Category Archives: Social + Cmty + Start-up

so many speaking gigs – so i’ve bundled a batch about social media, community building, renegade entrepreneurship, changing the world and stirring up / documenting revolutions

Talking Social Tourism in El Paso at #SoMeT12 – Artifacts

I recently presented at #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry  – held in El Paso, Texas.

On November 8, 2012 a day after the US election, plenty of stories and hugs were passed around to the delegates representing many countries, regions, cities and so on. It was great to connect with everyone and talk tourism and social media, plus enjoy some Tex-Mex food and a wee splash of sunshine in a historic park.

SoMeT12 Portraits

Read on for some fun highlights of my visit:

Social Media Tourism Symposium Official Recap

Mikala Taylor wrote a detailed re-cap of my talk – here’s an excerpt to set the stage:

One of these kids was doing his own thing: and at SoMeT12 that kid was HootSuite’s VP of Community, Dave Olson. Dressed in a burgundy jacket and sporting impressive mutton chops, Olson woke the bleary crowd at 8:30am with an energetic talk about sparking conversations, and how to create a social media journey.“I’ve been to destinations”, he joked at the tourism crowd, before reminding everyone that travel really is just about “making friends and sharing stories.” “Five years from now,” he said, “the tools will be totally different…Social media is just a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening.”

SoMeT12 Portraits

Click here for the full article, HootSuite’s Dave Olson: “Social Media is a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening”

Slides

Here is the slide deck I used during my talk made up of both personal and professional anecdotes including my experiences hitchhiking around Europe, Japan and elsewhere:

Bonus: Check out more DaveO presentations

Photo Gallery 

With an audience of social media enthusiasts, no doubt the tweets and photos flowed on, catch a few below or more at Clemens Schuster’s Flickr Stream (who travelled all the way from Austria for the event):

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Snapshots

I also took a few snaps while out on a walk around town plus a visit to the Hoppy Monk bar on the Mexican border, out for a few tasty meals, and glances at various pawn shops and parks.

Elvis at Dave's Pawn Shop in El Paso

Dave and Elvis in El Paso

Boxing Hall of Fame in El Paso

En Route to Airport in El Paso

See, my tiny old hard shell suitcase with stickers all over it. I don’t travel without it!

Here’s my suitcase and Owly.

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Photo courtesy of @vlpmeriposa

Check out Toque and Canoe’s feature, In the Suitcase with Dave Olson, for my packing secrets.

Visit my flickr set, El Paso Mission, for more photos.

A couple of highlights I enjoyed most were handing out some mad HootSwag and asking the social media savvy audience to tweet my mom (@manorbrooks) during my presentation.

Social artifact roundup with more tweets, blogs etc (some redundancy)

Audio Dispatch

After the conference, I sat down with Catherine Heeg (@catherineheeg) of Customized Management Solutions to talk about the #SoMeT12 conference and HootSuite’s features (we caught up at the airport of all places, and were briefly interrupted by the PA system as you’ll hear in the interview). Read the interview recap at Catherine’s Customized Management Solutions Blog and the interview with Catherine Heeg in podcasty goodness. 

Destination Tourism Marketing Roundup #SoMeT12

…we were info-tained by @Daveohoots and Greg Gunn…

sealove:

yesterday on the #tectoria three hour cruise c/o @danwgunn, we were info-tained by @Daveohoots and Greg Gunn of #hootsuite. their business is community driven and their stories and presentation dynamic can’t be beat! thanks gents. (Taken with Instagram)

Keynote on a Boat at Experience Tectoria (spiel with orcas and beers) – Roundup

Social Media in Disasters and Revolutions ~ NXNE 2012 Spiel Artifacts

Overview: At NXNE 2012, Dave Olson discussed the democratization of communication and how civic/cultural changes are amplified despite attempts to thwart dissent. Practical examples of people spontaneously using these tools in emergency and disaster relief situations were highlighted, as well as the historical forebears of these methods.

Blurb: 

NXNE Disasters and Revolutions

From rallying citizens in Egypt and advocating for civil rights in Saudi Arabia and Libya, to natural disaster management in Japan and the USA, social media tools and tactics are used for critical endeavours beyond business marketing and personal expression. However, tools like Twitter and Facebook are often brushed off as non-essential or entertaining playthings by media and society despite the proven ability to spread critical messages rapidly.

We’ll discuss the democratization of communication and how civic/cultural changes are sparked and amplified despite attempts to thwart dissent. Plus, share practical situations where the tools were used spontaneously by citizens in disaster zones, as well as in emergency management and relief agencies in crisis mitigation strategies. Finally, by delving into historical examples, we’ll seek social media’s true fore-bearers for democratized, civic messaging.

Slides

Remarks

From Canada.com: HootSuite’s house of 100 owls

As a social media platform, Hootsuite has a front row-seat to the news of the world. When a natural disaster or social revolution takes place, users flood the service…other times, political unrest has presented Hootsuite with a sort of business Sophie’s Choice…“We need to be able to play both sides,” Olson says. “We have Occupy Wall Street using us on one side and major banks and organizations using us on the other.

Devlin’s Blog » Blog Archive » NXNE Interactive 2012

Devlin’s Blog » Blog Archive » NXNE Interactive 2012

CDN PR Society Speaker Series Spiel – Roundup

Social Media Challenge, Fall Kick-Off – Roundup

CMTY Building: Dave and Connor Talk Tourism and Social Media

Dave, VP of Community at HootSuite and colleague Connor chat from the coffee shop on topics including: Tourism conference in El Paso, my first trip to Europe in 1993 and the role of the Internet in travel.

Social Media Marketing Unplugged via Linnea Anderson

Yesterday, I attended Social Media Marketing Unplugged, a truly inspirational seminar about social media and the tactics used to go about handling this phenomenon. The speakers that stood out the most for me were the ones who told their story, shared their knowledge (and humour) and related it to all businesses in general.

New connections are made everyday, and these connections are facilitated so easily with all of the tools provided on the internet. In my eyes, the most useful tool to organize all of these valuable connections is Hootsuite, which was praised about by the beloved speaker, Dave Olson. (Gotta love the owl!)

Source: Social Media Marketing Unplugged |