Sunday, September 18, 2016

I am a Google Street View Trusted Photographer

I enjoy exploring the variety of American and ethnic restaurants in the Chicago area. I usually have a digital camera with me to take photos. As a backup I have my Android phone that I use to take photos of the restaurant and cuisine. Over the years I have taken thousands of photos at events and when dining out. Many of these photos I post to Google Maps and other sites to share my experience.

Currently, I am a Level 4 Google Local Guide Contributor. In a few weeks I hope to reach Level 5, which is the highest. I have also been selected as a Google Street View Trusted Photographer.

You may view my Google Local Guide Profile

Because of my contributions to Google Maps, I have been invited to join the Google Local Guides Connect Group 

If you would like to stayed updated with the Chicago culinary scene, join my Chicago Local Guides Community Page on Google

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Seafood City Chicago Grand Opening

Seafood City Supermarket is building a location in Chicago. Who would like to join us at the Grand Opening?
When: Wednesday, September 14 at 9 AM - 9 PM
In 1989, the first Seafood City Supermarket opened in National City, CA. For the first time ever, there was an Asian grocery that Filipino-Americans could wander into and find exactly what they wanted.
Seafood City Supermarket has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1989 to establishing itself as the premier Filipino supermarket chain in North America. But it has grown into something more than that.
Now, the words “Seafood City” are spoken of among Filipino-Americans in the same breath as words such as “community”. Above all, the most meaningful reason that people come to Seafood City is simply that: it’s good to be home.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Giftie culinary tour of Chicago

Giftie just launched a new Android app that allows you to take a culinary tour of Chicago. Download the app today from Google Play, subscribe with code "todor" and your first 3 meals will be on us. Don't forget to leave a review on Google Play:

Share any photos, videos and posts of your meal with #GiftieApp

Giftie provides food enthusiasts a wallet-friendly way to experience the most exciting restaurants Chicago has to offer while supporting the local culinary scene. Giftie provides members with a personalized, self-guided, culinary tour of Chicago allowing them to redeem "digital dollars” at local restaurants around Chicago.

Giftie is perfect for anyone who dines out in Chicago. Giftie members receive access to “digital dollars” at local restaurants from Andersonville to Pilsen and everywhere in between.

Giftie is a mobile app that offers your a self-guided culinary tour of Chicago by not only giving you access to the best hidden gems in Chicago but also eliminating the cost of trying them out.
To apply for membership simply download the Giftie App and register using your Facebook account. Once approved you membership gives you access to our "digital dollars" called Gifties. You can then take and use one Giftie per day and visit each restaurant in our system twice per year with a 90 day "icebox" or waiting period between visits.
Upon registration, your Giftie board is automatically loaded with dollars. Each Giftie is valued at about the price of a main entree. How do we do this? Our restaurant partners give us a limited number of free samples in exchange for marketing access and feedback from our members. If you qualify for a membership, there is simply not a better offer around.
To use a Giftie, just take the Giftie you want to use and then show the bar code to your server or cashier. It's really that easy, no minimum purchase, no blackout dates, and no hidden costs.
If you like a particular restaurant after your visit, tell your friends about it and let them get in on the Giftie experience.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Support Chicago Restaurants

Did you know that as a Giftie member you're supporting local restaurant owners like Dana from Doodle's Doughnuts in Old Town?

The $36 per year starter membership lets you take and use 12 gift cards over the next 12 months, at an average value of $15 each while discovering what's good and local in Chicago.  From Andersenville to Pilsen and everything in between Giftie has got you covered.

That's approximately $180 in value, from your choice of over 100 locally-owned restaurants over the next 12 months. Use them 12 days in a row, or one per month; it's entirely up to you.  There has never been a better deal than Giftie, nor has there ever been a better time to become a member and support our local restaurant scene.

To activate your membership, in the app tap the top left corner to access Giftie MENU and go to USER SETTINGS. Then, go to SUBSCRIPTION and select the package that best suits your needs.

As always, if you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to email Giftie directly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

From Downloads to DAUs w/ United Airlines, SpotHero, Curiosity & dscout

Join us on July 20th for a panel discussion with growth experts from United Airlines, SpotHero, Curiosity & dscout.

The Deets
Engagement is the new success metric. We will talk about strategies on how turn your downloads into active users and boost app engagement. Learn from our panelists and see what challenges you might face and which metrics are important to grow your app.

Panel discussion includes:
- How to improve user on-boarding
- User activation tactics
- How to encourage users to return
- Important user lifecycle metrics
- How to eliminate churn and boost up mobile retention
Come one, come all, bring an appetite & lets #PizzaBeerMobile.

6:00 pm - Doors Open & Networking
6:45 pm - Panel Starts
7:30 pm - Q&A
7:45 pm - Networking
8:30 pm - Doors Close

Yahoo Chicago Office
John Hancock Center
875 N Michigan Ave, #3300

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Are you registered for Social Media Day Chicago 2016?

Industry experts will discuss social media marketing at the 6th annual Social Media Day Chicago on June 30 at Rockit Bar & Grill on Hubbard St.

When: Thursday June 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W Hubbard St

We will be served light passed appetizers and guests will receive 2 drink tickets for beer or house wines.

* Colleen Dunn - Social Media Manager of Rockit Ranch Productions
* Philip Tadros - founder at Bow Truss, owner and operator at Doejo, Aquanaut Brewing Company, Budlong and Apotheca Foods.
* Daliah Saper - Intellectual Property, Media, and Business Attorney at Saper Law; Adjunct Law Professor at Loyola and Univ. of Illinois
* Anthony Martorina - Cheferee of Culinary Fight Club
* Nycole Hampton - In the marketing space for over 11 years with a focus on social, digital and influencer marketing strategy.
* Monica Eng - Reporter/Producer at WBEZ Chicago Public Media

Register today at

Todor Krecu
Chicago Social Media Marketing Group

Saturday, June 25, 2016

6th Annual Social Media Day Chicago

Join us at Rockit Bar & Grill as we celebrate the sixth-annual Social Media Day in Chicago! We’ll have food, drinks, music and other surprises. Register at:

When: Thursday June 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W Hubbard St

These are just a few of the people that will be giving talks on social media:
* Monica Eng - Reporter/Producer at WBEZ Chicago Public Media
* Nycole Hampton - Marketing Strategy Leader with a focus on social, digital and influencer marketing strategy
* Anthony Martorina, Cheferee of Culinary Fight Club
* Daliah Saper, Intellectual Property, Media, and Business Attorney at Saper Law; Adjunct Law Professor at Loyola and Univ. of Illinois
* Philip Tadros, founder at Bow Truss as well as owner and operator of Doejo, Aquanaut Brewing Company, Budlong and Apotheca Foods
* Colleen Dunn, Social Media Manager of Rockit Ranch Productions

Todor Krecu

Chicago Social Media Marketing Group, LLC