New Bern’s 3rd Social Media Summit – Registration Deadline is Monday, October 10th

In the ever changing world of media (traditional and social), learn how to promote your business and non-profit during our 3rd Social Media Summit on October 12 from 11am – 4pm (including Lunch). New this year is a free Networking After Party open to the pubic between 5 – 7pm with a cash bar!

Since 2009, New Bern Now’s driving force remains the same…to promote local businesses, non-profits, events, and more. We want to help you attract clients, customers, and/or donors.

Although it’s called a Social Media Summit, we also include Traditional Media outlets like the newspaper, television news, and radio as we believe they play a vital role in our community. With that said, there are three phases of the Summit. We will introduce you to representatives from traditional media so they can explain how they can help you promote your message and then you will hear from local social media experts to help you optimize your online presence. We will also talk about other marketing resources, brand identity, intellectual property and copyright laws, and more!

The Summit is for local businesses and non-profits alike. Who knows, this may ultimately enhance economic growth throughout Eastern North Carolina!

There are numerous social media outlets and it’s hard to decide which ones to use. We hope the Summit helps you identify the outlets that will help you reach your potential customers/donors.

We believe every business and non-profit should have an online presence. If you don’t, people won’t find you and you’re really missing out! If you do, but you’re not seeing any return on your investment, there are all kinds of ways that you can promote your services and products for free. This is why we’re holding the Summit. By teaming up with local thought leaders, we believe that we can help you!

Sign up today by filling out this registration form and returning it to us to. There is a $20 fee that includes lunch, beverages, networking opportunities, take away information, and more!

If you prefer to pay via PayPal, click the below button and please email your registration form to us:


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Let us help you reach more clients, customers, and/or donors!

Register by close of business, October 10th.

We’re working on an alternate location on the 12th in case of inclement weather. For now, the rain date is October 13th.

For more information, visit “Click Here” or visit NewBernNow.com and click on the logo in the right margin and you’ll be directed to the page where you can learn more.

We’re excited to have the following speakers share their knowledge and experiences with all of us! We’re looking forward to sharing valuable information with you to “Navigate Our Future Together”!

Here’s the schedule of speakers:

Traditional Media: Colleen Roberts, City of New Bern’s Public Information Officer – City 3 TV; Randy Foster, New Bern Sun Journal; Joanna Johnson, WCTI New Channel 12; Mike Afflerbach, New Bern’s News Talk Radio Station WNOS 107.5FM; Cat Johnson, Beasley Broadcasting Media Company; Angelina Doyle, All About Craven – CTV 10; and Sabrina Bengel with City Talk with Sabrina and Lee.

Visualizing the “Big Picture” Interactive Forum with: Shannon LuQuire – Branding/Identity; Jeremy LeRay – Websites/Mobile and Email Marketing; Dawn Baldwin-Gibson – Podcasting; Joanna Johnson – Digital Marketing; Blogging Representative pending;  Peggy W. Barnes – Getting motivated and focused; Susan Braaten – Facebook; Darlene Brown – Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite; Breanna Kusnierczyk  – LinkedIn, Google+, and Snapchat; Claudia Houston – Pinterest and Forever.

Interactive Forum with: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society and local non-profits; Heather Noto, The Entrepreneur Center of Craven County; Alex Freiler, Craven Community College’s Small Business Center; and Angela Doughty, Intellectual Property and Trademark Attorney with Ward and Smith.

There may be a couple of changes, but this is where the schedule stands for now.

Visit New Bern Now’s Youtube Channel and in the search area, type “Social Media Summit” to watch past videos.

Tell us what you think sending us an email. Visit New Bern Now’s Facebook page or sign up for the latest updates by submitting your email address in the right margin on New Bern Now’s website.

Hope to see you there!

Wendy Card

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