Social South Wrapup

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I went down to Birmingham to attend Social South with zero expectations. Ok, maybe that’s a lie. I had one expectation: the conference would be two days of “Hey! Have you guys heard of Twitter?! It’s this amazing communication tool! You should look it up!” but not all would be lost because I’d be able to get my hands on Whataburger and Chipotle. For someone like myself who hates to admit they are wrong, I was very wrong about this one. Social South was well worth the time.

While I do believe there were a few “Social Media 101” type presentations at the event, the organizers also made sure there was an equal amount of “Social Media 401”, for which I am very thankful. My posts from day one and day two of the event cover everything I saw on the two days, my only regret being that I missed Saturday’s keynote with Esra’a Al Sahfei in my haste to get back to Nashville at a decent hour. I think anywhere that is not the west coast is looked down upon when it comes to digital talent, and the south gets an even worse rap with the general stereotypes about the region. However anyone who could’ve seen the level of talent at the conference would quickly see that the area is full of bright folks who genuinely love what they do. It was a fantastic thing to be a part of, and I gained far more than I ever thought I would.

Many thanks to all of the organizers (I’ve helped put on BarCamps in the past, and I know it’s no small feat!) who made this a fantastic two days of learning, networking, and an all around good time. I hope to see everyone there again next year.

  • Kathy Drewien

    Saturday’s keynote with Esra’a Al Sahfei was very powerful. Sharing the videos her organization created/supported fall a little flat without the backdrop of her activism.

    Without a doubt, Social South is the best social media marketing event I’ve attended. Like you, I expected a rehash of welcome to Twitter and Facebook fan pages. Presentations were thought provoking, insightful and focused on strategy.

    I’ll see you next year, for sure.

  • Jon Henshaw

    “Social Media 401” — Is that like “Profile Not Found”

  • Scott Schablow

    Alison, Thank you for participating in Social South. We wanted to make sure that Social South did not have attendees, but participants. Presenters were instructed to NOT give another What is Twitter lecture, as there are plenty of tutorials for that. It was our goal to showcase the high level of talent in the South and to provide a social learning experience unlike traditional conferences. It’s nice to see by your post that we accomplished that. We’ll be reviewing the event over the next couple of weeks to see what next year will hold. One thing is certain, it will be SoSo different. We look forward to getting input and support from all who were there to make next year’s Social South even better.

    Scott Schablow, founder and director, Social South