"If you get it, share it." That's the theme of the Social Media Clubs across the United States. Last night in Des Moines, Iowa the Des Moines Social Media Club (#SMCDSM) re-launched during a well attended party at Exile Brewing Company downtown. Lot's of energy, excitement but a noisy environment that made it difficult to hear our friends Mike Templeton and Suzanne Hull as they shared some general news.
A couple of points:
- Ning is Gone - Up to this point SMCDSM has used an independent Ning site to gather and share information between members. Mike Templeton told us last night the new group is abandoning that site in favor of a site associated with the "mother ship", SocialMediaClub.org.
- It Cost Cash - Our agency sent in $100 as a gesture of good-will and support of the new adventure. Our friend Cinnamon Rost told us the fees to join the US Social Media Club came to roughly $1,000. It will be interesting to see if there are additional fees and costs.
- New Board Members - A host of new board members were introduced, however the sound system was so bad we could not record and lacked...paper to write them down. I do remember Shane Vanderhart and Melissa Khodai-Burkheimer being mentioned. Who are we missing?
So, what's next? What are we, they, us going to do next? Re-launching is fun but now comes the work to get people engaged and excited about "belonging" to "the club". Will it fit into the schedule? Will there be meaningful learning and sharing events? Will we have to say the Pledge, ring a bell and collect dues?
We dunno...but it should be fun to watch and enjoy. If you've got a comment or question you can leave that here or join us on Twitter @InsightADV or our advertising/communication agency Facebook page is right here.