Join Us for Launch of Social Media Club Hawaii Chapter

social-media-clubDate: Friday, March 6
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Place: ING Direct Cafe, 1958 Kalakaua Ave (former home of Local Motion store; parking in rear)
Print a coupon for a free beverage.
Map and Directions

Special thanks to Cleota Brown for offering the space. We will be upstairs in the Aliʻi Board Room. The space is open, modern, there are low cost food and drink items, and you can learn about ING online banking. I find the company story very interesting.

UPDATE: We plan to be live-streaming at If you take pictures please tag them with “socialmediaclubhawaii” and join the Social Media Club photo pool on Flickr. Can’t come? Please leave a comment here so we can let you know about future events.

*What’s The Point of the Social Media Club?*
Here are a few words directly from the Social Media Club‘s web site:

Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.

If you are serious about using social media, creating social media-based campaigns, or wanting to learn more about how social media can support you or affect you, this group is perfect for you! There are now local chapters all around the world, attracting the best and brightest in this emerging field as well as the newbies who want to learn directly from the source.

Most chapters have monthly meetings with guest speakers to share knowledge. Members also interact frequently online via the wiki and the many developing events and activities. We started this discussion last October when SMC founders Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells came to Hawaii for Podcamp, and, to help present a one day workshop for organizations.

*Why a Hawaii Chapter?*
madmarv00-flickrAs we locals know Hawaii is the most remote land mass on the planet. We have the most to gain by learning how to be effective communicators on the social web. This chapter will build on the existing strengths of groups like IABC, PRSA, HAF, Manoa Geeks, to name a few. We will be having focused, highly educational events that will be free or low cost. We will walk our talk by sharing our own trials and successes using social media, and in so doing, will raise all of our boats.

We have lots to decide to get this launched, so please attend if you have any interest in shaping the local chapter. Here is a link to the Louisville Chapter, the Austin Chapter, and the San Francisco Chapter to give you an idea of some of what is possible.

You can also join the fledgling Facebook Group or keep tabs on our page on the SMC Wiki.


  • Welcome, Introductions, (bring your business cards!) and Overview of the Social Media Club
  • Brief Discussion of “What is Social Media?” by Roxanne Darling
  • Discuss Wish List for Hawaii Chapter
  • Discuss tags (I have been using the hashtag #SMCH and #socialmediaclub) and web assets for Hawaii Chapter (home site, flickr, email list, google docs, discussion, etc.)
  • Discuss officer positions and potential candidates
  • Discuss potential sponsors
  • Discuss topic, location, and date for next meeting

Please LMK if you would like to volunteer to help live stream or live tweet this meeting! Please do spread the word – everyone interested in Social Media is invited.

*One more thing! Social Media Buyers Guide Live Audio Show*
On Wednesday, March 4, I will be participating in the Social Media Buyers Guide podcast on purchasing social media products. Other panelists and I will give our top three pieces of advice for organizations and individuals responsible for buying social media solutions and the top three questions we recommend asking any social media vendor or solutions provider. The live show will also be open for callers to share their own insights into buying social media products and services. You can listen in on the web at 8:00 AM (HST) and get more details here. Also check out the blog post at SMC.