Today I was in Brantford for Tweetstock 007 – The Web is Not Enough. It was a one day social media conference with a James Bond theme and it was fantastic!
I first heard of Tweetstock last fall and attended the conference in November (their 6th). They had 23 speakers all talking about social media and I left motivated and inspired. I also met quite a few people who I have become friends with through Twitter so I was excited to go again.
The day was chock full of speakers, really useful information, interesting people and great food. What more could you ask for? I experienced Gorilla Cheese for the first time – a food truck out of Hamilton that makes the yummiest grilled cheese sandwiches. They use social media to announce their location each day as they move around the city.
At lunch I had the opportunity to have a chat with one of the speakers, Marcus Sheridan. He was a super dynamic person and is so passionate about social media and content marketing. We talked about my art, this blog and the options I’m looking at for selling my work and he gave me some great ideas. He suggested the possibility of doing a time-lapse video of a painting which could be pretty neat. He also recommended having a one-pager with every painting that talks about how it was created – details that I already have on this blog.
I’m looking forward to learning more and implementing some new stuff. All the speakers were really down to earth and very approachable which was really nice. I loved the panels – She Said and He Said – great advice from both.
As with most conferences I’m left feeling energized and exhausted at the same time. My mind is just buzzing with all the information but it was also way too much to digest in one day. I plan on reviewing the tweets (available on Twitter with the hashtag #Tweetstock007) and reading the liveblog available on The Brantford Expositor’s website. You can replay the liveblog at anytime so if you’re looking for some great information on social media check it out.
The main message I took from today: Be authentic and engage with people. (It really is that simple).
I mentioned it was a James Bond theme – they really went all out with that, including these fab name tags. Funny how my picture looks a lot like Halle Berry!