In mid-Feb 2013 I saw an ad for Content Marketing World at the end of a marketing blog. I was delighted to find that two US gurus of content marketing were hauling themselves and their team the 20 hours to Sydney to share insights and emerging trends over a 2 day conference in the CBD.
I fondly remember the days 15+ years ago when my employers in Australia and the US, routinely (and happily) forked out $1000 a day for a one or two day seminar on the fast moving Marketing trends of the time. Yes, I did Relationship Marketing in 93, Telemarketing in 94, Database Marketing in 95, Positioning Marketing with Trout & Ries in 97 and 98, Strategic Communication in 98 and then more recently, Social Media Strategy in 2011.
And when I got back from each of these inspiring events, I breathed all that I had learned back into the organisation and whipped up the staff in a frenzy of new ways to market. My employers really did get value for their $1000 or $2000 which is no doubt why they continued to send me.
When I studied the speakers and topics of Content Marketing World, my heart began to beat faster and I thought:
- I would get to meet Joe Pulizzi and Jay Baer in the flesh! (Photo op.)
- I would get to hear their American accents which would remind me so much of my youth in California!
- I would get to hear great speakers that would inspire me with their challenging journeys and subsequent victories with content marketing!
- I would get to talk to grown-ups that understood the storytelling marketing I had been doing for 10 years! (but was called something else)
- I would get to meet suppliers of content, software, hardware and other fantastic content related services – some of which I could use!
- I would get brewed coffee, 6 kinds of tea, 2 kinds of juice, delicious morning/afternoon tea treats on tap, as well as lashings of luscious lunch offerings!
- I would get to fill out dozens of “rate your speaker” surveys! (breathe now)
- I would need to get a bus from Kellyville at some ungodly hour to get there and then get home to my kids at some ungodly hour! (sigh)
- I’m too old for this now. I bet I will be the oldest one there? It will be full of Y and X gens and they will snicker at this old duck turning up at such an event! (double sigh)
And then I decided not to go…
Two days later I was at my 40 year old accountant’s house to sign some documents. I happened to mention the Conference to him and how much I would love to go. I told him how it was hard to keep up with the mountain of reading I should do, the emerging technologies and strategies, stay focussed and inspired about what I was doing while working from home and being a proactive mum and carer of 2 dogs, 6 cats, a 12, 21 and 51 year old. I told him that I was too old to go to Conferences now, at my age I was really downcycling now.
And then he said, “Rubbish!
“You should go, you need inspiration, you have another 15 years you will have to work – you should be ‘cranking it up’ not ‘cranking it down’!”
And then I decided to go…
So then what happened…?
- I got to meet, listen, chat, laugh and have my photo taken with Joe Pulizzi and Jay Baer in the flesh!
- I got to hear American accents which reminded of my youth in California – and I felt young again!
- I got to hear great speakers from all walks of business, that inspired me with their challenging journeys, wisdom and “in-progress” victories with content marketing!
- I got to talk to grown-ups that understood the storytelling marketing I had been doing for 10 years! (but had been calling it PR)
- I got to meet suppliers of content, software, hardware and other fantastic content related services – some of which I could use!
- I got brewed coffee, 6 kinds of tea, 2 kinds of juice, delicious morning/afternoon tea treats on tap, as well as lashings of luscious lunch offerings!
- I got to fill out dozens of “rate your speaker” surveys!
- I got a bus from Kellyville at an ungodly hour to get there and got home to my kids at an ungodly hour!
- I discovered I’m NOT too old for this game. I was NOT the oldest one there. It was NOT full of Y and X gens and they did NOT snicker. (not that I saw)
I guiltlessly gorged myself on inspiration, insights and ideas over the two days. And to keep the high going, Content Marketing afficionados know I will be able to “shoot up” with Joe and Jay’s blogs until March 2014.
Thanks guys – you rocked my world!