can’t wait to hear from you.


A SHORT! guide to #SMCDC/ #SMCEDU June events, during #DCWEEK and beyond!

With DCWEEK just a few days away and summer already at our doorsteps, we know you have a lot on your plate. SMCDC has a lot going on this month so we thought we’d sort out the madness with a short and sweet blog post to make sure you don’t miss out on any SMC events this June.

For a full list of DCWEEK events, please visit, follow @DCWEEK on Twitter, and tune into the #DCWEEK hashtag conversation.

Calendars ready? Here we go!

Social Media in Education Panel of Experts

RSVP: (DCWEEK RSVP link for all June 16 events)

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2:15pm  –  3:45pm

Where: UMC Conference Facility, 900 Massachussetts Ave, NW

Metro: Mount Vernon/Convention Center (green/yellow lines)

Details: Social Media Club Education Connection (#SMCEDU) will host a panel of experts from different areas, including government, business, and academia, to discuss social media’s impact on higher education. The speakers are involved in SMCEDU’s initiative in a number of ways and will throwdown like the future of education depended on it. Click here for more info.

Social Media Education Roundtables


When: Thursday, June 17, 1pm – 2:30pm

Where: MLK Library, 901 G St., NW

Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (all lines) or Metro Center (red line)

Details: If you have tuned in to any #SMCEDU chat on Twitter, then you know there is a LOT to talk about and even more to do to bring social media and technology into all aspects of education. SMCEDU is hosting a World Café, to harness our collective brain power in small group conversations. This event will be facilitated by Social Media Club founder Chris HeuerClick here for more info.

Social Media Breakfast *DCWEEK* Edition: Save Screen on the Green


When: Friday, June 18, 9am – 10am

Where: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th & V, NW

Metro: U-Street (yellow/green lines)

Details: We all know there is no such thing as summer in DC without Screen on the Green. In the enterprising spirit of Digital Capital Week, join us for breakfast not only to hear more about the “Save Screen on the Green” campaign, but to HELP AND BE A PART of its continuing success, particularly in the digital front. Click here for more info.

SMCDC DCWEEK Blogger Lounge


When: Friday, June 18, 1pm – 6pm and Saturday, June 19, 1pm – 6pm

Where: UMC Conference Facility, 900 Massachussetts Ave, NW

Metro: Mount Vernon/Convention Center (yellow/green lines)

Details: SMCDC will be hosting an open Blogger Lounge/Co-Working space during DCWEEK. This space will be part of DCWEEK’s Digital Garage and will be available to bloggers and others who want to camp out, hang out, and/or sit down to collaborate.

Play by Play: Sports and Social Media

When: Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: APCO Worldwide DC Offices, 700 12th St. NW, 8th floor

Metro: Metro Center (red/orange/blue lines)
Parking: Street or garages available

Details: SMC-DC is teaming up with sports and social media experts to talk about what happens when sports and social media collide. Our expert panel will discuss the impact that social media has had on the games we love, and what the future of sports in a 24-7 online world looks like. Thanks to DC United’s Bryan Namoff (@NAMOFF) and @CoutureforaCure, we will have a pair of game tickets and a DC United jersey to raffle off. We will also have two pairs of tickets to two different Nationals Games courtesy of Navstar (@navstar / @immunity). Click here for more info.

Thanks to our sponsors

Marketwire (

Potomac Communications Group, Inc. (

March Social Media Breakfast DC ———– Blogging The City

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our pilot event in January! We are officially ready to roll.

Join us at Busboys and Poets (14th and V — U Street Metro) on Monday, March 1 at 8am for our next Social Media Breakfast-DC. You are invited to have breakfast with the DC/VA/MD social media community and to share your thoughts about this month’s topic: Blogging The City. Our speakers (list coming soon!) will talk about popular sites and social media channels dedicated to aggregating the best (and warning us about worst) that DC has to offer. Come hear more about how our speakers are using the Web to help us make the most of what the district has to offer offline.

Want to get more involved?

Please leave a comment or send a tweet using the #SMBDC hashtag or contact @smcdc via tweet, DM, email (socialmediaclubdc [at] gmail [dot] com) or pidgeon if you wish to be a “Head of Table” at any of our breakfast events. Essentially, you will be volunteering to ignite conversation at your table and let others pick your brain during the Breakfast. And don’t worry, we don’t mean this literally.

To keep the event from selling out quicker than everyone who would like to attend can find out about it, we will release tickets in waves three weeks prior to each Breakfast event — 50 tickets will be available with each wave for a total of 150 tickets.

If you’d like to eat, which we hope you do, $10 (cash please) is all you need to get in on the delicious breakfast options … The information and new friendships you will walk away with, priceless.

And remember… We are always looking for partners and sponsors to keep food costs to a minimum (or even better, FREE). Please let us know if you or your company is interested in sponsoring any of our Social Media Breakfast events. If you would like more information, please email us. Thank you in advance!

Click below to register and feel free to leave your comments or reach out to us if you have questions, suggestions, if you would like to help with the event, and, if you would like to serve as a Head of Table.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Tweetsgiving Hits DC on November 24th

Tweetsgiving: Unleash Your Gratitude!
Celebrate the DC technology and social media community by sharing the thanks and love.


You’re invited to join Social Media Club DC (SMC-DC), Young Association Professionals (YAP), NextGenWeb, and at a happy hour to celebrate the DC metro technology and social media community and to support Tweetsgiving. Join the DC group for event updates and get tickets here: If you can’t make it, please consider making a small monetary donation to support DC’s final tally! Tickets start at $5 each, with an option to donate more. ALL TICKET SALES GO TO EPIC CHANGE.

Tweetsgiving is a global celebration that seeks to change the world through GRATITUDE. Last year Tweetsgiving raised over $10,000 to build a school in Tanzania. We have a lot to be thankful for, and hope that the DC area can contribute funds to implement a technology lab at the primary school where last year’s TweetsGiving classroom was built. For more information please visit:

In addition to raising funds for Tweetsgiving, we will also be accepting small donations of items for My Sister’s Place, a local DC women’s shelter. Please bring items to donate, anything will do! Think of small items like socks, gloves, scarves, hats, towels, sheets, utensils, cleaning products, school supplies and craft items, food storage items, toiletry items, etc.

Please purchase your Tweetsgiving tickets here (, all proceeds will go towards Tweetsgiving.

During the event, you will also have an opportunity to share what you are #thankfulfor. It will be a great #Tweetsgiving for all!

We are also looking for SPONSORS to make this event a success. Sponsorship money will go towards food and drink at BlackFinn DC, so the more the merrier! All additional funds post-event cost will be donated to Tweetsgiving as well. We have a variety of pricing tiers, so please e-mail us at if you would like to sponsor this event! We can’t do it without you!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing

Young Association Professionals (DC)

New Media Strategies

Bradshaw Vineyards
Debbie Weil


Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: BlackFinn DC
1620 I Street NW
Washington DC 20006

Parking garage next door ($8 after 5 pm and open until midnight)
Metro: Farragut West (Orange/Blue) or Farragut North (Red)

Please contact with any additional questions.