Normally I’m aware of social media happenings around town, so I was surprised to hear about the Mashable Meetup only one day before the event. Even more surprising – 30th June was Social Media Day around the world. But why hadn’t I heard about this sooner?
I quickly RSVP’d for the Meetup and started spreading the word (hashtag #smday) to other social media enthusiasts.
The event took place at Le Café Noir in the 2nd district of Paris on a lively pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants. Most attendees were Paris-based, although I met one gentleman from AXA’s New York office who just happened to be in visiting this week.
A multicultural meetup, I chatted with North Americans, British, Indians, and plenty of French. Although the French have a reputation for not being very strong other languages, this group was full of exceptionally good English speakers. I was impressed.
Most everyone was under 25 years old with varying degrees of social media experience and knowledge under their belts. I met students, recent graduates, and several people with the title "Community Manager," working for small startups all the way up to giants like Disney and LaGardère.
One young French woman with a marketing background told how her firm had just hired her for a newly created social media position. On the eve of her first day at the new job, she admitted that she was terrified. Without clear goals, insight or guidance from management (not surprising, most bosses haven’t got a clue about this stuff!), who could blame her? She was on a social media crash course hoping to pick up some tips from the group.
I heard a similar tale from another young Community Manager who had been thrown into the job with "no training whatsoever." In just one month he’s already started to build a following via the company’s YouTube channel and with blogs. He believes strong content is the most important element to building online communities.
I very much enjoyed the exchange of ideas and opinions on various tools and platforms relating to social media. One thing is sure: there is still so much to learn about social media! So, I look forward to the next Meetup in Paris... will let you know how it goes!
Did you attend a Mashable Meetup for Social Media Day? If not, how did you celebrate Social Media Day?
Welcome to Social Media Club Paris, where innovators from France will meet for monthly events to share, engage and collaborate with the community on the issues of social media and technology. Our chapter launched in 2007, and our leadership board includes Nicolas Marronnier . For more information, please leave a comment or visit our Facebook group or our Twitter feed, where we have 587 followers as of today, and say hi.
For those of you who missed our public conference on digital storytelling last week, it is now posted in its entirety on our main blog. Check out speakers:
-Cécile Cros, co-founder of Narrative (production and distribution of new media documentaries)
-Arnaud Dressen, co-founder of Honky Tonk (video and multimedia production agency)
-Julien Aubert, co-founder of Story Factory (cross-media content development and production)
-Nicolas Bry, director of Transmedia Lab (blog about transmedia content)
-Denis Fabre, founder of Shibo Interactive (agency that works exclusively with Twitter and social networks)
and commentary from SMC France vice president and co-founder Alban Martin.