SMB Bangor #42: I Want to Podcast. Where Do I Start?

Posted on January 27, 2015

At our January breakfast we talked about trends and predictions for 2015. One of these predictions was that 2015 would finally be the year of the podcast. Creating and producing this content is not as hard you might think to make happen for your business/organization. Showing us the way is a panel of local podcasters. Join us as we discuss how to record, produce, publish, and market your own podcast content.

Our panelists:

Jera Feldmus and Jeremy Stover reside in Glenburn and Orrington, respectively. They have known one another since the Reagan administration, both having grown up in the greater Howland area and attended the same church and school throughout their formative years, where they managed to consistently amuse one another in a hard-luck but generally friendly community where very little happened and entertainment options were slim at absolute best. Having reconnected over the past couple of years after lengthy college stints, random jobs, and with both having somehow convinced otherwise intelligent women to agree to marry them, they have put their fondness for pop culture and off-color conversation to arguably good use in the form of Please Like This Podcast, a monthly recorded discussion wherein the two old friends force each other to experience films, programs, games, books, or musicians that mean a lot to them, in the hopes of broadening their entertainment horizons. It doesn’t always work out. One year and a surprising number of downloads later (many of them originating in Brazil for some reason), Please Like This Podcast is starting to hit its stride, and Jera and Stover hope to continue recording raucously inane banter for the foreseeable future, or at least until they accidentally break one of the mics and are unable to afford a replacement. Those things aren’t cheap.

Flip Florey is one of 4 panelists on the locally grown podcast “Flip the Table”. They review the cheesy weird and most obscure board games of the boardgaming world. Everything from Murder She Wrote to Elmos Birthday Party and Mall Madness. Now entering their 3rd year they have recorded 69 episodes and have hit a total of  300,000 downloads. Flip provides the Flip the Table team with a unique insight on show production by drawing from his years of experience as a professional clown as well.

Jason Clay, the moderator for the panel, is the Director of Marketing for Governor’s Restaurant, and an avid fan of all social media. He listens to many different podcasts including the BS Report from ESPN, Please Like This, The Owners Mind from Chris Brogan, and just starting listening to Serial.

We serve breakfast starting at 7:30; be sure to arrive before 7:45 to grab your meal in time for the program. If you need to leave at 9:00, that’s not a problem, but we’d love to have you stay for Q&A and networking afterwards!

If you can’t see the registration form above, register on our event page on Eventbrite.

 

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #42: I Want to Podcast. Where Do I Start?

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Breakfast and panel: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Q&A / Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Panelists

Jera Feldmus & Jeremy Stover (@Pleaselikethis)
Please Like This Podcast

Flip Florey (@GameKnight)
Flip the Table Podcast

Moderator: Jason Clay (@JasonPClay)

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

Sephone Interactive Media  Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

SMB Bangor #41: Trends and Predictions for 2015

Posted on December 30, 2014

As business professionals we all want to make sure we are ahead of the curve and allocating budgets correctly. Our January breakfast will be devoted to looking ahead at 2015 to make sense of the current state of social media, trends and predictions about what is coming.

To help us all navigate the waters for 2015 we have online marketing and design professionals from the BDN to explain what is working and what to look for in the coming 12 months.

Topics touched on will include:

  • Trends and predictions
  • Content shock
  • Niche spaces
  • Guerilla marketing
  • Live events
  • Online tracking
  • List building
  • Lead generation
  • Online design
  • Social media ad design
  • Design trends and what’s getting noticed

Start your year off right by investing a breakfast into learning about all of the above and more.

If you can’t see the registration form above, register on our our event page on Eventbrite.

Pat Lemieux has worked in media for just shy of a decade. Currently working at the Bangor Daily News as the part of their market department, he is one of the few people in media to have worked in sales, circulation, and editorial departments. Pat works to grow audiences and subscriptions through promotions, marketing, audience development and events. He blogs about business and social media on LinkedIn and for Dream Local Digital, and parenting on his personal blog manchild, which can be found on bangordailynews.com. He is involved in the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce events planning group, Fusion Bangor and also as part of Social Media Breakfast Bangor. In his personal life, Pat resides in Bangor with his wonderful wife, toddler and 2 wild dogs. He enjoys running, hiking, reading, live music and playing with his son’s toys.

Martha Ward is the Lead Generation Manager for the Advertising Department at the BDN.  She joined the company in February, 2010 as a New Media Product Manager after taking a 6 year professional hiatus from her work in Information Systems to enjoy being a full time Mom to children Megan and Eddie. Since returning to her analyst roots, Martha has focused on audience data to build stronger relationships with BDN advertisers.  Her role of Lead Generation Manager involves helping Maine businesses effectively connect with their customers and providing solid statistics that drive their results.

Bridgit Cayer designs print and digital media for the Bangor Daily News, family and friends. She enjoys blending simplicity with unexpected words and elements. She believes in the process of creating effective messages using strategies that are surprisingly common. “Advertising doesn’t have to be a daunting equation, but it does involve planning. Most blunders are the result of trying too hard. Get back to basics, but do your homework.” Bridgit fuels her creativity with visual browsing, fitness classes and drinking. Coffee. Drinking coffee. Yes, that.

 

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #41: Trends and Predictions for 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Breakfast and speakers: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Panelists

Pat Lemieux (@PatrickJLemieux)
Martha Ward (@Martha_Ward)
Bridgit Cayer (@bcayer9)
Bangor Daily News

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media

 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

SMB Bangor #40: What’s new with LinkedIn

Posted on November 25, 2014

If you haven’t been on LinkedIn lately, you may not have noticed that the site has been very busy. Over the past several months LinkedIn has ramped up their mobile and desktop appearance, and they’ve also allowed you to publish your own content directly on the platform.

Come to Social Media Breakfast and find out what has changed with our speakers Abbie McGilvery and James Westhoff, and how to leverage the platform to do the following:

  • Network
  • Publish your own professional articles
  • Search for your next exciting career
  • Apply for positions right on LinkedIn
  • Use LinkedIn to hire great people and post jobs
  • Pull in leads with your profile summary
  • Leverage the platform to build your B2B contacts and generate leads
  • …and much more

Born and raised in the lovely town of Yarmouth, Maine, Abbie McGilvery is a super-social, nature-loving Mom who has a passion for helping businesses get bigger through the use of social media. Abbie specializes in social media strategy, content creation, strategic network-building, and audience engagement. She has 4 years of robust experience helping Maine businesses leverage a number of social media tools including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. She has been involved in web design, marketing strategy, and communications for a number of local organizations and has experience building creative, professional, and business-to-business networks in Southern Maine.

James Westhoff has worked in the career development field for almost 20 years. He started his career at Colorado State University’s Career Center and worked there as a Graduate Assistant. He moved to Brunswick, ME in 1998 to work in the Career Planning Center at Bowdoin College where he stayed until December 2007. While at Bowdoin, he served as the Internship Coordinator, pre-law advisor, and Assistant Director. In 2010, he became the Director at Husson University and works with students at every class level and area of interest. When James is not at work you may find him at concerts, hiking, and mountain climbing. In addition, James makes his home in Waterville with his wife, Angela and 9 year old daughter Caroline, who is his pride and joy.

If you can’t see the registration form above, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

 

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #40: What’s New with LinkedIn

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Breakfast and speakers: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Panelists

Abbie McGilvery (@FunkyFabAb)

James Westhoff

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media

 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

SMB Bangor #39: Advertising on social media

Posted on October 30, 2014

Is your business on Facebook or Twitter but you’re not quite sure how to take it to the next step? Our speakers this month will talk about how you can utilize social media platforms to help engage and grow your audience through paid and non paid advertising. We’ll welcome two speakers to talk about topics including promoting your mission and making strong connections to the public and thus increasing your chances of getting your information shared in a timely manner. They will also be showing us some examples of paid vs organic reach on page posts.

Kristin Harmon is the lead adoption counselor at the Bangor Humane Society, an organization that promotes the adoption, humane treatment, and education of companion animals. She has been with BHS for 3 years, and on top of her job as an adoption counselor also comes up with and makes the graphics for their special promotions, visits 3 media partners once a week to feature a Pet of the Week on live radio and TV, helps the PR manager coordinate events, and runs the Bangor Humane Society Facebook page.

Alicia Barnes is a Social Media and Marketing consultant who specializes in increasing ROI by building brand trust through engagement and real time data analysis. Some of her clients include the Red Barn Restaurant, the Red Barn Cares Foundation, and Norm’s Seafood and Chicken. Alicia’s experience with Social Media began as a volunteer for Glenn Close’s Foundation, BringChange2Mind, where she was the Twitter account manager for two years. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2005, Alicia returned to school where she received a degree in Psychology from Purdue University. Her background in statistics and psychology has provided her with the tools to successfully engage and analyze her techniques using social media and the ability to organically build brand loyalty for her clients.

Can’t see the form above? Register for this event on this event’s page on Eventbrite.

 

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #39: Advertising on social media

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Breakfast and speakers: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Panelists

Kristin Harmon
Bangor Humane Society

Alicia Barnes (@Alicia__Barnes)

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

SMB Bangor #38: Being a go-to source

Posted on September 23, 2014

People often have a person they trust when they need information about something – a place to eat, what to wear, or who to ask. The same is true online; using social media, you can become a topic expert who dozens, hundreds, or even more turn to when they’re looking to know more.

For our October breakfast, we’ll welcome local social media users (and past SMBBGR Award nominees) who have become the trusted source for information about a particular subject, whether it’s what they do for work or something completely different. We’ll talk about how they started to share what they know, what the experience has been like, and how other people who want to be a go-to source can do the same – for business, for fun, or both. It’s a great chance to see how being the first person in people’s minds can help you, whether it’s for emergency information, the latest arrivals at the local airport, or something of your own.
 

If you can’t see the ticket form above, visit our page on Eventbrite.

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #38: Being a go-to source

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Breakfast and speakers: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

 

Panelists

Andrew Emery (@FyrAndWyr)

Anthony DelMonaco (@3315aviation)

 

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.


Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank


Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media

 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group


See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

SMB Bangor #37: Heating up fundraising with social media

Posted on August 27, 2014

With so many causes accepting donations, finding a way to generate awareness – and contributions – can be tricky. How can your event or organization stand out from the crowd, especially with the help of social media?

For our September breakfast we’ll welcome three local panelists who have helped organize successful fundraisers  for a variety of causes. Join us for a conversation about how they approached their campaigns, what they’ve learned, and suggestions they have for others trying to raise money.

Learn how to bring the bacon home to your cause at this month’s Social Media Breakfast Bangor!

If you can’t see the registration form above, register on our event page on Eventbrite.

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #37: Heating up fundraising with social media

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Breakfast and panel: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Panelists

Lisa Sturgeon (@LisaSturgeon207)
Social Media Chair, American Cancer Society’s Greater Bangor Bark for Life

Lisa Frazell (@LFrazell)
Director of Marketing & Development, Bangor Public Library

Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause

Moderated by Justin Russell, Sephone Interactive Media

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media

 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

The 2014 SMBBGR Awards

Posted on June 27, 2014

The voters have spoken, and now it’s time to announce the winners of the 2014 SMBBGR Awards! Will the Duck of Justice prevail over the Bangor Rams and the library’s copper dome? Will an Emery win out or will Bangor’s favorite beer blogger take the title? Join us to find out who is crowned the winner of the Hashtagger, Faceplanking, Instabacon, @, and 0-60 Awards.

Learn more about the people and companies in the running for this year’s awards by visiting the nominees page.

The awards are a great place to meet some of Bangor’s social media stars, too. Come, eat breakfast, chat with friends familiar and new, and have a great time!

If you can’t see the ticket form above, visit the event’s page on Eventbrite.

Specifics

Social Media Breakfast Bangor #35: The 2014 SMBBGR Awards

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Breakfast and awards: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
(One College Circle, at Husson University)

Directions

Take exit 185 (Broadway) on I-95. Turn right onto Broadway and drive a half a mile, then turn left onto Husson Avenue. Take a right at the stop sign. The Center for Family Business will be on your left.

 

Bacon Explosion Sponsor

 Machias Savings Bank

 

Side Order Sponsors

 

Sephone Interactive Media 

Angelia Levesque, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group

 

See you for breakfast! And don’t forget to use #SMBBGR on Twitter to let other people know and to share your say during the morning. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook!