Elite Retreat

Date April 7, 2008

I spent 2 days in San Francisco last week at the Elite Retreat.  From the moment I got there it was an elite experience.  There’s just something about seeing a driver holding a sign with your name on it in the baggage claim area that makes you feel good.  Not only was there a driver there, but there was a limo to take me to the hotel, not just a car, but a limo…just for me. :)

The retreat was held at the brand new Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.  I was very excited the evening before hand because I had been wanting to go to this for about a year now, so the fact that I was there seemed too good to be true.

In case you’ve never heard of the Elite Retreat, it’s a small group of people that are brought together to spend 2 days with some of the industries top names.  The size of the group makes it easy to learn and ask questions freely and since there is an NDA in place, there is not much left unasked and nothing left unanswered.

The environment at Elite Retreat is all about learning and networking.  The night before the sessions we gathered together for an informal networking event at the hotel which gave us an opportunity to talk with the speakers one on one.  The morning of the sessions we gathered once again to network and had more time to talk with the speakers on an informal level.

The speakers this year were Jeremy Schoemaker, Neil Patel, Aaron Wall, Brian Clark, Andy Liu, Matt Mullenweg and Guy Kawasaki.  So you can see that we had a range of experts that covered topics from affiliate marketing, funding, seo, social media and everything in between.  

If you’ve considered attending Elite Retreat, but were unsure of what to expect, I hope you attend next time it’s offered.

I left there with knowledge, new friends, new opportunities, amazingly cool shwag (ipod nano loaded with some of the greatest marketing books eva) and an experience I’ll never forget.  

Thanks to all the people that put this together (Tigh and Dave) and to all the speakers that took their time to give something back to the industry. 

SEOWife - Social Spark

Date March 13, 2008

I just received  this St Patrick’s Day box from Social Spark
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It was a nice surprise.  I had met one of these Social Sparkers at SMX and the box was not necessary, but much appreciated.  It did indeed spark my interest to see what Social Spark was all about.

So basically, they are an online social marketing network.  It’s a place that brings advertisers and bloggers together.  They have a network of over 100k bloggers, so I imagine if you are looking for a writer, this might be a good place to go search for one.

I’m leaving for New York on Sunday, so don’t know if I’ll have time to play around with this further til I get back, but if you go to their site, there’s a video that describes what they do in more detail.

Anyway, thanks for think of me guys!  I’ll take my St. Patty’s Day stuff to the big apple! 

SEO and Social Media Presentation

Date February 28, 2008

I spoke yesterday at the SMX West conference on Social Media/SEO.  My presentation was based on how to build a strong social media presence (in about 60 days or less).

A few people asked if I would upload the power point for them, so here it is.

I’ll be writing more on this over the next few weeks as a follow up to the slides.  Heading back down to the conference now. 

TwitBox

Date February 15, 2008

Having recently become addicted to my Twitter feed, Greg gave me a heads up on TwitBox.  So far I really like it.  Once downloaded this lovely box sits on your screen and auto-uploads every minute or so.  To reply to fellow twits, just double click on their avatar and voila!  I don’t know how I’m going to get any work done with this, but I really do like it.

 

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Go here to download the TwitBox

Pownce Is Now Open to Everyone

Date February 15, 2008

If you haven’t heard of Pownce, basically it’s a site that allows you to send things to your friends or fans.  Things can be images, music, links, messages, etc.

Pownce has been around for awhile, but has been invite only up until yesterday when they opened the doors to anyone and everyone.

If you have a profile on a social media site, it wouldn’t hurt to join Pownce using the same profile.  You’re bound to see many users from other social sites.

It’s really just one more place to network and meet friends.  The Pownce profile page also lets you add some of your other social sites profiles very easily.