#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. 

 

 

Justin Moore-Brown at #OCSMS

@BigHeadAsian rocking the crowd at #OCSMS! Great information Justin!!

When an event is over, your work has just started!! Build your team!!

California in Photos

While I am in California for the Orange County Social Media Summit, I plan to take and publish tons of photos. We are a visual society :)

You can keep up and check out my photos here, on my Facebook profile as well as with my Instagram account. Enjoy seeing California through my eyes!

Everyone knows that I’m an Apple fan and geek; so it shouldn’t surprise you that I was excited to have my phone select the Cupertino, CA time zone upon my arrival :))

Landing at the Orange County/Santa Ana John Wayne Airport (SNA) was great! Very cool statue and plaque of the Duke.

First palm tree sighting outside of the airport and the hillside behind my hotel.

More photos to come….enjoy!

My California Adventure

This will be a busy and fun week for me as I travel to California for the #OCSMS.  Honestly, I can’t wait!  Taking part in the Summit, learning from peers and meeting friends face-to-face for the first time is going to be a great experience!  This type of an event, combined with meeting these friends is what fuels me; I love meeting and networking with people that share similar passions that I do.

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I finally have the opportunity to meet @RochelleVeturis, @HaleyVeturis and @ChelseyVeturis in person, along with several other Twitter and Facebook friends!  Saying I am excited is a huge understatement!

Over the next week, I plan to publish posts about my trip and this experience, along with an ongoing video series about my California adventure.  I hope you will join me and enjoy the #OCSMS as much a I will! We can all learn from the best in the social media and marketing industry!

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Orange County Social Media Summit

You may have seen some Tweets or posts recently that included #OCSMS or references to The Orange County Social Media Summit. If you live in or around Orange County, California, you should sign up and attend!   The Dynamic Duo of Rochelle and Haley Veturis created this event for the social media in Orange County.

I am beyond STOKED and EXCITED to be part of this amazing event! Through the graciousness of Rochelle and the entire team that created #OCSMS, an invitation was extended to me to be part of the Summit.  In addition to meeting the other keynote speakers and panelists, I get to meet several virtual friends in person for the first time. I can’t wait!!

Unlike most events, this is a social media event created by the social media community. 

  • Created by the social media community, for the social media community in Orange County, enjoy speakers and panelists who started at ground zero, and have found their voice—in different ways—through the “socialmediaphere.”
  • No one started off as a huge brand, with a large list of contacts.
  • Driven by their passion for people and new media tools, they’ve experienced business success, personal growth, increased web traffic, and scores of other benefits, from simply being present, and being themselves in social media.

Our commitment to you, is to provide a safe and authentic learning environment, where you can come, take notes, ask questions, and connect with people who care. Speakers will lay out their strategies for you, step-by-step. You’ll learn how to think bigger and outside of the box to create breakthrough results.

From blogging, to making videos, to posting tweets and Facebook updates, we’ll cover:

  • The top social networks, and benefits and tips about each
  • Shortcuts, lots and lots of shortcuts—we’ve worked hard to uncover these secrets, and we’re ready to share them with you
  • How to listen to your customers/potential clients, and repurpose their feedback in meaningful ways
  • How to create content that will bring you qualified leads
  • Easy, ready to use techniques you can employ as you explore, get engaged, and find your personal groove online—whether it’s for business, a favorite cause, or to create your own, solid brand.

Wondering about the keynote speakers?

  • They are the real deal; no snake oil salesmen—here.
  • Between them, they amass more than 225,040 Twitter followers, 7.6 million friends on Facebook, 627,000 views on YouTube, and more than 10,000 connections on LinkedIn.
  • They have each used their power and influence to support worthy causes, that benefit and serve others outside of themselves, including: the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Compassion International, Gavin’s Groupies, Stand Up To Cancer, Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope, American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, HomeAid Orange County, Baldwin Park Dogs, and the Amanda Foundation, to name a few.

We look forward to serving you through this fun and informative, full-day event. If you can’t attend, you can watch the event via a live stream using the link below. 

Event Hash Tag: #OCSMS

OCSMS Event Registration – http://bit.ly/JUOiLg

OCSMS: Livestreaming link – http://saddleback.com/ocsms

Volunteer Event Producers: @RochelleVeturis and @HaleyVeturis (two-thirds of the O.C. Triumvirate).

Join us in Orange County or via the streaming link!  Connect. Teach. Share.

 

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