Staying Connected With Skype and a Business Profile on Facebook

skypeAfter attending a 70th surprise birthday party last September, I knew I was a little behind the times. The MMP website and MMP blog had been getting rave reviews since their inception so I thought I was on top of the social media cool-factor scale… not quite. When you have 70 year old guys talking about video-calling their grandchildren overseas (via Skype) and saying things like, “yeah, I left a message on their wall and they posted some great pictures” (via Facebook), it’s time to do some catching up.

Within the next few weeks, all of my previous clients and industry contacts will be getting an e-invitation tobecome a fan” of MMP Entertainment and Event Production on Facebook. After a month-long trial and getting my virtual feet wet, I’ve managed to merge the MMP Entertainment blog with the MMP Entertainment Corporate Profile page on Facebook. For those of you that follow the blog, you know that we feature event highlights, industry news, helpful event planning information, inspirational stories and a few videos that will offer you some peace of mind if you’re having a bad day.   So, don’t worry about being bothered by twitter-like posts such as, “I just ate a bagel here at Starbucks…wish they gave me more cream-cheese.” Nope, not gonna happen.   All kidding aside, Facebook finally started catering to its corporate members who wanted to utilize the benefits of their vast network without the distractions of their social network pitfalls.  With the introduction of Business Profiles and enhanced filters, Facebook is now a must-have tool for the 21st century entrepreneur.

facebookNext up is Skype.  Even though I’ve been traveling internationally for a few days, my clients (and family) love that MMP utilizes Skype  communications to keep in touch.  Back in the day, being able to check in with the office via e-mail was cool. When cell phones began offering international and global plans, making a call was even cooler. In 2010, not only can you stay connected, you can be the coolest person in the crowd by video-calling your friends, family and business associates. Did I mention that it was free? Did I mention that all you need is a laptop with a high-speed connection? Bonus, it only takes 5 minutes to set up an account and I haven’t gotten any related spam since I’ve been using the program for the past month.

Special thanks to my good friends, John Walter and social media guru, Andy Ebon, for the inspiration and the little social media kick in the butt.

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