For today’s Social + Mobile: Show Me the Money! speaker spotlight, we caught up with Beth Lawton, executive director at LION Publishers, a group for local online independent news publishers and founder of Canoe Media Services, a consulting firm focused on social media and content marketing for businesses.
Previously, Beth was a regional editor for Patch.com, digital media manager for the Newspaper Association of American, the founding online editor of MKEonline.com (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and more. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Here is what she had to say about her SoMoConf session titled, “Using Social to Build & Engage Your Audience”:
What are the key topics you’ll discuss during your session?
I’m looking forward to talking about some of the newer social networks — some of those that might be “under the radar” for the news companies — and how thinking creatively can yield interesting, productive audience results.
What about your session are you most excited about?
I’m excited about getting questions — I love hearing audience members bring up new ideas for everyone’s benefit and the brainstorming-out-loud aspect of it.
Why is it important that attendees not miss your session?
Social media is still important for audience development and revenue, but there’s no doubt it’s getting more complex every day. Attending this session will help editors and advertising professionals stay on top of the latest information about organic social media reach and more.
What is your favorite social network and why?
I use different social networks for very different reasons. Pinterest has been useful with interior design and event planning, but I can keep up with my family and friends and stumble across interesting news through Facebook.