The Tulsa retail store marks the 109th Microsoft full retail store in the U.S and Canada and the second store in Oklahoma.
A few of my #SMTULSA peeps, joined me for a quick tour of the store and the geek out over some of the latest Microsoft toys.
My favorites were the Surface Pro3, the Microsoft Band, and of course the Maker Bot 3D printer.
The store itself is pretty cool. Located across the hall and a few doors down from that other tech store, the Microsoft Store in Woodland Hills Mall will be a great addition
to the mall during the holiday season and beyond.
Enough about my tour, let’s get this party started.
Here is the full schedule of events for the Microsoft retail store grand opening festivities.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Start lining up for your chance to meet Barry Sanders and attend his exclusive Xbox One event on Thursday.
Location: Outside at the Acorn Entrance, near The Cheesecake Factory. Due to the Weather, people who come to line up will receive a voucher.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Grand opening ceremonies begin.
Microsoft retail store opens (free tickets for the Xbox One event with Barry Sanders distributed***)
Start lining up to get into the Xbox one event with Barry Sanders at the Microsoft Store at Woodland Hills Mall. A limited number of customers in line early will have the opportunity to play Xbox One with Barry Sanders.***
Come meet Barry Sanders and get a chance to play Xbox One inside the Microsoft Store at Woodland Hills Mall.***
Party people! It’s that time of year again. The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to start planning your 2015 CES party schedule.
If this is your first time at CES, here is my advice to help you prepare:
1. Stay at one of the official hotels. CES provides shuttle bus service to and from all of them. The other option is to book a hotel near the monorail. There is a stop right at the convention center and a 5 day pass is cheaper than renting and parking.
2. Wear comfy shoes. CES takes up all of Las Vegas Convention Center’s 3,200,000 sq ft, plus the meeting space of several hotels in the area. You will walk, you will stand, you will get lost and end up walking in circles.
3. Renting a car is not necessary, but if you do. Don’t try to bring it to the convention center. Parking is hell. Use it to navigate the night time parties and dinners. Taxi service crawls during CES, but there are tons of them available to get you around.
4. The Foot Spa. Not joking. It will save your life and it’s cheap.
5. Have fun!
2015 CES Parties
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Wednesday January 7, 2015
Canadian Industry Night
Mark your calendar for the night the Canadian
industry gets together at CES in Las Vegas. RSVP today! Limited spaces available
The Bank NightClub at Bellagio
Tis the season. No, that that season. The season to start planning for Las Vegas.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® has announced its official Press Day schedule for the 2015 International CES®. Open exclusively to registered CES media, Press Day will showcase 2015 CES exhibitor press conferences with major product and company news from 8 AM-5 PM on Monday, January 5, at Mandalay Bay. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Every year, we are energized by the innovative product unveilings at Press Day that reveal the trends we’ll see on the CES show floor and the technologies that will fuel our industry and excite consumers in the year ahead,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We’ve got a terrific group of companies that are part of the dynamic 2015 Press Day lineup, including first-timer ZTE, all of whom will announce the next generation of breakthrough innovations in consumer technology.”
Media registered for the 2015 CES are encouraged to save the date for the following Press Day events on Monday, January 5, 2015:
• LG Electronics*
• DISH Network
• Stream TV Networks
*Denotes Invitation-Only Event
Press Day also will feature a full line-up of exhibitor Power Sessions, 30-minute press conferences for companies looking to break their news quickly and directly to CES media. Beginning at 8:30 AM, Power Sessions will be located at Mandalay Bay, Level Three, South Seas Ballroom J. A full schedule of Power Sessions will be posted to the Press Events section of CESweb.org in the coming weeks.
A dedicated shuttle service, running from official CES hotels to Mandalay Bay and the LVCC, will run from 6:30 AM-7 PM on Press Day. Lunch will be available to registered CES press and industry analysts beginning at 11:30 AM on Press Day in the Press Room, sponsored by AutoTrader.com, located at Mandalay Bay, Level Two, Lagoon J.
On Sunday, January 4, registered CES media are also encouraged to attend the following press events at Mandalay Bay:
State of the Consumer Tech Industry and 2015 CES Trends to Watch 2-3 PM Level 2, Breakers Ballroom H
Before the doors open for the most important tech event in the country, get a glimpse into what everyone will be talking about in the year to come. Attend this presentation by Dr. Shawn DuBravac, CFA, chief economist and senior director of research, CEA to gain an understanding of the business trends, market forces and consumer dynamics behind the technology on display at the 2015 International CES.
State of the Global CE Industry 3-4 PM Level 2, Breakers Ballroom H
Countries with fast-growing economies and large emerging middle classes will lead the way in new CE revenue growth. This session, presented by Steve Koenig, director, industry analysis, provides a comprehensive look at global CE market trends and opportunities.
CES Unveiled Las Vegas 4-7 PM Level 3, South Seas Ballroom C
CES Unveiled Las Vegas is the official media event of the International CES, featuring boundary-breaking innovation from more than 90 exhibitors from around the globe. Be the first to see the new year’s products. This annual networking event will also feature the 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honorees.
Exhibit halls for the 2015 CES will open 10 AM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015. For breaking technology news leading up to the show, head to Mandalay Bay. Last year’s preshow press events saw the launch of LG’s G Flex, a curved OLED display with the world’s first curved battery, and VOXX’s Myris, an iris identifying authenticator for increased online security. Formula E revealed and demoed the first electric racing car and Sony introduced the first in-home video download 4K service.
The 2015 CES press conference schedule will be updated regularly through the 2015 CES. All CES press conference opportunities are listed here. Companies interested in hosting a press conference during the 2015 CES can submit a 2015 CES Press Conference Reservation Request Form to schedule their event.
The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.
I hope you can join me September 25. Let’s talk about social media marketing strategy.
My plan is have a very interactive session to help local businesses develop and implement social media strategies to help them reach their goals.
My goal is to have you walk out of the session with a plan of action.
Tis the season for music festivals. The Social Media Tulsa team and I, just finished rocking social media for the Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa, ok. Since then, we’ve had a lot of questions from other events and music festivals on how we did it and how we can help them. While I can’t promise you the same magic in a blog post that our team provides live, I can provide you with a few tips to help you rock social media for your festival.
10 Tips: How to Rock Social Media for Music Festivals
Before the Festival
1. Make your website the one stop shop. While we all love social media, your website should always be home base for information. Don’t make people search for information. 2. Go Mobile. Even if your website is responsive, wireless networks can get wonky when thousands of people are posting #selfies. A mobile app is a great way to send last minute changes and updates. Not to mention how much it saves you and the planet from printed programs. 3. Create a hashtag and stick with it. There’s a lot of debate about whether you should add the year to the end of your festival’s hashtag. My thoughts are, no. Your hashtag should be consistent for easy branding year after year. Examples: #COUFest #Coachella #SXSW #Boonaroo 4. Communicate early and often. There is never too much information when thousands of people are headed your way. Twitter, Google+, and Facebook are great for sharing band announcements, lineups, and security information. Don’t forget email. 5. Social Media Strategy. Secure your name and create a plan of action for all of the social networks you plan to use. This should be done as far in advance as possible. Planning for the next year starts when the last band says goodnight.
During the Festival
6. Social Media Command Center. Have one central location with a dedicated wifi connection for monitoring social accounts. Watch for last minute questions and comments and be prepared to answer them. 7. Photography Team. Make sure you have photographers scheduled during the festival to capture the moments. Bands, attendees, sponsors, etc. Real time sharing happens when photographers have access to the social media command center and work with the social media team. Note: think about the kind of shots you want to share through out the year. i.e #TBT #SelfieSunday #highfivefriday #FestivalFashion (create your own). 8. Video Team. Whether you’re live streaming or not, make sure you have a video team on site. Think about a highlight reel and how many youtube videos you can create from the footage. Don’t forget short form video for Instagram and Vine. 9. Social Media Teams during the festival. There should be a command center team responsible for social listening and responding. Posting highlights and important updates are also a role for the command center team. The social media strike team should cover real time action of the festival. Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and Twitter are great because of their mobility. I like to treat Facebook as a highlight reel.
After the Festival
10. Post Festival Strategy. After the festival, organizers are swamped with interview requests, tear down, and just plain exhaustion. Now is not the time to let up on social. People are going through their phones and cameras sharing their favorite festival moments. Make sure you have a strategy to keep people engaged.
Don’t want to go it alone? Send me an email and we can talk about how we can Rock Social Media for your Music Festival. cheryl at partyaficionado (dot) com
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® today opened registration for the 2015 International CES®, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The event is scheduled January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees and media can register today at CESweb.org. Like last year, attendees can pick up badges at more than 25 designated locations in Las Vegas. Key pickup locations include McCarran International Airport baggage claim areas, official show hotels and 2015 CES exhibit venues. Attendees will receive a confirmation code upon completing their registration form in its entirety that will help expedite their badge pick up. The International CES draws more than 150,000 of the top industry executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from around the world.
“The 2015 International CES is the proving ground of innovation and this January’s event promises to be an amazing hands-on experience,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We encourage attendees to register now and to start making travel plans to ensure the greatest choice of flights and hotel rooms.” Attendees are encouraged to register in advance of CES to ensure quicker access to their badge on-site. Additional information on the 2015 CES, including hotel and airline information, can be found at CESweb.org. CES has room blocks at discounted rates, available for a limited time, at partner hotels throughout Las Vegas. It is important to make hotel reservations early to secure the best rates. Note to Media (That includes online media): Registration for credentialed media is free.
If all goes as plan, I’ll be back covering event tech, social media integration, and all that’s new in digital health. Will you be there? Register now and don’t forget to book your hotel early. Want my suggestions on where to stay? Ask in the comments below.
I attended the 2014, Demand Success conference hosted by my friends at Vocus. Their conference has changed quite a bit from the last time I attended. While there were sessions supporting Vocus products, Demand Success is now a full on Pr, Marketing, and Social Media conference.
Armed with my favorite tools for social media event coverage, I posted most of my experience live on Google+ and Twitter. I wrote about one of my favorite sessions over on the Social Media Tulsa Blog: The World’s Greatest Social Media Strategy. Go check it out and let me know what you think.
The Tools for Social Media Event Coverage.: Google Glass. Laptop. Smartphone
Here, For my fellow event geeks, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite things from Demand Success Conference 2014.
Event Highlights from Demand Success Conference 2014
1. Multiple function Name Badges
Name badge, agenda, and map. The colorful inserts also included information for downloading the
conference mobile app and of course the WIFI code and password information. The registration team was also very helpful throughout the conference.
2. The Wake up Call: An exciting opening act of drummers
3. Brand All the Things! Vocus is a master of branding. Why do I say that? Well, I’m posting a bathroom selfie. #nuffsaid.
4. Inspiration Board: Old School Twitter. A great way to connect us back to what inspired us from the conference.
5. Social Photo booth: Very popular these days. Loved the ability to email or share to social sites.
5. Books, Books, Books: While I’m a digital junkie, I love paper books (and magazines). A Great way to get speakers is to buy their latest book for attendees.
6. Location, Location, Location: It really can’t get better than this view from the Thursday night reception behind the Gaylord. Great to test out the panoramic feature on my smartphone camera.
These are just some of the highlights from my trip to Demand Success Conference 2014. Of course they had spectacular sessions, keynotes, charging stations, and Wifi that worked spectacularly. I’m glad I got a chance to attend. Kudos to Vocus for producing such a great conference.
The International CES® today announced its “Call for Speakers” for the 2015 International CES®, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The International CES returns to Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6-9, 2015. The International CES conference program, ranked as a top speaking opportunity for CEOs, features consumer technology’s leading visionaries addressing the latest trends, strategies and upcoming business opportunities. The CES conference boasts the talents and expertise of industry speakers through 250 cutting-edge sessions, empowering attendees with the knowledge to stay at the forefront of innovation. More than 160,000 industry professionals from the accessories, audio, automotive, content, digital imaging, entertainment, health and fitness, video and wireless industries attend the International CES. Corporate buyers and retailers, media, analysts, venture capitalists and manufacturers from more than 140 countries also come to CES to conduct global business. Speaker proposals will be accepted through 5 p.m. EDT, June 13, 2014. Detailed information, including the 2015 CES submission form, is available online.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES®, announced the results of an independent audit that confirmed a record number of international professionals – 40,828 (a 12.7 percent increase from the 2013 CES) – attended the 2014 International CES® from 144 countries. Additionally, 6,757 press and industry analysts attended the show to report on the latest consumer technologies and trends. The 2014 CES ran January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas and welcomed a record 160,498 industry professionals overall, up five percent over 2013. The independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting, LLC, confirms CES’ status as the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
“The 2014 International CES broke records across the board as the most important, must-attend business event of the year,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy. “These audit results confirm that CES continues to serve as the global gathering place that inspires and unites Fortune 500 executives, retail buyers, engineers, content producers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists and media from all over the world to see, touch, interact and experience the latest trends and technologies that are shaping the future.” “CEA has led the exhibition industry in using and advocating for independent audits as they allow exhibitors to make informed marketing and sales investments,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. Veris is certified by the Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission (EEIAC) to perform audits. The CES audit provides absolute verification of exhibition records, including direct on-site observation, examination of registration systems and testing of attendee records. Post-show analysis included direct confirmation sampling, reconciliation of attendance lists, elimination of duplicate names, and verification of demographic data with the source of documentation.
Final audit numbers may differ from preliminary estimates given onsite due to additional badge pick-ups and badge reader reports. This audit complies with the industry standards for audits adopted by both the EEIAC and the International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE). Audit highlights can be found here. The full Audit Summary will be available in early May. Outside of the Veris audit, CEA confirmed that 3,673 exhibitors (a 12 percent increase from the 2013 CES) from around the globe unveiled their latest tech innovations at the 2014 International CES®, which spanned 2.06 million net square feet of exhibit space. The 2015 International CES is scheduled for January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.
10 tips to help you rock social media for your events.
1. Create a hashtag: The one thing I see new events doing is creating new hashtags around their events or conferences and then adding the year to the end. That might work for a Coachella or CES where the faces and attendees change every year, but if you’re a new conference, keeping a consistent hashtag for the community is, in my opinion the better way to go. To me, #SMTULSA is the community regardless of when or where you join in.
2. Communicate the hashtag: It may take a while to get people to adapt to your hashtag if your event is new, but stay consistent and communicate the heck out of your hashtag.
3. Get a good team: I know, I know. You’re an event professional and you get social media. Even if you can do it all, you shouldn’t. Have someone dedicated to each network. Decide which networks you want to use before, during, and after the conference and let your team do what they do. Of course you want to select people who understand social and your event to make sure the “voice” is right as well as the content. Then let them go!
4. Get your speakers/presenters involved: No, I’m not talking about begging your speakers to Tweet your event or post to their network over and over again. Provide assets and opportunities for your speakers to connect with your community and provide them with content that promotes their involvement in your event.
5. Photos: Hire or secure a photographer sponsor partner: Photos tell the story of your event. Don’t just get shots of the crowds, make sure you get shots of people in the act of doing what your event is about. Share photos on your social networks. Post some photos in real time and some photos after the event to promote the next event.
Think about photo albums and cover photos for Facebook. Fun shots for instagram and Twitter. Pin Board specific photos (i.e food)
6. Get photos of your speakers doing what they do. Too often speakers don’t have photos of themselves doing what they do.
7. Video: Even if you don’t plan to live stream your event. Make sure you have video to upload later. Offer the speakers the opportunity to get their raw footage.
8. Access to presentations: Whether you upload to your youtube channel or provide the presentations via Slideshare, make sure your attendees have access to the presentations. Let them know that during the conference.