This is your Member Meeting, and it’s not like any other conference. Here’s why:
1. There are certain things you can only talk about in total confidence with people like you, with jobs like yours (and problems like yours), at companies like yours.
Everything is confidential and off the record.
Every single attendee will be a member of SocialMedia.org, and everyone will have signed a confidentiality agreement, so you can trust them with the hard questions. There’s no blogging, no filming, and no recording.
You’ll dig into the real issues that never get discussed on panels, in analyst reports, or even back at the office — things like managing your team, dealing with vendors, and navigating internal politics. (You know, the real issues that come with leading social at a major brand.)
It’s exclusively for social media leaders.
Just like there are certain things you can only discuss when it’s off-the-record, there are certain things you can only talk about with other people who are also leading programs — not the front-line or junior staffers.
This isn’t a conference for the tactical techniques, social media 101, or topics you could discuss on a webinar or at a training event. This meeting (and our community) is for decision makers with substantial professional experience and social media sophistication.
2. It’s peer-to-peer conversations, not canned speeches. You’ll get better answers to your toughest questions.
We don’t do keynotes, panels, or speeches. We do peer-to-peer conversations where members share with each other. Most of your time will be spent in small-group discussions.
Members will share their experiences and will help solve your problems. It’s your chance to talk with the best advisors in the business — your peers — instead of sitting in the audience and hearing a canned presentation. You’ll get real answers, from real people, about real issues.
The result is more authentic, more honest, and more useful content.
The conversations we’ll have:
- Unconferences: These are the small-group, breakout discussions about the issues that matter most to you. You set the agenda, and you pick the topics.
- Show & Tell Talks: Members share what they’re working on in casual and confidential behind-the-scenes talks. Then, we open the floor for Q&A with a room full of social media leaders like you.
- Member-Led Sessions: Members will lead deep-dive conversations on a social media topic of their choice. Ask the tough questions and the group will have a great conversation.
3. You decide what we talk about.
If you’re going to spend your time and money going to a conference, you shouldn’t have to listen to irrelevant panels chosen by a meeting planner or sponsor.
At our Member Meetings, you decide what we talk about. Every single session is chosen by members and presented by members. Most of the conversation topics are chosen that day, so you’ll always be talking about the issues that are current and relevant.
4. It’s a lot more fun (and more meaningful) to get together with your tribe than to hang out at some trade show.
There’s a reason we often call our meetings a family reunion.
There’s something special about being in a room with people who understand exactly what you do and want to help. Members often describe these meetings using words like “family” and “therapy” and “a blast” and “chocolate” — you’ll love it too.
You’ll notice a different pace to our events — meals and breaks are an important part of the experience. You’ll get time to build relationships and have those valuable, unstructured conversations.
It’s so meaningful — and so much fun — to be with your tribe.
How members like you describe our meetings:
I postponed my honeymoon so I could attend the meeting. That’s how addicted I am to SocialMedia.org!
Hannah Winslow, Express Scripts
This organization is the bomb.com. I don’t go to other social events — these are the ones to be at.
Rachel Medina, UnitedHealth Group
Some say last year’s meeting was the best social media conference they’ve ever attended. I’ll do one better. I think it might have been the most valuable conference I’ve ever attended, period.
Keith McArthur, Rogers Communications
SocialMedia.org Member Meetings have the most authentic, knowledgeable, experienced, and sincere professionals I have ever met.
Ranae Blanke, Hobby Lobby
I think my favorite thing about SocialMedia.org in-person meetings is that I’m reminded my team and I aren’t ever alone — it matters.
Natanya Anderson, Whole Foods Market
The people I meet and connections I make at SocialMedia.org Member Meetings are invaluable. It’s a three-day knowledge spree that resonates for months!
Mary Pretotto, Rogers Communications
Being at a Member Meeting is being among your people. You don’t have to explain what you do — you can just be a sponge soaking up real-world experiences.
Julie Finlay, USAA
This is by far the best and most useful conference I have attended.
Michelle Slater, Royal Bank of Canada