Pubcon New Orleans 2013 concluded a highly successful week recently to near-universal praise,especially when conference founder and chief executive Brett Tabke announced plans for a likely Pubcon return to The Big Easy in 2014.
Returning to New Orleans for the first time since 2005 and for our inaugural presence at the New Orleans Convention Center, energy levels were sky high among the thousands of attendees who participated in over 100 cutting edge sessions led by more than 150 of the world’s top social media, optimization, and digital marketing speakers.
The week got off to a rousing Louisiana start with an energetic all-star Monday Pubcon Master’s Group training program, featuring Michael Gray, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Andy Beal, Tim Ash, Dennis Yu, Dan Zarrella, Todd Malicoat, Brad Geddes, Krista Neher, Joe Laratro, Jabez LeBret, and Alison Zarrella, followed by an engaging kick-off networking event where attendees and speakers discussed industry trends and made plans for the upcoming Pubcon week.
PUBCON KEYNOTES ROSE TO OCCASION
Pubcon New Orleans 2013 featured three major keynote speakers, starting with a fascinatingTuesday morning kick-off address by Obama For America social media strategist Michael Slaby, followed by insightful Wednesday and Thursday keynotes by Chris Pirillo, popular online entrepreneur and founder of digital culture company LockerGnome, and Dave McClure, renowned venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups.
- “Michael slaby’s Pubcon kickoff keynote kind of blew me away. Mulling over applications to traditional marketing.” — @terkungamaboobo
- “Dave McClure killed it in his Pubcon keynote.” — @dodBdotB
- “Great keynote by Chris Pirillo this morning at Pubcon.” — @JohnWEllis
PUBCON SESSIONS BURSTING WITH NEW CONTENT
Pubcon New Orleans 2013 speakers delivered some of the most revealing insight ever into socialmedia, digital marketing, and optimization, including Jabez LeBret, chief innovation officer at Get Noticed Get Found, who is featured in a new Forbes article, and the insightful and entertaining Sage Lewis.
- “First two sessions on SEO trends very informative. New stuff just since Pubcon Vegas last fall. Great expert advice from the panel.” — @midwestwineguy
- “At Pubcon learning Pinterest optimization from a large man with a long beard makes Pinterest feel much more masculine. Thank you @mattsiltala” — @zzavoral
Even a tornado warning and torrential downpour during one day of the conference couldn’t dampenthe spirits of the technology professionals gathered for Pubcon New Orleans 2013.
- “Tornado warning shrugged off. Pubcon crowd too hardcore to care.” — @BankrateBrandpm
Pubcon Video of all sessions is available for purchase both for those who attended and as a stand-alone package for those who weren’t able to be there in person.
NEW ORLEANS NIGHTLIFE A GOOD MATCH FOR PUBCON CROWDS
New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, Warehouse District, and French Quarter were hopping with Pubconactivity throughout the week, including all of our official Pubcon evening networking events. Many attendees told us that New Orleans was at or near the top of the list of the best locations Pubcon has ever been held.
- “Best Pubcon location for sure. New Orleans has it all and many of my U.S. friends are here!” – @trabit
- “I’m loving Pubcon New Orleans. Now I need to attend the one in Vegas.” — @chrisjohnston
- “Very much enjoyed Pubcon. It was worth the flight from Sydney.” — @MichaelTeasdale
- “On my way back home from my first Pubcon. Great sessions, and a great reason to come back to New Orleans next year.” — @gessweb
THANKS FOR ATTENDING PUBCON NEW ORLEANS 2013
Thanks to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, media partners, association partners, and especially toyou — for attending Pubcon New Orleans 2013. You helped make a week of social media and online marketing that was a phenomenal success. Special thanks go out to double platinum sponsor Internet Marketing Ninjas, and Pubcon founder and chief executive Brett Tabke for the tireless dedication and vision that have played an irreplaceable part in driving the phenomenal growth and unequaled quality that made Pubcon New Orleans such a successful conference.
Thanks also to those who worked tirelessly throughout the year to make Pubcon New Orleans 2013 a success, including directorof operations Jeff Randall for his extensive planning and detailed organization, evangelist Joe Morin for helping to spread the Pubcon magic far and wide, WebmasterWorld director of forum operations Neil Marshall for his immeasurable contributions since the very first Pubcon over a decade ago, head moderator Joe Laratro for his unsurpassed moderator contributions, office manager Elaine Diefenderder for her careful organization and registration help, Erika Thomas for her excellent conference coverage, director of special projects Erika Tabke for her extensive planning and support, and to Amanda Randall for once again overseeing conference registration.
UP NEXT: BRING ON PUBCON LAS VEGAS 2013 AND SFIMA SUMMIT
Make plans to join Pubcon at upcoming events including the May 14 Pubcon SFIMA Summit inFlorida, and our largest event ever, Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 on October 21 -25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the entertainment capital of the world. Look for registration to open in the coming days.
Pubcon New Orleans 2013 was a great success, as the vibrant and bustling activity of attendees and speakers seemed to play off the lovely energy of The Big Easy and intensify into a truly special week of social media and optimization learning and celebration.
We heard from many digital marketing and new media folks throughout the week who are already eagerly awaiting an even bigger Pubcon New Orleans 2014, next week’s Pubcon SFIMA Summit, and October’s massive Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 event. We hope to see you at one or all of these unique upcoming Pubcon events.
Lane R. Ellis