Who loves a social media conference? Me! Mostly, I just love all things marketing and social media but to be in the same room with like-minded practitioners is even better. I attended the Agents of Change Conference in Portland, Maine last week organized by Rich Brooks from Flyte Media. I not only attend to improve my skills but also to scout speakers for Megaphone Summit, the conference I help organize.
3 Reasons I Liked This Social Media Conference
- Location, location, location: Oh my goodness, Portland, Maine is beautiful. This was my first trip to the state of Maine and I was very impressed. Portland is a foodie and craft beer haven…two things I really like! I had so much good food and beer while I was there (Thursday-Sunday). Lucky for me, my husband has been to Portland a few times for business…so he knew the best restaurants to visit. We visited Fore Street, Eventide Oyster Co., and Miyake…if you visit Portland, you must try these three restaurants! We stayed at the beautiful and quirky Press Hotel...once the home of the Portland Press Herald. They’ve done an amazing job of keeping the decor consistent with a former newspaper building. The staff was top-notch and we loved our room. We ate breakfast in their restaurant the Union…avocado toast that looked like artwork! So good. Check out my Instagram for pics of the food.
- Speakers: I was initially drawn to attend this conference because my favorite social media diva, Peg Fitzpatrick, was speaking and encouraged me to attend. The speaker line-up was really good. I love Jay Baer and he was the opening keynote and spoke about hugging your haters (not always easy!). Sue B. Zimmerman the Instagram Expert presented a session on Instagram Stories…which I don’t love but she inspired me to give them more attention. There were several more speakers that were really good and I’m glad I got to attend their presentations.
- Networking: I met a lot of talented social media marketers at the conference and enjoyed talking to them about their work. Conferences are the best for meeting like-minded people who are willing to talk candidly about what’s working and what’s not working in their businesses. I made a few connections that I look forward to cultivating over the next year. Most of the attendees were from Maine or surrounding states (I was the only Arkansan!) and it was interesting to hear about their client work.
**Bonus: I really liked the size of the conference as well. I attended Social Media Marketing World in March and while it’s amazing, it’s also a HUGE conference…over 3,000 attendees. AOC was a much smaller crowd, around 200 and that was just perfect.
If you are thinking about attending a social media conference, I highly recommend attending Agents of Change next year in Portland, ME…I also highly recommend you make reservations at the restaurants I suggested!
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