Internet Marketing Conference returns to Vancouver

Internet Marketing Conference Vancouver 2010I’m excited to be on a panel at the upcoming Internet Marketing Conference coming to Vancouver from September 21-23rd. This will be my third year in a row speaking at the conference. Guy Kawasaki is the keynote, so I likely need not say more…

The topic of the panel is: When is Social Media not working? Social Media is the popular way of reaching people online. At the same time many businesses are failing to gain business advantage from Social Media. How do you know when Social Media is right for you and when it’s not?

If you’ll be there, make sure to say hello…

Come to TransportCamp on October 30th.

My friend Jeremy Osborn invited me to an interesting event called TransportCamp: A Sustainable Transportation Unconference.

Here’s how it is described on the website:

TransportCamp is an unconference, created for exploring the following theme:

How can transportation be a catalyst for building more vibrant communities in the Lower Mainland?

I love this BarCamp model applied to areas in need of collaborative thinking. I’m signing up.

Here are the details:
Where: BCIT Campus Downtown, 2nd Floor 555 Seymour Street Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 3H6
When: October 30th, 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Why: To network, generate ideas, and organize around sustainable transportation!
Cost: $25.00

Here’s where you register. See you there.

Internet Marketing Conference coming back to Vancouver in September.

Internet Marketing Conference - Vancouver, Canada - September 16-18, 2009I have taken 2009 off from presenting at conferences, and it’s been a good decision. I’ve really enjoyed being able to focus on work and family here in Vancouver.

But I am making one exception.

The Internet Marketing Conference is coming back to Vancouver September 16-18, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Last year’s was a great event, and this year I’m speaking on a panel entitled Social Media for Business.

The panel is described as so:

Social media is the new hot thing. It’s a great way for consumers to share their opinions and interact with leading brands. But how does social media fit in the B2B/B2C environment? Panelists will discuss how they use social media for their clients as well as their own businesses.

A couple of my fellow panelists are the same as my fellow panelists from last year (which is good thing).

The panel includes:
JP Holecka, Powershifter Media
Christopher Berry, Critical Mass
Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Tactical Execution
Warren Sukernek, Radian6 ( who will be moderator)

You can register now.

I’m going to Convergence ’09 on May 11th.

Convergence '09I am very excited about Convergence ’09. It may prove to be one of the best digital marketing events in Vancouver this year. There are three reasons I make this statement.

  1. The keynote speaker is David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America
  2. It takes place at the new Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (although it went massively over budget, it is the only LEED certified convention centre in North America)
  3. Last year’s event rocked (and I’m not just saying that because I was on a panel)

Take a look at the program, there are all kinds of great topics.

Here’s a description of the talk by David Plouffe:

After winning the election on November 4, 2008, President Obama called Plouffe “the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.” Credited with achieving one of the biggest upsets in American political history, his campaign generated a brand loyalty program with unprecedented success. Plouffe shares with the audience the election story and the process of developing a winning social media strategy that inspired millions to engage in the Obama campaign.

It takes place on May 11th. The price is $299 for the day, but they have early bird pricing on for $199. You can register for Convergence ’09 here.

Let me know if you’re going… I’ll see you there.

It’s been fun, but I’m not speaking for a while.

It started in Arizona. At Net.Finance in April of 2007. I pitched myself as a speaker after attending the conference the previous year and finding it immensely valuable. I presented on, why Vancity launched it, and what made it successful. I adapted it from an internal presentation explaining what it was to our executives.

At that conference the unbelievably nice Ted Josephson tapped me on the shoulder on our way into a vendor dinner and told me that I was officially “on the circuit.” I laughed it off, not totally sure what he meant. In the ensuing year and a half, I presented at 15 conferences and events across North America, focused on marketing, banking, online or corporate social responsibility.

The Finance 2.0 SummitIt is unfortunate that my last scheduled conference in this run, The Finance 2.0 Summit, was cancelled, falling victim to the lack of budgets among FI marketing professionals. But with this cancellation, I now make a clean break from my two years of speaking.

I have to admit, my wife, Amy, found it very odd that I travelled more working for a local credit union than I ever had before. But she was extremely supportive.

As were my boss and colleagues, even though I’m sure some of them wondered how the hell I got to go to so many conferences, even though our budgets to attend them were fixed. Speaking was my way to learn a ton and connect with peers from all over.

And now that experience is behind me. With enhanced responsibilities at Vancity, and a desire to be around more for my team and my wife and son, I have decided to take at least the year of 2009 away from the conference scene.

Here’s the way I worded it on my speaking engagements & interviews page on this very site.

In 2007 and 2008 I had the great privilege of speaking at numerous financial and marketing conferences across North America. In the process I met some amazing people, engaged in transformative discussions and learned from top-notch thought leaders. It has been a rewarding and humbling adventure.

In 2009, I feel very excited about all the things happening at Vancity, and will focus on my work here in Vancouver. As a result, I will not be accepting speaking engagements for the duration of the year.

The hardest part of this whole thing is that I likely won’t see my good friends whom I only get to see in person at these conferences. You know who you are, and I have no doubt we’ll keep in touch via our blogs and other networks through which we’re umbilically attached.

What does this mean to you? Mostly that it’ll be at least a year until I drone on and on about where I’m speaking next, what my scores were and how many LinkedIn connections I added. No biggie…