Missing swsx?? Come to #usXsw virtual weekend!! (and don’t miss the party)

usXsw is a great guided online conference with input from dynamic people all over the world, lots of fun and prizes!. It was created by the great folks over at the #UsGuys group on twitter.

My partners and I at Socialisle are honored to be hosting the official party usXsw Live on Saturday night at 7pm EST. More details to come :)

More details on usXsw here: http://bit.ly/emu9EO

Small Business Saturday Long Island

American Express and FaceBook are promoting Small Business Saturday on November 27th in an effort to get consumers out to our local stores and strengthen the backbone of our economy. LITweetUP is doing what we can to help our Long Island Small Businesses. More details after the video.

What is it?

Small Business Saturday Logo According to the Facebook page:
“First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. This year, November 27th is the first ever Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.”


What is LITweetUP Doing?

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to have been well promoted on Long Island (the capital of Small Business in my opinion!) so this only came to our attention late last week. We’ve put together a small team of a few of Long Island best (professionals in the fields of Writing, Social Media and Advertising) and came up with a quickie plan.

  • On Thursday November 18th at 6pm we will be getting together with as many business owners as we can get to (and handle based on our numbers) in 2 locations, one in Suffolk and one in Nassau. The locations are TBD. See the Free Help or Small Business tab for more.
  • A few of us have friends in local media and we’re reaching out to them to let them know about #SmallBizSat and that we’re trying to do something to help out.
  • We’re reaching out to any Chambers of Commerce we can to let them know about the potential benefits this could have for our small businesses.
  • We will be tapping our own networks to promote this day and encouraging people to Shop Small on 11/27.


Free Help for Small Business

Facebook is giving small business owners $100 in free advertising with a deadline of Thursday November 18th at midnight. Our goal is to spend some time with business owners on Thursday night and help them take advantage of this in preparation for #SmallBizSat. We will all be donating our time.

  • We’ll be limiting it to 3 business owners per team member and doing a shortened Social School session. Would you like to come, let me know in the comments.
  • Each business owner should bring along a laptop.
  • We will walk you thru setting up your FB ad and / or FB Deal
  • For those that can’t make it, one or more of our team members will post a free walk thru online. I’ll link to it from here.


The Team

Here are the members of this awesome team. Please check them out, they are some of Long Island’s finest!

Angelina Simms @angelinasimms
Constance Korol @constancek
George Torres @urbanjibaro
Louise DiCarlo @lovelylu
Manny Velasquez-Paredes LinkedIn
Meg Heckman @ruleyourday
Nathan King @nathanrking
Pete Shelly @peteshelly
Sueanne Shirzay @sueanneshirzay
Jeff Namnum @namnum @socialschoolli


Premature Enunciation – Why Shooting Off Too Early Doesn’t Create (Sales) Fulfillment

Premature Enunciation from Jeff Namnum on Vimeo.

Yes, I know the video is a little cheesy but I don’t care it was fun 😉 This video is a brief promo and summary for my topic at Social Media Camp Long Island. My hope is to get people thinking about how to better engage in sales in Social Media spaces (and in Real World spaces).

Social Selling is a topic that is constantly on my mind. I feel strongly that as we move into this next era of business and communication, selling thru relationships and by trading gratitude for business is the way that sales will be done, but it’s not the way the average mom & pop store owner is used to. By re-examining some basic concepts of how small business has succeeded (and driven our economy) in the past I hope that the people who join this conversation at #SMCampLI will walk away realizing that they already know how to do this, they just needed to look at it a little differently.