Many thanks to the entire events team at Sage for their terrific work on Sage Summit 2012.
Here are two of the highlights with which I was involved:
My Interview as a Sage City Mayor
A Conversation at the President Circle Recognition Dinner
Do you have any customers who are planning on attending Summit for the first time? If you do you need to send this video out to them.
In it they will hear from Danielle Cote, VP of event marketing for Sage North America. She will provide them some pointers and guidance.
We want to feature you at Sage Summit! In a short video, up to 30 seconds, simply follow the instructions and lines we include below. Be creative! Accepted videos will be featured during the Sage City opening video at Sage Summit. It’s a great way to stand up and be recognized! Deadline to submit videos and photos is June 22, 2012.
You can even use your phone! At the opening of your video, state your full name and whether you are a business partner or customer. Then simply read one or more of the following lines to the camera, pausing between segments and completing the thought where indicated:
Video success tips:
To submit your video clip, save your file with the following name structure – FirstName_LastName_Organization
Then, upload it as follows:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kimberly Dorony.
OK, I’ll admit I did not know who he was until I read the announcement, but that says far more about me than the Events Team at Sage who picked him.
For those of you who were like me, here is a little preview of what you can expect to hear. Pretty dang catchy if you ask me.
In four short months, I hope to see all of you in Nashville for Sage Summit 2012. As I have received a few requests asking me for the list of session I am facilitating, I thought I would take the opportunity to post them here.
|P-0746||A Complete Waste of Time||Monday, 1:30|
|P-0748||For Sage Consulting Academy Alumni Only||Monday, 2:45|
|P-0751||Creating Scope: Tenth Anniversary Edition||Tuesday, 9:45|
|C-0760-1||Creating Shared Vision||Thursday, 8:30|
|C-0760-2||Creating Strategy in a Small Business||Thursday, 10:45|
|C-0762||In Defense of Business—The Trading Game and the Morality of Free Exchange||Thursday, 2:00|
In addition, I am scheduled to perform at the Sage Rocks the Block, Partner appreciation party on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:30PM.
The Sage Summit 2012 Partner Appreciation Party will offer live music, games, great food and drink, plus a few surprises. And you won’t want to miss one-of-a-kind performances by talented musicians from across the Sage partner community, who will rock out together at the party!
To me, the most valuable part of any class, conference, or event is the networking. This year at Sage Summit 2012, we are doing a reboot on the whole idea of networking.
Sage City is an all-new collaborative meet-up at Sage Summit that completely reinvents live conference networking and provides a new take on how we make connections. It is a mash-up of the best aspects of networking: small groups, structured topics, and social media.
For more download this FAQ.pdf.
Much has been written on the announcement at Sage Summit 2011 regarding Sage’s decision to rebrand our products in an effort to increase the overall brand awareness for Sage here in North America.
I see the merits on all sides of the argument and do not intend to add anything that has not been discussed in other places. I do wish, however, to propose my personal acid test which, I believe, will be a reflection of the ultimate success (or failure) of this endeavor.
Last week, I traveled to Vancouver, BC to deliver the Sage Consulting Academy. After arrival I meandered through the line at Canadian Customs and Immigration and upon my arrival at the desk, the agent asked who my employer was. I replied, “Sage.”
“Sage? Who?” he asked.
“Accpac,” I restated.
“Next,” the agent called.
So, the test is simple. I know our rebranding efforts will be a success when I travel to Canada and am admitted expediently when replying, “Sage” to the question regarding my employer.
I have just learned about a cool technology that we (Sage) will have two 60” plasma monitors running a live Twitter feed of all the Sage Summit 2011 tweets.
The screens will look something like this:
How you organize your time at Sage Summit 2011 can be difficult. Not only are there many sessions and speakers that you want to hear (including yours truly), other attendees to connect with but also exhibitors to visit.
You can do all this and more with the new Sage Summit 2011 Smart Phone and Laptop app.
Here is a quick list of what you can do:
In the next few weeks I will be testing the app and I’ll do a post about how I think it will work at the event.