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Kristopher Nielsen

About Kristopher Nielsen

Kristopher Nielsen is the eCommerce / Customer Service Manager for the Soave Automotive Group, a collection of 10 luxury and exotic automobile franchises in the Kansas City and Topeka area. He is also the President of the Social Media Club of Kansas City

SMCKC Ignition Recap

December 2, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on SMCKC Ignition Recap

On November 14th, members of the Social Media Club of Kansas City volunteered their time to help KC area nonprofits in Ignition, an SMCKC event designed to bring KC area social media professionals together to lend their resources and expertise to organizations in KC that needed help in developing social media campaigns to support their organizations.

The event kicked off with a dozen of KC’s best social media minds meeting at the crack of dawn (okay, 9AM) at MMGY Global (thanks for the awesome space!). We had a brief meeting explaining the course of the days events and took the time to introduce the three non-profits we had chosen (based on need) to help:

  • Community LINC is an organization with the goal to end homelessness for KC area families by helping them gain access to housing.
  • The WEB DuBois Learning Center provides additional training and education to KC area youth.
  • Reach Out and Read helps KC area youth develop early stage reading habits by providing books and encouraging literacy in KC’s poorest communities.

Each charity was assigned a rock-star team of KC social media professionals to help them with their social media needs. With each organization having slightly different requests, the teams were able to tailor their approach from basic to complex.

The teams worked feverishly for over 3 hours, breaking only for some delicious SPIN! Pizza and refreshments from Cosentino’s Price Chopper. When the event concluded each team presented on what achievements and action items were developed. While each nonprofit had it’s own agenda, one organization left with better ideas for how to measure their efforts online, another took home ways to increase visibility and giving for their entire web presence, and one charity even planned it’s entire online media calendar for the next year!

Here’s what the W.E.B. Dubois Center representatives had to say: "The support and guidance received from the social media club strategic planning session was invaluable.  We are a small nonprofit organization without a budget or department to do the things that will help us reach more families more effectively   Being selected  to engage with professionals like your members was such a great  opportunity.  We received so many great tips and are excited to execute our social media team’s recommendations."

Before we wrapped up the day the teams traded contact information so the nonprofits could reach out for future assistance and to schedule follow up help. Additionally, the charities each received a 2-day social media course, courtesy of Skillpath, as a parting gift.

Finally we recapped the day at Snow & Company, where social professionals and non-profits unwound from the intense activities and enjoyed some delicious frozen beverages.

I’d like to thank the members of SMCKC for their amazing efforts and for truly helping KC’s most charitable individuals further their organizations through the use of social media. I’d also like to thank MMGY Global, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, SPIN! Pizza, Skillpath, and Snow & Company for making the event possible.

Look out for a second edition of Ignition coming in 2016! We’ll have a volunteer link up once a date is set. Know a deserving non-profit? Email me at or wait for the application to come online.

I’m proud of the work that SMCKC members do every day and am even prouder of the assistance we gave to these great organizations.

Kris Nielsen

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Ignition: Update

September 30, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on Ignition: Update

SMCKC Membership,

Many of you have followed along with the discussion of Ignition, an SMCKC event geared towards helping KC-area nonprofits develop complete social media campaigns using the great talent in our SMCKC community. This event should have happened last month, but was cancelled at the last minute.

I'd like to apologize to the membership and the chosen non-profits for canceling at the last minute. It was my opinion that we had insufficiently updated our chosen non-profits to the timeline for Ignition. Additionally, we had done a very poor job of recruiting creative and graphic design talent to make the social campaigns a reality. The combination of these factors would have resulted in a sub-standard product being delivered to our chosen non-profits.

After several meetings on how to improve the event and make sure that this doesn't happen again, we are now confidant we can move forward with a rescheduled date of Saturday November 14th, 2015. All of the originally chosen non-profits will be invited to join us and let KC's best in social help them develop campaigns to help their unique challenges.

We want to make Ignition the best event it can be. If you'd like to volunteer your skill in social media, click here to volunteer! (Note: We need a dramatically higher amount of creative and graphic design support... please pass this along to anyone who you think would be a good fit).

Any questions? Shoot me an email at

Kris Nielsen

President, SMCKC

AMPS is Coming

September 30, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on AMPS is Coming


Last year we had the privilege of giving away dozens of awards to amazing members of our social media community. From in-house teams to agencies and even non-profits, we had the opportunity to recognize the great work in social media that is going on here in Kansas City.

We learned a lot from year one that I'm sure will make year two even better. Here are some updates on the 2016 AMPS:

Date: The Second Annual AMPS Awards will be held on February 18th, 2016 at 28 Event Space so mark your calendars!

Categories: We learned a lot from year one and have added some new categories (how'd we miss Twitter?!) along with removing some that didn't have many submissions. Reminder: Campaigns running between October 1st, 2014 and September 30th, 2015 are eligible. A full list of categories:

Category Who is Eligible
Rookie of the Year Individual
Multi-Channel Integrated Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Integration with an Offline Campaign Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Volunteer of the Year Individual
Hat Tip Award Individual or Team
Facebook (Sole or Primary) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Twitter (Sole or Primary) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Email (Sole or Primary) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Visual - IG/YouTube (Sole or Primary) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Blog (Sole or Primary) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Trailblazer Award Individual
Event or Real Time Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Most Bang for the Buck (ROI) Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government
Biggest Big Deal Agency, Brand, Nonprofit/Government

Look for more information and a submission process to come! Year two is going to be amazing!

Kris Nielsen

President, SMCKC

SMCKC Election Results

July 21, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on SMCKC Election Results

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 Comments Off on The SMCKC Election Process Has Begun!

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

Welcome to the new!

April 1, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on Welcome to the new!

From all of us on the SMCKC board, I’d like to welcome you to the all-new Our previous site got us through many years of growth, but was no longer fulfilling our day to day needs.
To say that our new site is cleaner would be an understatement. We intentionally designed it to be much more simple and mobile-friendly, while providing the features that most users enjoyed on the prior site.

That said, there was not an extensive review process, as we intended to launch quickly and solicit member feedback in the coming weeks. What do you think it needs? Tell us via twitter using the #SMCKC tag or send us comments on the Feedback page.

Special thanks goes to our Technology Chair, Tyler Hillsman, for putting in the incredible work that this took and bringing us to a new chapter of our online presence.
We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Kris Nielsen
President, SMCKC


March 27, 2015 - Posted by Comments Off on SMCKC AMPS Wrap Up

Members of SMCKC,

What a year for SMCKC 2015 is turning out to be! Between 100+ member breakfasts and our first-ever AMPS awards, SMCKC is starting the year off with some amazing content.

Thanks a ton to everyone who was able to join us for the AMPS in February. We have some exceptionally talented social media professionals in Kansas City putting together campaigns that are among the best in the industry.

I’d like to thank the SMCKC board as well as an incredible group of volunteers for making this a reality. That includes our SMCKC Volunteer of the Year, Jessica Best. I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors as well as our title sponsor IBM and our design sponsor Ariel Media for creating all of the collateral we needed to make this happen.

Before getting into the campaign winners – let’s give a special round of applause for our individual winners that were recognized for their exceptional contribution to social media, KC, and SMCKC:

Volunteer of the Year – Jessica Best (emfluence)

Rookie of the Year – Danuta Janizewski (Barkley)

Trailblazer of the Year – Jake Jacobson (Children’s Mercy Hospital)

Congratulations also to the following category winners, who were reviewed and voted by our independent judges from SMC Des Moines to be the best of the best:

Over the next few months we plan to go into more detail on these campaigns, both in the form of individual blog posts and as future content for breakfasts and professional lunches.

We’d also like to stress that this was just the beginning! Was something missing? Tell us! Was there something you absolutely loved? Tell us that too! I can (as always) be reached via Twitter @KrisNielsenKC.

Lastly – The first AMPS was a huge undertaking and we would love all the volunteers we could possibly get for next year’s show! Interested? Shoot Andrea Garcia (Our Advocacy Chair/Lead on the 2016 Show) an email at

Congratulations again to all of our winners and those who came out – it truly was a night to remember!

Kris Nielsen

President, SMCKC