Blogging Conferences, Expos, and Other Media Events
Somewhere in the past I have heard mention of BlogWorld, but I had no real awareness of what this was about. Then, about a week ago, I heard that BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 was going to be held in Los Angeles in November 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I got online and began doing some research.
This sounds like the kind of event I've been hoping to find. This is what an official press release from the event has to say:
- BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the world's largest social media conference and new media industry tradeshow, will move its western U.S. event to the Los Angeles Convention Center this November 3 – 5. BlogWorld has been held in Las Vegas for the past five years.
BlogWorld West will host more than 4,000 attendees, 200 sponsoring companies, 100 educational sessions and 200 speakers. Additionally, BlogWorld's eastern U.S. event took place in New York City at the Jacob Javits Convention Center,May 24-26, 2011.
BlogWorld is a one of a kind show that attracts the most popular and knowledgeable bloggers, podcasters, Internet radio and TV broadcasters, as well as the most influential Facebook and Twitter celebrities and social media professionals.
"New media and traditional media are converging. Los Angeles is the home of the film, television and music industries and also has the single largest population of bloggers and digital content creators in the country. That puts L.A. at the center of the convergence of new and traditional media making it the obvious choice for us," explained Rick Calvert, CEO and co-founder of BlogWorld.The BlogWorld conference offers sessions designed to help bloggers, podcasters and other digital content creators learn how to better create, distribute and monetize their content and covers the latest trends in online journalism, social media, online communities, Internet broadcasting, video streaming and much more.
An important feature of BlogWorld is the Social Media Business Summit, the world's largest social media business conference. This exclusive three-day event offers educational sessions designed to teach marketing and PR executives as well as business owners the most effective ways to utilize social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more in their sales, marketing, customer service, PR, and enterprise activities.
The New Media Expo exhibit floor consists of a wide range of companies serving the new media marketplace, including social media software, blogging platforms, advertising networks, social media monitoring services, recording devices, live streaming equipment and software, video and podcast hosting services, mobile devices, social media consulting services, search engine marketing and more.
Check out the official BlogWorld website and see for yourself. After exploring the website and doing some additional research I decided that I should scout out this event to see what it's all about. Yes, I'm going to BlogWorld!
My first visit will be a reconnaissance mission in order to get an idea of what happens at an event like this. BlogWorld sounds like a kind of crash course in blogging and a bit more--kind of like a college of blog and media expertise. Then perhaps I might consider attending the full scale future events. This time around I'll be only on the trade show floor to check out who is there and what they do. Unfortunately I may not be able attend any of the seminars and panel discussions, but from the sound of things I should have two packed days of getting to know the event and meet some big names in blogging.
And now a contest!
Thanks to Dave Cynkin, the president and co-founder of BlogWorld, I have one Expo Pass to give away on my blog. The Expo Pass includes the following:
- Access to exhibits during open hours
- Access to main event Keynote sessions (not Track Keynotes, those require a conference pass)
- Access to Saturday Networking Reception on Exhibit Floor
- Access to Official Evening Networking Parties & Mixers too!
- Includes PodCamp
In order to be eligible for the contest you would first have to be able to attend. If you live in the Southern California area or know for certain that you could be here in Los Angeles during November 4-5, then you are eligible. You will be responsible for any costs associated with attending, such as accommodations, travel, parking, etc. Please don't register if you do not meet these eligibility requirements as you may be preventing someone else from attending who would really like to go.
If you are eligible and would like to submit your entry then send me an email telling why you would like to attend BlogWorld, what you want to get out of the experience, and one primary thing you would most like to learn. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (the same address that can be found on my profile). I will announce the winner next Monday 10/10/11.
Is anyone already planning to attend this BlogWorld event in Los Angeles? Have you attended any of the previous BlogWorld events? Are there any other blogging events that you have attended? If so, tell us about your experience.