Posted by adamf
Last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Big Boulder conference put on by GNIP in Boulder, Colorado. Around 200 attendees joined together in the St. Julien Hotel to attend what was billed as the world's first social media data conference. GNIP, a company focused on aggregating and providing social data, assembled a great lineup of speakers, the majority of whom provide or consume social data. I enjoyed the conference and took the opportunity to learn more about social data that is now available to consumers, hear about the creative ways people are using such data, meet some great minds in the social media space, and enjoy the great food, beautiful scenery, sunny weather, and friendly vibes that are hallmarks of Boulder.
The Big Boulder presentations were mostly in a Q&A format with a few panels mixed in. I've pulled together some of the key themes that I observed from the sessions to share in this post. GNIP also posted some detailed summaries of the presentations on their blog. If anyone who attended or presented at the conference sees anything that needs to be added, please let me know!
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Posted by willcritchlow
You might have seen some of the buzz about the recent #linklove events we ran with SEOmoz in London and New Orleans. These were single-day events focused purely on link building. In a little over a month’s time, we are running our first 2-day deep-dive expert conference stateside. I’ve spoken at a bunch of the MozCon events in Seattle, and we thought it was about time we brought the show to the east coast. Without further ado, I present Pro SEO Boston:
- Where: Boston, MA – Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
- When: 16th / 17th May 2011
- What: advanced SEO, actionable tips and new stuff you’ve never seen before
- Who: the best speakers we could find, including Rand, Dharmesh, Seth Besmertnik, and many more
- How much: only 9 with the SEOmoz PRO discount (grab a free trial if you aren’t a PRO member)
- [Non-PRO member price: 9]
Tickets are available now – you can:
Yes, that is the appropriate response
We pour our heart and soul into these events and recent feedback suggests we’re going in the right direction. 92% of attendees of … Read the rest
Posted by willcritchlow
Normally, I tend towards the uncontroversial when I write. I haven’t been the author of many posts that have caused debate.
But I’ve had enough. I need to speak up.
Most conference presentations suck
There. I said it.
I remember being amazed (and, back then, pretty heartened) when I went to my first SEO conference and realised I already knew most of what was being said. Amazement turned to disappointment at my second conference, which was billed as "Advanced" and where the same old basics were trotted out by too many of the speakers.
Since then, I’ve been to hundreds of presentations. I’ve learnt a lot, but from a surprisingly small proportion of them. (Thank you to those speakers who consistently turn out the excellent stuff!).
I’m no exception
This is as much a criticism of myself as anyone else. Looking back, there are some presentations I’ve given that make me cringe now (especially early ones). Early on in my speaking career, it wasn’t necessarily that I phoned them in. I was suitably scared / motivated to do a good job – I think I just didn’t know how. More recently, I think it’s probably happened when I agreed to talk on a subject I didn’t … Read the rest
Posted by jennita
This week I pretty much have two things on my mind: beta launch and conferences. Since Rand will be covering the beta launch later today (wheeeeee) I thought I’d focus on the conferences. Along with preparing for our own PRO Seminar later this month, we’ve been discussing the various conferences we’ll be attending and speaking at over the next few months. Personally I’m getting excited for SES San Francisco next week. With the change of venue and being a part of Connected Marketing Week it’s going to be a great event. It also got me thinking about how attendees and speakers can use going to the conference as a link building exercise.
Anyone can easily acquire a few links by sponsoring the event, but I wanted to come up with some creative ways to gain links without actually paying anything. Ok, well without paying for anything more than the cost of attending the event. Let’s get started!
1. Speak at the event
Speaking on a panel is one of the easiest ways to get a link directly from a conference. Unfortunately it’s also probably the most difficult for most people. Not everyone gets excited about standing … Read the rest