GRSM Event 3/26 12PM

March 20, 2009

Are you interested in Social Marketing? Trying to introduce your marketing department to Twitter and Facebook? Trying to find a way to get new eyes on your company’s website? The Grand Rapids Social Marketing Lunch is a good place to learn from those in the area who are answering these questions. Our next event will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 12pm in the “Garden Room” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It is open to all those who are interested in Social Marketing, so bring a friend.

At this month’s event we will be in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The room is easily accessible from the Louis St. Unfortunately the GRAM does not allow outside food in the museum, however they will be providing us with the ability to pre-order lunch from their cafe. If you chose to pre-order, your meal will be available for pickup when you arrive that’s also when you pay.  We encourage you to either pre-order from the cafe using the instructions below, order when you get there but expect a wait, or eat your lunch before you arrive.

Our topic for the event will be announced in the next few days. Thank you for attending and we hope to grow this group and make it better each month.

Lunch Instructions:
Please email/call with your order, please provide what time you would like to pick up the food and your name. Please email your selection to markw@tiggs.biz or call at 831-2922 prior to the event. The menu is below.

GRAM Lunch Menu (pdf)



Thank you & a call for suggestions…

March 2, 2009

First, on behalf of Ian, Joel (who was unable to be with us today) and myself, I want to thank all 45 of you who joined us at Founder’s!  Ian and I were completely blown away by the attendance, the conversation and enthusiasm that each of you brought.  This confirms what we’ve suspected all along:  Grand Rapids is a thriving, active community with a lot of forward-thinking bright individuals.

Second, as great as Founder’s is, we decided it is not ideal for conversation, especially with a group of our size.  We would love to hear suggestions for future meeting spaces.  The ideal location would be somewhere relatively quiet with at least a somewhat-private seating area, with the ability to hold 60+ comfortably.

And last, if you haven’t already, check out our spot on Google Moderator.  Be sure to submit or vote on a topic you’d like to hear addressed and discussed at the next meeting.

Great meeting you all, and can’t wait to see everyone on 3/26 (details to follow). Look for a summary and recap of this week’s discussion here soon!


Marketing with the Masses

February 17, 2009

Social Marketing is an area with a large scope. With our meetup we are planning on starting with an introduction, not only to the services out there to use but also introducing each other. Our plan for the event is to be open, sharing, with a focus on being both teachers and students. We encourage all to come with their knowledge and experience, ready to share and participate in helping the group grow in knowledge.

The format will probably consist of a major topic that will be presented and discussed, with further conversation revolving around individuals experience and tips. We hope to have one or two presenters each meeting that will start the conversation. Followed by a time for group learning and exploration of the ideas presented. We want the needs and curiosity of the group to help guide the future topics, along with new developments in the industry to help trigger the path.

We are working on a date on time for the first meetup, we are also looking for a location to have the event so if you have and suggestions please let us know. We also would like to build a list of the Social media sites and services that we should be covering, each industry and area of marketing uses different services, by being aware of what you are using it will help us structure each following event to get the most out of our time.

If you have specific questions or ideas for the topics to be discussed please feel free to send them our way either by messaging us on twitter or sending an email to grandsocial [a] gmail .com


Grand Rapids Social Marketing Lunch.

February 16, 2009

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