• Taste of Huntington Beach

    How A Charity Event Leveraged Social Media to Increase Ticket Sales

    I have been a volunteer at the library for about 5 years. The library is like a second home to me and my family. I have been correspondence secretary, usher, and photographer for the Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL). They do great work for the community. From puppet shows and ballets to author visits and reading programs, the FOTCL does great work for the community. Their biggest project is the Annual Taste of Huntington Beach, a fundraising event held on the last Sunday of April at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex. The Taste of Huntington Beach gathers local restaurants, wineries and breweries for an incredible afternoon of food and…

  • Marcie Taylor Podcast Guest

    My Guest Stint on Miz Meliz Podcast #TenMiniTT

    The first time we met, only one of two times we’ve seen each other in person really, was at the Getty Museum in LA. I recognized her from her profile picture. And as with many people I’ve met through social media, we instantly clicked. Being in the same social networks before a face to face meeting is a good way to get to know someone. That is, assuming you are being honest and authentic when you engage. Melissa Reyes aka Miz Meliz exudes positive vibes both online and offline. Turns out we have many things in common – she is a mom of boys, married to a Filipino (in my…

  • hello world

    Testing one, two, three. I was hacked recently. So everything just went #*@!&@$ – all four websites. It was insane. Fortunately, I have friends like Oscar Gonzalez, who helped me not only fix my sites but also helped me see the error in my ways. You know about creating passwords, updating WordPress etc. I promise to write a longer piece about this that can help you out of jam, if you find yourself in one. So I’ll keep this brief. It’s a busy week, and you’ll read all about it as soon as I get my groove back. But first, COFFEE Kean

  • Music Monday: Jamie Hince of The Kills’ Photo Exhibit in LA

    You probably know Jamie Hince as half of the indie rock duo “The Kills,” who went on tour with the Raconteurs, a few years ago. Or you could know him as the better (?) half of supermodel Kate Moss. Whatever. Neither of those two factoids really have anything to do with this story, except that I’m writing about Jamie’s upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles. On Saturday, November 1st, there will be an opening reception at Bookmarc for Jamie Hince of the The Kills’ exhibit called “Echo Home.” The images will be on display to the public and available for purchase at Morrison Hotel Gallery, located inside the Sunset Marquis on…

  • Knotts Scary Farm | Gunslinger's Grave

    Knott’s Scary Farm, An Annual Halloween Tradition

    The Social Media Crew was in full force at the Knott’s Scary Farm Media Preview. Thanks to them I was able to create this rad storify that gives you a great overview of what to expect at this year’s Halloween Haunt. [View the story “Top 5 Things To Look Forward To at #Scary Farm” on Storify]

  • 12 Best LinkedIn Company Pages of 2012

    I woke up today to the good news that the LinkedIn Company Page I manage has been named one of the 12 Best LinkedIn Company Pages of 2012. As a social media strategist and community manager, I am over the moon! Our company page is a result of collaboration between our marketing, graphic design and talent acquisition teams. The branding element is strong on the page but it is also a robust and active page with a mix of posts about job openings, company news and announcements, as well as relevant industry news. Best LinkedIn Company Pages of 2012 from LinkedIn I really like how LinkedIn has evolved over time.…

  • Offline Social Networking: the Annual Huntington Beach Tweetup at Slaters 50/50

    A week ago today, we held the 3rd Annual Huntington Beach Tweetup at Slater’s 50/50 in Huntington Beach, CA. Yes, a tweetup — that is a meetup for people who’d met on Twitter. Back in the old days, ok, three years ago, when social media was just a novelty and Twitter was all the buzz, Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin and I decided to host such a gathering in our home turf of Huntington Beach. At the time, there were tweetups almost every night usually in Irvine or Costa Mesa. Priscilla and I had just met at a BlogCrush ourselves and were still finding our voice as bloggers. The first…

  • Businesses should consider employing a social media specialist to coordinate campaigns | Social Media Today

    “For companies to get the most out of social media they should consider employing a specialist as part of their PR team or if using a PR agency they should ensure at least one suitably qualified person is working on their account. Although championing a business’ social networking channels, and perhaps also writing content, is the responsibility of many in the organisation it is important that an individual or central team takes control of the wider issues, fully coordinates campaigns and is responsible for learning from best practice studies as well as putting the knowledge into use.” Continue reading… Businesses should consider employing a social media specialist to coordinate campaigns…