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Social media turns trendy at Point Park event

News service director Andrew Conte (left) moderates the #Burgh @ Point Park panel discussion on March 24, 2015 at Point Park University. The panel  featured (seated from left) Brandi Smith of Smith Bros. Agency, Cassandra Buncie of Black-n-Gold Girls, retired Steeler Charlie Batch, Sree Sreenivasan of the Met, Jessica Warchall of The Andy Warhol Museum, Josh Raulerson of WESA-FM, Aimee DiAndrea of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Rob Rossi of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
News service director Andrew Conte (left) moderates the #Burgh @ Point Park panel discussion on March 24, 2015 at Point Park University. The panel featured (seated from left) Brandi Smith of Smith Bros. Agency, Cassandra Buncie of Black-n-Gold Girls, retired Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, Sree Sreenivasan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jessica Warchall of The Andy Warhol Museum, Josh Raulerson of WESA-FM, Aimee DiAndrea of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Rob Rossi of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service:

Twitter lit up Tuesday in Pittsburgh with a trending topic about #Burgh @ Point Park, a social media strategy workshop at Point Park University.

The sold-out event featured a presentation by keynote speaker Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as a panel of leading social media innovators from Pittsburgh.

Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  begins the discussion of social media importance at #Burgh @ Point Park on the university campus on March 24, 2015. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, begins the discussion of social media importance at #Burgh @ Point Park on the university campus on March 24, 2015.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

Sreenivasan displayed the slides for presentation from his iPhone 5s, and that added to the buzz in the room as Twitter and Instagram notifications mentioning his name popped up on the screen behind him in the Lawrence Hall ballroom.

“His personality was wonderful,” said Kate Dudas, 34, a graduate assistant with the Point Park School of Communication. “He was like a rock star up there. He was amazing. He was so down to earth. He knows so much…”

“I thought Sree was really relatable,” said Emily Brack, 17, a freshman at Point Park University. “He was a great speaker for college kids to see.”

Sreenivasan offered a few of his best social media tips, including the three ABCs: “Always be charging. Always be connecting. Always be collecting.”

Black-n-Gold Girls founder Cassandra Buncie, former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (left) and Met chief digital officer Sree Sreenivasan were among the panelists for  #Burgh @ Point Park on March 24, 2015. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Black-n-Gold Girls founder Cassandra Buncie, former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (center) and keynote speaker Sree Sreenivasan were among the panelists for #Burgh @ Point Park on March 24, 2015.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

Sreenivasan also shared that nothing is worth doing, if you aren’t sharing it.

“I’m going to use social media more often,” said Dudas, of Crafton Heights. “It was brought up that if we aren’t going to promote ourselves, then who will. I realized I have to take a new perspective and talk more about what I’m doing.”

The event’s panelists included former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch; Rob Rossi, a sports columnist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Josh Raulerson, of WESA-FM; Brandi Smith, of Smith Bros. Agency; Jessica Warchall, of The Andy Warhol Museum; Aimee DiAndrea, of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and Cassandra Buncie, of Black-n-Gold Girls sports fan club.

“The panel was interesting because it had so many people from different walks of life,” Brack said. “It was interesting to hear how they used social media in so many different ways to help build their business or brand.”

The #Burgh @ Point Park panelists fielded social media questions from the audience.  Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Audience members took over the panel discussion with questions of their own. 
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

The panel also created interest among the social media panelists.

“I think I’m going to follow the Pittsburgh Ballet and Warhol,” said Buncie, founder of the Black-n-Gold Girls. “I was really interested in hearing how they use the social media platforms. I’m excited to see what they post.”

Batch’s participation was a highlight for many in attendance.

“I really enjoyed Charlie Batch’s input on the panel,” Dudas said. “It’s not often that you hear a professional athlete talk about these things. He was able to talk about how he’s using social media to further his non-football career.”

The retired Steelers player had one special fan in attendance: Sreenivasan snapped a selfie with Batch during the panel. Sreenivasan claims to be a long-suffering New York Jets fan, but said he always cheers on the Steelers too.

“I got to sit next to Charlie Batch,” Sree said. “My life can’t get better than that.”

Sreenivasan said he noticed the energy coming from the audience.

“I had a lot of fun,” Sreenivasan said. “There was a great energy in the room.”

If you missed ‪#Burgh @ Point Park with Sreenivasan and the panel discussion, you view the entire event on Point Park University’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvw00q3c53s.

 

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  1. @PgH2O

    It was a great event and I am glad I got to go!

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