Recently I presented to the Association of Fundraising Professional in Central Florida on Nonprofit Networking in the 21st Century. Talking about how networking has changed and connecting with donors, sponsors, and fellow professionals has become a world tied to social media and technology. Below are 5 quick take aways from my presentation and a copy of the full presentation with lots of great links/examples.
- Earn your social media karma. This means it’s important to give, share, and build up your social media karma with your donors and friends online. Don’t be the person who always is asking for something and not giving back. Build your social media karma for that time when you really need people to help support or share your cause.
- Don’t put all your eggs into one basket. Relying only on one type of social media or online tool is foolish because you are missing out on a group of people who don’t use it. This could mean to focus on a few key networks or tools that give you a good reach of your donor and audience. Remember social media and tools can change very quickly, so it’s important to not rely on a single one for everything.
- Learn about your audience and what mediums they prefer. I have been quoted in saying it’s important to learn about the medium someone prefers when networking. Some people want an email, other want a text, some prefer a tweet, and one might want that old fashion phone call.
- Analytics are necessary. It’s important to find out if your audience is clicking on your links, engaging with your photos, or sharing your content. Try tools such as Hootsuite, Buffer, and Bitly to test different formats, times, and postings types through a variety of social media channels. Learn about the insight on your Facebook page and how the number of followers, fans, and connections are not as important as engagement.
- Engage, engage, engage. Engage with your audience, friends, and network on a regular basis. Give back to them, reply to them, retweet them, and connect with them on a personal level. You are a real person and not a robot. Make sure people understand that in connecting with them.
Check out a full copy of the presentation on my SlideShare: http://buff.ly/15Mwu6t
BarCamp Orlando is coming back to Downtown Orlando very soon. When you think BarCamp, you might be thinking mixing drinks and juggling bottles but it’s not about that at all. BarCamp Orlando is an annual community-building event which aims to bring people from different backgrounds together for cooperative learning. Technologies such as Ruby, PHP, Java and C could be presented alongside graphic design, music, photography, and other new media.
They typically provide free T-shirts and lunch to all attendees with assistance from sponsors, since the event is totally free to attendees.
- 9:30 am - Doors open, sign up starts for giving talks
- 10:00 am - Talks begin at all venues. Each presentation will last 25 minutes (we recommend leaving 5 minutes at the end for discussion)
- 12:00 pm - Lunch is served
- 1:00 pm - Talks resume
- 6:00 pm - BarCamp ends and the after party starts
Why not come out to learn and share? I’m sure I’ll be presenting one of my fun topics too!
For more information and to register: http://barcamporlando.org/
Check out this video from BarCamp Orlando 2012 (you might even see me!)
Posted: April 15, 2013 in Central Florida, Travel
Tags: blogger, central florida, food, foodtrucks, instagram, orlando, photography, startup, Technology
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I’m both a geeky tech guy and a food loving foodie. Orlando finally create the perfect event for me: Trucks and Tech. Trucks & Tech is a mashup between two cultures that I love – foodies and techies. The event will be held on April 25th at 6:00pm at the parking lot of the old Amway center in Downtown Orlando, right next door to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. It will feature some of Orlando’s best food trucks along with technology discussion and demonstrations.
The event is hosted by Ted Murphy of IZEA and co-sponsored by Ad 2 Orlando and will feature leading minds from the technology and social media worlds.
I’ll be one of the featured event bloggers (
@professorjosh), along with my foodie friend Gustavo Hernando from @dafoodie.
Why not RSVP and invite your friends? FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Follow along on Twitter:
@TrucksTech and #TrucksandTech
I’m ready for a bite from one of my favorite trucks: Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles.