Had a great time presenting at SXSW Interactive 2012 with Jason Stoddard. I especially enjoyed the gamified market simulation that we ran. Afterall it is called Interactive right? I think the attendees had a great time too and special thanks to my friend Will Staney who dressed up as a chicken to help us with the market simulation of a big business selling eggs against a small business. Jason Stoddard and I did some role reversal to make sure that we also learned to apply the concepts we covered in the presentation. So in the simulation, he was the Big Business and I was the Small Business. Here are links to our charts and to the audio podcast of our session. If you attended, thanks for coming! If you missed it, enjoy the slides and the podcast, but you missed out on fun and prizes including Firefly LED bulbs in the simulation. Here are more photos from our session.
SXSW 2012 is shaping up to be the busiest SXSW ever for me!
This year I will be speaking at SXSW Interactive on Saturday, March 10th, 12:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in the New Business Track. I’ll be representing Big Business in a session called “Why Small is the new Big and Big is the new Small” with friend and small business internet marketeer, Jason Stoddard. This will be a highly interactive session where you will not only learn, but you will have fun applying the concepts first hand in an #eggcellent (hashtag for session) market simulation. I hope to see you there!
I’ll also be doing several press interviews, videos and even appearing on a Time Warner Cable Show on the 19th with Chris Carillo, producer of the Austin Music Network.
This year IBM will have a bigger presence than ever and I have been busily working on the plans with a cross-IBM team and our Business Partner, Ascendant Technology. Be sure to stop by the IBM Future of Social Lounge in Meeting Room 1 of the Austin Convention Center near registration. We’ll reward you with a free social assessment of your business, and an invite to the most social party around! See where Social Business is headed, listen in on live conversations with industry innovators, and be able to recharge and refresh between sessions. IBM and its Business Partners are helping people like you – startups, developers and business leaders – to transform the future of business. While you’re in the lounge, you can also learn more about how IBM developerWorks can help you develop skills, solve problems, collaborate with experts, and stay ahead of the latest technical trends. Our IBM Global Entrepeneur team will also be there and is looking for entrepreneurs with global ambitions to address world issues in energy, healthcare, or other key areas for building a smarter planet. If that’s you, read up on it at ibm.com/isv/startup.
Also be on the lookout for the IBM Social Business SXSW Shuttle cruising the streets of downtown Austin. We’ll be taking you to all the Interactive Campuses in style with video, quizzes and prizes along the way and you can learn about the seven IBM sessions this year at SXSW. Throughout SXSW, follow the IBM Live from SXSW Coverage on the Social Business Social Media Aggregator. We’ll be using the hashtags #sxswibm and the usual #IBMSocialBiz on twitter if you want to join into the conversation. The Social Media Clubhouse team will also be joining us their capturing interviews throughout the conference along with our own IBM Video Correspondents, Todd Watson and Scott Laningham.
I hope to see you around at SXSW either at an IBM event or one of the dozens of special events or great sessions throughout the week. You can always track me down on Twitter by DMing me @katmandelstein.
Our session is Session BP304: The Way of the Social Dragon: Ten Key Strategies for Building a Thriving Social Community in Your Organization. Monday, January 16, 03:45 PM – 04:45 PM Location: S. Hem III
So why did I decide to speak this year on top of all the work of planning and running the conference? Am I crazy?? Well, Back in October at the Leadership Alliance, Carlos asked me if I would be interested in submitting a session with him because of my passion and involvement inside and outside of IBM around the way social is transforming the way we all communicate and collaborate in both our personal and professional lives.
The topic we chose helps address one of the key issues I am hearing around social adoption inside of a business. Many companies are implementing social software solutions inside of their company, but many are also seeing some resistance to changing the way people work and moving to this new form of social collaboration. Enablement and building a strong sense of community are key. We will address this and gives some good examples of effective communities from both IBM and customers and Carlos will share some of the key functionality in the IBM offerings that enable this new way of working. I hope you can join us to learn the ways of the Social Dragon.
We welcome your input on this topic and if you have related sessions you would like us to highlight and recommend at the end of our session, just let me know. What challenges are you seeing in social adoption in your own organization or in the customers you support?
While at Lotusphere, I also wrote a guest blog post for BazaarVoice.
Peter Leech interviewed me recently about how social is impacting retailers and it turned into a conversation on how social was transforming businesses in general. It was a great conversation and it was fun being featured on the homepage of SocialMediaClub.org. You can read the full interview here. As many of you know I am very involved in the local chapter and am now the incoming President of Social Media Club Austin for 2012. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the International Organization. It was the first non-profit organization focused on Social Media and has been around for over five years. It is an amazing group of people around the globe, over 300 chapters strong. If you have never been to a Social Media Club event, I would highly encourage it. Chances are you have a chapter in your town and if you don’t then you can always start one. There is a strong support system for both local chapter leaders and universities who want to start an EDU chapter as well.
Something keeps me from posting regularly to my posterous blog and I think I have finally decided it is the limitation of the formatting. My daughter also was giving me a hard time about how plain it was….I finally decided that it was time to move my blog to a more flexible format. So many of my friends have raved about how good WordPress was that I decided to give it a try. Let’s see how this goes….You can still see all my old personal blog posts here.