I'm excited to announce that I have been asked to speak at Real Estate Blog World, the one day industry vertical partner program preceding the Blog World and New Media Expo in Las Vegas. I will be part of a panel discussing Business to Business marketing in real estate using social media (full conference schedule here). My social media strategy and execution experience over the past year with Pango Group and their affiliated companies has given me much hands on experience with this topic and I look forward to sharing my perspective with those in attendance. And I hope that includes you! Have you registered yet?
If you are trying to decide if the expense is worth it for you, let me share my experience from attending last year. I got talked into attending RE Blog World and Blog World at the last minute by Rob Hahn, and I was very hesitant to make the investment. However, I am so grateful I did. The conference was outstanding for me for several reasons. First, at RE BlogWorld I met many of the people who are the movers and shakers in the RE.net. Those introductions helped set the stage for the fun, fast paced, and successful year I've had since. My work and social networks expanded in ways I didn't anticipate. I also learned a lot - from the practical (Derek Overbey taught me about @replies and Tweet Deck for goodness sake!) to the theoretical. Also, the main Blog World & Social Media Expo was filled with social media superstars. The pioneers who influenced me and I watch on-line (people such as Lee LeFever and Guy Kawasaki) were sitting there, right next to me in sessions learning right along with me. Others like Tim Ferriss and Mike Shinoda gave fascinating keynotes on stage opening my eyes to the power of social media in businesses unlike mine. And, as Jeff Turner so eloquently reminded us at Inman Connect in San Francisco last month, innovation always comes from outside our industry. Blog World provides access to social media applications and issues across industries and is presented by the biggest names out there. For this reason alone, the conference is not to be missed.
The world of social media moves so fast. The evolution of social media within real estate has been tremendous over the past year - I've seen it grow immensely from one RE BarCamp to the next, and one Inman Conference to the next. RE Blog World will help those of us focused on the real estate industry to get a pulse on where things are at, what are the challenges, and help shed light on the opportunities. And, I'm fascinated to see how social media has evolved outside the real estate industry in the past year and hear the impressions and creativity of those who drive social media in their business. I'm honored to be contributing this year to RE Blog World and am very excited to see the other speakers lined up for the entire event. I got so much out of blog world last year and can't wait for this year. I'll see you there!