Wanted to share a re-cap and some photos with all our members who couldn't make it last Saturday to the members meeting held at the public library in Bel Air, Maryland.
First of all, thanks to board member Donna Wessel for arranging the conference room and lunch at a nearby Italian restaurant (yum!) It was a delicious, casual meal in an atmosphere that provided a measure of privacy for our group while encouraging conversation.
Marc Gave, Joe McCarthy and Annmarie Kelly enjoy their lunches and lively conversation. Peg Silloway, Joanne McCarthy, Shelia Ruth and Donna Wessel
get to know other members at the pre-meeting luncheon.
Toward the end of the luncheon, Annmarie Kelly, our newest board member, helped us relax with a fun movie trivia quiz. Then it was time to move to the conference room at the library. Most of us walked the two easy blocks to the nice facility, where the room was set up.
Board member Annmarie Kelly helps break the ice with some
very useful "getting to know you" exercises with take-hmoe value.
Annmarie continued with some introductory icebreaker activities that were very interesting and helpful. I think everyone really got something worthwhile out of the exercises. I know I came away having learned something about myself. Then it was time for MBPA president Shelia Ruth's presentation on social media marketing for small publishers.
Sheila shared her significant experience and knowledge about what social media is, what it's not, and how best to use it to promote your publishing company and your titles, as well as how to leverage your staff's expertise to build visibility in the marketplace. She specifically covered blogging and the use of popular micro-blogging app Twitter, the newest media darling. She also covered how to use FaceBook, and what not to do so you can stay out of trouble. I know for myself, having dabbled in these, I was grateful for the guidance of someone who knows the pitfalls and made it a much less scary place to be on the Web.
President Sheila Ruth expounds on the virtues of Twitter, FaceBook and blogging
in her fascinating presentation on the value of social media to small publishers.
Shelia invited me to step in at this point, because I have a bit more experience with LinkedIn, a social networking app aimed primarily at business owners and employees. I shared what I know about how to maintain a professional profile and how to use LinkedIn's connections to help run and build your business and establish a professional reputation.
There was so much information to be shared that we ran a bit late, and some members had to leave at 4:00, but some of us stayed on a bit later to absorb all we could. Then we finished up with Annmarie's "getting to know you" exercise, exchanged business cards, and were on our way!
Denis Garrison of MET Press, first in the room for the meeting, I think everyone who attended will agree that the day was worthwhile, jammed wih useful, actionable information, and went way too fast! I strongly urge anyone who couldn't make it to try hard to make our next event. We're planning for another in September.
listens with rapt attention to the presenters.
Oh, and PLEASE make sure you've updated your contact information in your member profile!! I can't stress enough how important this is, since we do our main contacts via email. If you never received an invitation to this event, it's because our posts bounced back and we couldn't reach you by phone. If you don't provide active, functional email addresses that you check regularly and current phone numbers in your profile, it's difficult for us to reach you in time to help you get the most value out of your membership. So don't lose out -- update today -- and we'll see you at our next member event!