I just got back from Social Media Marketing World 2015 in sunny San Diego. This was my first year going and I had heard so many good things about this event that I wondered if it could possibly live up to my expectations.
Michael Stelzner and Social Media Examiner do a fantastic job putting on this event. It is on the pricier side for events, but it is the “Four Seasons” of marketing conferences.
After attending this event, I wanted to share with you 5 reasons why I think you should attend Social Media Marketing World
#1 – Quality, Quality, Quality
Everything about this event is top-notch. You can tell they put a lot of thought into every single minute of this event. From the early morning networking walks, to the presentations, to the evening events… everything is well structured and top quality. They also have lots of support staff to ensure you can easily find someone if you need some help or directions.
#2 – The Networking
This conference goes out of their way to make sure you have numerous opportunities to network. Here are just some of the networking opportunities:
- Early morning networking walks
- Dedicated networking sessions during the day
- Lunch networking
- Evening networking parties
- Facebook/LinkedIn groups to start networking prior to the conference
New or not great at networking, this conference has networking ambassadors whose sole purpose is to help you get started making the connections you are looking to make.
Look for the bow-tie and you can always find Mike “ambassador” Brunny who is there to help you get the most out of this event.
Since this was my first time there, I did not really know anyone but the opening night networking bingo game made it super fun and easy to quickly meet and engage with fellow attendees and speakers.
#3 – The Presentations
There were so many great presentations to choose from that many times I wanted to see 3 or four different ones all occurring at the same time. I spoke with numerous attendees who had the same dilemma, but the conference has you covered with access to all the session recordings.
#4 – The Venu
This was my first time to San Diego. Again, I had heard so many great things about this city but instantly fell in love with it. The hotel (Grand Hyatt) was great and the location was even better.
We had a fabulous view of the bay from our room and loved being able to go for walks around the bay in the morning/evenings.
The weather was fabulous and there are so many great shops/restaurants all within walking distance of the event that I did not even need to rent a car.
#5 – Fun
While this event has some of the best speakers and content, they also know how to make it fun. I couldn’t believe what a fun event this was and the two days just seemed to fly by.
The first night we had a networking party on the USS Midway aircraft carrier and the second night it was a social beach party at the hotel. Both events were super fun and what I liked best was it was a causal environment for you to meet and have some time to chat with the speakers.
The first night we played a networking bingo game and I needed to find a podcaster, I saw Michal Stelzner and having that bingo card made it super easy and less awkward to go up and introduce myself.
I had the opportunity to speak with Michael a few more times during the conference and I was impressed with how accessible, friendly and sincere he was. You could tell he truly cares about making this conference the best for all of the attendees.
Was there anything this conference could have done better?
The only draw back I can think of was that spouses were not allowed to attend the evening parties (unless they also had bought a ticket). I was there with my wife and would have loved to have been able to take her to the evening events. However, I understand when you are having parties on aircraft carriers there is a max capacity that needs to be considered.
To Wrap It All Up
I can’t help but think back to when I stayed at a Four Seasons, it was more money than I had ever spent on a hotel before but it was without question worth it. I feel the same about Social Media Marketing World, it is more expensive than other events… but you won’t be disappointed.