It’s almost been a year since we came up with the list of 10 Event Professionals Worth Knowing on Social Media. In 2011, it proved popular in search results, LinkedIn discussions and on Twitter for industry professionals, including those who were looking for a resource of people to follow. While social media has been an open door that constantly introduces us to a plethora of talented people in the meetings and events industry, we decided to only choose 10 again for our 2012 edition. So, if you’re new to social media or you are interested in finding publications and people who are new to you, this list is intended to help you.
These individuals blog with a purpose, tweet to engage, collaborate with others and show enthusiasm for the industry. We find them to be admirable in the events world and extremely note-worthy on social channels for their insight. These are professionals who made the list for 2012 (again, in no particular order):
- @eventsforgood (Lindsey Rosenthal) - Her wealth of knowledge about the fundraising, event planning and non-profit world is abundant. Lindsey is “in the know” about everything and is willing to generously share it all through her social channels. Reading through her tweets five minutes a day will enlighten you and probably make you laugh. She’s the perfect mix of professional and personal; it’s really a mystery to us why she didn’t make our list last year.
- @ehenderson (Elizabeth Henderson) – This tech-savvy innovator is usually tweeting sustainability, education and technology for events. She’s also great at connecting people and finding ways for you to get involved in the industry.
- @PMPI1 (MPI Potomac) - Tweets from the DC chapter of MPI are constantly flowing with relevant and all-encompassing news of the industry. PMPI doesn’t leave anyone out in their tweets and always finds appropriate articles that seem like they’re hot off the press. Even if you don’t live near DC, you’ll be on your toes to find out their next juicy industry tweet.
- @pimplomat (Jason Hensel) – As the writer and editor for MPI’s One+ and PlusPoint, Jason’s work on PlusPoint is different. In fact, readers who visit the blog will see that the all of the topics on PlusPoint are ones that aren’t overplayed by the industry. PlusPoint’s team chooses to write about unique industry changes, videos and industry news that hasn’t been blasted over social networks. The best part is all the articles are short and to the point, great for quick reading.
- @meetingsfocus (Meetings Focus) – Their claim to fame is being the destination experts, but their articles reveal much more. From negotiation strategies to team-building, this publication houses it all. Their topics are moving enough to make people want to comment, which seems to be more rare in 2012.
- @PlannerWire (Keith Johnston) - Keith covers topics that makes others in the industry ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” His website, PlannerWire.net shows readers that he goes the extra mile to put effort into his topics. Forget the stock photo, Keith would rather take the extra step to take a photo and upload it to his computer to show his readers, rather than simply try to tell his audience. What also makes his blog a winner is his short fun posts to help industry professionals escape the daily grind with corky analogies, personal thoughts, and posts like “7 World Cams to Get you Out of the Office”.
- @mcmagtweet (M+C magazine) – @Mcmagtweet is the official Twitter account for M+C Magazine, also known as Meetings & Conventions. Catch their Hot Idea of the Day which guides planners on eccentric ideas we might not have normally thought about for the industry, creative decor and fascinating gadgets for the geek in us.
- @jeffhurt (Jeff Hurt) – He made the 2011 list, but we can’t help it. If you’ve stopped by his blog, JeffHurtBlog.com there’s a new post at least five times a week. Jeff is talented at taking real situations for associations and conferences and breaking them down to a problem and resolution. Once you start visiting his blog, you’ll find yourself always retweeting a few.
- @tahiracreates (Tahira Endean) - Tahira is full of great ideas (and they’re sustainable, too!). Tahira’s blog, Events, Life and Impact Points features opinion posts on recent industry events and sometimes including a personal story. Some of her deeper posts find parallels between meetings and life lessons like kid karate and event planning.
- @lizkingevents (Liz King) – From her own blog to other industry websites, Liz is a go-to source for knowledge on planning a social media integrated event.The queen of hosting “new idea” meet-ups and integrating social media into events, Liz King tweets to empower you and better your events with social media.
Who should we add for our 2013 list?