SAS Global Forum Goes Social - Take 2

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My friend Meg Crawford wrote a great post yesterday previewing all the great social media activities planned for SAS Global Forum next month. Like Meg, it will be my first time attending SAS' biggest conference of the year and I couldn't be more excited to meet many of the customers and authors I've connected with over Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!

I'll be a jack of all trades during #SGF10 and will be SAS Publishing's resident blogger, photographer, tweeter, videographer and workshop instructor (whew! my feet are already killing me!). Here's a closer look at what I've got up my sleeve for SAS Global Forum:

Video Interviews with SAS Publishing Authors: We recently kicked off a new video series during M2009 & PBLS in October and will be continuing it at this year's major conferences. Armed with my handheld Kodak Zi8, I'll be tracking down our authors and asking them 3-4 questions which I'll then edit together into a fun video montage for our YouTube channel.

Social Media Workshop for SAS Publishing Authors: Before the conference officially begins, I'll be leading a workshop for our authors that will focus on how they can use SAS Publishing's social media toolbox to market their books and connect with readers online.

Twitter Promotions: Twitter is going to play a big part at #SGF10 (the official hashtag for SAS Global Forum 2010). In addition to tweeting about the goings-on from the conference floor, I'll be sending out tweets announcing the various promotions and giveaways taking place at the SAS Publishing booth. We're having author-hosted book drawings and an actual prize wheel where attendees can win some pretty cool SAS schwag. Follow my tweets from @SASPublishing - you could win something.

Blogging: There will be LOTS of blogging going on during SAS Global Forum. The official #SGF10 blog launched this week and will feature many talented voices from all over SAS. We've also scheduled a series of posts during Global Forum from colleagues in documentation development, acquisitions and sales.

Meeting you! If you aren't already on Twitter or don't know how to join our LinkedIn group, I'll also be demoing SAS Publishing's different social media activities right at our booth. As the person behind SAS Publishing's social media presences, I've had the chance to speak with many SAS users about our books and authors. While chatting via Twitter and Facebook is fun, there is nothing like a good handshake and meeting in person. I hope to have that opportunity many times over at Global Forum.

Are you attending SAS Global Forum this year? What is your favorite part of the conference? We'd love to hear about your plans - leave a comment here for us!

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Kirsten Hamstra

SAS Social Media Manager

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