PYP Social Media Round Table Recap

Last night I participated in a social media round table hosted by Pittsburgh Young Professionals. First off I want to thank Jen Houtz for asking me to take part. I was honored to be among the panel. It was great to be able to talk shop, because when we are hosting a PodCamp I’m usually running around and don’t get to participate in the conversation.

I felt the panel did a good job of answering questions and providing a lot of great information. The panel consisted of a diverse professional background from Deanna Ferrari’s agency experience, Jackie Quinn’s corporate viewpoint to Don and my start-up/small business view-point we had all the bases covered. After the discussion I had a few thoughts stick with me.

Get your hands dirty

Most people in new media/social media had to figure it out for themselves. Literally these tools have been created in the past few years. This industry is far from mature and those who can be the most creative can achieve the most. You can be the most valuable to your clients by being the innovator.

Make A Baby

Create something of your own and make it your baby. I’ve had a few of these projects, a personal podcast and Creation Rex. By creating a project that is your baby it gives you the passion to dig in and make your social media experiment the best it can be. Also when you make a baby, just like in real life, find a partner. A team effort will make you accountable to the project and your partner. Another great feature of a team effort is when you are creatively exhausted your partner can help you keep it fresh.

A creative project that is all your own keeps you inspired and engaged with what is happening in the social media world. It gives you a sandbox to experiment and lifts normal restrictions that you may face in a more professional environment. So go make a baby.

Still have questions or want to continue the conversation. Just leave a comment or feel free to contact me.

PYP Social Media Round Table

Just want to send out a quick note that I’ll be a part of the Pittsburgh Young Professionals Social Media Round Table event this evening. @pghjen asked me to join the panel which looks like a nice group:

Jackie Quinn, Online & Web Senior Marketing Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Don Charlton, CEO of The Resumator
Deanna Ferrari, Social Business Specialist at MARC USA

The event is at the Fairmont downtown and starts at 5:30. Let me know if you’ll be there and I’ll be sure to say hello.

Also, just a reminder, if you attended PodCamp Pittsburgh this year you can get a 10% discount off an annual membership to PYP.

What Does Social Media Mean to Me?

What loaded question. From late night tweets to coffee and magic to “Welcome to the StromHuelsman Podcast” I’ve had some fun experiences with social media, Rawr not Rwar.

Social media can be two things to me. First, Social. Social media is extreemly social. Connecting with a massive amout of individuals is pretty awesome. For me my efficientcy in this realm comes and goes. Basically depending on how busy the rest of my life is in theĀ  moment.

The other thing is media. Social media is exactly that. Blogs, in my opinion that have been succesful have been secondary niche media outlets. Lets take a blog I write for example, Now there is a very sophisticated online audience to magic the gathering which I also happen to belong to that exisits in conjunction to my blog. What I write catersĀ  to a more casual player, even though I find myself in a more competitive realm very often. Staying “hyper focused” is the key to nich blogging and succes in blogging/podcasting IMO.

Otherwise social media is whatever you make it. Just do it. Seriously have fun!