This Monday: Ask Twitter & Google Anything
One of the most popular recurring items on Reddit are the "ask me anything" or AMA threads, in which people ranging from President Obama to Snoop Dogg to a five-year McDonald's employee log on to take questions from the Internet community at large.
The sessions don't always live up to their hype--meaning that while you can ask whatever you want, people don't always actually answer everything. But if you flip through past AMAs you'll find some really interesting discussions.
This Monday, I'll have the chance to do something kind of similar. I'll be moderating a Google+ hangout discussion on "Getting Started in Social Media." It will include representatives from Twitter, Google, Constant Contact, and the media strategy firm W20 Group.
As long as we keep it on the subject of social media and entrepreneurship, I can pretty much ask these folks anything.
Contact me in the comments below, on Twitter, where I'm at @billmurphyjr, or by email here to let me know what you'd like to ask Twitter's head of small business marketing, a senior manager for social media markering at Constant Contact, a marketing specialist at Google, and the managing director of a leading social media strategy firm.
The discussion is geared more toward the millions of small businesses for whom social media is on a list of things they'd like to get involved in--but haven't yet done so to any great effect.
I'm inclined to steer the panelists towards a discussion of things like:
What social media platforms seem to work best for particular industries?
What third-party applications they suggest and why?
What social media platforms besides their own they recommend most?
How do you avoid wasting your time creating media that doesn't actually translate to customer leads and sales?
But again, I'd much rather get your input. Some of the best questions I've asked in interviews have come as a result of the suggestions of Inc.com readers.
This whole thing is part of the Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week, which kicks off that day (June 17).
I'll be writing more about it as things go along. This is the 50th anniversary of the first presidential "small business week" proclamation, and the SBA is doing things a bit differently.
Instead of holding the events solely in Washington, DC, the week will be spread out among five cities: Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and finally Washington.
Speakers include Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, Angie's List founder Angie Hicks, and NFL Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton. You can find the full schedule of events here. Most of the events will be streamed online as well.
Be sure to sign in for the Google+ hangout, and join me Monday June 17, at 4 p.m. ET.
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