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What Makes a Business and Marketing Conference Great?

Lee Odden on May 14th, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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According to the Convention Industry Council (pdf), in 2012 there were over 1.8 million business meetings, events and conferences held in the US attended by 225 million participants generating over $280 billion in spending. The volume of participants has grown 10% since 2009.

Clearly, the business conference industry is booming. The number of marketing and communications conferences alone is overwhelming compared to when I started attending and speaking at conferences in 2005.

Attending and speaking at business, marketing and client user conferences is a big part of our marketing and while there are changes with so many new, niche events popping up, I don’t think our conference participation will change. The challenge is, with so many conferences to choose from, which events provide the best return on investment? What makes a great business conference?

Lee Odden

5 Ways to Optimize the Business Value of Attending Conferences

Lee Odden on May 14th, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing
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Are you optimizing your conference experience?

TopRank receives a lot of value from having me speak at conferences but you don’t have to be a speaker to realize a positive return from events. Small, large online or offline, there are numerous ways to optimize and maximize your return on conference involvment both in the short and long term.

If your company is considering whether to send you to events because of uncertain return or benefits, show them the following list.

In fact, if I were running a conference, I’d make sure these tips are shared with attendees, sponsors and speakers alike.

Lee Odden

19 Ways to Promote Your Next Speaking Event

Lee Odden on May 24th, 2011     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

conference speaker marketing tipsAttending and speaking at conferences can be a goldmine for content, networking, publicity and lead generation. While many companies might rate a “B” on achieving these outcomes, the speakers could do a lot better by effectively promoting their presentations. The more people that attend a presentation, the more opportunity there is for:

  • Your session to be liveblogged or covered by an industry journalist
  • To persuade prospects to contact you
  • To persuade clients to explore other services
  • Attract new employees
  • Inspire new vendor and partner relationships

There are many other possible outcomes, but I think you get the idea. Here’s a list of 18 ways to promote your next speaking engagement and possibly make it a more meaningful and relevant experience for those attending.

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