Tuesday, July 20, 2010

#SMCakl 6... they're still talking about it!

Social Media Club Auckland NZ #SMCakl Social Media New Zealand
Social Media Club Auckland (13Jul10) what a night - one to remember!

Social Media Club Auckland (#SMCakl 6) was a hoot with over 150 SMperor penguins huddled inside the Saatchi atrium braving the chill.

With a topic like ‘Social Media for Social Good’ we knew we were onto a good one. But the zealous response it fetched was unforeseen. And boy, did things heat up during the Q&A!

Featuring prominent names from NZ’s leading charities and NGOs, the speakers treated the audience to insightful presentations and shared how they leverage social media for ROI, sustenance and growth.

L-R: Me, Stuart Young, Lee Hales, Suzanne Kendrick, Nick Young
L-R: Me, Stuart Young, Lee Hales, Suzanne Kendrick, Nick Young

Kick-off... with both feet-in-the-mouth!

Our Keynote Speakers for the evening

Suzanne Kendrick
Online Marketing and Community Management, Grey Lynn 2030

Simon Coley

Lee Hales
Marketing Manager, Give a Little NZ

Stuart Young
Online Communications Manager, Oxfam NZ

Nick Young

The heated Q&A session... the conversation is still going on!


#SMCakl6 was a night to remember not only because it featured many firsts, but because it created quite a stir at the event and unprecedented buzz afterwards. The event led to a barrage of blog posts (incl this one!) and triggered a deluge of conversations. In particular:
Also, here's a good article on the local social media scene by Kelly Gregor (of NZ Herald) featuring quite a few SMCakl speakers.

SM Whiz Quiz Prizes - Rebecca Smith draws the winners...
And the lucky winners are... on the comments wall (login required to view)

Prizes Galore

For the first time, SMCakl had an SM Whiz Quiz where lucky winners took home a Motorola Milestone & T-sticks from Telecom NZ; T-shirts from Oxfam, All Good Bananas & Greenpeace; Tickets from WordCamp NZ.

The twitterrific #SMCakl tweetwall - thank God it didn't break Twitter:)

tweet as

Another cool first at #SMCakl was the live Tweetwall (set up by Peter Mangin, CIO, Saatchi & Saatchi NZ) which displayed all tweets with the hashtag #SMCakl as a real-time feed on a jellyscreen - a ‘tweet as’ success. End result - #SMCakl became a top trending topic in Auckland.

AdMedia & Fastline gave prizes to the top 3 Qs at the Q&A, and top 3 tweets. Check out the Events page to see all the winners, prizes...

Vote of Thanks

Organising events is not easy - esp. with audience numbers of 150+. #SMCakl 6 was a resonating success thanks to our Speakers, Sponsors & Supporters: Peter Mangin, Chris Macdonald, Nicholas O’Flaherty, Alex Erasmus, Vaughn Davis, Simon Young, Justin Flitter, Julian Waters, Rebecca Smith, Tara Sutherland (Telecom NZ), David Gapes, Jason Kemp (WordCampNZ), Marty (Milk Cafe) and all those who participated in it - online and offline.

I ate that banana right after that talk. Suddenly, I felt all good!
That's me (hashtag #makingahashofitall:)
The famous S&S logo on lift, me, the tweetwall & the latest handbags:)
My tee was eyeballed (in a good way) by many. Idea courtesy amysticgirl

Might as well add, it was my honour to organise the event, MC the evening, host the Q&A and quiz-master the SM Whiz Quiz. A great experience, both a pleasure and a privilege indeed.

All in all, a great networking event with Monteith’s beer + cider flowing all night, nibbles from Milk Cafe and fair trade bananas for everyone.

Next meet on Tuesday 10 August. Topic: SM Analytics & Listening. Add yourself on Social Media Club Auckland's Facebook profile to keep up with the latest updates. See you all soon.

 Till then, keep the madness alive and get social with it.

Mr. Social would like to thank amysticgirl for the photos & videos.

On a lighter note, here's a Supercop gone All Good Bananas - full story in pictures!

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