Tradeshows Like Blog World Expo Create Connection Explosions

Date September 23, 2008

I just attended The Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. My expectations were very mixed. I really had no idea what I was getting into. My goal was to meet new people, successful bloggers, and to learn how to make Follow Up Success the go-to resource for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals.

The Expo far exceeded my expectations. I attended some amazing breakout sessions with all types of bloggers both on the panel and in the audience. I had great discussions with bloggers, companies that support bloggers, and people of all levels in the blogosphere. For example, I met people I never imagined would be there like:

A good friend of mine and fellow blogger asked me today how I was going to follow up with all the people I met. (Is she joking? Does she not read my blog?) So how am I going to follow up with all these new contacts? To start, I am going to do what I have talked about in this blog 7 Steps to Follow Up Success of course! Everyone will be getting an email from me today letting them know how much I appreciated meeting them. I will also add the social platforms I use to stay connected to people in my network; LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Over the next few weeks I will be calling these contacts to learn more about them and explore ways I might be able to help them.

I am still digesting all the great information from Blog World and already know this experience has made a huge impact on me. I’ll be writing about this more in the future but for now, here are just a few of the highlights that really stick out:

  • New Media – Now’s the time to ride the wave and implement new tools…you can be a pioneer, opportunities are endless.
  • Twitter – The powerful use of a new tool…ruling the top trended topics, what could this mean for your business?
  • How companies like Comcast are using social media like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to expand the customer experience and add a new layer to customer service.
  • CNN and Twitter – CNN is using Twitter to pull in live questions and engage their viewers. How can you use this strategy in your business to engage your customers?
  • Are bloggers just crazy people with too much time on their hands? I will admit this may have been somewhere in the back of my head before attending the expo. Now I realize they are a group of professionals, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and writers. With that in mind how can you use blogging to support your business and follow up activities?

The blog world has a space for you too!  Reading blogs, making comments on posts, or starting your own blog are great action steps to enhance your business success!   If you would like a taste of what it was like at Blog World Expo check out Ryan Hupfer’s great post and video, It’s All About The Connections: Thoughts, Highlights, And Lessons Learned From Blog World Expo 08.  Lastly, consider attending Blog World Expo 09 or BlogHer in San Francisco next year.  Both conferences get rave reviews.   They are well worth the reasonable registration fees…which by the way are discounted if you twitter.  The expo was a rich experience for me and I enjoyed it so much I might just offer to speak myself next year.  We’ll see.

4 Responses to “Tradeshows Like Blog World Expo Create Connection Explosions”

  1. Ryan Hupfer said:

    Hey Alan!

    Sounds like you got a lot out of BWE just like I did…I am HUGE on follow up and although it takes a lot of time(I swear I spent all day emailing/following/friending people today), it is all work that is not only important, but necessary…especially after an event like BWE where it’s even harder to stand out and be remembered.

    Thanks for the link and if I’m ever in San Diego I’ll look you up and you should do the same next time you’re near Silicon Valley.

    Keep on having fun and I’ll talk to you soon!

    Ryan Hupfer
    HubPages Communicator of Awesomeness!

  2. Mari Smith said:

    Alan!!

    You totally made my day!! I just read your post and am deeply honored to be included among your top peeps you met at BlogWorld. Wow. 😉

    And way cool you’re in San Diego. I’m sure we’ll be connecting again soon. Hubby and I area headed back down there very shortly after traveling for so long in our RV!

    Cheers
    Mari
    @marismith

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