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Winnebago Illinois Social Media and the 6th Annual Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival

Starting Up Social Media and a Fall Festival

One person, me, developing a Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter presence for the Winnebago, Il. Chamber of Commerce shop local program called Buy Bago.

Do you know how many businesses there are in Winnebago, Illinois?  Probably not,  and that included me until this past weekend when the Chamber of Commerce put on their 6th Annual Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival for their neighbors and neighbors children basically.   The event was a fund raiser for the Chamber of Commerce, but it was also something nice for the kids and their moms and dads to come do.   They could build a scarecrow and decorate a pumpkin and get their hair colored and decorate a bag and win a raffle or do hula hoops or drink hot chocolate within walking distance of home.   And one of the Winnebago business veterans, Shirley Crawford of Garden Arts, had a sign she had made apparently listing all the Winnebago businesses, and of course there are a lot of them.  Not all participated,  but they did get some exposure, and to my way of thinking, the fiber of the community was enhanced a bit by folks who know they can count on their neighbors for a bit of safe family oriented fun.

As far as I know, the businesses participating were there voluntarily, sharing their time and expertise.  And so I volunteered some of mine.  I took my handy Vadoo pocket cam and took a number of quick little videos which I put up on the Buy Bago youtube channel and shared them on Facebook pages for those Winnebago businesses which have them, and I invited those folks to share their updates on the Buy Bago Facebook page, ect.  And I think that tomorrow I can provide some statistics to the Chamber about where we are and what has happened so far with our Social Media Campaign.

So you see I am working on my small town social fabric, hopefully making a difference for Winnebago Illinois businesses,  and generating some interest in my business too.

Can’t think of a better way to do it.

Social Media Daddy, going with daughter on field trip Thursday.




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