Thanks everyone who joined Social: IRL in Wichita and Kansas City – Event recaps and key takeaways

The last few weeks have been busy for Social: IRL, with events in Wichita and Kansas City. January 31, we headed to Wichita, KS, to host “No BS Social Media” with Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls.  Then, on February 9, we were in Kansas City with “Conversation Agent” Valeria Maltoni for “Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer.”

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in these two special events and to share recaps posted by several event attendees.

No BS Social Media:

Jason Falls with SocialVolt's Derrek Harter, Joe Cox, and Scott Oppliger

We were joined in Wichita by a great group of attendees – the individual business and organizations represented are listed in this earlier post.  Jason Falls delivered a powerful presentation focusing on three key areas of social media – planning strategically, driving business, and measuring success.

Thank you event sponsors Cox Communications, Andy McGinnis Public Relations, ColabDigital, Spredfast, SocialVolt, Expion, Spiral16, emfluence, and ManageFlitter.

And a special thank you to our hosts Junior League of Wichita, who not only provided a great event space but treated attendees to food from their new cookbook.

For a recap of the event and a special video interview with Jason Falls, check out this post “Answers to tough Social Media Questions,” by event sponsor Sprial16.

Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer:

A diverse group of local and regional business, and national brands and agencies, joined Social: IRL in Kansas City for “Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer.”  The full attendee list is included in this earlier post.

Spiral16 Interview with Valeria Maltoni

Valeria Maltoni started the day with the keynote “Rethinking Business” session, which challenged attendees to rethink, deconstruct, and reconstruct established business practices. Afternoon sessions included Garmin’s Jake Jacobson on adding personality to a brand, Armstrong Teasdale’s Jeff Schultz on legal issues surrounding ownership of online content and community, Appinions‘ Larry Levy on rethinking influencer marketing, Spredfast’s Austin Lytle who helped attendees answer the question “Do I Need a Social Media Command Center”, and Expion’s Kevin Magee on the opportunities for regional and national brands to “take social local.”  The day wrapped up with SocialVolt’s Joe Cox and Spiral16’s Eric Melin leading a discussion on key takeaways.

Thank you event sponsors Spredfast, SocialVoltExpionSpiral16Appinions, emfluenceManageFlitter, Garmin, and the Social Media Club of Kansas City.  Also a special thank you to our venue, the Crowne Plaza Kansas City and their representative Patrick Conroy who not only took great care of attendees but took additional steps to ensure we had a robust wifi network with plenty of additional bandwidth.

For recaps and key takeaways from the sessions, check out these posts from some of our attendees:

Spredfast – Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer: Social IRL Insights

Tony Faustino – 5 Takeaways from Valeria Maltoni: Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer

Katy Ryan Schamberger – Conversation Isn’t Merely An Art Form; It’s A Business Strategy

Sprial16 – How to Refocus Your Business in the Social Age (includes video interview with Valeria Maltoni)

Ashley Mahoney – Social: IRL Conference in a Nutshell

Local and regional businesses, national brands and agencies, joining together in Kansas City for “Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer

On February 9, a diverse group of local and regional businesses and national brands and agencies, will come together in Kansas City for “Rethinking Business in the Age of the Social Consumer.”

This special day long workshop is hosted by Social: IRL and features acclaimed thought leader and business strategist “Conversation Agent” Valeria Maltoni. Attendees will be challenged to rethink, deconstruct, and reconstruct established initiatives and empowered to take their social media strategy and execution to a deeper level.

To promote greater learning, engagement and networking opportunities, the event is limited to just 70 attendees. At the time of posting this update, only 10 spaces remain.  You can learn more about the event here, or register direct on our Eventbrite page.

Registration for the event is just $145 for the entire day. This highly subsidized rate is possible thanks to the support of Social: IRL sponsors SpredfastSocialVoltExpionSpiral16Appinionsemfluence, and ManageFlitter.

Businesses, agencies and organizations participating in the event include:

  • AMC Theatres
  • Garmin International
  • Sprint
  • UMB Financial
  • H&R Block
  • Edelman Digital
  • MMGY Global
  • Bass Pro
  • Triple-I Corporation
  • Ameristar Casinos
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Kantar Health
  • Cerner
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Intouch Solutions
  • Expion
  • Howerton White
  • National MS Society
  • Kansas City Aviation Department
  • Kansas Speedway
  • emfluence
  • Appinions
  • K-State Athletics
  • Salva O’Renick
  • Penton Media
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Spredfast
  • Armstrong Teasdale
  • Sharp Connections
  • Kansas City Area Development Council
  • SocialVolt
  • Buzz New Media LLC
  • Social Media Club of Kansas City
  • V3 Integrated Marketing
  • Better Choices Consulting
  • Spiral16
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • O’Hara Marketing
  • Kuhn & Wittenborn
  • Ascend Learning
  • Go Local
  • Best Service Stores
  • Clayton CRM
  • Sound Products
  • HTK Architects
  • Spencer Fane Britt & Browne

You can also view a complete list of individual attendees on the Eventbrite registration page.

Join Peter Shankman in Lawrence KS, July 19, for a special boot camp event focused on the “social customer”

July 19, Social: IRL will offer a rare opportunity for businesses and organizations to learn from legendary online marketing expert Peter Shankman at a special boot camp event focused on the “social customer.”

Attendees will learn how social media can be used to engage customers and prospects, build relationships, earn trust and credibility, gain referrals, deliver amazing customer service, and create brand advocates.

The unique workshop like environment and limited registrations give attendees the opportunity to go well beyond the typical conference and experience a day of highly engaged and interactive learning.

The event is also very focused on connecting and networking. We actively encourage attendees to connect both online and offline and to stay connected and keep learning from each other well after the boot camp has ended.

The quality of attendees at Social: IRL events has been a key to their success. We’re excited to bring this next event back home to Lawrence KS, and to joined by a mix of both new and returning attendees, local and regional busiensses and national brands. So far, participants include:

  • H&R Block
  • Sprint
  • Children International
  • AMC Theatres
  • The World Company
  • Garmin International
  • 715 Restaurant
  • Kansas Credit Union Association
  • Douglas County Bank
  • Stephens Real Estate
  • Ameristar Casinos
  • UMB Financial Corp
  • Colliers International – Lawrence
  • American Red Cross Blood Services
  • Spiral16
  • Sports Turf Managers Association
  • Kansas City Aviation Department
  • Kuhn & Wittenborn Advertising
  • KU Libraries
  • Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
  • Lawrence Public Library
  • Mainstreet Credit Union
  • Kauffman Foundation UEP
  • Cerner
  • Shay Chic Events & Design
  • Miller Meiers Communication Arts Boutique
  • Weavers Auto Center
  • 66 Federal Credit Union
  • University of Kansas Information Technology
  • Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
  • Treanor Architects
  • emfluence
  • DoctorDave
  • Lawrence Habitat for Humanity
  • City of Lawrence
  • NIC eGovernment Solutions
  • Kantar Health
  • Landplan Engineering
  • KU School of Business
  • Agenda: USA
  • Kris Schindler, APR
  • Quest Credit Union
  • Tallgrass Studios
  • University of Kansas Center for Auditing Research and Advanced Technology
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association
  • Intouch Solutions
  • Theatre Lawrence
  • Pearson TalentLens
  • SuperJenn.com
  • Mid America Credit Union
  • Purple Wave, Inc
  • A-S-K Associates, Inc
  • MaggieMoo’s Gladstone
  • Small Biz Survival
  • TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas
  • Envista Credit Union
  • Mediaphormedia: Ellington
  • TECU Credit Union
  • BrightEHR
  • K-State Federal Credit Union
  • The Brainzooming Group
  • The Gazette (Colorado Springs)
  • Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
  • Social Focus by CG
  • The Conlee Group
  • Pawsh Wash and Pet Health Market
  • Aaron Butell, Business Analyst
  • Rejuvene Spa
  • Central Kansas Credit Union
  • Pet DeFence, Inc
  • Kern Marketing Group
  • Educational Credit Union
  • 23rd Street Brewery
  • Drs. Dobbins & Letourneau, O.D
  • VIBDMS
  • Phoenix Gallery
  • Arcademics
  • Midland Farm Store

This list only includes registrations that opted to be part of the public attendee list. Some of the businesses registered multiple attendees.

Current event sponsors include:

  • Miller Meiers Communication Arts Boutique
  • Klout
  • mBlast
  • ManageFlitter
  • Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
  • 140 Characters Conference: Small Town
  • Kansas Credit Union Association
  • DoctorDave Computer Repair (tech support)

There’s still time to be part of this very special event, but registration is limited to just 120 attendees so you’ll need to act quickly!

Explore and Engage takes place in Denver June 14 – A look at who’s participating:

Explore and Engage offers a rare opportunity for those in public relations, marketing, communications, or anyone using the social web to engage customers or community, to learn direct from two of the most respected social and new media professionals in the nation: Jason Falls and Brian Solis.

The unique workshop like environment and limited registrations give attendees the opportunity to well beyond the typical conference and experience a day of interactive learning.

It also gives attendees a chance to connect. Not just with our speakers, but with each other.

We encourage networking between attendees both online and offline, to stay connected and keep learning well after Explore and Engage has ended.

The quality of attendees at Social: IRL events has been a key to their success. We’re looking forward to connecting with another great group in Denver. So far, participants include:

  • mBlast
  • Spiral16
  • Philosophy Communications
  • Pure Brand Communications
  • Expion
  • Sevans Strategy
  • Qwest / CenturyLink
  • The Gazette
  • The Denver Post
  • Examiner.com
  • Faction Media
  • InTouch Public Relations
  • Johnston Wells Public Relations
  • Hip Chameleon
  • Linhart PR
  • 20/20 Strategy
  • Bagnulo Communications
  • PRSA Colorado
  • Kris Schindler APR
  • Exempla Healthcare
  • TiE Rockies
  • NavPress
  • Blue Marble Enterprises
  • Freedom Communications
  • Swenson Communications
  • Millennium Marketing
  • Cutter Communications
  • Focus on the Family
  • Yelp Denver
  • Rosalba Consulting LLC
  • Biblica
  • Cohn Marketing
  • Stefanie Jones Public Relations
  • FourthSegment
  • Admired Marketing
  • Aegean Communications
  • PR Newswire
  • The North Highland Company
  • Webb PR
  • ServiceMagic
  • Clear Path Writer
  • SJPR Inc
  • SAIC
  • Keeton PR
  • Denver Business Journal
  • Hands-On Labs Inc.
  • Plug & Play Colorado
  • SwagLove
  • Life Quality Institute
  • M Squared PR & Marketing
  • LCI
  • SnapEngage

This list only includes registrations that opted to be part of the public attendee list. Some of the businesses registered multiple attendees.

There’s still time to be part of Explore and Engage and connect with this great group of attendees. Registration is still open, but will close at noon on Monday, June 13.

See you in Denver!

Social Business Summit – Eleven States, Dozens of Brands

Here’s a final look at businesses and organizations participating in the Social Business Summit, taking place in Kansas City on April 26.

We’ve ended up with eleven states being represented: Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Washington.

Business and organizations participating in the event include:

Sprint, Hallmark, H&R Block, AMC Theatres, Applebee’s, Garmin International, Infoition, PR Newswire, Kantar Health, Kansas City Aviation Department, Perceptive Software, Black & Veatch, Kauffman Foundation UEP, Kansas State Athletics, Myriad Systems, Emfluence, Spiral16, Boomer Consulting, John Deere, Spigit, TCGen Silicon Valley, Horizon Academy, Carmedia Design, Sharp Connections, Rhycom Communications, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Triple-I Corporation, Cerner, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, KU School of Nursing, Saint Luke’s Health System, KU Alumi Association, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Attorneys, Miller Meiers Design for Communication, Muller Bressler and Brown, mPact, Expion, Shoutlet, Best Service Stores, UMB Financial Corp, Community National Bank and Trust, University of Saint Mary, Grantham University, Shay Chic Events and Design, e-media bloc, American Academy of Family Physicians, Broken Open Media, Market Taste, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Children International, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Willoughby Design, Parris Communications, BCS Communications, AdFarm, V3 Integrated Marketing, Family Promise of Lawrence, Beal and Reinhardt Attorneys,  Global Prairie Marketing, Bass Pro, Boulevard Brewing Co, Luna Web, The Brain Zooming Group, Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC, Suburban Newspapers of America, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, American Advertising Federation of Kansas City, PRSA of Greater Kansas City, and the Social Media Club of Kansas City.

Social Business Summit – Jeremiah Owyang creating a customized high end experience for attendees

Attendees traveling from across the US to join Jeremiah Owyang at the Social Business Summit in Kansas City next week will experience what Jeremiah describes as a “customized high end experience.”
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Going well beyond the typical conference keynote, attendees will spend a full day learning from Jeremiah in a series of hands on interactive workshop style sessions that take a business goals first approach to social media strategy and execution.
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Sessions will start with an overview of some more basic concepts and best practices, and progress to more complex questions such as “How do I ramp and scale?” and “How do I integrate this into every customer touchpoint, and the entire customer lifecycle, and in every department?”
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Attendees will experience a unique learning opportunity from someone Time.com described as “a strategist on the front lines of the revolution.”
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To maximize that learning experience even further, Jeremiah will be giving attendees the opportunity to actually help shape the day’s agenda and create what he describes as a “customized high end experience.”
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Attendees will be receiving a short survey designed to provide Jeremiah with specific information about their experience and scope of current social media efforts, as well as giving them a chance to share information such as top internal and external goals.
Jeremiah will use this information to create a learning experience that will be truly unique, maximizing learning through customization.
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Of course, another important part of the event is networking with other attendees.
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We now have attendees from ten states including Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York and Washington.
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Business and organizations participating in the event include:
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  • Sprint
  • Hallmark
  • H&R Block
  • AMC Theatres
  • Applebee’s
  • Garmin International
  • Infoition
  • PR Newswire
  • Kantar Health
  • Kansas City Aviation Department
  • Perceptive Software
  • Black & Veatch
  • Kauffman Foundation UEP
  • Kansas State Athletics
  • Myriad Systems
  • Emfluence
  • Spiral16
  • Boomer Consulting
  • John Deere
  • Spigit
  • TCGen Silicon Valley
  • Horizon Academy
  • Carmedia Design
  • Sharp Connections
  • Rhycom Communications
  • University of Kansas Cancer Center
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Triple-I Corporation
  • Cerner
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • KU School of Nursing
  • Saint Luke’s Health System
  • KU Alumi Association
  • Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Attorneys
  • Miller Meiers Design for Communication
  • Muller Bressler and Brown
  • mPact
  • Expion
  • Shoutlet
  • Best Service Stores
  • UMB Financial Corp
  • Community National Bank and Trust
  • University of Saint Mary
  • Grantham University
  • Shay Chic Events and Design
  • e-media bloc
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Broken Open Media
  • Market Taste
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Children International
  • Shawnee Chamber of Commerce
  • Willoughby Design
  • Parris Communications
  • BCS Communications
  • AdFarm
  • V3 Integrated Marketing
  • Family Promise of Lawrence
  • Beal and Reinhardt Attorneys
  • Global Prairie Marketing
  • Boulevard Brewing Co
  • Luna Web
  • The Brain Zooming Group
  • Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC
  • Suburban Newspapers of America
  • Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • American Advertising Federation of Kansas City
  • PRSA of Greater Kansas City
  • Social Media Club of Kansas City

Make sure to register now to be part of this very special day of learning and networking. As with all Social: IRL events, registration discounts are available for non profit organizations and full time students.  Contact us for details.

Social Business Summit – Attendees coming together from nine states to go deep in to social strategy

On April 26, Social: IRL will host our first workshop event with Jeremiah Owyang. The Social Business Summit will go well beyond the typical conference keynote, with Jeremiah leading a full day of interactive sessions focused on social strategy and a business goals first approach to creating scalable social media programs. It’s a unique opportunity for any business serious about implementing social media to participate in a highly engaged learning experience with one of the most respected names in the industry.

A few updates I wanted to share, including a look some of the businesses and organizations participating in the event.

First, it was great to see Jeremiah recognized this last week by Time.com. To quote, “If technology really is changing everything about the way we communicate, consider industry analyst Jeremiah Owyang a strategist on the front lines of the revolution. His insights into the digital society give context to the larger news of the day.”

As far as attendees go, it’s been exciting to see the caliber and diversity of businesses and organizations coming together for the event.  We will have a strong focus on networking and on attendees learning from each other as well as from Jeremiah, and on creating new professional relationships that continue well after the event has finished.

Brands participating include Sprint, Hallmark, H&R Block, AMC Theatres, Applebee’s, Garmin International, Infoition, PR Newswire, Kantar Health, Kansas City Aviation Department, Perceptive Software, Black & Veatch, Kauffman Foundation UEP, Kansas State Athletics, Myriad Systems, Emfluence, Spiral16, Boomer Consulting, John Deere, Spigit, TCGen Silicon Valley, Horizon Academy, Carmedia Design, Sharp Connections, Rhycom Communications, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Triple-I Corporation, Cerner, KU School of Nursing, Saint Luke’s Health System, KU Alumi Association, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Attorneys, Best Service Stores, UMB Financial Corp, Community National Bank and Trust, University of Saint Mary, Grantham University, Shay Chic Events and Design, American Academy of Family Physicians, Broken Open Media, Children International, Willoughby Design, and Parris Communications.

It’s also great to see leading regional and national organizations participating, including the Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC, Suburban Newspapers of America, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, American Advertising Federation of Kansas City, PRSA of Greater Kansas City, and the Social Media Club of Kansas City.

We’ll also be joined by innovators in the social business space including social media influence and marketing solution mPACT, and social media management systems Expion and Shoutlet.

Nonstop flights to Kansas City from 49 cities across the USWe have attendees heading to the Social Business Summit from Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Washington. Kansas City proved to be the ideal central location, with Kansas City International Airport offering nonstop flights from 49 cities across the United States.

Update: Now also New York, so ten states represented.

One other quick update. Thanks to Garmin International, one lucky attendee will win this Garmin nuvi 2350LMT complete with free lifetime maps and traffic updates.  We’ll draw the winner at random during the event.

And finally for now, I enjoyed reading this blog post by Jeff Bunch, a long-time journalist and social media practitioner, who will be traveling from Vancouver WA to join us at the Social Business Summit. I appreciate Jeff mentioning Social: IRL and the Social Business Summit in the post and Jeff’s refreshingly forward thinking attitude towards the future of journalism.

Make sure to register now to be part of this very special day of learning and networking. As with all Social: IRL events, registration discounts are available for non profit organizations and full time students.  Contact us for details.