Have you noticed a wave of creative breakfast meetings, retreats and conferences? It’s like the bigger, more expensive trade show-type conferences have given way to more intimate, often free to attend, gatherings. It is almost as if, in this plugged in, digital world of ours, people are craving a more personal, IRL connection.
Can you feel it?
Recently, I attended a Connecting Things event in Irvine, which was a screening of the documentary “Love and Bananas.” I had attended another event of theirs over a year ago, when the guest speaker was filmmaker Bayan Joonam from Soul Pancake. There was not much interaction at that one. There was a big turnout and though you were encouraged to network, people mainly came to listen and learn. Everyone seemed friendly enough and oh yes, there was pizza, Pie-Not and Kombucha!
Had the most amazing time at @connectingthings.co tonight watching the documentary @loveandbananasmovie (now playing on @starz ) and meeting the filmmakers @changeforbalance While the story is mainly about rescuing endangered Asian elephants, it is ultimately a story of hope and the triumph of kindness and love over evil. Thank you @joshua_ariza @connectingthings.co for introducing us to this film and Thank you @changeforbalance for introducing us to one unicorn of a woman Lek! So inspiring. #savetheelephants #elephantconservation @elephantnaturepark 🐘💕oh and thanks to @columnfive for the cool animation in the movie and for letting us use your space !
By the way, “Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story” is a beautiful documentary about saving Asian elephants, but that’s an article for another time.
Then there’s Creative Mornings, which I have yet to attend. It is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community and they hold them in cities around the world. I’ve also been seeing a surge in women-only events like Create Cultivate.
So what does this have to with me? Well, I’ve been working on something but it’s still in its infancy. I want to announce it with a big bang, or maybe just slip into things quietly. I don’t know yet. Maybe I’ll do both. Or maybe I’ll just blog about it here and share our progress.
Alright, are you ready? Here we go.
About half a year ago, I started hosting social media breakfasts as a way to meet fellow content creators. We shared tips and tricks with anyone who needed any social media and marketing help. We learned from each other. Some of my breakfast-mates I had already worked with and some I wanted to work with. Those were good times. When the social media breakfasts went on hiatus, my cohorts and I found ourselves missing each other, missing the exchange of ideas and really missing being able to collaborate.
Fast forward to today. Five of these brunch buddies and I have come together to form our own creative collective. We are writers, photographers, public relations professionals, and social media managers. In a word, we are storytellers. And we’ve formed a company that I call c3komunity which stands for “connect, create, and collaborate.”
Speed portraits at today’s collab! Also 2 truths and a lie. It was nice to get to know everyone a little better. Thank you to @503found for allowing us to shoot at their very cool showroom. It’s right across @altacoffee #newportbeach The evolution of the #sociamediabreakfast continues… soon our collective shall rise! And CONQUER, one creative jam session at a time. #createcommunity #connectcreatecollaborate #c3studiooc
Like I said, we’re just starting out and I invite you to check out our website that I’ve been working on. Basically, you hire us to create content and we create a social media strategy for you and you can take it on yourself and use the content as you see fit. Explaining this process to a prospective client is our biggest challenge right now. But see it’s like this: Let’s say you have a product to launch, you’d hire a photographer, writer, social media person, and publicist separately paying $$$. Or you could go through a big agency and pay even more $$$$. The process would take months to come up with creatives, get approval and finally launch.
Well, here’s where we come in. We’re a one-stop shop, all the creative and production work done by our c3komuniy, with a reasonably fast turnaround time too.
Is that something you’d be interested in?
Please visit the new website here and be sure to drop us a line!