What a night for a Pub Talk! Last night, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network hosted one of their trade-marked Pub Talk programs at Mutinty Brewing Company in Joseph, OR. The theme was "Marketing from the Ground Up" and three of us local businesses were invited to present about some aspects of our marketing.
Paul Arentsen of Winding Waters River Expeditions talked about how his company uses Picasa to post pictures from his river trips and to encourage clients to share pictures and experiences from their trips among themselves. Winding Waters also keeps two blogs: a very important Fishing Report and another "fun" one called The Gearboat Chronicles, written by one of the river guides, with a good dose of tongue-in-cheek humor.
Kari Gjerdingen, owner of Mutiny Brewing Company, talked about her use of Facebook and Twitter for her restaurant. She makes a point of posting the restaurant's specials on a regular basis--good for us when we want to send our guests there for a lunch or dinner. Of course, we all wanted to know when the beer will be available. The new forecast: about the middle of April 2010.
And of course I talked about blogging for our business here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast. I pulled a few statistics about our blog--it's amazing how many people want to know whether or not Highway 39 is open through Hells Canyon, or what's going on for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo!
One of the things I found so interesting too is how well the three businesses fit together. For example, if you're planning a visit to Joseph Oregon or an Eastern Oregon vacation, you're going to need a place to stay, somewhere to eat, and something to do. Between our three businesses, we've got you covered!