orangecountysmixer-ocevent0Let’s forgive the event’s organizer’s for the worst tagline ever.

I don’t know anybody in their right mind who would actually WANT to meet 3,000 businesspeople in one night who are in Ninja sales-mode.

But the point is made.

Lots of people, lots of exhibitors and a few that got my attention.

I didn’t even know that existed until last night.

They are making a strong attempt at being a destination site for all things Orange County.

Don’t know much about them, but may do a bigger post down the road if they are into it.

Spent a lot of time with Michellee Phelps and her brother Jonathan.  Cool cats.  They are opening Tanquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton in April.  They are looking for 8 employees who know lots about tea.  If you are interested check out OCJobTalk.

Spent a little bit of time with Candace Dozer from justClickmedia.   She was very engaging and friendly and they seem like good folks.  They provide businesses with the ability to communicate their internal and external marketing messages more simply, efficiently and effectively through direct response marketing.

I took an instant liking to  localsplash, an SEO and marketing company.

OK, yet another, I know.  There were quite a few SEO and marketing companies there all making big claims.

The difference with these guys was how they were running there booth and how engaged they were (very similar to justClickmedia).

Whether you are a believer in SEO or not, they presented themselves well.

No standing around with hands in pockets, sleazy attention-grabbing tactics or poor sales skills.

Here is what happened when I walked up to their booth.

The gal in front, looked at me and said…did you just tweet about this mixer?

And they had me.

I was Twittering my thoughts on the event and she was following it on her phone at same time.


Then I met a couple of other passionate localsplash peeps before getting a glimpse of Steve Wiideman, who was holding forth with a prospect.  Wiideman is supposedley a true SEO guru who comes up first on a google search for seo expert.  Try it out.

And let me know what you think of SEO.

The rest of the event was pretty ho hum and while it was well-attended, I always get the sense that it lacks focus and that nobody really gets much business out of it.

If you did, please let me know.