You’ve attended a local (or national) social media conference. You’ve spent money to attend: maybe yours, maybe your boss’s. You’ve spent time strategizing which sessions to attend and which to try to get notes from after the fact. You’ve attended, met great people, learned some great information, heard some even better information, and then headed home.
So now what? You’ve still got work to do, and if you’ve connected well, there’s probably a lot more work to do that there was before you went to the conference.
Connect. You’ve likely got tons of business cards. While I’m not a firm believer in following every single person you meet on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll want to make sure to follow some of them. Maybe even subscribe to their blog. It’s important to stay connected to these people and continue to grow your network and relationships over time. That is, unless you don’t want to grow your network and relationships. Your call.
Share. You’ve likely learned a lot of awesome new information. Don’t keep it all to yourself; what good does that do? Blog about it. Maybe even blog about it in a series of posts. After all, the new information you used has probably fired you up, and that fire could spur new content.
Show Gratitude. So you got a lot of swag? Say thank you!
Say thank you to people you’ve met who have made a difference. Personally say thank you to the brands that reached out to you or that you connected with. Did you win something? Make sure you say thank you (at least once). Sponsors often make huge contributions to conference that help to keep the cost of tickets down for individuals. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their sponsorship.
Buy a Lottery Ticket. If you won some great treasures, consider buying a lottery ticket to support your local economy. You may not win the lottery, but if you cleaned up at a conference like I did, consider a shot at the lottery. You never know.
Scout. Did you love the conference you attended? Mark your calendars for the next event. Many conferences are held right around the same time each year. Get the date reserved early, especially if you have to juggle your time with that of your family.
What are your post-conference to-dos, other than laundry?
The original post, “5 Things to Do After Attending a Social Media Conference” by Jana Seitzer was originally published on Merlot Mommy — Original Article