[tweetmeme source=”pagetx”]There’s a lot to like about the Social Media Tourism Symposium. Like a whole lot. As a practitioner in the industry, it’s hands down the best education out there. We get to learn from the best and brightest in the field, and go home with ideas that we can put to work in our own destinations right away. As a self-proclaimed Tourism Geek, I get to spend 3 days with my people. We understand each other, both professionally and personally. I’m home.
What could be nicer? This year I experienced #SoMeT as both an attendee and a presenter. I got to share the stage with my friend Katie Cook with the Austin, TX Convention and Visitors Bureau for the first time, and I couldn’t have been more excited.
Dave Serino and the #SoMeT team have been great to work with. But one of the coolest things about this conference is how they treated their presenters. Here’s a shot of a welcome message that was waiting for me in my hotel room:
Scanning the QR Code took me to a video from Dave welcoming me to the conference and thanking me for being a presenter. But it wasn’t a generic message that he sent to everyone. Dave took the time to shoot customized videos for each of the #SoMeT presenters. They rocked. Each had personal touches and mentioned specific things that Dave either knew about me or knew I appreciated. Like running. And wine. Take a look:
As conference hosts and organizers, how hard is it really to do something like this? It takes a little bit of your time, but the payback is reaped in the good will you’ll receive from your presenters. So take note and watch this conference now and in the coming years. It’s not just the content that’s cutting edge, it’s the way the #SoMeT can make technology personal.