Social: IRL Des Moines with Jason Falls – A Look At Who’s Attending

On Thursday, August 30, Social: IRL returns to Des Moines with “All Business, No Hype, Social Media” – an in-depth discussion on social media tools, tactics, content, planning, strategy and measurement led by Jason Falls. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Social Media Influencers,” Jason Falls is an author, speaker, CEO of Social Media Explorer – a digital marketing agency and information products company, and author of – a fixture at or near the top of the AdvertisingAge Power 150 Marketing Blogs.

In addition to two 90 minute workshop style sessions lead by Jason, the afternoon will feature special guest presentations by two innovators who are based locally in the Des Moines area and creating a national impact with their work. We’ll  be hearing from Ben Milne, Founder and CEO of Dwolla, and Angela Maiers whose talk at  TEDxDesMoines in August 2011, lead to the #YouMatter Manifesto, which quickly grew to become a social media-fueled international movement.

A diverse group of attendees are coming together for the event, taking place at the Science Center of Iowa. Attendees include large brands, regional and local businesses, non-profits, higher education, advertising and public relations agencies, financial and professional services, retail, professional and trade organizations, and tech startups. Not only will they be learning from one of the most respected names in the industry, but they’ll have a chance to learn from each other and participate in valuable networking.

Visit the event website for additional information and to register.

In the meantime, here’s a list of some of the businesses and organizations participating in the event.  A full list of attendees can be found on the Eventbrite registration page.

    • Hy-Vee
    • The Principal Financial Group
    • Lessing-Flynn Advertising
    • Veridian Credit Union
    • StruXture Architects
    • Farm Bureau Financial Services
    • Sprint
    • Gannett
    • The Integer Group
    • Flynn Wright
    • Greater Des Moines Partnership
    • Kum & Go
    • Drake University
    • University of Northern Iowa
    • Wells Fargo
    • Spiral16
    • Homemakers Furniture
    • 3KB Graphics
    • Pella Corporation
    • Happy Medium
    • Nationwide Insurance
    • Contemporary Business Solutions
    • Animal Rescue League of Iowa
    • McLellan Marketing Group
    • Fresh Image Design Consultants
    • Iowa Society of CPAs
    • Whitfield & Eddy PLC
    • Knapp Properties
    • AKC Marketing
    • Dwolla
    • Iowa Credit Union League
    • Iowa Innovation Gateway
    • RMS Consulting Services
    • Lava Row
    • Moth Media
    • GuideOne Insurance
    • StartupCity Des Moines
    • ISEA
    • Newton Manufacturing Company
    • Social Inc
    • ME&V
    • Social Media Club of Des Moines
    • Lakeside Products
    • Astound Solutions
    • Kirkwood College
    • One Social Media
    • Corporate Image
    • St. Gregory Retreat Center
    • BasicLeigh Communications, LLC
    • Des Moines Christian School
    • Brand Driven Social
    • Sage Assurity Financial, Inc
    • Clifton Larson Allen LLP
    • Broken Arrow
    • Acutezza Group
    • McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, PC
    • Right Stuff

Social: IRL Des Moines – Announcing Special Guest Speakers, New Registration Options, and Post-Event Networking

On August 30, Social: IRL returns to Des Moines, Iowa, with “All Business, No Hype, Social Media” featuring Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls.

Jason will lead attendees through an in-depth discussion on social media tools, tactics, content, planning, strategy and measurement.  Over the course of two 90 minute sessions, attendees will learn how to use social media strategically, identify specific actionable goals, apply business discipline and proven best practices, stop fearing risks and start mitigating them, measure performance, and get results. Jason will also discuss social media techniques and metrics for building brands, strengthening awareness, improving service, and driving better leads, and will equip attendees with practical knowledge, supported by plenty of case studies and valuable takeaways.


Special Guest Speakers

In addition to the main program with Jason Falls, we are pleased to announce two special guest speakers. Both are highly regarded innovators who remain based locally in the Des Moines area while creating a national impact with their work.

We’ll  be hearing from Ben Milne, Founder and CEO of Dwolla, the cash-inspired payments network setting out to revolutionize the future of online and mobile payments. Ben will bring fresh perspectives on Dwolla, with a behind-the-scenes conversation about growing, maintaining and supporting communities, both on and offline.

We’ll also be hearing from education and technology consultant Angela Maiers whose talk at  TEDx Des Moines in August 2011, lead to the creation of the #YouMatter Manifesto, which quickly grew to become a social media-fueled international movement.

Visit the event page on our website for additional information and registration.


New Registration Options

Registrations for the event are heavily subsidized at just $65, or $20 for students and educators.

We recently introduced a new  local sponsorship option. For $500 a business can secure a block of 5 event registrations and also receive valuable event branding plus the opportunity to distribute promotional material.  Details are on the Eventbrite registration page.

In true Des Moines style, we have also added the option to register and pay using Dwolla.


Pre and Post-Event Networking

We will be announcing post-event networking to run from 5 to 7pm. Jason Falls is confirmed to stay for the entire networking event and is looking forward to connecting with attendees in this more relaxed setting.

We always encourage attendees to connect prior to the event. You can find a current list of attendees on the Eventbrite registration page. Many attendees included their Twitter names.

Check out who else is attending, connect with them on Twitter, and join the conversation about the event using the #socialirl hashtag.

Thank you for joining us in Des Moines for “Beyond the Keynote” with Brian Solis

Our event in Des Moines last week generated thousands of tweets, to the point that the #socialirl hashtag briefly hit Twitter’s worldwide trending topics.

We wanted to share some of the great insights captured in those Tweets, along with some of the blog posts from attendees recapping their key takeaways, and are pleased to include a selection of links below.

We also want to take another opportunity to thank our presenting sponsors CDS Global and Catchfire Media for making the event possible, and for the tremendous support they both gave.  We’d also like to thank local event partners Iowa Innovation Gateway, Central Iowa PRSA, Startup City Des Moines, and Downtown Des Moines, as well as the Science Center of Iowa for the great venue and incredible onsite support.

Thank you to each of our speakers, Geoff Wood, Liz Nead and Ken Miner, and of course a very special thank you to Brian Solis for the valuable insights and inspiration.

Finally, thank you to the 230 attendees who were part of the event, traveling to Des Moines from a five state region and representing more than 80 different businesses and 17 schools, colleges and universities.

Want to learn more from Brian Solis? Social: IRL will be heading to New York in October for Pivot – the exclusive two day conference Brian curates and hosts. An amazing opportunity to learn from an array of business leaders and innovators, and to connect with 500 attendees representing some of the very brightest minds in the industry.  Register using the exclusive discount code BeyondVIP and you’ll save 30%.

Meantime, save the date for August 30. Social: IRL is headed back to Des Moines with another very special event.  Join Social: IRL and Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls for “All Business, No Hype, Social Media.” A special pre-sale is underway now, with discounted registration rates available until June 30. After June 30, regular registration rates will apply.

Storify Recap – A selection of attendee tweets from Brian’s keynote presentation

Brian Solis Event Motivates Silicon Prairie to Think Local, Act Dynamic – Recap by presenting sponsors CDS Global

One Word: Change – Recap from attendee Deb Brown

Connected Consumers – You Paying Attention? – Recap by attendee Michael Libbie

Top Takeaways from Brian Solis Keynote – Recap by attendee Seth Sparks

The above represent a selection of attendee recaps we’ve seen posted.  Please send us the link if you have a recap you’d like us to add to the list.

Join Social: IRL in Des Moines as we go “Beyond the Keynote” with Brian Solis

On Wednesday, June 6, more than 220 attendees from a five state region will converge at the Science Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for a very special “Beyond the Keynote” event with Brian Solis.  You can scroll down for a list of some of the 70+ businesses and organizations and 17 schools, colleges and universities being represented at the event.

Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors on the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His book Engage! is regarded as an industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web. His most recent book The End of Business as Usual provided critical insights on how the consumer revolution is changing the future of business and media.

On the afternoon of  June 6, Brian will be in Des Moines for a special event, presented as part of the Social: IRL “Beyond the Keynote” series.  Brian will discuss issues critical to the future of business, such as surviving “Digital Darwinism,” the rise of the connected consumer, the evolution of social business, disruptive technology and how to compete for the future, the psychology of engagement, and the rise of digital influence. Brian will also participate in a unique bigger dialogue style fireside chat, a format that goes deeper and on a more personal level than the typical keynote. There will be opportunity for audience Q&A, and an opportunity to join Brian and fellow attendees for special post event networking.

Prior to Brian’s main presentation we’ll also hear from special guest speakers Geoff Wood, COO of Silicon Prairie News, and Life Dare TV‘s Liz Nead. Geoff will be discussing tech and innovation in the Des Moines Area, and Liz will share a fascinating story highlighting how social media helped “level the playing field.”   As Brian Solis says, “In an era of Digital Darwinism, no business is too big to fail or too small to succeed.

Thanks to presenting sponsors CDS Global and Catchfire Media, register using promotional code IRL50 and registration will be just $50.  Additional event sponsors include Central Iowa PRSAIowa Innovation Gateway, Startup City Des Moines, and Downtown Des Moines.

Attendees registered on or before May 31 will also receive a free copy of Brian’s book, The End of Business as Usual.

A limited number of free student and educator registrations are available on a first come basis.

Visit the event page for full details and registration.


“I am a personal fan of Brian Solis’ books and have highly recommended them to other CEOs. His message is keen and positive in its forward thinking, which I believe will resonate deeply with Des Moines professionals. It is my hope that this event will spark dynamic conversations in our local community regarding the shifts all organizations must make in order to thrive in this rapidly changing landscape.”  Malcolm Netburn, Chairman & CEO, CDS Global

“Brian Solis is one of the true thought leaders in the social space. Our intention is for the Des Moines professional community to utilize Brian as a resource and an energizer. We hope to bring together members of the private, public, and educational sectors to discuss the future of communication in the social space. This event will be a first of its kind for Des Moines and we are truly excited to be a part of it.”                    Jon Troen, Managing Partner, Catchfire Media


 Who’s Attending:

Attendees are traveling to the event from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.  We’ve listed below businesses and organizations so far registered. You can also view the complete attendee list on the Eventbrite registration page.

Businesses and Organizations Registered to Attend

  • CDS Global
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • CenturyLink
  • Barkley
  • Insight Advertising
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • The Integer Group
  • First American Bank
  • HyVee
  • Wells Fargo
  • City of Des Moines
  • Catchfire Media
  • Lava Row
  • Veridian Credit Union
  • The Kansas City Public Library
  • Startup City Des Moines
  • Rockwell Collins
  • ING
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Silicon Prairie News
  • 3KB Graphics
  • Whitfield & Eddy, Plc
  • City of Lawrence, KS
  • Grand Falls Casino Resort
  • Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
  • Stansberry
  • Two Rivers Marketing
  • DMB Supple
  • Performance Marketing
  • Monk Development
  • Knapp Properties
  • CreateWOWmarketing, LLC
  • Shala Designs
  • Etc Graphics Inc
  • Iowa Credit Union League
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • JT Chesser LLC
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • SecurityCoverage
  • Social: IRL
  • Lawrence Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  • Emploi.Us
  • Des Moines Register
  • Mindfire Communications
  • Center on Sustainable Communities
  • Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • ASG Software
  • Royale Concrete
  • Signature Style PR
  • McLellan Marketing Group
  • Braland Consulting, LLC
  • Schuster Consulting
  • Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation
  • Spiral16
  • A Team Apparel
  • School Administrators of Iowa
  • The Bombshell Factor
  • The Computer Guy
  • Planning and Writing LLC
  • Holmes Murphy Associates
  • Bawte
  • Central Iowa PRSA
  • Iowa Innovation Gateway
  • Metro West Learning Center, LLC
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
  • Homemakers Furniture
  • Nead Inspiration
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Dropkin Editorial Services
  • LS2 Group
  • Coaching Actuaries
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Sukup Manufacturing Co
  • Share Marketing
  • National Publisher Services, LLC
  • SALT Solutions
  • iApps24
  • Great America Leasing Corporation

Educators and Students Registered to Attend 

  • Drake University
  • Minnesota State University
  • Creighton University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Mississippi
  • Dordt College
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Simpson College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Vatterott College
  • Van Meter School
  • Ankeny Community School District
  • Waterloo Community Schools