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How “social” should your government be online? Info session, Feb. 11.

[Source: Social Media Club Phoenix] — On one hand, governments exist to serve the people, so you might expect Social Media to be an easy engagement for them to make.  Unfortunately, things like open meeting laws, limited budgets, and stressed resources can make it a challenge.  We’re seeing unprecedented use of Social Media at the national level, both in the Presidential campaigns and with a growing number of officials, but is it starting to trickle down to the state and local levels?  YouTube has pulled together videos for the President to answer — could virtual town halls become the norm?  What about using Social Media for greater access to government information and resources?

This is a significant topic, and interested individuals are welcome to participate in this discussion.  You do not need to be personally working with government entities to have good ideas and input for the panel.  This area of Social Media does not get as much discussion as business applications, but in some ways is even more important to all of us.

  • Date:February 11, 2010
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place:, 4747 N. 22nd St., #100, Phoenix


Jan. 23 CenPhoCamp offers businesses sell­ing, marketing, communication 101

[Source: Yuri Artibise] — Cen­Pho­Camp is an uncon­fer­ence designed to bring small, local central Phoenix orga­ni­za­tions together with the cus­tomers they serve.  Unlike a typ­i­cal sem­i­nar, par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to ask ques­tions, to leave ses­sions they don’t think are help­ful and even con­tribute to the learn­ing as they see fit.  Devel­oped as a series of tracks, each session (45 minutes of presentation; 15 minutes of questions and interaction) adheres to one of the fol­low­ing themes:

  • Begin­ner, where those new to mar­ket­ing can learn about basic approaches
  • Tech­nol­ogy, offer­ing instruc­tions on the lat­est web apps
  • Com­mu­nity, designed to help busi­nesses enable their cus­tomers to be their best adver­tis­ers
  • Roundtable discussions will take place concurrently with the other presentations

Cen­Pho­Camp, held free of charge, is being run by vol­un­teers only.  Rent for the downtown Phoenix facility is being paid by gen­er­ous ses­sion and room spon­sors (ses­sion spon­sor­ships still avail­able for $20).

Speak­ers include Designer Nina Miller of ASU; Inno­va­tors Derek Neigh­bors and Chris Con­rey of Gang­plank; Chan­nel 12 News Anchor Brahm Resnik; Free­lance jour­nal­ist Nick Mar­tin; Light Rail blog­gers Nick Bas­t­ian and Tony Arranaga; and Small Busi­ness Man­ager Bran­don Stout.  All of these pro­fes­sion­als will share solu­tions that have worked for them, instead of the­o­ries they’d like to see happen.

  • Date: Saturday, Jan­u­ary 23, 2010
  • Time: 1:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Place: ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 555 N. Cen­tral Ave.  Use Park & Ride and Light Rail to Van Buren Station; parking adjacent to building.
  • Cost: Free (although organizers ask that par­tic­i­pants bring food or drink)
  • Registration: Online registration is open