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Win a Ticket to Social Media Success Summit 2010

Want to win a free ticket to the biggest online social media event of the year? Of course you do!

After the success of last years competition, Mike Stelzner (the event founder) and I put our heads together to come up with something fun and interesting for you to get involved in. I think it is going to be great 🙂

FIRST, WHAT IS THIS EVENT?

If you haven’t heard already, Social Media Success Summit is a HUGE online conference dedicated to help businesses succeed with social media marketing. More than 1,000 folks have already signed up, including GE, Intel, Staples, Electronic Arts, Lowes, Eastman Kodak, NCR, Harvard Business School, Thomson Reuters, Liberty Mutual, American Express and hundreds of smaller businesses.

24 (!) social media speakers are giving away their best tips at this online conference. We’re talking bestselling authors, business leaders and mega popular bloggers. Guy Kawasaki is giving the keynote, then we have, Chris Brogan, Darren Rowse and Brian Clark, who are always awesome. A social media conference wouldn’t be the same without the Queen of Facebook, Mari Smith (Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day), Lewis Howes (LinkedWorking: Generating Success on LinkedIn) will be sharing his LinkedIn knowledge. So many names … Greg Jarboe (YouTube and Video Marketing), Kim Dushinski (Mobile Marketing Handbook),  Home Depot, Best Buy, Whole Foods, Domino’s Pizza, Edelman PR, Foursquare, and Groupon.

Anyhoo, check out the full list and all the bios on these folks here.

The sessions will cover:

  • Effective ways to market your company with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, social bookmarking sites, mobile marketing and more
  • How to track and measure the return on investment for social media programs
  • A step-by-step method for creating a smart social media marketing plan
  • How to build a loyal social media following
  • How to bring more customers into your local business with social media techniques

Go here to see all the sessions.

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This is more than just an event. It’s also a way for people to come together, share their experiences, meet the experts and network – all online.

At last year’s summit, 97% of attendees said they’d recommend the event to a friend AND attend again! That’s some endorsement.

Excited? Want to see how you can win?

Read on …

The Prizes

Mike has generously agreed to give away three free tickets to the summit (remember, it’s an online conference – no travel required). The tickets are worth $597 each, so this is a very valuable prize.

Two Ways to Win

There are 3 tickets up for grabs, two ways to win!

The Twitter Entry: Simply click the button on the right or tweet for a chance to win one ticket:

I want to win a ticket to Social Media Success Summit http://bit.ly/dBdBR2 (via: @chrisgarrett ) #winSMSS

You can tweet up to two times per day. Each tweet is an entry to win.  We’ll randomly draw the winner.  All tweets must have the #winSMSS hashtag included.

The Written Entry: Two tickets will go to the person who best writes about their biggest social media challenge.  You can write on your own blog and link back to this page (and/or link to your post in a comment below) OR you can simply add a comment to this page.

What You Need to Know

  1. You can enter to win either or both prizes.
  2. Tweets must contain #winSMSS.
  3. The judges (myself and Mike Stelzner) will select the best written entry.  Our decisions will be subjective and final 🙂 .
  4. Winners will be announced after Friday April 16th.
  5. If you have already have a ticket, no worries, if you win we’ll either refund you or you can give your spare ticket to someone you really like 🙂

Good luck!

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity Chris,

    While I am wishing everyone luck, I hope to win.

  2. Thanks for the opportunity Chris,

    While I am wishing everyone luck, I hope to win.

  3. My biggest social media challenge is dropping the megaphone and working with it to listen, to build incredible rapport and dynamite customer relationships.

    As it happens, I wrote a post about it. You guys are so persuasive!

    http://www.davethackeray.com/how-about-we-listen/

  4. My biggest social media challenge is dropping the megaphone and working with it to listen, to build incredible rapport and dynamite customer relationships.

    As it happens, I wrote a post about it. You guys are so persuasive!

    http://www.davethackeray.com/how-about-we-listen/

  5. Nuno Silva says:

    Amazing opportunity!

    I´m a newbie to blogging but completely dedicated to be a successful blogger.

    I´m reading all I can found on the net and Chris blog and sites are the first ones that I´m studying.

    Thanks a lot for all the great stuff we get here and for this opportunity to learn a lot with all this gurus.

    The sky is the limit! (But not for me….!!!!! :))

    Nuno

  6. Nuno Silva says:

    Amazing opportunity!

    I´m a newbie to blogging but completely dedicated to be a successful blogger.

    I´m reading all I can found on the net and Chris blog and sites are the first ones that I´m studying.

    Thanks a lot for all the great stuff we get here and for this opportunity to learn a lot with all this gurus.

    The sky is the limit! (But not for me….!!!!! :))

    Nuno

  7. Do you ever feel that you are “tweeting in the wind”?
    I often do.

    We all hear about the importance of developing online relationships but that is easier said than done when it comes to twitter. Using @name seldom brings about a response- quite possibly because the person missed the viewing altogether. Unless a direct message is sent, I have never gotten a response to communicating with this method.

    Then asking questions only brings about a one time response.

    No one wants to “come out and play”. That is my biggest challenge.

    Helloooooooooo at there. See? No response

  8. Do you ever feel that you are “tweeting in the wind”?
    I often do.

    We all hear about the importance of developing online relationships but that is easier said than done when it comes to twitter. Using @name seldom brings about a response- quite possibly because the person missed the viewing altogether. Unless a direct message is sent, I have never gotten a response to communicating with this method.

    Then asking questions only brings about a one time response.

    No one wants to “come out and play”. That is my biggest challenge.

    Helloooooooooo at there. See? No response

  9. Hey Chris & Mike –

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win free ticket.

    Well, here in Pakistan. 95% busniess are just using Push Advertisement because no one is yet enganing the customers.

    Most of the time they just want to broadcast their services.

    They are not yet on Social Media because they don’t know it.

    Challange for me is, “How to show them, possible results of using social mediat for listening, engaging and creating.”

    Best of luck to all.

  10. Hey Chris & Mike –

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win free ticket.

    Well, here in Pakistan. 95% busniess are just using Push Advertisement because no one is yet enganing the customers.

    Most of the time they just want to broadcast their services.

    They are not yet on Social Media because they don’t know it.

    Challange for me is, “How to show them, possible results of using social mediat for listening, engaging and creating.”

    Best of luck to all.

  11. My biggest challenge is coming up with content that gets my audience to respond. Most of the blog posts I have read about this say that asking questions relevant to the industry will garner responses. Either I am asking the wrong questions or my audience is asleep, because after a few months of trying I have only had two people respond to my Facebook page, no comments on my bog and nothing on twitter – is there another direction I should be putting my focus, or am I expecting too much too soon?

  12. My biggest challenge is coming up with content that gets my audience to respond. Most of the blog posts I have read about this say that asking questions relevant to the industry will garner responses. Either I am asking the wrong questions or my audience is asleep, because after a few months of trying I have only had two people respond to my Facebook page, no comments on my bog and nothing on twitter – is there another direction I should be putting my focus, or am I expecting too much too soon?

  13. My biggest challenge with Social Media is convincing clients you don’t have to do be everywhere; you just have to choose the best one for the results you are trying to gain and do it better than anyone else.

  14. My biggest challenge with Social Media is convincing clients you don’t have to do be everywhere; you just have to choose the best one for the results you are trying to gain and do it better than anyone else.

  15. Larry Adams says:

    I want to win!

  16. Larry Adams says:

    I want to win!

  17. Saraswati says:

    Hey Mike & Chris

    Thanks for this opportunity to win free tickets to the great Social Media Success Summit 2010.

    I am a MBA student with Advertising & Marketing Communications as my core subjects. I am doing my MBA post approx 3 years of work experience from the Ad world. As a student I have got an opportunity to sit back and reflect my MBA theories in relation to what I was doing as a professional in the past (that was more of traditional, above the line advertising) and what is buzzing currently all around me and becoming bigger and bigger day by day (that is Social Media).

    Talking about the biggest Social Media Challenge, I would say for me (till date) it has been to find the right contacts and suggestions for selecting the appropriate University to pursue my MBA from. Leaving my job and getting back to studies was a big decision for me. While applying to various universities abroad, I used the Social Media – Facebook, Orkut, blogs and various other forums to get in touch with people who have studied in the universities I was targeting at. I wrote to these people with my queries and requested for their suggestions. Frankly speaking, people do respond to personal messages. They were willing to help and share honest experiences. This whole exercise proved to be very helpful for me though it was tough to get the right contacts addresses initially but I would say it is a trustworthy source as compared to various testimonials on glossy brochures and heavy lines on application advertisements. Social Media proved to be a powerful medium to reach the people directly. Last but not least, I even made a couple of good friends through this exercise.

    My MBA journey is on for few more months and I am willing to learn and unlearn continuously. I am looking at the Social Media Success Summit as an opportunity to learn the apt ways to use Social Media which is an influential and an essential medium for marketing communications today.

  18. http://lettucebuzz.typepad.com/blog/2010/04/challenges-of-social-media.html

    I am a broke college student, It would be amazing to be able to attend this conference and hone my social media skills!

  19. Saraswati says:

    Hey Mike & Chris

    Thanks for this opportunity to win free tickets to the great Social Media Success Summit 2010.

    I am a MBA student with Advertising & Marketing Communications as my core subjects. I am doing my MBA post approx 3 years of work experience from the Ad world. As a student I have got an opportunity to sit back and reflect my MBA theories in relation to what I was doing as a professional in the past (that was more of traditional, above the line advertising) and what is buzzing currently all around me and becoming bigger and bigger day by day (that is Social Media).

    Talking about the biggest Social Media Challenge, I would say for me (till date) it has been to find the right contacts and suggestions for selecting the appropriate University to pursue my MBA from. Leaving my job and getting back to studies was a big decision for me. While applying to various universities abroad, I used the Social Media – Facebook, Orkut, blogs and various other forums to get in touch with people who have studied in the universities I was targeting at. I wrote to these people with my queries and requested for their suggestions. Frankly speaking, people do respond to personal messages. They were willing to help and share honest experiences. This whole exercise proved to be very helpful for me though it was tough to get the right contacts addresses initially but I would say it is a trustworthy source as compared to various testimonials on glossy brochures and heavy lines on application advertisements. Social Media proved to be a powerful medium to reach the people directly. Last but not least, I even made a couple of good friends through this exercise.

    My MBA journey is on for few more months and I am willing to learn and unlearn continuously. I am looking at the Social Media Success Summit as an opportunity to learn the apt ways to use Social Media which is an influential and an essential medium for marketing communications today.

  20. http://lettucebuzz.typepad.com/blog/2010/04/challenges-of-social-media.html

    I am a broke college student, It would be amazing to be able to attend this conference and hone my social media skills!

  21. My biggest challenge is getting it all done and seeing results. I’ve taken courses, used the tools, and sometimes just get stuck in the details of “paralysis by analysis.” It’s an exciting new thing for me and one I’m trying to teach others along the way as I learn new things. I believe this conference would be a great help to me in both growing my business and helping others along the way.

  22. My biggest challenge is getting it all done and seeing results. I’ve taken courses, used the tools, and sometimes just get stuck in the details of “paralysis by analysis.” It’s an exciting new thing for me and one I’m trying to teach others along the way as I learn new things. I believe this conference would be a great help to me in both growing my business and helping others along the way.

  23. Chris great idea.

    Barbara, I did a twitter search on your name, I visited your site. How easy do you make it for people to find you on Twitter?

    It does take time to build relationships on and offline. Here is what I see. Many folks tweet the same thing thinking it is valuable. So maybe you are getting lost in the crowd by not standing out enough.

    You are welcome to connect with me @prosperitygal, I am engaged Twitter user;).

    Now, for Chris’ contest.

    My biggest Social Media Challenge is different in that I have been there for a while and so at a different level.

    Finding data and enough examples without it becoming a full time job to give prospective sponsors who want to be in front of some of us with a niche audience would be great. (Love transparency of Mack Collier with what he charges, it gives us continued solidarity when clients want to say well that’s not in line blah blah blah…we can point to examples and say nay nay my dears)

    While we have white papers sharing WHY it is important to be “In Social Media” more sharing of knowledge how we can leverage our monetization once we have built our tribes in each of the different mediums – blogs, podcast, online tv etc…is my biggest challenge in this moment.

    Taking traditional TV or radio and over laying it onto online tv and radio is not gonna cut it-ya know.

    Same way traditional marketing/adv metrics do not translate well for social media.

    Finding that balance of engagement VS total immersion even though some of us already know when are peak times to engage. At this stage it does take on a whole other level.

    Being a believer in continued education and that when two or more minds connect a “Mastermind” is born is valuable with this type of group.

    Thank you both for your continued efforts to give great materials and I would love to win.

  24. Chris great idea.

    Barbara, I did a twitter search on your name, I visited your site. How easy do you make it for people to find you on Twitter?

    It does take time to build relationships on and offline. Here is what I see. Many folks tweet the same thing thinking it is valuable. So maybe you are getting lost in the crowd by not standing out enough.

    You are welcome to connect with me @prosperitygal, I am engaged Twitter user;).

    Now, for Chris’ contest.

    My biggest Social Media Challenge is different in that I have been there for a while and so at a different level.

    Finding data and enough examples without it becoming a full time job to give prospective sponsors who want to be in front of some of us with a niche audience would be great. (Love transparency of Mack Collier with what he charges, it gives us continued solidarity when clients want to say well that’s not in line blah blah blah…we can point to examples and say nay nay my dears)

    While we have white papers sharing WHY it is important to be “In Social Media” more sharing of knowledge how we can leverage our monetization once we have built our tribes in each of the different mediums – blogs, podcast, online tv etc…is my biggest challenge in this moment.

    Taking traditional TV or radio and over laying it onto online tv and radio is not gonna cut it-ya know.

    Same way traditional marketing/adv metrics do not translate well for social media.

    Finding that balance of engagement VS total immersion even though some of us already know when are peak times to engage. At this stage it does take on a whole other level.

    Being a believer in continued education and that when two or more minds connect a “Mastermind” is born is valuable with this type of group.

    Thank you both for your continued efforts to give great materials and I would love to win.

  25. Hello,
    My biggest social media challenge? Reaching my preferred audience with my message. I am passionate about helping women who have lost a significant amount of weight (50 lbs or more) to reframe and redesign their image – not just the visual, but their thought processes about themselves and their self-esteem.

    I need help to develop a social media marketing plan – there is so much out there, I’m kind of afraid of “getting lost”; finding ways to maximize my investment of time and resources into social media activities; and translating a healthy online following into more local (in-person) business, since so much of what I do is very personal.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter – good luck to all!

  26. Hello,
    My biggest social media challenge? Reaching my preferred audience with my message. I am passionate about helping women who have lost a significant amount of weight (50 lbs or more) to reframe and redesign their image – not just the visual, but their thought processes about themselves and their self-esteem.

    I need help to develop a social media marketing plan – there is so much out there, I’m kind of afraid of “getting lost”; finding ways to maximize my investment of time and resources into social media activities; and translating a healthy online following into more local (in-person) business, since so much of what I do is very personal.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter – good luck to all!

  27. I operate a media consultancy located in Western Kentucky, and my greatest social media challenge, clearly, is the need to constantly educate clients and potential clients about the myriad benefits – yes, even the urgent need for – social media campaigns.

    I run across many companies that pay lip service to the importance of social media. I even conduct well attended seminars and workshops designed to help ease the way into New Media. But, when it comes right down to it, very few managers and owners really grasp the fact that the way public relations is best conducted today is dramatically different from the way it was done just a few years ago.

    Especially in this geographic region, I find myself spending more and more time simply trying to convey the larger picture – to educate the business community about how social media applies to them – to the media environment, and most important, to their longevity and success.

    I firmly believe that a business without an online presence today runs the risk of losing its viability over the coming decade. It’s more important than ever that we continue to teach social media tools, techniques and strategies – even to those with a mindset that what they’ve always done still works. That’s the thought process I must overcome.

    This summit presents an outstanding opportunity for a small agency owner (like me), and I fervently hope that I might be fortunate enough to gain entry!

    Thank you.

  28. I operate a media consultancy located in Western Kentucky, and my greatest social media challenge, clearly, is the need to constantly educate clients and potential clients about the myriad benefits – yes, even the urgent need for – social media campaigns.

    I run across many companies that pay lip service to the importance of social media. I even conduct well attended seminars and workshops designed to help ease the way into New Media. But, when it comes right down to it, very few managers and owners really grasp the fact that the way public relations is best conducted today is dramatically different from the way it was done just a few years ago.

    Especially in this geographic region, I find myself spending more and more time simply trying to convey the larger picture – to educate the business community about how social media applies to them – to the media environment, and most important, to their longevity and success.

    I firmly believe that a business without an online presence today runs the risk of losing its viability over the coming decade. It’s more important than ever that we continue to teach social media tools, techniques and strategies – even to those with a mindset that what they’ve always done still works. That’s the thought process I must overcome.

    This summit presents an outstanding opportunity for a small agency owner (like me), and I fervently hope that I might be fortunate enough to gain entry!

    Thank you.

  29. I am still trying to separate the wheat from the chaff as I try to learn how to effectively use social media marketing for my business on a very limited budget. Too limited for many programs and software that I am not sure will work for a service business (writing,editing, reviews, and more)and drive the traffic I need.

  30. I am still trying to separate the wheat from the chaff as I try to learn how to effectively use social media marketing for my business on a very limited budget. Too limited for many programs and software that I am not sure will work for a service business (writing,editing, reviews, and more)and drive the traffic I need.

  31. Denise Dochnahl says:

    The biggest issue I face as a Social Media Marketer is also “tweeting in the wind”, something mentioned in an earlier post. Is the timing of my tweets off? Is the content itself not good? So hard to know and make improvements…. I want to soak up all the info I can (reading lots of web posts, books, etc.) and use this new tool to the best of my ability, but I’m finding it a little frustrating. Would love to hear what others are doing, how they are succeeding, failing, learning, growing.

  32. Denise Dochnahl says:

    The biggest issue I face as a Social Media Marketer is also “tweeting in the wind”, something mentioned in an earlier post. Is the timing of my tweets off? Is the content itself not good? So hard to know and make improvements…. I want to soak up all the info I can (reading lots of web posts, books, etc.) and use this new tool to the best of my ability, but I’m finding it a little frustrating. Would love to hear what others are doing, how they are succeeding, failing, learning, growing.

  33. My biggest Social Media challenge is applying good time management and best practices for personal branding purposes. One post I recently wrote on my blog is called:

    ROI of Social Investment … Beware of No “R” on the “I”

    Find it at: http://wp.me/pQYre-1D

    Thanks for considering me for the free tickets. Not only am I excited about the content of this conference, but am also a huge fan of and active participant in online conferences – it will be a ticket that is well spent!

  34. My biggest Social Media challenge is applying good time management and best practices for personal branding purposes. One post I recently wrote on my blog is called:

    ROI of Social Investment … Beware of No “R” on the “I”

    Find it at: http://wp.me/pQYre-1D

    Thanks for considering me for the free tickets. Not only am I excited about the content of this conference, but am also a huge fan of and active participant in online conferences – it will be a ticket that is well spent!

  35. My biggest challenge I feel, is that my main readers are pregnant and so I always am having to find new readers, because they “graduate” when they have their babies!

  36. My biggest challenge I feel, is that my main readers are pregnant and so I always am having to find new readers, because they “graduate” when they have their babies!

  37. My social media problem is, I tweet and use Facebook but to no avail. I’m not exactly sure how to get people to my blog. I know I have a fairly tight niche, but I also know that others in my niche are getting results.

    I would have blogged about this contest, but I’m not sure my readers would be interested since I’m not in an internet marketing niche.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  38. My social media problem is, I tweet and use Facebook but to no avail. I’m not exactly sure how to get people to my blog. I know I have a fairly tight niche, but I also know that others in my niche are getting results.

    I would have blogged about this contest, but I’m not sure my readers would be interested since I’m not in an internet marketing niche.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  39. My biggest work challenge (not my little biz at this point) is finding the “best in class” vendors for Listening/Monitoring, Workflow and Measurement and then with minimal customization have them all synched in harmony to be able to support our Social Medial strategy and growth in this market.

  40. My biggest work challenge (not my little biz at this point) is finding the “best in class” vendors for Listening/Monitoring, Workflow and Measurement and then with minimal customization have them all synched in harmony to be able to support our Social Medial strategy and growth in this market.

  41. Biggest social media challenge?

    Keeping up with … all the reading … all the writing … the new tools … new ideas … putting them into practice for a new business … bringing it all together …

    Oh yeh … and just chilling and enjoying life … taking it slow … sitting in the sun … enjoying time with people … standing back from the computer

  42. Biggest social media challenge?

    Keeping up with … all the reading … all the writing … the new tools … new ideas … putting them into practice for a new business … bringing it all together …

    Oh yeh … and just chilling and enjoying life … taking it slow … sitting in the sun … enjoying time with people … standing back from the computer

  43. Hey Chris –

    I figure if I can convince executives in a B2B company to blog, I can WIN THIS TICKET!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. Hey Chris –

    I figure if I can convince executives in a B2B company to blog, I can WIN THIS TICKET!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Just posted my biggest social media challenge on my Social Media Blog. http://tastingtheinternet.com/are-you-facing-social-media-challenges/

    I’d love to win the tickets!! 🙂 Great group of experts!

    Thanks,
    Terri
    http://tastingtheinternet.com

  46. Just posted my biggest social media challenge on my Social Media Blog. http://tastingtheinternet.com/are-you-facing-social-media-challenges/

    I’d love to win the tickets!! 🙂 Great group of experts!

    Thanks,
    Terri
    http://tastingtheinternet.com

  47. My Biggest Social Media Challenge is strategic. I am just beginning to learn/study this and how to best use it to increase my business. I am overwhelmed by the many vehicles, options, programs, addins, seminars, tutorials, articles, etc. that are available and constantly growing and changing.

    Where to start, where to go next, and how to best stay abreast of what’s happening and changing in social media?

  48. My Biggest Social Media Challenge is strategic. I am just beginning to learn/study this and how to best use it to increase my business. I am overwhelmed by the many vehicles, options, programs, addins, seminars, tutorials, articles, etc. that are available and constantly growing and changing.

    Where to start, where to go next, and how to best stay abreast of what’s happening and changing in social media?

  49. I am very excited about this opportunity! My business is fairly new and I am determined to make it work online. The discussions and instruction in this summit would be of valuable assistance to me, as time and money are limited right now. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and twitter regarding social media, but getting through them all for the nuggets of inspiration and useable tips is time consuming. This would give me a leg up on getting things going.

    Thanks for making it possible to win a ticket

  50. I am very excited about this opportunity! My business is fairly new and I am determined to make it work online. The discussions and instruction in this summit would be of valuable assistance to me, as time and money are limited right now. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and twitter regarding social media, but getting through them all for the nuggets of inspiration and useable tips is time consuming. This would give me a leg up on getting things going.

    Thanks for making it possible to win a ticket

  51. Dear Mike and Chris:
    HELP! I was ahead of the curve with my website (debuted April 2000), but I’m way behind with social media. What’s my resistance?
    Thanks!
    Ruth x x x

  52. Dear Mike and Chris:
    HELP! I was ahead of the curve with my website (debuted April 2000), but I’m way behind with social media. What’s my resistance?
    Thanks!
    Ruth x x x

  53. I’m a Virtual Assistant whose clients (and potential clients) want and need to understand the world of social media better and use it effectively. I need to learn the ins and outs of social media so that I can serve my clients better. The ‘problem’ I’ve found is not only all the information out there and the time it takes to glean through it, but the fact that the social media services (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc.) implement changes rather often so even when you finally get to know how to use them….they change!

  54. I’m a Virtual Assistant whose clients (and potential clients) want and need to understand the world of social media better and use it effectively. I need to learn the ins and outs of social media so that I can serve my clients better. The ‘problem’ I’ve found is not only all the information out there and the time it takes to glean through it, but the fact that the social media services (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc.) implement changes rather often so even when you finally get to know how to use them….they change!

  55. My biggest social media challenge is balancing time commitment restraints and the desire to stay truly engaged with my social media community as my community grows. I found in the beginning that I could actually engage in conversation with most of my community but now have over 3K followers on Twitter and find that maintaining that same level of connection would take more hours than I have to give. (And it continues to be one of the more “fun” things I do so I have to develop the self discipline to move away from the shiny objects.)

    My efforts to maintain time balance sometimes result in my staying off my SM channels for a few days at a time which of course further damages my ability to maintain connections.

  56. My biggest social media challenge is balancing time commitment restraints and the desire to stay truly engaged with my social media community as my community grows. I found in the beginning that I could actually engage in conversation with most of my community but now have over 3K followers on Twitter and find that maintaining that same level of connection would take more hours than I have to give. (And it continues to be one of the more “fun” things I do so I have to develop the self discipline to move away from the shiny objects.)

    My efforts to maintain time balance sometimes result in my staying off my SM channels for a few days at a time which of course further damages my ability to maintain connections.

  57. Christine Ballestrini says:

    My biggest social media challenge is educating clients on the need for social media, how it’s beneficial, how powerful it is and why they need it to be successful in today’s market.

    But this is not only for clients, as a designer & marketer, it’s hard to market social media to your clients when your own company finds it hard to gravitate towards social media and get involved in the digital community.

    Attending the Social Media Success Summit would be an amazing opportunity to help unite and solve the social media challenges I face with both clients and with our internal team. Thank you for your consideration!

  58. Christine Ballestrini says:

    My biggest social media challenge is educating clients on the need for social media, how it’s beneficial, how powerful it is and why they need it to be successful in today’s market.

    But this is not only for clients, as a designer & marketer, it’s hard to market social media to your clients when your own company finds it hard to gravitate towards social media and get involved in the digital community.

    Attending the Social Media Success Summit would be an amazing opportunity to help unite and solve the social media challenges I face with both clients and with our internal team. Thank you for your consideration!

  59. The biggest challenge for me in Social Media has been to prove that I can create good Strategies on multiple platforms. I am new to the field but have been a saavy internet user for many years. It’s been one of my primary resources and I feel I know the different audiences very well.

    I’ve been working on my content and have been pleasantly pleased with the results. My viewership is up, and after 4 months I have built a following. I’ve set up my Twitter account to communicate with Social Media Leaders (that is how I found this opportunity) and have been engaging them in conversation. I’m constantly learning more and more from my peers and from leaders in the field.

    The next challenge for me is to find someone who recognizes my talent and will take a chance on me. Everyone started somewhere,and I feel Social Media is about taking chances on new ideas and new platforms. We have to be creative in how we present material to the audience. Respecting that audience and providing for their needs. Communicating with them on the appropriate platforms. Not everything is about twitter or blogging.

    For example my advice to a woman who is a freelance make-up artist was to use youtube.Why? Make-up is a visual medium. Flikr, twitter, and blogs wouldn’t be the right way to get the message across to her audience. Plus, there are already people on youtube creating content.I suggested she contact them and feature one or several on her blog for mutual promotion.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a ticket! Good luck to everyone! I am enjoying reading your comments.

  60. The biggest challenge for me in Social Media has been to prove that I can create good Strategies on multiple platforms. I am new to the field but have been a saavy internet user for many years. It’s been one of my primary resources and I feel I know the different audiences very well.

    I’ve been working on my content and have been pleasantly pleased with the results. My viewership is up, and after 4 months I have built a following. I’ve set up my Twitter account to communicate with Social Media Leaders (that is how I found this opportunity) and have been engaging them in conversation. I’m constantly learning more and more from my peers and from leaders in the field.

    The next challenge for me is to find someone who recognizes my talent and will take a chance on me. Everyone started somewhere,and I feel Social Media is about taking chances on new ideas and new platforms. We have to be creative in how we present material to the audience. Respecting that audience and providing for their needs. Communicating with them on the appropriate platforms. Not everything is about twitter or blogging.

    For example my advice to a woman who is a freelance make-up artist was to use youtube.Why? Make-up is a visual medium. Flikr, twitter, and blogs wouldn’t be the right way to get the message across to her audience. Plus, there are already people on youtube creating content.I suggested she contact them and feature one or several on her blog for mutual promotion.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a ticket! Good luck to everyone! I am enjoying reading your comments.

  61. My biggest social media challenge is fielding comments that require a response (that I just don’t know the answer to), and ensuring that our community recognizes that we are LISTENING. It is a big challenge to get the responses needed to know that your audience knows you are LISTENING. Creating engaging content and headlines that persuasively encourage sharing I have a handle on. But letting your audience know that you ARE listening when the answers just can’t come from YOU and that others are involved is more of a challenge.

    Social media is a two way street – that means listening, not just blasting our your own content, so that you can build incredible rapport and dynamite customer relationships!

    Vickie
    http://www.coffeewiz.com

  62. My biggest social media challenge is fielding comments that require a response (that I just don’t know the answer to), and ensuring that our community recognizes that we are LISTENING. It is a big challenge to get the responses needed to know that your audience knows you are LISTENING. Creating engaging content and headlines that persuasively encourage sharing I have a handle on. But letting your audience know that you ARE listening when the answers just can’t come from YOU and that others are involved is more of a challenge.

    Social media is a two way street – that means listening, not just blasting our your own content, so that you can build incredible rapport and dynamite customer relationships!

    Vickie
    http://www.coffeewiz.com

  63. My biggest challenge can be summed up in three words.
    “Managing The Mess”

  64. My biggest challenge can be summed up in three words.
    “Managing The Mess”

  65. My biggest challenge as I begin my adventure with social media is to create and foster authentic relationships with people in spite of the physical distance and how to achieve this from the start (now).

  66. My biggest challenge as I begin my adventure with social media is to create and foster authentic relationships with people in spite of the physical distance and how to achieve this from the start (now).

  67. Wow where to start with social media challenges. 1. Engagement, most of my tweets are basically pushes of news, I have asked questionos like ‘what do you think about xyz’ etc, no engagements, but followers increase daily to read the pushes. So I am getting brand awareness but would like to enter into engaging conversations. 2. Sales and measurable ROI, getting sales from social media I have found to be very difficult so it is even more difficult to explain the benefits of some of my efforts to management. Of course I always play the ‘brand awareness card’ but I would really love to have measurable ROI. Thanks for offering the free tickets event and it would be an honor to attend this event. Thanks again.

  68. Wow where to start with social media challenges. 1. Engagement, most of my tweets are basically pushes of news, I have asked questionos like ‘what do you think about xyz’ etc, no engagements, but followers increase daily to read the pushes. So I am getting brand awareness but would like to enter into engaging conversations. 2. Sales and measurable ROI, getting sales from social media I have found to be very difficult so it is even more difficult to explain the benefits of some of my efforts to management. Of course I always play the ‘brand awareness card’ but I would really love to have measurable ROI. Thanks for offering the free tickets event and it would be an honor to attend this event. Thanks again.

  69. My biggest social media challenge is getting people to recognize the value of interactive media. I live in a small town where “change comes slowly if it ever comes at all” and I encounter not only resistance, but often mocking, when I attempt to educate small business owners and prospective clients on the value of social media. It can be extremely discouraging. Were it not for being able to network with others in my industry via Twitter and at conferences like the Social Media Success Summit 2010, I might have thrown in the towel by now.

  70. My biggest social media challenge is getting people to recognize the value of interactive media. I live in a small town where “change comes slowly if it ever comes at all” and I encounter not only resistance, but often mocking, when I attempt to educate small business owners and prospective clients on the value of social media. It can be extremely discouraging. Were it not for being able to network with others in my industry via Twitter and at conferences like the Social Media Success Summit 2010, I might have thrown in the towel by now.

  71. My biggest social media challenge? Persuading my professor colleagues at my own university and others at academic institutions across the US to include social media in every business, marketing, and management course, textbooks, and course materials! Students know the “how” of social media, but don’t really know the “why” or “what else” questions. And 99% of university professors DO NOT know how to connect their knowledge base to the incredibly important social media phenomenon! Help !!???
    Dr. Charlie Wood

  72. My biggest social media challenge? Persuading my professor colleagues at my own university and others at academic institutions across the US to include social media in every business, marketing, and management course, textbooks, and course materials! Students know the “how” of social media, but don’t really know the “why” or “what else” questions. And 99% of university professors DO NOT know how to connect their knowledge base to the incredibly important social media phenomenon! Help !!???
    Dr. Charlie Wood

  73. How can social media be used creatively and strategically to make a difference in someone’s business or someone’s life? That’s what I want to know.

    How can I, in my business, help other entrepreneurs and artists cut out the nonsense and noise around social media and develop a plan that is going to help them attract new clients/fans?

    I love social media. It has literally and radically changed my life.

    But my challenge nolw is knowing how to help my clients create and work a social media strategy that’s going to respect their time, money and desire to succeed… a strategy that brings results.

    How can help them focus on what works rather than what’s faddish or flashy? How can I help them make sense of it all and not be too overwhelmed? What do they need to become discerning when faced with yet another expert telling them to do this or do that?

    This is my challenge. This is why I want to attend the Social Media Success Summit. This is why I signed up to attend! But when I was told my car had to have four new tires and a rear brake job, I had to cancel my reservation.

    And this is why I want to win!

    Nancy Tierney

  74. How can social media be used creatively and strategically to make a difference in someone’s business or someone’s life? That’s what I want to know.

    How can I, in my business, help other entrepreneurs and artists cut out the nonsense and noise around social media and develop a plan that is going to help them attract new clients/fans?

    I love social media. It has literally and radically changed my life.

    But my challenge nolw is knowing how to help my clients create and work a social media strategy that’s going to respect their time, money and desire to succeed… a strategy that brings results.

    How can help them focus on what works rather than what’s faddish or flashy? How can I help them make sense of it all and not be too overwhelmed? What do they need to become discerning when faced with yet another expert telling them to do this or do that?

    This is my challenge. This is why I want to attend the Social Media Success Summit. This is why I signed up to attend! But when I was told my car had to have four new tires and a rear brake job, I had to cancel my reservation.

    And this is why I want to win!

    Nancy Tierney

  75. The potential for using social media strategies to engage my clients in relevant conversations and empower them with credible information is huge. My biggest challenges are:
    1) identifying how to use twitter and other social media strategies to drive sales
    2) figuring out how to track from click to close, for the various campaigns, to calculate an accurate ROI
    3) tying all these into salesforce.com
    4) finding ways to save time promoting/campaigning across the various channels, while tracking the effectiveness of each marketing effort

    Choose me! I’ll ask lots of tough questions and keep your presenting experts on their toes.

  76. The potential for using social media strategies to engage my clients in relevant conversations and empower them with credible information is huge. My biggest challenges are:
    1) identifying how to use twitter and other social media strategies to drive sales
    2) figuring out how to track from click to close, for the various campaigns, to calculate an accurate ROI
    3) tying all these into salesforce.com
    4) finding ways to save time promoting/campaigning across the various channels, while tracking the effectiveness of each marketing effort

    Choose me! I’ll ask lots of tough questions and keep your presenting experts on their toes.

  77. One of biggest challenges I have with social media marketing is having the time to keep up with postings and updates. Another challenge, just like what has been previously mentioned, and very similar to websites, is that clients sometimes think all they have to do is put up a FB page, twitter account etc, and like magic their business improves.
    I have found twitter and FB to be useful tools (part of marketing mix) when I am putting on a workshop or conference.

  78. One of biggest challenges I have with social media marketing is having the time to keep up with postings and updates. Another challenge, just like what has been previously mentioned, and very similar to websites, is that clients sometimes think all they have to do is put up a FB page, twitter account etc, and like magic their business improves.
    I have found twitter and FB to be useful tools (part of marketing mix) when I am putting on a workshop or conference.

  79. One of my biggest social media challenges is to get people to start recognizing the value of social media as part of a business strategy and the need to allocate resources to develop it. I live in Lima, Peru, and some companies have started using social media somewhat effectively, but most don’t know what they’re doing (ie: creating a fan page and not knowing how to engage with their fans or monetizing their fan base). Twitter is not widely used either, so I’m looking to learn more from social media to take it to the next level.
    I’d love to attend the seminar, but it’s is out of my budget for now, since I’m still pretty much a newbie. Thanks for the opportunity to win the tickets

  80. One of my biggest social media challenges is to get people to start recognizing the value of social media as part of a business strategy and the need to allocate resources to develop it. I live in Lima, Peru, and some companies have started using social media somewhat effectively, but most don’t know what they’re doing (ie: creating a fan page and not knowing how to engage with their fans or monetizing their fan base). Twitter is not widely used either, so I’m looking to learn more from social media to take it to the next level.
    I’d love to attend the seminar, but it’s is out of my budget for now, since I’m still pretty much a newbie. Thanks for the opportunity to win the tickets

  81. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the chance to win a free ticket.

    I am a newbie writer and blogger from India. The biggest challenge for me is to balance my time between writing quality content on my blog and building relationships on social media.

    I have a blog on blogger.com but plan to start a self-hosted blog on how to write, publish and market e-books. I am on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube and struggling to use them all effectively.

    Thanks again and regards,
    Rohi

  82. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the chance to win a free ticket.

    I am a newbie writer and blogger from India. The biggest challenge for me is to balance my time between writing quality content on my blog and building relationships on social media.

    I have a blog on blogger.com but plan to start a self-hosted blog on how to write, publish and market e-books. I am on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube and struggling to use them all effectively.

    Thanks again and regards,
    Rohi

  83. Steph H. says:

    My biggest challenge with social media is drinking from the firehose of information that’s available and trying to come up to speed very quickly. I am a former mktg. pro, but have spent the last few years exploring and living in other cultures. In the meantime, this crazy internet world didn’t wait for me! I am now back and trying to come up to speed on the intricacies of all that is available, what’s best in each situation, and how everything fits together. There is some great info out there, but there is so much that one has to wade through, and making sense of it all is mind boggling!

    You know you want me to attend your event, right? OK, off to check my onbox for two free tix!

  84. Steph H. says:

    My biggest challenge with social media is drinking from the firehose of information that’s available and trying to come up to speed very quickly. I am a former mktg. pro, but have spent the last few years exploring and living in other cultures. In the meantime, this crazy internet world didn’t wait for me! I am now back and trying to come up to speed on the intricacies of all that is available, what’s best in each situation, and how everything fits together. There is some great info out there, but there is so much that one has to wade through, and making sense of it all is mind boggling!

    You know you want me to attend your event, right? OK, off to check my onbox for two free tix!

  85. I am currently challenged because of social media efforts before my time. An ex-staff member made some mistakes in how he set up all of our social media presence, then let them go stale after putting in minimal effort. There isn’t too much damage on Twitter, as we don’t have many followers. But the situation is different on Facebook, where people are very active.

    In a sense I am starting from scratch. But it’s not really that simple. I have to overcome the impression that while that person is savvy about social media in a personal way, our organization is not. So my audience continues to interact with him on a personal level, but pays little heed to official updates from us.

    We are a non-profit organization, with little money to throw at this. OK. We have none. I’m not even being paid. But we know this is an important opportunity for us. So at the same time that I’m preparing to use social media to support the launch of my own website, I’m performing CPR on another.

    In a word: Help!

  86. I am currently challenged because of social media efforts before my time. An ex-staff member made some mistakes in how he set up all of our social media presence, then let them go stale after putting in minimal effort. There isn’t too much damage on Twitter, as we don’t have many followers. But the situation is different on Facebook, where people are very active.

    In a sense I am starting from scratch. But it’s not really that simple. I have to overcome the impression that while that person is savvy about social media in a personal way, our organization is not. So my audience continues to interact with him on a personal level, but pays little heed to official updates from us.

    We are a non-profit organization, with little money to throw at this. OK. We have none. I’m not even being paid. But we know this is an important opportunity for us. So at the same time that I’m preparing to use social media to support the launch of my own website, I’m performing CPR on another.

    In a word: Help!

  87. Firstly, thank you for this opportunity and good luck to everyone.

    I have several challenges. I work under the big umbrella of Marketing, in the Services division and within that division, there are 5 departments. While I am quite a believer of Social Media (especially where learning is concerned, my division, not so much. So, my first challenge -is getting adoption from within my division. They just dont see how social media/networking can help services. They view it ONLY as a marketing tool. No matter how many examples, scenario’s I give them, they are not convinced. Second challenge is how do we integrate SM into our daily life, our tools, our culture. It’s especially hard here in Europe (or at least in my company) to integrate this into a discipline people would use for work. They think it is a leisure tool. This will involve Change Management, so I hope the conference has something to offer there. While I can go on forever, lastly, and Im really excited about this one…when we integrate SM, and finally get the results from using it (statistics, feedback, reports,etc.), we can use them to improve our services – be it a learning or support service. We create action plans against it and it will ultimately impact our business in a positive manner. After all, that’s what it’s about, right? I’m hopeful this conference will give me guidance on how to accomplish this as well.

    There’s my submission. Thank you again for the opportunity.

  88. Firstly, thank you for this opportunity and good luck to everyone.

    I have several challenges. I work under the big umbrella of Marketing, in the Services division and within that division, there are 5 departments. While I am quite a believer of Social Media (especially where learning is concerned, my division, not so much. So, my first challenge -is getting adoption from within my division. They just dont see how social media/networking can help services. They view it ONLY as a marketing tool. No matter how many examples, scenario’s I give them, they are not convinced. Second challenge is how do we integrate SM into our daily life, our tools, our culture. It’s especially hard here in Europe (or at least in my company) to integrate this into a discipline people would use for work. They think it is a leisure tool. This will involve Change Management, so I hope the conference has something to offer there. While I can go on forever, lastly, and Im really excited about this one…when we integrate SM, and finally get the results from using it (statistics, feedback, reports,etc.), we can use them to improve our services – be it a learning or support service. We create action plans against it and it will ultimately impact our business in a positive manner. After all, that’s what it’s about, right? I’m hopeful this conference will give me guidance on how to accomplish this as well.

    There’s my submission. Thank you again for the opportunity.

  89. Thierry BEZIER says:

    the biggest challenge for all the brands I’m working for is : “how can I sell more products thanks to social media?”
    let’s get back to the basics : having tons of fans on facebook or millions of followers on twitter is cool BUT how do you make more money of it? what’s the use to have tons of friends if they don’t get the bills out of their wallet?

    That’s the true social media challenge : engage the user enough to actually MAKE him buy the product… cause there won’t be any investment in social media if it doesn’t sell REAL products.

    So, please let me win so I can challenge your speakers on this question, ok I can become the best fan page in the world, how doest it get my brand Richer?

  90. Thierry BEZIER says:

    the biggest challenge for all the brands I’m working for is : “how can I sell more products thanks to social media?”
    let’s get back to the basics : having tons of fans on facebook or millions of followers on twitter is cool BUT how do you make more money of it? what’s the use to have tons of friends if they don’t get the bills out of their wallet?

    That’s the true social media challenge : engage the user enough to actually MAKE him buy the product… cause there won’t be any investment in social media if it doesn’t sell REAL products.

    So, please let me win so I can challenge your speakers on this question, ok I can become the best fan page in the world, how doest it get my brand Richer?

  91. Thanks for the opportunity, it looks like a great conference…. The challenge for us is to “Add more value than you can capture”.

    I blogged about it here: http://tinyurl.com/ycg4b29

    Regards,
    Jason
    AKA Nomadmarketer

  92. Thanks for the opportunity, it looks like a great conference…. The challenge for us is to “Add more value than you can capture”.

    I blogged about it here: http://tinyurl.com/ycg4b29

    Regards,
    Jason
    AKA Nomadmarketer

  93. Biggest social media challenge? Sorting the real gold from the fool’s gold – who to listen to, what to invest in, how to spend my time, which apps, where to post… Help! I’d really value a free ticket.

  94. Biggest social media challenge? Sorting the real gold from the fool’s gold – who to listen to, what to invest in, how to spend my time, which apps, where to post… Help! I’d really value a free ticket.

  95. Our biggest challenge is getting our members to participate in our conversations – I would like some help in having meaningful conversations and how to fit it all in your life and day!

  96. Our biggest challenge is getting our members to participate in our conversations – I would like some help in having meaningful conversations and how to fit it all in your life and day!

  97. Biggest social media challenge is to grow audiences for both a company brand and the social media personalities (founder, co founder, customer service guy, product guy) behind it. Differentiating the 2, but creating an audience for both. Company must have a voice that is distinct and in alignment with the brand, whereas a person’s brand should complement but not take away from the brand? Examples: Guy Kawasaki + All Top, Twitter + @ev, etc

  98. Biggest social media challenge is to grow audiences for both a company brand and the social media personalities (founder, co founder, customer service guy, product guy) behind it. Differentiating the 2, but creating an audience for both. Company must have a voice that is distinct and in alignment with the brand, whereas a person’s brand should complement but not take away from the brand? Examples: Guy Kawasaki + All Top, Twitter + @ev, etc

  99. ” The Challenge of Social Media: A response to Tac Anderson’s “Defining Social Media”

    Just posted “My Biggest Social Media Challenge” over on my blog http://www.socialmediadoctor.eu in a response to a great article by Tac Anderson. You can grab my challenge here http://bit.ly/a3bJyw

  100. ” The Challenge of Social Media: A response to Tac Anderson’s “Defining Social Media”

    Just posted “My Biggest Social Media Challenge” over on my blog http://www.socialmediadoctor.eu in a response to a great article by Tac Anderson. You can grab my challenge here http://bit.ly/a3bJyw

  101. My biggest social media challenge seems insurmountable. My readers are, by and large, luddites. It has been a gigantic effort to even get them to understand what a blog is, and why it might be interesting to them.

    I find myself having to send out POSTCARD MAILINGS to let people know about my BLOG. Okay? Are you hearing me, here?

    Some more detail…I am blogging about Chinese medicine, primarily for practitioners. Our profession is growing and changing, and I think people are especially resistant to technologically-oriented change because there is a perception that technology is a kind of health problem. I don’t agree, and try to talk about that on my blog, but…

    Only the already technologically oriented folks are reading!

    It’s quite a problem.

    So, I work hard combing the Internet, asking the experts, trying to figure out how to use a combination of tactics to get my target market on board with social media. It’s an uphill battle, but one I hope I can win with the help of folks like you!

    Thanks!

    Eric

  102. My biggest social media challenge seems insurmountable. My readers are, by and large, luddites. It has been a gigantic effort to even get them to understand what a blog is, and why it might be interesting to them.

    I find myself having to send out POSTCARD MAILINGS to let people know about my BLOG. Okay? Are you hearing me, here?

    Some more detail…I am blogging about Chinese medicine, primarily for practitioners. Our profession is growing and changing, and I think people are especially resistant to technologically-oriented change because there is a perception that technology is a kind of health problem. I don’t agree, and try to talk about that on my blog, but…

    Only the already technologically oriented folks are reading!

    It’s quite a problem.

    So, I work hard combing the Internet, asking the experts, trying to figure out how to use a combination of tactics to get my target market on board with social media. It’s an uphill battle, but one I hope I can win with the help of folks like you!

    Thanks!

    Eric

  103. Thank you for all you do at Social Media Examiner. Your information is timely, relevant and EASY TO UNDERSTAND and integrate into practice! A++++++

    My biggest challenge is finding the balance of audience –i.e. potential clients, peeps, friends and then maintaining the dialogue as the numbers grow. My followings are in the 3K range and I’m not sure of the best strategy to actually SIGNIFICANTLY connect and build deeper relationships than an inspirational quote, or RT.

    Of course, I have the common issue too of how much time to PRODUCTIVELY spend — tho I have a lot of FUN – I’d like love to be of greater service while having fun! : )

    Thank you and Blessings for this opportunity! : )

  104. Thank you for all you do at Social Media Examiner. Your information is timely, relevant and EASY TO UNDERSTAND and integrate into practice! A++++++

    My biggest challenge is finding the balance of audience –i.e. potential clients, peeps, friends and then maintaining the dialogue as the numbers grow. My followings are in the 3K range and I’m not sure of the best strategy to actually SIGNIFICANTLY connect and build deeper relationships than an inspirational quote, or RT.

    Of course, I have the common issue too of how much time to PRODUCTIVELY spend — tho I have a lot of FUN – I’d like love to be of greater service while having fun! : )

    Thank you and Blessings for this opportunity! : )

  105. I’ve just switched from another line of work to being an author. My first book is entitled DRIVE OR BE DRIVEN: Knowing What Makes You Tick and Why You Should Care About It. It’s about the hidden forces that drive our thoughts, feelings and actions, as well as how language works and then about how the two subjects connect.

    I am passionate about getting this information out to the general public because it makes such a significant difference to the quality of people’s lives in so many ways, but I’m a complete newbie at this. Plus I’m 60 years old which may not seem like a factor to you, but truth be told, I’m sure I wouldn’t be getting into social media at all if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve finally found my mission.

    I’ve been reading about social media. I’ve set up 2 blogs but haven’t written anything yet. Same for twitter.

    My biggest challenge is this: I don’t know how to get the whole thing going. For instance, do you start by informing people you know that the sites are up and ask them to retweet? Should I put a few entries in my blogs first before starting to tweet? Also, there are so many things you experts recommend, it’s overwhelming and I’m confused about the general order of not only the basics but some of the more advanced things. Whether as part of the webinar or in one of your blogs or newsletters, could you please address this topic? A list of recommended steps would be really helpful.

    I’m going to Steve Harrison’s publicity summit at the end of the month and had to borrow the money to do it, so a free ticket to your webinar would be such a gift. I know how good it’s going to be because I saw you Chris at the last Writers’ Digest Conference and am on your email list, Michael. If this seems like blatant flattery in order to win the ticket, well it is sort of—but it’s also true!

    Thank you for creating this opportunity.

    P.S for Michael—if I recall correctly, you are a dog lover (as am I). I believe I sent you a link to some pages on my website called DogTown which is full of really fun and heart-warming photos. Don’t know if you ever checked it out, but if you did, I hope you enjoyed what you saw.

  106. I’ve just switched from another line of work to being an author. My first book is entitled DRIVE OR BE DRIVEN: Knowing What Makes You Tick and Why You Should Care About It. It’s about the hidden forces that drive our thoughts, feelings and actions, as well as how language works and then about how the two subjects connect.

    I am passionate about getting this information out to the general public because it makes such a significant difference to the quality of people’s lives in so many ways, but I’m a complete newbie at this. Plus I’m 60 years old which may not seem like a factor to you, but truth be told, I’m sure I wouldn’t be getting into social media at all if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve finally found my mission.

    I’ve been reading about social media. I’ve set up 2 blogs but haven’t written anything yet. Same for twitter.

    My biggest challenge is this: I don’t know how to get the whole thing going. For instance, do you start by informing people you know that the sites are up and ask them to retweet? Should I put a few entries in my blogs first before starting to tweet? Also, there are so many things you experts recommend, it’s overwhelming and I’m confused about the general order of not only the basics but some of the more advanced things. Whether as part of the webinar or in one of your blogs or newsletters, could you please address this topic? A list of recommended steps would be really helpful.

    I’m going to Steve Harrison’s publicity summit at the end of the month and had to borrow the money to do it, so a free ticket to your webinar would be such a gift. I know how good it’s going to be because I saw you Chris at the last Writers’ Digest Conference and am on your email list, Michael. If this seems like blatant flattery in order to win the ticket, well it is sort of—but it’s also true!

    Thank you for creating this opportunity.

    P.S for Michael—if I recall correctly, you are a dog lover (as am I). I believe I sent you a link to some pages on my website called DogTown which is full of really fun and heart-warming photos. Don’t know if you ever checked it out, but if you did, I hope you enjoyed what you saw.

  107. My biggest challenge in using social media is finding my audience who doesn’t know that they are my audience…yet.

    Since I am promoting the cause of pet adoption (as opposed to “buying” a pet from a store) I need to reach the large percentage of people who are currently on the fence about adding a pet to their family and unsure whether adopting from a local shelter is a viable alternative.

    I currently utilize Twitter, LinkenIn, Facebook and have a blog. Unfortunately, I feel that I am preaching to the choir who are very nice and supportive, but I’m not reaching the potential adopters out there who really need to hear this important message.

    Let’s face it, as a non-profit business money is indeed an object so I could use some help in taking full advantage of all that social media has to offer. I would absolutely be thrilled to participate in the Success Summit if I could afford to do so! A free ticket would be miraculous and could be saving millions of shelter animals!

    Thanks!
    Lola

  108. My biggest challenge in using social media is finding my audience who doesn’t know that they are my audience…yet.

    Since I am promoting the cause of pet adoption (as opposed to “buying” a pet from a store) I need to reach the large percentage of people who are currently on the fence about adding a pet to their family and unsure whether adopting from a local shelter is a viable alternative.

    I currently utilize Twitter, LinkenIn, Facebook and have a blog. Unfortunately, I feel that I am preaching to the choir who are very nice and supportive, but I’m not reaching the potential adopters out there who really need to hear this important message.

    Let’s face it, as a non-profit business money is indeed an object so I could use some help in taking full advantage of all that social media has to offer. I would absolutely be thrilled to participate in the Success Summit if I could afford to do so! A free ticket would be miraculous and could be saving millions of shelter animals!

    Thanks!
    Lola

  109. Donald MacDonald says:

    For me there is no clear picture of which media will suit me from a pesonal and business perspective. Exposure to the summit speakers will I am sure clarify my issues.The other factor is how much time to spend on which media and what is going to be useful for others to read and respond. Thanks

  110. Donald MacDonald says:

    For me there is no clear picture of which media will suit me from a pesonal and business perspective. Exposure to the summit speakers will I am sure clarify my issues.The other factor is how much time to spend on which media and what is going to be useful for others to read and respond. Thanks

  111. I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS TICKET BECAUSE:

    I am a mere Social Media PRINCE and I wish to be a KING.

  112. I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS TICKET BECAUSE:

    I am a mere Social Media PRINCE and I wish to be a KING.

  113. My biggest challenge varies, but the biggest thing really is targeting effectively those who you need & want to reach out via social media, so that your brand can be exposed to them, as oppose to just shooting aimlessly.

    Time is a huge factor too. As most people will attest to the excessive use being on Twitter or Facebook.

  114. My biggest challenge varies, but the biggest thing really is targeting effectively those who you need & want to reach out via social media, so that your brand can be exposed to them, as oppose to just shooting aimlessly.

    Time is a huge factor too. As most people will attest to the excessive use being on Twitter or Facebook.

  115. I sure hope I will get that ticket. I just retweet this article.

  116. I sure hope I will get that ticket. I just retweet this article.

  117. Great challenge here Chris.

    Gave my version here; Social Media Experience My Biggest Challenge.

    Cheers.. Are

  118. Great challenge here Chris.

    Gave my version here; Social Media Experience My Biggest Challenge.

    Cheers.. Are

  119. Obviously there are a lot of big hurdles that everyone attempting to work with social media has to jump over. I agree with so many of the above posts and the problems they’re facing, so it’s difficult to zero in on the highest hurdle.

    The most difficult issue that I deal with every day is engagement. How do we help our clients engage with their consumers?

    We post interesting, fresh, relevant content. We don’t try to sell something every time they turn around. We don’t only find industry related content, we also resend content from other sites and social networks. We engage with others the Twitter community. We post fun facts, how-tos, images, coupons and company updates, but for some reason many of our clients are stuck in a rut.

    They may be consistently gaining new followers/fans but that audience is not answering polls or ‘trivia’ questions, they aren’t ‘liking’ comments, nor are they RTing tweets. How do we encourage their audiences to interact and join in the conversation in a way that will make them want to?

  120. Obviously there are a lot of big hurdles that everyone attempting to work with social media has to jump over. I agree with so many of the above posts and the problems they’re facing, so it’s difficult to zero in on the highest hurdle.

    The most difficult issue that I deal with every day is engagement. How do we help our clients engage with their consumers?

    We post interesting, fresh, relevant content. We don’t try to sell something every time they turn around. We don’t only find industry related content, we also resend content from other sites and social networks. We engage with others the Twitter community. We post fun facts, how-tos, images, coupons and company updates, but for some reason many of our clients are stuck in a rut.

    They may be consistently gaining new followers/fans but that audience is not answering polls or ‘trivia’ questions, they aren’t ‘liking’ comments, nor are they RTing tweets. How do we encourage their audiences to interact and join in the conversation in a way that will make them want to?

  121. As a recent legal marketer working for a large regional law firm, I can attest to several interestingand intreguing challenges presented by the industry. First is a natural tendancy towards risk-aversion and conservative attitudes toward marketing and communications – the famous inability to let go of control of the message. There are legal challenges as every state’s bar has different restictions on language usage and on advertising. There are the challenges of having 0ver 90 “bosses,” or partners, or members, to please. But the most challenging aspect is finding the voice for social messaging in such an environment, maintaining interest with very controlled communications.

  122. As a recent legal marketer working for a large regional law firm, I can attest to several interestingand intreguing challenges presented by the industry. First is a natural tendancy towards risk-aversion and conservative attitudes toward marketing and communications – the famous inability to let go of control of the message. There are legal challenges as every state’s bar has different restictions on language usage and on advertising. There are the challenges of having 0ver 90 “bosses,” or partners, or members, to please. But the most challenging aspect is finding the voice for social messaging in such an environment, maintaining interest with very controlled communications.

  123. I suppose that the biggest challenge I am facing in trying to make Social Media a functional component of my platform-building work, is simple time management. I know myself well enough to recognize the dangers of distraction, and as far as I can tell there has never been a distraction engine like Social Media in the history of the world. Television pales in comparison – yes, it sits there blaring at you for as long as you leave it on, but it’s easy to tell that 98% of what it’s blaring is meaningless and irrelevant to whatever you might be trying to do with your life.

    My experience with Social Media is just the opposite – every time I ‘tune in’, I am confronted by a firehose of information that is both fascinating and largely relevant to the work I have set myself. After a while you begin, of course, to realize that much of this is repetition – multitudes of people in broadly similar positions to myself, finding new ways to say the same things over and over… but often enough, if you follow the link, there will be something there, some takeaway, something you hadn’t thought of in precisely that way that can move you forward an inch or two. So you stay hooked in, looking for diamonds and finding just enough of them to keep you on the line – and distracted.

    All of this is amazing, frankly, but it is also deadly, and raises some questions that desperately need answers: a) how to refine this process, make it more efficient, keep the positive learning-and-engagement factors but leave some time in my already-crazy schedule to get a bit of my own work done… and b) how to find my own voice within this maelstrom, and how to make it stand out – since I assume most people using this platform have similar objectives to my own?

    That’s what I’ll be hoping to take away from the summit, if I’m fortunate enough to be your winner…

  124. I suppose that the biggest challenge I am facing in trying to make Social Media a functional component of my platform-building work, is simple time management. I know myself well enough to recognize the dangers of distraction, and as far as I can tell there has never been a distraction engine like Social Media in the history of the world. Television pales in comparison – yes, it sits there blaring at you for as long as you leave it on, but it’s easy to tell that 98% of what it’s blaring is meaningless and irrelevant to whatever you might be trying to do with your life.

    My experience with Social Media is just the opposite – every time I ‘tune in’, I am confronted by a firehose of information that is both fascinating and largely relevant to the work I have set myself. After a while you begin, of course, to realize that much of this is repetition – multitudes of people in broadly similar positions to myself, finding new ways to say the same things over and over… but often enough, if you follow the link, there will be something there, some takeaway, something you hadn’t thought of in precisely that way that can move you forward an inch or two. So you stay hooked in, looking for diamonds and finding just enough of them to keep you on the line – and distracted.

    All of this is amazing, frankly, but it is also deadly, and raises some questions that desperately need answers: a) how to refine this process, make it more efficient, keep the positive learning-and-engagement factors but leave some time in my already-crazy schedule to get a bit of my own work done… and b) how to find my own voice within this maelstrom, and how to make it stand out – since I assume most people using this platform have similar objectives to my own?

    That’s what I’ll be hoping to take away from the summit, if I’m fortunate enough to be your winner…

  125. Wanted: A Full Tool Belt

    http://bit.ly/smchallenge

  126. Wanted: A Full Tool Belt

    http://bit.ly/smchallenge

  127. Mike Jones says:

    Would LOVE to win this. Please choose me!

    I’m from South African and the biggest social media challenge that I come across daily is the fact that most brands just want to be on social networks for the sake of it. And secondly, how can we use SN for social good.

    South Africa is an interesting platform for social media experiments, especially when we have such a need for social change and that many NGO/charities have little money for major media campaigns.

    Social Media campaigns could be the saving grace. We have a low internet penetration but our mobile penetration is close to 100% and people are actively using these platforms to join SN. I think my challenge here is to use SN for good. It would be amazing for me, my team and my country.

    The learnings and experience I’ll will gain from this online conference will be invaluable and greatly apprenticed. If I win I would like to show you some clear implications and executions, in terms of social good.

    Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to the rest of the entries.

    Big ups,

    Mike

  128. Mike Jones says:

    Would LOVE to win this. Please choose me!

    I’m from South African and the biggest social media challenge that I come across daily is the fact that most brands just want to be on social networks for the sake of it. And secondly, how can we use SN for social good.

    South Africa is an interesting platform for social media experiments, especially when we have such a need for social change and that many NGO/charities have little money for major media campaigns.

    Social Media campaigns could be the saving grace. We have a low internet penetration but our mobile penetration is close to 100% and people are actively using these platforms to join SN. I think my challenge here is to use SN for good. It would be amazing for me, my team and my country.

    The learnings and experience I’ll will gain from this online conference will be invaluable and greatly apprenticed. If I win I would like to show you some clear implications and executions, in terms of social good.

    Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to the rest of the entries.

    Big ups,

    Mike

  129. A big challenge is automating the various platforms and tracking each for return on effort/time.

    Thanks!

  130. A big challenge is automating the various platforms and tracking each for return on effort/time.

    Thanks!

  131. I recently had to do crisis management via social media/new media – deal with an outpouring of grief from our fans, friends and followers, while privately dealing with the effects on my own life. The hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally.

  132. I recently had to do crisis management via social media/new media – deal with an outpouring of grief from our fans, friends and followers, while privately dealing with the effects on my own life. The hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally.

  133. My biggest social media challenge is definitely keeping up. I use HootSuite, Bit.ly, OpenBeak, Facebook for BlackBerry, SMS to TypePad and Facebook, SocialOomph and more all to stay on top of my wide-ranging social networking efforts and still struggle to stay on top of it daily. I hope that over time I’ll get more efficient and effective with what I’m doing.

    Appreciate your great articles and tips. It definitely helps! A free ticket to the Summit would help a lot, too! Thanks so much.

  134. My biggest social media challenge is definitely keeping up. I use HootSuite, Bit.ly, OpenBeak, Facebook for BlackBerry, SMS to TypePad and Facebook, SocialOomph and more all to stay on top of my wide-ranging social networking efforts and still struggle to stay on top of it daily. I hope that over time I’ll get more efficient and effective with what I’m doing.

    Appreciate your great articles and tips. It definitely helps! A free ticket to the Summit would help a lot, too! Thanks so much.

  135. Hopefully we win so can further show off our new tool http://www.PeninsulaShops.com/realtimemap2

  136. Hopefully we win so can further show off our new tool http://www.PeninsulaShops.com/realtimemap2

  137. What a great opportunity… Won’t let this one slip! 😉

    My biggest challenge in social media is the project I am currently working on. I am a student HRM & for my thesis I have to complete a project in a firm. The subject of my project is the Integration of Social Media in the executive search firm I’m working for. The firm has little experience with it, just like myself. The goal of this project is to create a better relationship with candidates and clients as well as providing them with information about the market, about interviews,…

    The timeframe of this project? 4 months… After reading and gathering information, I concluded that it would be very difficult to reach something in those 4 months. But I don’t give up and to the best I can.

    I dove into all the information on the Internet and after already a few days, I felt like drowning. What a bunch of articles and tips & tricks and do’s & don’ts… I already can spend 4 months only reading! But that is not the purpose so I decided to begin with LinkedIn and created a group for candidates. It already contains about 300 members and is still growing every day. After that I decided to open a Twitteraccount but that is not so successfull. I’m really kind of stuck and do not find the right way to communicate with the people. I’m also the only one in the company who is using this actively and cannot really present myself as a face of the company because I’m only here temporarily. So making Twitter work, is a real challenge.

    This is the situation after 2 months of working actively on the project. The next 2 months I face challenges like (first of all) gaining followers on Twitter, testing Xing and another social network that I still have to choose. While doing this, I also look at different jobboards to determine if they are valuable or not.

    To conclude I can tell you that my biggest challenge is the (succesful!) integration of social media in a small company in only 4 months by working full time on it. By doing this, I will have to reach and attract people (candidates as well as clients) via the networks and I also have to ‘sell’ social media to the employees of the firm and explain them ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘what’,…

    While I’m a student, I don’t have any budget and this contest to win a ticket for the ‘Social Media Success Summit’ is very interesting ;-). Of course I hope to be one of the three winners but I most certainly hope that my project will know a ‘happy ending’.

  138. What a great opportunity… Won’t let this one slip! 😉

    My biggest challenge in social media is the project I am currently working on. I am a student HRM & for my thesis I have to complete a project in a firm. The subject of my project is the Integration of Social Media in the executive search firm I’m working for. The firm has little experience with it, just like myself. The goal of this project is to create a better relationship with candidates and clients as well as providing them with information about the market, about interviews,…

    The timeframe of this project? 4 months… After reading and gathering information, I concluded that it would be very difficult to reach something in those 4 months. But I don’t give up and to the best I can.

    I dove into all the information on the Internet and after already a few days, I felt like drowning. What a bunch of articles and tips & tricks and do’s & don’ts… I already can spend 4 months only reading! But that is not the purpose so I decided to begin with LinkedIn and created a group for candidates. It already contains about 300 members and is still growing every day. After that I decided to open a Twitteraccount but that is not so successfull. I’m really kind of stuck and do not find the right way to communicate with the people. I’m also the only one in the company who is using this actively and cannot really present myself as a face of the company because I’m only here temporarily. So making Twitter work, is a real challenge.

    This is the situation after 2 months of working actively on the project. The next 2 months I face challenges like (first of all) gaining followers on Twitter, testing Xing and another social network that I still have to choose. While doing this, I also look at different jobboards to determine if they are valuable or not.

    To conclude I can tell you that my biggest challenge is the (succesful!) integration of social media in a small company in only 4 months by working full time on it. By doing this, I will have to reach and attract people (candidates as well as clients) via the networks and I also have to ‘sell’ social media to the employees of the firm and explain them ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘what’,…

    While I’m a student, I don’t have any budget and this contest to win a ticket for the ‘Social Media Success Summit’ is very interesting ;-). Of course I hope to be one of the three winners but I most certainly hope that my project will know a ‘happy ending’.

  139. I would love to do a post on my blog for this but since it closes soon I thought I would just post it as a comment.

    My biggest challenge so far was a recent client of mine. I have just quit my job as an event and conference organiser to study marketing full time and my last client before I left was a profession where alot of their employees are in or associated with a division of the police force (I won’t divulge anymore).

    I have found social media a great tool to interact with prospective attendees and often yields conversations which you can leave to blossum on facebook etc only needing to go in and monitor once a day. Although there would be alot of generation Y attendees looking to attend this specific conference, who were almost certainly tech savvy, we had to crawl through all the Pros and Cons to promoting through social media sites. Its always tricky when you have people that could be seen as representing official bodies or departments and it means cost of monitoring these media forums diligently enough starts to outweigh the advantages of promoting yourself through Social Media in the first place.

    It was a great challenge and lesson into weighing up whether Social Media is really right for ever situation. Perhaps sometimes it’s better not to get involved and only monitor what others are saying. That way you are not liable for any comments made on behalf of a company or in this case an event.

    Needless to say it has to have been my hardest social media challenge so far.

  140. I would love to do a post on my blog for this but since it closes soon I thought I would just post it as a comment.

    My biggest challenge so far was a recent client of mine. I have just quit my job as an event and conference organiser to study marketing full time and my last client before I left was a profession where alot of their employees are in or associated with a division of the police force (I won’t divulge anymore).

    I have found social media a great tool to interact with prospective attendees and often yields conversations which you can leave to blossum on facebook etc only needing to go in and monitor once a day. Although there would be alot of generation Y attendees looking to attend this specific conference, who were almost certainly tech savvy, we had to crawl through all the Pros and Cons to promoting through social media sites. Its always tricky when you have people that could be seen as representing official bodies or departments and it means cost of monitoring these media forums diligently enough starts to outweigh the advantages of promoting yourself through Social Media in the first place.

    It was a great challenge and lesson into weighing up whether Social Media is really right for ever situation. Perhaps sometimes it’s better not to get involved and only monitor what others are saying. That way you are not liable for any comments made on behalf of a company or in this case an event.

    Needless to say it has to have been my hardest social media challenge so far.

  141. Morena Parras says:

    My biggest social media challenge has many branches.
    1. I am new on social media; however, I forsee a huge opportunity on this field. Therefore, I want to learn as much as I can to put into practice everything I learn into my own business and to offer the service to my customers. My experience is in procurement and I know I can make a great consulting combination with social media.
    2. In my country, social media has not exploded yet; therefore, having the knowledge acquired during the Summit 2010 will give me a clear advantage to come to the market with new fresh ideas on this new way of making business.
    3.According to what I have read so far, there are so many tools for social media, that really becomes a challenge to develop a sound and robust strategy that will provide the best ROI for my customers. For me this is backbone when entering into a new field.
    Thanks for the opportunity of winning a free ticket to attend the Summit and hope I win!!!

  142. Morena Parras says:

    My biggest social media challenge has many branches.
    1. I am new on social media; however, I forsee a huge opportunity on this field. Therefore, I want to learn as much as I can to put into practice everything I learn into my own business and to offer the service to my customers. My experience is in procurement and I know I can make a great consulting combination with social media.
    2. In my country, social media has not exploded yet; therefore, having the knowledge acquired during the Summit 2010 will give me a clear advantage to come to the market with new fresh ideas on this new way of making business.
    3.According to what I have read so far, there are so many tools for social media, that really becomes a challenge to develop a sound and robust strategy that will provide the best ROI for my customers. For me this is backbone when entering into a new field.
    Thanks for the opportunity of winning a free ticket to attend the Summit and hope I win!!!

  143. Do you know what social media and snow have in common? Read about it in my newest blog post.

    Getting Traction: My Biggest Challenge With Social Media

  144. Do you know what social media and snow have in common? Read about it in my newest blog post.

    Getting Traction: My Biggest Challenge With Social Media

  145. Taking the plunge, so to speak, is the best way to describe my experience with Social Media. It’s been like jumping off into the deep end of a pool and not knowing which way is up (help! I’m drowning!).
    Unfortunately, my learning curve seems to be an ongoing issue. It is probably due to the fact that I can’t spend 8-16 hours per day Tweeting or Retweeting, facing friends on Facebook, or checking to see who is LinkedIn or LinkedOut. I do realize the importance of Social Media for my business and I am willing to do anything I can to tame the tiger. Herein lies my biggest problem or challenge: I need to know how I can get the most done in the least amount of time. Also, I want to establish relationships with my audience that are genuine and long lasting. All of this while working with efficiency to promote my business. It’s a time management thing.

  146. Taking the plunge, so to speak, is the best way to describe my experience with Social Media. It’s been like jumping off into the deep end of a pool and not knowing which way is up (help! I’m drowning!).
    Unfortunately, my learning curve seems to be an ongoing issue. It is probably due to the fact that I can’t spend 8-16 hours per day Tweeting or Retweeting, facing friends on Facebook, or checking to see who is LinkedIn or LinkedOut. I do realize the importance of Social Media for my business and I am willing to do anything I can to tame the tiger. Herein lies my biggest problem or challenge: I need to know how I can get the most done in the least amount of time. Also, I want to establish relationships with my audience that are genuine and long lasting. All of this while working with efficiency to promote my business. It’s a time management thing.

  147. femmeartiste says:

    My Social Media challenge begins with the fact that I like variety. Because of that I have an LLC with two DBAs (and a third DBA to come at a later date).

    I have all the domain names, but want to have them all accessible through one web site; kind of a portal. Along the same lines, I would really like to have one Twitter account, one Facebook account, etc. for all of my personae.

    I don’t know if this is something I can pull off. If I can do this, I would like help with how it all should be organized so it isn’t confusing to everyone.

    Thanks!
    FemmeArtiste

  148. femmeartiste says:

    My Social Media challenge begins with the fact that I like variety. Because of that I have an LLC with two DBAs (and a third DBA to come at a later date).

    I have all the domain names, but want to have them all accessible through one web site; kind of a portal. Along the same lines, I would really like to have one Twitter account, one Facebook account, etc. for all of my personae.

    I don’t know if this is something I can pull off. If I can do this, I would like help with how it all should be organized so it isn’t confusing to everyone.

    Thanks!
    FemmeArtiste

  149. Thanks for sponsoring this contest, Chris. You’re such an awesome guy ;->

    I cross promote my blog content on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And, many people who read my posts leave comments/compliments on THOSE platforms and not my blog. Short of saying, “Thanks for the comment or tweet, can you say the exact same thing on my actual blog?”, how can I get these people to leave those comments on my website? I’d say that’s my biggest social media challenge at the moment.

    Thank you!

    P.S. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

    Amber @wordsdonewrite

  150. Thanks for sponsoring this contest, Chris. You’re such an awesome guy ;->

    I cross promote my blog content on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And, many people who read my posts leave comments/compliments on THOSE platforms and not my blog. Short of saying, “Thanks for the comment or tweet, can you say the exact same thing on my actual blog?”, how can I get these people to leave those comments on my website? I’d say that’s my biggest social media challenge at the moment.

    Thank you!

    P.S. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

    Amber @wordsdonewrite

  151. My challenge with social media has been in working it for the non-profit sector covering one disease, Diabetes. To everyone else it may sound simple but when you are going against the norm as in social networks versus outside communities it changes the face of everything.

    We chose to build a grassroots initiative with a support system through online communities. We have made great headway in that now we have teamed up with LIVESTRONG.COM, Cyclebetes, Vitazest, Diabetes Research Institute and a major health project with the City of Floresville, Texas.

    Now all of this is based within the last 60 days and it is unbelievable since this all started as therapy for me when I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago.

    Anyway I see this seminar as learning more and better ways to enhance what we have learned and get our message out to more of the people who need it. When you figure there are 285 million diabetics in the world and maybe only 5 million using social networks our work as a grassroots initiative is cut for us and I see social media the only way to reach these people along with our outside communities.

    Thanks for the chance to win tickets to this event.

    Mark

  152. My challenge with social media has been in working it for the non-profit sector covering one disease, Diabetes. To everyone else it may sound simple but when you are going against the norm as in social networks versus outside communities it changes the face of everything.

    We chose to build a grassroots initiative with a support system through online communities. We have made great headway in that now we have teamed up with LIVESTRONG.COM, Cyclebetes, Vitazest, Diabetes Research Institute and a major health project with the City of Floresville, Texas.

    Now all of this is based within the last 60 days and it is unbelievable since this all started as therapy for me when I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago.

    Anyway I see this seminar as learning more and better ways to enhance what we have learned and get our message out to more of the people who need it. When you figure there are 285 million diabetics in the world and maybe only 5 million using social networks our work as a grassroots initiative is cut for us and I see social media the only way to reach these people along with our outside communities.

    Thanks for the chance to win tickets to this event.

    Mark

  153. We have a gospel group, the Monday Nite Choir Boys, http://mncb.blogspot.com and our goal is to help others. We really want to form out this gift that we’ve been given to share and to help others. This would be a way cool outlet to advance that opportunity and bring it back to folks who need what can be done to help them out.

  154. We have a gospel group, the Monday Nite Choir Boys, http://mncb.blogspot.com and our goal is to help others. We really want to form out this gift that we’ve been given to share and to help others. This would be a way cool outlet to advance that opportunity and bring it back to folks who need what can be done to help them out.

  155. On social media mindcasting and lifecasting: it’s tricky
    http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/post/16767/

  156. On social media mindcasting and lifecasting: it’s tricky
    http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/post/16767/

  157. Our biggest challenge is trying to use Social Media Best Practices in a highly regulated industry.

  158. Our biggest challenge is trying to use Social Media Best Practices in a highly regulated industry.

  159. As a start-up not-for-profit organization –
    My biggest Social Media challenge as a nonprofit is to reach key influencers and healthcare professionals with our message, to deliver more benefits to them.

    In order to do this for HumorWeRX, I need to establish a powerful, effective Social Media Program.

    I am establishing a nonprofit organization and want to communicate our message of services, etc. that are available to healthcare professionals and related organizations. I would like to effectively leverage Social Media for this new entity. The product is Applied Humor Therapy — please don’t laugh 😉 lol But — for real. Really! 😀

    My written entry: http://budurl.com/HumorWeRX

    I hope to be considered and in the running to receive a ticket to attend the Social Media Success Summit 2010…

    Many thanks for your consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Becky Cortino

  160. As a start-up not-for-profit organization –
    My biggest Social Media challenge as a nonprofit is to reach key influencers and healthcare professionals with our message, to deliver more benefits to them.

    In order to do this for HumorWeRX, I need to establish a powerful, effective Social Media Program.

    I am establishing a nonprofit organization and want to communicate our message of services, etc. that are available to healthcare professionals and related organizations. I would like to effectively leverage Social Media for this new entity. The product is Applied Humor Therapy — please don’t laugh 😉 lol But — for real. Really! 😀

    My written entry: http://budurl.com/HumorWeRX

    I hope to be considered and in the running to receive a ticket to attend the Social Media Success Summit 2010…

    Many thanks for your consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Becky Cortino

  161. Hi Chris and Michael

    Thanks for the contest opportunity. Please read my entry at http://www.timzaun.com.

  162. Hi Chris and Michael

    Thanks for the contest opportunity. Please read my entry at http://www.timzaun.com.

  163. Ok OK! I admit it! – when I first saw someone text I thought I’ll never do that!! And here I find myself at 46yrs old jumping head first into the SM deep-end! Why? Because I’ve just set up as a Small Business Owner. Yup – another deep end!! So what’s my SM challenge? To make as big a splash as I can and keep those ripples going!
    I’m on board with the basics. But please give me the gift of time and sanity, and stop me reinventing the wheel, by telling me how it’s all done, how it all links, and how to maximize it for success. I am so hungry to learn from those who know.
    Arm me with all the tools to enable and empower people to get healthy – on a local, national and international basis!

    Dawn Peters
    PS. Does it help if I Tweet ‘#win SMSS’ here? Only joking!!

  164. Ok OK! I admit it! – when I first saw someone text I thought I’ll never do that!! And here I find myself at 46yrs old jumping head first into the SM deep-end! Why? Because I’ve just set up as a Small Business Owner. Yup – another deep end!! So what’s my SM challenge? To make as big a splash as I can and keep those ripples going!
    I’m on board with the basics. But please give me the gift of time and sanity, and stop me reinventing the wheel, by telling me how it’s all done, how it all links, and how to maximize it for success. I am so hungry to learn from those who know.
    Arm me with all the tools to enable and empower people to get healthy – on a local, national and international basis!

    Dawn Peters
    PS. Does it help if I Tweet ‘#win SMSS’ here? Only joking!!

  165. My biggest social media challenge is sticking to self-imposed time constraints. I have set a social media schedule for myself that allows for responding to email, dm, im; for networking; for learning; and for productivity but I find myself spending more than the allotted time on networking and less on productivity. To curtail this problem I have started using a timer which keeps me aware of the time I am spending on various activities. It is too early to tell if it is working as I have only been timing myself for less than a week.

  166. My biggest social media challenge is sticking to self-imposed time constraints. I have set a social media schedule for myself that allows for responding to email, dm, im; for networking; for learning; and for productivity but I find myself spending more than the allotted time on networking and less on productivity. To curtail this problem I have started using a timer which keeps me aware of the time I am spending on various activities. It is too early to tell if it is working as I have only been timing myself for less than a week.

  167. Biggest hurdle? Articulating the value of SM to office staff. I see it, I’ve experienced it, but now I need more knowledge to convey advantages so everyone’s on board.

  168. Biggest hurdle? Articulating the value of SM to office staff. I see it, I’ve experienced it, but now I need more knowledge to convey advantages so everyone’s on board.

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