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Special Announcement: Introducing Our First Group of Speakers for NMX 2014!

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This year, we opened registration for NMX earlier than ever before. Today, we’re happy to announce our first group of speakers, which includes several NMX speaker alumni and a few new faces.

Early bird ticket prices expire this week, so if you haven’t yet picked up your ticket, register now to see sessions with the following speakers:

Aaron Hockley

Aaron is no stranger to the NMX stage. In addition to speaking at NMX, he has also written several posts here on the NMX blog. Check out his posts “Image Manipulation Tricks For Bloggers!” and “More Than Words: Better Blogging with Photos.”

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Amanda Blain

Amanda is the queen of Google+ and if you missed her session at NMX 2013, now’s your chance to see her speak!

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Andrea Vahl

One of my best memories of NMX 2013 is watching Andrea as Grandma Mary interview Scott Monty from Ford. Will Grandma make an appearance at NMX 2014? You’ll have to come to the show to find out!

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Chris Ducker

Chris is one of the most passionate people you will ever meet. His energy is infectious, and his session at NMX 2014 is one you don’t want to miss.

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Cynthia Sanchez

Cynthia is brand new to the NMX stage, but not new to the NMX community. Her knowledge of Pinterest is unmatched, and we’re super excited to welcome her to our list of speakers.

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Dave Delaney

Dave is the the author of New Business Networking and was named must-follow digital expert on Twitter by Billboard Magazine. We can’t wait to have him speak at NMX 2014.

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Dino Dogan

Dino’s session at NMX 2013 had attendees buzzing with excitement, and we’re so glad he’s coming back for NMX 2014. Check out Dino’s interview with UFC’s Dana White from last year’s show.

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Jessica Northey

If you saw Jessica’s session at NMX 2013 or her pre-show “Twangout” with Guy Kawasaki, you know she’s a firecracker. Don’t miss her session at NMX 2014.

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Kristi Hines

We can’t wait to have Kristi Hines speak at one of our events for the first time! Check out the guest post she wrote here on the NMX blog: “Guest Blogging in 2013: The End of Unsolicited Guest Posts?

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Mitch Canter

We always love having Mitch on the NMX stage. When it comes to design and WordPress, his knowledge is second to none. (And he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!)

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Rich Brooks

Who better to speak at NMX than the guy who has been to every single NMX/BlogWorld since it started? Rich’s sessions are always popular and packed with information, so make sure you get a seat early.

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Rob Barnett

With his company My Damn Channel, Rob has worked with people such as Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Rolling Stones, as well as helped emerging talent build their audiences. We can’t wait to have him share his knowledge on the NMX stage.

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Robert Scoble

If you haven’t seen Robert Scoble speak, now’s your chance! He’s interviewed technology innovators, and we’re happy to welcome him back as an NMX speaker to share what he’s learned.

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This is just the first wave of speakers we’re announcing for our 2014 conference. If you’re interested in speaking, you can still submit your proposal here. Our deadline is September 2, but as you can see, we’re announcing speakers even sooner, so don’t wait to get your proposal in!

And remember, if you’re as excited about our speaker line-up as we are, pick up a ticket to NMX 2014 this week. Early bird pricing expires on Friday, June 21. You can register for NMX here; tickets start at just $97.

Robert Scoble talks about Blogging [Video]

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Back in the day, there were only a few hundred blogs on the web; not the millions there are now. When it comes to blogging, there are just a handful of people who have been in the space for a long time. One of those veteran bloggers is Robert Scoble.

Robert has built a name and strong reputation for himself and we’re always pleased when he comes to share his knowledge at our conferences. At our most recent event in New York, Srinivas Rao of BlogcastFM caught up with Robert. Check out what he has to say about standing out online, representing a brand while being your own personal brand, and about how social media has changed how we share.

 

 

Does the New Google+ Suggested Users List Alienate Some People?

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It was just last week that Google’s Bradley Horowitz sent out a tweet asking for Twitter users with 100k followers or more to contact him for a Google+ suggested user list. The list is now out and some are not happy about it.

Tech blogger Robert Scoble made the list and asked to be taken off of it. Why? He gave 13 reasons why. Here are just a few:

1. I don’t need to be on the list. My bosses don’t care. It isn’t needed for my role in the industry or my business model. By being off the list on Twitter I have found my natural audience.

2. Any list that has Paris Hilton but not so many other deserving people on it isn’t a list I want to be on.

3. I don’t want to worry about getting kicked off the list. I want to say what I think of Google without fear of reprisals.

4. Newbies who don’t know who I am make horrid followers. I don’t want to be in a role where I have to welcome new users like my dad to the service. I want my audience to be only people passionate about tech. Users who find me on a suggested user list and who don’t search me out aren’t going to be fun to serve.

His post became quite popular and was picked up by Techmeme and Google’s Horowitz said he was surprised by Scoble’s post.

Some are afraid the list will become a popularity contest.

Craig Kanalley, a senior editor at The Huffington Post, also has concerns about the Google+ Suggested Users list. He said, “I don’t think this is a good idea. It’s going to alienate people and lead to an inevitable followers war that can hurt the health of the social network and inflate people’s egos. As the famous get more followers, the non-featured fall farther behind, and a giant gap is created between the two. This is what happened on Twitter.”

What are your thoughts on the Google+ Suggested Users list? Do you think it’s a bad idea?

For those of you who like the idea and want to find out how you can make it on the list, see Horowitz’s Google+ post here.

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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MacWorld isn't A Trade Show!

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Excuse me but I have to rant for a moment. First Robert Scoble posts that Apple pulling out of Mac World is a sign that Social Media is killing trade shows. Which was bad enough but in Robert’s defense he is a tech blogger not a trade show expert.  But then Expo Magazine posts this:

Why does a trade show have to have a grid of booth spaces? Why can’t a trade show also be a film festival?

Well because that’s what makes it a trade show. According to Websters:

: a large exposition to promote awareness and sales of especially new products within an industry <a computer trade show>
Now a trade show can be lots of other things as well including a film festival but having booths, or tables, or exhibits of some sort is what makes it a trade show by definition.
That point aside MacWorld isn’t a trade show, it’s a consumer show with a trade element to it. Which is exactly why the end of the article mentions this:
Apple’s decision to pull out of Macworld is part of a larger corporate strategy de-emphasizing trade shows in favor of reaching customers directly through its retail outlets.
You see consumers visit retail stores to buy things. Wholesale distributors and retailers attend trade shows to select products to sell in their retail outlets. Most trade shows do not let consumers in (officially) they sneak in (in big numbers at events like NAMM, CES and the now defunct E3). Exhibitors at trade shows do not build their booths to see consumers, in fact they hate dealing with them because that is not their purpose for exhibiting.
/rant off

MacWorld isn’t A Trade Show!

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Excuse me but I have to rant for a moment. First Robert Scoble posts that Apple pulling out of Mac World is a sign that Social Media is killing trade shows. Which was bad enough but in Robert’s defense he is a tech blogger not a trade show expert.  But then Expo Magazine posts this:

Why does a trade show have to have a grid of booth spaces? Why can’t a trade show also be a film festival?

Well because that’s what makes it a trade show. According to Websters:

: a large exposition to promote awareness and sales of especially new products within an industry <a computer trade show>
Now a trade show can be lots of other things as well including a film festival but having booths, or tables, or exhibits of some sort is what makes it a trade show by definition.
That point aside MacWorld isn’t a trade show, it’s a consumer show with a trade element to it. Which is exactly why the end of the article mentions this:
Apple’s decision to pull out of Macworld is part of a larger corporate strategy de-emphasizing trade shows in favor of reaching customers directly through its retail outlets.
You see consumers visit retail stores to buy things. Wholesale distributors and retailers attend trade shows to select products to sell in their retail outlets. Most trade shows do not let consumers in (officially) they sneak in (in big numbers at events like NAMM, CES and the now defunct E3). Exhibitors at trade shows do not build their booths to see consumers, in fact they hate dealing with them because that is not their purpose for exhibiting.
/rant off

Are You A Gadget Blogger Headed to CES? Don't Miss the Big Blogger Party!

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The Blogworld gang is headed to CES, and for the third year in a row we’ll be attending the “It won’t Stay in Vegas” blogger party hosted by our friends at the Parnassus Group and Platinum sponsor AMD.

As usual, they have an all star lineup of gadget and tech bloggers on the guest list, including Robert Scoble, Gary Vaynerchuk, Andru Edwards, and hundreds of other tech bloggers.

Gary Vaynerchuk has picked out some great wine for the attendees,(view Gary’s keynote from BlogWorld 2008 here) and Sony is hosting a game lounge, with comfy seating and plenty of room for people to play all kinds of games on a single console, over a local LAN, or against the rest of the world on Sony¹s PlayStation Network (PSN).

Jim Turner and I hope to see you there!

The party is open to any bloggers who host a focused, editorially independent (non-vendor) blog and cover the tech or gadget space. You can request an invitation here:

Are You A Gadget Blogger Headed to CES? Don’t Miss the Big Blogger Party!

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The Blogworld gang is headed to CES, and for the third year in a row we’ll be attending the “It won’t Stay in Vegas” blogger party hosted by our friends at the Parnassus Group and Platinum sponsor AMD.

As usual, they have an all star lineup of gadget and tech bloggers on the guest list, including Robert Scoble, Gary Vaynerchuk, Andru Edwards, and hundreds of other tech bloggers.

Gary Vaynerchuk has picked out some great wine for the attendees,(view Gary’s keynote from BlogWorld 2008 here) and Sony is hosting a game lounge, with comfy seating and plenty of room for people to play all kinds of games on a single console, over a local LAN, or against the rest of the world on Sony¹s PlayStation Network (PSN).

Jim Turner and I hope to see you there!

The party is open to any bloggers who host a focused, editorially independent (non-vendor) blog and cover the tech or gadget space. You can request an invitation here:

Its a Phone!

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Robert Scoble Sums up all of the insanity of this ridiculous iPhone fever in this one paragraph:

After playing with it today I’ve got to agree. This is the company that can give you a crappy camera. No video. Charge you more than other devices. Make you wait hours in line. Take hours to get your credit card approved, your iPhones activated. And, at the end of it all, make you feel good.

huh?

Talk about drinking the Kool aid. I have to wonder if Steve jobs wrapped a turd in a shiny box with the apple logo on it how many fan boys would stand in line to buy one.

Blogs Receive More Clout Than Ever in 2008 Presidential Campaign

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Presidential candidates began courting political bloggers before the 2008 nomination race even got started. Virtually every candidate hired bloggers on staff. Some successfully and some not so much. Many set up conference calls with bloggers (McCain has excelled here). Both the RNC and DNC are allowing bloggers access to the show floor during their national conventions.

For those who are able to navigate the many minefields of the Blogosphere these efforts result in millions in online donations and of course turning voters out to the polls and caucuses.

Arguably the two candidates most attuned to the Blogosphere during this presidential campaign were presumptive nominees John McCain and Barak Obama (notice the video?). Obama has certainly benefited the most from social media having raised $45 million dollars online in one month!. He has more followers on Twitter (31,000+) than anyone including Bloggerati Rock Stars like Robert Scoble and Jason Calacanis. Mommie and Techy bloggers regularly tweet and post on his behalf. Obama has near 850,000 members on his Facebook fan site and a huge presence on MySpace (though many of those friends may not be old enough to vote). Who can forget the Viral Videos from Obama Girl (nine million views!); which had more than a small part in raising national awareness and elevating Obama’s candidacy to legitimate contender status.

McCain on the other hand has a distinguished military career, has made many trips to Iraq and constantly praises the men and women serving in our armed forces earning him the respect of Milbloggers.

Now the McCain campaign in following with it’s overall strategy of reaching out to voters beyond his base is reaching out to left leaning blogs and even non-political blogs. Here is an excerpt from a Washington Times article on Friday.

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign is trying to tap a new audience of potential voters by taking his campaign message straight to liberal and nonpolitical issues-based blogs, which reach millions of readers but don’t often delve into conservative politics.

The strategy was in full swing yesterday when Mr. McCain invited non-conservative bloggers to join his regular blogger conference call, just hours after he delivered a major speech previewing his war strategy and other priorities for a first presidential term.

These candidates are both going to continue to seek the support of the Blogosphere and their tens of millions of readers. They are wise to do so. Bloggers and their readers vote. For the candidate that does it right, it just might mean the difference between winning and losing the Presidency.

PS. A couple of months ago I was joking with someone that Obama might be the first President to Tweet the State of the Union Address. I might not have been that far off.

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