Utah Social Media Developers Garage – Great Turnout!

Facebook.jpgI’ve been meaning to blog this for a few days now and I want to apologize to our generous sponsors that gave us a place to host the meeting and great food, all at no cost to us for taking so long. We had one of our highest attendance meetings ever for the Utah Social Media Developers Garage last Tuesday, where we watched a great video from the Palo Alto Facebook Developers Garage in May, and then went over the new Facebook Design. There were many great questions, and I think people are more enthusiastic than ever on building Facebook apps. We had near 25 attend, and I only expect that number to grow based on the excitement we saw.

I am always impressed at these meetings, as I seem to meet new Facebook developers working on new Apps each time we have these things. Facebook is truly on the radar for many businesses in Utah – I’m very excited to see what comes out of it!

A special thanks goes to EPIC Ventures and Rachel Strate, who hosted the event – if you are writing a Facebook App and need some investment, give Rachel a ring! Also thanks to Bungee Labs, who at the last minute stepped in to provide Pizza for everyone. I’ve reviewed them before but I do recommend you try them out and see how they can fit into your software development plans if you get a chance. If your business would like to host or provide food for future events, please let me know – it’s a great way to get in front of a group of developers!

These meetings are a true community effort – if you would like to help out or be an officer please let me know and we’ll get you involved in helping me plan the events. Heck, if you think you can do it better I’m open to even letting you take over! These are not my events, but yours, so I want to be sure those attending are able to contribute – if you’re interested in helping please let me know. Also, please let me know if you have an idea for a meeting.

Our next meeting will be September 9 from 7pm to 10pm so add it to your calendars now! My O’Reilly Book, FBML Essentials, will be available then and perhaps we can do a Facebook development focus around that – maybe a launch party of some sort? You can learn more about our group on the group’s official Facebook Group here, or by joining the Google Group here.

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Jesse Stay has been a pioneer in the space of social media marketing since before it was called "social media marketing". Originally a software developer, Jesse built a tool called SocialToo.com which helped brands like Pepsi, Brittany Spears, and MC Hammer grow their social media presence, and before he knew it brands were coming to him for help to grow their presence in very unique ways. His tool was featured on almost every tech blog and even mainstream news sites like New York Times, Techcrunch, and Mashable. Jesse also spent a brief period working FOR Facebook, Inc., helping them to build out their documentation to help companies integrate Facebook Connect into their websites and mobile apps. Jesse took his skills and helped the LDS Church kick off most of its social media programs. While there he helped launch the award-winning "I'm a Mormon" marketing campaign with global reach worldwide in the millions of views and followers. Jesse established new global programs at the Church to further grow its reach amongst both members and non-members of the Church, working with every department of the Church, also including entities like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University. He also helped the Church navigate its voice and presence during the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign due to the significant attention the Church was getting at the time. He established the social media advertising techniques and strategies employed at Deseret Digital Media growing over 20 million fans across their news properties in just 6 months, and was featured on AdWeek for his success. As founder and Principal of Stay N Alive, Jesse has developed very unique techniques in social media advertising to help organizations grow presences, within months on minimal budgets, into hundreds of thousands of highly relevant and engaging fans and followers. He designed and teaches social media advertising at LDS Business College. He has helped grow sales, and has a belief that yes, you CAN measure social! Jesse has been featured as one of 10 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (next to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, founders of Twitter) by Entrepreneur magazine. Jesse has written 9 books on the topic of social media marketing and development, including Google+ Marketing For Dummies and Facebook All In One For Dummies, and eats, lives, and drinks social media with a personal combined presence of over 600,000 followers on his personal social profiles.

0 thoughts on “Utah Social Media Developers Garage – Great Turnout!”

  1. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  2. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  3. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  4. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  5. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  6. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  7. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  8. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  9. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  10. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  11. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  12. I truly have enjoyed your support – we're going to miss not having you with
    EPIC. Let them know if they're still interested in hosting or providing
    food for any future events after you're gone, we'd love to keep having
    EPIC's support! Thanks again.

  13. I will still be with EPIC for the next couple months and will continue to attend all your events when possible. Plus, I am pretty sure EPIC would be happy to continue to support you. I will see if our new interim analyst will join me at the next event. =)
    Thanks again!
    Rachel

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