Lehigh Valley Tweetup Turns 1!

Tweetup1YearBelow is the press release for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Tweetup.  MS Word format is available here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Michael Andreano, (610) 628-1071

email: mandrean AT gmailDOTcom

LEHIGH VALLEY TWEET-UP TO CELEBRATE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Monthly get-together of local Twitterers returns to Allentown BrewWorks on Tuesday, April 13

ALLENTOWN – April 7, 2010 – They said it wouldn’t last, but boy did it ever.

When the first Lehigh Valley Tweetup (@lvtweetup) was held on April 13, 2009 at the Allentown BrewWorks, a skeptical but excited group of 35 people showed up to meet face-to-face. Since the social media outlet Twitter encourages interaction via the Internet, many of them had never met in person before. But that all changed one year ago when what started as an experiment turned into a monthly get-together that has introduced more than 400 people.

The brainchild of Forks Township resident Michael Andreano (@mandreano), the Lehigh Valley Tweetup (a Twitter meetup) was created as part of a larger trend of Tweetups taking place across the country in major cities like Chicago and New York. He knew through his Be the Bee Social Media Coaching business (www.thebeesbuzz.com) that there was a core group of Twitterers in the region and figured that if the big cities could do it, why couldn’t the Lehigh Valley? He saw the Tweetup as a way to connect in-person the local people who were already getting to know each other through Twitter.

The success of the April 2009 Lehigh Valley Tweetup and a follow-up one in June of that year prompted Andreano to make it a monthly event which averages 35-45 attendees. One Tweetup had as many as 100 attendees.

Andreano created marketing opportunities for local businesses using Twitter to create awareness for their brand, product or service for a fee by offering to list their company’s name and Twitter “handle” on a logoed giveaway item at select Tweetups. Giveaway items have included logoed pint glasses, golf balls, beer mugs, t-shirts and sweatshirts. He also sells logoed Tweetup apparel hats, mugs and other items on a web site

The December 2009 Tweetup, the largest Lehigh Valley Tweetup to-date, added a charitable angle with Andreano encouraging attendees to bring a donated toy for the annual Toys for Tots toy drive, and boxed and canned food goods for the Trinity Church Soup Kitchen in Bethlehem. A related silent auction raised $400 in donations for charities as well.

But perhaps most importantly, the Lehigh Valley Tweetups have connected area residents that may not otherwise have gotten to know each other except for a few 140-character messages.

“People like to connect with like-minded people,” says Andreano. “The Tweetups give them a chance to meet and connect with people in the local community both personally and professionally. Many local Twitterers who met online first have since strengthened that relationship by meeting in person at our Tweetups, and vice-versa.”

Join us for the One Year Anniversary of the Lehigh Valley Tweetup on Tuesday, April 13 at Allentown BrewWorks from 7 – 9 p.m. Logoed pint glasses will be given away to the first 60 attendees. A birthday cake made by the Backdoor Bake Shop in Bethlehem will be served to attendees at 8 p.m.  Christopher Elston Photography will also be doing free professional headshots that people can use for their social media accounts.  Dan’s Camera City will also have their photo booth available for free use.

Sponsors include:

Allentown Economic Development Corp – @allentownedc
Backdoor Bakeshop – @backdoorbakeshp
Be the Bee Social Media – @mandreano
Bethlehem Brew Works – @thebrewworks
Blabbermouth Communications – @blabbermouthcom
Black Forest Deli – @blackforestdeli
Christopher Elston Photography – @celston
CounterMarch Systems – @scrittler
Dan’s Camera City – @danscameracity
G&L’s Sign Factory – @synguy3
Hosfeld Insurance – @HOSFELDinsuranc
Mayflower Luncheonette – @LVGrkGrl
Spark – @mldrabenstott
Ted Colegrove – @primerx24

Be the Bee’s Radio Show Going ’round the World!

We have been doing our BlogTalkRadio show for the past 6 months with growing success.  This week is going to be no different and we have the guests and topics to back it up.  The latest Internet craze has been for celebrities to call you out and “make you famous”.

In the last few weeks, we have seen some people’s lives changed, possibly forever, thanks to the Internet.

It all started with the most talked about late-night talk show politics ever when Conan O’Brien was given an early exit from NBC’s Tonight Show. So what does he do with his spare time now? He starts a twitter account that blows up with over a half million followers in just days.

How does he pay it forward? He decides to follow ONE LUCKY PERSON! Enter Sarah Killen. She went from an everyday person to one of the most talked about people to date in 2010. She was set to appear on Larry King and Good Morning America.. and now.. THIS THURSDAY – be a part of history as Sarah Killian calls in to TWEEPS TALK TECH.

But wait, there is more… since it’s the thing to do, This Week in Tech with Leo Laporte followed suit.  Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg.com did a a random search for “I Hate Technology” on Twitter… Who tweeted it and was selected? Enter Lisa Etheridge. She got an iPad for FREE (and 23,000 followers to boot). Guess what – SHE WILL BE LIVE THIS THURSDAY TOO!! This is the first show to have both overnight sensations on the same show together.

Follow us at @TweepsTalkTech or the hosts @mandreano and @patrickkaine.

The show can be heard LIVE Thursday March 18 at 9PM Eastern at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bethebee.

If you are interested in advertising on our awesome radio show, contact us and we can discuss packages that fit all budgets.

Are you crowdsourcing your audience or annoying them?

Social media is about engaging your audience, interacting with them, and creating a relationship or even a “trust” with them.  Something we see happen a lot is people posing questions to a large audience.  This is called crowdsourcing.   Crowdsourcing is defined on Wikipedia as “the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by (an individual), and outsourcing them to a group of people or community, through an “open call” to a large group of people (a crowd) asking for contributions.”  Many times you will find people ask “Where should I go to eat?” or “Is XYZ movie worth seeing?” via their Facebook status or Twitter comment.  This is indeed a great way to get people to respond to you and get input for a decision you have to make.  But when is it too much?  Well, unfortunately, that’s a question you have to answer for yourself.  People do instinctively want to help, which is why social media is a great tool to do that with, but seeing someone constantly just “asking the audience” is going to categorize you as a “noise factor” and your online reputation could take a hit.  Doing homework is one thing, but not being able to ever make a decision is another.  As part of our coaching, Be the Bee looks to help people get over their fear of technology and put them in front of a potential audience to engage, network and even potentially do business with.  The amount of connections we have seen made over the past year is simply tremendous.  The stories we hear offline (and online) could fill a book (note: idea already being worked on!).  It’s important to engage your audience, peers, colleagues, and get them to interact as well as interact back with them.  If you find yourself asking questions constantly looking for direction, insight, likes or dislikes, then ask yourself this “Am I engaging people, or am I starting to cause them to tune out”.  What do you think?  🙂

No Texting or Social Media While Driving – SIGN UP!

After watching last month’s @Oprah show on Texting and Driving, I am pledging to give up texting and social media while driving for lent and beyond.  Join us in not texting, facebook, or tweeting while driving, tweet #NoTextNoTweetWhileDriving or leave a comment to show your pledge!  Spread the word!

December Tweetup – Holiday, Charity, Fun!

Join us Thursday December 3, 2009 at Bethlehem Brew Works SteelGaarden 7-9pm for our December Holiday Tweetup.  We will be giving away FREE Sweatshirts and Long-Sleeve T-Shirts (pictured below).   And in case you ask, here’s the answer to What’s a Tweetup?

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Holiday Tweetup Shirt Giveaway

BUT – You have to give to receive… Donations will be taken for Toys for Tots and Trinity Soup Kitchen.  Bring a new unwrapped toy or canned good and be entered to win a $25 Brew Works gift card!

Finally, in addition to the two charities, we are having a Silent Auction for items donated by other Tweetup regulars and local businesses including:

  • Poster from movie “The Time Traveller’s Wife” (from @celston)
  • A one wall faux painting job or full room, regular painting (from @faithfaux)
  • Framed Photo of Bethlehem (from @Glennard)
  • A photo session sitting including an 11×14 print from the session (from @lvph)
  • A 18×24 photo canvas (from @mdesilets – visit www.Marty.fm)
  • 2 Sets of Handpainted Wine Glasses (from @PMADesigns)
  • TV Show Memorabilia basket (Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Psych, White Collar) (from @ssigafoos / @mcall)
  • Starfish Brasserie Gift Card (from @Starfish_PA)
  • American Sandwich Company Gift Card (from @ToastedBetter)
  • Lehigh Valley Zoo tickets (from @rainmakerslv)
  • Two tickets from Lehigh Valley to NYC (from @gwackr)
  • A Puttle gift set (from @mr_puttle)

See you on December 3rd at 7PM Sharp!!

November Tweetup Wrapup – Magnolia’s

It seems no matter where we have a Tweetup, the people come out for them, from Easton to Orefield.  Another crowd of 40-plus people came out for the November Tweetup (@LVTweetup) at Magnolia’s in Orefield.  Below are some pictures from the event.  I was even interviewed by Cindy Ratzlaff (@BrandYou on Twitter) about these great monthly events.

Who attended? See the Twitter List of Attendees and it’s members.

@PMADesigns

@PMADesigns

@allanhill @Mr_Puttle @matt2397

@allanhill @Mr_Puttle @matt2397

@SteveFebbraro & @BelvidereChiro

@SteveFebbraro & @BelvidereChiro

@jenn_c & suzelor

@jenn_c & suzelor

@msarro @blackforestdeli @glennard @gwackr @timshady (further back: @koufie @jfis @galliguez)

@msarro @blackforestdeli @glennard @gwackr @timshady (further back: @koufie @jfis @galliguez)

@mandreano and the girls of Twitter

@mandreano and "the girls of Twitter"

The many faces of @LVGirl (a.k.a. @BlabberMouthCom)

The many faces of @LVGirl (a.k.a. @BlabberMouthCom)

October @LVTweetup Wrapup – Tweeps Flood Easton!

I thought I was taking a chance by having a Tweetup in Easton at Pearly Bakers.  After all, a lot of people come from the Allentown area and even further west and north.  However, nearly 40 people came out, risking being within a stone’s throw of New Jersey and the event was a HUGE success.  Thanks to @Doug_Mackie from UUU for helping us coordinate the same night he played to keep the party going past 9PM!!

We also now have a LVTweetup Flickr group, thanks to Todd (a.k.a. @obsidianspider).  I attached a couple from October below.

Here’s the coveted attendance list!! (As always, let me know if I missed someone!)

@mandreano, @lvtweetup, @dmbrennan, @lovelyblue27, @timshady, @donaldfladjr, @souldoll, @msarro, @lvrunners, @stateofplace, @obsidianspider, @robochristine, @lvgirl, @glennard, @theelvee@ssigafoos, @ejvictor, @cafe_society, @MOB514, @beatab74, @valleywidetravl, @valleywideshoes, @koufie, @tammyhuk, @thuk18045, @primerx24, @lifegrdsten, @d_murda, @themoneydome, @galliguez, @miller1749, @renewlv, @IamTheGreek, @hibecki, @blackforestdeli, @AVUEDesigns, @andredwilliams, @celston, @jimmyrocks, @doug_mackie, @jeffbernardino, @referralweb, @skincareguy

This list is also available at:  http://tweepml.org/October-2009-LVTweetup-attendees/ This site is great for quickly adding people to follow… Try it out!!

Upcoming Dates:

NOVEMBER Tweetup – 11/12/09 – Magnolia’s Vineyard Restaurant, Orefield, PA, 7-9PM

DECEMBER Tweetup – 12/3/09 – Bethlehem Brew Works Steelgaarden, Bethlehem, PA 7-9PM – HOLIDAY EDITION!! SPECIAL GIVEAWAY TOO!!  STAY TUNED!!

September Tweetup on the Green Wrapup

Another successful Lehigh Valley tweetup has come and gone.  It’s always great to meet new people, see others again and just continue to grow together.  I let the event speak for itself with the comradery, laughter, and in this case, the Puttle.

Here’s who came: @mandreano, @timshady, @obsidianspider, @lvrollergirls, @ms_steel, @Chikkisixx, @cwluc, @ssigafoos, @IamKFed, @lizbartolai, @mcall, @mldrabenstott, @matt2397, @lvgirl, @beatab74, @renewlv, @miller1749, @AvueDesigns, @LVScene, @LVHN, @DMBrennan, @PamelaMaurer, @PMADesigns, @J_Makua_Kane, @VeronicaG, @HosfeldInsuranc, @CElston, @IAmTheGreek, @TakeATaco, @Eric_Chase, @Mr_Puttle, @LovelyBlue27

A bunch of folks didn’t sign in, if I missed you, let me know…

…and as always – thanks to our sponsors: @mandreano, @thebrewworks, @celston, @danscameracity, @dancefusion1, @lvrollergirls, @mr_puttle, @renewlv, @mldrabenstott, @pmadesigns

Our golf ball giveaway

Our golf ball giveaway

@cwluc talking to @iAmTheGreek & @AvueDesigns & @timshady

@cwluc talking to @iAmTheGreek & @AvueDesigns & @timshady

@mandreano (me) holding up a Follow me to @LVTweetup golf ball.

@mandreano (me) holding up a "Follow me to @LVTweetup" golf ball.


@PamelaMaurer and @DMBrennan at the @LVTweetup (photo taken by @TimShady)

@PamelaMaurer and @DMBrennan at the @LVTweetup (photo taken by @TimShady)

September LVTweetup / August Wrap-up

Our September @LVTweetup is now announced!!

Tweetup on the Green!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6PM at Allentown Brew Works on the Green.

Join nearly 50 other local Lehigh Valley Twitter-ites for a Puttle tournament (mini-golf indoors) and meet the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls too.

The first 48 attendees get a sleeve of three LVTweetup Golf Balls FREE!

If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the event and giveaway, please contact @mandreano immediately.  See you on the Green in September!!

August Wrapup..

The Tweetup at Blue has come and gone (kinda like the food did…).   For those of you who got to enjoy the Thai Chicken, Brushetta, and Veggie Spring Rolls – save some for our other tweets next time, HA!

Everyone had a great time, here’s the attendance list (thanks to @timshady for scribing it up).

@mandreano, @lvtweetup, @cwluc, @marydunlap, @timshady, @dmbrennan, @mdrabenstott, @iluv2laugh, @jimharper, @kblumenau, @meganallyn, @celston, @pmadesigns, @beatab74, @renewlv, @iamthegreek, @takeataco, @primerx24, @kufarms, @msinformation, @toastedbetter, @hosfeldinsuranc, @synguy3, @sandesaimond, @learnsolmary, @lvgirl, @lvwithlove, @jimmyrocks, @nashguitargirl, @innis2winnis, @galliguez, @lvgrkgrl, @zoellnerarts, @kreatemarket, @skincareguy, @referralweb, @mr_puttle

And we can’t forget about PICTURES from @cwluc and @celston.

Spark up the Summer – Next LVTweetup 7/23

It’s BACK!! We are proud to announce the info about the July Lehigh Valley Tweetup!

When: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Where:
Spark
http://www.sparkcreatives.com
79 W. Market St., Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18018

(484) 821-0920

Directions available at their website / RSVP to @mandreano or @lvtweetup

Be sure to also RETWEET this –> #LehighValley #Tweetup – 7/23 at Spark in Bethlehem, 6-8PM #LVtweetup – Follow @LVTweetup for more info

We’ve given out T-shirts and beer mugs in the past.. What’s next?!?  Free Food & Beverages sponsored by American Sandwich Company (@ToastedBetter) and Brew Works (@thebrewworks).  Additional sponsorship from @HOSFELDinsuranc, @CElston, @CreateMyTattoo, @lvgirl, @RenewLV, and @Viddler.   Interested in sponsoring?  Contact @mandreano.

See you on the 23rd!