Last year, after live-tweeting from Counselors Academy’s annual conference, I noticed my Twitter feed had become my notes for the sessions. So I used them in a blog post to capture the flavour of the event.
Counselors is, as I’ve said many times, my PR highlight of the year. If you run an agency, it’s a gathering like no other. And, if you haven’t been there before, it’s hard to describe the exhilarating energy of being in a room with so many bright people, most of whom share your interests, challenges and entrepreneurial dreams.
I’ve made some of my best friends in PR at Counselors. In fact, that’s where I met my new business partners, Carol and Esther, and first had a chance to get to know them. Long before she and I had an inkling that we might be working together, Esther put my name forward as the Canadian rep on the executive committee. So, I guess, energi PR has its roots in Counselors.
Here are 10 Twitter highlights from CA2010 in Asheville (in no particular order):
- @bgindra: We learn visually, not by words; video stories are becoming more and more important.
- @jaybaer: Many mobile developers have platforms that you can tweak and customize; you don’t need to start from scratch.
- @jaybaer: Social media success factors: broaden your horizons, sell ingredients, not entrees, embrace math, adjust to 24/7.
- @darrylsalerno: If the 1st and last letters of a word are in the right place, it’s hard to tell if it’s misspelled.
- @darrylsalerno: 500 most used English words have 14,000 meanings.
- @ambercadabra: We over complicate social media; it’s just communications. Need to get over our obsession w/ tools & focus on intent.
- @ambercadabra: B/c social media was labelled media, we want to apply trad media metrics, which don’t work.
- @elisemitch: When you’re building a biz you need to consider how you deal with change, both up and down.
- @briansolis: Try writing story in 120 characters so it can be RT’d.
- @briansolis: Today PR agencies function top to bottom; need to have most senior people on the frontlines.
Of course, there was so much more wonderful talk and ideas that weren’t captured in 140 or less – like the after-hours drinks and conversations, the Sorry game, the 60s banquet, prom-night in Ashville and, the wonderful southern hospitality of Justin Brackett. You can also read Gini Dietrich’s thoughts here, Abbie Fink’s musings or Dana Hughens‘ post for some other perspectives.
If you run an independent PR agency, it’s not too early to start thinking about Counselors 2011.
(Disclosure: I’m the conference co-chair.)