Attending Events – Worth the time and effort

Do you attend events in your industry? You know, industry specific events? I used to see these events as a time to “unwind” and get a few days off of work :)

It’s only when you’re working for yourself and serving your clients that you can fully appreciate the value you can gain from attending events and seminars that are industry specific.

I recently attended a two day seminar in London aimed at online marketers. Now, a lot of my work would stem from/is born out of working in the online marketing arena and then I adapt these core skills to suit the marketing needs of a local business, whether it be for online or offline.

Kevin O'Connor speaking

That’s me onstage sitting under the blue arrow. In that scene I’m talking about how I used Twitter to find an “angry” customer of a service provided by a particular company. There appeared to be no reply from said company so I dropped them a line giving them a “heads up”. This email led onto a conversation and subsequent meeting.

I have since received a dozen emails from people who attended that weekend event thanking me for sharing the method but also that some of these have gained some traction with the method! Good for you.

I know of at least a half dozen times during that weekend that I gathered some really useful marketing ideas for my business. Even though the event ticket price may run into the several hundreds of dollars to attend, the value you get from it and the people you meet and connect with will be worth thousands of times more than the cost of entry.

So, if you get the chance to attend these industry specific events, do so!

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