SMC Success Stories

SMC Success Stories?

This morning I had a very interesting meeting with someone who attended SMCV11 (they shall remain nameless for the time being as you’ll be hearing from them soon). They were excited to tell me about the social media activities they recently launched as a result of ideas they picked up at SMCV11. In particular ideas that came out of Tim McAlpine’s talk about credit unions and social media.

This wasn’t the first story I’ve heard about social media success coming from inspiring ideas, people met or connections made at one of the last two SMCs. Don Power, who I met back in July 2010 at a tweetup he organized in Nanaimo, attended SMCV10 and took that opportunity to do a social media ‘clothes line‘ on Sprout Social CEO Justyn Howard in an effort to score a position as “Blogging Phenom” at Sprout Social Insights Blog.

So Here’s the Pitch

With more than 1,000 attendees from the last two SMC’s we know there are many more success stories out there. If you have a success story we’d like you to tell it right here on the SMC Blog. If you are interested simply leave a note in the comments below or on Twitter saying “I have an #SMCsuccessStory to tell” and we’ll get in touch with you about the details.

Paul, Tell em What They’ve Won

On December 15, 2011 we’ll do a random draw of all the blog posts we use and one lucky blogger will WIN an All Access Pass to SMCV12 + a copy of Chris Brogan’s new book.

Added bonus: and if that wasn’t enough (although I probably don’t have to tell you this because you’re already social media wise) you have the opportunity to plug yourself (company / organization) and your latest social media initiative within your blog post to the millions of people that read the SMC blog (okay that may be an exaggeration).

Your blog post will need to meet certain criteria in order to be published. It doesn’t matter how successful it was – even flops can be successes if you learn from it and improve.

The Criteria:

  • You attended either SMCV10 or SMCV11
  • You did something you consider successful with social media as a result of attending SMC (learnings from a panel/speaker, making a business connection, meeting a social media coach, or simply being inspired…)
  • This is open to individuals too. You don’t have to have a business or be part of an organization. Perhaps you decided to open a Twitter account to talk with other gardeners, quilters, Yoga enthusiasts, whatever, and now you have a host of new friends
  • Blog post has to be written by you and be a minimum of 300 words.


Chris Burdge

Since 1994 Chris has been leveraging Internet based communications to build brands & move products for companies like BMW Japan, Kia & Nestle Purina, as well as BC businesses like the Victoria International Airport and Island Savings Credit Union.

In 2009 Chris founded bWEST, a social media consulting firm focused on helping organizations integrate social media with their overall communications. In 2010 Chris co-founded Social Media Camp, Canada's first and largest conference.

Chris is deeply involved in the marketing community where he helps to inspire and share innovation. Chris speaks at universities and colleges and has been featured widely in the media including appearances on CBC Radio, CTV, CHEK News and Shaw TV.

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  • Mark Myles

    Looking forward to adding my little success story to the mix! Great idea guys!

  • Victoriawellness

    I was inspired and motivated to pursue social media even more than I was after attending SMC10 last year.u00a0 I would be happy to participate.nnNarina ProkoschnVictoria Wellness ProfessionalsnTwitter:u00a0 @narinaanne:disqus

  • Rod Phillips
  • Paul Holmes

    Darn, I attended both events. I guess I’m disqualified ;o)

  • Footbutterguy

    We look forward to sharing our success – SMC was inspiring and full of epiphanies.

    Scott McDonald
    Rocky Mountain Soap

  • Chris Burdge

    Looking forward to seeing your success story up on the SMC blog Scott. I know it will inspire others – I’ve seen it in action…

  • ebbandflo

    A wee bit late to the party, but this was our social media success story as a non-profit arts group – blogged here