Social Media 201 Boot Camp: Houston, TX

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria
1750 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
5/20/2013 8:00 AM - 5/21/2013 12:00 PM
Register before 4/21/2013 12:00 AM for early registration fee

Tools to support your business!

You and your organization realize that social media is more than a tweet or status update on the latest social media network. Your management agrees that social media is not a fad. However, some people may still question the value of social media as a critical initiative that supports business outcomes and produces bottom-line results.

Although you know the basics of most of the popular tools e.g. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, video, podcasts and even Pinterest and Google+ you realize that there is more to social media than just creating buzz. Social media has gone beyond just another channel. Social media tools have laid the foundation for social business, social service, social commerce and most critical the new social customer. To stay competitive you must go beyond today’s skill set to be strategically including the multiple aspects of social media into an accountable and measurable strategy.

This Boot Camp provides the marketer, who has a basic knowledge of social media marketing, with practical tools and tactics that support business goals. Through case studies of organizations that succeeded and those that have stumbled, class discussions with your peers and interactive exercises you’ll develop a framework that will help take your strategy to the next level.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for marketers and those who are responsible for the strategic development, as well as, the execution and management of social media. The sessions are developed to engage the participants in focused, interactive learning. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of the popular social media tools e.g. blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Learning Objectives

  • How to create an integrated social media strategy that takes into consideration multiple channels including both digital and traditional.
  • How to develop a metrics and accountability plan that ties into business objectives
  • An understanding of expectations and wants of the new social customer
  • How to create and curate relevant content and manage the content library
  • How to avoid pitfalls and how to handle a social media “fire storm”
  • How to create social media guidelines and ensure ethics are in place e.g. corporate governance
  • How to ensure that social media supports the brand’s promise
  • How to ensure that your employees’ digital footprint is aligned with your organization’s values
  • How to ensure that social media is used effectively across your organization
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received prior to 4 weeks before the event will receive a refund minus a $150 cancellation fee. Within 4 weeks of event refunds will be granted minus a $300 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds issued on or after the day of the event.

About the Instructor - Paul Chaney



8:00–8:30AM Registration and Continental Breakfast. Lunch and breaks provided throughout the day.

8:30AM - 5:00PM - Program


  • Review Agenda
  • Establish Goals and Expectations
  • Social Business
  • Introduction to Strategy Models
  • Social Commerce: Social Customer, Social CRM
  • Metrics and Accountability


  • ​Social Media Platform Evolution

  • Channel Changes and Convergence: Social, email, Mobile, Apps

  • Content: Creation, Curation, Distribution


8:00–8:30AM Continental Breakfast. Break provided during the morning.

8:30AM - 12:00PM - Program

  • Social Media Governance and Ethics
  • The Social Media Professional
  • Building Your Plan 

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Hotel Location

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

1750 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027

Phone: 1 713.960.0111

Fax: 1 713.624.1560

The recently renovated Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria Hotel is located just minutes from great shopping and dining at the Houston Galleria, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the mall. The hotel is convenient to Rice University, plus even more upscale shopping in chic Uptown Park nearby. Make yourself at home in lavishly appointed guest rooms, featuring Marriott's signature bedding, spacious areas to work or relax, high-speed Internet access, and flat screen TV's. On-site amenities include a relaxing indoor atrium pool, expanded fitness center, Concierge levels, a Southwestern restaurant, Alexander, and the relaxing Fairways Lounge.

Rates: $189.00 Single/Double occupancy (plus applicable state & local taxes, currently 17%)

Rates are based on availability.

Please call 1 800.228.9290 or 1 713.960.0111 & mention the American Marketing Association. You must make your hotel reservations by April 22, 2013 and properly identify yourself to qualify for the special group rate.

In order to confirm a reservation, the hotel will require a credit card or first night’s room & tax deposit, refundable up to one (1) day prior to arrival.  Cancellations made within one (1) day prior to arrival & no-shows will forfeit the initial deposit.

Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out is at 12:00 p.m.  Anyone arriving earlier than 3:00 p.m. will be checked in as soon as a room(s) becomes available.  Guests checking out early may be assessed an early departure fee.  Upon check in, guests will be asked to verify their departure date.  At that time, scheduled departure dates may be altered.

Area Attractions & Events

Please visit the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional city information.


The AMA is committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all attendees.  If you are an attendee with a disability and require program accommodations, please contact the AMA Meeting Services Department, and a member of our staff will ensure that appropriate access arrangements are made.  If you have specific disability related needs for your hotel sleeping room, please be sure to communicate those directly to the hotel when you make your reservation.  In an effort to provide the highest quality of service to all attendees, we require that details of all access requests be communicated to our office at least 14 days in advance of the beginning of the meeting.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston - IAH

Hotel direction: 26.5 mile(s) SW

Driving directions: Follow signs out of Airport to Beltway 8 South/45 South. Take the highway Beltway 8 West to Interstate I-45 South. Take highway ramp to Interstate 610 West. Continue on Interstate 610 West to Interstate 610 South. Proceed on Interstate 610 South for approximately 5 miles. Exit Post Oak Blvd. Proceed on access road passing through Post Oak Blvd remaining on the feeder road of Interstate 610. Hotel entrance is on the right hand side of the access road of Interstate 610 South.

Estimated taxi fare: $60.00 (one way)

William P Hobby Airport - HOU

Hotel direction: 18 mile(s) NW 

Driving directions: Follow signs out of Airport for Interstate 45 North. Take Interstate I-45 North to exit 46B on the left to merge onto TX-288 S toward Lake Jackson/Freeport/US-59 S/Victoria. Take the exit onto US-59 S toward Victoria. Take the Interstate 610 N exit. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-610 N and merge onto I-610 N. Take exit 9 toward San Felipe Rd/Post Oak Blvd. Merge onto West Loop S. Sharp left to stay on West Loop S. Destination will be on the right.

Estimated taxi fare: $60.00 (one way)

Shuttle Service

SuperShuttle provides transportation to & from the Houston area airports.  Please call SuperShuttle at 1 800.BLUE VAN (258.3826) to make reservations.

Rates are approximately:

IAH - $25.00.00 one-way 

HOU - $24.00 one-way

Please try to make reservations 24-hours prior to your trip.  Rates are subject to change without notice.

Parking at the Hotel 


Day Rate - $5.00 (plus 8.25% tax)

Overnight - $14.00 (plus 8.25% tax)

Does not include in & out privileges.  Rates subject to change without notice.

Valet Parking:

Day Rate - $10.00 (plus 8.25% tax)

Overnight - $25.00 (plus 8.25% tax)

Include in & out privileges.  Rates subject to change without notice.

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