Kravet on a panel discussion on social media at the Boston Design Center. I am a big fan of kravet- great product all around and I adore the staff at kravet, Lee Jofa, FDO showrooms! So I was thrilled to be invited to be part of this amazing group of experts. Leading up to this event I must say I was very nervous, I don't usually speak in front of 200 people- whoa! So needless to say I only slept 3 hours- I was walking around West Newton Hill at 4 am with my two dogs trying to get my brain to shut OFF! During this active brain time I reflected on what social media has meant ot me.
My husband Kevin has begged me to write a blog for about 6 years. During this economic slow down and the quietness of the last December, I finally got down to business. I do not sit still very well at all and realized that I needed to put my time to something productive (blog, twitter, facebook, linked in) not something EVIL (shopping, lunching- general spending of $$$) So I decided to give all this a shot, and it was still really scary to me. I was convinced that there was not a minute left in my day to dedicate to this. I got over that really quickly when I realized how easy and fun it was.
Coffee Shop Bloggers" and were initally four woman who were all muddling through this together. We met once a week at a consistent time, helped each other with technical issues, made each other commit to what we would accomplish by the next meeting (meetings were every thursday at a coffee shop nearby), and listened/ supported each other the whole way through this process. I cannot say enough how valuable these meetings were to me accomplishing everything I have so far. Furthermore I bonded with these woman and really adore and respect them...so much good came from this.
http://www.pragmaticmom.com/ and Nancy from http://www.capabilitymom.com/ compiled all that we struggled with and muddled through on another blog called http://www.coffeeshopbloggers.com/ you can go to this blog and read the advice, help and tips on how to do this for yourself. What I sensed about the lovely audience in this presentation today is that they were wanting to try this- wanting to jump in, but not convinced that they either can do it easily or that they have the time to keep it up. What hit home about the presentation that Beth Green from Kravet did is the fact that you must start somewhere and must do it now. This is not a fad that is going away and you risk looking unprofessional if you don't try. Beth explained, facebook, twitter, linked in and blogging. Beth clearly is an expert in B to B social media and did a great job detailing each of these social media platforms. The other women on the panel - Designer Rachel Hazelton, who blogs at http://rachelhazelton.blogspot.com/, Designer Julieann Covino, who blogs at http://www.creategirl.com/, and Jennifer Powell who spearheads Kravat's social media efforts on a full-time basis, were AMAZING! I felt like a complete newbie in their presence and their stories and anecdotes were terrific.
I think a lot of people were looking for some more intimate B to C tips of how these platforms could tie into their businesses and actually make a difference. I also think they needed to hear that it really isn't that hard or scary and maybe some real life stories about how we did it. They needed to sense that we were just average people who made this work. We were reffered to as social media experts (my husband sitting in the audience tweeting live for me under my name thought this was very funny) just because we jumped in and did it - thats all. You just have to jump in and try. I cannot begin to tell you how many wonderful things have come to me by just doing this!
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