Taking It Offline – A Recap of Recent Social: IRL Events, Plus Two Events To Attend This Week

It’s been a busy few months for Social: IRL. In addition to our regular client work and speaking engagements, we’ve been privileged to host and attend some great events.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors and speakers, who enable us to offer the event at no charge to attendees, we were able to continue our social media for nonprofits workshop series with additional events in Springfield and Kansas City. Since we started this workshop series back in May, over 450 nonprofit attendees have participated.  We just announced the next workshop for Jefferson City MO, on December 4, and are working to announce a final 2012 event date in St. Louis MO.

Becky McCray speaking in Lawrence KS

We also enjoyed hosting our good friend Becky McCray here in Lawrence KS, for Small Business Survival and the State of Now.  We’re looking forward to seeing Becky again later this week at the State of Now conference in Hutchinson KS.  If you aren’t familiar with the State of Now, formerly known as the 140 Conference, you can learn more from our interview with Becky and conference organizer and co-host Jeff Pulver.

In addition to our own events, we participated in some pretty amazing events hosted by Social: IRL sponsors and friends, including the Expion Social Business Summit in Raleigh NC, the Spredfast Social Summit in Austin TX, and Brian Solis’ Pivot Conference in New York City. Thank you to the event hosts, speakers and sponsors for the many incredible insights and valuable learning experiences.

This week we’ll be attending two local events  and would strongly encourage you to join us. In both instances the event organizers have given us discount codes to share, making registration a truly affordable and valuable investment.

The State of Now, Hutchinson KS, November 8: Expect to hear from dozens of great speakers from across the U.S. sharing stories of the personal and professional impact of social media and how the “state of now” is disrupting business, education, agriculture, media, celebrity, music, politics, public safety, and our culture. Presentations are all 10 or 15 minutes long, and PowerPoint is not allowed. Much like a Twitter message, speakers have to get to the point. It’s less of a “how-to” conference,  more of an idea conference.  Use promotion code friendofST12 and registration is just $40. Visit the event website to learn more and register.

Compute Midwest, Kansas City MO, November 9:  Learn about what’s next in technology – straight from eight tech leaders from companies like Google, Box, Github, Joyent, Dwolla, AgLocal and more. Hear the inspiring stories of these innovators who are building companies that change our life, our work & our business. Gain insight into their vision for the future, learn where technology is going and discover how Kansas City can capitalize on Google Fiber. Discount code SOCIALIRL for limited time 30% off regular conference ticket price. Discounted tickets are also available for startups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits & students.  Visit the event website to learn more and to register.

We spend a great deal of time online – learning, doing business, creating valuable networks and connections, and enhancing existing relationships.  But the value of these offline networking and learning opportunities can not be emphasized enough.  It’s part of our own business philosophy and even, of course, the IRL (In Real Life) in our business name.

Taste, Tweet, Meet – A Social Media Wine Tasting

Taste Tweet MeetWe always enjoy the networking components of events we host or attend, so are excited to partner with our good friends at Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery for an event that truly focuses on the “social” aspect of social media, “Taste, Tweet, Meet.”

With “Taste, Tweet, Meet” you’ll enjoy a casual but highly informative evening tasting Holy-Field’s award winning wines. The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of hot and cold appetizers. And you’ll have plenty of time to network during the tasting and afterwards while enjoying a bottle of wine on the deck – a beautiful and peaceful spot overlooking Holy-Field’s fourteen acre’s of vines.

Limited tickets are available at just $25.00 each, which covers the wine tasting event, a generous selection of hot and cold appetizers, and a special bonus thanks to our friends at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival – two free tickets to the 2011 Ren Fest.

The event takes place the evening of Friday, September 23, at Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, 18807 158th Street in Basehor, Kansas, located just 6 miles from The Legends and Village West.

Keep reading for the full details. Tickets for this event are limited.

Register for Taste, Tweet, Meet at Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery in Basehor, KS  on Eventbrite

DATE – Friday September 23, 7:00 – 9:00pm

LOCATION – Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery,18807 158th Street, Basehor, Kansas.  Just 6 miles from The Legends and  Village West. Visit Holy-Field’s website for directions.

TASTE – You’ll get to taste eight wines from award winning Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery. Everything from dry white to dessert white wine, dry red, sweet red, and fruit wines. The tasting will be lead by Holy-Field’s owner Michelle Meyer, who will give us special insights in to each wine’s creation and how best to enjoy it.  Appetizers will include: Chicken kabobs, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, spinach and artichoke dip, fruit & cheese, dessert.

TWEET – Of course tweeting is entirely optional, but when you have a bunch of social media users in a room it’s pretty much inevitable. Tweet using event hashtag #WineTTM and share your thoughts on each wine you taste, food pairing ideas, and anything else that’s on your mind.

MEET – It’s all about “social”, so be ready to connect with others you meet. And when we’re done at 9pm, no need ro rush off. We’ll open up the deck behind the tasting rooms. Buy a bottle of your new favorite wine, open and enjoy with friends.

BONUS – Each attendee will receive TWO free tickets to attend the 2011 Kansas City Renaissance Festival. The 2011 Ren Fest takes place September 3 through October 16, and is open weekends and Labor Day. The festival features 7 themed weekends, 20 entertainment venues, and over 100 artisan booths. You’ll collect your free tickets when you arrive for Taste, Tweet, Meet and will be able to use them for one of the next four weekends.

REGISTER – Spaces are limited. Visit our registration page now.

Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery are a “growing” legend for producing award winning fine wines from the fertile soils of eastern Kansas. More than 12,000 vines spring forth on fourteen beautiful acres tended under the personal touch of owners Les and Michelle Meyer. Holy-Field’s ten grape varieties ripen to produce fifteen distinct wines. Holy-Field wines are the recipients of numerous domestic and international awards and medals and have been have featured in the Wine Report, numerous magazine and newspaper articles and several television stories

Take it Offline! Attend one of these Regional Social Media Events

In addition to Social: IRL’s own events, we’re always pleased to support other events we believe offer valuable learning and networking opportunities. Four events we’re recommending in Kansas and Missouri.


Social Media Club of Kansas City – Breakfast with Scott Monty

September 2, 2011

Kansas City, MO

Registration $15

Visit event website


140 Conference: Small Town

September 20, 2011

Hutchinson, KS

Registration $100

Visit event website

Social: IRL are pleased to sponsor this event.
Use discount code friendof140 and your registration will be reduced to just $40.


Social Media Masters (produced by the national Social Media Club)

October 21, 2011

Kansas City, MO.

Registration $299

Visit the event website

Use discount code SMCLAWRENCE to save 30% off registration.


PodCamp Topeka

October 22, 2011

Topeka, KS

Registration $10

Visit the event website

Join Jason Falls in Kansas City and Wichita for “No BS Social Media Marketing”

We’re excited to announce two new events with our good friend Jason Falls. We’re also excited to be able to make these events highly affordable and accessible with registration at just $35, which even includes a copy of Jason’s brand new book.

You’ll be able to join Social: IRL and Jason Falls in Kansas City on October 4 or Wichita on January 31, for special events helping mark the launch of Jason’s new book, No BS Social Media – The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing.

Jason Falls is a nationally recognized leader in social media, public relations and communications known for his engaging style, wit and humor, brutal honesty and adding value to each audience’s experience. He is an educator, consultant and professional speaker and the name behind Social Media Explorer. You can find him on Twitter@JasonFalls.

Jason has also proved extremely popular in Social: IRL’s own conference series, as part of our Explore and Engage boot camp which he co-presents with Brian Solis.

For these special events in Kansas City and Wichita, Jason will spend the first hour delivering a presentation on “No BS Social Media Marketing” and will then take another hour or so to answer attendees social media questions and lead group discussion. We’ll then spend the final hour with a book signing and networking. Don’t miss this unique, fun, informal yet informative, presentation and networking event with Jason Falls.

Registration is just $35 and includes a copy of Jason’s brand new book, which publishes in September, 2011.

Kansas City details and registration

Wichita details and registration

We’re also offering very affordable sponsorship opportunities starting at just $250. Sponsorships each include event registrations and copies of Jason’s book, as well as valuable online and on-site branding plus direct engagement with both Jason and the attendees prior to and during the event.