Social Media Marketing World is one of my favorite conferences of the year and a must-attend for social media marketers.
This was the 4th year for Social Media Marketing World and it has grown from 1100 attendees to 3000. This was the first year it was held in the San Diego Convention Center which is 1/6 of a mile long. So there was a lot of walking.
Statistics from Mike Stelzner:
- ~3000 attendees
- 84,500 tweets
- 1 Billion Reach Twitter
- 5,400 Instagram Pictures
- Over 100 sessions during the 2-1/2 day event
- 100+ volunteers to help run the event
New this year:
- Geofilters on Snap Chat
- Deep dive 90-minute workshops on Sunday and throughout the event
- At the San Diego Convention Center (and it will be there through 2019 at least)
Another technique that they use to be able to start conversations with people was the different color lanyards and flags. The orange lanyards were for people who had attended 3-4 years. People got an Alumni flag if they had attended 1 other year. White lanyard new attendees. Pins were for Society members. So now the volunteers or the staff could easily start a conversation with someone saying “Oh I see this is your first year” and make sure they felt welcome or know that they had come before.
Watch the SocialTalkLIVE session to hear feedback from the attendees – and in case you've never attended our Friday afternoon live stream before, we like to have a little fun with hats and wigs on a Friday afternoon.
Michael Port Workshop – Heroic Public Speaking
Joe Pulizzi – Content Marketing in 3s – Do 3 amazing pieces of content to reach out to your audience (a great e-mail, a helpful pdf, or something else) – you don't have to do everything
Focus on Live Video in 2016 and beyond – especially Mari Smith's tip that Facebook gives more preference to live video in the News Feed while you are live
Darren Rowse tip – Giving answers with steps in your blog posts because Google is presenting his steps in search results
Holly Homer – Organic engagement on Facebook and how Quirky Momma does it
But a common theme with all the attendees is how wonderful the connections were. Everyone was so friendly and if you had attended before, it felt like a reunion.
People come to the conference the first time for the content and they come back for the relationships #SMMW16
I am a big believer in attending conferences to take your online relationships into the real world. So many partnerships, clients, and good friends develop from those conversations over dinner or in the hallways.
Highlights from Social Media Marketing World
Here's a great video summary of the event.
If you are thinking about going to Social Media Marketing World 2017, I highly recommend it! It's worth every penny.
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