3 Things I took away from Podcamp Seattle

I usually hate using terms like “take away”, but I really did take a lot away from the recent Podcamp Seattle.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with podcamps, go to http://podcamp.pbwiki.com/PodcampSeattle.Three of the things I took away are:

1. a new appreciation of tagging. All of the attendees were given small labels and a pen and were told to tag our fellow attendees. It really revealed to me the social importance of tags and tagging.

2. a renewed hope for the future of marketing. Among some of the great sessions were some really good ones on social media and marketing. Eric Weaver and Patrick Byers gave two of my favorite sessions. Eric Weaver, of Edelman Digital, spoke about the need for organizations to embrace the social media space and gave some great direction for how to start.

Patrick Byers, of Outsource Marketing, gave a presentation all about social media marketing for social good. Through great examples of people changing the world, Byers showed how doing the right thing is not only right, but a good business move as well. Check out Patrick’s slideshow here.

3. new connections with real people. Just like the real power of social technologies, the real power of Podcamp Seattle could be found in the connections that people were making with each other. To me, that is what social media is all about. I met a lot of great people who are doing great things.

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2 comments so far

  1. Patrick Byers on

    Hello Will,

    It was great meeting you at Podcamp Seattle and thank you for your kind comments regarding “social media for social good.”

    Your involvement with my session made it better, and based on your writing here on Marketing 4 Change, I believe you would have been a terrific presenter on the topic yourself.

    Keep up the great work.

    Patrick

  2. johnhaydon on

    Will,

    Great overview of Podcamp – thanks! It’s great that these media companies recognize that good-old face-to-face meetings are still the best way to share technology.

    John


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