Eventprofs turns 4 years old this coming Saturday. In 4 years it has seen a mention in Tim O’Reilly’s The Twitter Book, awards ceremonies for the industry’s best blogs, and a 24/7 stream of industry-related chatter…and then there’s the weekly chats. Have you missed those chats? I have. And so comes an announcement.
For over 2 years, Adrian Segar (@ASegar) has filled the spot of #eventprofs Community Manager. He has been instrumental in keeping the chats going – and, more importantly, being a champion for the community. On a personal note, I am immensely thankful to Adrian as he’s dedicated incredible time, effort and expertise into growing #eventprofs. It’s with great sadness that we see him step down from the position and leave a giant crater to fill.
After a call out to the community we saw a great number of wonderful members throw their hat in the ring for the title of Community Manager. And one person really shone.
This person has been with #eventprofs since Day 1. In fact, he was our very first chat moderator. He is a stalwart in the events industry. He holds 5, count ‘em, 5 professional industry certifications (CMP, CEM, CASE, CMM and CTA). Successful Meetings magazine bestowed him with their Convention Services Manager of the Year award and The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) proclaimed him a Future Leader of the Industry. We are honored to have Mr. Greg Ruby (@GregRuby) as our #eventprofs Community Manager for 2013.
We’re also thrilled to share that Carolyn Ray (@carolyn_ray) will be supporting Greg as #eventprofs Community Advocate. Carolyn brings great enthusiasm to the role…I guess that’s why she’s been touted as “The Enthusiastic Planner”. When she was a little girl, her mother bought her a copy of Meredith Brokaw’s Penny Whistle Party Planner. Little did she know that this book would be the beginning of an ever-growing passion for all things event related. Twenty-some years later, she was named one of Event Solutions Magazine’s Rising Stars. And over the past 8 years, Carolyn has been working on a wide range of events from parties to fundraisers, conferences to weddings and everything in between.
This Thursday, February 7th @ 12pm EST, Greg will chair our first #eventprofs chat of the year. The topic will be “Eventprofs – looking forward while honoring the past 4 years of community.” We hope that you’ll join us and help to shape a community whose single-minded goal is to grow and nurture the industry and those who serve it.
Also, if you haven’t already, please join:
Eventprofsjobs – a place to post and apply to event jobs
Event Market – a place to buy and sell used event goods
Eventprofs – a Facebook group for the community
What is #eventprofs (and everything else you wanted to know)
Yes, it’s been 2 weeks since my last post. I feel it would only be fitting if I was in a confessional right now. But, alas, I’m not – I’m sitting at my desk desperately trying to catch up on all of my work. So, instead of my normal post, I thought I’d share some ideas and news with you until I get back on track next week. Not to worry, dear reader, I promise to give you some interesting content to nosh on until we meet here again.
Like me, maybe you’ve been looking for a great task management system. Until recently, I was using Basecamp and hated it. Then, my client introduced Asana to me. It’s easy to create collaborative tasks, sync with your calendar, assign task responsibilities, even create followers…and the best part is that it’s 100% free. Perhaps I could schedule some blog writing time ;)
My friend, Julius Solaris of Event Manager Blog, has recently launched a WordPress template for called WordPress Event Theme and I’ve partnered with him to help promote this new tool.
It has everything an event manager would need: the ability to manage speakers, sessions, registrations, customize the design and it also works across devices (smart phones, tablets and PCs).
The cost is just $99 to use for unlimited events (or $149 with support). Purchase here.
This Thursday, I will be hosting an EventProfs chat at 12pm EST on How to get PR for your event/business. I will have some guest experts (including BizBash, Event Marketer Magazine and Plan Your Meetings) with me on the chat to answer your burning questions. Click the link to find out more about how to participate in an eventprofs chat.
I’m happy to share that I’ll be back in Chicago. This time, I’ll be speaking at Smart Mart in partnership with Smart Meetings magazine on May 24th at The Drake. Click here to register and find out more about the event.
I was very honored to hear that someone nominated my blog for the Canadian Event Industry Award’s Best Blog. If you’ve ever read a post and found it useful, meaningful or enjoyable, I would appreciate your support by voting for READY2SPARK here.
Please also take the time to vote for some other great Canadian talent, if you can.
(image via bjmccray)
A friend of mine had worked hard for years and overcame tremendous adversity to build a successful event planning business. Then, one day, her empire crumbled. An unexpected flood ravaged her city and her offices were under 9 feet of water. She lost almost everything – her cars, her offices, her manufacturing facility. She was utterly devastated. So, what do you do when your bricks and mortar are washed away? What do you do when most of your clients are facing the same situation as you…and your source of income disappears? What do you do when insurance companies are backed up with thousands of claims, just like yours? She turned to the one place that was ready and willing to help – the Search Foundation. They wrote a cheque to my friend to get her started on her road to recovery…because that’s what they do. They help event planners in need. If you’re not familiar with the foundation I encourage you to watch this video, created by the uber talented Brett Culp.
This holiday season, my client Maggie Speaks and I are partnering to raise funds for the Search Foundation. We have put together a fun holiday video built off of The 12 Days of Christmas and every time it’s tweeted, we will donate $10 to the foundation. So far, we’ve raised $850. We are trying to reach our cap of $1,000 – so help us get there. Simply tweet the link to the video using the hashtag #searchfoundation.
(please click here if you are unable to view the video)
This weekend I’ll be presenting 2 sessions at MPI WEC 2011 in Orlando, FL. I’m really excited about these two topics. A Brand New World will inspire event businesses to create a powerful brands (even in commoditized categories) that attract, engage and excite. Getting SMART About Social Media is not just another social media session. There will be no ‘how to build a facebook fan page’ or useless statistics thrown around. This session is focused on how to use social media to drive sales. Period.
I hope you come out to both sessions. I guarantee, whether you’re a newbie to branding & social media or a pro, you will learn great tools and ideas. Plus you’ll get a very special offer if you’re in my session (wink, wink).
Sunday, July 24, 2011 . 8:30am
Sunday, July 24, 2011 .
Will you be at MPI WEC 2011?
Last week, I spoke at an ISES Calgary chapter event about Social Media. One of the comments that an audience member made on why he was wary about using this media for his business was, “The moment I post something on my blog or Facebook page, my idea will be copied by my competitors.”
There’s no doubt that ideas are spread and adopted at record speeds. One only needs to look at the popularity of moustaches on a stick (an über popular trend for weddings I simply can’t wrap my mind around) to see this phenomenon in action. It takes but one person to plant an idea and only a few more to share it and ignite a trend that influences thousands.
Rather than see this as a negative, I hope to convince you that this is, in fact, a positive:
So, what do you think? Should ideas be shared? Should they be held back?
In case you missed the free Event Marketing 2.0 webinar last week, MeetingsNet has posted the archive here. (Please note that if you were not previously registered, you will need to register before you can launch the webinar.) I encourage anyone interested in using social media for your event marketing to listen.
It was truly a fantastic session. Lots of great questions and my co-presenters: Kate Slonaker of Cvent and Julius Solaris of The Event Manager Blog were fab to work with. You can also view the conversation around the webinar or by track it yourself using the #event2pt0 hashtag.
Enjoy! And, if you have any questions, I welcome you to email me.
PS – For further reading, check out Meetings Blog‘s recap of the webinar.