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  • 1. 7 Tips to Rock SMC Victoria September 10th, 2010 View Comments Posted by Chris Burdge 7 Tips to Rock SMC Victoria If you have an interest in social media then you’ll want to be at Social Media Camp in Victoria on Sunday October 3rd. We have been working hard to bring you some of the best social media thinkers and doers from across North America. The day is going to be back-to- back awesomeness with speakers like Scott Stratten, Julien Smith and 25 other social media professionals. Attending SMCV10 is a great way to stay abreast of industry trends, network with peers and get face-to-face with people you’ve been tweeting with. Here are 7 tips to help ensure you get the most of our your experience at Social Media Camp.
  • 2. Identify your goals Why are you coming to SMCV10? What do you want to achieve? Think about and set some goals so when going through the rest of the steps you have something to guide your decision-making. You can also use them after the event to look back and see if you achieved what you set out to and if your investment was worthwhile. Understand your strengths and weaknesses If you’re been rockin Twitter since 2009, you probably won’t get anything out of a basic level Twitter presentation? Try hitting some sessions that cover topics you’re not as familiar with or could use some strengthening Publish your own stuff Take the opportunity to grab one of the speakers between sessions for a quick video interview or a pic and a blog post. Collaborate with colleagues on something related to their session. This may be your only opportunity to sit down with folks like Ricardo Bueno or Justyn Howard to explore opportunities to work together. Agenda Planning Review the schedule ahead of time and print it out. Check out the speakers and the session description. Use your printout to make notes of the sessions you’d like to hit. Having an agenda will keep you on track. NOTE: you will also receive an official SMC Program when you check-in that includes the final schedule and speaker bio’s. Prep some questions You’ll get out of the event what you put into it. Take a few minutes to think about what you’d really like to learn and prepare some questions around that. I know I’ll be listening intently to Megan Berry talk about how they determine KLOUT scores and look forward to asking her for examples of how companies and levering KLOUT and why it matters. Who do you want to meet The camp is not just about great speakers. Often the most value you get out of conferences are the people you meet. To do this you need to make the effort. Not sure who’s attending? Check for those using the #SMCV10 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook fans and list of speakers. If you’re coming alone and
  • 3. don’t know anyone leverage Twitter or Facebook to do some pre-event networking. If you’re coming with friends or co-workers make an effort to break away and meet new people. Sometimes it’s easy to hang with the gang but you can do that anytime. Prep a short list of people you really want to meet ahead of time. Follow-up Once you get back from the event make sure you follow-up on the contacts you made. Find them and Linkedin and “connect”. Shoot them an email. Upload your photos to Flickr and videos to YouTube (be sure to tag them). And be sure to write a blog post about the experience or comment on the SMC blog. We hope you have a fantastic experience at Victoria’s first Social Media Camp. Be sure to stop and say hello to me (Chris Burdge) or Paul and give us your feedback. We want everyone to walk away from this event saying WOW – that was amazing. I learned so much and made some great contacts, I can’t wait for next year!