Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Social Media Club New Orleans presents Fleurty Girl's WhoDat Smackdown

Time to dust this blog off and get this club back in action. Last week, a thread start
ed on Yelp about getting a Social Media chapter started in New Orleans. Shortly after, Adele Tiblier and I were bombarded with e-mails, inquiries and a few not-so-subtle "Where have you two BEEN?" So, with the help of new enthusiastic blood, we're going to be kicking off monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month at Three Muses. AND, we have a new team member on board who is going to kick off some weekend activities and meetings...in addition to kicking our butt to keep motivated. Thanks, Jennifer:)

So, join us next Tuesday, November 9th to hear from Fleurty Girl, Lauren Thom, who is using social media to rally the WhoDat nation in response to having her business Facebook Page taken down without warning. Fleurty Girl is a stellar example of how small businesses are using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to build loyal brand enthusiasts.

To recap:

What: Cocktails and Networking 6:-6:30
Fleurty Girl and the WhoDat Smackdown! 6:30-7:30

When: Tuesday, November 9th

Where: Three Muses 536 Frenchmen

Who: Anyone interested in knowing more about social media for business

Why: Social Media Club is back!

Tell your friends and join us on Facebook!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tis' the season to get social

Join SMCNO and Whole Foods to celebrate the holidays with wine and appetizer tastings!

This is our holiday social event, and we welcome you, your friends, coworkers and family to join us for delicious wines and winter foods supplied by Whole Foods!

When: Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 6-8:30pm
Where: Whole Foods Uptown, 560 Magazine Street
RSVP on Facebook

See you there!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Social Media Club SuperJam

Join Social Media Club New Orleans as we shift into music mode next Thursday, October 22nd for a Social Media Super Jam featuring:

New Orleans Indie Rock Collective, DJ Soul Sister, Mark Samuels of Basin Street Records and Kevin Conway Music Industry Business Development Officer for Louisiana Office of Economic Development.

These movers, shakers and music makers will discuss how social media is reshaping the music industry and what’s in store for the future of New Orleans music scene.

Social Media Club
Thursday, October 22nd
6 p.m. @ Ampersand 1100 Tulane Avenue

Ampersand is sponsoring this meeting and will be offering exclusive drink specials to social media club kids! Enter on Tulane Avenue near Common, parking lots and street parking surround the venue.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Social Media Club Social

Maybe you are wondering what this Social Media Club is all about. Maybe you have friends you want to introduce slowly. Maybe you just love great conversation and good drink specials.

Join us Thursday, September 17th for some SMCNO mingling. We'd like to meet local media, advertising and PR professionals who want to learn more about social media and how Web 2.0 tools are shifting communications paradigms. Whoa. Promise we won't say paradigms. We just want to get to know you.

So bring a friend and let's get social!

Where: Bacco Restaurant
310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

When: Thursday, September 17th from 6-8

What: Social Media Club NO Meet & Greet

How: RSVP on our Facebook page. Click here now.

Why: To learn more about SMCNO, meet interesting people and enjoy delicious food & drink specials

Who: The cool kids

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Setting the Table for Social Media: Panelists

In advance of our meeting tonight, I wanted to be sure to give everyone a little amuse bouche, and some advance information about our panelists, an illustrious bunch of foodies and hospitality experts.

Following a welcome from our generous hosts, the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, we'll launch into a great presentation from Chef Scott Boswell, and then our panel discussion about food, restaurants and social media. We're looking forward to eating, drinking and learning with you all!

With no further ado, your panelists:

Scott Boswell: Chef and owner of Stella! and Stanley in New Orleans, Chef Scott will be discussing his role as a blogging and tweeting chef, both in New Orleans and during his travels and work in other cities. Stella! was recently awarded 5 beans from The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Brett Anderson, and I can attest to the deliciousness of the menu--well deserved beans, imho! Follow him on Twitter, he's @chefscottb

Brooke Boudreaux: From her hidden Where Magazine offices in New Orleans, Brooke is responsible for promoting and building community for the magazine through social media technology. She's a connector and a provider of news, and we're excited to have her join the panel! Follow her on Twitter, she's @whereneworleans

Lizzy Caston: New New Orleanian and marketing and urban planning guru, Lizzy is going to share her experiences of working with businesses (notably, food carts!) in Portland, Oregon and her thoughts and feelings on working with social media as a marketing tool. Follow her on Twitter, she's @misslizzyc.

Lorin Gaudin: New Orleans Food Diva, and WGNO star, is a food and restaurant journalist and insider, having hosted many different radio and television programs on the subject. She is an active user of social media for spreading great tips on where to eat next, and for gathering information about new food trends in New Orleans. Follow her on Twitter, she's @loringaudin.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Setting the Table for Social Media: Restaurant and Hospitality Roundtable

Please join us for the next Social Media Club of New Orleans Meeting on August 20 at 6:00 pm at Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Avenue.)

The topic will be: Setting the Table for Social Media: Restaurant and Hospitality Roundtable, featuring some of New Orleans' best known chefs, food journalists and restaurants.

Ralph's on the Park is sponsoring this meeting in their upstairs private dining space, and are offering $5 glasses of wine and $2 Abita Amber, as well as hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, crafted by new Executive Chef Chip Flanagan. All are also welcome to stay for the summer special, featuring 3 appetizers and a glass of wine for $28.

In preparation for this meeting, we'd love to hear what questions you have for our panelists. What do you want to know about the ways restaurants, chefs and food/hospitality journalists use Social Media? Please post your questions in the comment section, and one randomly selected comment will receive a fantastic gift bag with Bliss products courtesy of W Hotels of New Orleans, as well as drink tickets for their Dirty Linen Party at the W French Quarter.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cease and Desist | Social Media Legal Roundtable

Join the Social Media Club of New Orleans that as we open the floor to discuss copyrights, creative licensing, libel, slander, and how brick and mortar legal definitions are being interpreted online.
The wonderful Cochon will be providing appetizers to nosh on, and as always, there will be giveaways and prizes. We hope to see you there!

Panelists will include:
Ray Areaux, Chair of IP Practice at Carver Darden:
Raymond G. Areaux is a founding member in the law firm of Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC where he chairs the firms intellectual property practice group. His practice is devoted to obtaining, licensing and enforcing all manner of intellectual property rights. His primary practice areas are computers and software, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, media law, copyright, unfair competition and franchises. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics.

Mr. Areaux's experience includes:

* prosecuting patents in the electronic arts, software arts, web-based delivery arts, biotech arts, and mechanical arts;
* negotiating many and varied types of licensing agreements and franchising agreements:
* prosecuting and maintaining hundreds of trademarks, service marks and brands;
* litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and licensing disputes, including patent claims against the Federal Government; and,
* arbitrating computer software and other commercial transaction disputes.

Mr. Areaux obtained his J.D. from Loyola University where he was a member of the Law Review and published his commentary "Computer Software Protection: >From Infancy to Adolescence."

Mr. Areaux holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering as well as a B.S. in Computer and Information Systems, both from Tulane University.

Prior to starting his law practice in 1985, Mr. Areaux was a product development engineer with IBM at its lab in Austin, Texas and then later a systems engineer with Conoco in New Orleans

Ernest Svenson
Darwin observed that "it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change." The legal system, long bound by tradition, now struggles to adapt to increasing societal change. Today, lawyers can use technology in novel ways to improve communication and increase efficiency in gathering information. We need to be more adept at handling digital information to fully represent our clients.

Clients increasingly need lawyers who look at things in fresh ways, who seek hidden advantages, and who properly assess risk instead of reflexively avoiding it. "Zealous representation," to me, is less about swash-buckling and more about thoughtfulness and strategic planning.

Specialties: Business disputes, Franchise litigation. Speaking on E-Discovery, and legal technology issues.

Brian Oberkirch
Veteran online media planner, http://www.brianoberkirch.com/
I’m a marketing consultant focused on social media and product/service development. Like It Matters is my personal blog where I write about social media, community-based marketing and technologies that revolve around relevance.

I do social media consulting and projects for companies and marketing agencies of all sizes, helping them use these new tools to have better conversations with those who matter to their business. I also do quite a bit of speaking and training on social media and other topics.

In my past lives, I was a marketing consultant and writer for hire, managed national brand accounts at large and small advertising and PR shops, started a social media consultancy called Weblogs Work and helped build a suite of applications for those clients, taught literature and creative writing, wrote newspaper articles, did the morning news at a radio station, and many other things.