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BlogWorld is Producing One Big New Media Expo Event in 2013 Instead of Two


We know lots of you make your conference plans months in advance, so we want to let you know our agenda for 2013. Although we’ve hosted both a West Coast show and an East Coast show for the past two years, beginning in 2013 we’ll be returning to our original conference schedule. That means one big NMX (New Media Expo) conference and trade show in Las Vegas; just one event per year.

We had three reasons for our decision.

First of all, many of  you told us you really wanted one big event where you knew you would see everyone in one place. Initially we thought bringing you an event on each coast would make it more convenient for all, but what we learned is that it just didn’t meet the needs of our community. You told us what you wanted, and we listened.

Second, New York is a very expensive city for hosting a show the size of this one, and those additional costs interfered with our goal of offering content creators a reasonably-priced conference going experience. All of the costs at The Javitz Convention Center (really the only venue we can hold an event our size in New York) were expensive across the board as well. This means everything, from the carpeting and AV, to internet and labor costs. This made our event too expensive for some exhibitors, attendees and us. On top of that the facility simply didn’t meet our standards for a/v technology and quality, and the wi-fi was undependable.

Lastly, we are growing quickly and adding even more events in 2013. This past March, we acquired the world’s largest travel blogging conference, TBEX. We have already produced a North American Show in Keystone Colorado, and followed it with a European event in Costa Brava, Spain this year. Our Keystone event was just 10 days after BlogWorld New York, and it created scheduling challenges for us.

We will be producing at least three new events in 2013 but they will be vertical events like TBEX.

What does all this mean?…It means if you want to get your New Media Expo fix in 2013, it’s time to make plans to come join the fun in Las Vegas at our biggest and best event ever! Since this is the only NMX conference of the year, we’re pulling out all the stops. This will be our largest Expo Hall and our biggest attendance ever. We expect over 4,000 attendees this year! Speakers and attendees are flying in from all over the globe (more than 50 countries, in fact), and it’s downright cheap to attend. Pre-event conference tickets are available at great discount prices, and you can get a comfy suite (yes, I said suite!) at the Rio for just 99 bucks a night! And the conference is being held at the hotel, so that means it’s convenient as can be, no need to pay for cabs or rent a car; it’s all under one roof. You will have more time to spend networking with colleagues and old friends, and making new ones.

An important note, by moving the event to January we are aligned with CES week. The last day of NMX kicks off the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show. This will give the thousands of bloggers and technology professionals in town even more opportunities.

So, if you’ve been watching news and excitement build for the NMX Las Vegas event, and you’ve felt torn waiting for news about an East Coast event next Summer, wait no longer. You snooze, you lose. All your peers–and competitors–will be learning and networking at the Rio in January. Will you be there? Or will you miss the boat?

Register now and save, prices are going up tomorrow night, 10/26, at Midnight!

UFC President, Dana White, Keynoting New Media Expo / BusinessNext in Las Vegas


UFC President, Dana White

Our opening keynote speaker for day two of the conference this year will be Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This will be a joint keynote for BusinessNext Social and New Media Expo. All attendees are welcome.

We have been teasing this for over a week now on our Facebook page, and we gave you several hints, but as of this morning, no one guessed it right. This is what I said on Facebook:

“I AM SO PUMPED RIGHT NOW! Yesterday we confirmed my personal favorite BlogWorld / NMX speaker of all time. Bigger than Mark Cuban, bigger than Mike Shinoda, Tim Ferris, Don Lemon, and all the rest.”

Dave (our co-founder) and I are both huge fight fans, and Dave’s entire family competes in martial arts. We have attended several of the UFC events in Las Vegas and you may have noticed us live tweeting from some of them. He has been chasing Dana for two years now, so finally getting the timing to work and having Dana join us has us pretty fired up!

For those of you that don’t now, The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization and the number one commercial pay-per-view event provider in the history of combat sports. Dana White, the UFC President, has blazed a trail to sports industry dominance on the social web in a very short time relative to the other major sports organizations, establishing UFC as the #4 overall sports brand on Facebook, behind only the NBA, Nike and WWE. He’s implemented a revolutionary social media policy, including a bonus compensation structure for UFC athletes engaging fans in conversation on Twitter. Dana himself has more than 2.2 million Twitter followers, regularly carries on frank conversations with fans, athletes and journalists online, and shares a behind-the-scenes view of UFC events by video blogging on YouTube, leading off each episode with his familiar “fight week, blog week!” The UFC YouTube channel has nearly 500,000 subscribers and over 370 million views.

Since purchasing the UFC in 2001 with partners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, White has helped revolutionize the sport. With White leading the charge, UFC programming is now available in more than one billion homes worldwide. Just last year, the UFC signed a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with the FOX Sports Media Group, a sign that the fastest-growing sport in the world shows no signs of slowing down.

Here is a quote from Dave “I’m pretty fascinated seeing how they’ve changed the landscape for sports organizations using social media. Before Dana, there were few if any figureheads at the top of professional sports engaging openly with fans, not to mention encouraging pro athletes to do the same. From the fans’ positive reactions I’ve seen, and the explosive growth of mixed martial arts under the UFC banner, this is one eye-opening example of how smart businesses can spark huge growth in a tough economy through social media.”

We hope you can join us this January 6 – 8 in Las Vegas at the Rio Convention Center for New Media Expo and BusinessNext Social.  Dave and I will be in the front row!

Announcing Facebook Lunch Time Chats with NMX Speakers


Michael Brito will join us for our first Facebook chat.

New Media Expo attendees often tell us they’d like nothing more than to spend time with our speakers and pick their brains a bit. Our speakers often tell us they’d like nothing more than to hang out with our attendees and learn more about them and answer questions.  I’m happy to report the twain shall meet in the form of weekly Facebook lunch time chats.

Beginning this week, a different speaker will join us on the NMX Facebook page to take part in our weekly chats, which will be held every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. EST. The topic of each chat will also be the topic of each speaker’s NMX or Business Next session so you can get a little sneak preview by asking questions. To start things off, Michael Brito, SVP of Social Business at Edelman, will stop by this Wednesday, October 24th. His topic is “The New Influencers: Brand Advocacy Inside and Out.”

Join us this Wednesday to talk with Michael and join us every Wednesday until mid-December to chat with a different NMX speaker.

In Gratitude: NMX to Offer Weekly Facebook Deals


Today only, we’re offering a 30% discount on any conference pass (except “exhibits only”)  to our loyal Facebook fans as a way to say “thank you” for your loyalty. You stop by our page, you make us laugh, you make us think, and you tell us you’re our fans, we want you to know that it’s appreciated.

Beginning Monday, we’re going to start offering different weekly deals to our Facebook community, but you have to Like our page to see the offers. Each week will yield a different offer which might be a discounted ticket, or a fun perk or service awarded to anyone who purchases a ticket at that time. Deals will change every Monday.

At New Media Expo, we’ll never stop looking for ways to say “thank you.”

010 The Podcast Report – Leo Laporte Coming To NMX – Podcast Community Manager – And More!


Hey everyone, Cliff Ravenscraft here. I’m back with another episode of The Podcast Report.

Podcast Community Manager
I’m very excited to welcome Megan Enloe as a co-host to The Podcast Report. Back in August, the staff of NMX hired Megan to come on board as a community manager for the podcasting community. In the episode, we explain how this differs from my role as the director of podcasting for the conference.

One thing is for sure, I could not be happier to work with Megan to bring about the full vision that the staff of NMX has for the podcasting community. You’ll get to hear a great deal more about this vision as we produce weekly episodes of The Podcast Report between now and the show in January.

New Name, Dates & Location

In this episode, Megan and I talk briefly about the official announcement of the name change from BlogWorld & New Media Expo to NMX (New Media Expo). We also talk about the fact that the next event is coming up January 6-8, 2013 in Las Vegas. The room rates are only $99 per night and if you’re a geek like me, you may want to stay an extra day or two to check out CES.

Leo Laporte Coming To NMX

I’m super excited to announce that Leo Laporte will be providing our Keynote address for Monday, January 7th. Leo is going to be doing something out at NMX that you will simply not want to miss. However, we’ll talk more about that in next week’s episode of The Podcast Report.

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Yahoo! and You Too


Stan Slap Kicking off our 2013 BusinessNext Social conference (formerly the Social Media Business Summit) on day one is Stan Slap, president of the international consulting company called, by remarkable coincidence, “slap.” Stan has a history of accomplishments as a CEO with as many as 5,000 employees reporting to him and has served as a director of several companies with their CEOs reporting to him, which he prefers a whole lot more.

Stan has directed the successful expansion for companies ranging from Patagonia to Pennzoil. He designed the plan that helped Oracle sell their strategic intent to 40,000 employees in 167 countries and developed employee re-engagement plans for HSBC, Europe’s largest bank. He has created winning brand strategies for companies from Deloitte to Black Entertainment Television. He has invented many successful advertising campaigns, consulted to leading advertising agencies and personally written slogans for companies from Coca-Cola to Checkpoint Software.

I had the pleasure of working with Stan in 2002-2003, back in the days when he spiked his hair and his book Bury My Heart in Conference Room B was merely a life changing experience. Ten years later, thousands more people are living their values at work, and Bury My Heart in Conference Room B is a New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Stan’s latest thinking – advice to Marissa Mayer on how to go about restoring Yahoo! to its former glory – is featured today on Forbes.  Stan begins:

“I don’t know Yahoo! personally; they’re not one of my company’s clients. But I know how cultures work and how to work them. The turnaround that Marissa Mayer is attempting will be decided by the reactions and actions of its manager, employee and customer cultures – in that order. You may not know Yahoo! either but these are the same three groups that are deciding the success of your own company while you read this sentence. Listen up.

A culture is not simply a bunch of managers, employees and customers. When they form as a culture, each of these groups is far more self-protective, far more intelligent and far more resistant to standard methods of corporate influence.”

In the article, part of Mark Fidelman’s “Socialized and Mobilized” column, Stan outlines Marissa’s main challenges — to foster the manager culture’s willingness to treat the success of the company like a personal cause; to win the trust of an employee culture pre-conditioned to be weary and wary; and to regain its brand status, which has been the subject of sightlessness inducing self-abuse — and how to overcome them. 

To hear more of Stan’s take on business today, be sure to register to see him live and in person on January 6th at the BusinessNext Social conference in Las Vegas (powered by BlogWorld).

Amy Jo Martin and Kare Anderson Join BusinessNext Conference as Co-hosts


We’re excited to announce that Kare Anderson, author, columnist and CEO of Say it Better Center, and Digital Royal University Founder Amy Jo Martin are joining Mark Fidelman as co-hosts of our BusinessNext Social conference (formerly known as the Social Media Business Summit).

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning, former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter turned speaker and strategist on quotability, connective behavior, and making places and conferences more meaningful by storyboarding them. She’s been a state senator’s chief of staff, co-founder of nine PACs, founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown and coach to over 30 pre-IPO teams. Kare also writes for ForbesHuffington Post and the Harvard Business Review, and she’s the author of Moving From Me to WeResolving Conflict Sooner, Walk Your Talk and Getting What You Want.

Amy Jo Martin founded Digital Royalty and Digital Royal University to help companies, celebrities, professional sports leagues, teams and athletes build, measure, and monetize their digital universe. Clients include Shaquille O’Neal, FOX Sports, Nike, The X-Factor, Chicago White Sox, UFC and Dana White, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, Jabbawockeeez, and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com.  Amy herself has nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers (@AmyJoMartin) and she travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media, how to monetize various social platforms, and how to successfully build a personal brand by utilizing social media.

Kare, Amy, and Mark will guide attendees through the three jam-packed days of TED-style sessions, on-stage interviews, and roundtable discussions with some of the world’s foremost social business leaders and influencers.

“I’m thrilled that Kare and Amy Jo are joining the show,” says Mark. “I couldn’t think of two more qualified people to help attendees make sense of the disruptive technologies and social business strategies that are accelerating the rise and decline of businesses.”

Follow @BizNextEvents to stay abreast of conference and speaker news and promotions. BusinessNext takes place at the same time and same venue as NMX, January 6-8, 2013 at the Rio in Las Vegas and is the go-to event for any company that wants to succeed online.

New Media Expo Announces Scholarship for Content Creators #NMXU #NMX


There’s no denying New Media Expo offers valuable learning opportunities.  With almost 90 educational sessions presented by the leading experts in new media content creation, podcasters, bloggers and webTV and video producers always return home inspired and ready to put what they learned to good use.  We love that our attendees  take time to share with us that we’ve provided such a valuable educational opportunity, but we also hear from content creators who would love to attend our event but can’t get here for a variety of reasons.

We’re about to make it easier for one person.

Throughout the month of October, we’re accepting applications for the first ever (and hopefully not the last) New Media Expo University scholarship. Offered as part of our new New Media Expo University (#NMXU) educational project, this scholarship will provide a complete educational experience at NMX in Las Vegas from January 6th through 8th 2013 for one lucky recipient.

What does the #NMXU Scholarship Entail?

The beneficiary of the #NMXU scholarship will receive a complete educational experience while at New Media Expo. The scholarship recipient is going to receive airfare from within the Continental U.S., four nights hotel at the Rio Hotel Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, and a three day Blogger/Podcaster/WebTV & Video pass (Excluding BusinessNext). Also, two runners up will also receive a three day Blogger/Podcaster/WebTV pass.

Now, this is no random drawing and we’re not awarding you a spot on the party plane to Vegas. This application is open for people who are truly interested in learning how to take their content creation to a whole new level. There’s even a scholarship application form complete with essay question. Since you’re all creative people, we’re allowing the essay question to be in the form of a 30 second video, 30 second audio, or 250 word paragraph so you can totally stay in your comfort zone and we hope you’ll have some fun with it.

Don’t forget. The #NMXU scholarship is, first and foremost, an educational experience open to all content creators. For this to work, we have to have a few guidelines in place before getting started.

Ready? Here they are:

  • The scholarship is only open to content creators. Since NMX focuses on blogging, podcasting and webTV/video, we request all who apply for the scholarship fall into one of these categories.
  • The #NMXU scholarship is open to folks who are in the early stages of their careers or who are promising up and comers, but don’t necessarily have the financial means to get to #NMX. We’re totally going to be asking you why you feel you should receive this scholarship.
  • We can only get you to Las Vegas from the Continental U.S. That doesn’t mean we’re not accepting overseas candidates, however if you’re from a different continent, you have to land on U.S. soil before we truck you out to the conference.
We have some fine print too, mostly having to do with you not being related to certain people to make it fair. You can find all the details you need, including fine print, on the landing page for the #NMXU Scholarship.

What’s the catch?

This is to be an educational experience. As such, the winner is expected to:

  • Attend at least 10 educational sessions while at NMX
  • Attend at least two networking events
  • Spend at least two hours on the exhibit floor learning about the latest tools and technology
  • Complete at least one guest post for the NMX blog describing your experience so future scholarship applicants can see what a great time you had.

Who Are the Judges for the #NMXU Scholarship?

To make this a fair and level playing field, we brought in a few judges to help us. All are experienced content creators with expertise in blogging, podcasting, webTV/video.

Deans (aka judges) include:

  • Rick Calvert – Co-Chancellor, NMXU (CEO/Co-Founder, New Media Expo)
  • Dave Cynkin – Co-Chancellor, NMXU (CMO/Co-Founder, New Media Expo)
  • Deb Ng – Dean of Students, NMXU (Director of Community, New Media Expo)
  • Kelby Carr – Dean of Blogging, NMXU (CEO Type A Parent )
  • Todd Cochrane – Dean of Podcasting, NMXU (CEO RAW Voice)
  • Mark Friedlander – Dean of WebTV/Video Series, NMXU (National Director, New Media for SAG-Aftra)

How to Apply for the #NMXU Scholarship

  • Fill out the application at the bottom of the landing page and include as much information about yourself as possible.
  • Tell us why you want this scholarship
  • Make sure you take special care with the essay question, which can be given in the form of a 250 word paragraph or a link to a 30 second video, 30 second audio.
  • We’ll let you keep your first born. We’re easy.

Well…what are you waiting for?

Do you think you’re a good fit? The application is open for the entire month of October so you have time to come up with some unique and creative ways to respond to the essay question. Do you know someone else who can benefit? We’d be so grateful if you can share the news about the #NMXU scholarship with your community.

Click here to get started, and good luck!


Mark Fidelman Joins New Media Expo


Mark Fidelman has joined New Media Expo as Conference Director of BusinessNext Social (formerly known as our Social Media Business Summit). Mark is a columnist for Forbes, writing its “Socialized and Mobilized” column and is also the author of the book, SOCIALIZED!. For more than 20 years, he has worked in technology sales and marketing with companies such as A.T. Kearney, EDS, CT Space, Autodesk, and strategic partners Microsoft and IBM. He is internationally-recognized for being at the forefront of subjects such as social and mobile business and mobile social networks.

As most of you know, our conference for business leaders takes place over the same three days as our conference for bloggers, podcasters, and Web TV & video producers. However, the content is geared specifically to help small to large businesses leverage social media communication, technology, and marketing. With Mark on the team, the event will be undergoing some exciting changes. “In addition to educational sessions with actionable take-aways, we’ll be adding new features such as Meet the Pros, where attendees will be able to meet with industry professionals in a small group setting for targeted Q&A sessions. We’ll also be hosting icons and influencers from the new media space and conducting on-stage interviews with them.” Another great thing that will be part of BusinessNext Social is a new form of speed dating where business leaders and brands can connect with online influencers and content creators.

BusinessNext Social will take place at the same time as New Media Expo–in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on January 6-8, 2013 (confirmed speaker info below). If you’re a marketing exec, CEO, PR pro, community manager, or simply need to learn how to navigate the social web for business, be sure to register early for the best pricing (current discount pricing valid through this Friday, September 28).

You can connect with Mark on Twitter at @markfidelman.

Confirmed Presenters for BusinessNext Social include:

Matthew Michelsen
Twitter – @MCMichelsen
Website – Backplane

Matthew Michelsen, a serial entrepreneur residing in San Diego, California, is the CEO and Founder of The Backplane, an online platform that allows fans to build all-encompassing e-communities. The Backpane is powered, in part, by one of the largest digital footprints on the web, Lady Gaga’s social media community, (www.littlemonsters.com). Matt is creating a new social web corridor to unite people around interests, affinities, and movements. He has been successful scaling companies in finance, retail, and now media. As a former paratrooper in the United States Army Airborne Division, Matthew’s career began after he received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.


Tyler Winklevoss
Twitter – @tylerwinklevoss
Website – Winklevoss Capital

Tyler Winklevoss is a Founder of Winklevoss Capital, a company that focuses on making investments in disruptive technology start-ups. Winklevoss began his early career while studying at Harvard University as a co-founder of the social network ConnectU, originally known as Harvard Connection. Along with his twin brother Cameron, Tyler was at the beginning of web 2.0. On top of co-founding ConnectU, Tyler and his brother attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics as rowing partners. His story, now immortalized on the silver screen in The Social Network involves a roller-coaster journey in tech that began in a Harvard dorm room in 2003 and continues today as an angel investor.


Cameron Winklevoss
Twitter – @winklevoss
Website – Winklevoss Capital

Cameron Winklevoss is a founder of Winklevoss Capital and Olympic athlete that began his early career while attending Harvard University. While at Harvard, Cameron, his twin brother Tyler, and one other student began the popular networking site, ConnectU, previously known as Harvard Connection. This creation put Cameron at the beginning of Web 2.0. In addition to his involvement with ConnectU, Cameron was also a co-founder and the media site publisher of Guest of a Guest, an online media company that covers high society events, people, and places. His newest endeavor as a Venture Capitalist with Winklevoss Capital focuses on early-stage disruptive start-up companies. Cameron became most famous for his depiction in the film, The Social Network.


Scott Abel
Twitter – @scottabel
Website – The Content Wrangler

Scott Abel believes content is a business asset that’s worthy of being managed efficiently and effectively. And, he’s not alone. As the man behind the curtain at The Content Wrangler, an internally-renowned content strategy consulting firm, Scott helps organizations think differently about the way they plan, create, manage, and deliver content. All types of content. To all types of people. In many languages. For pretty much any purpose imaginable.


Kare Anderson
Twitter – @kareanderson
Website – Say it Better

Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now Forbes columnist, Huffington Post blogger and speaker on communicating-to-connect, being frequently-quoted, and making consumer-serving places and events more memorable by storyboarding them. Kare helps organizations stand out and build esprit de corps by creating employee-driven ambassador programs that strengthen stakeholder relationships. She is the author of Moving From Me to We.


Jacob Morgan
Twitter – @jacobm
Website – Chess Media Group

Jacob is the principal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm on employee, customer, and partner collaboration. Jacob is also the author of The Collaborative Organization (McGraw Hill, July 2012) which is the first comprehensive strategy guide to emergent collaboration in the workplace. The book has become a best-seller and is endorsed by leaders such as the former CIO of the USA, CMO of Dell, CEO of Unisys, CIO of ManpowerGroup, CMO of SAP, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review, and dozens of others.

Speakers are being added to the presenter roster regularly, so stay tuned for more information.

8th Annual Podcasting Awards to Be Held at New Media Expo (#NMX)


New Media Expo ’13 is going to be a great time for podcasters. In addition to a stellar podcasting track put together by Cliff Ravenscraft, we’re happy to report that we’ll also be holding the 8th annual Podcasting Awards ceremony at our event.

That’s right. We’re going to feature one night where we celebrate all things podcasting and pay homage to some pretty special people.

To make it easy for all nominees to attend, NMX is offering:

  • A free exhibits pass or 50% off Content Creator pass for every finalist
  • A 50% off or exhibits pass for every nominee
  • Special speaking and live podcasting opportunities

Stay tuned for announcements regarding nominees and the date, time and location of the 8th Annual Podcasting Awards. If you’re interested is sponsoring the podcasting awards, please contact the intrepid Patti Hosking at patti@blogworldexpo.com

NMX ’13 Podcasting Track Lineup

We also think you’ll be pretty pleased with the lineup track leader Cliff Ravenscraft put together to form our Podcasting Track. Check out our speakers:

  • Cesar Abed – The Benefits Of Being The First To Podcast Within Your Niche
  • Darnell Darnell – Tips and Techniques for Building a Successful Fan Podcast
  • Craig Duswalt – How to Create New Content & Think Outside the Box When Podcasting
  • Gordon Firemark – Ten Legal Cases Every Podcaster, Blogger or Media Producer Should Know About
  • Erik Fisher – What You Need To Know To Reach Your Audience On Facebook: Understand Facebook Edgerank For Content Creators
  • Rob Greenlee – Learn About The Largest And Fastest Growing “Must Be On” Distribution Platforms In 2013
  • Karin Hoegh – How To Effectively Podcast To A Global Audience
  • Perry Lawrence – Video Podcasting – What You Need To Know To Get Started
  • Lou Mongello – 7 Ways to Find, Sign and Profit from Sponsors for your Brand
  • Leslie Samuel – How To Podcast Like A Pro And Never Edit – Say Goodbye To Post Production
  • Jonathan Shank – How To Use A Virtual Assistant To Produce Your Podcast
  • Jaime Tardy – How to Create Amazing Interviews for your Podcast
  • Jason Van Orden– Media Money: 5 Action Plans for Profiting from Your Blog, Podcast or WebTV Show
  • Rob Walch – Audio Podcasting – Doing it all from your iPad

Hope to see you in January. And don’t forget – Early bird pricing for New Media Expo ’13 ends this Friday, September 28th. Act quickly to save up to 50% on all pricing. REGISTER NOW!


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