In a little over an hour last night, a special thing started to happen. After a brief conversation between me and @markwschaefer, author of The Tao of Twitter and most recently, his new book, Return On Influence, twitter started to flicker with an idea. A special idea for Wales.
The idea was to put on a social media conference for Wales (the Social Media Conference for Wales SMCW?), starring the man of the moment, Mark Schaefer, to talk about some of the amazing ideas in his new book. What makes this particularly interesting for me, is the theme of the book, that of online influence. I don’t think what has started to happen, would have happened without the influence of my friend Mark, but happen it has.
One tweet between me and Mark, and a few RT’s and suddenly people are taking notice. An idea has started to spread. Thats it, that’s all it took. Mark talks about the concept of auto response in ROI and it seemed as if it was right there happening in front of my eyes. People, given the involvement of a celebrated author, tweeter and recognised social media expert, as well as the endorsement of me, my radio station, and clearly the others that started to volunteer themselves, mean that acceptance was immediate. No debate, no questions, just a ‘Lets do it!’ attitude.
Some great people immediately got involved: Nick Smith (@closeupmedia) was first suggesting help, Sarah Bruton (@CAPTIVASPA) next, then followed @Swanseajackgirl Julie Kissick from Glamorgan university, @Nick_miles of Neon Events, @Careercaketv‘s Aimee Bateman, and internet guru’s in their own right Joel Hughes (@Jojet) and Russell Britton (@Brandnatter) also jumped in, feet first!
I’m pretty sure that the brilliant Pippa Davies (@mrsmoti) will also get involved with her WordPress cohort too.
So what I am thinking, but clearly this is a collaborative effort, is an event supported by the Radio station (Real Radio for those that don’t know) at a premier location, I think most likely the Celtic Manor Resort?
It will be free to the businesses of Wales to come along and take part, and we’ll be attempting to help them, and teach them to use social media to build their business. Thats it. Simple!
But we need ideas. We need sponsors! I can handle some of it as a radio station, but we’ll need to pay to get Mark over (he’s not a charity!) and I’m sure there will be other things that will need to be paid for.
I thinking (again) a blog workshop, experts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,LinkedIn, Digg, Stumble Upon, and so on, helping people to understand the strategies and maybe the technical elements of social media. And may even people from the tech world demonstrating new gadgets and what have you. Maybe we’ll even get some more traditional media interest.
And maybe, just maybe, a keynote talk by Mr Mark Schaefer himself?
What we will definitely need though, is your input. Leave your suggestions in the box below or contact me directly (@radiojaja) or firstname.lastname@example.org,uk
And spread the word! Blog about this, reblog it, post it, tweet it, and everything else ‘it’. Lets make this happen for ourselves, and for all of Wales!