Smaller Indiana 4,000 Member Party A Success
SmallerIndiana.com is increasing Indiana’s visibility on the map. On the Social Media map that is. Indiana may be a “smaller” state comparatively speaking, but our ideas are certainly big. SmallerIndiana.com is proof of this. With a membership base of now more than 4,400 people this social networking site is really living up to it’s mission of “making creative people and innovative ideas easier to find.” Smaller Indiana put together a member party at the Rathskeller in order to celebrate the important milestone of reaching over 4,000 members.
The 4,000 member party was my first Smaller Indiana event so I entered without a true sense of what to expect. I was very impressed with the turnout. There appeared to be around 150-200 people presemt which I felt was a good number for a weeknight event. As always when walking into a fresh networking scene, I was a bit tense at first and it took me some time to determine the best way of meeting other people in the room. I had the opportunity to go with 2 of my co-workers who are very accustom to the Indy networking scene so they were able to provide guidance. Once I got going I really enjoyed myself and the level of interaction in the room.
Here are just a few of the key ingredients that I believe made the Smaller indiana 4,000 party a success:
Many People Felt Like They Already Knew a Few Things About Each Other Because of SmallerIndiana.com
Regardless of if it was your first time meeting a particular member face to face or if you were long time friends, it felt like many people in the room already knew something about the other person. Reading blogs, watching videos, participating in discussions…all of these things are ways that people get to learn more about you as a person and it makes taking that online relationship offline a smooth, natural process. The end result was a remarkably high level of interaction compared to your average networking event.
Everyone Had at Least ONE Thing in Common
Even if you didn’t know a single thing about the person your were talking with, you at least knew they were a member of Smaller Indiana. This provided at least one topic to discuss which often led into other very interesting conversation. Several times I heard the question, “So how long have you been a part of Smaller Indiana?” or “So how do you use Smaller Indiana?” Both of these are examples of great conversation starters.
Staying in Touch Will Be Much Easier
The night of the event I felt compelled to go onto Smaller Indiana and add a few new friends, check out their videos and read their blogs. Several of my new contacts from the event did the same. I can now stay up-to-date with these people easily and effectively because I know they are all in one place. This is the thing I love most about SI…while it is over 4,400 members now it still feels like a very tightly knit community. For this reason, I know it will continue to be an effective online tool.
If you attended the event or are thinking about attending the next event , check out Kyle Lacy’s post about what to do at the Smaller Indiana 4,000 AFTER Party.