While it’s true that social networking can help you plug in when you’re not at a conference or event — many miss the benefits of networking online while they’re attending a conference.
Here are some reasons to connect online, as well as in person!
• Connecting online is easier when your memory (and everyone else’s) is still in the “It’s nice to get to know you” phase. You’re more likely to get a reciprocal follow or accepted friend request when impressions are fresh.
• An online connection can give you additional information and provide more points of connection.
Additional ways social networking can help you get the most out of a conference!
• Use hashtags when you tweet about an event. Not only will your comment be part of an ongoing, focused conversation — you’ll also find yourself exposed to new followers and contacts.
• Follow hashtags assigned to an event and you’ll find yourself with the most up to date information about what’s going on. If it’s a surprise visit from a celebrity or a last minute schedule change, chances are it’ll be on Twitter before word gets around.
Don’t forget to take time to plug in while you’re at a conference. You’ll find that those who don’t are missing out on a lot of fun, information and new friends!
Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for life’s stories. She loves to share her 16+ years experience in the field of writing through mentoring and teaching others. Don’t miss her bestselling eBook, Social Media Marketing for Writers, available on Kindle or Nook.