Posts Tagged ‘social media

21
Aug
08

Another social media example… right in front of my nose!

I have been thinking about ways to make money in the Social Media arena.  There are so many bloggers, Twitterers, Facebook application developers riding the Social Media wave… surely there is a way I can jump on the bandwagon, right? 

As most of you know, my greatest inspirations come to me during morning walkies with Lucy.  This morning, I happened to be thinking about my husband, Pete — shocking I know.  Totally kidding, honey.  I really do think about you all the time.  : )

It hit me!  My husband is ALREADY making money in the Social Media arena.  I can pretty much guarantee he has no idea, or even knows what the heck the term Social Media means, but that just speaks to the prevalence of Social Media in today’s society.

Pete is a poker fanatic.  I would call him an addict…  but that might open the door for him to call me a wine addict and I know which battles to fight after 5 years of marriage!  But seriously, you make the call…  Boy is online quite a few hours a day, 7 days a week, playing poker.  Sometimes I find him playing multiple games (using multiple windows) at a time!  You make the call.

Anyhoo… I can’t complain too much cause over the course of a couple of years now, he has made a profit at his little hobby.  I don’t know the specifics and honey, if you are reading my blog perhaps you might comment on the actual numbers, thanks!

What’s my point?  What is the connection to social media you ask?  Well…  The website he is loyal to, Full Tilt Poker, has an online forum they use to attract new members.  Of course, as any business savvy marketer knows, it is important to have good content on the forum.  My husband, being the Poker fanatic he is, LOVES to post comments, advice… god only knows what else… on the Full Tilt Poker forum.

And guess what?  Full Tilt Poker Management has agreed to give him back 100% of the “rake” (the amount they normally take from users for regular poker play) in exchange for his contribution of content on the forum. 

His “rake” amount is typically at least $100 a month….  probably less $ than I spend on my monthly wine consumption… (gulp)

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05
Aug
08

An example of the power of Social Media

I previously blogged about how my heart went out to this dog owner, who posted on Yelp that her beloved dog, Bongo had run away from home.  Read my post for the details.  In summary, the dog owner enlisted the Yelp community to gain the public’s awareness to keep an eye out for Bongo.  I’m sure it helped that Bongo is freaking cute!  Sure enough, Yelp members proceeded to rally and assist in the search effort by putting up flyers, hitting the city streets, and spreading the word.

I posted that entry on April 5 (Bongo got lost on March 20) and today is August 5.  As the months bore on, postings to that discussion thread became less and less and I’m sure Bongo’s owners were losing hope. 

Suddenly about a week ago, the threads started up again.  I was shocked to read that Bongo had been found!  The threads poured in.  Words of happiness and relief from Yelp members who, like me, followed the thread.  It seems like a miracle.  We haven’t gotten the full details yet from the owner, but hopefully we’ll get that soon.  Welcome home Bongo!

Wonder how successful the search would have been without the power of Yelp?