Do you have a social savvy strategy for the next conference you’re attending?
This is top of mind for me this week. I couldn’t be more excited to attend the The 2017 MAKERS Conference for women’s leadership, which starts tonight.
My employer is a sponsor of the conference, and I could not be more proud. (This is where I remind readers that opinions expressed in this blog are my own.)
Here are some ideas about making the most of your conference experience in social media.
How can you amplify awareness of the conference and its goals?
- Check out the social media plan for the conference. For MAKERS, this came in a series of pre-event emails with sample messages and great content to share.
- Know and use the relevant hashtag(s). #BEBOLD is the MAKERS hashtag. It’s perfect because it stands out in all caps and its brevity saves characters.
- Share pre-conference information in your social networks. In the weeks leading up to the conference, I’ve shared content in Twitter and LinkedIn.
How can you get to know new people you can learn from?
- Check out the attendance list in advance. If anyone already in your network is attending, you can reconnect as well as identify new people you want to meet.
- Be active in the event app – or in a social media group. Add your picture and key info to your app profile. Send messages to people you want to meet in person.
- Introduce yourself to 5 to 10 new people at each session. A goal to say hello to a focused number of people makes connections meaningful and manageable.
How can you share valuable content with your social networks?
- Post key learnings in real time. Try tweets with key talk points, as I did recently at a USC Annenberg event with Dr. Rebecca Weintraub.
- Share links to conference recaps. The TEDWomen 2016 conference posted interesting summaries of each section that were ready-made for social sharing.
- Write a blog post about the experience. Speakers at TEDWomen 2016 were so moving that I wrote about my experience and what I took away from it.
What can you do after a conference to share the learnings, increase the impact and grow the new network connections you made?
- Share with your colleagues. Post a summary for appropriate groups in your company’s social intranet or present it in a face-to-face meeting.
- Connect with people you meet in social media. Send personalized LinkedIn invitations to people you met and follow them in other social networks.
- Take one new action. Commit to doing one thing that will make a difference. My #BEBOLD action will be the subject of a future post.
How do you make the most of a conference experience in social media?