Entry #3: SANDY and Social Media


August 2013 Entry 2 SANDY

As a company hit by Hurricane Sandy just after Incorporation (our initial local marketing efforts were literally washed away) we understand as well as anybody how important the Internet can be for marketing… and how weather-resistant it can be!! With a full mailing campaign sent out 2 days before Sandy hit and then the following 2+ weeks of no phones, Internet, cell service, etc. you can imagine how crippling it felt. The rare time we did get cell service it was more to contact loved ones than to work.

A long intro into Social Media strategy but it’s how we realized the importance of it.  For us we know local business will always be crucial. People want to meet their designers especially for marketing materials & websites. Social media is allowing us to target hashtags and keywords to find people in our area in the niche markets that matter to us. We’re leveraging a combination of tools including Hootsuite, Trendsmap.com, and Google Trends to name a few.

Now, with Hootsuite we can see how much interaction we get from our various posts, which services give back the best results, and where we might be struggling. Constant analysis of our social media data also showed us which markets we don’t need to be in at all!  With Hootsuite we also get protection. Hurricane Sandy taught us that there are times when all communication can be down for prolonged periods.  Hootsuite allows us to stack content and messaging for weeks and months at a time meaning that at the very least, our automated posts will get out. If we get that moment to post an update—and after Sandy it was literally 1-2 minute windows at times—having Hootsuite send 1 message to all of our platforms was of crucial importance.

Good Luck,

Steve Lichtman, VP Marketing & Client Services  LinkedIn Icon 55px  twitter-bird-white-on-blue
KJN Arts

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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