If you are a social media practitioner living in or around NYC and are not aware of Social Media Week, you are missing out.
All over Manhattan, there are talks, and workshops, and meetings in which social media pros are presenting the latest and greatest in social media. And most of it is Free!
I’m spending the day at a “Social Media Action Camp” and have heard amazing speakers. Right at this moment, Scott Monty, Global Digital & Multimedia Communications Manager at Ford, who has been ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 influencers in social media, is speaking.
Just this morning, presenters with real name recognition – and those who are not well known…yet – have shared their thoughts, experiences, and visions for the future.
The events continue all week, day and night. I attended a breakfast that began at 8:30, and there is an event at 6pm tonight called “Hiring for the Social Web” that sounds very interesting. I’m not sure I have the stamina to attend 6 more presentations this afternoon, and then run across town to that session…but I’m going to give it a go.
I will be attending other sessions throughout the week, with names such as “You’ve Built a Fan Base, Now What?”, “Social as the Great Equalizer: Interviews with Companies Large and Small”, and “Social Media Analytics Helps UNICEF Save Lives”. There are so many others that sound tempting!
I have learned a variety of interesting things, such as the “best times to Tweet are at 9am, noon, 3pm and 6pm est”…”keep Tweets to 120 characters, which allows space for others to ReTweet your Tweets”, and “The Library of Congress archives all Tweets”. And it is not just about Twitter…presenter Nathan Latka of Heyo offered dozens of tips about getting the most from your Facebook page.
If you are in NYC, and make your career in social media…or are a passionate practitioner of it…you’d be crazy not to check out Social Media Week NYC, or, as they call it around here, #smwSMAC.