infographic – How to get the best value from attending technology conferences?

When trying to make a list of technology conferences you should attend and getting approval from you boss can be a tough challenge. You're going to be asked what is the value from the conference, who do you plan to meet with influencers and/or land new deals all while in the back of your mind you're thinking about what parties you want to attend. To help you make those decisions, has created an infographic called "How to make the most out of a conference day"

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Why technology, startup, entrepreneur, social media conference organizers cannot fix the lack diversity problem at their events.

Last week at this time I was in Las Vegas attending Blogworld Expo 2010. For Blogworld it was their fourth year and my second time attending. I had a great time meeting new friends and catching up with old ones while learning a few tips here and there. Blogworld markets itself as the world’s largest social media conference with over 3,000 attendees. Note, if you’re wondering about SXSW, SXSW is NOT a social media conference it’s an interactive tech conference with some social media sessions. During lunch on opening day at Blogworld I was sitting with a few friends and I looked around [...]

This is it: 7 days, 3 cities, 2 panels, 2 presentations, 1 live video show and the end of the road!

Today I start one of the most interesting trips in my life and career as a speaker. I’m currently in Boston, MA for FutureM week where I’ll be speaking on a location panel at GeoM and Inbound Marketing Summit. Tuesday, I’m hosting a live #GEOchat show from SCVNGR HQ. Thursday I’m leaving Boston for Michigan to present at Brandcamp and closing out the week I’ll present in Miami, Fl for Blogalicious 2010. If you count it, that’s 7 days, 3 cities, 2 panels, 2 presentations & 1 live video show.

Earlier this year while planning my schedule I new this week was going to be crazy [...]

Attend GeoM and learn why Geo Location Matters and what is the future of location-based services

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October 4-8, MITX presents Future M week in Boston. On October 4th, brands, marketers, technologists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students and business people and will gather in Cambridge at the Microsoft NERD to talk about the future of geo location and the future of geo marketing. Yes. This is a promotional post for an event that my company, Allen & Gerritsen is planning, but since you have read this far, I think you will find the content helpful in making a decision as to whether or not you should attend. For the record, I [...]

Follow Friday: Seven upcoming location-based events you should follow… I mean attend

It's Friday and that means it's Follow Friday on Twitter but like last week I'm going to do a blog post instead a follow Friday tweet but with a little twist. This week I'm listing events and not just any kind of events but location-based conferences/meetups events. Here are seven upcoming location-based conferences/meetups/events/summits you should follow... I mean attend.

1. NYC Geo/Mobile Hack Day
Friday, September 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM (ET)

2. Location Business Summit USA
September 14-15 2010, Crowne Plaza, San Jose,)

3. Social Media [...]

11 challenges for social media / technology conference speakers

So.... you want to be a social media conference speaker? Last year when @OurHashtag planned the social media business forum we started receiving tons of submissions via our speaker request form from people all over the USA wanting to speak at our conference. Also as someone who’s been lucky enough to speak at various national and local conferences I often get asked about finding speakers for other conferences. Over the past two years, I’ve seen/experienced both the good and bad sides of speakers at conferences. I’ve seen people get upset and bash others just because they where not [...]

Social Fresh Nashville, a social media conference for marketers is next week.

Flickr photo by Jason Keath

Social Fresh Nashville is just one week away on January 11, 2010 and I'm excited to be one of  speakers for the first Social Fresh social media conference of 2010.

Social Fresh is a one day social media conference targeting professional marketers and focusing on case study heavy content. Jason Keath founded the Social Fresh series of conferences in early 2009. Keath saw a need in the secondary markets for conferences targeting an audience who works in marketing, advertising, PR, SEO or web development for Fortune 1000 companies or government. Social Fresh [...]