Two events are coming up - one that I wish I was going to and one that I am definitely going to.
The one I wish I were attending is Blogwell put on by Gaspedal and the Blog Council. It's a 1/2 day of case studies from 8 cool companies using blogs and other social media to connect with customers. The 8 companies are Walmart, The Home Depot, Allstate, H&R Block, Mayo Clinic, Sharpie, Procter and Gamble, and the U.S. Coast Guard. It's in Chicago on January 22. I'm a big fan of the Blog Council (disclosure: one of my clients, Petro-Canada, is a member) and the work they do connecting client-side bloggers as well as advocating blogging disclosure standards. And if you can't make it to Chicago on the 22nd (like me :( ), check out the recently posted social media case study from Walmart on their use of social media to connect with their customers or some of the many other case studies posted on their blog.
UPDATE: Discount Code for Blogwell! For 15% off you can use the code katesentme (Is it just me, or does everyone smile just a little when your name is used in a discount code? I think THAT is an important lesson for marketers! Make it personal!)
The second event is Northern Voice, the must-attend personal blogging and social media conference in Vancouver. NV always sells out so make sure you register ASAP! It's being held out at UBC on Feb 20 and 21 - and the price is definitely right - only $60 for two days. Always informative, lots of fun and a great way to connect w/ other socmed folks in the pacific northwest. Hope to see you there!
Sidenote: this post was published using a new-to-me blogging editor on the Mac, Blogo, from Brainjuice. Am going to try it for a while to see if it can fill the void of Windows Live Writer.