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During registration do you choose sessions? I am worried I won't be able to attend the session I want if I don't get there early Tuesday.
Any input from someone who attended in the past would be greatly appreciated.
During registration do you choose sessions? I am worried I won't be able to attend the session I want if I don't get there early Tuesday.I went last year, and it was basically a free-for-all. There are about a half-dozen large rooms along a big hallway, and outside each is a giant plasma TV showing what's happening in that room that day, at what time. Really, you mainly just pick whichever one piques your fancy, and go to it; simple as that.
You can even leave one and go to another, or some people mingle around the food area if they don't happen to go to a session.
Myself, I really like this setup. It allows you to choose whatever you want, whenever, and you're not restricted by anything (aside from only able to be in one place at a time 8-) ). If a session gets too full, it's not closed off - you still have the option to stand & take it in (in my experience it seemed to happen but once out of a dozen sessions I attended).
I'm thinking of having my (fairly large) company send me there, but I want to make sure the quality of the show itself is good. It isn't only for people who run their own sites, is it? (from the quality of the speakers it seems like it is really becoming higher caliber).
Any insight would be appreciated.
For those of you that have been there, how would you rate the show?
My first pubcon was a life altering event. (That is not hyperbole, it truly had that impact.) My second and third pubcon's continued to provide both solid information that I wasn't getting from reading industry news, forums, and blogs and plenty of "A Ha!" moments that have turned into profitable projects.
Make sure when you go that you don't only go to the sessions but also walk up to and talk to people in between the sessions. Go out to eat with a different group each night. Even if you don't make a single business contact, you'll learn volumes from listening and sharing experiences with the folks that come to pubcon.
Without pubcon, you can only work with the same publicly shared information that everyone else has access to... Getting to talk to people gives you a whole new wealth of more closely held resources.
I will be flying out tomorrow afternoon, my wife just left for CA... To visit her Mom with the kids.
As far as a rating on this event, I would say I had a ton more fun at all the Pubcon events then any other conference. What I get out of this conference is a great bunch of friends and access to a ton of knowlege, we get together to have a great time and learn a few things too...
Most of the people that attend this event really know there stuff..
I meet others that are just getting started into SEO are just looking for some advise and a bit of help. All in all everyone shares everything.
You can think of it kind of like an Open SEO Book Real Time, all you have to do is ask the questions. If you don't talk with people you will not get the full effect of Pubcon.
Brett has really done it well this time with Guy Kawasaki, Jon S. von Tetzchner, Danny Sullivan and John Battelle. As well the rest of the group, the ones I enjoy to listening to are Bruce Clay,Matt Cutts,Andrew Goodman,Dixon Jones,Stephanie Leffler,Aaron Wall,Todd Malicoat,John Marshall, and of course Brett Tabke...LOL
Ya, I have my favorites but wow these guys and everyone else just have some great experience to share with a the audience.
Have fun, Don't hurt your "BRAIN" to much the night life is worth it...
This is a Huge place to Network.. See Ya in Vegas
I would give it a score of 8/10 and I would imagine next year it will be a 9/10
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