After returning from the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference earlier this month, I have wanted to take a traditional conference and make it more conversational through the use of social media. It appears I have my chance.
I will be working with a conference occurring this June and implementing a full complement of social media tools – blog, Facebook page, Twitter accounts, apps, backchannel, monitoring, etc. – to create a conversation community. This will include activity leading up to the event, during the event, and after the event.
One of the primary challenges is that it is not a crowd that is highly tech savvy, so one of the pre- conference tasks is education. We will follow everything up with a post-event survey.
It is pretty exciting to design this from the ground up and I am looking forward to putting together a team that will help facilitate conversations throughout the conference. If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would appreciate them.