Get the SMC Mobile App

SMC Mobile AppGot a ‘smart phone’ or tablet? Introducing the Social Media Camp mobile app which well enable you to:

  • View the complete 3-day agenda
  • Create your own personalized schedule
  • Stay up to date on event announcements
  • Participate in live polling & surveys
  • See Maps and Alerts
  • Locate sessions with ease
  • Learn about speakers, sponsors & other attendees

and a whole lot more useful stuff…

Access the mobile app at and be sure to save it to your home screen.

Here’s a short video introduction and demo on how to get the most out of the app.

Contest: Olympic Private Party

The Golden GoalLike the Olympics? Want to win a private party for yourself and 10 friends to watch the Olympic Men’s Hockey Gold Medal game in the luxury of the private theatre at the fabulous Parkside Hotel & Spa? Of course you do!

Well, now you have a chance to win that as well as tickets to Social Media Camp and the Social Media Awards. Here’s what you could win.

Grand Prize:

  • Catered private party at the Parkside Hotel & Spa private movie theatre, for you and 10 friends to watch the Olympic Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game
  • One (1) night accommodation for two (2) at the Parkside Hotel & Spa so you don’t have far to go to get to the party!
  • One (1) general admission ticket to Social Media Camp on May 1-3, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre

Second Prize:

  • One (1) general admission ticket to Social Media Camp on May 1-3, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre
  • One (1) ticket to the Social Media Awards ceremony on May 2, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre

Third Prize:

  • Four (4) tickets to see the Victoria Royals hockey game on March 8, 2014
  • One (1) ticket to the Social Media Awards ceremony on May 2, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre

So what are you waiting for, ENTER NOW, for your chance to win.

Big thanks to our sponsors The Parkside Hotel & Spa and Caffe Fantastico.

Parkside Hotel & Spa


Hanging Out on G+ with Chris Brogan & Friends of SMC

Every year we try to offer delegates new and exciting experiences utilizing the latest technologies and platforms. This year, among other things, we held a series of live “On Air” Google+ Hangouts. We invited past SMC keynote speakers including Chris Brogan and other friends of SMC from around the world.

Kudos to Jane Boyd who facilitated and hosted this hangout with Chris Brogan in Boston,  Greg McQueen in Denmark, John Overall in Ireland and April Ennis on PEI as well as a room full of people at SMC 2013.

Given the risks involved and the number of technical things that could have gone wrong we decided not to promote it too much. So once we went live and saw it was working fine we posted to Twitter with the #SMCamp hashtag at which point keynote speakers Sam Fiorella and Tod Maffin made their way into the room to take in the excitement prompting this tweet from Chris Brogan.

The result was an interesting and engaging conversation that showed SMC delegates the value and ease-of-use of Google+.

Mt. Finlayson Hike – May 5th

Hey campers – a couple of us have decided to do a tweet-hike up Mt. Finlayson on Sunday May 5th, the day before SMC starts.

In addition to being a social media aficionado, one of our speakers, Jaime Stein, is also an avid hiker. I found that out reading his tweets and hiking blog. We got to talking and Jaime decided to come out from Toronto a few days early to take in some of Victoria’s great outdoors.

So if anyone would like to join us you are more than welcome. The plan is to meet at the foot of the trail at 10:45AM and then head up the mountain at 11:00AM. The hike takes about 1.5 hours (one way) at a moderate pace. There’s about a 415 metre elevation gain, and some of it is pretty steep. The hike starts in old growth forest which gives way to 2nd growth and then mainly worn rock to the summit.

There are some slightly tricky rock faces where you have to watch you’re footing.  If you are afraid of heights this may not be the hike for you.

*WARNING: this is a moderately challenging hike with some steep rocky sections.

If you plan on joining the hike please leave a comment below so we have a sense of how many people to expect.  If you arrive late you can start up the trail and meet us at the top.

  • When: Sunday May 5th, 10:45AM
  • Where: The foot of the trail up Mt. Finlayson.
  • What to bring:
    • Decent hiking shoes (good runners will do)
    • Depending on the temperature you may want shorts. Bring a couple of layers as the weather can be totally different at the summit.
    • Water – enough for 3 hours of hiking
    • Food – we’ll hang out at the summit and have a tweet-up. You’ll be hungry.
  • Contact: If you’re running late or have questions text or call me (250) 508-7761
  • Getting there: Drive west from Victoria on Highway #1 to Goldstream park.

There’s plenty of parking at Goldstream Park. We should be back in the parking lot by about 2:30. If you’re interested we can walk along Goldstream River to the nature house afterwards.

If it rains we won’t do Mt. Fin as the rock face gets slippery and it’s a long drop. In the case of rain we can do Mt. Work which is also a nice hike but has much more tree coverage.


Vancouver to LA: Cruise into Social Media Competency

Adventurous marketers looking to expand their social media education beyond the boardroom and their tablets can hop on a six-day Pacific coast cruise from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, CA aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Jewel leaving Sept. 21, 2013.

Social Media Camp will offer a four day program of social media exploration, sharing, teaching and networking on board. “Business people are looking for different ways to improve their professional development and get more enjoyment out of their learning at the same time,” says Chris Burdge, co-founder of Social Media Camp.

“This cruise provides learning in a relaxed setting as well as all the benefits of on-board cruise living,” says Burdge. “We want to provide something different and in keeping with the culture of Social Media Camp, allow campers to connect in an exciting environment while still preserving the tax deductions.”

Canadian digital media and communications specialist Tod Maffin will provide hands-on advice for cruisers on approaches to social media from a business point of view. Cruisers can expect to learn about measuring social media success and developing ROI positive strategies during Maffin’s sessions.

The week-long cruise departs Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 making calls in Victoria, BC; Astoria, OR; San Francisco, CA; and arriving in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Prices start at $929 Cdn for an inside cabin and range to $1,012 Cdn for a veranda stateroom, based on double occupancy and including all conference fees and taxes. Airfare, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities are not included. A $100 Cdn deposit is required to hold space for the social media cruise conference.

The Norwegian Jewel offers endless buffets, along with custom-order action stations included in the cruise fee; fine dining options, including French, Japanese and an upscale steakhouse are available for an additional cover charge.

For more information and a detailed cruise schedule.

Call for Presentations

Are you a professional level speaker? Do you have a subject matter expertise related to social media (marketing, workplace, HR, sales, management, PR) that others can benefit from personally or professionally?

Are you seeking exposure to a North American audience? Speakers at Social Media Camp (May 6-8, 2013) in Victoria, BC have the opportunity to speak to a diverse audience ranging from 300 to 1,000. If you have what it takes, and agree to the expectations listed in our Speaker Proposal Guidelines

Presenter Qualifications: Proponents should assess their suitability for participation by answering the following questions:

  • Are you accustomed to speaking to audiences of 100 or more people?
  • Is your content fresh, thought provoking and relevant to a social media audience?
  • Are your sessions interactive? Do you incorporate practical examples, case studies and best practices?

If your answer is “YES,” we invite you to submit a proposal to be a SMC 2013 presenter.