shallow - 4:09 pm on Sep 18, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: shallow at 4:22 pm (utc) on Sep 18, 2012]
I thought I'd update you about the AdSense meeting that I attended in Atlanta last month. There were about 20 others in attendance; I'd guess that about a third of the seats were empty.
The meeting was so-so. Mostly a waste of time, imho.
The primary thing they pushed was making your site mobile, talking about services they covered in a newsletter I received at least a month before.
Then we each had about a 15 minute one-on-one session with an AdSense rep to look at and discuss our sites.
Reps for the "Great Google Social Networking advocate" did absolutely nothing to encourage attendees to make even a slight "connection" with one another. I've attend many, many small group meetings during my long life and brief introductions always took place.
So you knew nothing about the kind of sites other publishers owned.
Immediately after the presentations, people were called up for their one-on-one meeting with an AdSense rep. After my session, I looked up and there was hardly anyone left in the room except for those still waiting for their session. So even if you wanted to start a conversation with another attendee, it was not really possible. I regret having no opportunity to talk with other site owners.
Oh well, my bagel was tasty. And my grandchildren liked the pen, and the usb drive that looked like a Rubik's cube.
btw, I asked why I had been selected for the meeting and she said it was on first-come-first-serve basis so I'm not sure whether it's a case of "not everyone is invited to these meetings."
[edited by: shallow at 4:22 pm (utc) on Sep 18, 2012]