OC Social Media Summit Infotained for Social Good

by Lindy

Rick Warren with the Stop Hunger Now and CUI Crew. 
CUI Marketing Team Representing

On May 18th, local social media rock stars Rochelle and Haley Veturis coordinated this entertaining and information-packed Orange County Social Media Summit for those of all levels of expertise. The summit took place at The Refinery at Saddleback Church Here is the OC Social Media Summit Online Catalog showing the complete lineup of the panelists, their credentials and Twitter handles.


There were so many great speakers and presentations! I loved the highly-visual and energetic coffee roasting video presented by Portola Coffee Lab’s barista and social media guru, Jeff Clinard. (If you’re a coffee snob, you will love this video – salivation warning.) 




I’m not one to ‘power network’, but I enjoyed meeting and talking to some new people: Tom Holmberg of Tom’s Foodie Blog, Shou and Sharon Mo of Stop Hunger Now and several more. (I have their business cards around here somewhere.)

What’s great about this event was that the emphasis centered around using social media for social good. There are so many worthy causes to support using the power of combined voices in the social sphere. My chosen cause for this event was Orangewood Children’s Foundation. I also learned of several new charitable organizations that are worthy of support: Sevenly.org and The Boot Campaign


Here is video of Pastor Rick Warren’s impromptu visit to the OC Social Media Summit, speaking on his use of social media at Saddleback Church. I always enjoy listening to him speak; he’s relevant, authentic and humorous. Video courtesy of Jason Tucker, Tucker Professional Web Services.



If you weren’t able to attend, you can listen in on the engaging conversations from the OC Social Media Summit on Twitter by reading up on the hashtag #OCSMS. I enjoyed Live Tweeting sporadically from @KreativeHaus and shared a lot of great takeaways and interaction with other attendees. I always enjoying meeting new, interesting people to follow in the social sphere.

It looks like this dynamic group is actively planning another fun social event: Social Media Day 2012 on June 29th at the OC Register. Join in on the conversation on Twitter: #SMDAYOC.


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