Last week I attended a social media marketing conference in Las Vegas. When your job sends you on “vacation” you can’t really complain, now can you? I’m kidding. I worked some, too. I swear. The conference, Social Media Strategies Summit, was a mix of informational and motivational. I think it’s easy to get tunnel vision when you’re in the office all day, so hearing how other brands handle their social presences was pretty much amazing. It also made me want to buy all of their products, utilize their services, and stay at their hotels. Dang, y’all. I don’t think that’s how it’s supposed to work. I’ve said it time and time again, but I am an easy sell. Before I get into the details of the conference, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the trip portion of the week.
I want this salad every day for the rest of my life. That is chipotle vinaigrette and it is heaven.
It would take a much stronger woman to go to Vegas without getting a drink. Strawberry margarita for the win.
I was at least wise enough not to attempt to go shopping. That would be more dangerous than gambling, y’all.
Oh, hey. We’re tourists.
I was basically in a trance at this point.
We ate dinner at Olives while watching the Bellagio fountains. My mind exploded.
Ryne bet me that I couldn’t finish this cake from Grotto. He’s not a very good gambler.
Okay, back to the reason I actually traveled to Vegas in the first place: SMS Summit. The speakers included reps from brands from MGM Resorts International to Garrett Popcorn. There were plenty of others, of course, but I happen to love vacations and Chicago mix. Truth. Anyway, I would definitely recommend attending one of the summits if you want to take part in some pretty fun discussions, network your little heart out, learn a thing or two from some great companies, and leave feeling ready to tackle your ever-growing social media task list. I honestly think most of what I learned at the conference will come in handy when I least expect it. I left with a few big takeaways but the real value, to me, are the little ideas that help on a day-to-day basis.
Plus, they had snacks and delicious social media themed cocktails at the networking reception. So there’s always that, right?
Question: Have you ever attended any type of conference? Do you think it benefited you professionally?