I arrived in Miami ready for a tropical marathon paradise. This particular race means a lot to me. On Sunday, I will be running to help Haiti raise money during this crisis. This will be the first time that I'm running a marathon for charity.
Through diligent online research, I learned that it can be significantly cheaper to fly to Ft Lauderdale (just 25 miles north of Miami). Through www.lastminute.com, I was able to secure a good rate to Ft. Lauderdale and through cost comparison, I determined that it was more economical to get a rental car (vice catching cabs) and a lot more practical to sleep in the car since I will be doing a lot of traveling.
I showed up at the Miami Convention Center, hoping to leverage the opportunity by meeting social media types. Since I wasn't registered for the Social Media Conference and didn't expect to be successful in my endeavor, I was dressed in my casual dry wick tees.
But I figured it wouldn't hurt showing up in the lobby and striking up conversations with social media experts who possess an in-depth knowledge on the subject of utilizing social media to communicate to your core audience.
I demoed www.runinout.blogspot.com to a woman who was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in providing both broad-based and specific tips to further develop and market the idea.
And during the discussion, I realized something else also. There are many ways social media can help with the relief efforts. We can use Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the overall power of the network to seek volunteers, donations, raise overall awareness, inform and most importantly bring loved ones back together.
Matador, an interactive online travel magazine, is using social media to try to get Jet Blue to sponsor a flight of volunteers to provide on the ground support. Just by reading this post and possibly retweeting it, can help spread the word.
Now I am ready to show up to the Health and Fitness Expo to meet up with Kirsten and Lauren from Team World Vision in preparation for the big run on Sunday for Haiti Relief Operations. I'm thrilled to pieces to run for Haiti.