What Happens In Vegas .. Should Not Stay In Vegas - Part 1


Part 1 -- Last week was over the top bloggy Las Vegas style. I spoke at Blog World and then presenting at an AMA Hot Topic Workshop on social media .. nice complement. Big Take Away from Blog World .. there is no doubt social media is an industry! Perhaps a bebe one but still an industry.

Blogworld_2007 I have lots to share with you about the first social media convention. First, toss of a pink boa to Dave Taylor and Chris Rick Calvert (oops. thanks for the catch Jim) for their vision and dedication in bring this first show off so well.  The Blog World staff was amazing .. thank you Patti for the 'luggage help.'

I had the pleasure of sharing the spot light day one with Marc Danziger. We tag teamed the session - The Importance of Blogging and New Media In Your Organization's Strategic Marketing. For your viewing pleasure - Download blogworld_2007v7.pdf the deck. On Wednesday Amy Grahan invited me to be part of an important panel discussion on ethics. Jeremy Pepper live blogged the session. Amy's notes are extensive and include the links mentioned.

My favorite part of Blog World .. catching up with friends in the same room!Jim Turner, Patti and Denise from the Blog Squad, Wendy Piersell, Rich Brooks, Des Walsh, Maggie Fox, Rich Brooks, Marshall Kirpatrick, Debbie Weil, Cynthia Trevino, Eric Olsen, Blog Critics who was so kind to a wannabe blogger and Jeremy Wright who is still  sweet and humble even with the fast success of b2media. And more! 

It was a treat to spend time with Tris Hussey, who has been my IT savior from afar; and Liz Strauss, who after talking with her for 2.5 seconds I so got why she is the Diva of Comments. I finally met Andy Wibble who once upon a time invited me to do my very first podcast with him. Andy's posted a few recaps of the event. Larry Benet .. thanks for the chocolate surprise.  Shel video interviewed Liz and me. Note to self: change eye make when video taping. Stephan Spencer, H.L. DeVore and I played find the best blog url not taken at the fabulous party at the fabulous Wynn. Giving Glenda Watson Hyatt a hug was a special moment .. she lights up a room! I read her biography, I'll Do It Myself, on the flight back to Hot'lanta. Hint: The story of Glenda's life travels and inspirational accomplishments would make a wonderful holiday present.

One of my favorite lines came from Jory Des Jardins
"Social media is like a puppy .. it can't take care of itself."

Update: oops! going thru my note I found that it was not Diva Jory but Diva Maggie Fox who came up with this creative line.

Part 2 -- notes, random thoughts and learnings.   


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Your presentation on the "Blogging and New Media In Your Organization's Strategic Marketing" was one of the best presentations of the conference. So glad you posted it here - I look forward to sharing your insights with my coworkers.

Posted by: Marjie on Nov 12, 2007 4:36:36 PM

Marjie - Thanks for your over the top kind words. Please let me know if you have any questions and keep me posted about your company's social media strategy.

Posted by: Toby on Nov 12, 2007 7:34:14 PM


One of the big sacrifices of getting to do great work right now is missing you and events like BlogWorld. Thank you for posting this material. 'Til next time.

Posted by: Valeria Maltoni on Nov 12, 2007 8:26:03 PM


It was so great getting to meet you in person, and I look forward to depeening our friendship. Glad you enjoyed the book!

Posted by: Glenda Watson Hyatt on Nov 12, 2007 9:06:51 PM


It was great meeting you at Blog World. Your session was excellent (too bad it wasn't longer!!). The examples were great and I loved that you really engaged the audience.

Hopefully we'll meet again soon!

- Krista

Posted by: Krista Neher on Nov 13, 2007 11:37:20 AM

Hi Toby, just wanted to say thanks for sharing the video link - it's interesting how much more we can get to 'know' of people from hearing and seeing them - especially when you're interacting with a couple of other people too. (And especially when one of the other people is Liz!) Fun - thanks!


Posted by: Joanna Young on Nov 13, 2007 11:48:06 AM

Toby I just want to thank you again for a very informative session.

Posted by: kevin on Nov 17, 2007 10:03:31 AM

Kevin - Appreciate your kind words. Thanks for posting your notes on the other sessions and sharing the learnings on your blog.

Posted by: Toby on Nov 17, 2007 11:08:18 AM

Hi Toby,

Just wanted to say thank you for the post, the links and for giving a great talk at the show!

Seriously everyone I have spoke to has raved about the talk you and Mark gave.

can't wait to do it all again next year.

Blog on!

Posted by: Rick Calvert on Nov 21, 2007 10:13:37 PM

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