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Top 10 Things to Do at BWENY: 5 Places for Good Eats

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So you’re crazy busy getting packed and ready to hit BlogWorld (or maybe you’re already in NYC). Once you’re here you have to eat, right? Well we’ve got plenty of great restaurants with fantastic discounts on the Top 10 Things to Do at BlogWorld mobile site, so you can access it on the go while you’re walking in the city. Take a minute to look at http://bwetop10.mobi powered by Network Solutions and dotMobi.

44 ½ Hell’s Kitchen – Looking for a cocktail and delicious dinner close to the Javits Stop in at 44 ½ in Hell’s Kitchen. With their lively, yet intimate bar and extensive menu, 44 ½ is the perfect place to unwind. Show your Blog World Badge to receive a complimentary fallen chocolate soufflé with dinner or a blood orange margarita on the rocks for $10 (regular $14).

Lugo Caffe – Located right across from Penn Station, Lugo Caffé is the perfect place for socializing and sharing authentic Italian food and drink. Such specialties as grilled pizzas, homemade pastas, salumi and formaggi will refuel you for the evening after a fun day at BlogWorld. Receive 10% off your final purchase with your coupon from their mobile site.

Merilu Pizza – New York City’s Pizza is renowned, and you can’t leave without grabbing a slice. Merilu and her four children vowed to take pizza to a new level at Merilu Pizza. Their long, rectangular pies with to-die-for crust are a vehicle for only the freshest of ingredients. Don’t miss it, and check out their coupon for a number of specials that will leave you satiated.

Sullivan Street Bakery – Sullivan Street Bakery offers not just bread but also savory Roman-style pizzas, rustic Italian pastries and cookies. Jim Lahey’s simple, rustic bread has hit on something important: Bread is more than bread. It reaches all the way from the belly to the soul. Our coupon will earn you 25% off with your BlogWorld Badge.

Making the most of BEA @ BWENY

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… by Ellen Gerstein

If you are attending BlogWorld NY at the Javits Center this week, you may not be familiar with the other conference that is co-located with BWE – Book Expo America.

BEA (as those in the trade call it) is the largest convention of people in the book trade in North America. I’ve worked in publishing all my adult life, making this my 206th BookExpo, give or take. As such, I am uniquely qualified to give you the 411 on how to make the most of your BookExpo experience.

1. When you walk into the BEA hall, you’ll see a huge show floor packed with representatives from publishing houses of all sizes, wholesalers, packagers and others who serve the book trade. The best thing you can do is to check out the floor map and see what booths you want to visit and make a plan to hit them in rapid succession. You may not know who Random House publishes, but their exhibit description lists imprints and key authors. Take it all in when you make your plan.

2. In many booths, you will see books. Huge overwhelming stacks of books in many cases. One of the primary purposes of BEA is for publishers to raise awareness of recently published and upcoming books. If you see a stack of books on the aisle, most likely they are for the taking. Sometimes they are on a table or against a wall. They are intended to be promotional copies for attendees to bring home. Know that it never hurts to ask someone working the booth if you can take a book just to be sure. I’ve had people climb over me to open cabinets to take books marked FOR DISPLAY ONLY. Don’t be that person.

3. You may pick up a book that doesn’t look totally like a finished book and is called an “ARC” -this stands for advance reading copy. That means the book isn’t published yet but will be out later in the year. The publication date is usually on the back of the galley. You don’t want to write about the book too far before the publication date, so make sure you take note of the date or ask for someone in publicity to double check ideally when your review should run.

4. BEA has many scheduled book signings. There are 3 types of signings. In-booth autographing sessions take place in publishers booths. Schedules are sometimes in the BEA guide, but if you know your favorite author writes for, say, Hyperion, you may want to stop by their booth sometime on Tuesday to see what’s going on during the show. There are some really good signings that only take place in publishers booths so definitely don’t discount them.

There are also book signings in the official autographing area. For some, you get on a line slightly before the appointed time and wait. For others, you need to get a ticket – these are the more celebrity oriented authors. Tickets are available for signings same day starting at 7am. You can find more information about both types of autographing sessions on the BEA site.

5. Having access to all the books you could possibly ever want can be an overwhelming experience…for your arms and shoulder muscles. Be aware that you are going to have to lug all these books around ALL DAY. Think before you grab – a lesson I have to remind myself every year. Do I *really* want this book? Is my friend sure to love it? If you can’t resist, BEA does maintain a bag check area where for a small fee you can stow your loot.

6. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, if you regularly review or write about books on your blog, ask to get the card of someone in publicity or marketing so you can send them links to your blog. BEA is a great opportunity to build relationships with those in publishing that will definitely pay off for you in the long run. The one thing we all have in common on the BEA show floor is a love of books. Share yours with everyone you can find. Let the exhibitors know you are from BlogWorld – the more these two conferences can learn about each other, the better.

I hope this helps you make the most of whatever time you are able to spend on the BEA floor. For those who are also BEA veterans, are there other tips you can share? What are you most excited about seeing at BEA?

Ellen Gerstein is the Director of Marketing at John Wiley & Sons, the global publisher located in Hoboken, NJ. Her personal blog is Confessions of IT Girl.

Get Your Blog Ready for BlogWorld New York

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You’re probably going to this week’s BlogWorld NY to meet people, to forge new links for your business, to put yourself “on display”, or a mix of all the above. Before you head in to the Convention Center, you’ll probably check yourself out in the mirror, making sure you’re at your best.

Have you done the same for your online presence?

Just before you get on your flight to BlogWorld, take five minutes to look over what everyone else will check out once they’ve met you. The first impression in the real world counts, but so does the first impression in the online world. Are you making the best use of that first moment?

 

Let’s start with your blog. If it’s not frequently updated, now is the time to put up a fresh post. My own blog is more a map to my other activities around the web, but in advance of BlogWorld, I’ve put up a short post saying that I’ll be at the conference, the best way to get in touch with me while I’m at the conference, and what I’m looking for while in New York to start the ball rolling before I even land..

It also has a recent picture of me, so people who do want to find me know what to look out for. That might not be as important to me (after all, “look for the kilt” isn’t going to turn up too many false positives)

Next up is my Twitter account, and specifically the main web page. Is the background showing what I want to show, is my avatar reflecting what I want it to reflect, and will it match with what people see after they meet me? I think it does. And is the 140 character bio still suitable?

To a certain extent the same goes for Facebook. Depending on your privacy settings you might want to keep your timeline clear of any pictures from a late night in Dusseldorf with a Maltese pop star (ask me over a pint, I might tell you then). If you’re going to be hitting the social scene at BlogWorld, keep an eye out for the tagged photo that causes mayhem. One trick you might like to employ is to create a “banner image” at the top of your profile that uses all five images to create one image (how to do this? Shane Richmond has the details). Striking and discrete at the same time.

Finally, and the one that quite a few people forget about, is LinkedIn. This is much more business-like and always feels like a “living CV” to me, but it’s one of the largest social networks out there. I’ve always got a handful of projects going at any one time, and it’s always good to make sure everything is up to date in LinkedIn with those achievements.

An event like BlogWorld for me is about making initial meetings and starting relationships – it’s one of the big reasons that I don;t mind doing a four day transatlantic trip. I want to make an impression on all fronts, and to make sure that people who want to meet me, and perhaps work with me in the future, are getting the true story no matter where they turn.

So cast an eye over your online presence – even if it’s just in the departures lounge of the airport. There’s always room for improvement!

5 Tips to Crowd Source Photos and Videos from Your Next Event

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Aggregating photos from any well-attended event can be a huge headache – you can either hunt and peck through various photo streams or rely on post-event email attachments. Skip the hassle by setting up an Event site so your attendees can submit photos in real-time. Here are five tips to get you started:

  1. Keep it simple

    When it comes to group sharing, simplicity is king. It doesn’t get much simpler than Posterous for the iPhone. Attendees don’t need to remember a hash tag or a url. They just download the app and your event site automatically appears through the magic of geolocation.

    Because not everyone has an iPhone, you should also allow posting by email. With Posterous, it’s as simple as sending an email to youreventsitename@posterous.com.

  2. Don’t shut out virtual attendees

    Encourage those who can’t attend to sign up to receive daily summaries of all submitted posts via email. This is a great way to boost off site engagement for any event.

  3. Unleash the full Twitterati

    Want more Twitter buzz? Set up autoposting to your event’s Twitter account. You can even automatically adding a Twitter hashtag to all contributed posts. See how the BlogWorld Event site has done it.

  4. Go beyond photos

    Photos are the eye candy of the Web, but videos add depth and reveal your event’s true flavor. Encourage your audience to take video clips and submit them directly from Posterous for the iPhone or via email.

  5. Give them a slideshow

    Don’t force your audience to scroll through page after page of posts to see what has been submitted. Take advantage of the built-in slideshow feature on all Posterous event sites and display your event photos live during the event or send out as a link in a post-event email.

    Try it yourself by downloading Posterous for the iPhone and submitting a few photos to the official BlogWorld Event Site. Or just email them in to blogworld@posterous.com.

    Questions about setting up an event site? Want to share your new product ideas? Or maybe just want to win a Posterous Snuggie? Come visit us at Booth #401.

    Posterous is a publishing platform for sharing text, photos, videos, documents with a public or private audience. Posting couldn’t be any simpler. You can get started by posting via email or by posting with our iPhone and Android apps.

BlogWorld East 2011: A Few Things You Should Know

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At this time next week, BlogWorld NY, our first event outside of Las Vegas, will be over. If all goes as planned, a good time will be had by all. If you attended BlogWorld in the past, #BWENY is a bit different. If you’re new to our conference, you can still expect the same excellent content and networking, but there are going to be changes from what you’ve read about or heard from previous years.

  • Jacob Javits Center: The Javits Center isn’t in a hotel and the hotels aren’t across the street. There are several in walking distance – usually a ten to fifteen minutes – or you can cab it or take advantage of  New York City’s excellent public transportation system. The Javits Center is huge and we’ll only be using a small part of it. There’s a food court in the building and if you have a full access pass, lunch tickets are on us. There’s also a Starbucks for your caffeine fix. If we’re lucky, maybe some of NYC’s wonderful food trucks will show up at lunch time as well.  BWENY is on the lowest level, but registration is just upstairs right before the escalator. The Javits Center isn’t as intimate or warm as the Mandalay Bay last year, but we have faith it will still work out well for all of us. The experience is what we make of it.
  • Book Expo: So we’re co-located with Book Expo. This means any of our pass holders can visit. Before you bring your shopping bags and go on a book-grabbing frenzy, keep in mind that it won’t reflect very well on our community as a whole if everyone enters en masse and starts grabbing swag.  (And we’d like to be welcomed back  with open arms.) Just like you would at BlogWorld, take some time to learn who you’re talking to and what they do. Have a conversation  and if a book you like is up for grabs, enjoy. Make it more about the contacts than the books, and if all goes well you’ll walk away with some reading material and a few important relationships.  If you have a pass for Book Expo, you’re welcome to attend BlogWorld as well. Your pass covers our exhibits, but if you want to check out the sessions you’ll have to purchase an upgrade.
  • Speakers: All speakers MUST check in to the Speaker Ready Room at least an hour before your presentation. Bring the flash drive with your presentation so we can test it out on our equipment.
  • There’s an app for that – Our interactive SCHED is also a mobile site. We may have to make a couple of tweaks over the next day or so, but it should be ready by showtime.  Use this link to access our schedule and SCHED’s servers will hook you up to the mobile site.
  • Kids: Here is our policy regarding children and age requirements:

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Due to the professional nature of this show, show management discourages you from bringing children or infants to this event. If you must bring your child/infant, please be aware that strollers are not allowed in any show or conference areas (infants must be carried) and it is respectfully requested that children are kept at their caregiver’s side at all times. In the conference programs, if your child cannot sit quietly throughout, it is requested that you do not attend sessions. Please note that once a child is 12 years old or above, full registration fees will apply and a badge is required. Children and infants will NOT be admitted to the evening receptions due to alcohol policies, only those 21 years of age or older will be admitted.

Also, it’s important to note that some of our speakers use language that’s not appropriate for kids.

  • Shuttle Busses: There is shuttle bus service to and from our  official hotels: The schedule is as follows:

SHUTTLE ROUTES 1-4
INBOUND TO JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER RETURN TO HOTELS
Monday 7:00AM – 10:00AM 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Tuesday 7:00AM – 10:00AM 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Wednesday 7:00AM – 10:00AM 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Thursday 7:00AM – 10:00AM 2:00PM – 6:00PM
SERVICE IS PROVIDED EVERY 10-25 MINUTES

FOR SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSPORTATION,
PLEASE CALL             201-725-5295

Accessible equipment is available during scheduled shuttle hours. Please request service at least 60 minutes in advance of desired pick up time.


  • Suitcasing:  We don’t take too kindly to suitcasing. This is when you don’t buy a booth or sponsorship but you bring all your swag and promotional materials to BlogWorld anyway and hand it out or pitch in the hallways. It’s akin to stealing and if we catch you, you’re outtathere. Don’t be afraid to call out anyone you see suitcasing.
  • Streaming and Taping: We’ll be streaming our live keynotes  for all to see and audio taping our sessions for our virtual ticket. We’re often asked if speakers and attendees can videotape sessions and our answer is “yes.” We’re the Grateful Dead of conferences. We don’t mind if you videotape sessions as long as you’re not profiting from them.
  • Please don’t leave your gadgets and important stuff unattended: We love New York City, but there have been reports of items going missing at the Javits Center. Keep your stuff close.
  • We have a forum: We love our community and nothing gives us more pleasure than watching you all intereact and grow. In addition to hanging out on Twitter and Facebook, we also have a brand new forum. We’d love it if you could keep the community spirit going both online and off. Share your experiences for those who couldn’t attend, and ask questions about #BWENY (and anything else on your mind)  so we can all help.
  • Surveys: I’m happy to report that we’ll no longer have paper surveys waiting for you outside of the session rooms. Instead, your badge will be scanned as you enter each classroom, and at the end of the day you’ll receive an email requesting your feedback on each session. This is extremely important to us. Without your feedback we don’t know how you feel about the speakers, the content and our event on a whole.  The surveys will only take a few seconds each to fill out and we truly appreciate your help.
  • Hallways and sessions: There’s some good networking happening in the hallways, for sure.  Please don’t forget the sessions. Let’s support our speakers for being so giving of their time by attending the sessions. And speakers, don’t forget to support your fellow speakers by attending their sessions as well. Hallway networking rocks, but the learning is top notch.
  • Exhibits: Please be sure to visit the exhibit hall and support our sponsors and exhibitors. It’s through their support (and yours) that we’re able to keep BlogWorld going. On Thursday, May 26th, there will be a networking reception from 12:30 to 2:30 on the exhibit floor, lunch and libation will be served and all badge holders are welcome.
  • Step up to the mic: At the end of each session is a 15 minute Q&A. Our speakers love the opportunity to interact with attendees. If you have a question for a speaker, please remember to step up to the mic in the center of the room.  We record our sessions for the virtual ticket, and our virtual attendees won’t hear your questions if you don’t step up to the mic.
  • Speak, don’t sell: At BlogWorld we have a mantra: Sessions are for teaching, booths are for selling. Speakers are never to be pitchy and we hereby invite all attendees to heckle any speaker who turns a session into a sale pitch. We’re proud of our content and understand attendees paid a lot of money to learn. Don’t be afraid to call a speaker out on his or her selling.

We’re on our way

The BlogWorld team is on their way to NYC today to get set up for BlogWorld New York and we can’t wait.  If you have any questions or tips to share with new members of our community, ask away.  If you see us in the hallways, parties, exhibit halls or networking events, please say hello. We’re interested in learning more about you and what you think of BlogWorld.

P. S. The weather in NYC this week will be in the 80’s with a chance of thunderstorms each day. Dress for the weather but bring a sweater for the air conditioning and an umbrella for the rain.

Cheers!

We’ve Got NYC Covered!

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Visit the BlogWorld Top 10 Things To Do mobile website for great tips and fantastic discounts at BlogWorld NY! (Scan the QR Code to Check-out Discounts on Restaurants, Lounges, Pizzeria, and Entertainment around the Javits Center).

Madame Tussauds:
Have your picture taken with the stars at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. From Barack Obama to Brad Pitt, it will be a visit you won’t forget. This is New York, after all! It’s buy one get one free with your BlogWorld discount.

Midtown Comics:
From comic books to action figures to T-shirts and cards, Midtown Comics has it all. Visit the Midtown Comics mobile site to redeem a coupon of 20% off any item in store or online during the conference at any of their three locations.

Sister Act on Broadway:
What would New York be without Broadway? Spend the evening on Times Square and catch Sister Act, based on the hilarious movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. Enjoy discounts on tickets all week using the BlogWorld mobile site.

Bis.Co.Latte:
Start your day with a delicious coffee from Bis.Co.Latte. A mile up the street from the Javits Center, Bis.Co.Latte offers a unique continental breakfast with a variety of house-baked items, including 60 varieties of signature biscotti available in vegan, wheat and sugar-free. Present your BlogWorld coupon to receive a free biscotti with any purchase.

Stitch NYC:
With their appetizers, red and white sangria, draft beers and signature cocktails, you’re guaranteed a fun evening ahead of you. Show your BlogWorld Badge to receive 10% off of your final bill. Stitch is located conveniently to the Javits Center.

Shaping the Future of Curation

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Session Title: The Future of Content Curation
Speakers: Steve Rosenbaum, Eric Hippeau, Francine Hardaway, Ed Lamblet
Date: Thursday May 26
Time: 11:30AM
Location: Jacob Javits Center 1A18

… by Francine Hardaway

“Information overload” is an inherent part of the daily experience for most of us – especially online. The web has disintermediated the flow of information, making it easy for anyone to easily receive and share news, videos, comments, and other content. This means that most of us get more information than we actually need – or want. We no longer have to look for information – instead we have to sort through it. It’s as bad as looking through a shoebox of receipts at tax time trying to figure out what’s actually useful in filing that 1040.

Sorting through this abundance – curating it – can streamline the way we interact with content, helping us see more of what we want and less of what’s irrelevant or repetitive. But how to curate, or whom to trust with that job? Twitter, Facebook, and other online sources fill our screens with content from sources we’ve chosen – but how do we filter through that content to help us find what matters?

Social feeds alone clearly don’t do the job. Algorithms, like those powering Zite or My6Sense, show a glimmer at one way; semantics offer another. Individuals, like Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture or Robert Scoble, or traditional sources like The New York Times – people and sources can get us closer to what we want, but how do we bring them together? Services that cull content from people and sources, and filter it by topics might be the answer because they let YOU – with your own unique preferences and interests – be a curator…your own “Editor in Chief.” As Forbes says of Paper.li, the best-known of those services:

In its own simple way Paper.li makes anyone a publisher of news and interesting information, and they don’t have to write a single word. It’s why celebrities and their fans already like the service–newspapers published by celebrities like Stephen Fry can get more than a hundred thousand hits each time, according to Pols. Groups, and even towns are getting in on the act.

How will widespread adoption of curation services change the way we get – and share – the information we care about? Join three people shaping the future of curation – Eric Hippeau, former CEO of the Huffington Post, Magnify (and “Curation Nation”) leader Steven Rosenbaum, and Paper.li co-founder Edouard Lambelet for The Future of Content Curation, a panel I’ll moderate at BlogWorld on Thursday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. in room 1A18. Bring your questions and your thoughts on curation – whether you do it or learn from sources that do – and how it will affect the news you get and the way you filter through the noise.

Francine Hardaway, Ph.D., is an experienced marketing strategist with special expertise in startup companies. As a partner in Stealthmode Partners, she has helped package and secure funding for many early-stage technology companies. She has created positioning and marketing strategies for dozens of companies growth companies (from startup to IPO to maturity). Stealthmode Partners runs the popular FastTrac programs in metropolitan Phoenix. Follower her on Twitter @hardaway.

How Blogging is Changing the Financial Services Landscape

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Session Title: How Blogging in Financial Services is Helping Investors Achieve More
Speaker: Stephanie Sammons
Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: Jacob Javits Center 1A14

Blogging is making major inroads into the world of financial services. Major financial services firms, financial advisors, and even individual investors are leveraging blogging to share information, knowledge, ideas, and insights. They’re also successfully building connections and community in the process.

Although the financial services industry is heavily regulated and has suffered yet another credibility crises, blogging and social media are redefining the rules for investors, financial professionals, and financial services firms. Investors can greatly benefit from the information and expertise that is being shared and disclosed while firms and professionals can better position for success within their target markets through blogging.

I hope you’ll join me to learn more about the current landscape, trends, opportunities and challenges in the financial services world, and how blogging is successfully being integrated into the industry. Whether you’re an individual investor, financial professional, business owner, or someone who manages the family finances, you will learn how to benefit and capitalize on the “blogging in financial services” revolution!

Stephanie Sammons is Founder/CEO of Wired Advisor, a turnkey blogging and social media marketing platform for financial advisors and financial services firms. Stephanie has extensive leadership and training experience in financial services marketing with over 15 years at global financial services firms. As CEO of Wired Advisor, she is empowering financial professionals to build online influence by engaging niche communities around their unique thought leadership insights on navigating the financial opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @stephsammons and also subscribe to her insights, tips, and updates for professionals from her personal blog at www.stephaniesammons.com.

The Need for Speed–How to 118 Pitch Your Blog

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… by Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, Best-Selling Author, Change Agent and Sometime Cowboy

Now more than ever, technology makes everything move faster and increases the need for speed and immediate relevance in pitching. At BlogWorld East, where bloggers will unite, how will you be the treasured story in a book of empty words?

The answer—the 118 Pitch. It’s a concept—a SKILL–I promote in my book, “The Mirror Test”. The 118 pitch is the 21st century version of what some people still call the elevator pitch, an out-of-date name for the worthy idea of selling–yourself, a concept, your business, your blog—in the span of an elevator ride. It comes from the 118 seconds you actually have to pitch: 8 seconds to hook me (the average attention span of an adult) and up to 110 seconds (the average elevator ride in New York) to drive it home – less than two minutes with only seconds to spare.

Before you arrive at BlogWorld, take few minutes to get your 118 ready. Spend some time thinking though it.

Key points to keep in mind:

• Clearly identify who you are to your “listener”.
• Concisely tell them about your unique value proposition.
• Sell it! (Why should anyone follow your blog??)

Now create your 118 pitch. Think about what would catch YOUR attention. Craft phrases so that they stir interest. Your 118 pitch will more likely be remembered when the listener returns home after the conference.

Here’s a great example and winner of The 118 Contest we did last year.

For more inspiration writing your 118 pitch, visit our website at 118pitch.com.

Now, practice it in front of the mirror, your dog, your next door neighbor. Say it with confidence. If you don’t believe it, who will!

You’re ready, let’s do it. Get out there and deliver your blog’s 118 pitch to everyone you meet at BlogWorld!

JEFFREY W. HAYZLETT is an award-winning executive who received great notoriety during his tenure at Eastman Kodak Company, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Vice President. Since leaving Kodak, he has put his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures that blend his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess and affinity for Social Media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling book, “The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing?” and one of the most compelling figures in global business.

Dubbed “The Celebrity CMO” by Forbes Magazine, Jeffrey has successfully leveraged multiple media appearances, including CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Fox Business News, and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role as a change agent. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance and brand building.

Lessons and Winners from Our First #BWEchat

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Last night, we tried something different – we held a Twitter chat using the hashtag #BWEchat to answer questions, help attendees meet one another, and share BlogWorld tips. The response was overwhelming! I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but we had checked at 8 PM and the news about #BWEchat had already reached over 86,000 people. And that was before it even officially started. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated. It was a lot of fun!

We gave out some free BlogWorld passes during the chat, so today I wanted to share the list of winners – and I thought it would be fun to also share some of the things these people tweeted during the chat! Without further ado:

Our 2-Day Pass Winners:

Two-day passes were awarded to people who correctly answered trivia questions from Rick and Dave. It was a lot of fun to play along! Here are the two pass winners:

@mami2mommy (aka Jennifer from Mami 2 Mommy)

Even the folks that are from NY look like tourists b/c we are still amazed what the city has to offer! 🙂

I asked everyone for their best tips about New York City and what to do while in town, and I think Jennifer hit the nail on the head with this one! The city has so much to offer – enjoy the conference, but if you’re still planning, think about spending an extra day or two in town to take in some of the sites. Even if you’re from New York, take an extra day or two off every so often to be a tourist!

@maggielmcg (aka Maggie from Mizz Information)

Anyone know how AT&T service is in NYC? There is NONE in Vegas–iPad/iPhone both were totally useless the whole time.

I wanted to highlight this post from Maggie for an important reason – at a conference like BlogWorld, where so many people are all posting, tweets, etc., it is important to ensure that your work tools are going to work. Are you prepared in case there isn’t wireless Internet at your hotel? Do you have an extension cord or power strip should you need it? Can you charge on the go? Did you bring enough batteries for your camera? Make sure you can work if you want to…before you leave so you can avoid spending top dollar in New York to buy extra pieces you didn’t bring.

Our 1-Day Pass Winners:

We pulled random passes for one-day winners. Originally, we only had two passes to give away, but during the trivia for the two-day passes, we had someone who was so close to winning that we gave him a pass too! Here are the three winners:

@Caraizzle (aka Cara from 25 Hours in a Day)

Tip for Speakers- If you have slides, don’t read off them! We can read them on our own

This is a great tip – I’m someone who actually likes slide presentations because I think they keep sessions on track, but they shouldn’t be a transcript of what you you’re saying. If you’re going to use slides, make them interesting and remember that everyone in the audience is capable of reading.

@7onashoestring (aka Staci from 7 on a Shoestring)

There is so much to learn! Aaaahhhh! 🙂

This was pretty much my response the first time I went to BlogWorld. Prepared to be overwhelmed. There’s more to see and do during this conference than a team of three people could see and do, so realize that you’re just one person and relax. Before you leave for BlogWorld, do some research and create a schedule for yourself so you’re able to attend the sessions and networking parties most important to you. Don’t try to be everywhere at once, though. You’ll just look like a crazy person (like me last year!).

@adrianchilders (aka Adrian from AdrianChilders.com)

For me the most value comes at the mixers and after parties RT @blogworldexpo: What are you most excited for at BlogWorld NY?

I have to agree with Adrian. The sessions are AMAZING. The keynotes are AMAZING. The exhibits are AMAZING…but the networking you can do in the BlogWorld halls and at BlogWorld mixers and parties is something special, something way beyond amazing. I’ve met people at BlogWorld who have becoming very good friends, despite living around the world, landed gigs and clients through networking there, and more. It’s an amazing experience that you have to check out for yourself to truly understand.

Our Exhibits Only Pass Winners:

I’d also lik to congratulate our six exhibits only pass winners: @TheErinRyan, @daniellemmiller, @gaynycdad, @FrankRamblings, @mmc67, and @AngArtemis – looking forward to seeing you all in NYC and thanks for helping to make our first #BWEchat so successful!

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