RE BarCamp NY 2010 – Topic Suggestions?

Since attendees are at various stages in their knowledge, would it be helpful to have tracks?    Intro tracks in one room, and intermediate or advanced tracks in other rooms?

If anyone has feedback, post here, or reach out to Patrick Healy or Deb Madey.

Comments

  1. There is always the discussion about having a listing web site with a Blog? Having a Blog with IDX? Or having two separate entities…Let’s have the discussion…

  2. I do think it is time for an intermediate track for those of us that have attended several BarCamps now. I would like more on Word Press for example. Suggest session on integrating your social media sites – or not. More of a strategy and Best Cases.

  3. I do think it is time for an intermediate track for those of us that have attended several BarCamps now. I would like more on Word Press for example. Suggest session on integrating your social media sites – or not. More of a strategy and Best Cases.

  4. There is always the discussion about having a listing web site with a Blog? Having a Blog with IDX? Or having two separate entities…Let’s have the discussion…

  5. If you like you can just contact me at @patrickhealy. That is your best bet.

    -PH

  6. If you like you can just contact me at @patrickhealy. That is your best bet.

    -PH

  7. Mike Simonsen and I have been running a couple of sessions at other REBarcamps that are providing some nice feedback:

    1. Beat the Headlines. Be the Local Market Expert. – This is all about creative ways to using market data to showcase your market expertise and educate your clients on market conditions.

    2. How to REALLY Grab ’em – Internet Marketing Strategies – This is a look at several example websites/blogs using “How’s the Market?” to engage and convert leads/clients.

    We’ll be there ready to rock and roll!

  8. Mike Simonsen and I have been running a couple of sessions at other REBarcamps that are providing some nice feedback:

    1. Beat the Headlines. Be the Local Market Expert. – This is all about creative ways to using market data to showcase your market expertise and educate your clients on market conditions.

    2. How to REALLY Grab ’em – Internet Marketing Strategies – This is a look at several example websites/blogs using “How’s the Market?” to engage and convert leads/clients.

    We’ll be there ready to rock and roll!

  9. It would be great if there is a session/discussion on what a brokerage can do to support these advanced agents…. Evan

  10. It would be great if there is a session/discussion on what a brokerage can do to support these advanced agents…. Evan

  11. I’d like to suggest the following tracks:

    The Business Track:

    This is the stuff that most REBC’s try to cover for newcomers to the space. Social Media 101, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, using video, etc.

    Technology Track:

    I feel that REBC’s have gotten away a bit from the technology side of things. Even if attendance is a bit lower, I’d be interested in seeing more on some actual tech stuff. Data, new web tools, new desktop tools, using PowerPoint, using database tools, etc. Scott/Mike can delve into analyzing market data; I’d love to see something on IT Policies or Network Security, etc.

    Then the rest of the sessions can be free-form, back to the chaos that is what makes REBC so cool.

    BTW, I’m a big proponent of allowing companies to pitch their products, as long as attendees know that the session is a pitch for a particular company or product.

    -rsh

  12. I’d like to suggest the following tracks:

    The Business Track:

    This is the stuff that most REBC’s try to cover for newcomers to the space. Social Media 101, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, using video, etc.

    Technology Track:

    I feel that REBC’s have gotten away a bit from the technology side of things. Even if attendance is a bit lower, I’d be interested in seeing more on some actual tech stuff. Data, new web tools, new desktop tools, using PowerPoint, using database tools, etc. Scott/Mike can delve into analyzing market data; I’d love to see something on IT Policies or Network Security, etc.

    Then the rest of the sessions can be free-form, back to the chaos that is what makes REBC so cool.

    BTW, I’m a big proponent of allowing companies to pitch their products, as long as attendees know that the session is a pitch for a particular company or product.

    -rsh

  13. I think having tracks is a big departure from the spirit of barcamps and would not be beneficial. If you have tracks you may as well have a formalized conference.

  14. I think having tracks is a big departure from the spirit of barcamps and would not be beneficial. If you have tracks you may as well have a formalized conference.

  15. I think that a few tracks are good to keep the subject matter diversified and allow for some folks who normally wouldn’t offer to do a session be pre-seeded. I think the spirit of barcamp is an open exchange of information and experiences and this does not violate that. Is someone plans on doing a session at barcamp I would like to think that they do something to prepare for that session so the sessions are already pretty much predetermined – just not public. If someone wants to make their session be known then I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    In terms of pitching as a vendor I am personally not a fan of it however people are free to walk out of any session they like if they don’t like what is said. The only thing that I think the committee needs to watch is the potential for the entire time slot to be roadblocked by people pitching their products as this would effectively kill that slot for anyone that is not interested in hearing a pitch – which, IMHO, is contrary to the spirit of barcamp.

    Slotting a few tracks will eliminate this risk.

  16. Topic I’m interested in: what have people found success with whether it be a particular category of blog post or interaction on facebook or use of video. If you’ve found something that has really clicked, I’m interested in that story.

    I’d also be really interested in a demo (call it a sales pitch perhaps) of all the widgets on @WellcomeMat–the *best* site for hyper-local and real estate video in existence.

    I believe @RealBird (or postlets or vFlyer) could run a great session about how easily their sites make it to promote listings and then share that content across SM networks and the internet in general. If agents aren’t taking advantage of these free or nearly free services, well then they should be.

    From a bigger picture perspective, it might be good to have a session about *communication* because I think that, because technology gets involved, we tend to lose site of the fact that these are really just new tools that we are using to communicate with one another. Might be good to frame some discussion in terms of what are we trying to communicate to the world.

  17. I think that a few tracks are good to keep the subject matter diversified and allow for some folks who normally wouldn’t offer to do a session be pre-seeded. I think the spirit of barcamp is an open exchange of information and experiences and this does not violate that. Is someone plans on doing a session at barcamp I would like to think that they do something to prepare for that session so the sessions are already pretty much predetermined – just not public. If someone wants to make their session be known then I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    In terms of pitching as a vendor I am personally not a fan of it however people are free to walk out of any session they like if they don’t like what is said. The only thing that I think the committee needs to watch is the potential for the entire time slot to be roadblocked by people pitching their products as this would effectively kill that slot for anyone that is not interested in hearing a pitch – which, IMHO, is contrary to the spirit of barcamp.

    Slotting a few tracks will eliminate this risk.

  18. Topic I’m interested in: what have people found success with whether it be a particular category of blog post or interaction on facebook or use of video. If you’ve found something that has really clicked, I’m interested in that story.

    I’d also be really interested in a demo (call it a sales pitch perhaps) of all the widgets on @WellcomeMat–the *best* site for hyper-local and real estate video in existence.

    I believe @RealBird (or postlets or vFlyer) could run a great session about how easily their sites make it to promote listings and then share that content across SM networks and the internet in general. If agents aren’t taking advantage of these free or nearly free services, well then they should be.

    From a bigger picture perspective, it might be good to have a session about *communication* because I think that, because technology gets involved, we tend to lose site of the fact that these are really just new tools that we are using to communicate with one another. Might be good to frame some discussion in terms of what are we trying to communicate to the world.

  19. I’ve had good feedback on my video blogging session. I also had a lot of fun doing the Twitter 101 and 201 classes with Stacey Harmon.

  20. I’ve had good feedback on my video blogging session. I also had a lot of fun doing the Twitter 101 and 201 classes with Stacey Harmon.

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