This morning I leave for Blogger Social, Drew McClellan and Christina Kerley’s wild idea to have a lot of people link to them over the course of six or eight months and, as a bonus, gather the world’s top marketing bloggers in New York City for a weekend of socializing. There’s no conference, no sessions, no sponsorships â€¦ just marketing geeks proppin’ up the bar.
Yeah â€¦ this is a good idea.
Yes, socializing can (and will) happen without the presence of cocktails. I certainly don’t visualize the imminently classy Valeria Maltoni pounding tequila shooters. She’s actually leading a Friday afternoon gathering at the Museum of Modern Art. Since she’s one of my “Must Read” blogs each day, not to mention the fact she’s brilliant, I hope to return to Louisville Sunday night with a fair dose of sophistication by proxy. (I bet she’ll teach me how to say, “You’re an idiot” in one of the seven or eight languages she knows.)
Seriously, the opportunity to meet and socialize with the list of attendees (names and gratuitous links below) is an outstanding opportunity. There will be some there I’ve long admired (David Armano, Todd Andrlik, Mike Sansone), others I’ve actually collaborated with but never met in person (Geoff Livingston), some folks I’ve met that I can’t wait to see again (Tara Anderson, Shashi Bellamkonda, Jane Quigley, Tamar Weinberg, Rohit Bhargava, Toby Bloomberg, Mack Collier), others I’ve tried like heck to meet and just haven’t been able to for some reason (Connie Reece) and a ton on my digital colleagues list (folks I’m connected to on Twitter, Facebook, wherever) I can’t wait to meet! (I’ll not list them, other than Cathleen Rittereiser, who I have to blatantly pimp out as the reason I’m going so she’ll maybe talk to me.)
Drew, C.K., Lori Mango (the gift coordinator I shipped a palate full of goodies to last week â€¦ sorry for the hassle) and the rest of the crew organizing this thing are social media gurus and, thus, have gone overboard on with resources, which include:
- An event-dedicated blog
- A music video of attendees
- A photo collage of attendees (above)
- An eight-page event guide
- A one-page event overview (PDF)
- Photo magic
- A Flickr group and discussion
- A full packet of attendee profiles and another series profiling attendees
- An attendee overview (PDF)
- An interactive quiz to “know your attendees”
- A Press Release (PDF)
- A forum for unofficial meetup scheduling
- A Twitter Group
- An event map (Not nearly as detailed as Smorty’s for SXSW, but still)
- A full map of where everyone is coming from
And I’m sure I’ve missed something. But I won’t miss a chance to meet everyone on this list. If you’re on it and I don’t see you by 9 a.m. on Sunday, call my cell phone â€¦ someone will have it â€¦ and I’ll come see you in person before I leave for the airport. Here’s the list and gratuitous link love:
Susan Bird Tim Brunelle Katie Chatfield Matt Dickman Luc Debaisieux Gianandrea Facchini Mark Goren Gavin Heaton Sean Howard CK Valeria Maltoni Drew McLellan Doug Meacham Marilyn Pratt Steve Roesler Greg Verdino CB Whittemore Steve Woodruff Paul McEnany Ann Handley David Reich Tangerine Toad Kristin Gorski Mack Collier David Armano Ryan Barrett Lori Magno Tim McHale Gene DeWitt Mario Vellandi Arun Rajagopal Joseph Jaffe Rohit Bhargava Anna Farmery Marianne Richmond Thomas Clifford Lewis Green Geoff Livingston Kris Hoet Connie Reece CeCe Lee Toby Bloomberg Seni Thomas Darryl Ohrt Joe Kutchera Paul Dunay Marshall Sponder Chris Kieff Tara Anderson Jason Falls Paul Soldera Roberta Rosenberg Saul Colt Todd Andrlik Nathan Snell Ryan Karpeles Mike Sansone Jennifer Laycock Neil Vineberg Cam Beck Mike Arauz Matthew Bailey Heather Gorringe John Rosen Cathleen Rittereiser Tamar Weinberg Rita Perea Linda Sherman Matthew McDonald Kaitlyn Wilkins Terry Starbucker Jennifer Berk Jane Quigley John Wall Scott Monty Kevin Horne Virginia Miracle Amanda Gravel Susan Reynolds David Polinchock Shashi Bellamkonda David Berkowitz Vahe Habeshian.
So if I don’t post anything over the weekend, I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of other people who probably won’t be posting anything either. If you don’t see anything new on this blog Monday morning, send bail money to: New York City, c/o Michael Bloomberg …[tags]BloggerSocial, Blogger Social, marketing bloggers, Jason Falls, social media, New York City[/tags]