Peer Power Blog
This blog is about the power of peers in the IT space. It is designed as a place to share things I have learned the past 24+ years running a business as well as meeting the growing demands of business owners we experience leading the Heartland Tech Groups - a peer group network for IT business owners.
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Are You a Twitterer?
It took me quite a while to succumb to the whole idea of blogging, but that has actually been pretty effective as a communication tool. Twitter allows us to set up blogs to feed into it so that will be the primary use. There will likely be some use particularly at our quarterly events when we are trying to get the word out quickly. I am no expert, but it does have some potential and we are beginning to work with it as a tool for HTG.
Stuart has also started our process of creating an HTG blog site - www.htgblogs.com - which will be a central repository for HTG specific information. This peer power blog often addresses HTG, but it is not completely dedicated to that - more of an IT SMB industry focus. So some of the things I write here, or that others write on their blogs will be posted to the HTGBlogs.com site as well.
It also will be a source for the public relations and media coverage that Stuart will drive. We have started to be more proactive in that area, with recent coverage around our Ingram partnership and some great work by Storagecraft around their sponsorship of HTG. We want to replicate that for all our relationships. And we want to highlight things that our members do as they tell the HTG story, so if you have an article published, a local newpaper clipping, or anything that we can share, we want to highlight that and help get the word out about what our HTG members are up to. We have the greatest people in this industry involved in HTG, from members, to vendors, to industry resources and distributors. And we want to let people know all about you and your success and partnership with HTG.
So I hope you continue to learn about the social networking tools that are out there. They can be effective ways to connect and communicate. I am still trying to grasp the business applications, which I know there are some of, and we will be working to educate you about those as we move through 2009 together. For now, just start learning and checking things out!
I am just a plain old Iowa farm boy who loves technology. Fortunately I have been blessed with a job of putting the two together, living here on the farm and leading our companies in the Heartland family - HTG, HLG, Varvid and HTS Ag. The real fun is the learning shared with peers through HTG Peer Groups. It is the relationships that make life worth living, and this industry is full of really awesome people. I am blessed every day!