This will be the second meet and greet of the year and we are returning to a familiar and fun place, Chammps Americana (Northeast! There are new grads, new job seekers, and plenty of optimism for new business in 2012. Let’s get together and talk about what is happening in the marketing world, and this would be a great event for people to meet other professionals if they are trying to learn more about, or break into the world of marketing for the first time!
Outside of just exchanging business cards and small talk, I am hoping for a group of professionals (Both traditional MAR-COM and Marketing Professional Services) to stop in and have serious discussions about engaging in discussion on what’s happening with strategy and trends in marketing today. I look forward to seeing everyone there!! If you have missed the last few, I hope to see you!
May 23, 2012 6-8pm Cost: FREE!!!
It’s that time of the year again for the 1st quarter IMP Meet and Greet! This will be the first time that we are hosting the event in the downtown area. I would love to see some professionals from the Downtown Indy area stop by and say “hi”, have a drink and talk a little shop. We will be having the meet and greet at CHAMPPS AMERICANA at CIRCLE CENTER MALL on Feb. 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. The focus of the event will be on: “What information are marketing professionals looking for in 2012.”
There is no set schedule, or guest speaker, just a group of professionals talking about the challenges and successes of business, making a new lead or two and taking a much needed break from a hectic work schedule.
If you are looking to get off the computer and network like we use to do “back in the day” please stop by and visit for a bit.
It has been some time since Indiana Marketing Professionals has had a Meet and Greet. The last turnout was great, and maybe even more fun since the whole night was surrounded in the mystery behind the Lebron James “Decision” interview that happened that night. We all waited with baited breath to learn that the Miami Heat was where he would take his talents. So the Decision part II is my decision to host the 1st Meet and Greet of 2011 the same day as March Madness gets back on track (Day two of the First four games). Now that we are at 420+ members, I am hoping that we can have an even bigger turnout. For those of you who have never been to the Meet and Greet, there is no guest speaker, no fees, and NO speed networking (please don’t be sad). This group was designed so you have the chance to speak to other professionals in the field of marketing, and learn what they do, exchange a business card or twelve, Drink a dirty martini or two (height and weight proportionate of course) and enjoy the company of people you might not have the chance of meeting ever. No matter if you are a CEO, or an intern, business development manager or computer nerd (as if that is an actual job) I can almost guarantee someone will win the basketball game that night (and you should probably have fun as well)! We are still trying to decide between downtown and the Northside, please drop me a comment on the group page to help me decide. I hope to see many of you there.
I continue to hear people complain about how bad this economy is, and how horrible the government is, blah, blah. I am sick of it. I am somewhat of a hired gun now, however spend about 98% of that time working for one of the finest and most original graphic design firms in Indiana, RLR Associates (www.rlr.biz). We specifically are an Environmental Graphic Design firm (fancy!). We have had the fortune of working on some of Indiana’s coolest architectural projects, including, the Indianapolis Airport, Conseco field house, City Market, White River State Park, Mackey Arena, The Cultural Trails and a host of other super cool and fun projects. As I continue to hear people complaining I’m miffed at the fact that if Government dollars weren’t roaming around so freely these days a number of the projects that we are working on, or hope to have here pretty soon would not be available and I would probably NOT be eating, and I would be gripping. SO, to the naysayers that say the president has failed this country I say this, the president has kept my firm in business, kept new projects in the pipeline and more specifically, did what he CAMPAIGNED to do. How many politicians actually do that. I think this country has amnesia sometimes on what happened three years ago during the campaign trail. This post comes on the heals of me finding that we have received two deals within the month, but from city and county governments who although this country is ailing is moving ahead with new projects. and I love it, keep it up America, because I have kids to feed, and that is a change everybody should believe in!
One thing I have found to be true in my Marketing Career, is there is NEVER ever, enough time. I ask that all Indiana Marketing Professional members make some time on Thursday July 8, 2010 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. We will have our next meet and greet at Champps Americana on the Northside of Indianapolis. (8711 River Crossing Boulevard, Indianapolis – (317) 574-0333). Good food, Good Conversation, and hopefully good weather is promised (please don’t make me a liar mother nature.) Hope to see as many IMP members as possible, and if you have friends you’d like to bring along don’t hesitate to invite them either.
As my mornings, days, and nights start to blend together I keep realizing how hard it is for a marketing professional to juggle so many tasks and duties in regards to work and still continue to have a normal family life. In hindsight I uniquely compare it to an exhibit a colleague of mine designed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
The exhibit is centered around a student juggling balls. The juggling is an artistic view of what we do in business (and in life when you have kids, side jobs, and other responsibilities.). Back to the juggled balls….Okay, so each ball represented a third of what happens in business. 1.) My personal favorite –> Sales and Marketing 2.) Production and Operations 3.) Finance and Accounting. You look at these and you say “okay, that happens in business I guess.” But if you take any of these away, your business falls apart or is at least in chaos.
I say all of this because I realize for the last few weeks in my new endeavors I have stretched my own “marketing Plan” and my methods for attack, and have stretched myself in regards to sales and marketing efforts. With that being said, I have also let my operations and production outcomes fall short of the quality that I should be at. Then with the third ball, sheesh… have almost not even thought about the financials or accounting (they are in a special box). Not thinking about how much you need to bring in, or how well you are manging your time with the money you are bringing in with serious leads could eventually come back to bite me in the long run.
All this basically keeps me in the mind frame that I need to refocus my tactics in a more balanced way, and make sure I juggle the three balls instead of just one or two. When I think about it, I am probably juggling six balls with family, quality time, leisure time, and everything else factored in the mix. This again brings me back to the analogy that all of it is a juggling act…. life’s struggle of the juggle.
I will try to limit posting every comment in my head for the website (I can always use Twitter for that right?). Instead I just wanted to quickly thank all the people who showed up yesterday, and that made it such a fun and informative time. Yes my macaroni was delicious, and no I did not finish it all
Again for those who missed out, I do hope you are able to make the next one, there is so much to learn from so many of us in the group, and from what I saw last night even a small group of people can be a great source of future business leads and contacts. As the internet and the virtual world expands the lines of communication broaden. I hope that Indiana Marketing Professionals can become another extension of the expansion.
Sitting down and talking