I'm so thankful I attended Knoxville's sold-out Social Slam this year. The 2011 event was held in April at the Knoxville Convention Center, and before we know it Social Slam 2012 will be here. The 2011 event changed lives for many of the 430 attendees and received high marks in follow-up surveys. Although there were proud sponsors (including our sister company Infinity Hosting Solutions), a number of the the speakers and panelists contributed expert advice at their own expense.
"Changed lives" may sound dramatic (I am sort of dramatic), but this unique business conference was not just a day of learning the latest and greatest in digital media trends. Social Slam was thought-provoking, inspiring, and will surly change the way many attendees think and plan their digital marketing/social media futures.
VIEO Design (follow VIEO) is thankful to Mark W. Schaefer (follow Mark) who organized the event and gave us a chance to be part of it. Mark is a globally-recognized blogger, educator, business consultant, and the author of the popular Tao of Twitter book. Mark spoke throughout the 2011 event which included many other talented speakers and panelists including:
- Jay Baer, Global Top 50 marketing blogger and author of The Now Revolution (follow Jay Baer)
- Christina "CK" Kerley, America's foremost authority on mobile marketing (follow CK)
- Trey Pennington, author, professor, and one of the most beloved and very much missed personalities of the social web (follow Trey)
- Brian Winter, successful executive, entrepreneur and digital marketing expert (follow Brian)
Other speakers and moderators included Ryan T. Sauers (follow Ryan), Deborah Weinstein, Jeremy Victor, Billy Mitchell, Amy D. Howell, Glen D. Gilmore, Anne Deeter Gallaher, Eric T. Epperson, Tom Webster, Chad Parizman, Jennifer Kane, and Jeremy Floyd.
The first keynote speaker for Social Slam 2012 was just announced as Mitch Joel (follow Mitch), the author of Six Pixels of Separation. Tickets will go on sale December 1, 2011 so get yours early if you plan to attend the conference on April 27, 2012 in Knoxville, TN.