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Welcome to the (social media) party!

Celebrate good times

Celebrate good times!

When Cincinnati-based public relations pro Kevin Dugan (@prblog, Strategic Public Relations blog) introduced me to Twitter, he sent a tweet saying something akin to “welcome to the party.”

I’ve heard others since compare social media strategy to attending a party — and the way you interact with people at the gathering.

Who do you speak with? How long do you talk? What topics do you discuss? Are you serious, or playful, or both? Are you hoping to share something with someone, or ask them a burning question? And so on…

With that in mind, here are some of the Cincinnati people I love to have at my social media party — whether on PC, wireless laptop, BlackBerry or (best of all) in person:

Kevin Dugan (@prblog) — I make it a point of reading every post on his Strategic Public Relations blog. His tweets are very informative and fun. He gives great talks. Just a good all-around person.

Daniel Johnson Jr. (@danieljohnsonjr) — Daniel knows a lot about social media tools from firsthand experience. He does a fantastic job uniting social media enthusiasts through New Media Cincinnati (@newmediacincy). A sincerely good, genuine person.

Krista Neher (@kristaneher) — Krista speaks around the world about social media, especially how organizations and individuals can use it to further strategic goals. Yet another great person, an internationally recognized social media guru who is kind and nice. We’re lucky to have her in Cincinnati.

Debba Haupert (@girlfriendology), Shannan Boyer (@mommybits, @shannanb) and Laura Deaton-Moriaity (@lmdeaton) — Founders of Cincinnati Women Bloggers (@cinwomenblogger). Three amazing woman who use social media to better our world. Knowledgeable, hard-working, fun… Great folks.

Michelle Beckham (@michellebeckham, @c3createconnect) — Excellent social media trainer. Had the pleasure of speaking on a panel with her this summer. Also very community oriented. Learned a lot during a successful career at P&G.

Jennifer McClure (@cincyrecruiter) — Shares lots of great info for job seekers through Twitter and her blog. Seems to be attending a workshop or seminar somewhere all of the time, and educates others about what she’s learned. Another friendly person.

Dan Lally (@DanielLally) — Lots of great knowledge about strategic public relations and social media’s role in it. Wonderful sense of humor. Excellent presenter.

Jacke Reau (@gamedayjreau) — Has helped bring Cincinnati PRSA into the social media world. Gives lots of workshops. Share insightful PowerPoints on SlideShare. Went to a great school! Ohio University.

Kendra Ramirez (@kendraramirez) — High energy social media expert who gives many presentations about the topic. Was on a panel with her at Bold Fusion earlier this year. See her at events hosted by New Media Cincinnati, Cincinnati Social Media…

Tami Boehmer (@tamilb) — My wife has been using her new Miracle Survivors blog to inform and inspire those affected by cancer. Of course, I think the world of her — and love to have her at my parties.

Gosh, I’m just getting started. Don’t worry if you’re not on the list. I’m going to add to it in upcoming weeks. There are lots and lots of you who will be invited. I admire and appreciate many of my new social media pals, such as you!!!

PS: I would love for you to invite others. Please use the comments section.

  1. October 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

    So excited to be invited to your “party!” I promise not to bring a dish I cooked myself 😉

  2. October 18, 2009 at 12:16 am


    I really like your analogy here comparing party interaction to social media strategy. Interacting with so many people in a virtual space sometimes feels reminiscent of a party- especially on Twitter! The questions you raise are ones that flow through our subconscious minds when we attend live parties and those same questions form the basis for how we shape our on-line social media persona. Who will we be? My vote is for being the most authentic and transparent version of yourself possible!

    Thank you for including me on your list of party people-all incredible folks who add much to the social media landscape in Cincinnati and who are truly helping to make this city a digital hub.

    Can’t wait to see the additions to the list!


  3. October 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’m glad to be among some of the smartest people in this community.

    I would add Sue LaChapelle (@slachapelle) for her work in running The Women’s Circuit. When I think of someone who is well-connected in the Cincinnati community, Sue readily comes to mind. Chances are, she knows someone or is well-connected to someone in the community.

    I’d also like to mention Gerard Sychay (@hellogerard) who runs co-working events so that people who typically work from home can meet together and have in-person interaction.

    I would also add Justin Rains (@justinrains) and Jennifer Mitchell (@nkyjennifer) who set up regular meetups for people to network with one another.

    And, last but not least, I have to mention Breanna Gaddie (@BreannaGaddie), who runs a calendar of social media events on her Networking With Passion blog.

  4. October 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Thanks Mike for including me in your post! Love how you and your wife are great community builders!

  5. mikeboehmer57
    October 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for your comments — and all that you do!!! Appreciate the suggestions for additions, too.

  6. October 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

    What a fabulous analogy!

    Daniel, thanks for including me. 🙂

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