Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chicago Local Guides Volunteer Day

Google has declared Dec 10 as Local Guides Volunteer Day. We would like to help Open Books on Dec 10.

Where: Open Books, 651 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60661
When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

About Open Books

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the creative capitalization of books.

Through our Instructional Programs, we cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment.

Through our Book Programs, we provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each week, we deliver thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across Chicagoland.

About Chicago Local Guides

Chicago Local Guides is the unofficial community for #LocalGuides in Chicago. Local Guides, an official Google program, is a global community of explorers who seek out and celebrate local experiences. Through the contributions you add to Google Maps, you help others feel at home in the world, anywhere they go.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Social Media Week Chicago Sessions



Which of our 3 sessions during Social Media Week Chicago 2016 will you be attending?

Local Marketing with Social Media
When: Tue Nov 15 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: MakeOffices at River North Point, Chicago, IL
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-marketing-with-social-media-tickets-28472491990
Panel Discussion With:
* Debbie Littmann Marchok, Vice President of Marketing, Eli's Cheesecake Company
* Steve Thode, CEO, Klusster Media Inc.
* John Yi, Co-founder, NextME
* Richard Levy, Founder, GiftieApp
* James Gray, VP of Operations, Olive Mediterranean Grill
Learn more about the session on Local Marketing with Social Media: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-marketing-with-social-media-tickets-28472491990

Getting Social with Photos and Video
When: Wed Nov 16 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: Swoon Staffing, Chicago, IL
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-social-with-photos-and-video-tickets-28472665509
Panel Discussion With:
* Johanna M. Cook, President, Momma Cuisine, Inc.
* Jonathan Zuluaga, Social Media Coordinator, Doejo
* Genesis Villarreal, Social Media Strategist and Marketing Coordinator, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
Taryn Rosenberg, Social Media Director, Gossip Genie
Learn more about the session on Getting Social with Photos and Video: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-social-with-photos-and-video-tickets-28472665509

Social Media Advertising
When: Thur Nov 17 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: WeWork Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704
Panel Discussion With:
* Quincy Bingham, Paid Media Account Manager, BFO
* Ian Kooperman, Head of Social Media, Rise Interactive
* Anshul Mangal, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Idea Kitchen
Learn more about the session on Social Media Advertising: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704


Connect with Chicago Social Media Marketing Group:
* Web: http://chicago-social-marketing.com/
* Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/social-media-marketing/
* Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=160978
* Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoSocialMarketing
* Google+: https://plus.google.com/communities/106092863619576663068
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDSocialMedia


Regards,
Todor Krecu
Founder
Chicago Social Media Marketing Group
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https://www.facebook.com/tkrecu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tkrecu
https://plus.google.com/+todorkrecu

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Social Media Week Chicago 2016

What sessions will you be attending this year during Social Media Week?

We have 3 sessions this year:

Nov 15 Tue: Local Marketing with Social Media
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-marketing-with-social-media-tickets-28472491990

Nov 16 Wed: Getting Social with Photos and Video
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-social-with-photos-and-video-tickets-28472665509

Nov 17 Thur: Social Media Advertising
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704

Each of these sessions will be panel discussions with industry experts. What topics would you like to see covered this year?

Connect with Chicago Social Media Marketing Group:
Web: http://chicago-social-marketing.com/
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/social-media-marketing/
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=160978
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoSocialMarketing
Google+: https://plus.google.com/communities/106092863619576663068
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDSocialMedia





Monday, October 24, 2016

Connected Mobility and Machine Learning

There is still time to register for the Connected Mobility and Machine Learning with BMW Meetup:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connected-mobility-and-machine-learning-tickets-28423261741

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Where: BMW Technology Corporation, 100 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connected-mobility-and-machine-learning-tickets-28423261741

Join the BMW Technology team at their Chicago office for an evening discussing emerging technologies in the area of Connected Mobility.
The event will include:
* A discussion on automotive IoT and Machine Learning
* A look at Android UX principles and a demo of the BMW Connected app
* Networking
* Plenty of fuel (drinks and snacks)

Additionally, there will be some cars on display and BMW will present their view on the future of the Connected Car and how they see users managing their mobility experience.

Please Note: Advance registration is required so that building security can be notified of your attendance. When arriving, please enter from the river side of the building nearest Randolph Street.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connected-mobility-and-machine-learning-tickets-28423261741

Regards,
Todor Krecu
Mobile Monday Chicago

Connect with Mobile Monday Chicago on:
Meetup  http://www.meetup.com/momo-chicago
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MobileMondayChicago
Twitter  http://twitter.com/momochicago/
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/mobile.monday.chicago/
Google+  https://plus.google.com/communities/107494996862759628223



Monday, October 10, 2016

Local Marketing with Social Media

Local Marketing with Social Media with Steve Thode from Klusster.com and John Yi from NextME. Register today for this event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-marketing-with-social-media-tickets-28472491990

Schedule:
6PM-6:30pm: Registration, Networking and Pizza
6:30pm-6:45pm: Introductions
6:45pm-7:30pm: Panel discussion

7:30pm-8pm: Open Q&A, announcements, wrap-up


In 2016 Facebook passed the 1.71 billion mark for monthly active users on phones, tablets and computers. Social media is changing the way people get their information about local businesses. Consumers look to social media for recommendations from friends and family. Businesses need to embrace social media since that is where a lot of their customers are and build an online relationship with these customers. Social media allows local businesses to communicate directly with their customers and build loyalty.  

Twitter is still one of the top social media channels for engaging in personal conversations with your community. Geo-located searches in Twitter make it easy to find potential customers in your area or a specific geographic radius. But finding them is just the beginning, what really matters is the quality of the conversation that you initiate with the people you find.
A MarketingLand Nielsen study showed that nearly half of visitors to a business’ mobile site will look up the location of the business, and then 39% will pick up the phone and call. If you’re looking to increase customer visits to your brick-and-mortar location, those results are compelling -- particularly when compared against the results garnered by traditional media.

When: Tue, November 15, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: MakeOffices at River North Point, Chicago, IL 60654

Panel participants:



Debbie Littmann Marchok - Debbie is Vice President of Marketing for The Eli's Cheesecake Company, one of the country's largest specialty bakeries. She has been a marketing professional for 25 years with experience in business-to-business, business-to-consumer and on-line marketing across multiple trade channels. Debbie is a company spokeswoman, social media advocate and recipient of the Reggie Award from Promotional Marketing Association of America. She has been a speaker at the LEAD Marketing Conference on The Sweet Rewards of Social Networking and the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition on Measuring Your Social Success. She is an adjunct marketing faculty member at the University of Phoenix and a member of the Chicago FoodService Marketing Club. Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing along with her MBA degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.



Steve Thode - In 2004, Steve developed one of the first online coupon sites in Canada, Smartflyer.ca.  Since that time, Steve's sites have reached a combined 35 million visitors.  In 2016, Klusster.com formally launched to enable LOCAL business the ability to reach 20-30X what they can achieve by working alone . Servicing upwards of 500 local businesses and 20 Marketing professionals, Klusster now boasts the ability to drive quality leads at up to a 90% savings over popular pay-per-click programs, all while providing incredible support through local marketers. 


John Yi - John and his brother James are the sons of a South Korean immigrant who they say instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in them from a young age. The Yi brothers' first company was a dog-walking business they founded out of their mom's cleaners when they were about 10 years old. The brothers created NextME, an app that takes the guesswork out of restaurant waits. Already in use in over 150 restaurants, NetxME allows guests to put their name down and leave with the assurance that they can check in on their place in line at any time via text and and also receive special promotions to help them pass time.

Moderator:




You may know Todor Krecu from his numerous community events, seminars, and Meetups in the Chicago tech industry. Todor has been educating local businesses since 2008 on all aspects of social media marketing including Facebook advertising, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Todor is the organizer of the annual Social Media Day Chicago event where awards are presented in several categories. He is passionate about helping the local tech industry, expertly forges connections between companies and people, helps investors connect with new mobile startups, companies connect with new employees, entrepreneurs connect with each other, and brings new professionals and students into the mobile industry. Since 2011 he has helped Mobile Monday Chicago increase the size of their organization to over 1,000 members, and spent over 11 years at Career Education Corporation working on web sites, landing pages, SEO, PPC, display ads, paid social, E-mail campaigns, and lead generation.

Registration for this event is at is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-marketing-with-social-media-tickets-28472491990

Connect with Chicago Social Media Marketing Group:
Web: http://chicago-social-marketing.com/
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/social-media-marketing/
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=160978
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoSocialMarketing
Google+: https://plus.google.com/communities/106092863619576663068
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDSocialMedia

Social Media Advertising

Panel discussion on Social Media Advertising with Quincy Bingham from BFO, Ian Kooperman from Rise Interactive and Anshul Mangal from Idea Kitchen. Register today for this event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704

Over a billion people use Facebook to connect. Based on their location, age and more, we can introduce you to the people who'll love your business.

Facebook allows advertisers to reach people where they're engaged. Facebook is on 3 of every 4 smartphones, and more than half of people on Facebook visit every day.

Most online advertising reaches only 38% of its intended audience. Facebook's average is 89%.3 Your business gets more value from every ad.

When: Thu, November 17, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Where: WeWork Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704

Panel participants:



Quincy Bingham - Quincy is one of our Paid Media Account Managers, and he found his way into the digital marketing industry 4 years ago with a combination of hard work, vision, and focus. Great at tackling unorthodox problems, Quincy is a bright and motivated part of the BFO team. When he’s not learning more about social and search, Quincy might be found at the gym, at the beach, or drinking an Old Fashioned. He’s a 3-time fantasy football champion who’s also passionate about space exploration. Elon Musk is his idol.

Ian Kooperman - Ian brings more than 7 years of analytics, management, and investment experience to his role as Head of Social Media at Rise Interactive. In his role, he leads the Social Media team and is responsible for the agency’s strategic growth initiatives. 

Hailing from the world of finance and accounting, Kooperman previously worked with financial and accounting firms where he leveraged data to make critical, real-time decisions. He joined Rise in 2012 and has been instrumental in the company’s growth. He previously managed the agency’s Paid Search team.

Kooperman graduated with honors from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a bachelor’s and master's degree in accounting.  Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant.

Anshul Mangal is the co-founder and managing partner of Idea Kitchen, a creative agency specializing in the hospitality and food service industry. The agency is a unique mix of restauranteurs, strategists, creatives, designers and foodies with the experience to deliver a full suite of marketing services to vibrant food service brands, companies, and restaurants in any market. Clients include Turano Baking Co., Home Run Inn Pizza and several other notable Chicago restaurants. In addition, he is a partner at Idea Booth, a creative think tank for big brands including Walgreens, Kraft, 1871, Matter, University of Chicago and others. Anshul is the co-founder and managing partner of two popular Chicago restaurants РFurious Spoon and FireFin Poké Shop. He also founded Takito Kitchen and Bar Takito,

Also an attorney, he specializes in corporate, intellectual, property and immigration law. Prior to becoming a restaurateur, Anshul practiced law for three years at Jones Day, one of the largest law firms in the world. Before attending law school in 2006, Anshul worked in finance and project management at Morgan Stanley. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002.

Moderator: 

You may know Todor Krecu from his numerous community events, seminars, and Meetups in the Chicago tech industry. Todor has been educating local businesses since 2008 on all aspects of social media marketing including Facebook advertising, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Todor is the organizer of the annual Social Media Day Chicago event where awards are presented in several categories. He is passionate about helping the local tech industry, expertly forges connections between companies and people, helps investors connect with new mobile startups, companies connect with new employees, entrepreneurs connect with each other, and brings new professionals and students into the mobile industry. Since 2011 he has helped Mobile Monday Chicago increase the size of their organization to over 1,000 members, and spent over 11 years at Career Education Corporation working on web sites, landing pages, SEO, PPC, display ads, paid social, E-mail campaigns, and lead generation.

Registration for this event is at is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-advertising-tickets-28472730704

Venue sponsor:


WeWork provides small businesses, startups, freelancers, large enterprises, and everyone in between with the workspace, community, and services they need to make a life, not just a living. With weekly events, personalized support, month-to-month flexibility, and access to over 50,000 like-minded creators around the world, WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business. Book your tour here

Connected Mobility and Machine Learning

Connected Mobility 
Join the BMW Technology team at their Chicago office for an evening discussing emerging technologies in the area of Connected Mobility. The event will include: 
  • A discussion on automotive IoT and Machine Learning
  • A look at Android UX principles and a demo of the BMW Connected app
  • Networking
  • Plenty of fuel (drinks and snacks)
 Additionally, there will be some cars on display and BMW will present their view on the future of the Connected Car and how they see users managing their mobility experience.
 Please Note: Advance registration is required so that building security can be notified of your attendance. When arriving, please enter from the river side of the building nearest Randolph Street.

Presenters:


Jorge Coca
Spanish engineer lost in Chicago! Currently, I work at BMW in the Android team, delivering the future of the Connected platform for BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce vehicles. Amateur triathlete. Guitar player. Frustrated soccer player.


Jason Maxham
Jason has been working on mobile and wearable apps for many moons, for a variety of industries. Jason is a Sr. Product Designer at BMW Technology in Chicago, where he designs solutions to eliminate User Experience problems.



Uki Dominque Lucas
Uki is an experienced manager (groups 20+ people) and Mobile - IoT architect currently specializing in Machine Learning applications and self-driving vehicles.

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For questions or more information about this Meetup, contact Todor Krecu:
mobilemondaychicago@gmail.com 

Connect with Mobile Monday Chicago on:
Meetup  http://www.meetup.com/momo-chicago
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MobileMondayChicago  
Twitter  http://twitter.com/momochicago/ 
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/mobile.monday.chicago/

Google+  https://plus.google.com/communities/107494996862759628223