Gilford, NH, August 26, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- A whopping 500,000 of Facebook's 500 million global users live in New Hampshire. Twitter recently crossed the 100 million user threshold and became the third largest search engine in the world, besting all but Google and YouTube. More than 80% of companies, recruiters, and human resource professionals report scanning online channels - including social networking sites - to research candidates, find prospects, and weed out applicants.
In an effort to bring this ever-growing impact and power of social media to more NH businesses, organizations, and professionals, the NH Division of Economic Development (NH DED), in partnership with social marketing and success strategies firm Epiphanies, Inc. and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), will host the second annual “A-Ha!” NH Social Media Business Summit at PSNH, 780 North Commercial Street, Manchester, on Monday, September 27th. To ensure content is geared to the needs and skill levels of the attendees, the Summit will be split into two three-hour Sessions for two different audiences, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
“The shift in how we connect and communicate is changing the way business is done in NH and beyond,” says Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director for NH DED. “If you want to be competitive and relevant to your target market, your community, and in your industry, you have to actively explore what's happening - and what's possible - in the social media realm. This Summit is the place to do exactly that.”
The Morning Session, from 9:00am to noon, is designed for social media beginners, small business owners, professionals in mission-driven organizations, and passionate entrepreneurs. Presentations include "Social Marketing on a Shoestring Budget" and "Facebook on Fire: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts to Fuel Your Success on the World’s Hottest Social Network." The last hour will feature the NH Entrepreneur Success Panel, featuring: Christy Cegelski, Drink Skinny, LLC; Stacey Lucas, Veggie Art Girl; Bill Rogers, Now or Never Media; and Steve Varnum, Communications and Marketing Director, NH Community Loan Fund.
The Afternoon Session is geared for people who are already running with one or more of the major social media platforms – including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and blogging. Ideal for social media enthusiasts, community leaders, marketing mavens, brand managers, bold entrepreneurs, and visionaries of mission-driven organizations, the afternoon's presentations include "Facebook Marketing: Customization, Fan-Building, and Advertising" and "Engaging the Social Senses: Listening, Monitoring, and Measuring." Additionally, there will be a Cross-Industry NH Success Panel, featuring: Erica Murphy, Director of Communications and Community Relations, The Common Man; Paul Boynton, Author of Begin With Yes and CEO of Moore Center Services; Steve Boucher, Communications and Legislative Director at NH DED; and Abby Fitchner, Microsoft’s Developer Evangelist for Startups.
Summit Sessions will be presented and moderated by Lani and Allen Voivod, co-owners of Epiphanies, Inc., whom Boucher calls the Division’s “social marketing gurus,” and who've delivered workshops, webinars, slidecasts, and boot camps online and off, for Chambers of Commerce, trade associations, and business development events throughout the Granite State and for clients and entrepreneurs across the country.
"We received tremendously positive feedback from last year's NH Social Media Business Summit," says Pat McDermott, Economic & Community Development Manager at PSNH. "We're proud to help bring these ideas and strategies to the business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders who play such an important role in New Hampshire's economic growth and vitality."
"Our goal is to connect the dots, empower action, and incite attendees to thrive with these tools, channels, and platforms," says Lani Voivod. "The opportunities are here waiting for them." Adds Allen Voivod, "With social media as with business, belief is everything. We aim to help people believe in their own Bigger Picture of possibility and success."
As a special gift to New Hampshire’s business community and thanks to NH DED and PSNH, admission to this event is 100% free. However, there are only 100 seats available for each Session, so early registration is strongly suggested. To register, go to www.AhaNH.com. For more information, call Epiphanies, Inc. at (603) 524-5248, or email events@EpiphaniesInc.com.
About Public Service of New Hampshire
PSNH is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, generating and distributing clean electricity for more than 490,000 homes and businesses in an environmentally friendly manner. Each year, PSNH supports dozens of forest protection, energy conservation, and environmental organizations through both financial contributions and generous employee volunteerism. PSNH is proud of its commitment to the environment and willingness to create innovative solutions to environmental issues. To learn more, visit http://www.PSNH.com.
About the NH Division of Economic Development
The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, comprised of the New Hampshire Business Resource Center and the International Trade Resource Center, offer resources to enhance the economic activities of the state through business attraction outreach, in-state business expansion efforts, and facilitation of government and international sales. To find out more about why New Hampshire’s low business tax burden and sales and income-tax free tradition makes it the “Most Livable State” in the nation, visit http://www.NHEconomy.com, check out their “No Bull” Business Blog at http://blog.NHEconomy.com, and stay connected to NH Economy's opportunities, grants, and news on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/NoBullBusiness.
About Epiphanies, Inc.
Hailed as “visionary” and “two of the most creative thinkers in the industry” by the NH Division of Economic Development, Lani and Allen Voivod share powerful social marketing & success strategies through speaking, workshops, and their own online channels. Their company, Epiphanies, Inc., trains teams, crafts strategies, and serves as long-term success partners for a handful of global brands, industries, and mission-driven organizations. To find out how they can help your business boost visibility, community, competitive edge, memberships, and profits, join their Facebook community at http://facebook.com/AhaYourself and introduce yourself, jump into the conversation, or share a bold insight on their FB Wall.