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SMCKC Election Results

July 21, 2015 - Posted by

It is my privilege to announce that another round of SMCKC elections have been successfully completed. I am pleased to welcome the following individuals to their new roles on the SMCKC board.

Vice-President: Formerly the communications chair, Kate Favrow will help us keep our amazing trajectory as a club (as well as stepping in as President should I meet an untimely demise).

Secretary / Treasurer: Bridget Koan will help us keep finances in line and lend order to our regular meetings and proceedings.

Membership Chair: Maliha Khan wins the Membership Chair spot and will direct the future of programming and membership development for SMCKC.

Events Co-Chairs:

Mike Levine was the top vote for membership chair. Mike brings a rich experience in event planning from his work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Joining Mike at Events will be Leah Godfrey, our exiting membership chair. Leah has brought an array of ideas to the development of the membership position and will continue to make sure our events are organized to maximize member enjoyment and education.

Communications Co-Chairs:

Marc Vasquez joins the SMCKC board as Communications Co-Chair. As the current social lead at UMB, Marc brings his extensive expertise to the table. Marc has served in leadership roles on other area marketing club boards as well.

Liza Perry was the most-voted runner up in each of the other above categories and has accepted the position of Communications Co-Chair. As social lead for Cerner, she also brings a wealth of information to the board.

Please join me in welcoming these new and returning board members!

I would also like to thank the other candidates who ran for positions. This is by far the highest caliber bunch of candidates we have ever slated for elections and I know each of you will continue to make a difference for the SMCKC in the future.

Here’s to another great year of #SMCKC!

Kris Nielsen

President, Social Media Club of Kansas City

The SMCKC Election Process Has Begun!

June 19, 2015 - Posted by

On Thursday we had quite the turnout for our SMCKC "Meet the Candidates" Happy Hour at Waldo Pizza! The Happy Hour marks the start of the SMCKC Election Process! Campaigning has begun and will run through voting, which will open on 7.10 and run through the end of the day on 7.17.

A note on voting: All SMCKC members as of 6.5.15 will receive a personalized URL (PURL) for voting on 7.10. This link is unique to the recipient and can only be used once. We will resend it once further during the voting window, but it cannot be forwarded, etc. This ensures that only club members (those on the email list) will be able to vote on the election. Please email me with any questions on this at

Now, let's meet your candidates!


Our current Communications Chair, Kate Favrow is running unopposed! Questions on her plans for the position? Tweet her @KUfavs .

Treasurer / Secretary

Liza Perry @EPerry07

Bridget Koan @Bridgetlhk

Membership Chair

Maliha Khan is both excited to run for this position and running unopposed! Questions for her? Ideas? She can be reached @Malihasays

Events Co-Chair (2 Positions Available)

Eric Shoemaker @ejshoe

Jentry Newth @jentrynewth

Leah Godfrey @LeahKGodfrey

Michael Levine @KCWineGuy

Communications Co-Chair (2 Positions Available)

Marc Vasquez @Vasquez007

Note: Marc brings a ton to the table for communications, and is the only person running for the position. We still feel that there should be a second Co-Chair for this as our outward communications are critical to the group. As decided by the board: the second Communications Co-Chair position will be offered to the runner up with the overall most votes in the Events / Treasurer races. 

Good luck to our candidates! I have never been more excited about the future of #SMCKC!

Kris Nielsen @KrisNielsenKC

President, @SMCKC

June Breakfast Recap – Storify

June 15, 2015 - Posted by

In his spare time between serving as the voice of the Kansas City Marathon, preparing to go behind the scenes at the 2015 Big Slick KC, and training to represent Ronald McDonald House Charities in the 2015 Chicago Marathon, Jake Jacobson, senior manager of public relations for Children's Mercy Hospital, stopped by the SMCKC June breakfast to share his tips on developing your proudest fans into your loudest advocates.

Check out the great takeaways from this month's breakfast, and join us in July!

Buyable Pin

New ‘Buy It’ Pinterest feature to allow in-app purchasing

June 12, 2015 - Posted by

Pinners, shoppers, curators, and DIY-ers will begin to use their virtual pinboards in a new way: Pinterest has announced the new “Buy It” button on their platform.

In the next few weeks, Pinterest users will have the option to buy their items of interest in addition to pinning them. The meeting of retail therapy and social sharing for people who occasionally puruse sites like or to decompress to only e-mail or share items on Facebook. Buying a specific pin, rather than searching through a whole site, can give users the ability to buy more items as they curate more items of specific, and not general, interest.

Buying, presumably, clothes, home decor, equipment, and more pins directly from the Pinterest app has the potential to shift in-store shopping to in-app purchases. According to a 2013 Vision Critical study, 50 percent of Pinterest users actually buy items they pin in-store, it is in this point where a buy-able pin could shift this trend to in-app purchases. This gives initial sellers like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom a head-start advantage as in-app sales continue to grow.


A ‘Buy It’ button has potential to drive ecommerce for Pinterest as well. Though the site currently does not plan to receive revenue, the possibility of charging brands to sell their products on the platform is present. Social-sharing, a feature that Pinterest is based off of, offers a unique selling point to drive sales that sites like doesn’t currently offer.

Other social platforms, such as image-sharing Instagram, have the potential to sell items in its app with the ‘Buy What You Like’ option. While some companies have attempted to monetize Instagram with hyperlinks to their site in their bio, users buying what they “Like” could drive sales as photos reach thousands of in-app “Likes”.

How to use a ‘Buy It’ pin

The idea: Blue means you can buy it from the app

1.) Use the price filter to select a price range
2.) Customize by selecting available colors of the item
3.) Buy it with ApplePay or by credit card.

Facebook Events (Or, how to reach 100x more people than just your Facebook fans)

June 8, 2015 - Posted by

In late March, Facebook rolled out the “Subscribe to Events” feature, allowing users to be notified when their favorite pages posted a new event. While pages have been able to post events for some time, Facebook’s News Feed algorithm shows updates to only certain users, unless you pay to promote your posts to a wider audience.

Enter: Subscribing to events.

Now, when followers subscribe to your events, Facebook Event notificationthey will receive a notification each time you post a new event. No more missing events from pages they care about.

For Business Pages, this change is huge in both concept and practice. This is a newer feature, so users may need to be shown how to subscribe to your page’s events. But once users catch on, pages with loyal fanbases will see a significant increase in overall reach. Not only will subscribed users see your events, but their friends will be able to see that they’re subscribed, too.

So does it really work? Absolutely.

Subscribe to FB EventsAs the City of Festivals, the City of Lenexa latched on to Facebook Events early. We saw the potential of social reach in getting the word out to our residents and visitors. While we had put our festivals out as Facebook events prior to the subscription rollout, we saw a dramatic increase in both reach and engagement after. We didn’t wait for people to discover that you could subscribe to our events. Instead, we took an active approach to promoting that fact (Within 24 hours of that post we had more than 75 subscribers).

Since then, Facebook has made it even easier to promote event subscriptions. Pages can now go to their own events tab and click “share events” – that post will automatically show followers that they can subscribe to the events (after our second post, we now have more than 200 subscribers).

Anecdotally, we’re finding that Facebook is showing our events to not only our subscribers but more people in general. Prior to subscriptions, we’d see somewhere between 50-100 people RSVP to one of our Facebook events. After subscriptions, several of our events have RSVPs in the thousands (and, our page has 5,700 likes) – Take our Food Truck Frenzy, for example.

FB Event ReachThe one drawback we’ve found is that detailed insights aren’t available for posts made within the event page, but Facebook does give pages general event insights on reach, views and engagement.

While events may not be the right strategy for all brands – especially those which aren’t location-dependent – our experience has been that it’s worth a try.



Who Cares? May Breakfast Recap on Storify

June 4, 2015 - Posted by

Normally when you hear the question "who cares?", it's delivered in a snarky tone and has a negative connotation. But as Jenna Bromberg, head of Social Media and Digital Engagement for Pizza Hut (@PizzaHut), shared, that question is a valuable one for social media professionals to ask when crafting content. From best practices in leveraging channel natives, to creative use of sponsored tweets to solicit product feedback to an amazing appreciation of bacon, your takeaways from our May breakfast were great, and we've grabbed some of the highlights.

AAFKC Shares Discount Code for GasCan

May 29, 2015 - Posted by

This old motel was used in the movie "Easy Rider" for the scene where Captain America and Billy were denied a room. Now it has a pretty lame sign and is for sale. About a mile east of Grand Canyon Harley and Route 66 Roadhouse, where the "No Vacancy" sign hangs. Get the apps "Best Road Trip Ever"  and Road Trip 66

One great benefit of being a part of SMCKC is we have really fantastic friends in the community who put on great events and give us discount codes to share! Our friends at AAFKC are hosting their second GasCan event coming to Sporting Park on June 26. There is a stellar lineup of speakers including:

You can see all the details at but when you register at, use code "GASCAN2015CLUBDISCOUNT" and you'll get $25 off the full-day price.  


Upcoming June Breakfast to explore reaching larger online audiences

May 22, 2015 - Posted by

A compelling message needs nothing more than a single post, tweet, or pin in order to reach a larger audience right? Usually not the case. What can professionals and organizations do to impact a larger readership?

Jake Jacobson (@JakesJournal), Public Relations Senior Manager at @ChildrensMercy will be presenting our June Breakfast: "Turning the Choir Into Preachers: How to Empower Others to Sing Your Praises" Friday, June 5.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Grand Street Cafe, Jacobson will explore how social media strategies can compel your online audience to share your message.

In noisy market where even reaching local audiences online can be challenging, "Turning the Choir Into Preachers: How to Empower Others to Sing Your Praises" shows how to create enthusiasm around your company and your message. Sharing across platforms is feasible for companies who share their compelling message in various formats including text (Twittter) pictures (Pinterest) and much more.

With 12,000 followers on Twitter and 39,598 “Likes” on Facebook, Children's Mercy reaches audiences through engaging external users and internal staff. Discover how to communicate social media campaigns to an ROI-focused superior, engage business partners, and more internal factors to enhance your online reach.

"Turning the Choir Into Preachers: How to Empower Others to Sing Your Praises" will demonstrate social media strategies for you to begin using this month. Stand out and rally your target audience around your message to a larger audience. Register here on Eventbrite.

I mean, I Skimm’d it.

May 1, 2015 - Posted by

I don’t watch the news. There. I said it. I’m generally not home for the five or six o’clock version, ten o’clock is prime Netflix time, in the morning I tend to have Friday Night Lights on in the background as I like to be reminded that clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose. But I want to be able to speak to current events in an informed manner. I follow major news outlets for local, national, and global news but there’s a lot happening on Twitter and things get lost in the chatter. What’s a busy girl to do? Skimm it.

The Skimm, started by news veterans Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, is an email digest of pertinent events delivered right to your inbox every morning (Monday-Friday, Skimmers need weekends too). The Skimm takes the need to know current events of the day and presents them in a smart, informative, but truncated manner. And they’re funny. Sounds odd to refer to serious news stories as being funny but with references to pop culture mixed in they make reading the news easy and entertaining. Included in each Skimm edition readers find links to further information on featured stories that pique their interest, as well as book recommendations and a shoutout to Skimmers celebrating birthdays. Beyond the Daily Digest the Skimm also provides guides to large issues such as Fracking, March Madness, Elections.

As a service, I’m a fan; as a person active in social media I’m amazed at how they utilize their channels to cultivate readership. There is the almost requisite ability to share individual stories via their social channels by placing “Skimm This” icons and leaving room for additional commentary, which I appreciate. Readers sharing stories or suggestion subscription via social channels has created an upswell in subscription, while their growth comes from a variety of sources they credit word of mouth sharing with a bulk of it. Skimm readers that share subscription links, dubbed Skimm’bassadors, get swag *and* special birthday shout outs. Through word of mouth growth, media opportunities, and some dabbling in Facebook advertising The Skimm has a cultivated a readership of over half a million people. The real kicker is, out of those over 500,000 people receiving a daily email… they have a 45% open rate. FORTY FIVE PERCENT. In email marketing world, that is pretty fantastic. From engaging subject lines to easy on the eyes design the Skimm team knows email. While the Inbox is their bread and butter other social channels don’t feel like a forced fit, their Instagram feed a mix of readers showing their Skimm, delightful puns, and shots of Skimm HQ (they just moved). From channel to channel the Skimm team has created an engaged community that, while informative, doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The Skimm team’s goal is for it to feel like you’re getting your news from a friend. Their consistent voice across email and social channels makes it easy for the readers to engage with and feel comfortable with sharing the news. Now if they could only include gifs…

Not subscribed to the Skimm? Do it now, thank me later.

SMCKC April Breakfast Recap on Storify

April 24, 2015 - Posted by

If you've been to one of our events, you know that the content our presenters share is always helpful. But in the live stream of takeaways and dialogue that is shared in real-time with the #SMCKC hashtag, there are always a few great nuggets of wisdom as well.
Check out our Storify for the best content from that stream at our April breakfast, and make sure you follow us on Storify for more. (Don't forget the unbridled cuteness of Sarge and Boomer!)