Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Last weekend we went up to our condo in the mountains sans children. A little birthday celebration for just us. My mom stayed in Denver with the kiddos and held down the fort.
We went up late Saturday afternoon because hubs was a little under the weather from his surprise 40th birthday party that I had thrown him Friday night. We raced up and caught the lift right before it closed at 4pm. We boarded down the mountain and stopped at our favorite spot, The Beaver Creek Chop House, for a little Apres Ski. The local television station was interviewing people right behind us. Cosmo's Most Eligible Bachelor was there and some other apparent celebs I didn't recognize. Then, I recognized someone totally cool .... Chris Anthony, across the room. You know? The extreme ski dude in all the Warren Miller films? I snowboard because skiing scares the crap out of me and I love watching Chris Anthony just toss himself off a cliff and slam down a mountain.
You know what's coming, right? I have to tweet. So I tweet and learn that he is on Twitter as @chrisanthonyski. Only thing is, I'm not impressed by his Twitter presence. He pretty much tweets here and there every few days and never converses, he has 500 followers and follows 15 people. I know he's at The Beave for his techniques class. The class is pretty cush, and costs a few bucks, so I know he probably has to market a fair bit to fill the class..... yes, folks, that is where my head went. My husband is most to blame for this dork episode.... he plied me with beer until I was convinced that someone had to tell Chris that he's missing out. I mean how could he not be utilizing one of the best business tools that exists? I know he's a friendly and personable guy (not first hand, but you know what "they" say...) why wouldn't he make the most of a Twitter presence? I have clients that really wouldn't benefit from using Twitter because of their business model, but an actual personal brand could benefit huge.... I was going to help this poor guy out!
You can probably guess what happens next. I head over and introduce myself and ask if he is @chrisanthonyski on Twitter. I ask him why he doesn't tweet more - I should be glad he doesn't because he would have already seen what an ass I am just by looking at my tweets. We got into a great conversation where I learned that he is extremely active on Facebook and that he develops personal relationships with people and that most of his instructional classes are filled by people from Facebook contact. I love it, totally love it AND I've had such a hard time putting my finger on how I feel about FB for business that I learned quite a bit from him. I won't go into the whole conversation, but in the end I don't think I convinced him that Twitter didn't have to impersonal. Fiona Fail.... I still think he could benefit from a Twitter presence and if his pr peeps are keeping tabs they'll be reading this post. If they aren't he needs new peeps... just sayin'. So hey! Call me... or tweet me @banteringblonde!
I did get a picture out of it. See? Look how clearly you can see! I'm so cool I can barely stand being in the same room with myself.