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It’s time for the Canada Marketing Summit!
Well, I may not be able to go to BlogWorld in Vegas this year, but this week I’m going to a different conference right here in Vancouver that’s also very cool called Canada Marketing Summit. It’s dubbed as Canada’s number one internet marketing and online income streams event, which are definitely two things I’m interested in! I love soaking everything up in events like these, because I get to learn a lot of things from all kinds of experts in fields that I’m interested in, I get to meet other attendees with similar interests, and of course I get the opportunity to introduce myself to many people and make them aware of what I’m doing with this blog and my YouTube videos. You see, getting “famous” isn’t just about branding yourself online, but also, branding yourself offline. Any person who wants to get well known on the internet should go out into the real world too and get to know fellow netizens on a personal level. It’s ironically hard to get famous online without making the effort offline as well.
Like what I mentioned in a previous blog post about the F5 Expo, you have to go offline to boost what you’re doing online. I’m quite psyched to mingle with other participants, learn from them, and share what I know with them too. A single introduction to a fellow participant can lead to small talk that may involve them talking about anything from an interesting anecdote, to exchanging contact details or even a promise to meet outside the summit for joint venture, affiliate, or who knows what kind of other opportunities.
I also see the value of attending business conferences like the Canada Marketing Summit (or CMS for short) because it pushes small entrepreneurs like me to think big and aim higher in terms of goals. Not only will I get to learn proven online trategies, but also inspirational success stories from the speakers and the participants as well.
I actually first heard about the conference from Bonnie Sainsbury, who runs a Social Media company here in Vancouver, while at a weekly lunch get together called Dot Com Pho that I often attend (like I said, I do a lot of this networking stuff). She mentioned to me that the organizer, Rob “the Genie” Toth would be a great speaker for my Internet Marketing Meetup (one of my own networking events that I host on a monthly basis) and how much she enjoyed the summit last year. Hearing Bonnie and her business partner Marylin talk about all the great speakers made it a no brainer for me that I needed to be there this year too.
I’m really glad to be able to attend and hopefully I’ll get to see more of the social media marketers I’ve met in previous events to help continue and grow those relationships in addition to the new ones that I’m sure to make. Hey, a few personal connections and relationships can often be way more effective than hundreds of even thousands of Twitter followers, so just remember to take it offline whenever you can and you’ll have the best of both worlds!
What do you think? Do you do much networking or put much effort into making relationships offline to help what you’re doing online? Are you going to the CMS or have you been before?
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