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New Marketing Labs does a great job with their conferences of distilling the essential information into easily understood chunks that you can take home and start, um… chunking with right away. One of the first social media conferences I attended was their Inbound Marketing Summit in San Francisco, way back in the mist-shrouded days of January 2009. We were so young and eager to learn back then.

So I’m really pleased that I’ll be on the agenda for their New Marketing Experience in Chicago on Sept. 21. It’s a one-day seminar with a great lineup of smart, experienced folks who will give you practical information you can really use to get actual results. And me. But I have funny slides.

Best of all, they’ve given me my own discount code: DBT5. Use that and you’ll get 50 percent off your registration fee.

I wonder if DBT10 would get you in for free?

Don’t try that. That was a joke.

Here’s the list of topics to be covered at the event:

  • What is New Marketing and how does it affect my business?
  • Innovative Marketing Programs Using New Media
  • Internet Marketing and ROI – we all know it is important / now we know how to do it
  • Sales 2.0 – using new marketing tools to change the way your sales team makes sales
  • Content Marketing
  • PR 2.0 – Getting the Word Out in a new way
  • Integrating Offline & Online Experiences
  • The Social Inbox: Extending the Reach of Email
  • Listening and Monitoring – The New Way to Market

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::UPDATE:: I should clarify that I still think there is a need for 101-level social media conferences that help people understand the value and how to get started. My main point is we need to stop telling people simply to join the conversation without telling them how.

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This week I’ll be heading to Cisco in San Jose for the Social Media Summit, put on by Ragan Communications. I’m excited to be attending and even more so to be presenting. I attended a Ragan event at SAS about two years ago, before I took on the Social Media Manager role, and met a lot of smart and inspiring folks, including Shel Holtz and Lee Aase.

The title of my presentation is, “Can 11,000 employees speak with one voice? How SAS is taking social media from grassroots to an integrated strategy.” (SPOILER ALERT: 11,000 employees cannot speak with one voice, and I wouldn’t want them to even if they could.)

I’ll be talking about what we’ve learned in developing our social media guidelines and recommendations for SAS employees and how to effectively create your own. More than that, we’ll discuss how a comprehensive and practical social media policy can form the basis for your social media strategy as a whole.

Whether you’re talking policy or strategy, it all starts with some basics: knowing what your goals are and how you define success, and getting all the right people together in the same room.

If you’re attending the conference, let me know what you most want to talk about. Let me know even if you aren’t attending the conference. We’ll be using the hashtag #RaganCisco. Expect some great content.

Oh, and am I a little nervous that I’ll be onstage immediately before Guy Kawasaki? Yes, but not as much as if I were following him.

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