"Facebook Business Pages: A source of business or a waste of time?" LI Webgrrls October Meeting
Event date: October 25 2011
Posted by: Ellen DePasquale

As always, LI Webgrrls meetings are fun and informative. In October we welcomed a new sponsor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and the conference room was lovely and very comfortable. As the members and guests arrived they were greeted by our host, food and beverages, and the conversations started there - continuing to the end of the meeting!

Michael Stallone, CRPC, Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor from Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., was gracious enough to offer their conference room for our October meeting, and potentially more in the future. We extend a big "Thank You" to Michael and appreciate his support of women, technology, and business!

1. Our next meeting is November 22nd and the location is TBD. The meeting is free for members and $10 for guests.
2. A reminder that Webgrrls International membership is as low as $55/year. It will pay for itself in just 6 meetings!
3. For everyone using Twitter please follow us at @LIWebgrrls.
4. The position of Membership Coordinator is still open.
5. We are raffling two books this eventing; "In the Plex" by Steven Levy (donated by member Ela Schwartz) and my book, "It's About Time: Time Management Tips From The Software Revitalist."

Introductions are truly the "Heart and Soul" of every Webgrrls meeting. As we traveled around the room each person shared who they were, what they did, along with the Webgrrls famous "what they NEED, and what they OFFER." This allowed everyone to gain more insight, however, it is not as easy as it sounds. We break the standard networking mold and encourage creativity.

We had a very opinionated conversation this evening about Facebook business pages, and about Facebook in general. There are advantages to having a Facebook business page including higher ranking in an online search compared to your own website, the ability to easily and frequently update information, and what I consider to be most important - being able to engage with your audience and be part of the conversation. Is this easy. In some ways yes and in some ways no. Building a following is a hurdle and for most of us, does not happen overnight! Also, several members voiced frustration that Facebook is yet "another place I have to go" in a day that is already busy. One member, who works for a large corporation, noted that the company manages the Facebook page and she feels they are almost excluding her. We talked about how she could participate on the page by commenting, and she said she would try that.

Everyone in attendance agreed that Facebook business pages are preferable to talking about business on your personal page, however, on member shared that she has two Facebook personal pages, one where she "Friends" her actual friends, and the other where she "Friends" business associates.

Susan Schwam won my book and Leslie Raynor won "In the Plex." Congratulations to two of our guests!

Thank you to all who attended for making this another wonderful meeting.

If you couldn't make it on October 25th you missed a great meeting, along with the opportunity to network with smart women, and I am sorry that you missed it. If you have been thinking about coming to a meeting don't wait any longer!

Be a part of something big! Help drive the direction of LI Webgrrls.

Looking forward to seeing you at the November meeting!

Ellen DePasquale
Long Island Webgrrls Chapter Leader
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