Building A Community Through Social Media

Social Media Breakfast Club

 

Have you ever been a part of a community through Social Media? Here in North Iowa we are making things happen when it comes to Social Media. Several people from all across North Iowa gather once a month to chat about all things Social Media.

June of 2013, I took the plunge and decided that I was tired of having to travel hours away to find people that were interested in Social Media. I kept telling myself, “I know they are here but I just don’t know where to find them!” So, I set up a time to meet at the local coffee shop and was praying that three to four people would show up to set around a table to chat about Social Media.

At that first meeting we were six people and over the course of the past 11 months, we have had more than 45 different people attend. We have now graduated to a room that can hold 100 people. Real life connections still matter, Social Media is just the icing on the cake! This is exciting for me, as I have been involved in Social Media for more than five years and so many events have been out of state. I have had to travel many miles to find folks with the same interests as me. Five years ago people in North Iowa said to me, “Oh, Twitter? I don’t get that!” Now, five years later they say to me, “Oh, I’d like to learn about Twitter!”

If you have considered doing something different with your life or your business, I would highly encourage you to build a community through Social Media. The business connections that are being made at these monthly Social Media Breakfast get togethers are priceless. The friendships are fun to watch and after we meet, it’s all taken online to an online Social Media group through Facebook.

If you build it, they will come! Social Media is a terrific way to build a community and I would encourage anyone to do it. Whatever your passion is, make the real life connections happen and build your community through Social Media. Hey, if I can do this here in North Iowa, you can too!

Have you ever built a community through Social Media? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

6 thoughts on “Building A Community Through Social Media

  1. Donna Hup May 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this together. I love how we all work together and inspire each other. I am proud to be part of this North Iowa Social Media awesomeness!

    • admin May 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      We are so happy we found you and you moved to Iowa!

  2. Lisa Trudell May 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    We have a group of bloggers here in Omaha that keeps on growing. We are currently at 82. We have a really engaging group that supports each other and opens up opportunities for most. It’s amazing what can happen in the virtual world that lends itself to the “real” world. You are right that it has to be a balance of both. We also try to meet once a month in person.

    • admin May 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I love hearing stories like this!

  3. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids May 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for initiating so many Social Media groups in North Iowa Sara! I love my North Iowa support system and that wouldn’t have been possible with some of your leadership.

    • admin May 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

      So glad you are a part of it!

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