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Social Media Marketing

20 February, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Urban Lodge Brewing
47 Purnell Place
Manchester, CT
Connecticut River Valley Chapter

Event professionals already have embraced social media platforms to promote their events in real time. A 2018 Successful Meetings survey found that 42 percent of meeting planners had informal social media strategies for their events, while 23 percent had written policies. More than one-third — 35 percent — had no strategy at all.

Wondering how some businesses appear to be front and center on your social media feed?

Join our industry influencers as they divulge their tips and tricks to get your business trending. 

Social media has become a massive part of everyday life for everyone. It has become a way to market yourself, your business and even your favorite products. In the event world, social media has created a platform to use as your personal portfolio. Suppliers are planners alike, are able to showcase the work that they are doing with the ultimate goal of increasing business. Come listen to the perspectives of an event business owner as well as someone who works in the hotel world, and hear how social media has helped them market and grow their businesses.

Your registration includes a flight of Urban Lodge Brewing's beer on tap!

Enjoy a beverage, listen and network with our industry colleagues, and maybe win a raffle prize or two!


5:30pm - 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm - 7:30pm Education Session

Urban Lodge Brewing - Manchester, CT 

Member - $40.00
Non-Member - $60.00
Student - $25.00
Past President - $25.00

Meet our Speakers:

Chelsea Suddes

Chelsea Suddes

Chelsea Suddes is the owner, planner and designer for Pearl Weddings & Events, a successful wedding and event planning company based in Hartford, CT. She also offers freelance social media consulting for small businesses.

Chelsea began her career in the event planning industry from a college credited internship with Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs. During this time she was completing her B.A in Communication Science at the University of Connecticut. What started as a college credited internship ignited her deep passion for event planning and design.

Prior to starting her own business in November 2016 she gained top-notch event planning skills from her 5 years in corporate project management roles within Aetna. She has 15 years of restaurant industry experience that gives her an edge in providing the best quality wedding and event experience.

She has an eye for design and fashion. She had the opportunity to intern for New York Fashion Week. She continues to educate herself and keep up with the ever-changing trends while incorporating the feeling of beauty in everything she does. When it comes to design she finds herself pulling inspiration from homes and spaces. It allows her to design with the essence of comfort, familiarity and a cozy atmosphere.

She was working towards her M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Business when she switched gears to focus her energy on Pearl Weddings & Events.

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Ella Gonzalez
Director of Sales & Marketing
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

It’s only fitting that having been raised in Maine to a boat builder family, Ella Gonzalez, would find her career blossoming in the Ocean State after working with Ocean Properties – Downeast Maine, to leading two great teams in Newport, one at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, and now in her current role as the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.

Ella believes that leading is a collaborative role and that a successful team emerges as a result of working together to achieve results. She uses her tremendous creativity and passion for excellence to inspire her team to move beyond the ordinary.

She demonstrates a consistent work ethic providing an example for others and makes a solid commitment to getting things done -no matter the obstacles.

Ella enjoys being part of her team and mentoring them to grow and think imaginatively.

Wherever Ella is, you want to be there, too. It’s not always quiet but it’s certainly entertaining! She’s super smart, tremendously original, inspiring and just a little sarcastic.

Her LinkedIn profile will tell you that she’s a Supermom; constantly striving to find the balance between career, family and fun.

The best time to reach her is at 4:30 a.m. any day of the week!

Why Planners Should Attend:
Planners will get to view the many social media platforms of one of their own and learn what works and what doesn’t. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, or Linked in, you will learn what your audience wants to see from your social sites and how posting those fun table settings, or behind the scenes chaos, can ultimately boost your business.

Why Suppliers Should Attend: 
Whether it be the new speakers you’ve purchased, the fun new party bus you’re marketing or that creative dessert you’ve been working on mastering, suppliers are always trying to promote their product. We’re not planners, but we can offer you exactly what you need for that special event. Social media can play a huge role in marketing what you have to offer, and no better way to learn the ins and outs, than from another supplier!

Venue Details

47 Purnell Place
Manchester, CT 06042

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