Monday, May 27, 2013

Social Media Monday—Use Social Media to Stay Connected After a Conference

I just got home this past Thursday from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I spent most of my time teaching others about how to connect online. Today I'd like to follow that up with the importance of using social media to cement those connections.

Here are some reasons to reconnect online, after you meet someone at a conference. 
  • When you follow up a face-to-face meeting with a friend request on Facebook or Twitter, you leave a lasting impression that helps cement the relationship.
  • Connecting online is easier when your memory (and everyone else’s) is still fresh. You’re more likely to get a reciprocal follow or accepted friend request when impressions are fresh.
  • An online connection can give you additional information and provide more points of connection.
  • You’ll be building your own reputation as a media savvy author who knows the way around social networking.
Here are some additional ways social networking can help you continue to reap the benefits of attending a conference.

Use #Hashtags when you tweet about your experiences at the conference—even after it's ended. Not only will your comment be part of an ongoing, focused conversation—you’ll also find yourself exposed to new followers and contacts.

Don't forget to post any pictures you took during your time there on Facebook and Pinterest—and tag those in the pics with you. This will help them remember you, and they'll be notified when you add their names.

If you've connected on a deeper level with someone at the event, consider inviting them to share a guest post on your blog. This will give your readers a chance to meet new people and be exposed to valuable content. Also, a fair number will reciprocate and ask you to submit a guest post on their site.

Look for ways to continue the online conversation. Don’t be pushy, but stay in touch with positive feedback and encouragement.

Social media can help you deepen the connections you made at a conference. Don't neglect this valuable avenue for professionally networking!

Now it's your turn, how do you connect after a conference? Be sure to share in the comments section below.

Don't forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

8 comments:

  1. Great information, Edie. No surprise there!

    Now I wish I'd asked for more business cards from those I met last week.

    Thanks again for all your hard work in making BRMCWC such a success.

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  2. Great info, as always! Thanks for helping us stay on top of things!

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  3. I'm adding this blog to my blogroll. :)

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  4. Great reminders, Edie, as I prepare to go to a conference. Blessings.

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  5. I love connecting online with those I met at the conference...almost as much as I love meeting those at the conference that I'd connected with online! I've even been tweeting! Can you believe it? Susan hooked me up with feedly. A great, easy way to stay connected with all of my blogging friends!

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  6. Great reminder Edie . . . Sometimes we just jump back into our busy lives.
    Thanks,
    Beth

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  7. One of the very first things I did was follow up with those I met at the BRCWC. I sent a message thru FB first before sending a friend request. It worked well and I have new connections and friends. I'm even doing some tweeting too:))

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  8. It's fun to "know" people without really knowing them. buy instagram likes spread cheap Both professionally and personally. Thank you social media. :)

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