5th B2B Huddle approaching at #SMWLDN

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Just a week to go until the start of Social Media Week London on September 24 – and the 5th Dell B2B Social Media Huddle.

Planning is almost complete; we’re starting to talk about who our keynote speakers are – Andrew Grill and Antony Mayfield are but two – we know about some of the unconference workshops; there’s a special photo opportunity for all participants; and we’re counting the glasses for the post-event tweetup.

As with previous huddles, we’re expecting a full house at Microsoft’s London SW1 office next Monday. In fact, all 100 tickets have sold out (in a manner of speaking: participation is free of charge) and there’s now a waiting list.

I do hope you can be with us on September 24. If not, well, we’re planning to video-record the keynote presentations via our friends at Present.me – more news on that very soon on the Huddle website – as well as publish the audio as podcasts. We may also live-stream those keynotes; news on that soon.

Follow the hashtags #smwb2b and #smwldn for the latest news and commentary; and you can connect with the Huddle on Twitter: @b2bhuddle.

About the B2B Huddle:

The Dell B2B Social Media Huddle is an informal one-day event that brings together senior communicators and marketing professionals to exchange and share their experiences in social media in B2B.

Kerry Bridge and I have been organizing Huddles since 2009 which have been sponsored by Dell with this 5th one additionally supported by Microsoft. Keynote presentations are recorded and published as audio podcasts by For Immediate Release, the podcast series I co-host.

Huddlers choose whether to just come and listen to what others have to say, or stand up and share their own thinking during one of the open unconference sessions. The day concludes with further networking opportunities at the informal tweetup.

The expected outcome for you is new or renewed connections and actionable insights that you can apply in your business.

The B2B Huddle on the social web

Since mentioning it last month, plans for the 5th Dell B2B Social Media Huddle are proceeding apace.

Keynote speakers are being lined up, unconference workshop sessions are being discussed, tweetup plans are all proceeding, and we’ll be naming names soon! Also coming very soon – a link to where you can register to participate.

One thing we’ve now done is establish a Huddle presence on the web at www.b2bhuddle.com. That’s where everything to do with this Huddle, as well as previous ones, will be posted and announced. So add that address to your bookmarks.

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We’ve also now got our own Twitter handle – @b2bhuddle. Do follow us for news and commentary as we’ll be using this Twitter handle as a primary announcement channel.

The 5th Dell B2B Social Media Huddle takes place at Microsoft’s office in London SW1 on Monday, September 24, 2012, and is an integral part of Social Media Week London.

It’s an informal one-day event that brings together senior communicators and marketing professionals to exchange and share experiences on “(social) business to business.” It’s characterized by its pragmatic approach to enabling everyone to choose whether to just come and listen to what others have to say, or stand up and talk themselves during one of the open unconference sessions. The day concludes with the social engagement of an informal tweetup.

This Huddle is organized by Kerry Bridge and I, in conjunction with Simon Hughes at Microsoft.

Hope to see you in London on September 24!

Planning the next Dell B2B Social Media Huddle for #SMWLDN

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Mark your calendar for the next Dell B2B Social Media Huddle that will take place in London on September 24, 2012 – the first day of the second Social Media Week London this year.

For this fifth Huddle, we’re back at Microsoft’s offices in Victoria, London SW1, from which the image above comes (snapped by Mel Carson during the second Huddle in May 2010).

The Dell B2B Social Media Huddle is an informal one-day event that brings together senior communicators and marketing professionals to exchange and share experiences on “(social) business to business.” It’s characterized by its pragmatic approach to enabling everyone to choose whether to just come and listen to what others have to say, or stand up and talk themselves during one of the open unconference sessions. The day concludes with the social engagement of an informal tweetup.

So Kerry Bridge and I, together with Simon Hughes at Microsoft, have our planning hats on to put together a compelling experience that will be worth your while investing your time in. The programme will follow the format that’s proved popular in each of the previous Huddles:

  1. Morning: keynote presentations
  2. Afternoon: unconference sessions
  3. Evening: tweetup

Each of the keynote presentations will be live video streamed; the audio will be recorded for post-event FIR Speakers & Speeches podcasts.

We’re aiming to make the fifth Dell B2B Social Media Huddle the most engaging of all, especially as it forms part of Social Media Week London. If you have a suggestion for a speaker and/or a topic, do let us know. Likewise if you already have some ideas on leading an unconference session.

Join the conversation with over 150 members of the B2B Social Media Huddle group on LinkedIn.

We’ll be announcing more, including keynote speakers and topics, in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, note the date – Monday, September 24, 2012.

All set for the huddle on November 3

Planning is complete and things are all set for the Dell B2B Social Media Huddle that takes place in London on November 3.

For this fourth B2B social media networking event that Kerry Bridge and I have organized, we’re expecting a full house at Google’s London headquarters, the venue for our get-together. All 90 free tickets sold out long ago and there’s a waiting list. (If you have a ticket but now can’t make it on the day, please let us know so we can make a wait-lister happy.)

We have a great programme for everyone that includes formal keynote presentations:

  • Lee Bryant, co-founder and Director, Headshift, on social business
  • Cairbre Sugrue, Managing Director Technology, Edelman UK, on trust
  • Azeem Azhar, founder and CEO of PeerIndex, on influence marketing and measurement

And, there is the popular unconference aspect, with sessions run by anyone who would like to talk on a topic they believe will be of distinct interest and value to a B2B audience. So far, we have the following sessions confirmed:

  • Benjamin Ellis, Redcatco: From off-line to on-line – QR Codes, geo-location and what comes next
  • Jas Dhaliwal, AVG.com: Tactics and strategies for connecting with communities
  • Rob Shimmin, Shimmin Brand Protection: Social Media – Letting your corporate guard down?
  • Andrew Grill, PeopleBrowser: How social is impacting TV and all forms of traditional media, from production to consumption

If you have an idea for an unconference session you’d like to run, let us know. There will be an opportunity to do that on the day.

Everyone who’s got a ticket will have received an email from Kerry today with details of the agenda, venue, timings, etc. So we look forward to seeing you in London on November 3!

If you can’t physically attend but want to participate remotely or follow the event virtually, there are a variety of ways you can connect and join the conversation:

Catch the keynotes and other sessions after the event as FIR podcasts. We’ll also upload presentations to Dell’s Slideshare page.

[The Conversation Prism graphic in the image above used under CC license from Brian Solis.]

Get your ticket now and be part of the Dell B2B Social Media Huddle in November

Kerry Bridge and I discussed the forthcoming Dell B2B Social Media Huddle today as we continued our planning for the fourth in this series of one-day business briefings that have proven to be popular during the past few years.

The next one on November 3, 2011, look like it will be equally popular. We saw that all 70 tickets we’d made available via the online booking system have already gone. Sold out!

So we’ve made another 20 tickets available. Register now. Please act fast fast as we expect these to go quickly too. After that, it’s unlikely we can squeeze anyone else in due to the venue’s physical limitations.

It’s free to participate in, ie, there’s no financial cost to register. If you’re a LinkedIn member, event registration information is available in the B2B Social Media Huddle Group (ask to join if you’re not in that group already).

Key update points:

70 tickets sold, 20 more now available.

Keynote speakers:

  • Lee Bryant, co-founder and Director, Headshift, on social business.
  • Cairbre Sugrue, Managing Director Technology, Edelman UK, on trust.
  • Azeem Azhar, founder and CEO of PeerIndex, on influence marketing and measurement.

Unconference sessions so far:

  • QR codes, geo-location and more.
  • How crowdsourcing can help your business deliver better products and services.
  • Google+, Facebook and using social networks for B2B marketing.

If you want to speak, let us know. If you have ideas for topics, let us know.

See you in London on November 3!

If you can’t physically attend but want to participate remotely or follow the event virtually, you can join the conversation at the hashtag #dellb2b. Catch the keynotes and other sessions after the event as FIR podcasts. We’ll also upload presentations to Dell’s Slideshare page.

[The Conversation Prism graphic in the image above used under CC license from Brian Solis.]

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Sign up for the fourth Dell B2B Social Media Huddle

Helping people understand the role social media plays in business, and how to use it effectively in business-to-business communication, is once again the focus of the Dell B2B Social Media Huddle that takes place in London on November 3, 2011.

I’ve partnered again with Kerry Bridge at Dell to bring you this one-day event, the fourth huddle we’ve done. We’re repeating the winning formula of the previous ones with a mix of formal keynotes, unconference sessions – where you get to decide what the topics for discussion are – social networking and a post-event tweetup.

If your business involves reaching out to other businesses, this event is definitely for you. It’s free to participate in, ie, there’s no financial cost to register. You’ll gain actionable insights in keynotes from opinion leaders including:

  • Lee Bryant, co-founder and Director, Headshift, on social business.
  • Cairbre Sugrue, Managing Director Technology, Edelman UK, on trust.
  • Azeem Azhar, founder and CEO of PeerIndex, on influence marketing and measurement.

Our overall planning has the huddle structure shaping up like this:

  • Morning: keynotes, networking, lunch
  • Afternoon: informal unconference sessions, networking
  • Early evening: tweetup

B2B-focused topics we’d like to see addressed in unconference sessions include using Google+, SEO best practices, what makes an engaged brand, emerging technologies and tools eg QR codes.

If you’d like to share a case study, some social media tips, lead a topical discussion on one of the topics mentioned above or share a skill in an unconference session, let us know.

The keynotes and many unconference sessions will be recorded and published as For Immediate Release audio podcasts, as we’ve done with each previous huddle. And, to wrap things up on a social note, there’s a tweetup after the event.

Email invitations will be going out from Dell starting this week. If you’re a LinkedIn member, event registration information is available in the B2B Social Media Huddle Group (ask to join if you’re not in that group already).

If you can’t physically attend but want to participate remotely or follow the event virtually, you can join the conversation at the hashtag #dellb2b. Catch the keynotes and other sessions after the event as FIR podcasts. We’ll also upload presentations to Dell’s Slideshare page.

Looking forward to November 3!

[The Conversation Prism graphic in the image above used under CC license from Brian Solis.]