Coffee Talks

While our Monthly Signature Events have broad appeal, we recognize that certain industries and marketers have challenges unique to them. To address their specific needs, we currently offer three quarterly coffee talk series targeted to three of Charleston’s main industries: Technology, Nonprofits, and our newest series – for Hospitality and the Service Industry. Each of these events are tailored to the unique needs and interests of each group of marketers. These events have proven to be wonderful for learning some actionable takeaways, bouncing ideas off of fellow marketers in your niche, and great networking opportunities.

These events take place in 1-hour increments each quarter and are free for members of the AMA Charleston and and only $10 for non-members. Breakfast and/or snacks and beverages will be provided!

Next Coffee Talk: 

Hospitality and Tourism Power Hour

Our newest event! Please join us for the first in a series of coffee talks addressing the unique marketing challenges facing solo entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Upcoming topics include:
• ‘How to Take Insta-Worthy Food and Venue Photos on an iPhone’
• ‘Top Foodie Trends in Influencer Marketing’
• ‘Measuring Campaign Effectiveness’


Photographing for Social Media… with Your Phone!

Tips, tricks, and techniques for creating social content with your phone

Join us for our very first Power Hour for our Marketers in the Hospitality field! We’re kicking this series off with an awesome speaker providing you with actionable takeaways for how to create unique content for social media. Attendees will learn the basic principles of photography that will carry over to the most used camera you have, your phone! Jonathan Boncek, A James Beard nominated Charleston-based food photographer, will share photographic techniques that will help the members better understand how to create content for their business. In addition to learning about social media strategy for business in an ever-changing social world, we will cover:

  • Angles that are best for shooting food
  • iPhone, (or other phone) tips to capture the perfect image
  • Suggestions for good editing apps 
  • Basic food/prop styling that can be easily achieved with minimal time 

See more of Jonathan’s work here!  

Space is limited for this event, so please only claim a ticket if you know you can make it!

Light snacks will be provided by The Ordinary. Attendees are free to stick around after the event for happy hour! Drinks will be on your own.


**We suggest you use the parking garage at The Hyatt, next door to The Ordinary.

Address for this garage is: 560 King St, Charleston, SC 29403


Nonprofit Marketing Coffee Talks

Learn the nuts and bolts of marketing techniques that will give you the best bang for your buck, plus the free or low-cost resources to help you achieve your marketing goals. These take place at the Coastal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Ave., Charleston.

Past topics include:
• Email marketing
• Media buying 101
• Taking photos that work


Marketing in Technology Coffee Talks

The AMA Charleston is proud to support Charleston’s growing tech sector by providing the insights and techniques tech companies need to market effectively in today’s competitive environment. Event locations vary

Past topics include:
• The Journey of Creating & Tracking a Campaign
• The Magic Behind Digital Marketing
• SEO Made Simple

What Are Your Unique Marketing Challenges?

Let us know the marketing challenges you face so we can tailor content to solve your problems. We also love getting tips on speakers who would be a good fit for one of our Coffee Talk series. Drop us a line at We’re here to serve you!