14 Online eCommunity Options For Your Next Annual Meeting

Online conference eCommunities were the rage in 2009 Did you offer one for your annual meeting attendees? I did. So what are they? Online eCommunities are virtual communities of people that primarily interact via the Internet for social, professional, educational or other purposes. Online Conference eCommunities have become a supplemental form of communication between people who are attending the same conference. The registrants of the face-to-face event use special online social software to … [Read more...]

Using Social Media To Listen To Your Conference Attendees

Today, StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening, is celebrating the National Day Of Listening. In honor of the National Day Of Listening, consider how you listen to your conference attendees onsite, during the conference? We’ve all experienced it. The hallways of the conference are buzzing with chatter about the event. Attendees are discussing what’s working, what isn’t, why the organizers planned it this way, what … [Read more...]

Meetings And Events As Systems Thinking: The Community Ecosystem

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Recently I wrote Meetings And Events As Systems Thinking: The Contact Sport. I talked about viewing each meeting or event within the larger context of a system using the analogy of a sports season. Here’s another way to think about your annual conference, event or meeting: part of a community ecosystem. An ecosystem (or ecological system) is a collection of organisms and the environment in which they live. Ecosystems contain dynamic interactions between plants, animals, microorganisms … [Read more...]

Meetings And Events As Systems Thinking: The Contact Sport

One of my favorite bloggers, Valeria Maltoni, has an interesting article on Marketing As Systems Thinking. Valeria says social media and relationships are contact sports. Wow, that’s a powerful analogy. If social media and relationships are contact sports, then conferences, meetings and events are the athletic fields, gymnasiums and playgrounds for player-to-player and player-to-object contact. Sometimes, the conference organizers define the rules of the game. Sometimes the audience makes … [Read more...]

How Do I Keep Up With Great Content? MyAlltop!

I admit it. I’m an information junkie. ["Hi, Jeff," the Information Junkie Anonymous crowd says in unison.] I’m a life-long learner that loves to devour new information from a variety of resources. I guess that’s why education was one of my degrees in college. [Yes, one of them.] I read a lot. I mean a whole lot. I read stuff about things that help me grow in my profession. And I read stuff that has nothing to do with my profession. That’s often how I get some of my best ideas is reading … [Read more...]

6 More Elements Of The Social Media Mindset

Have you read Rajesh Setty's 12 Elements of the Social Media Mindset? Rajesh says that it's important to understand the "social" aspects of social media. He states,  "...that 'social' is what sets it apart from other media." He then lists 12 elements "that you can focus on to build the right mindset for participating and succeeding with social media." He proceeds to list and describe these 12 elements that all begin with the letter "C." Here are his 12 … [Read more...]

Buzz 2009 Hive Waggle Dance For Meeting Planners: The Living Conference

Did you hear the Buzz July 9, 2009? Did you hear about "The Living Conference?" And no it wasn’t the hornet’s nest that I poked this time. It was the Buzz 2009 association leaders (not social media strategists) pollinating new social media fields. Yes, those assocaiation leaders even stepped right into our meeting and event flowerbox this time. That’s right, 70 nonprofit association leaders had gathered in Washington, DC to hear some big name thought leaders like GasPedal’s Andy Sernovitz , … [Read more...]

My #FollowFriday 6/19/09 Video

Here are my ten Twitter #FollowFriday recommendations for June 19, 2009. Watch and enjoy. Beth Kanter @kanter - Great nonprofit and fundraising resource for associations, organizations and charities alike. She provides a wealth of content and information on how to integrate social media strategies through her blog and Twitter. Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media John Haydon @johnhaydon - Another must-follow blogger and social media specialist that provides a wealth of resources … [Read more...]