Wow. With less than a week’s notice we had over 40 people attend the launch meeting of the Hawaii Chapter of the Social Media Club. There was a dynamic mix of people, including the geeks (@SidSavarra, @avharris, @exbor, @judico, @shane to name a few), several major communications companies (Communications Pacific, Pineapple Tweed, Becker, Loomis-ISC,) web & marketing people Starrtech Interactive and Hawaii Online Advertising, publisher Ken Ng, the Bishop Museum, and more. I am leaving many people out but they will all get posted once we organize the mailing list – or leave me a comment here and I will update this post with your link.
Cleo Brown offered us the ING Cafe, which is an awesome meeting space, and provided her staff (especially Kekoa Davidson) to manage the great presentation and internet technology for us. (Plus she invited several of her colleagues to attend.) She then went into high gear when it looked like we might have a big crowd, and called in Prestige Valet Services to help us with car parking! This could have been the first Social Media Club meeting with valet parking. As Nathan Kam (who was missed) recently posted on Twitter when talking about collaboration, the “This is what the Aloha Spirit is All About!”
Ed Morita, aka @NctrnlBst, shared a great mini case study for how is he using Twitter to drive customers to the restaurant where he works, Longhi’s. I want to do an entire post on that so stay tuned. Ed also took photos of the event. (Link updated on Mar 9, 2009.)
The amazing Tess Staadecker and Piia Arma helped get the planning underway, and Tess offered to manage programs for the next few months. Piia used the power of her network to inspire Kelly Mitchell to take on leading the club for the first few months. We’ll be posting more info soon and please leave a comment or be in touch if you want me to contact you with the next step. We are tentatively planning monthly meetings on the second Friday of each month, after work around 5:30 -7 pm.
UPDATE: I removed the slideshow player as I am working on a another post where I will include that. You can se it by following the link immediately above.
UPDATE 2: You can read the entire summary notes on our page on the SMC Wiki.