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Social Media Roundup: Get That Small-Town Feel Going

Ever thought of taking over a town for your annual meeting? Here's how one event planner did it. Also: Get out to local chapter events for the face-to-face.

Sometimes your event doesn’t require the hustle and bustle of a big city. Maybe what it really needs is a small-town feel.

So why not take over a small town? Seriously, the entire thing.

How one would do that, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

A Town Takeover

Perhaps a convention center isn’t enough for your annual meeting. How about taking over an entire town? Event planner Liz Alton has helped in such a takeover before, and she has quite a story to tell about it. Alton, a blogger on EventJuice, offers some key advice from her time planning an event in Suchitoto, El Salvador, especially in regard to coordination. “Renting out an entire town is a bold strategy for an event. There are a number of challenges that can come up during the process,” she explains. “But a bit of planning, particularly by working with local partners, you can have a once in a lifetime event and a great portfolio event on your hands!” (ht @pcmaconvene)

Get a Local Take

And if you can’t afford to take over a town, consider simply attending one of the local chapter meetings. Laurence Hart, the Association for Information and Image Management’s (AIIM) chief information officer, recently went to a local chapter event for AIIM and found it much more useful than simply hanging out on social media all day. “Advice delivered 140 characters at a time is limited,” he explains. “Discussions without body language cues may miss critical issues or topics. When you throw in serendipity that comes with meeting new people, the value skyrockets.” How often do you get out to your association’s local chapter events? (ht @piewords)

What sort of stuff are you reading online today? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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