When I first met Sam Smith on Twitter and then at the first Event Camp in 2010, his reputation as a pioneer in using technology to engage event attendees was well established.
Now I know that things are moving fast these days and we are all very busy, but have you stopped to ponder the tenor of the times in which we live and how it relates to event professionals?
Imagine a beautiful car with no wheels, or a gorgeous home with no doors or windows and you have an idea of the effectiveness of a quality blog with no social media interaction to support it.
"My attendees don't do social media." I hear it all the time, though less often as we move more deeply into the 21st century.
What if you could attend an event virtually through a robot that could go where you want to go, see what you want to see and facilitate face to face networking with the people you want to meet?
With just about a year of event planning and production experience, I’ve quickly accomplished and learned a lot. One of the things that I have learned is that events are about the experience. In looking at the websites of other event professionals during my job hunt, I have noticed one crucial commonality between them: they all place a heavy emphasis on photos and videos. When I realized that, I also realized that I never simply “looked” at those websites—I experienced them. The most visually stunning have left me breathless, awe-inspired and envious.
A few weeks ago, my friend #eventprofs Community Manager Adrian Segar and I held a Google Hangout On Air to share everything we know about moderating Twitter chats. Between the two of us, we've probably moderated hundreds of them.
Not long ago, my friend Julius Solaris, well known for founding the 85,000 member Event Planning & Management Group on LinkedIn and for his EventManagerBlog, shared a tool with me that he has created for event bloggers: the Event Manager Theme.
It's a responsive WordPress blog theme specifically designed for people using a blog to market an event. I was impressed and would certainly purchase it if I were planning a new event. (I wish I'd had it for Event Camp Europe!)