Social Media for Promotion and Networking at a Conference

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Many people start tweeting or posting once they arrive at a conference or convention. These mostly consist of messages like “I’m at the XYZ 2015 Conference. WOOT!” There’s not much value there for anyone else. This is the conference version showing us what you’re having for lunch.

A better use of social media for conferences is connecting with people before you arrive. You can create some awareness and interest for your business and services before anyone sets foot into the convention center by sharing information that is actually of value to your connections and potential connections.

My Social Geek Radio co-host Deb Evans and I recently aired an episode devoted to Social Media tips for conferences. Listen to it here and check out our list of top tips:

  1. Post some interesting info about the event or topics in the weeks leading up to event. Don’t wait until one week before the conference and Tweet “stop by booth 123 and see our stuff.”

  2. Encourage a Hashtag for the event. Connect with anyone who also uses it!

  3. Organize a Tweetup. Set it up on Tweetvite.com and promote that link with details across all of your social channels. Also, email the link with the invitation to your email list of potential attendees to the conference. A Tweetup may be an unintimidating way for first-timers to network.

  4. Create a Facebook Event for the conference or subset activities.

  5. Do a Google Hangout leading up to the event with other attendees and perhaps a speaker or panelist to discuss their session. Many people are interested in promoting their own session and would love the opportunity to connect before the conference.

What would you add?

IFA Tweetup 2015

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Just announced – The IFA Tweetup to kick off The 2015 International Franchise Association Convention.

Please stop by the 7th Annual IFA Tweetup on Saturday. Join us for some informal chats and network with franchise industry leaders.

Date: Saturday February 14

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: The West Wing lounge inside The MGM Grand Las Vegas

Click here to RSVP

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15 For ’15: Franchise Pros to Follow on Social

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If you’re involved in marketing, management, or sales for a franchise brand, I recommend connecting with these 15 industry professionals on any social channel and follow their updates.

These pros come from all areas including operations, sales, executive management, and more. They may work as franchisors or consultants or suppliers. However, they all have one thing in common: they share great ideas about franchising and other business topics every day on their social media channels.

Click their names to see their LinkedIn profiles. But be sure to dive deeper to see their blog, Tweets, Facebook page, YouTube channel, or listen to a podcast.

 

Jerry Darnell, CEO, Jerry Darnell & Associates

 

Deb Evans, President, Franchise Foundry

 

Stan Friedman, President, FRM Solutions

 

Matt Kelton, Chief Operating Officer, Showhomes

 

Susan King Glosby, VP of Operations, FIT4MOM

 

Brandi Kloostra, Vice President of Marketing, Service Brands International

 

Joel Libava, Franchise King

 

Brendan Major, Chief Strategist, Accelerated Digital Strategies

 

Tim Miller, VP Enterprise Sales, Yext

 

Lee Plave, Owner, Plave Koch

 

Paul Pickett, VP of Franchise Development, Wild Birds Unlimited

 

Paul Segreto, CEO, Franchise Foundry

 

Ryan Vaspra, SVP of Product and Operations, Sightly

 

Rachael Wachstein, Vice President, Content Marketing, Fishman PR

 

Clarissa Windham-Bradstock, CEO, Any Lab Test Now