#OCSMS: A Resounding Success!

If you are a regular reader or subscriber, you know about my trip to California for the Orange County Social Media Summit – OCSMS. The event was amazing; a combination of learning, teaching and networking. Is it just a coincidence that Facebook scheduled their IPO for the same day?  I don’t think so; I believe they were trying to draw attention away from the OCSMS!  :)

700 people registered for the summit, another 750 + watched via a streaming service, and Pastor Rick Warren watched via his iPhone while getting his teeth cleaned! I would call that a major success for a first year effort.  A special thank you volunteer organizers Rochelle Veturis Coles, Haley Veturis, Chelsey Veturis and to Saddleback Church; plus a very special thank you to Pastor Warren for stopping by and speaking to the audience for a few moments.

OCSMS was a success due to the incredible network that the organizers, keynote speaker and panelists possess.  This event was conceived and designed by people in social media for people that want to learn more about social media. I believe that is why it was so well attended; a thirst for knowledge. I was honored to have honorary Orange County status bestowed upon me and to learn from some true thought leaders in social business! Not people that call themselves experts, but individuals that work in this medium every day. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, Instagram; these are tools we all use. The OCSMS helped thousands to learn more about how to proper use these tools for their businesses, non-profits and individual lives. 

Final statistics thanks to Rochelle Veturis Coles:

From Friday, May 18th alone, there were 4,625 #OCSMS tweets, created by 615 Twitter users, which reached more than 1,433,956 people – creating more than 11.4 million impressions.

We trended No. 1 on Twitter (in the Southern California area), and had more than 750 people join us, from all across the globe, via the livestream.

Event Post Coverage:

OC Social Media Summit at Saddleback Church

OC Register

 O.C. Social Media Summit Draws 1,000 for Interactive Day of Social Good

Ted Nguyen USA

Connect, Teach and Share at OC Social Media Summit Today

Marcie Taylor’s Blog

 Review of the 2012 Orange County Social Media Summit

My Old Towne Orange

 ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT

From our viewer in Australia – Potential Extractors

 VISUAL SOCIAL MEDIA YOU SHOULD BE USING NOW

Bad Redhead Media

 WAIT. I’M A ROCK STAR? #OCSMS

Rachel In the O.C.

Thanks to participants voting, OCSMS is going to help the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

Connect. Teach. Share. 

 

 

Comments

  1. I like your recap of OCSMS, John. Seeing the energy from various participants, speakers, panelists, and, of course, Pastor Rick, made me realize what a successful group of volunteers could do. Many of us that "worked" OCSMS have been involved with social media for quite some time. As pioneers we hit those #fail moments early on, and we will continue to hit hurdles as we engage others in social media. OCSMS helped put a rubber band around some of the most common social media platforms, with some of the most common questions/uses of social media platforms. I learned so much from the presentations; there was depth and perspective present at OCSMS that helped me with a few areas of my business model.I was thrilled to meet you, John, and hear firsthand your social media insight. I appreciate you for this post and summarizing one of the most comprehensive gatherings in social media!

  2. Terrific post John. Thank you again, for coming out (on your own dime, I might add), embracing our community with open arms, and sharing such helpful, usefull information during your ROI keynote. I’m still wrapping my mind around all of the wonderful things that happened at and because of the Summit. Appreicate all of your behind-the-scenes support. Thank you again, friend :)

  3. John Lusher says:

    My pleasure Rochelle! When you asked, it was not even a question of yes or no; that is a testimonial to the strength of our relationship and the network you and others have built. It was my pleasure to participate and exciting to meet you and several other friends IRL for the first time. Like most attendee’s, I learned so much from OCSMS. Thank you too, friend :)

  4. I like your recap of OCSMS, John. Seeing the energy from various participants, speakers, panelists, and, of course, Pastor Rick, made me realize what a successful group of volunteers could do. Many of us that "worked" OCSMS have been involved with social media for quite some time. As pioneers we hit those #fail moments early on, and we will continue to hit hurdles as we engage others in social media. OCSMS helped put a rubber band around some of the most common social media platforms, with some of the most common questions/uses of social media platforms. I learned so much from the presentations; there was depth and perspective present at OCSMS that helped me with a few areas of my business model.I was thrilled to meet you, John, and hear firsthand your social media insight. I appreciate you for this post and summarizing one of the most comprehensive gatherings in social media!

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