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SMCRVA Discusses Online Bullying

In a wide-ranging forum designed to resonate with our own online community, the late summer SMCRVA tackled the tough issues of bullying and online harassment.

Five different speakers addressed the sensitive topic from personal and professional perspectives. TMI Diversity, Inc. (@RVADiversity), specialists in civic engagement and inclusion, sponsored the gathering and moderated the discussion, with audience members providing instantaneous feedback through “clicker” response technology to further fuel the discussion.

Bloggers Connect with National Brands at SMCRVA

Record crowds gathered to discuss the evolution of blogging at the July 2012 Social Media Club of Richmond (SMCRVA). Featured at the event were @RVAEpicTales, a group of Richmond bloggers (led by RichmondMom.com) selected by @Chevylife to highlight a Chevy-sponsored cross country roadtrip to the South by Southwest interactive conference. Checkout the social media club action via VIDEO, which also highlights popular bloggers who continue to find unique ways to make their #RVA wave reverberate across the globe.

SMC Book Club Review: "Optimize" by Lee Odden

"Optimize" by Lee OddenI have to start of my evaluation of “Optimize” by noting that I have been familiar with Mr. Odden’s work for some time now. His TopRank Online Marketing blog has been an inspiration and essential resource throughout my personal journey into digital communications media. Given this prior exposure, the subject matter and instructional tone of the book is no surprise. That said, at this risk of over-enthusiasm, I believe that this publication is instantly the most cohesive guide of its type on the market, a step-by-step workbook for any person or company looking to make sense of and excel at connecting with and marketing to communities online.

'Rock Star of Mobile' Jeff Rock Mesmerizes Capacity Crowd at SMCRVA

About 100 people packed the historic-firestation-turned-hipster-artspace Gallery5 in downtown Richmond, VA 2/16/12 for #SMCRVA's monthly meeting featuring the "Future of Mobile" by @jeff_rock, co-founder and creative director of Mobelux. The discussion of mobile technology trends was quite a wild ride, starting with #SMCRVA Board Member @DougMeacham's entertaining re-introduction to the first mobile phone (pricetag $4,000) and subsquent romp through developmental highlights of that jam-packed little device we take for granted: http://bit.ly/s7KuYD Jeff Rock launched into his predictions for mobile trends, both good and bad, and a hush fell over the crowd. We're a creative and outspoken bunch, so this hardly ever happens.

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