A few weeks ago I attended Inbound 2013 in Boston. I attended on a scholarship (I’m wicked smaart) and was honored to be there. I came in there with 2 goals. 1. Get a better understanding of Inbound Marketing and 2. Give the founder of charity: water, Scott Harrison, one of my yellow bow ties (it matches the color of their logo and 20% of every bow tie I sell goes to charity: water).
Both goals where accomplished but I l left there with a new goal.
The New Goal
The new goal was inspired by listening to the charity: water story for a 2nd time. Something inside of me was moved so I decided to help them move closer to their $2 million goal by running my own campaign. The video below gives you some insight into my campaign.
I ended up with a goal of raising $10,000 and doing something that has never been done before for the good folks at charity: water. Working with a small team, we are putting on the first 24hr social media-thon called, “$10k on 10/1.” We are on a mission to raise $10,000 by 10/1. The main ingredients in the social media-thon are 30 minute live G+ Hangouts where those who donate $45 or more can participate live. It will be recorded and we will be accepting questions in exchange for donations via social media throughout the day.
How Conference Networking Fits In?
We have over 24 top notched speakers / experts who will be on G+ Hangouts at different parts of the day on 10/1. The great thing is that I know the majority of them and met many of them at a conference. I decided to leverage my network to make the campaign work.
Here are a few of the folks involved and where I met them:
- Natalie Sisson: We meet at the 1st WDS (World Domination Summit)
- Brandee Sweesy: Was connected to her through my partner Joel who heard her on Mike Stelzner’s Podcast.
- Kyle Durand: We met through Pam Slim and met in person at Power Boost Live.
- Pam Slim: We meet at the 1st WDS where she randomly gave me a hug. My life hasn’t been the same since.
- AJ Leon: I first heard of his work through SOBCON and met him and his wife, Melissa, in person at SXSW
- Al Pittampalli: we first met at a Nick Reese party in NYC and were introduced to each other by Clay Hebert
- Rich Brooks: We first met at Blog World (when it was called Blog World) in NYC
- Clay Hebert: We first met at BlogWorld in NYC. We were introduced by Andy Traub
- Melinda Emerson: We met at the Urban League conference in Boston
- Michael Port: I’ve been following his work for a number of years and then met him in person at one of his events in Philly
- Tim Grahl: We first met at Power Boost Live
- Jenny Blake: We first met through Brazen Careerist and then in person at the 1st WDS
- Chris Brogan: I knew of his work but we first met last year at Rich Brooks’ Agents of Change Conference
- Kevin Carroll: We meet in Portland, OR when I was in town for WDS
- Michael Margolis: I was connected to his work and we are both part of the YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) now.
- Greg Rollett: We’ve never met in person but are both part of the YEC and have spoken on the phone.
- Andre Taylor: I interned for his company back in 1999 and he’s been my mentor and friend ever since.
- Jullien Gordon: We never met in person but at SXSW two people suggested I should connect with him…so I did.
- John Lee Dumas: We met at the Agents of Change Conference by Rich Brooks.
- Roger Lawson: We met at the 1st WDS even though we live less than 5 miles away from each other IRL.
- Matt Pohlson: I met Matta at the Intel For Change Summit
- Ishita Gupta: We met at a Seth Godin event in NYC and again at WDS.
- Jacob Sokol: Jacob and I met at the 1st WDS and see each other annually.
How You Can Get Involved
You can learn more about the movement on our page: www.SocialMediaThon.org
Not interested in any of our G+ Hangouts you can still donate to the movement directly over here: http://bit.ly/10k4water
Long after the conference has concluded, it’s the connections that continue
Mike Ambassador Bruny