Beer Tasting Fundraiser Event – Silent Auction Items

Below are the Silent Auction Items for tomorrow night’s Beer Tasting and Margarita Sampling at Allentown Brew Works.  Tickets for the Event are available at the door or online at http://teamtweetup.ticketleap.com/margarita-tasting-and-beer-sampling-tour-fundraiser.

If you’d like to bid on any items, feel free to drop me a line at mandrean AT gmail DOT com with the title and bid amount.  Or Tweet it to @mandreano.

Note: Cash and Credit Card all accepted as winning bids.  Payment is due at the conclusion of the auction.  (9PM)

Night out in Allentown:
4 Tickle Me Tuesday Tickets
Cosmopolitan Restaurant Gift Card
Retail value: $45  Starting Bid: $20

Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks Arena Football Package #1
4 Tickets to May 21 Game, Stabler Arena
LV Steelhawks Collared Shirt
LV Steelhawks Program
Retail Value: $85  Starting Bid: $30

Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks Arena Football Package #2
4 Tickets to May 28 Game, Stabler Arena
LV Steelhawks Hooded Sweat Shirt
LV Steelhawks Program
Retail Value: $85  Starting Bid: $30

Two Tickets to Bobby Collins at the Easton State Theater
Saturday, June 18 – 8PM
Retail Value: $60  Starting Bid: $30

Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Tickets with Overnight Accomodations
2 Tickets to an Ironpigs Game of your Choice
1 Night at the Hilton Garden Inn, Airport Road, Allentown
Retail Value: $130 Starting Bid: $45

Lehigh Valley Rollergirls Prize Package
4 tickets to next bout – June 4th – 5PM
4 LVRG shot glasses
4 – $10.00 certificates for LVRG merchandise to claim at bout
4 – Glow in the dark beer cups
4 – LVRG beer koozies
1 – Framed and autographed league picture
4 – LVRG stickers
Retail Value: $140 Starting Bid: $40

Fashion and Food Fixation
$50 Gift Card to Shuze, Main Street Bethlehem, PA
$50 Gift Card to Starfish Brasserie, Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA
Retail Value: $100 Starting Bid: $50

HomeBase 610 Donate to Skate
$50 Gift Card to Homebase 610 Store, 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA
Retail value: $50 Starting Bid: $25

Laini’s Little Bundle of Prints
Bundle of photos from Laini Abraham
Easton Centre Square, 2 Prints from Lehigh Valley Sewer Cover Project
Retail value: Approx. $125  Starting Bid: $45

Tee Time for Two
2 Weekday Tee Times at Southmoore Golf Club, Bath, PA
$20 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods
Retail value: $85  Starting Bid: $35

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Top 10 Social Media Moments of the Lehigh Valley 2010

What else is there to do this week than to crank out a Top 10 list about something.  Social media has turned our world upside down and kept us one click or touch away from what is happening right now.  Similar to last year (LINK), here are the top 10 stories of our own Lehigh Valley from 2010 which had a social media element to them.  Thanks to all our followers and readers out there who suggested and nominated some of these items, you see below.  Enjoy!
10 – Readers Choice awards for BFD and Hosfeld Insurance
In August, the Morning Call had a Readers Choice contest where nominations were accepted and top nominees were awarded Readers Choice awards.  With the power of social media and momentum, two long time active participants in social media, Black Forest Deli and Hosfeld Insurance took home awards in their respective categories Best Deli in the Valley and Best Local Insurance Agency.  Maybe you attended one of their parties to celebrate?  Congrats ladies!
9 – More Local Businesses embrace Facebook and Twitter
The number of local businesses that now use Twitter and Facebook is abundant.  While you can’t follow them all (effectively, that is), you can certainly find your favorites.  Businesses are a lot more engaging since the start of 2010 than previously.  Some that come to mind, (the non-award winning ones that is) are Shuze, Moravian Book Store, Brew Works, ArtsQuest, Sands Casino, Morning Call, and the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs.  If any others come to mind, feel free to leave them in the comments section.  My apologies in advance.
8 – CelticFest App
Mobile apps was where it was at in 2010.  CelticFest was one of the first to get it out there and made the event jump up a notch.  It kept you up-to-date on everything taking place at the festival and downloads and stored the information on your mobile phone, iPod Touch, or iPad so it works with or without an internet connection. More info on that app at http://www.celticfest.org/info.  Well done.
7 – Lehigh Valley Hospital begins a No Texting While Driving Campaign raising awareness.
In one of the largest public awareness campaigns in the Lehigh Valley and nationwide, Lehigh Valley Health Network lauched http://www.celllimit0.com where they talk about the urgent call to action to stop texting and using mobile devices while driving.  The website states: “Each year, 6,000 Americans die in car crashes caused by distracted driving—and cell phone use is by far the greatest distraction. Studies indicate that talking on a mobile device quadruples your risk for a crash (raising it to the same risk level as driving drunk). “If you’re text messaging, you are eight times more likely to crash,” says health network trauma surgeon Robert Barraco, M.D.”.  As of last week, they have distributed 10,500 magnets and close to 500 lawn signs.
6 – laini’s little books go electronic
These books have been around for a few years now (since 2007, the launch of the 1st Easton guide).  but 2010 saw the launch of a website, blog entries and weekly lists of “9” things to do each weekend.  Not sure why 9, but it’s unique.  Relevant and timely content get pushed to her Facebook fan pages and Twitter feeds for all to see (and share / retweet / etc.).   It all mashes up nicely at http://www.littlepocketguide.com, which features a great way to end the year – laini’s list of 9 – New Year’s Weekend!
5 – Foursquare SWARM badge unlocked at Musikfest
One social media intregrated app that exploded on the scene in 2010 is Foursquare.  It’s (in my opinion) the market leader in geo-location based apps out there.  When 50+ people are checked in to a location on Foursquare – it’s a foursquare flashmob!  Not too many Lehigh Valley locations can get 50+ checkins at one location.  We got about 30-some at the LVTweetups from time-to-time.  Musikfest is just the event to make that happen though, and on Friday the 13th.  That night of Musikfest saw the badge get unlocked.  If you were one of the 50+ who did it, congrats!  Here’s @thuk18045’s badge.  http://foursquare.com/thuk18045/badges/4c65efefe1da1b8d3ed899c3
4 – Bethlehem Horses Tweet, Morning Call and NBC10 Philly covers the controversy
How TMZ missed this one, I am not sure.  One staple at Musikfest are the mounted police patrol horses. Suddently, they started tweeting.  As the profile states: “We are the horses who protect you during MUSIKFEST in Bethlehem! Horses can’t tweet, this is a parody. Idiot.” and links to http://www.lehighvalleywithlove.com.  This was covered by the Morning Call (http://articles.mcall.com/2010-08-09/news/mc-bethlehem-musikfest-horse-twitter-20100809_1_police-horses-patrol-horses-john-sarnicky), and then NBC10 even came up for the story and interviewed official PR LVwithLove correspondent George Wacker (Facebook profile) about it.  See the NBC10 clip about it. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech/Tweeting_Horses_Gets_Bloggers_in_Trouble_Philadelphia.html
3 – LVTweetup turns 1, holds 20 Tweetups!
Back in April, we had our 1 year anniversary for LVTweetup.  We even had a cake from Backdoor Bakeshop to go with our pint-glass giveaway.  This year we went to Musikfest, CelticFest, and an IronPigs game as well as the local nightlife scene places.  Look for more great places and event in the coming year.  And thanks to our sponsors for all the great giveaways and promo items.  All your support is appreciated by all!!  Follow the Tweetup on Twitter at @lvtweetup along with the current 1,130 followers.
2 – Callahan and Dent (and Towne) for Congress
The battle for this seat in Congress made #7 in the Stories of 2010 by WFMZ.  http://www.wfmz.com/lehighvalleynews/26304393/detail.html While the candidates did nothing out of the ordinary when it came to social media, it was the power of the people’s voice that kept the social media airwaves going through the fall leading up to Election Day.  Social media is one way that the demographics of Americans that weren’t as active at the polls stay informed and stay motivated to get out and vote each election.  This is where 1992 MTV called to say they are proud of you – back then it was called “Rock the Vote”.
1 – 2 Days in a Cube, 70,000 Text Messages
They said it couldn’t be done (well, maybe they didn’t, but still..) The Tweetup community picked one lucky fellow George Wacker (Facebook profile) to rally behind and vote their way to Mayfair’s Morning Call sponsored 2 Days in a Cube contest to win a 2010 Nissan Cube.  Among the five contestants, George came out on top thanks to a large following of votes, tweets and facebook posts to remind us, and many ancillary viral marketing moments throughout the month of May.
Feel free to leave a comment below with thoughts, opinions, commentary, etc.  After all, isn’t that what social media is for??  Happy 2011 all..  See you online!

What else is there to do this week than to crank out a Top 10 list about something.  Social media has turned our world upside down and kept us one click or touch away from what is happening right now.  Similar to last year’s list, here are the top 10 stories of our own Lehigh Valley from 2010 which had a social media element to them.  Thanks to all our followers and readers out there who suggested and nominated some of these items, you see below.  Enjoy!

10 – Readers Choice awards for Black Forest Deli and Hosfeld Insurance

Readers Choice logo

In August, the Morning Call had a Readers Choice contest where nominations were accepted and top nominees were awarded Readers Choice awards.  With the power of social media and momentum, two long time active participants in social media, Black Forest Deli and Hosfeld Insurance took home awards in their respective categories Best Deli in the Valley and Best Local Insurance Agency.  Maybe you attended one of their parties to celebrate?  Congrats ladies!

9 – More Local Businesses embrace Facebook and Twitter

The number of local businesses that now use Twitter and Facebook is abundant.  While you can’t follow them all (effectively, that is), you can certainly find your favorites.  Businesses are a lot more engaging since the start of 2010 than previously.  Some that come to mind, (the non-award winning ones that is) are Shuze, Moravian Book Store, Brew Works, ArtsQuest, Sands Casino, Morning Call, Starfish Brasserie, and the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs.  If any others come to mind, feel free to leave them in the comments section.  My apologies in advance.

8 – CelticFest App

Mobile apps was where it was at in 2010.  CelticFest was one of the first to get it out there and made the event jump up a notch.  It kept you up-to-date on everything taking place at the festival and downloads and stored the information on your mobile phone, iPod Touch, or iPad so it works with or without an internet connection. More info on that app at http://www.celticfest.org/info.  Well done.

7 – Lehigh Valley Hospital begins a No Texting While Driving Campaign raising awareness

little-girl

In one of the largest public awareness campaigns in the Lehigh Valley and nationwide, Lehigh Valley Health Network lauched http://www.celllimit0.com where they talk about the urgent call to action to stop texting and using mobile devices while driving.  The website states: “Each year, 6,000 Americans die in car crashes caused by distracted driving—and cell phone use is by far the greatest distraction. Studies indicate that talking on a mobile device quadruples your risk for a crash (raising it to the same risk level as driving drunk). “If you’re text messaging, you are eight times more likely to crash,” says health network trauma surgeon Robert Barraco, M.D.”.  As of last week, they have distributed 10,500 magnets and close to 500 lawn signs.

6 – laini’s little books go electronic

These books have been around for a few years now (since 2007, the launch of the 1st Easton guide).  but 2010 saw the launch of a website, blog entries and weekly lists of “9” things to do each weekend.  Not sure why 9, but it’s unique.  Relevant and timely content get pushed to her Facebook fan pages and Twitter feeds for all to see (and share / retweet / etc.).   It all mashes up nicely at http://www.littlepocketguide.com, which features a great way to end the year – laini’s list of 9 – New Year’s Weekend!

5 – Foursquare SWARM badge unlocked at Musikfest

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One social media intregrated app that exploded on the scene in 2010 is Foursquare.  It’s (in my opinion) the market leader in geo-location based apps out there.  When 50+ people are checked in to a location on Foursquare – it’s a foursquare flashmob!  Not too many Lehigh Valley locations can get 50+ checkins at one location.  We got about 30-some at the LVTweetups from time-to-time.  Musikfest is just the event to make that happen though, and on Friday the 13th.  That night of Musikfest saw the badge get unlocked.  If you were one of the 50+ who did it, congrats!  Here’s @thuk18045’s Swarm badge.

4 – Bethlehem Horses Tweet, Morning Call and NBC10 Philly covers the controversy

How TMZ missed this one, I am not sure.  One staple at Musikfest are the mounted police patrol horses. Suddently, they started tweeting.  As the profile states: “We are the horses who protect you during MUSIKFEST in Bethlehem! Horses can’t tweet, this is a parody. Idiot.” and links to Lehigh Valley with Love.  This was covered by the Morning Call, and then NBC10 even came up for the story and interviewed official PR LVwithLove correspondent George Wacker (Facebook profile) about it.  See the NBC10 clip about it.

3 – LVTweetup turns 1, storms the Valley monthly.

Our @LVTweetup birthday cake

Our @LVTweetup birthday cake

Back in April, we had our 1 year anniversary for LVTweetup.  We even had a cake from Backdoor Bakeshop to go with our pint-glass giveaway.  This year we went to Musikfest, CelticFest, and an IronPigs game as well as the local nightlife scene places.  Look for more great places and event in the coming year.  And thanks to our sponsors for all the great giveaways and promo items.  All your support is appreciated by all!!  Follow the Tweetup on Twitter at @lvtweetup along with the current 1,130 followers.

2 – Callahan and Dent (and Towne) for Congress

The battle for this seat in Congress made #7 in the Stories of 2010 by WFMZ.  While the candidates did nothing out of the ordinary when it came to social media, it was the power of the people’s voice that kept the social media airwaves going through the fall leading up to Election Day.  Social media is one way that the demographics of Americans that weren’t as active at the polls stay informed and stay motivated to get out and vote each election.  This is where 1992 MTV called to say they are proud of you – back then it was called “Rock the Vote”.

1 – Two Days in a Cube, 70,000 Text Messages, One Winner, One Wacker.

They said it couldn’t be done (well, maybe they didn’t, but still..) The Tweetup community picked one lucky fellow George Wacker (Facebook profile) to rally behind and vote their way to Mayfair’s Morning Call sponsored 2 Days in a Cube contest to win a 2010 Nissan Cube.  Among the five contestants, George came out on top thanks to a large following of votes, tweets, a Facebook fan page, and facebook posts to remind us, and many ancillary viral marketing moments throughout the month of May.

Feel free to leave a comment below with thoughts, opinions, commentary, etc.  After all, isn’t that what social media is for??  Happy 2011 all..  See you online!

December 2010 Holiday Lehigh Valley Tweetup – LVTweetup Gives Back!

It’s about that time again.  Let’s blow off the doors and pack the SteelGaarden again for our Holiday Tweetup.  Last year’s LVTweetup had over 100 attendees from across the Valley.

Join us Monday night December 6th 7-9pm at Bethlehem Brew Works SteelGaarden for the Lehigh Valley Tweetup holiday fundraiser.  What’s a Tweetup? Well, the tweetup is where local twitter users get together to mingle, network, and socialize off-line.

The first 70 people to come will get a Lehigh Valley Tweetup Travel Mug FREE!  Like last year, we will also be collecting canned goods for the Trinity Soup Kitchen as well as new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.  You have to give to get, so bring something to help others in the community.

For more information, follow us on Twitter at @LVTweetup.

November 2010 Lehigh Valley Tweetup Details!!

It’s back to business..

Attention Lehigh Valley socialites and social media junkies – Discover Lehigh Valley, the area’s designated tourism bureau, would like to tweetup with YOU at Starters Riverport on Thursday, November 11 from 6-8pm to share and discuss the wonders of their new interactive website.

Located at www.DiscoverLehighValley.com, the site allows users to explore almost 500 Lehigh Valley destinations in incredible detail, share locations with friends and family via social media and build their own custom itinerary.

Representatives from Discover Lehigh Valley want to meet with you, get your take on the site and listen to any feedback you might have on future enhancements and other tools that would make the site more useful to locals and visitors alike. An added bonus – this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with all your twitter friends. Oh, and free hors d’oeuvres.

Here are the details:

Discover Lehigh Valley Tweetup – New Site, Old Friends
Starters Riverport (Upstairs)
Thursday, November 11
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Free finger food, but drinks are on you. Bring a laptop if you’d like, Starters has WiFi.

How Social Media Won George Wacker a Car

The Champion

The Champion

Earlier this year, a few of us who know each other from the Lehigh Valley Tweetups started seeing advertisements for auditions for this “2 Days in the Cube” contest to take place Memorial Day weekend at the Mayfair Festival in Allentown, PA in which 5 contestants would live inside a 2010 Nissan Cube for 2 days, compete in some silly competitions, and be allowed periodic bathroom breaks in hopes of winning a 2 year lease on the car in the end.   We came to the conclusion that we had to put our heads together and pick one person we could all get behind, support, and make sure they won that car.  That person was George Wacker.

After several days of online harassing, peer pressure, and other coercive measures, he agreed to do it.  He went to the auditions with his now-infamous taped up guitar and wooed the judges.  The strategy was sheer volume.  Heavy hitters if you will.  Get a little more than a handful of people to just pound away at the texting on their phones for 2 weeks.  But it was more than that.  We harnessed the power of social media.  We started a Vote for Wacker in 2 Days in The Cube! Facebook fan page with many administrators to add content, we created crazy momentum on Twitter, and got a catch phrase to keep it in the front of the masses – “Wack the Vote”.  Every time people saw it, it made them vote.  We would text each other and just say “Vote”, and it happened.  We even launched a Facebook Ad campaign for 20 miles around.  It got nearly 340,000 impressions for the cost of one tank of gas.  We didn’t care about click-thrus (linked to the Facebook fan page if they did), we just wanted visibility.  We kept the campaign light, funny, but visible and in front of the audience.

We posted pictures from Mayfair, we made sure people knew the number to text and send WACKER to, we pointed them to the live feed on UStream.  We made silly but clever motivational posters to vote.  We leveraged social media to stay in front of the people throughout the 2 weeks to keep momentum, raise awareness, have some fun, and oh yea – win a car!

Congrats again to George.  So – who’s next?

A look at #140conf and how I won an iPad

I talked a lot about the #140conf at both the LVTweetups and our radio show.  What a great time with some great people!!  Here is a video summary of my overall thoughts, and while I was there, I won an iPad (thanks to @twitgift). How do the two relate?? You have to watch the video to find out!

I also met @GaryVee – Gary Vaynerchuk and he gave a HUGE shoutout to the Lehigh Valley.  If you like wine, there will be a Tweetup opportunity with a road trip to his Wine Library store in NJ in the near future!

My other videos from #140conf are also on my YouTube channel.

You can also watch ALL the speakers and discussions on demand.

1 Year Anniversary Lehigh Valley Tweetup write up, pictures and links

It’s one for the record books.  The 1 year anniversary @LVTweetup has come and gone and the 2nd year of Lehigh Valley Tweetups will no doubt have tough shoes to fill as this first year wraps up.

We had 58 people come to the party.  There is a twitter list of all the attendees.

The following articles were in the press and local blogs:

Here are some photos too:

@ Nagevmai, @VeronikaG, @HexStarDragon

@ Nagevmai, @VeronikaG, @HexStarDragon

Phillipino-Up: @galliguez, @homebase610, @primerx24, @hexstardragon

Phillipino-Up: @galliguez, @homebase610, @primerx24, @hexstardragon

@AliciaMQuinn and other Poconos Tweeps

@AliciaMQuinn and other Poconos Tweeps

@BackdoorBakeshp and @MaryDunlap

@BackdoorBakeshp and @MaryDunlap

@Galliguez and @LVRunningScene

@Galliguez and @LVRunningScene

Our Pint Glass giveaway

Our Pint Glass giveaway

Our @LVTweetup birthday cake

Our @LVTweetup birthday cake