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Win a Free Pass to BlogWorld with Hotel Included – Courtesty of Alltop

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Wishing you could come to BlogWorld but can’t quite scrape together the cash to get there? Perhaps there’s another way: Guy Kawasaki and Alltop are giving away three passes to the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, plus they’ll even throw in the hotel stay for one lucky grand prize winner.

Intrigued?

Read on:

Prizes:

  • First prize: Two nights hotel, three-day “Full Access” pass to Blogworld Expo ($1400 total value)
  • Second prize: Three-day “Full Access”pass to Blogworld Expo ($1195 total value)
  • Third prize: 2-day “Weekend”pass to Blogworld Expo ($495 total value)

By now you’re asking, “This contest you speak of, how can I win?” Of course there’s a catch. Simply create a My Alltop page and have it retweeted. Each MyAlltop page has a “retweet” button at the bottom. The more you get your page retweeted, the more likely it is that you’ll win. Here’s Guy’s MyAlltop page, click on it and you’ll see what a MyAlltop page is all about.

How to Get Started

1. Create a MyAlltop page. Click here to get started. It will take only a few minutes. Then spread the word by clicking on the Retweet button on your page.

2. Enter your information. Click here to enter the contest.

3.Spread the word. Then start tweeting, retweeting, and getting your friends and relatives to help too.

Official Rules and Regulations

Description: This is a contest to determine who can get the most people to tweet a link to their MyAlltop page as measured by the Tweetmeme button.

Legal Stuff

  • Prizes are non-transferable, and there are no cash alternatives or substitutions. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  • The winners are solely responsible for all other arrangements, costs and expenses associated with receiving the prize including taxes or other fees imposed by a government authority.
  • Eligibility: The contest is open to all MyAlltop website users who are at least thirteen year old and legal residents of the United States or Canada. Blogworld Expo and Alltop employees and their relatives, anyone professionally connected with the prizes offered in this competition, and celebrities featured by Alltop at http://my.alltop.com/ cannot enter. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants. Entrants can submit as many MyAlltop pages as they wish.
  • Announcement:. The contest ends at 8:00 am Pacific Time on October 1, 2009. Blogworld Expo and Alltop will determine the winners on October 2, 2009. Blogworld Expo and Alltop will contact them on October 2, 2009 via email. In the event of a tie, Blogworld Expo and Alltop will select the winners based on who has the larger number of followers; in any case, only three prizes will be awarded.
  • Retweet Count: We rely upon the Twitter API for accuracy of re-tweets, so you know as well as we do that we cannot be certain of the retweet count. We will not retrospectively adjust counts due to failures as a result of missing data. Legal Considerations: There are no fees or expenses to enter the contest.This is not a lottery or a game of chance. The odds of winning depend on the number of acceptable entries received and the amount of retweets that you generate. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to disqualify your entry if we believe that you have breached any of these rules.
  • Disqualification; The use of robots and automated tools to affect voting will result in disqualification. Failure to claim a prize by October 15, 2009 will mean that Blogworld Expo and Alltop will select other winners. Your Information: By taking part in the competition, you warrant that all information submitted is true, current and complete at the time of submission.
  • Privacy: Blogword Expo and Alltop will not sell, rent, loan, or share contestant’s address or email address with third parties. Blogworld Expo and Alltop, however, will announce the names and Twitter accounts of the winners. Changes and disputes: Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to alter, amend or close the competition as necessary. In the case of any disputes regarding these rules, or the rules or instructions, the decision of Blogworld Expo and Alltop will be final and binding.

So…why are you still here? Head to Alltop, create your page and start tweeting.

See you at Blogworld!

Last-minute pass give-away to Gnomedex 9.0

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Jim Turner, our illustrious Social Media Director (@Genuine on Twitter) will be winging it up to Seattle tomorrow for the sold-out Gnomedex 9.0 event. It’s one of our favorites, and it’s put on by Chris Pirillo.
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Here’s your chance to join him with a FREE All-Access Pass worth $299.00!

  1. Put up a blog post BY NOON TOMORROW (Wed) Pacific Time, telling why you should win this badge (use text, but if you want to get creative, add an original video, original song, take chances!)
  2. In your post, link to http://www.gnomedex.com and  http://www.blogworldexpo.com
  3. Come back here and leave a comment, letting us know you’ve entered and with a link to your post
  4. We’ll review the posts tomorrow (Wed) at 12:00 Noon, Pacific Time and choose a winner!

Some Gnomedex basics:

  • Who? Influencers, Entrepreneurs, and Tech Enthusiasts
  • What? A confluence of leading bloggers and new media
  • When? August 20 – 22, 2009
  • Where? Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA

Good luck in the give-away, and have fun!

19:00 hours ’til the deadline. Plenty of time…you can do it!

Speaking of Speakers

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keynote It has been a long road or journey, one that I might pack for differently given what I know now, but a journey that has been fun.  I first agreed to help work this conference as far back as 2006 when I first met Rick Calvert in Seattle at a blogging conference.  I have seen our BlogWorld & New Media Expo go from an idea to one of the largest, if not THE largest conferences in this industry.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to have worked in the capacity of Conference Chairman this year, putting together the lineup.  I have some big shoes to fill with Dave Taylor having done this in previous events.  It has been a number of 20 hour days and lots of phone calls and meetings and emails and tweets and pony express riders to get to this day but we are finally here.

The speaker “grid” as we like to call it has been posted and we will be discussing it at length today on Blog World Expo Radio on Blog Talk Radio.  My guest on the show will be Rob Walch, the brains behind the podcasting and video tracks.  The tracks Rob worked on were very important because they are a culmination of experts that will be representing our first blending of New Media Expo and BlogWorld& New Media Expo.  As you may remember, we acquired that event that was similar in nature to ours and that announcement was made back in December of 2008.  We hope that the lineup we have for this year will be as great as the podcasting and videocasting world has come to expect from that event.

Feel free to give us feedback on the lineup thus far.  As you can see with its current state it is a living and breathing document.  Believe me when I say I have tried numerous times to beat it into submission and make it behave, and most of the time it has beat me back.  There are some tracks that we have yet to put into the system and some that are still be worked on and probably the most difficult items are yet to be completed, the keynotes for the event.  I can assure you those will be dynamite!

Thank you for your patience, especially to all of the hundreds, of people that made submissions for sessions or presentations.  It was very difficult to choose from the number of presentations.  We did not have any difficulty in getting quality speakers from the many that submitted.  I would urge you to get your ticket and register for this group of fine presentations. The speakers and experts we have assembled will allow you to justify spending some time in Las Vegas, October 15-17, 2009.

2009 Blogs With Balls Program At BlogWorld Expo Announced

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If you didn’t know already, we are partnering with the folks at HHR Media this year to bring the most amazing sports blogging track ever to BlogWorld & New Media Expo.  The sports blogging conference is aptly named Blogs With Balls and drew more than 300 attendees to their first event a couple of months ago in NYC.

Without further adieu here is the preliminary schedule:

PANEL 1:  CONNECTING DIRECTLY

A discussion about what athletes being able to speak directly to their fanbase via blogs & Twitter means to sports media, bloggers, and fans.


PANEL 2:
THE FUTURE OF SPORTS MEDIA

A discussion between traditional journalists and bloggers about the rise in prominence of sports blogs as members of the media and how the two parties can work together to compliment one another instead of taking an adversarial tone.

  • Bethlehem Shoals  (FreeDarko, Bloomsbury USA, The Sporting News’ The Baseline)
  • Matt Ufford (WithLeather/Kissing Suzy Kolber)
  • Kevin Blackistone (Around the Horn/FanHouse/Dallas Morning News)
  • Amy K. Nelson (ESPN.com)


PANEL 3:
ACCESS
Certain teams and leagues have embraced bloggers and recognized their value in promoting their respective brands.  Several have allotted bloggers many of the same privileges they do member of the traditional media.   Many, however, are still guarded and protective of their product in this regard.  We discuss the pros and cons of the various (policies and how to deal with them).

  • Moderator:  Dan Levy


PRESENTATION 1:  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:  BUILDING YOUR BRAND & GROWING YOUR BOTTOM LINE

A presentation from the Sports Illustrated Group on strategies you can use to leverage your voice and your audience to reach marketers, advertisers and editors.

  • Jeff Griffing, VP of Ad Sales for the Sports Illustrated Group
  • Paul Fichtenbaum, Managing Editor SI.com
  • Ken Fuchs, VP SI Digital


PRESENTATION/Q & A:  STATE OF THE UNION

3 of the top sports bloggers on the web talk about the direction the genre has taken, the direction it’s headed, and answer questions from attendees.

Believe me when I say this is just the begging. The HHR guys have some amazing surprise guests lined up that we will be announcing soon.

Stay tuned to the blog over the next several days for more announcements for Blogs With Balls and the rest of the BlogWorld & New Media Expo conference sessions.

The Speakers Lineup Taking Shape For 2009: A Quick Update

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keynote1 All this week I have been working with the staff here to get the lineup of speakers put together for the event and we are just now after pouring through the many submissions and proposals sending out the emails of those that have been accepted as part of our curriculum and those that were not chosen to be speakers at the show.  I also have a long list of people I will be contacting in the next few days to interview and discuss with them their proposals to further determine if they will or will not be accepted.  This is a long process to say the least.  We had a very large number of proposals and have a small amount of places for those proposals to fit.  To all of those that have proposed a role in our event, first of all thank you, and second we appreciate your patience.

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We are alerting all of you that are definitely part of the program and those that could not be accepted, and we are even alerting you if you are still in my pile of “maybe” for lack of a better term.  Those emails are being sent out as I type this post.  I wanted to have something here that might explain why you received the email you did and make you aware of the fact that our lineup is in an early stage of development.  I can answer questions here or via email as well, so please feel free to contact me.  If you have not received an email of acceptance or an email telling you your proposal was not accepted it is because I am still in the process of either contacting you or working to get space for the session or waiting on another session to be developed to allow us to decide.

I am very excited with the sessions, the content of the conference and what we have in store for the attendees at our event.  You can follow my Twitter stream to get further info at @Genuine you can follow the blogworld feed @blogworld or email me at jim at blogworldexpo dot com.

To all of you that have been accepted as speakers this year CONGRATULATIONS! Now please start spreading the word. Blog, Tweet, Podcast and upload videos to YouTube and let folks know you are speaking at BlogWorld & New Media Expo This year! Link back to this post and we will do the same and retweet your announcements.

To everyone who submitted a speaking proposal this year regardless of if you were accepted or not; THANK YOU! I look forward to meeting everyone of you at BlogWorl d & New Media Expo this year.

David Lee at Wetoku Interviews Me

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Yesterday BlogWorld Exhibitor and Wetoku VP of sales David Lee asked me a few questions using their new video service.  It was pretty lag free and despite both of us having lousy web cams the quality looks pretty good to me. That is except for both of us having a bad hair day. At least David wore his Red Sox Hat =p. Here is the video:

I really hate the way the webcam makes my eyes bug out hehe.

Press Releases Still Work!

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Lots of my new media friends like to say the traditional press release is dead.  They are dead wrong. Some of them even like to say blogging is deadThey are insane (more like shameless link baiters).

This morning we sent out what can only be called a traditional press release announcing the dates for the 2009 BlogWorld & New Media Expo in              Las Vegas (October 15 – 17). When I woke up this morning to check Twitter this is what I found:

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22 people so far and counting who linked to the press release via Twitter.

Three full pages of results on search.twitter.com. Then there is the more traditional pick up. Like Market Watch (which is the post most people linked to) and the post at Yahoo Finance.  By my standards that’s a successful press release and the day is young.

So we send out a traditional press release and generate a pretty good amount of buzz on Twitter because of it. This isn’t new news by the way. We announced the dates on our blog months ago and have been tweeting about it and sending out messages to our Facebook group for months.  So don’t these results go against everything the social media experts have been telling us for the last couple of years?

I believe in new media as much as anyone and love everything it has done to change human communications and still believe we are at the very beginning of this revolution, but as I keep reminding my new media friends; New media and old media will continue to converge. This will not be a take over of one medium by the other.

Or am I dead wrong?

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2009 Registration Is Now Open

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That’s right BlogWorld & New Media Expo registration is finally open and we need a few guinea pigs to test it out and make sure everything is working right.  If you are reading this post you probably just saw our tweet.  So here is how it works. Here is a link to the 2009 BlogWorld registration info page. You should see these description-of-reg-packages-on-web-5-18-09 descriptions and prices for the different pacakges available this year.

You can then select the “attendee registration” button at the top left of this screen to take you to the attendee registration page. That link should take you here.  If you attended the show last year just enter your email address and ask it to send you your password from last year and log in. If you didn’t attend last year (boy did you miss out) then enter in your email address and pick a password.

The attendee registration system is going to ask you several demographic questions. Please fill these out accurately. We need this information for several reasons, one of them is giving us the information we need to create the best possible conference for you!

After you have entered your demographic info and selected your registration package you will be asked for your payment information and any coupon Code if you have it.

Since you are willing to be our guinea pig and test our registration system out for us; here is your discount code TWTTEST. This will give you 50% off of any 2009 BlogWorld Registration.

This code will only work for the first five people who register and they will go fast so register right now!

*****Update Wednesday 8 am PST***Even after adding 10 additional codes they are all gone. So for the next five people to register use TWEET40. This will give you a 40% discount of off any BlogWorld registration package.

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Please leave a comment in this post to let us know how the registration worked or didn’t work for you. Let us know any problems you had or any questions you may have about the event, the registration packages or the conference.

Thank you for your help!

Blog on!
Rick

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2009 Registration Is Now Open

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That’s right BlogWorld & New Media Expo registration is finally open and we need a few guinea pigs to test it out and make sure everything is working right.  If you are reading this post you probably just saw our tweet.  So here is how it works. Here is a link to the 2009 BlogWorld registration info page. You should see these description-of-reg-packages-on-web-5-18-09 descriptions and prices for the different pacakges available this year.

You can then select the “attendee registration” button at the top left of this screen to take you to the attendee registration page. That link should take you here.  If you attended the show last year just enter your email address and ask it to send you your password from last year and log in. If you didn’t attend last year (boy did you miss out) then enter in your email address and pick a password.

The attendee registration system is going to ask you several demographic questions. Please fill these out accurately. We need this information for several reasons, one of them is giving us the information we need to create the best possible conference for you!

After you have entered your demographic info and selected your registration package you will be asked for your payment information and any coupon Code if you have it.

Since you are willing to be our guinea pig and test our registration system out for us; here is your discount code TWTTEST. This will give you 50% off of any 2009 BlogWorld Registration.

This code will only work for the first five people who register and they will go fast so register right now!

*****Update Wednesday 8 am PST***Even after adding 10 additional codes they are all gone. So for the next five people to register use TWEET40. This will give you a 40% discount of off any BlogWorld registration package.

*****

Please leave a comment in this post to let us know how the registration worked or didn’t work for you. Let us know any problems you had or any questions you may have about the event, the registration packages or the conference.

Thank you for your help!

Blog on!
Rick

Should Oprah Be Allowed To Speak At BlogWorld?

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Wow people can really get their shorts in a twist really quickly in the Blogosphere or in this case the Twittersphere.

Tonight Twitter and the tech blogs were buzzing with talk about Ashton Kutcher’s little challenge to CNN to see who could be the first to get to one million followers on Twitter. Larry King Responded.  Many of the “real Tweeple” were put off with the entire event.

Then our Social Media Director Jim Turner Tweeted this:

So how hard would it be to have Oprah keynote blogworld on the “New Media”?

I then replied:

@Genuine let ask her. @oprah now that you are on Twitter, would you like to come give a keynote at the worlds largest social media event?

Several people were immediately up in arms.  Here is a sampling of the replies:

Kencamp: @blogworld 2 cents worth – BWE is a maybe for us, but Oprah speaking would blow credibility of it all and lead me to opt out I think.

LisaHoffman: @Genuine Guess it depends on who you’re trying to attract. I thought BlogWorld was aimed at SM fans and practitioners, not celeb groupies.

adamkmiec: @blogworld you’ve got to be kidding me

CathyWebSavvyPR: @LisaHoffmann Probably not a good choice for Blogworld. Fun, entertaining, zany, smart? but not keynot. if celeb MCHammer takes it seriously

DougMeacham: @MackCollier Having Oprah speak as an “expert” could damage blogworld expo’s cred w/practitioners but mayB they’re looking 4 a new customer

BethHarte: @Genuine If Oprah Keynotes BlogWorld, I am staying home… Because if she’s a SM expert that means I don’t have enough coin to ever be one.

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. Social Media insiders tend to be a little clubby and insular but I sincerely hope the folks above and others who might have a similar knee jerk reaction reconsider their opinion.

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