Social Media. It's more than Facebook.
My name is Tyler Soliday, and I am a self-proclaimed social media guru. I enjoy cultural memes, reading Mashable, tech start-ups and entrepreneurship, and of course staring intensely at my iPhone for large portions of the day.
Start-Ups, Conferences & Social Media.
I began working for start-up companies in June 2011 after having a tough time landing a summer internship position. Since then, I have worked for a variety of different technology start-ups. I'd have to say that my favorite part of working at start-ups is the energy of the environment, it is like no other workplace.
I am currently a full-time staff member at RegisterPatient where I manage the digital marketing strategies. After completing MMC3260, I will be heading up a re-design of the site to make it more e-commerce friendly.
I went to my first professional conference in November 2011, the Mashable Media Summit in New York, NY. Although I only got to stay in the big apple for one night, I had the time of my life. It was the first time I ever went to New York by myself, and hopefully won't be the last.
To this day, I'm not quite sure how I got RegisterPatient to cover the $600 admission fare for the confernece, but I sure am glad that they did. Leading up to the conference, I was working as social media manager for RegisterPatient and was doing a pretty fantastic job if I do say so myself. I was working unpaid more than 20 hours a week, and was too afraid to ask for any kind of compensation.
A week before the conference, I saw that the conference had sold out and was upset I didn't ask if I could go on behalf of RegisterPatient. I immediately e-mailed Mashable, and they told me that there was going to be a limited number of additional tickets released and if I wanted to go, I needed to buy today. I finally got the courage to ask for the trip to New York, and to my surprise they responsed with "Yes."
If I could attend any conference, it would be the upcoming Mashable Connect in Orlando, Florida. I'm having trouble finding someone to pay the $3,499 admission fare but that doesn't mean that I'm not trying.
Since the moment I was blessed with a T-Mobile Sidekick II, I have been very into the internet. For a great portion of my life I have been aimlessly staring into screens absoring information for long periods of time. I consider that unique talent to be one of my sharpest skills, and have been overwhelmingly happy with the onset of social media. As the popularity of social media increases, so do the monetization opportunities of my social media skills.
I manage multiple social media accounts and blogs, and enjoy doing so. The best part about having social media management as a hobby is that it not only fills up my free time, but enhances my digital marketing skills.