Social Media Friends – Real Connections

When I first started this social media blog for my freelance business, I was trying to figure out a tagline. I wanted a tagline that represented who I am. So on my banner, I put “Create Authentic Connections Thru Online Platforms.”

We were celebrating a birthday and while it was a small group of friends, like anything in life, it is the quality, not quantity that counts. Sometimes in social media, people get so caught up in how many followers they have. Sure it helps in a certain way so you have more reach for what you want to share. But I always go for quality followers vs amount of followers. That day, Alex share this quote and it provides the sentiment of quality.

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ~Jon Katz

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Don’t Hire Me For My Potential, But For What I Have Already Done

The words in the title of this post, “Don’t hire me for my potential, but for what I already have done,” are in this video which was shared by a friend on Facebook. Her daughter, Teri Arvesu is the News Director for Univision in Chicago. Her comment is in the 5 minute, 15 second mark, but make sure you listen to the whole six minutes! She shares her journey from 11 years old to now.  The You Tube channel where the video is uploaded is the  Illinois Center for Broadcasting. So it seems that she is speaking to young adults who are soon to be in the workplace for the first time.


As an executive, Teri says that when she sees applicants that also have a website, blog or even a You Tube channel, it impresses her. This is exactly what I have been telling my son in the past few years. He is a senior at Florida International University (FIU) and is majoring in Marketing and International Business. Because he is one year away from being in the workforce, I decided during his break in between Spring and Summer semester to take him to various conferences that I got invited to as media.

My initial idea was for him to connect with agencies for an internship in the summer. We created a website with his own name about a year ago as part of his extended resume. We also got business cards printed with his name, website and title: FIU Marketing Student, Class of 2015. He gave them out to various people he met at the conferences, which included AHAA(Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies), Portada and Wordcamp Miami (where I was one of the speakers).

Happy Mothers Day everyone! I’ m stoked my son is here at Wordcamp Miami learning & of course watching me speak #wcmia

A photo posted by Blanca Stella Mejia (@micaminar) on


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On My Way To Ford Trends in Detroit!

I am super exciting to the invitation Ford Motor Company has extended to me for the second year to attend their Ford Trends Conference in Detroit!

The topics will be:

  • Decoding Design
  • Sustainability
  • Big Data
  • Female Frontier

I will be Tweeting from @micaminar and my Instagram @micaminar , so make sure you follow me to keep up to date. The hashtag is #fordtrends.

Besides that, our Ford Millennials will be there too!

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And can’t wait to what they will be unveiling!

Social Media Club South Florida Speed Networking

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Yesterday I was part of Social Media Club South Florida Speed Networking Event. This was a different setting than most of our events which are usually speakers or panels. We had over 60 attendees and 10 tables with rounds lasting about 20 minutes. I was the person moderating the blogging table.

Some of the topics I covered were:

  • Blogging networks for sponsored posts
  • How to connect with people in social media once a blog is set up ( Twitter parties, hashtags in specific niche, Facebook groups)
  • How to create a specific voice for a brand and should a brand have a blog.
  • How should a brand create more social good.
  • How to be found on Google. ( I also do SEO and Local Search besides Social Media Consulting)

Besides the how to’s, I shared how important it is to be consistent and not give up. My blogs are not so big with a ton of traffic, but I have built a great social influence online and offline because I attend many events in my niche and continue the conversations online. It has been a process of growing it organically. One step at a time. (more…)

Speaking at Wordcamp Miami

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Photo credit: My friend Karla Campos, from Social Media Sass who is also speaking.

I am super excited to announce that I will be speaking for the second time May 11th at Wordcamp Miami  I did a presentation two years ago on security plugins to protect your website from being hacked. This time, in collaboration with my business partner Lee Hodson at my web development agency, VizRED. 

The topic of the presentation that I will be speaking on will be ‘So Obvious, You Miss It!’  Sometimes there are little things that drive me crazy finding or figuring it out, and bam! all it took was that one little tip to make my life easier with WordPress.

Update: May 12, 2014: Link on my web development agency where Lee made a series of blog posts of the presentation and the embedded presentation. The beginning part was live, but the blog posts have detailed screenshots so you can understand what I talked about.

This is a summary description:

You know they’re there. You ignore them. You see them every day. You ignore them. You know they’re useful. You still ignore them! Come see the not invisible, not even hidden yet so in your face you miss them parts of WordPress and learn a few dos and don’ts about editing posts, editing plugins, editing themes and adding code excerpts along the way.

At the moment, the tickets are sold out. But you can get on a waiting list.

Miami Herald write up of the event

 

 

Speaking at FIU to Millennials

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Happy to announce  I will be doing a class at FIU to help you create a multimedia online resume. It will be in a computer lab so you can get hands on skills. This is a first of a series and the next one will include live stream so others from outside of Miami can also participate. It is open to anyone, not just students.

FIU is my alma mater so I am super excited about this. I’ve been sharing a lot of my knowledge of WordPress to my son and now I can share it with other student’s!! My partnership in a project I’m doing with Ford Espanol is what triggered me to find a way that I can help youth to prepare for their future.

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The project I am doing with Ford Espanol is called #FordMillennials. We are creating a digital space on Facebook to support Millennials in the ideas, projects or work. Besides the group, we are also having online chats on Twitter and offline events.

ANA Brand Masters Marketing Conference Recap

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The 2014 ANA Brand Masters Conference presented by Mashable started off with pre-conference session by Marc de Swaan Arons, founder of Effective Brands. He shared insights from the Marketing 2020 Study of 11,000 participants in 92 countries. More information about the study is on their website.

A Mini Pulse Check™ was conducted during the session where the marketing executives scored and ranked their marketing team with with key drivers such as:

  • Big Insights- Being able to leverage data and analytics to improve marketing effectiveness.
  • How connected Marketing is with senior leaders from other departments.
  • How inspired everyone in the organization is with purpose.
  • Clarity of the roles and responsibilities with regard to digital. (more…)

Happiness Culture at Buffer

Now this is a place to work at! I recently amped my use of Buffer when I discovered how easy it is to spread all those great links I read around the web on my Android.  Check out their Happiness Culture based on Dale Carnegie’s classic and timeless book: How To Win Friends and Influence People. I’m a going to be a flittering Buffermaniac this year and spread some happiness around the world. 😉

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