We just finished 3 great days of solid internet marketing training and teaching here in the Twin Cities.
My event, the Midwest Super Conference was a big hit for all the attendees in many ways and I wanted to share some reflections from the feedback and speak some future happenings into existence.
First of all… All our speakers were excellent and over delivered, plus… stayed and networked with our attendees. While a few had to bail out for other commitments, what we love is hooking people up so they can make those solid business joint ventures happen and the faculty this year gave great value back to all.
The hotel we used, was just ok. While it did service our needs ok, I think next time, I’ll opt for a little bit more formal and a touch of better service. Our biggest complaint was, we are an internet marketing conference, and the internet feed from the hotel was a shared feed… not a dedicated one, so it was hard to get a solid push up to do the live streaming we offered this year. We shared a T1 line with the entire hotel, offices, guest rooms, and banquet rooms!
But, regardless of the streaming hurdles, those that did get a chance to come on the live stream really did enjoy it, I got a ton of great feedback and emails from people who were stoked to get access for such a low price.
Speaking of the Live Stream Enhanced experience, we are letting people log in now until October 4, to view our streams as they were recorded. You’ll also see the low priced continuing education offers that our speakers made at the event, and you’ll even be able to tap into those special offers if you act before October 4, or you’ll pay full price getting them all later.
I remember Armand Morin talking about how it took him 3 seminars to get himself into the “right” profit zone he wanted, after doing two seminars. I guess I am following in my mentor’s footsteps as I have done the same thing. While Seminar 1 was not profitable, seminar 2 broke even barely and seminar 3 was a great boost.
It came by cutting expenses and not overspending on stuff that I thought I needed. For example, last year, I did lunches AND dinners. This year, I just did Dinners.
What I’ll change next year is I’ll just do 3 lunches and I’ll do an evening networking party the first night to get people hanging out and networking.
I’ll also do a live stream next year, but I usually won’t announce this officially until the last week of the conference. The reason is, I want people there live, as that is where the biggest benefits are for people. But I also know the people who could not make it really enjoyed the content and the chat room, just chillin with people there.
So, what gonna happen in 2009?
I am planning on doing another Midwest Super Conference in the Fall of 2009 and then in 2010, I want to do the big daddy of them all… The Internet Marketers United Charity Seminar, where it’s like a week long gala event/expo with a ton of people coming together for exposition, many internet marketing industries, fundraising golf tournament, and 4 days of speakers with about 16 speakers total. But that’s a hard one to put together as, I need a seminar event planner to handle this one, it’s gonna be a major deal to pull off and needs major support by all the IM marketers to come and just make it a big party.
The goal of internet marketers united is to bring the whole industry together for a charitable cause. I have a dream of building a $10 million dollar lakefront retreat center on a beautiful lake front in Minnesota for High School kids to come to a super entrepreneur’s camp for 2 weeks of their summer. We’d do 6 sessions total, in the summer, and bring in the top internet marketers from all over the world to teach educated and excelled high school kids to become wealthy young internet entrepreneurs. Imagine how valuable these kids will be to corporations or for the future of how the internet works and how people come together and use the internet in the future!
This will become the premier learning center for these kids to balance classroom learning and then take the knowledge and develop team building activites to implement the lessons learned and be making money before their two weeks are over. Then end the 2 week event with a Gala dinner where the kids show off their warez to their parnents and supporters on what they learned.
Cool idea eh? I need the Entire Internet Marketing community supporting this endeavor, as I want to make it a reality by 2012 and running by then.
After the summer sessions, we’d open the retreat facility up to corporations, churches and Scrapbookers to use for meetings and events throughout the year.
So, what’s next for me in the seminar marketing circuit?
I’ll be speaking at Alejandro Reye’s Illuminate Conference in San Francisco in a few weeks. Alejandro’s a social marketing rock star and is doing one of the first Christian internet marketing conferences around. Maybe you’ll come out to meet me and hear all the speakers there? It’s October 10-12. I hope you can make it.
I’m hosting the 3rd Outsource Workshop here in Minneapolis, November 7-9, and it is sure to be the best seminar yet. We’ll be bringing in some new speakers this year and I look forward to some great content, and hands on learning by the students. This event is purposefully meant to be a SMALL gathering of about 25 people total. The cost is $1997, but if you get my Outsource Secrets Revealed package, you get to come free!
Looking forward into the Spring of 2009…. I have partnered with Rob Toth, a great internet marketer from Vancouver, BC, and we’ll be doing a Canadian Internet Marketing Conference in Calgary, the last weekend in March. We hope to service our Canadian friends with their own internet marketing event, that caters not just to Canadians, but people all over the world. It’s gonna feel siminar to a Midwest Super Conference, but it will be much bigger and I am sure will sell out with in a few weeks of launch. Canadians are so hungry to have a conference in their own hood! And Rob and I are going to deliver that to them and fill that need.
So, that’s what’s coming up, stay tuned for more updates as they come!