Looking for social media skills? Mountain Xpress offers a new workshop series for small businesses, nonprofits and anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of so-called social media from a local expert.
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Social Media Jams, a new monthly workshop series offering education in how businesses and people can use blogs, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for fun and profit, continues March 31 at Laurey's Catering Gourmet To-Go and April 8 at Tomato Jam Cafe.
Co-sponsored by the Mountain Xpress, Tomato Jam Cafe, Laurey's Catering and Skyrunner (a local internet provider), the Jams offer homegrown social media expertise in everything from how small businesses can use Twitter to how to use Facebook to manage a sales or nonprofit campaign.
"We want to harness local talent and expertise from people already using social media effectively right here in Asheville," said Social Media Jams organizer Jennifer Saylor, who leads community initiatives for Mountain Xpress. "These workshops are presented by local experts, for local users of all levels."
Leading both workshops is Wendy Lou of Creative Imp Works, whose social media clients include Monkeywhale.com, TEDxAsheville, Twestival Global Asheville, the Susan Fisher campaign and Asheville Vaudeville.
"It's a beginner-friendly introduction for all levels, for anyone looking for new avenues to grow their network and reach new clients," Wendy Lou said. "Twitter and Facebook aren't difficult, they're for all ages, and they're easy to master when you have a little help with the nuts and bolts."
Cost per person is $20 (dinner graciously provided, but not included in the workshop price). An RSVP is required as there is limited seating, and space is first come, first served. Participants should RSVP via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as RSVP-ing, participants should bring a laptop or web-enabled device.