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Friday, November 16, 2007

social media goes REALLY Social (pass the bubbly, wontcha?)

Champagne_2 Australia




the Middle East

the United Kingdom

East Coast


West Coast

Down South

Up North

and some areas I've forgotten (forgive me, it's late)

What do these have in common? They'll ALL be represented at Blogger Social '08. Because it's a global affair...kind of like how all countries are represented at the United Nations (but we bloggers come to decisions far more quickly and we debate Web 2.0, not WMDs).

Folks, the world is changing....marketing has been turned on its head...the customer is now in control...Um, Yawn! Frig that noise. Cuz at THIS event...for one VERY special, highly social (!) weekend, we ain't gonna be talking any of that stuff.

Nope, we're just getting together--just to be together and meet these fine folks--in one very cool, very rockin' city amid several great events (I can personally vouch for this town and I can personally vouch for having met 50+ rockin' marketers who blog).

Here's a question: In 10 years do you really think you'll remember all those speeches at all those conferences? Don't think so.

But you'll remember social. (well, unless you have a bit too much of the bubbly)

So the only question is: why won't YOU be there? (cuz you'll be missed and you've plenty of time to calendar it).

Yep, you can still sign-up...all info is at this very fetching site right here.

Here's who has signed-up to be a Socialite thus far: Susan Bird Tim Brunelle Katie Chatfield Terry Dagrosa Matt Dickman Luc Debaisieux Gianandrea Facchini Mark Goren Gavin Heaton Sean Howard CK Valeria Maltoni Drew McLellan Doug Meacham Marilyn Pratt Steve Roesler Greg Verdino CB Whittemore Steve Woodruff Paul McEnany Ann Handley David Reich Tangerine Toad Kristin Gorski Mack Collier David Armano Ryan Barrett Lori Magno Tim McHale Gene DeWitt Mario Vellandi Arun Rajagopal Joseph Jaffe Rohit Bhargava Anna Farmery Marianne Richmond Thomas Clifford Lewis Green Geoff Livingston Kris Hoet Connie Reece CeCe Lee Jonathan Trenn Toby Bloomberg Seni Thomas Darryl Ohrt Debbie Weil

(NOTE: updates to that list expected. As in, many mo' a coming!)

Bs08button3 Still need to know what this is about?

  • Origin of this fabulous idea is right here.
  • Idea became a full-throttle Web site and registration system right here.
  • And here's a map that Matt made showing where everyone is hailing from. Ain't technology fun? (psst: socials are more fun).

PS: There is one MAJOR downside...it's not until '08.

PPS: Yes, even if Web 2.0 dies the social is still on. Because socials are always in style.

PPPS: Yes, it would be really awesome, wow(!), great and soooo super if you fine folks would blog about the event as I found out a lot of people don't know about it. Which begs the burning question: how can it be that people don't read my blog?

Remember, GO HERE to learn more and to REGISTER. Yes, do it now and yes, I'm very bossy (but markedly less so with some bubbly ;-).

And here's Gavin Heaton saying it much better than me...he is such a smashing bloke, eh?


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This is THE social event of the blogosphere. It will be unlike anything ever experienced before. Be there!


There is a 99% chance that I will attend. Drew has the details why I have not pre-registered but know that the creeks will have to rise and swallow up Manhattan for me not to attend.

Can't wait!

Hi CK,

I'm really excited about this event. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.


Hmmm, me thinks you need to add South Africa to that listing. Ah, if only it were that simple ;)

I'm planning to attend but haven't registered yet as I'm focused on LeWeb3 07 in Paris this month - but hopefully, your registration will still be open in January/February time frame and I'll register by then ( i just hope you keep a spot open for me).... I many even drag a friend or two in, but I won't know that for another month or two.

And what venue are you planning to hold Blogger Social in? Being a New Yorker and having attended several conferences here - I can suggest a couple of venues - but a lot of it depends on how many people you expect to attend - if it's 150 or 200, that's one thing - but if it's 500-1000, that's totally different.

It's also a little early to sell out - I'd think you'd have people registering right up through late March 08 - a lot of people don't register till the last minute anyway - next April is a long time for many people - but you can count me in - as long as you don't close registration before I get a chance to sign up.

Marshall Sponder

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@Marshall: Thanks so much for reading my blog. Would love (!) for you to attend--I'll check-in with you in Feb and will not let registration end without ya...deal?

We're keeping registrations open until right after Valentine's Day. Am very interested in venues you suggest. We're holding 3 events in 3 venues, btw. 2 on land and 1 at sea.

And yes, this is different than most events. In fact it is unlike any other event in that we aren't holding a speaker program and don't have corporate backing (this is not a money-maker, it's for the community). It's a weekend full of events for colleagues and friends to meet, laugh, talk biz if they want and talk life.

100% grassroots initiative so sign-ups are early as we need to ensure interest so that I don't rack up 10k on my credit card. I actually enjoy racking up my credit cards but, darndest thing, I don't enjoy paying them off. (I sure hope you have a sense of humor:-)

And....we held a survey back in June asking when people wanted it - the majority voted April and this community--like social media--is democratic so April won (fyi: I voted for Feb. in Vegas since I live here, but I'll take NYC in April, too ;-). Many people have families and are flying in from abroad so they needed at least 6 mos. lead time, just fyi. All survey results are at: http://blogger-social.com

Email me with any other Qs--I have an answer for most everything, many times even the right answer--and it's nice to meet another marketer, and a fellow NY'er.

Oh, and enjoy Paris...bonne chance et bon voyage!

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