Fact: social conversation at last March's SES New York spiked so high that it overloaded a popular URL shortener for a few minutes.
That's how you know this show isn't playing around when it comes to social.
But with 80-plus sessions, 3,000-plus attendees, and even more thousands of tweets posted, it can be hard to map a social plan of action. But no worries. This post is designed to help you - the social marketer, or maybe someone just interested in social - get the most out of SES SF next week.
Three things you need to know: where to go, what to do, and how to connect.
Where to Go
If you're looking to dive deep into the ins-and-outs of all things social marketing, make sure you hit these sessions:
Day 1. Wednesday, September 11.
Day 2. Thursday, September 12.
Day 3. Friday, September 13.
What to Do
This may be the only show so social that it needs two official hashtags. (Told you SES wasn't playing around.)
First up, the usual suspect: #SESSF. Still a great way to follow and join the conference conversation.
Great social is also about experiences, though. And that's where hashtag number two - #didyouseethat - comes in. SES and Webtrends (full disclosure: Webtrends pays my bills) have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience that rewards you just for tweeting.
Here's how it works: anytime you see/hear/learn something worth sharing from SES, use the #didyouseethat hashtag. Every other hour, we'll give one SES-er $100, just for tweeting.
But that's just the appetizer. You'll also get one of these VIP cards at the show. And these cards are your ticket to a $2,000 VIP experience - of your choice - all expenses paid.
To enter, just tweet a picture of your card with #didyouseethat. And at the end of the show, one of you will go home with your choice of:
It's really that simple. No sales pitch. No hidden marketing message. Just fun, interactive social - the way it should be. Full details here.
How to Connect
Networking doesn't come easily for everyone. Thankfully, there's Vivastream.
If you haven't used it before, Vivastream is a social platform - available via desktop and mobile app - that makes connecting with other SES attendees painless. Think of it as an extension of your LinkedIn. Simply activate your account - which you can do with your existing LinkedIn or Facebook account - and sit back while Vivastream recommends people to meet based on your professional profile and interests.
You can also get information on breakout sessions, rate speakers, and make your mobile SES experience more than just tweeting from session and playing Candy Crush (during breaks, of course).
See You in a Week
A quick recap of what to do:
See you there.
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John Lee is Manager, Brand and Social Marketing at Webtrends. In 2012, he was recognized by PR Daily for creating both the year's "Best Branding Campaign" and "Event of the Year." Follow him on Twitter @lee_john.
December 12, 2013
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