Podcamp Montreal Will Be A Homerun

Not too long ago I published Ten Ways To Improve (Un)Conferences. It drew comments from some great people like Linda Mills of Podcast User Magazine, Michelle Sullivan of PodCamp Montreal and Justin Kownacki of PodCamo Pittsburgh.

I just wanted to look ahead to PodCamp Montreal next week and check how the organizers are doing with my suggestions. I’m not involved with putting PCMTL together, and I don’t know the people who are setting it up personally. I’m just pumped for the event and want to show you how right they are getting everything.

  • Don’t start a blog unless you plan to maintain a blog
  • The closer we have been getting to the actual even, the more active the blog has been. They’ve gone out of their way to promote the event and the individual sessions. I hope that they continue after the event. As an example, PodCamp Philly’s site doesn’t yet acknowledge that the event is in the past. The most recent blog post is “Podcamp-Just a few days away!”

  • Make sure your schedule is posted before the event
  • I’ll admit this goes against the original spirit of the unconference, but it’s necessary when you’re dealing with nearly 400 people traveling from across North America to come to your event. They posted their schedule back in late August

  • Use the content created at the conference
  • This remains to be seen, but it’s the best way to continue using their blog to their advantage and to help the people who decide to write about the event. I’m going to backtrack a little bit here. I’m not sure what the ramifications in terms of duplicate content across multiple sites are, so I’ll say posting a paragraph from the original post with a link is probably the best idea here. You are posting fresh content to the blog, and you’re helping drive traffic to the original post (and help out their page rank a bit).

  • Make sure there’s dependable wifi
  • I’m convinced it’s not possible.

  • Highlight your sponsors
  • They have had blog posts about their sponsors and check out the video from Julien Smith introducing the hall that PodCamp will take place in. They’re doing a fine job with their sponsors.

  • Provide information for local food and points of interest
  • We haven’t seen this yet besides the opening ceremonies and a dinner plate that while I would have loved in college, makes my arteries clog thinking about it. We’ll see as we get closer to the event.

  • Update your site throughout the conference
  • In a blog post, they said “we’ll do what we can to ensure that people who couldn’t make it to Montreal this year get as much out of PodCamp Montreal as possible, without actually being there.” which is a great mentality to have. It’s great marketing to make people want to be at your event.

  • Think about including a dedicated blogger in the organizational team
  • This was meant as a way of making sure that information was being released. They’ve been doing a bang up job with their blog, so we’ll how it goes once we hit the event.

  • Jump into the stream
  • They’ve committed to streaming a few sessions, hopefully they have the wifi to do so. I’d like to stream mine, but it’s completely dependent on the internet connection at the event.

  • Tag the world
  • they were the example I used of how to do it right, so no complaints here

Kudos go to the organizers of PodCamp Montreal for their work leading up to the event. I’m looking forward to driving up and meeting them and groking as much info as I can from the event.