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June 29, 2010


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Omar Kbiri

Very nice article to read and funny to come across this since i have just started a company which focuses on this particular point.

Facilitating and integrating Social Media on events on a next level.

I have to agree with you on many points. Only the solutions i see here are in my opinion already been done not innovative (the ideas are correct and good, so don't get me wrong)

Thank you very much for your post!! loved it

Jaculynn Peterson

Nice post. Yes, I'm surprised at how many orgs still do not incorporate Social Media into their events - before, during AND after the event. Another great use of social media for events is to connect people: 1. prior to the event (so you can see who is going and this also helps the org because people may attend based on other attendees who are going) 2. during the event (so you can easily arrange meetings and find people) 3. after the event (forum so that people can share their thoughts / ideas that resulted from attending the event...their feedback about the event...this also gives peeps opp to connect with those that they missed at he event...this could also be foundation for building an ongoing event group that grows from year to year - or however often event takes place). Thanks David.


Great summary, David. One thing I'd like to add about archiving the content: I went through all of the posts that went live throughout the event and tagged the top 20 or so; that's what you see on the event page now. That's because initially, it was a dynamic feed, and these bloggers were issuing posts after the event that were not related. So, to preserve the context, we made the blog feed static, and hand-picked the top posts. Ditto for the Twitter feed (though that's not hand-picked, just a static archive). Though the individual tools themselves may not be innovative, I certainly think this is something fresh for our industry and a way for those that couldn't attend to stay on top of the event.

-Alan Belniak / @abelniak

David Meerman Scott

Alan, thanks for jumping in with this clarification. Great work on your conference.

Jaculynn, Great point on before, during, and after!



Thanks for the nice post, David.

Here's an idea I do at the events and conferences I speak at -- when I kick things off, I pull up my TweetDeck and show it on the large screen. The first person who Tweets something with my Twitter handle in it (@60SecondTweets) gets a free copy of my book, "How to Make Money with Social Media."

It's a great way to get the audience involved and also highlights the immediacy of social media.

Thanks again for the ideas in your post. I hope this additional one is also helpful to your readers.

Jamie Turner
The 60 Second Marketer


Great post David! Everything so simple and easy to understand. Great outline of event planning using social media

Have wonderful day! I will be reposting it to my Facebook


David Siteman Garland


Have to love the era we are in right now (and will continue to be in). It used to be an event happened. And that was pretty much it...unless your local paper snapped up a few shots.

Now any event becomes an ongoing social and media experience. Before, during and after.


Great article David! If you or any of your readers are interested in connecting a live Twitter feed to TVs or Projectors at your events and integrating Twitter into the environment, check out http://www.streamtwitter.com

RF Tooling

There are a lot of resources available to incorporate social media, but I feel like it's not always easy. Thanks for letting me know how to do it more smoothly!

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