Friday Fun: Conference Conferences & More Conferences


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

A birthday toast Gentlemanjack_tasteglass1_1 to my pal Bill Neal, the divo who taught me the virtures and vices of how to drink "southern!" Right in time for Bill's b'thday, Lewis Green posted Bill's story in the series To Those Who Serve.

Have some extra budget money to spend .. check out these coast-to-coast conferences about marketing and social media.

Event: New Communications Forum Conference & Expo 2007
Year 3 of the conference includes 4 tracks: Internal Communications, PR & External Communications, Advertising & Marketing, New Media & Journalism
Date: March 7-9, 2007
Place: The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas, NV

Event: American Marketing Association Marketing Workshop
Over twenty two- and four-hour presentations to choose from, including tracks in strategic marketing, CRM, branding, social media and customer satisfaction/value/loyalty.
Blogger Sybil Stershic is conducting a workshop titled - Marketing from the Inside Out: Engaging Employees for Strategic Advantage on 3/19
Happy Birthday Divo Bill Neal is teaching Introduction to Marketing Strategy on 3/19
Bloggy Disclosure
: I'm facilitating a session called - The Good, The Blog and the Ugly! on 3/20
Dates: March 19-22, 2007
Place: Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas, NV

Event: Creating Great Customer Experiences with Lewis Green, L&G Business Solutions/Blog
Lewis Green will lead this discussion and focus on creating great customer experiences, building customer loyalty and differentiating our businesses by being known for our customer and client experiences.
Date: March 23rd, 2007 - Noon
: Rebecca's Cafa, Burlington, MA

Event: Social Marketing University  - Co-sponsored by Public Health Communication & Marketing Program, GWU School of Public Health and Health Services. Presented By Nedra Kline Weinreich, Weinreich Communications/Blog.  Included for Social Marketing University attendees! - Next Generation Social Marketing Seminar. Learn about emerging marketing techniques. March 30, 2007, 8:30a - 12:00 p
Dates: March 28-30, 2007
Place: Cafritz Conference Center, The George Washington University Washington, DC

Event: BlogHer Business - "How to Succeed in a Social Media World" 
The conference is designed for businesses at all levels of social media integration and includes case studies, roundtable discussions, ask-the-experts micro-consulting sessions and break-out tracks. Divos are welcome!
Bloggy Disclosure: Diva Marianne Richmond & I are Mc'ing something called The Lab on 3/28.  On 3/30 I'm leading an unconference panel about Should You Blog?
Dates: March 22 and 23, 2007
Place: Hotel Affinia, 371 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
Special Discount: $100 off when you enter the code BHBAC-DSC on the registration page

Event: Healthcare Blogging Summit 2007 Spring
Sponsored by Trusted.MD and Transmarx Healthcare. Emphasis is on the practical lessons that that can be applied by healthcare professionals and organizations regarding social media.
Bloggy Disclosure: I'll be leading a panel discussion Creating a Presence – Plan and Develop Your Blog
Strategy and Tactics on Establishing Your Social Media Presence
April 30, 2007
Place: Venetian Hotel & Resort Las Vegas, NV



business astrology for fun -
from The Astro Divas Paula Dare & Donna Page

Happy Friday Divas. With the Moon in Aquarius today and the New Moon in Aquarius tomorrow it is an excellent time to gather your friends together and exchange ideas and news. 

Mercury is now retrograde; time to reconnect with people from the past and catch up on all your paperwork (as in all those receipts needed for you upcoming taxes).

The Sun enters Pisces on Sunday bringing forth ideas and opportunities to help others. Keep your eyes and ears open for a cause that your company can sponsor or support; it will be a win-win all around. Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the Moon in Aries bodes for last minute plans. Wednesday Venus moves into Aries, sparks can fly with those close to you as procrastination and indecision will get on your nerves.


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Anyone who has never worn a uniform or doesn't understand the hell of war should see Bill's photos and read his story. It might slow us down a bit before we jump into the next adventure. Wars kill and maim, sometimes our friends and family members. We need to try every alternative before launching our forces.

Posted by: Lewis Green on Feb 16, 2007 11:29:54 AM

Looking forward to the CO-MC at Blogher Business!

Posted by: Marianne Richmond on Feb 16, 2007 7:02:21 PM

Interesting list. These look pretty good. Do you recommend some organizations more than others?

Posted by: DofAM on Feb 17, 2007 1:00:06 PM

Geoff -

As for which conference I'd recommend. I'll give you a marketer's response .. it depends. It depends on what you want to take away and who you want to network with. I believe that networking (usually) is at least half as beneficial as the formal instruction .. whether that be for biz development or resource information. Add in the budget costs too!

So if you're looking for a way to connect to women who are interested in social media - BlogHer NYC would be the place to go. And it's not far from VA where you're located. If you're looking for a big view on social media and want to throw in the roll of the dice New Com in Vegas is a bet. For a specific vertical the Healthcare Summit is the only conference that I know targeting the healthcare industry while Nedra's workshop leans to nonprofit marketing. Of course, if you're looking for marketing in general the AMA Marketing workshop is a good deal. And if your needs are more sales oriented and your travel plans bring you to New England then off to see Lewis Green!

Posted by: Toby on Feb 17, 2007 2:33:47 PM

Toby, thanks for the shout-out. I can't wait to see you, Bill Neal and the rest of the marketing gang. By the way, those pictures of Bill are just incredible!

Posted by: Sybil on Feb 17, 2007 4:48:05 PM

Great list. I'd like to see more updated ones for sure.

For anyone attending a conference this year, it's always a good idea to brush up on your networking skills!

Posted by: Claudia Vandermilt on Apr 29, 2011 11:13:30 AM

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