Social Media Tools & Strategies Unconference
Hosted by
Oakville Business Network

Topic: Learn how to use social media tools and strategies to help grow your business

When: Saturday March 19th, 8:45am-12:00pm

Where: Raymond James, North Shore Wealth Management, 1100 Walkers Line, Burlington (at QEW)

Registration: Cost is $10, click here to register (seating is limited)

Format: An unconference where attendees, along with the facilitators, decide the topics to be discussed and the order of discussion at the begining of the morning. Anyone can propose a topic or discussion and present, too. Spontaneity is planned for. There is room to adjust to what attendees want or need. We will have 3 sessions of approximately 45 minutes each where attendees will have a choice of discussions to attend. Come prepared to share your knowledge.

Suggested topics: twitter 101, how to use tweetdeck, using facebook for your business, how to use the Oakville Business Network blog (wordpress), using LinkedIn to expand your network, how to use social media on your smart phone, introduction to facebook, blogging, how to write a blog, search engine optimization and anything else you can think of.

Please leave topics you would like to hear or present in the comments below.

Hope to see you there,

Best regards,

Mark Mulholland
Insurance Agent
Raymond James Financial Planning Ltd.,
North Shore Wealth Management

Category : Blogging for Business | Blog

the power of social media & quality relationships

Unless you’ve been living in a cave in outer Mongolia you’ve probably heard of Social Media, Twitter or Facebook. Social media has had a big impact on my life both in business and personally over the last couple years. I have met so many new, wonderful people and learned so much from them. Social media is much more than a buzz word. It can create so many opportunities both personally and professionally. Why do you think ‘big business’ is frothing at the mouth to capitalize on it.

From my experience with social media, there is no quick fix or overnight success. As I’ve learned you have to give to receive and it’s about quality, not quantity. Too often, people get caught up and focused on numbers – how many friends they have on Facebook, how many ‘likes’ they have or how many followers they have on Twitter. I’ve seen countless people rack up numbers and followers, but never connect or engage. They live in a bubble and are solely focused on themselves, losing sight of the true value and potential of their network. The numbers are with out value unless there is a connection and quality relationships to back it all up.

“You have to give, to receive.

There’s no magic formula with social media. The first time I signed up for a Twitter account, I logged in, looked at the home screen, scratched my head and didn’t come back for 9 months. I did come back though and boy, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Over the past couple years I’ve made a lot of connections, in particular on Twitter. I’ve made friends across Canada, from Vancouver to Nova Scotia and throughout the U.S.A. My hometown of Oakville has a wonderful network of Tweeps, all connecting and sharing. It truly is an amazing, supportive and caring community.

Over the past two years, I have shared and learned a lot about myself, Real Estate, Autism, family & life. I’ve lent support and helped raise awareness. Just this past week, as my network of friends and family both on and offline all know, I was given a wonderful opportunity this week by Realestock.com. Based on a personal story I shared, I was humbled to be selected as finalist and given the chance to win an Apple iPad for my family. When I first came across the contest, I wasn’t even going to write the story I did because it was so personal – I’m very glad that I did.

The response has been tremendous, beyond anything I could have imagined. I put it out there and shared it with my family and friends both offline and online and was humbled and overwhelmed with the reaction. The kind words I received through emails and messages brought out so much emotion. Raising awareness not only about our situation, but more importantly Autism in general has been simply amazing. The number of people that have reached out to me and shared their story about Autism whether in their immediate family, a friend, godson or family member has been wonderful. The Autism community is extremely supportive online and this is a perfect example.

All of this has reinforced that there is no quick fix and no easy formula. One good friend of mine, Tracy Grant (a.k.a @BarleySugar) called the response the “magic of Twitter” and she’s right. It has been magical. But the formula is simple:

You have to give, to receive.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter here: @OakvilleRealtor.

Category : Business Networking | Blog