August Network and Lunch Report

What interesting conversations we had at today’s Network and Lunch get-together.  As you know, every month I organize a Network and Lunch event at a different location in the Washington, DC area.  Today, we met at the Silver Diner in Falls Church, Virginia.

In addition to me and David (and my son William), we also had return attendee and fellow communicator Leah Ibrahim with us, who consults on social media strategy for Pew Charitable Trusts.  We were joined by new friends Divina Rutherford, senior account executive with Sage Payment Solutions, and James Perkins, co-owner of MotoHaven, a business that teaches people how to ride motorcycles safely.

Everyone had something interesting to share today.  Divina works with local businesses and nonprofits on technological solutions for processing payments and accounting.  She set the Girl Scouts of Northern Virginia up with a smart phone compatible system (see photo), so they can take credit card payments as they sell door-to-door.  Her company also manages e-commerce solutions for business websites.

James answered our many curious questions about what it was like teaching people how to ride motorcycles.  His business is doing very well with customers coming from all over the DC area to his Fredericksburg, Virginia location.  One of the ways he reaches customers is through his company’s Facebook Page.

Speaking of Facebook, Leah shared some really helpful tips about Facebook.  She has good experience with using sponsored stories on Facebook with her clients.  This pay advertising option significantly raises the visibility of a selected Page update in newsfeeds, and you can target who sees them by location, age, interests, and many other attributes.  She also mentioned that you can raise awareness on Facebook by creating Facebook ads on birthdays.  Read her blog post for more details on that tactic.

Of course, the food was great.  I enjoyed the lunch a lot and I really appreciate people making time in their day to join us.

Come to the Network and Lunch Event in September!

Our next Network and Lunch event will be at Whitlow’s on Wilson (Arlington, Virginia) on Monday, September 17 .  Register today and join us for conversation and delicious food.  It’s free — just pay for your own lunch and help out with the tip.  See you then!

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About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince (www.FletcherPrince.com). Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on August 14, 2012, in Fletcher Prince News, Network-and-Lunch and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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