Give Back Chicago

I thought I would share a bit about Give Back Chicago (http://www.givebackchicago.com/). It’s a group (myself included) who got together and thought it would be a nice idea to hold a happy hour and auction to connect professionals with skills-based volunteering opportunities.

Some of the projects/opportunities include:

  • Writing Press Releases
  • Event Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Administrative Help (filing, data entry, office work, etc)
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing/Newsletter Help
  • …..and more 

We will be hosting the “auction” on November 4th at 5:30pm at Buca di Beppo (Rush and Grand). There will be time to meet and network, then an “auction” to connect with the nonprofits and volunteer for specific projects, then more time to network!  www.givebackchicago.eventbrite.com.

Buca is donating pizza and the space (they really do rock – if you go to eat there, ask for the salad with apples – trust me).

There is a $10 fee. I know it’s a tough time for many, and I know $10 sometimes is tough to stretch and I totally understand. However, all of the money will be donated to a nonprofit (we will draw their name out of a hat at the event) and we are not keeping any of it (except to pay for the Eventbrite fee).

I’d love it if you would be able to come out on the 4th and donate a few hours of your time, and more importantly, your skills. If you cannot make it, please let me know how you are doing and if you would like to know about any opportunity where you can help with your skills!

RSVP Here: www.givebackchicago.eventbrite.com

Stay smiling,


 Jon Bishop from JohnBishop.com had a wonderful post where he highlighted some of the free tools available out there for you to monitor your online presence and reputation. 

As a social media consultant, many of my clients inquire about some of the best products available to monitor and manage their online reputation and branding.  My answer always depends on their strategy, product or service, and budget.  Some are expensive, some are less so.

However, the tools Bishop highlights are top-notch and are sufficient for anybody starting out.   

Click here to access the entire list!


Thank you for visiting our new website, JG Social Media!  As with all website related design, it will be a work in progress as I tweak some of the HTML, widgets, etc. 

As a social media consultant to the A/E/C industry, I have been witness to many design processes from buildings to wastewater treatment plants; I have learned that no matter how much you tweak a design, there will always be something else to change.

I’ll leave you with a Twitter Tip today:

When re-tweeting (AKA: RT) somebody, try to insert (before the RT) a reason why you are “sending” this to your followers.  Something as simple as “worth reading” if it is an article; “can anybody help” if it requires attention/help; etc.