It’s Monday and I’m in Cleveland so that can only mean 1 thing: It’s time for Content Marketing World 2014!
This time last year, when I headed out to Content Marketing World, I’d just embarked on taking a year to work as an independent content marketing and social media consultant. The conference had amazing content, gave me a number of great takeaways, and inspired a number of great conversations with other content marketers in more than the usual 140 characters (shoutout to the weekly #cmworld twitter chat!)
I’m back this year, in a completely different capacity. Not only am I back in a full time staff role (Head of Social Media and Content Marketing) for a global business planning and execution Cloud-based startup, Anaplan, I’m also presenting a lunchtime session on content curation. And I have a big fat list of twitter chat peeps I hope to run into (which was part of the inspiration for creating this crowd-sourced listly of CMworld conference attendees.)
After a fab lunch at Urban Farmer a stone’s throw from the convention center, I’m getting myself setup for two days worth of learning, ideation and note taking, and thought I’d share my tactics for making the most of the conference.
#1 Make sure you know who you want to meet, and make it a priority to do so!
I have to give a hat tip to Brandie McCallum for getting me to make my personal list ahead of time. Of course, having the conference speakers and attendees listly going helped in actually compiling my personal must-meet list. It doesn’t matter where this list lives, as long as you can carry it with you. In my case, since I am an introvert and wanted to see if I could be personally introduced to a few folks, I put mine in a note in a shared Evernote notebook. Which brings me to the next point…
#2 Setup a note taking system.
For best results, you want to have all your notes in one place, whether that means your orange Content Marketing World notebook or a digital file. I’m setting up my session notes in that shared Evernote Notebook so I can easily share them w/my team back in the office after the conference. I’ll be taking down my notes via my laptop but with my iPad mini also at hand. I’ll use the iPad for snapping photos I want to share and for keeping an open mind map file to track ideas that will inevitably come to me as a results of being at the event.
#3 Use a tool to make livetweeting easier.
I typically use Hootsuite as my dashboard for livetweeting because I can easily keep an eye on the other tweets going in the conference stream, any replies sent to me, and my sent tweets, all in the same dashboard tab, side by side. This helps me easily keep tabs on what others in my session are sharing. That way, I can amplify other POVs, and save on some typing to boot!
For those of you who were at Content Marketing World last year, what are some of your tips for making the most of the event? Let me know on twitter and in the comments.