Blogworld Alumni Review- Show 143

Mike just returned from Blogworld in Las Vegas Nevada. I am an Alumni of this meeting and love it year year.  Here are some observations

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Here are the show notes and links to the podcast!(Listen to it from the bottom of the post)

EventProfs at Blogworld:@Gregruby @Jeffhurt @michelebruno, @kikilitalien @skylineexibits

Positives:  Attending this conference and the Podcasting & Portable Media Conference since 2006 and this is the first time I have seen any of my EventProfs friends attending.  It was a great thing to see them and connect face to face.

Negatives: Two of my favorite Eventprofs in the world @JeffHurt and @GregRuby left after the first day.  #failguys.  I am more important than work or family.  icon smile Blogworld Alumni Review   Show 143

Seeing old friends: @Rosenz, @RobinMadien, @dansmath, @IngridTappin, @andykaufman, @croncast, @JasonFalls, @webby2001, @LizStrauss, @JoeKlein, and of course the hallway networking king @Brettbum.  The new friends I made were to many to list but several conference buddies come to mind right away. My new conference bud Crazy Mike @MichaelVallez, and catching waves with Drew Bennet @Benspark had to be a couple of my favorite connections.

Keynote Session Roundup:

Positives:

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Unmarketing Keynote with Scott Straten @unmarketing-  This guy nailed it. PREPARED! Really topical, funny and great tips. Talked about how passion makes a great blog not frequency and seo tricks.   Would love to have him speak at EventCamp Chicago. Cross your fingers.
Big Takeaway: A tweet he sent out after his keynote: “You know you gave it your all in a seminar when you have to go change your clothes after”

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7 Harsh realities of of blogging for bucks with Darren Rowse @problogger, Sonia Simone @soniasimone and, Brian Clark -  This was another that nailed it.  They understand the audience and the Blogworld community. They had a story and stuck to it.   Amazing tips, slides, conversation on stage.

<——-(Loved this slide)  Big takeaway: These guys know their stuff.

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Negative Nellie Elements:

Mark Burnett (Survivor creator) interviewed by Brian Solis.  My seat had a flyer of a new Mark Burnett show starring Sarah Palin.  Give me a break.  I have seen Brian Solis speak several times.  The audience would have gained a ton more hearing him give a normal keynote.  (I walked out of this particular keynote) Mark Burnett is inspirational in one way.  He has drive and you need drive to be successful.

It also would be nice if the audience could hear them. Audio was terrible.

Big Takeaway:  Brian Solis reminds me of James Lipton more and more when I see him do interviews. I love how far he can get his head up a famous persons ass. icon smile Blogworld Alumni Review   Show 143 Just calling it an “intimate chat” in front of a couple of thousand people makes me laugh.

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State of Digital Communications in Politics—If you don’t understand Social Media maybe stay for the conference and listen.  This was a political crossfire with way way to many people on stage. They fought we as the audience grew restless.

Big Takeway: “Seems some politicians don’t understand social media. But are willing to talk about how they can get the under 30 year old staffers in the office to explain it to them.”

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Future of Internet Video — Susan Bratton, who I do really like but just isn’t my favorite interviewer moderated this power panel.   The panel consisted of a guy from Funny or Die, MTV Networks VP guy, and the Revision 3 CEO.  This session was summed up perfectly by my friend Gary who said: “That session was like Tips on Climbing Mount Everest- by three guys who took a Helicopter to the Top.”  I do not feel like I gained any value from these guys personally. But, I do think it is important to hear that big media is seeing how the internet is a vast opportunity for them to play with.  We will see if budgets follow…

Big Takeaway: “If you have Will Ferrall act for free in your videos, you can get lots of viewers and not spend more that a few thousand dollars doing it”
Closing Keynote:

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New Media Live —Probably the worst overall closing keynote I have ever seen. Good premise -bad execution. Weird choices for a panel.  Way too many people- horrible moderator/host Rob Barnett (Who I have heard only as the guy who destroyed CBS Radio.) The flow of the show had no rhyme or reason.  Woman announcer was over to side hidden and out of place.  As a meeting and event producer, I have to say the technical production had to be one of the worst I have ever seen.  Unfocused projectors, mics that went dead, mixing of house music to videos being shown was terrible, cutting videos off before they ended. Line of sight from anywhere was really bad to see the stage or presenters sitting. (Maybe stools next time?)

With so many talented content creators in the audience bringing in big name “Celebrities” and have no focus for them was a recipe for disaster.   I did like Penn Jillette because he was really the only professional up there. Incidentally why have sweet Cali Lewis up there?  Why have the little stunt youtube video guy and then with a Kodak guy?  To  many people on stage…… This session was just a disaster.
Big Takeaway: Adam Corrolla who was a show headliner does not have time for his audience and does not get it.  It was unbelievable to me he left during the keynote.  Even more unbelievable they didn’t make some simple show flow changes to just change his onstage time and not alienate the audience.  Saying “Sorry everyone, Adam is double booked” is insanely lame to attendees who may have paid to come to the conference just to see Adam Corolla. How about bringing him out first and then having him leave and bringing out the next guest?

(For some reason I skipped over New Media Live  on the podcast – my apologies)


Regular Sessions-

I can only write about the sessions I saw- and their were a lot of sessions.  More than a hundred which is awesome if you buy the session videos.

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1) The State of Podcasting by Tom Webster:

The company Tom works for edison research has been keeping track of Podcasting since 2006. The study he did was fascinating and good news for digital content creators.  He also talked about opportunities in the emerging online audio and video content in the different demographics, distribution.  Tom’s presentation was really well thought out, and he is one of my favorite speakers.

Big Takeaway:  Do what Cortez did.  Burn the boats.  We are not going back to the old ways so commit.
2) Live streaming: The how, the why and the future.

The most beneficial to me out of all of the sessions was this session.  I am in the process of putting together a studio and I was looking forward to this session.  As it turns out they had all sorts of technical difficulties and the panel was headed up by Cali Lewis who like Susan Bratton is cute but isnt that great at running a panel.  No rhyme or reason to the flow of question. It was very technical for the audience who basically wanted a How to, on webstreaming.  The best part of this was the meeting the presenters afterwards.  Philip Nelson @phillipnelson and Coleen Kelly @digitalkitty.  Phil is from newtek which makes the super awesome Tricaster that we use for streaming live meetings and events.   Coleen works for Google and is the one who helped built the TWIT streaming kit that they use for the 24 hour live channel.  Also Mike Rotman @mikerotman who is an executive producer was there and a great contact for me. He produces Kevin Pollocks chat show and many others in Los Angeles.
Big Takeaway:  Live streaming is the wild west right now!
3) This is not your fathers YouTube

My favorite session because I won a cool prize for asking a question.(couple of Callpod products)  I really love Paul Colligan @colligan as a speaker- very passionite and prepared.  He moderated this panel who had a couple  of the pioneers of web video Andrew Baron of Rocketboom and Kent Nichols of AskANinja.com they also had a agency person Julie Perry who gave a nice perspective.  They talked about web video and what is happening now.
Big Takeaway: Get into web video now!

Show Overall:
Mandalay Bay- great place to hold the event: Way better than the Las Vegas Conference center.

Evening event at the Palms Hotel and Casino at the Pearl venue was really a hit- Tech Karaoke was really fun.
Missed opportunity: Parties were to far away. Maybe build the community using the already massive Mandalay would have been the way to go.

Big Takeaway: Blogworld attendees in the hallway make it worth the trip alone.  I have to say it gets me excited and recharges me every year to dive into this stuff.

Virtual Aspect:

Awesome webstream keynotes and an offer to see all the sessions which were video taped and released a week after Blogworld for a fee. Attendees of the event get a great discount and it is offered to anyone who couldnt make it.

I watched one of the keynotes I missed on the blogworld webpage as I got ready one morning.

Note: Was given tickets to The Circ Show Elvis. Sad to report it was the worst one I have seen and I have seen all of them in Las Vegas. Not worth the ticket.

Blogworld expo?  Totally worth the ticket!

Transcripts!!

BlogWorld Review Meetings Podcast

This is Mike McAllen with Meetings Podcast.  I wanted to thank you again for tuning in and we’re very excited because today’s Podcast is brought to you by Audible.com.  You can get a free audio book download at www.audiblepodcast.com/meetingspodcast.  There’re over 7500 titles to choose from and you can listen to them on your iPod or your MP3 player and we’re very excited.  So check that out and I think you’ll really enjoy audible, I know I do.

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Okay, welcome back.  This is Mike McAllen with Grass Shack Events & Media.  I am one of the co-founders of Grass Shack Events & Media.  I am also one of the founders of Meetings Podcast.  I am also one of the founders of EventCamp and that’s all I’m the founders of at this time.  I hope to “found” more things in the future but today, I wanted to do a little talk about BlogWorld.

I went out to BlogWorld in Las Vegas, it was at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino, and it was really good time.  I had a great time.  The conference itself was fun.  It was a pretty big conference, it was difficult to get to everything but they gave you some ways that you could get the content.  The hallway conversations were fantastic.  But I wanted to do a little bit of a recap so let’s get started.

First off, I wanted to say it was a fantastic things to see my event profs, peops there Greg Ruby, Jeff Hurt, Michelle Bruno.  I saw Kiki there, Mike “Skyline Events” from the Twitters Mike was there.  Lots of other events proffy, it was great to see them there.  It was great to see people getting more involved in the social media area in my industry so that was really fun.  I think Jeff actually taught on Tourism.  I missed Thursday I came in late on Thursday, that’s the day he spoke but I got to see him.

Also from our EventCamp, Jason Falls, I saw him again he was one of our speakers.  So a lot of people were there, event prof-wise.  Before event profs was even around, I always spent a lot of time — I’ve been going to these conferences for about six years.  I started going to the Podcast conferences that the Brooklyn Brothers would put on and it was the Portable Media Expo, it was the Podcasting Expo, I think the name changed every year until it merged with BlogWorld and Rick Calvert and his partner took over it and started one big conference.

So that’s kind of cool because it’s some of the same old people I’ve seen every year.  There’s Gary Rosenzweig there’s Robin Maiden.  Gary Rosenzweig builds apps does games out in Denver.  Robin Maiden is a Podcaster who is also a Delta airline pilot.  He does a podcast for Delta.  There’s good old Dans Math, who is a neighbor of mine here in Oakland.  He does a Math modcast, he’s been there.

I saw Ingrid Tappin.  She came down from Amsterdam, it was great to see here.  I saw Eddie Kaufman, who’s a local guy too he lives in San Francisco.  He does real estate and he’s very much into social media.  Saw Chris Smith who is the audio God of podcasting.  If you have any questions, you can always get him.  His name is Chris Smith and then of course Jason Falls I already spoke.

There is Tom Webster who is an old time podcasting dude, there was Joe Klein and of course the networking king, Bret Baum.  I would say his last name wrong but he’s on Twitter.  I made a lot of great friends this time.  Of course you’re going to interact, all these people we’re all in there we have the same kind of fire for this social media, for making content online, doing podcasting, video casting, blogging of course.

It’s pretty fantastic conference for me I had a great time.  I met a new friend his name is Crazy Mike.  He does apps too, Crazy Mike on Twitter.  Spent a lot of time walking around with him, Bret Baum introduced me to him to start out and we just became — you know how you start to end up hanging out with people.

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Besides the people I already mentioned, he was a new person.  Also Drew Bennett who is Ben Spark on Twitter.  He and I braved the waves at the Mandalay Bay.  They have a wave pool that actually makes a wave and so he and I went in there and sat in the waves for a while and talked social media, podcasting, blogging as we cut waves.  That will be a big memory of mine for a long time because I really enjoyed chatting with him about his podcast and what he does in social media and of course his day job.  He works in software for a medical company, I think that’s what he said I can’t exactly remember but we had a really good time.

And I missed a lot of my old friends.  I didn’t see Chris Brogan there he wasn’t there.  Gary Vaynerchuk.  I mean they’re not really my friends I guess but I know them online and I looked forward to seeing them at this thing.  Kind of a different feel to this conference, it’s gotten big.  They said they got like 5,000 people that’s what I heard but I heard it was really around 3,000 people that were there, which is a lot of people.

So I missed some of my old friends the Xtreme pod guys some of the other people, that I used to hang out with every year at this thing, are not going to it anymore, which is understandable.  Things change but it was a good, good experience.  I kind of put down some positives and negatives about the conference because I learn from attending the conference.  I’m usually the person behind the scenes working to put on a conference.

So it’s kind of neat for me to go and attend a conference and not be working.  I think it’s a really good idea for anyone in the conference business to hit a few conferences and actually check out what other people are doing.  Let’s get started with the beginning.

So the keynotes I’m going to just talk a little bit about the keynotes, what I thought about them.  Of course I didn’t catch everything I got there on Thursday so I kind of missed the first day.  The keynotes for me, the UnMarketing keynote at the beginning with a guy named Scott Stratton, he is called “UnMarketing” on Twitter.  This guy just nailed it.  He was prepared, he was really topical, he was funny, he had great tips; just a really good presenter.  I am really hoping I could talk to the guy for EventCamp and get him to come to speak at that camp in Chicago in February.

He just talked a lot about how passion makes a great blog, it’s not the frequency or the SEO tricks or games you can play on there to get more listeners.  He really was good and I think you can catch him still on their website, on the BlogWorld website so check that out.  Look up BlogWorld on Google I think you can see him on there, if not I think they’re selling the whole conference, which I’ll talk about a little bit later.

But the big takeway that I took away from his was a tweet that he sent out right after his keynote and it said “You know you gave it all in a seminar when you have to go change your clothes after.”  So I thought that was kind of funny.  The next keynote that I really enjoyed was “7 Harsh Realities of Blogging for Bucks” and that was with Darren Rowse, Sonya Simone and Brian Clark.

The three of them do copyblogger and problogger.  If you don’t read if you’re into the stuff social media, blogging, go check out their two blogs, copyblogger and problogger.  They just nailed it too.  They understood who the audience was first off and the BlogWorld community and they stuck a story as they went along.  They gave some amazing tips, the slides they had were good slides, they were images that told us what they were going to be talking about.  I really liked that and I’m going to actually include one of those on the blogpost that goes along with this podcast.

The big takeaway from them is that picture.  That picture they put, this is an audio podcast I’ll have to explain what it was.  It was being explaining what overwhelmed and it was little girl and she was being hit in the face with water from a hose.  It was a very cute little funny picture.  I’m probably going to steal it for presentations of my own but very very great great keynote.  Darren Rowse, Sonya Simone and Brian Clark, very top [00:09:50][Inaudible] very good.

So those two were fantastic I missed the other ones so I can’t talk about any of them.  But I’m going to watch them I bought all the sessions from the event with a little promo they had.  In fact if you want to buy them, you can go on the BlogWorld probably in a week and buy all the sessions.  I think it’s really worth it if you want to improve your online marketing, improve how you’re doing things on the Internet.

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These sessions were pretty amazing.  The gamut of them there was a hundred sessions so I bought the other day.  I got a deal on it because I was an attendee.  So look into that if you want.

Negatives.  They had other keynotes there that I felt was a little off topic and a little bit going after big names and it fell flat for me.  They had Mark Burnett.  Mark Burnett’s the guy who does “Survivor” on CBS, he was interviewed by Brian Solis.  I might be off about this, but I’m not sure what he has to do with blogs and social media.  It doesn’t really make sense to me why he was there.  I’m sure the digital aspect if they had gone into other things.

I actually know some people who work on “Survivor”, that they do some cool things.  They’ve come up with some stuff, they’ve done it 20 seasons of Survivor.  They’ve come up with some very cool like shooting and editing stuff that they do, that they’ve changed the whole dynamic but it really didn’t have anything to do with what this conference we’re at.

Another weird thing was when I went to sit down on my seat in The Mandalay, where I watched it, there was a flyer on every seat about Mark Burnett’s new show about Sarah Palin, it’s a new reality show.  It was Sarah Palin and that was a push for it and I felt like I had been sold to.  I had paid to learn I didn’t pay to be sold to.

Brian Solis, I’ve seen him speak before, I like him.  I get a weird feeling he’s at these things all the time and he reminds me of James Lipton.  That was going to be my big takeaway.  My big takeaway is, he reminds me of James Lipton.  The more I see him do interviews — how do I say this nicely?  Well, I won’t say it nicely.  He really can get his head up the interviewees’ butts pretty good.  He is a smart guy, very successful, he’s kind of a superstar.  Social media guy?  I don’t really know him I can’t say too much.  I’ve seen him speak, like I said, and he does a good job but he’s not my cuppa tea.

What is my cuppa tea?  I don’t know.  Anyway, this session to me, as my good friend Michael Reeves would say, it was a big yawn.  I walked out of it at the part where I couldn’t handle it anymore.

The second bad keynote was “The State of Digital Communications in Politics”.  It was a big yawner for me.  It was a lot of political crossfire.  There were too many people on stage.  My takeaway from that was, our government doesn’t know how to use social media.  Obviously Barack Obama does but the people that were on stage were from George Bush and Bill Clinton that spoke and there were some other people.

Some end up in my head but I don’t know why they were there.  Again, because they didn’t know and the lady who was the Republican, I’m blanking on her name right this second, but her whole thing was “Oh! I don’t understand any of this stuff and I call my young staffers in and I asked them what to do?”  Here’s someone on a campaign or part of the government, they don’t understand yet they’re at this conference that is all about social media and they just came in and spoke.  I don’t think they were hanging out at all.  So I would have to the thumbs down on that one.

“The Future of Internet Video”, this could have been a very cool keynote.  They have a lot of keynotes obviously as I’m reading these off, these were the big ones in the big general session room.  Susan Bratton interviewed the guy who started Funny or Die, an MTV Networks VP guy and the Revision 3 CEO.  Revision 3 is a company here in San Francisco that does a lot of online shows, one of the leaders in it.

But the session didn’t hit home for me because there were people who were mainstream.  Actually not the Revision3 guy but the other two were mainstream guys and it was “The Future of Internet Video”.  I don’t think they really did a good job talking about the future of Internet video.  I think they should have had people that were very successful or ready in video, be up there.

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A friend of mine Gary said, while we were sitting there, he said “I think this session is like tips on climbing Mount Everest” by three guys who took a helicopter to the top.  So I don’t really think I gained anything from listening to those speak, personally.  Maybe somebody else did there.  I think it is cool that Big Media is starting to get more and more involved with this stuff.

Having somebody from the Funny or Die talk about how cheap it is to do web video and how many views they get but then they have Will Ferrell doing it for free.  So they can do it for a couple thousand bucks they say.  But and looking at it too, I thought maybe they should’ve had some people up there that get tons and tons of views or just sitting at home with their webcams and they’re on YouTube and they’re making a living.  Those people too I think are more of what the people in the audience there, the attendees, wanted to see.  Again that’s my opinion.  Anyway let’s move on.

So the sessions, I can only talk about the session I went. There’re about a hundred sessions.  I want to say my top 3 sessions that I attended were, “The State of Webcasting” by Tom Webster.  Full disclosure, Tom Webster, real nice guy, a friend of mine, smart cat.  I’m kind of biased but he works for Edison Research and they’ve been keeping track of podcasting and the state of podcasting and video casting since 2006.  He did a study and he presented the stuff that they found about podcasting and online video, video blogs, vlogs, doing user-generated content stuff and it was really, really interesting.

He talked about the opportunities that are coming up, emerging online and video content in different distributions, demographics and what you should be looking at.  His presentation was really well thought out, he’s really funny and he’s really one of my favorite speakers.  I think I’d love to see him speak more.  Big takeaway he said “Do what Cortez did, burn the boat”.  When Cortez came in, first thing he did was burn all the boats so they couldn’t leave.  We’re not going back to the old ways so you want to commit to this stuff and burn your boats and commit to it.  I thought that was pretty fantastic.

The second one that I really enjoyed, personally again, was the live streaming one, “The How, The Why and The Future”.  This is probably the most beneficial session that I had.  I went there, in my head, wanting to learn more about live streaming.  I’m in the process of starting a live streaming studio, with a couple of partners, to do some online shows, to do some web streaming for clients and so this is one of the ones I really wanted to see.

The host of it was Kelly Louise, who does a geek brief TV I think it is or it just changed its name.  She’s this cute woman who talks about tech stuff.  She’s really good at her show but she isn’t great at running a panel.  They had some technical difficulties getting the stream to work, which hit home for me.  I think the people sitting around me wanted the how to do this and they didn’t really deliver as a panel, for the people around me.

I kind of already knew the technical side of it or I know a lot of it, more than the people there.  But after the session, it was really great to meet Colleen Kelly.  She helped build the TWiT 24-hour live streaming studio up in Petaluma, that’s near here.  I don’t know if you ever get the chance to look at TWiT TV, she built the whole system around it.  She now is an engineer at Google, I think doing the same thing.  I’m trying to get the Google now making some sort of a live stream thing.

Philip Nelson who was a fantastic person for me to meet because he works for this company that makes the TriCaster.  Which if you’re in a live streaming world, it’s that little switcher box that you can bring in and do your live stream and run in through that and switch cameras live and just fantastic thing, for changing the world for this live streaming.

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My background I have had shows where we’re bringing in a big satellite truck and we’re doing a satellite link to somebody else and doing this kind of stuff.  This TriCaster is this new cool cool way of live streaming, using a tool for live streaming.  I’d love to talk to anybody about that if they want to talk more.  I’m going to try and get Philip on the show.  Who else was there?  Also someone filming it also was there was Mike Rodden.  Mike Rodden is an executive producer down in LA.  He was actually just on the side, filming it, but they just kept talking to him.

He has a studio and he does Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show and many other shows down in Los Angeles.  His company is called I guess like Stupid Films or something but he’s a very very clever guy with the streaming.  It’s called Stupid For Movies that’s live on Thursdays.  I guess he does that.  He gave me a couple of different cards he’s an executive producer but the Kevin Pollack show is the one he does.

I learned a lot form them plus I was able to talk to them afterwards.  Make some connections that way and hopefully it will catapult my future into doing live streaming faster and maybe they can tell me some things some mistakes that I can avoid.  So great, great, great session for me, that was my second one.  My big takeaway from the live streaming is live streaming is the wild west right now.  It’s out there and open and there’s tons of — people aren’t really building streaming web things into their budgets but they’re going to have to soon so something to think about.

The third one was “This is Not Your Father’s YouTube” and this was the session of people that I thought at the keynote when they had the guys from Funny or Die.  These guys should have been at the front and I think they’ve already been interviewed before in the past.  Paul Colligan, paulcolligan.com you can see him, he’s a really great speaker.  He’s very passionate and very different, he’s a very good speaker though.  I know some people who don’t like him because he’s very opinionated too but he’s just really good so if you go check him out.

He was the moderator and then they had Andrew Barron of Rocketboom, who was one of the very first video — and Kent Nichols of Asken Ninja, very popular video podcast in the past.  Then they also had an agency person here from San Francisco, her name is Julie Perry.  She gave a nice view or perspective of what’s happening in the agency world.  They talked a lot about video and what’s happening now.

Again my big takeaway from that “This is Not Your Father’s YouTube” was get into web video now and start doing it because it is the hot thing.  People are watching more and more stuff on your computer and also with the new Google TV, which was a question I asked.  I asked them what do you think about the new Google TV and I won a prize actually for asking that question.  I won a cool little charger for my iPhone that I can bring along with me because my iPhone always dies.  It has a little extra battery pack and you plug it in and then you got power.  Cool, really cool.  That’s another reason why I really liked that session.

But get into it now, web video.  Very, very cool.  Very, very cool.  That’s what my big takeaway was.  Let’s move on because I think we’re getting very close to the end here since the music came on, on my recorder.

I want to back up and those were my three favorite shows and those are the positives and negatives about some of them.  Big takeaway for me was The Mandalay Bay was a fantastic place to have it.  It’s way better than the Las Vegas Convention Center.  It’s a neat nice casino.  Big, everything is condensed in one area, it was really, really nice.  I think they dropped the ball at having evening events far away from The Mandalay.

If you want to build the community, I feel personally, they should keep it all right there at The Mandalay Bay.  I was going to say that the one evening event that really was fun was the tech karaoke night.

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They did a tech karaoke night. It was at The Pearl at The Palms Hotel and Casino.  This Pearl venue and if you have a chance just check out this Pearl venue I really recommend it.  It’s basically for bands and there’s a dance floor at the bottom but it was just a very cool, cool, cool little venue.  Not that little actually but small, but they did tech karaoke they had a band on stage and the band would play.  Did the karaoke they played the music, really, really fun.  Really good time.

But I think that it’s a missed opportunity since they have stuff at the actual Mandalay so you wouldn’t have to go so it was kind of pain trying to get around in Vegas of course.  The big takeaway overall was BlogWorld, if you’re interested in social media in creating digital content, this is the place to go.  The hallway conversations that I had, and I know I missed all these people that I talked to there to mention, it made it worth it alone.

It recharges me it gets me excited about this stuff every year when I come back.  The last thing I want to talk about was the virtual aspect.  They had an awesome web stream of keynotes for everything.  So one day I missed the UnMarketing guy live.  I actually watched him from my hotel room and he was fantastic.  But I was getting ready in the morning and I watched it before I went.  You know as I was getting ready when I woke up in the morning and I turned it on and got to watch it.

They still have them on it if you want to go watch it and take a look.  You can buy all the sessions.  They videotaped all the sessions and you can buy all the sessions like a hundred sessions for a fee.  They also gave it to the attendees if they wanted to buy, which I think is great because it took a lot of pressure off me because I’m usually trying to run to get to every session I can because I want to make the money I spent on this worth it.

But then I could spend a little bit more time talking to people because I didn’t have to race off to the sessions because I could buy it afterward.  I can get it afterwards.  It was fifty bucks for me I think it was five hundred for the hundred if you didn’t attend, or something around there.  It’s kind of a big expense but if you want to increase your online presence, your company’s presence, marketing tips, doing better websites, doing better blogs, it is well worth it.

So that’s it.  I think that’s going to be the end of this.  So thank you so much for listening once again.  Please leave your comments, any kind of questions you can send them to meetingspodcast@gmail.com.  You can always call me on my cellphone 925-699-3190, I’m always happy to talk to anyone and I will see you next time.  So thank you so much, bye-bye.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the kind words.

    • Paul thanks so much for the time you spent making the YouTube session a great one.

      Mike

      • Yes, Mike — I echo Paul’s sentiment; we appreciate the positive feedback on the YouTube panel. I also enjoyed reading your honest opinions on the keynotes.
        Thanks,
        ~Julie Perry

        • Thanks Julie-
          I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I did really enjoy myself at Blogworld. I really enjoyed your perspective in the YouTube panel. I have heard both the other panelists speak and having your corporate perspective hit close to home for me. This panel should have been a keynote. It was clever and well executed. Did you have a particular session or keynote you enjoyed or benefited from the most?
          Thanks again
          mike

  2. Hey Mike,

    Great summary of Blogworld! I am glad to be one of those EventProfs people who finally found out about this great show. I think like you that the sessions seemed to have more value for learning than the keynotes, which were geared more towards entertainment, motivation, and star power. But for us bloggers, the star power and motivation was stronger in the sessions, whenever a top-notch blogger shared their inside tips and stories. And there were so many excellent sessions that I came away inspired.

    Thanks for being such a cool part of the welcoming committee. I’m glad we connected IRL and can put a face with your name!

  3. Hi Mike,

    I watched the ustream feed on the keynote sessions on Saturday and agree with your comments. The morning panel was great – funny and informative. And the closing panel – well, if you think it was disjointed in person, you should have seen the stream. I kept wondering who exactly hosting this panel and where does the female host come in?

    Great review!

    Alissa

    • Thanks Alissa-
      It really was a cluster. I think Blogworld is big enough to have some production help. So many content creators at heir disposal.

      How was the quality of the feed?

      Mike

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