This is the strangest and one of the most interesting videos I’ve seen in a long time. Conceptually I think it has implications for the events business, good and bad. It’s not new that social media is revolutionizing many aspects of marketing and some of the social aspects of life, I’ve blogged about it a few times and a Google search will flood you with information. But this video does a great job of capturing some of the more unique customer level issues.
For the B2B conference marketer:
- Interactivity at events is more important than ever, but it’s also probably going to become harder to get people to interact. We must move beyond speed dating into formats that can create in-depth conversations and potential connections between buyers and sellers.
- The ideal number of people in a break out session may be changing?
- If you are using social media to promote your event, driving engagement may be linked to the your ability to provide social recognition amongst peers and a deeper role in facilitating peer to peer interaction.
- B2B online communities around events must drive real long term value and interaction beyond the events. They also need to make sure they provide ways for people to validate their skills in the community.
- Similarly for events, endorsements and accreditation will become key. Exhibitions should also gamify the experience!
Food for thought – Anyone feeling lonely?