We put the question out there to our Social Media Club Phoenix group on Facebook:
Some brave souls took a few minutes to provide their answers, and we're happy they did. We think this bodes well for our industry and its practitioners here in the Valley of the Sun.
Check out the responses below:
Attorney-at-Law, and Owner at Saving for Someday Media
“I'm looking forward to Phoenix social media professionals having opportunities to come together, share ideas, collaborate, and create a world-class community. Traditionally, in many industries, Phoenix is very fragmented. However, we have so many forward-thinking social media professionals in many different industries. I think 2016 might be the year to come together and share, collaborate, and disrupt the silos of the traditional marketing.”
Digital Strategist for Live News Stream
“2015 was the year of testing & experimentation of live streaming. 2016 will be the year it's implemented and refined across digital marketing for our clients, companies we work for, personal branding and networking. Locally in Phoenix, 2016 will be the year of rebirth of social networking in-person, face-to-face in the re-energized community and the continuation of exchanging ideas.”
CEO of MelanysGuydlines.com
“I am looking forward to continued networking opportunities and events with local great minds in the social media arena. Also, looking forward to taking advantage of the impressive start-up community in Phoenix as one of the best places to launch a start-up in the country. Personally, I am excited to record more videos and continue working with top tier brands for my own business."
VP of Social Media Club Phoenix and CEO/Owner at QTheBrand
"2016 is going to be an epic year filled with personal and professional growth, partnerships, and amazing collaborations! Social Media in Phoenix is in it’s early stages, and I’m excited to spend 2016 pushing it forward, with the Social Media Club Phoenix team, as well as with my annual event, Social Media Day Phoenix. It’s time the world noticed all of the great things that Phoenix has to offer!"
Sr Financial Analyst at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona
“As evident with the growing Social Media community here in Phoenix, I am targeting to expand my connections and ongoing relationships within the group as well as attend more events, including the Social Media Day Phoenix event!"
President at Genuine Media
"I look forward to connecting with new people in the Valley who I have social synergies with, and the opportunity to help one another grow our personal and business brands."
Web Presence Manager at ACYR
"I am looking forward to a more diverse and open social media experience in Phoenix in 2016. A larger think tank of social media advocates and experts from both the private and non-profit sector of business. In this I hope to see a more dynamic and organic growth of the community as a whole."
Partner Communications Specialist at InfusionSoft
In 2016, I am looking forward to seeing the Phoenix Social Media club’s influence and savvy benefit Arizona-owned businesses. The startup/tech ecosystem here is really flourishing and beginning to gain national attention, I think there is so much this club can do to amplify that message.
Chief Creative Officer at Collins Digital Media
"This year is an election year - I think we're all going to continue to be overwhelmed with political posts on social media. At least until Facebook gives us a way to filter those out! However, on the other side of that coin, calls for social change are going to move more and more online. I would personally love to see more elected officials communicate one-on-one with their constituents on social media.
Large scale sporting events, such as the Fiesta Bowl and Spring Training, will continue to drive social media adoption in the valley. Tourism is only going to continue to grow and businesses that depend on those dollars are going to have to step up their social game.
Get comfortable getting in front of the camera. Live video isn't going anywhere. There are already several valley marketers who excel at this, but I can't wait until the content creators get really innovative with live shows that are broadcasted on a regular basis, much like traditional television shows used to be. I see more and more artists and creatives taking advantage of simple mobile apps like Facebook Live, Blab and Periscope. There are a few comedians I know who would be perfect for this.
What I'm most looking forward to is meeting new people and making new friends. I'll be setting aside time this year to meet with many of my social media followers in person. Social media is a great way to connect, but there is still something to be said for the connections you forge when you meet people face-to-face.”