How to Discover Your Next Event Through Social Media

Today’s post is from Nicole Morell, a social media manager from San Diego, Calif.

I’m a social media professional. I post, share and blog all day long, but at home I use social media much like many of you. I use it to air grievances about the guy who took my seat on the bus, share reviews of my favorite restaurants (while judging the grammar of other reviewers) and watch videos of cats trying to squeeze into small boxes.

But social media is so much more than just sharing your life and love for cats – it can help you find great events for you and friends.

Local Bloggers

 

Yelp check-ins are a great way to discover deals.

Blogging is big. You can find a blog to follow on everything your heart desires, including going out around your own city. If you don’t already follow them, finding local bloggers is easy. Do a quick search with your city name and blog and you will be surprised at what you find. Many local bloggers do a lot of what you already do; they try new restaurants, attend events and volunteer and report back one each experience, giving you all the information you need to know to decide what you want to do next weekend.

Event Evangelists

Eventbrite’s Event Evangelists are another great “real live” resource to find out what’s going on. These Evangelists share what’s going on where you are in real time, making it great info if you’re visiting or a local. Follow their Twitter feeds and blogs to discover new events, pepper them with questions and share feedback on events. Evenbrite has an EE presence in multiple cities, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Check in With Those Checking In

Where are your friends checking in? We all have those friends who check in everywhere through social, including FourSquare, Yelp, and Facebook. Why not take advantage of these posts clogging your feed? Click the link where friends and followers are checked in. Often times it will lead you to a page with other check ins, reviews and business info. Does the place look popular? Check it out. Go a step farther and ask your check in happy friends for reviews of their favorite haunts. Word of mouth marketing via social media – now we’re talking.

Curated Emails

I am guilty of subscribing and unsubscribing from Groupon nearly every other week. The emails clog my inbox and I do not need 79% laser back hair removal just yet.

The author, at a baseball game and country concert, a double-event which she discovered through a local blog.

However, deal of the day emails are always transforming and seem to find new ways to fit your needs. These emails no longer contain just one deal for your city, each email has multiple deals, up-to-the-minute offers and discounts on hotels or attractions far away from home. If you’re planning a trip, it’s smart to check out these sites for offers in the city you’re visiting. Review sites like Yelp have even gotten on board. When you search for reviews for Larry’s Taqueria, you may just be greeted with a Yelp deal that you can sign up for and take advantage of right away. Site such as Refinery29, UrbanDaddy and Daily Candy have a lot of great curated content on what’s going on and what’s hot, from new restaurants to opening parties for new boutiques.

Eventbrite

You’re here, so hopefully you know what Eventbrite is all about. Search by city to see all the fun events going on near you today, tomorrow and in the coming months. You can search by category, price, location and more. Events range from fundraisers to beer tastings and are always being updated.

So, take a break from that video of a dog on trampoline and get social in finding great events near you.

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