Podcast Expo Keynote
(Note strange secret service guy on right)
After attending the Podcast Academy the next day the Podcast Expo started. It was my third year attending and I have to say the energy was much different. Seemed to be less excitment from the folks attending. The Expo in total is really great experience and if you are interested in podcasting or videocasting it is the place to be.
This year sadly I stayed in the city of Claremont because I waited too long to get a room. And since we have a Doubletree connection I was forced to stay at a Doubletree. (the Ontario Doubletree was sold out) this may be why I felt the energy was lower this year. I do think the move to Las Vegas next year is a good idea. The conference will have to grow with the times and Tim Bourquin has his finger on the pulse of this community.
Here are my highlights and lowlights of the expo.
New interview style keynote is fantastic. Tim is a great interviewer and he brought the best out of the speakers. Lowlights- Line of sight is bad with them sitting in such low couches. The ariwall removal to fit more folks gave it a strange feel. The weird secret service agent walking on the sides handing out envelopes. Where this was obviously a marketng ploy for this guy he stood in my way for a long time and he scared the lady next to me by giving her an envelope. Maybe a little security to punt bozos like this guy. (Note to Tim: I am happy to do this for you next year)
Highlights– Lots of cool booths. Of course the Tubemogul.com booth- what a great idea for measurement. Plus they are neighbors of mine in Berkeley.
Lowlights– Weird booth lady with enormous breasts who throws her leg on your shoulder. I dont know the company or what it does I was afraid of them. She looked pretty uncomfortable.
– The expo room seems too large, the little expo is lost in the cavernous room. Might be cool to pipe and drape the large areas so the booths on the ends don’t get lost in the expanse. We have done this in the past for events that dont grab as much attndance as when venue is secured. This would bring the walls in for a more intimate feel.
Keynotes- Loved them. Great format. Great guests. No downsides except the general session line of sight problems for the audience. Some sound issues but really great overall.
Susan Bratton – My favorite speaker. Not sure if this was the same Susan Brattan from the Association of Downloadable Media morning meeting but she sure made a transformation. Her session was fantastic. She dressed like a rockstar and performed like one. If you could not attend then check it out when they release the audio (video?) I took a chance watching her session because Franklin McMahon was speaking at the same time and I really enjoy him and his podcast. But his topic wasn’t something I needed to hear again. I heard he was also fantastic.
Grammar girl– Nice to see someone who is successful telling her story. She is a great speaker and I enjoyed her session. Make sure to catch it on the audio podcast. Actually I have the worst grammar I should subscribe to her podcast now! 🙂
Heidi Miller– Great talk on interviewing. Loved it! She is a great speaker
Kris Smith– This had the most audience participation and I learned a ton. Next year secret cameraman from Beachwalks with Rox do a session or tag team with Kris.
Lowlights– I cant comment on the lowlights because I just walked out of several sessions. One section I could not find anything that interested me. But I headed to the expo floor to explore. The ones I left gave me boring delivery, terrible slides and really not attacking the purpose of the talks
Panels– I am not sure but the panels never seem to work for me. I just read that they are not having them next year which I think is a great idea. Maybe panels could be like meetups afterwards or before. Little adds on like Paul Cooligans Profitable podcasting meetup (just an idea) I really enjoyed that Meetup and that Cooligan is a informative loudmouth. Really smart guy. I enjoy listening to him.
I liked the idea of including Secondlife- I attended the panel but again I don’t think the panels work. Maybe just having one of them speak about it. Like CC Chapman who has the passion to pull it off.
Parties & stuff
Podshow party– I enjoyed meeting Adam Curry. He is a nice man and it was nice he made the effort to come to the Expo. Or did he go to the expo? I am confused still why they arent involved more with the expo more. Seems like a no brainer. But he has to be doing something right becasue of all the funding Podshow recieves. One funny thing, I saw many Ex-podshow people who are alot more friendly these days that they aren’t part of Podshow. If you watch the last installment of Dawn and Drew TV you can probably see why. I also talked with Drew Dombkus for a bit. Really great guy. And of course the Extremepods.com guys were in full party mode.
Concert- This is a great idea. I was surprised how good it sounded. Room is way too big for such a small stage though. Could have used a 1/4 of the room. But it was a lot of fun. Talented acts.
French Maid TV/Culture Catch party/podcast awards- I went into LA to see Bill Mahers HBO show so I missed it. I did see the awards show via Ustream which was fun to be able to see. The comments were horrible in the accompanying chat. Some mean folks out there.
Libsyn Party (Wizard)– Man times have changed. No painted nude girls, no strange tent set up on the bed witha video camera pointed towards it, the party was broken up early. Generally it was nice to see all the folks but it felt like High School. What I remember of High School parties. (man I am getting ancient)
Marriott Bar- Sadly, I spent no time in the bar. I logged one drink n the bar. Maybe this is why I felt less energy. I usually meet a ton of folks in the Marriott bar but since I was in Claremont I didn’t want to drink. Hence staying away from the bars is a good idea for me and my Irish blood. But I read the twitters from my cell phone and it sounds like that was the place to be! What will be the bar of choice next year.
Again the energy seemed a little off this year but it might have just been me. I have a stack of business cards to go through which is always great to reconnect. I look forward to a trip to veg
as next year. Being in the event/meetings business I only get down there well 900 times each year. I wish Tim & Emil the best of luck next year I had a great time and learned a ton.