Dear Des Moines, your event communication stinks. Why are there so many cliques in your city that won’t talk to each other?
Good question. I’m sure that this is something that people privately say to themselves at one point or another through the years.
Justin posted this tweet upon learning about the Iowa Entrepreneurial Conference coming up. The problem was that Justin was unaware of the conference until now (which is October 5-6). It only gives him about a week to hurry up and register.
Nevertheless, his complaint about the lack of communications is as a valid one. Much is the same for Steve Wilke-Shapiro when he lamented the lack of information about other elections/ballot proposals in his blog “The Des Moines Perspective” (credit to “Des Moines is Not Boring” for highlighting this site in its blog today).
Wilke-Shapiro’s comment about elections I will get to as the election season gets closer (or if you want to, read my comment on Pete’s blog). But, I want to get to the “clique” comment Justin wrote in his tweet. My interpretation from it is that he was frustrated with the lack of communication between groups when an event or something important is coming up. I see it a little differently.
There is a culture of “cliques” in the Des Moines business community. People may not like reading that, but there is an element of it going around.
You have your “Wells Fargo“ crowd, the “Principal” crowd, the “suburban” crowd, et cetera. As far as I can gauge (and I could be wrong), the social media community is the only “community” that engages and encourages information to be distributed, re-sent to other networks, and help foster conversation. With that said, there are certain “communities” or networks that have either “closed” communication (within their own groups), or has flat-out failed to understand how important it is to let people know what’s going on.
With as many entrepreneurs in Des Moines, Justin is right: why tell everyone now, a few days out, about the Iowa Entrepreneurship Conference, when the news should have been out earlier?
What makes social media interesting and attractive is the conversations that are being held on these mediums. You don’t just post something and hope it will get around. You have to explain what it is, how is it relevant, why it’s important, and who to send it to.
Apparently, not everyone is crazy about social media, but I see it as another avenue to contact a group of individuals that you would not otherwise pay attention to.