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May 13, 2009

Black Country Social Media Cafe: It’s worse than Birmingham’s!

Filed under: BCSMC,Black Country Social Media Cafe — admin @ 7:28 am

Yesterday was the second open Black Country Social Media Cafe, another good turn out with a lot of new faces. Whilst I don’t think it had the same swing as the first cafe, it’s all a learning curve.

My initial disappoint with the turn-out was mostly due to a faulty memory. This month’s BCSMC had twenty people at it’s peak, whilst I was convinced last month’s had twenty-five (20% drop). According to my blog, however, there were only twenty-three last month (13% drop), and two of those were invited speakers (5% drop). With at least half-a-dozen claiming prior commitments, I can’t be too disappointed. Nonetheless we can’t be complacent, if we want to grow we need to work on the marketing. Next month: thirty-or-bust!

The content of this month’s cafe was “You”, we wanted to know how social media had worked for people at the cafe. Great idea, poorly implemented: my fault. Rather than having the round the room input that was originally envisaged, the sun went to my head and I suggested we do the filming outside. As such no one knows what anyone else said and half the people opted out. Hopefully there won’t be any problems with the film, and we will have some idea who we want to speak to at the next cafe.

Next month (Tuesday June the 9th) we will seen a return to the successful speaker/discussion format of the first cafe. Any ideas for talks, talkers, or sponsors, please let me know.

[Update- a couple of hours later] In response to “social media is not in our best interests, so we will not cover your story”…next month’s topic will be journalism 2.0. Sign-up here.

10 Comments »

  1. Well, at least once the London meet-up consisted of Lloyd on his own, so on that basis 20 is a fair success.

    Good idea to get the marketing out their a bit – I think we all need to stop promoting these things within the bubble and get more people involved. Maybe getting people to bring a friend along or something.

    Comment by Chris Unitt — May 13, 2009 @ 8:47 am

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