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May Meeting - Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing

This month we will have two meetings. One will be downtown Chicago on May 16 and the other will be on May 18 in Algonquin, IL

Chicago Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing Meeting

Time: May 16, 2009 from 10:30am to 12pm

Location: ING Direct Cafe

Street: 21 E Chestnut St

City/Town: Chicago, IL, 60610

RSVP at… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on May 8, 2009 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Hi from Ireland

Hi All,
My name is Matt ryan. I,am a media professional working in Dublin , Ireland. Myself and my collegues have just completed our 'Wordpress" video blog site. You can see it at: We have just completed a production job which included interviewing the President of Ireland. Her Excellency Mary McAleese. There are a few other post as well. I would appricaite your comments on any of them and leave a comment if you wish.

Matt Ryan.

Added by matt ryan on May 2, 2009 at 5:14pm — No Comments

April 2009 Meeting - Chicago Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing

Photos of the Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing meeting on April 20 at Julius Meinl are now live at:

We discussed Twitter and Facebook. Also, Marcia Hansen from Allstate gave a presentation on

See everyone at the… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on April 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

SOBCon09 - Biz School for Bloggers

Join social media and business mavens, pr and interactive agencies, big brands and ecommerce specialists working together on building the business of the Interwebs. Speakers speak for 40 minutes. Then you work with your team applying what they said to your business.

May 1-3, 2009, 150 of the most deeply networked,… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on April 8, 2009 at 12:47am — No Comments

A business built around community

Threadless was started in 2000 by Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart with $1000 earned from an Internet t-shirt design contest. The company has grown without any formal advertising, sales force or national retail distribution channels. T-shirt designs are submitted online by members of the Threadless community. The public votes on the designs and a few of them are selected for printing with the creators of the winning designs getting paid cash and store credit. The t-shirts are only sold… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on March 19, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Smart social networking has become essential for most IT execs

Social networks like Facebook (150 million users), Twitter (4.4 million users) and LinkedIn (34 million users) are some of the fastest growing sites on the Internet and they're not being used for aimless chitchat or sharing the latest gossip.

We're talking busy IT professionals using social networks for serious IT business – everything from customer service to marketing a product to marketing themselves to keeping up with industry news to getting fast answers to a technical… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on March 11, 2009 at 7:24am — No Comments

Small and Local Businesses CAN have an Affordable Internet Presence

"In Mid November of 2008 Beyond Commerce launched LocalAdLink, an online advertising service that enables local businesses to reach local customers. The customer facing Web site is a local search directory. When a customer visits, our proprietary geo-targeting technology identifies their location and serves up local businesses in their zipcode. The… Continue

Added by BizNetMarketing on March 3, 2009 at 8:57pm — No Comments

The US President and Social Media

Barack Obama used social media to transform the way presidential campaigning is done. His Twitter site at still has over 140,000 followers making it one of the most popular networks on the site. The last post to Twitter was on November 5, however there are two new posts in January 2009 and hopefully he will continue. The social network had a feature where subscribers could use the Neighbor to Neighbor… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on January 25, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Small Hi-Tech Company Dumps Banks, Twitters Technorati to Raise Funds

Dittmar Associates, a small, woman-owned company specializing in aerospace and high-tech sectors, recently celebrated winning a $1.2 M contract - the largest in the company's 5-year history. But there was a catch. Banks wanted access to all the money up front in order to advance the company a loan to cover up front costs.

"Our bank has great folks working for it," said Mary Lynne Dittmar, President of Dittmar Associates. "But if we had the money upfront, we wouldn't need the loan to… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on January 17, 2009 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Lenovo used social media marketing to enhance its corporate sponsorship of the Olympics games

"Voices of the Olympic Games" brought together 100 athlete bloggers from 25 different countries and connected them the world as they blogged their way to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Over the course of the Games, Lenovo’s Athlete Bloggers published more than 1,500 posts and received over 8,000 comments from fans around the world. “Voices” was a huge success and demonstrated the value of amplifying Olympic athletes’ real, unfiltered… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on December 27, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Frohe Weihnachten und ein Gutes Neues Jahr
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee
Sretan Bozic i Nova Godina

Todor Krecu

Added by Todor Krecu on December 25, 2008 at 7:14am — No Comments

What is Social Media Marketing

From Wikipedia: Social media is the use of electronic and Internet tools for the purpose of sharing and discussing information and experiences with other human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and "building" of shared meaning among communities, as people share their… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on December 24, 2008 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Chicago Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing Meeting Dec 18

The photos of the meeting held last night are at:

I will post information about the January meeting in a few days. Check the events page for updates:

Todor… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on December 19, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Social Media in Plain English Video

This is a great video by Lee LeFever titled "Social Media in Plain… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on December 16, 2008 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Association

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association launched its Give 1 Get 1 program for a second time, allowing people to buy one of the mini-laptops and donate one to a child in the developing world at the same time for just US$399.

One Laptop per Child XO Laptop (Give a Laptop, Get a Laptop)

One… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on December 2, 2008 at 9:32pm — 1 Comment

Chicago Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing Meeting on November 24, 2008

The group meeting was help at Julius Meinl again and these members attended:

Pek Pongpaet (, Hope Bertram (, Philip Ivarson (, Karen Seda, Thomas Kruk and Todor Krecu (

The photos from the meeting are at:…


Added by Todor Krecu on November 25, 2008 at 2:54pm — No Comments

“Sniff” Out Your Friends Anywhere in the United States

Mobile and Facebook Integrated Friend Finder from Useful Networks Now Compatible with the Sprint Network and Specified Sprint Devices in the U.S.

DENVER--( Networks, a leader in mobile location innovation, announces today the availability of its internationally popular mobile and Facebook integrated friend finder, sniff™ (Social Network Integrated Friend Finder), in the United States. Already very popular in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, sniff… Continue

Added by Bruce Eric Montgomery on November 18, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Swing-State Voters and the Social-Networking Sites They Love

As John McCain and Barack Obama try to get out the vote, they’ll invariably turn to social-networking Web sites. But doing well in swing states isn’t just a matter of creating a MySpace page: Voters in different states tend to frequent different sites.

Added by Todor Krecu on November 10, 2008 at 2:10pm — No Comments

How to engage social communities

Consumers are creating fan pages on Facebook, Linkedin, Ning and other social Web sites. These sites are dedicated to brands, products, stores, etc. The Nutella Fans Club on Facebook currently has over 200,000 members where they post photos and discuss the product. This is just one of several sites in Facebook dedicated to this product. The company can learn from the fans and get some helpful information and why people like Nutella. The next step would be for the company to engage these fans… Continue

Added by Todor Krecu on November 6, 2008 at 5:02am — No Comments

September Meeting

At this meeting we will discuss and Ning and how to use these sites in your media marketing plans.

Todor Krecu

Added by Todor Krecu on September 19, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments



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