I am really excited about this event!
Next week from Wednesday through Friday I’ll be in Huntsville, Alabama for the Social Media Tourism Symposium. I’ll be joined by some of the top social media marketing speakers including Jay Baer, Sheila Scarborough and Tom Martin, among others. In fact, both Sheila and Tom have spoken at SoMeT before and both just raved about the event and the group running it. That was what really got them on my radar and got me interested in wanting to speak there.
This will actually be my 3rd tourism event to speak at this year in Alabama. I have to admit, I absolutely loved the experience of speaking at these events. Here’s what I’ve noticed (and I was talking about this yesterday to a friend in this space): Many of the ‘national’ social media events have basically become social events. You go there, you re-connect with old friends, maybe meet a speaker or two you want to, and just ‘hang out’. There’s not a lot of common ground among the attendees, other than the social media tools.
But with the tourism events I’ve spoken at, the attendees are all coming from similar backgrounds. As a result, the attendees are engaged in a higher-level conversation, the topics are more focused on strategy and execution versus the tools. Personally, I loved the experience I’ve had at these events and expect an even better one at #SoMeT13US next week.
And I want you to join me! Unfortunately, registration ends tomorrow but you still have time to get in if you hurry. I’ll be keynoting Friday morning presenting Think Like a Rock Star and will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of my book!
Oh and the opening night party will be at what has to be the coolest venue ever for an opening party (and this is from someone that’s been to an opening party at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame), the US Space and Rocket Center!
You can register here, hope to see you next week!
Tom Martin says
You’re gonna love it… David Serino and his team put on a first class product… my 4th year attending and speaking… wouldn’t think of missing it.
See ya soon.
Sheila Scarborough says
You’re absolutely right – the talk is about “strategy & execution” with specific (tourism) industry examples. No pie-in-the-sky….and the smartest destination marketing geeks you’ll find anywhere. Can’t wait!