Thursday, April 2, 2009

Social Media for North Broad Street

Revive Your Business...Be Social!
Hosted by the African American United Fund

Philadelphia, PA, --- Twitter's online traffic, excluding cellphones, surged to nearly 9.8 million unique visitors in February from 6.1 million in January 2009. 1

"It is a popular misconception that our skilled labor force would not benefit from interacting with customers online,” says business owner, JC Lamkin, President, Gypsy Lane Technologies (GLT) and Vice Chair of the African American United Fund (AAUF). " In fact, many people are online every day looking for a good reliable beautician, plumber, electrician, etc. North Broad Street business owners have shown that they have the products or services that customers want. They are just missing traffic needed to sustain their businesses. There are some very basic e-strategies that businesses on North Broad Street can use to attract new customers. This workshop, is especially for beauticians, retailers and the skilled labor force such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians; it will focus on establishing an online presence with little or no budget, simple easy ways to engage customers online and promote your business using your web enabled PDA/cell phone. Skilled labor is a major niche that is missing online. Our area businesses have the capacity to fill that niche, drive more customers to our area, establish themselves as industry leaders and generate revenue both online and offline."

The African American United Fund, a 501(c)3 welcomes all to attend the Revive Your Business...Be Social! workshop, on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the African American United Fund Conference Room, 2227 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free will donations to The Fund may be made online, mailed in to African American United Fund, 2227 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 or presented at the workshop. This workshop will provide easy step-by-step instructions and give real-life scenarios especially for skilled laborers on reaching customers online. If you can read, write and click, you should attend this workshop.

The workshop will answer the following questions:

* How should you use the internet to find customers who need your services?
* What is mini-blogging? And, why should you care?
* Should you use live web streaming to showcase your storefront business activities?

Participants must RSVP online for the Revive Your Business...Be Social!, workshop or call AAUF at (215) 236-2100. Don't let your inability to find a babysitter for the children keep you from participating in this pivotal event. An babysitter, who can help your child with his or her homework, will be provided on-site so you may focus on this riveting workshop. Healthy snacks (apples, oranges, etc.) will be provided for the children. Established in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, the African American United Fund is a GPUAC agency. The African American United Fund (The Fund) raises and utilizes funds to support the growth, development and empowerment of the African American community and in turn, society at large. The Fund advocates volunteerism, mutual aid, and self-help to collectively support, strengthen and economically empower African American communities.

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by tech expert, JC Lamkin, PMP, President of Gypsy Lane Technologies (GLT), a professional Internet solutions company headquartered in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with training offices in Philadelpia and King of Prussia, PA. GLT specializes in best-in-class database development, website development, social media strategies, webcasting, online marketing, Flash multimedia and content management solutions. GLT features an integrated team of project managers, web consultants, creative designers, writers, coders and marketing professionals who know how to get online results. Ms. Lamkin will also be available to sign copies of her book, “Fabulous & Tech-Filled, Volume 1” . Listen to the audio from a previous social media workshop or view the video trailer from a previous workshop. Check the GLT Evite page for more information on other upcoming workshops.

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