There’s something about a “real-world” conference that can’t be duplicated.
However, your experience can be enhanced with the right apps.
When attending a real-world conference, you benefit from the energy of a room full of like-minded people, the ability to grab lunch with a favorite presenter and the opportunities to network with other attendees.
In this article I’ll reveal mobile apps that can help you maximize your time and results when attending your next real-world conference.
Whether you have a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used to get the word out in a powerful way.
In this article I’ll reveal 10 creative ways to use social media to increase your chances for a gangbuster event.
#1: Create Video People Will Share
Because events take place in person, they engage the senses in a way online content can’t.
Creating a stellar video with great visuals and sound can not only help drive people to your event, it also increases the chances people will want to share it with friends.
Check out this video from Social Media Marketing World 2013 for creative ideas.
According to a Harvard Business Review blog post entitled, “Three New Networks for the Digital Age,” just having an online network isn’t enough.
In this post, I’ll explore steps you can take to turn those online contacts to offline business relationships. I’ll use the thought of heading to a large event or conference as the stake in the ground so you have a “when and where” for connecting with some of your online contacts.
Here are 8 things you can do to turn social media contacts into offline business relationships.
#1: Get Clear on Your Goals
Start out by using a tool like Evernote to capture some of your thoughts.
Capture what you’re currently working on, your current goals, the people you think can help you move your goals forward and what you’re currently looking to learn. (You may or may not actually have a name for your direction, but a title will do—think of creating a networking persona.)
Imagine an event where you rub shoulders with the social media pros you follow and admire online.
Then imagine networking with 1,000 fellow marketers in beautiful San Diego, California.
Now add the waterfront San Diego Marriott Marquis hotel, an opening-night party surrounded by dinosaur relics, an evening networking cruise on Southern California’s largest private yacht and 49 expert-led sessions.
That’s a small sampling of what’s in store for you at Social Media Examiner’s new conference: Social Media Marketing World!
What? Social Media Examiner is hosting a physical conference?
Social Media Examiner is known for its signature online summits like Social Media Success Summit and Facebook Success Summit.
And yes, these events bring together the world’s top social media experts and entrepreneurs, and gather huge worldwide audiences.
If you have profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter, you may already be aware that these two networks are integrating. In fact, LinkedIn has a specific application called Tweets that can help you keep tabs on the Twitter updates from your LinkedIn connections.
As more professional LinkedIn users create Twitter profiles, I believe this application will become more and more powerful for building influence and visibility with your network connections.
The primary benefits of the LinkedIn Tweets application are:
- Follow your LinkedIn connections on Twitter
- Post status updates simultaneously to both Twitter and LinkedIn
- Monitor and interact with your Twitter streams from within LinkedIn
- Create a LinkedIn-specific Twitter list
Setting aside the budget to go to a conference like BlogWorld and New Media Expo can be a big decision for a solo brand, a small business or a department head. It’s important to get a sense of where your money’s going, and more importantly, where the return on investment is.
While there are many success stories of people using social media for personal and business reasons, there are also plenty of people who may feel their efforts are not paying off.
Whether you use social media to market your business, increase sales, promote your blog, or raise awareness for a non-profit organization, here are six reasons social media might not be working for you—along with ways to overcome these problems.