136 SW Washington Ave.
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

Thursday, Oct 9th, 2008

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Renaissance on the Riverfront
136 SW Washington Ave.
1000 NE Circle Blvd
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

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RSVP TO: SAO by emailing [email protected]

FREE this month for SAO members or students, and non-members

Includes finger food and no-host bar


    5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar

    6:15 - 6:30: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!)

    7:00 Program: Dawn Foster - Online Commuities and Marketing


Online communities are all the rage in today's talk of web 2.0, social media, new media, and other buzzwords, but despite the hype, communities should not be dismissed as a fad. Online community engagement is a critical part of any company's strategy. This presentation examines best practices and tips for engaging with online communities and will help you understand how to incorporate community efforts into broader marketing programs and other company initiatives.

Dawn Foster, Fast Wonder Consulting (http://fastwonderblog.com/)

Dawn M. Foster provides consulting services for companies wanting to engage with online communities through various social media technologies including discussion forums, blogs, wikis, podcasts, and more. She is also the community evangelist for Shizzow, a new Portland startup. She has more than 13 years of experience in technology and software with expertise in open source software, web 2.0, social media, blogging, and community building.

Dawn is the author of the Fast Wonder Blog and is currently working on a book for O’Reilly Media about the Art of Community. She organizes a monthly Portland BarCamp Meetup event for local technology employees, is an organizer for the Portland BarCamp event, and helps organize Ignite Portland. She is a co-founder and Chair of Legion of Tech.

Previously, Dawn worked at Jive Software, Compiere, Intel, and a Midwestern manufacturing company in positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher to open source strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.

Official Website: http://www.sao.corvallis.or.us/drupal/node/123

Added by JasPro on September 18, 2008