|All dressed up and ready to go!|
We arrived to the local Nugget Market, yes the same one my youngest daughter Angel works at. So that added some comfort as she would be there and we would know so many of the people working. I was also very fortunate that a few of the people there were people I was already friendly with on Twitter. This was a tweet up. What's a "tweet up" you may ask. Well often there is social tweet ups, where friends on Twitter come together to meet,there are blogger tweet ups, where obviously bloggers meet face to face and this was a business tweet up. In an nut shell, it is where people that use Twitter as a form of furthering their business or brand via social networking meet up.
|The lovely store my daughter Angel works out, also where I spend quite a bit of time at...this of course is a stock photo, it was not raining.|
The organizers of this "tweet up" were the creators of Placer Business TweetUp ( Placer is the county I live in) Here is what they say about it on their Facebook page.
Placer County's Fastest Growing Social Media Business Community
We are The Placer Business Tweetup Community:
Come join us!
You will meet, connect and be supported by other Placer based businesses using social media strategies and tools like blogs, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to grow their business.
~ FREE to attend.
~ Leave your powerpoint presentations and flyers at home.
~ Join the conversation
~ Focus on how you can help others, let the rest happen.
|Ray Young, Josh Unfried & Christine Young of Placer Biz TweetUp|
Now again I do not have a business, and indeed I did get a few odd looks from people when I said that I was a blogger and not a business owner. I quickly said I was there to help promote my daughter and her business(her Etsy shop counts right?)and that I also on a regular basis as a service to the area I love, promote small local businesses such as mom & pop shops, wineries...that was a in with professional promoters...at least my big toe was in the door.
After filled out our name tags,introduced ourselves to Josh(mentioned above), paid for our flight of wine and grabbed a bite to eat. At first we stood in the corner and chatted with people we knew from Nugget, but then we got a bit more brave. After re-filling our empty glasses we ventured out. There was so many people it was truly hard to know where to start. We tried to make eye contact with some to perhaps see if they would say hello. After several failed attempts, so many seemed to already know each other and huddled together, there were some wonderfully nice ladies and gentlemen that took the time to speak to us and truly even seemed interested in my blog as well as Rebecca's art.
|Here we are chatting with one such gentleman(well what you can see of him), believe his name was Derek. I am afraid I talked his ear off ...my nerves either make me quite shy or far too talkative.|
|The local paper was there, from what I understand my photo was taken and we just may make the paper!|
|As you can see people were tweeting at the tweet up, we all wore our Twitter handles on our name tags so people could connect/follow right away.|
|This is Danielle DeBow, publicist for Nugget Markets. Such a lovely lady inside and out. Stylish too! We have chatted on and off for well over a year now on Twitter.|
|Josh welcoming all of us there and then he handed it over to...*see continuation in a minute....|
*Continued...John and Lane Giguiere of Matchbook Wines. We were all amused by the lively tale of the history of the name and of course the wines...which were very good by the way! In the back ground is Eric and Tom, co-workers of my daughter Angel
We managed to make a few great contacts for Rebecca(thanks Josh who pointed us in the right direction)and we may even have a showing lined up for her at a local non-profit coffee shop here in Roseville! Future job ops were discussed and purchases of her art for private display as well. So all in all it was quite successful and even a little exciting.