I often get asked:
How do you know so much about Social Media?
Did you study Social Media at University? No!
If I said it didn’t exist when I went to University would I be giving away my age?
Did you go to Facebook University? No!
Although I probably would’ve been first in line if this actually existed (sad, but true).
The answer is… I learnt from other industry professionals!
Yes, I did do a Masters in Business (Sport Management, with a marketing focus), but I learnt the social media trade by attending live and online conferences, participating in other people’s webinars and courses, absorbing myself in the details and experimenting to find out what works best and what doesn’t.
I suppose the real secret to my social media knowledge is that I wasn’t afraid to invest in my learning to fast-track results for me and my clients!
Whilst some of the training I did was good, some OK and some of the training was downright terrible (part of my motivation for wanting to teach social media myself), the one training that I loved the most and continue to attend year-after-year is Social Media Examiner’s Social Media Success Summit.

Social Media Success Summit 2014

I am pleased to advise that it will be on again this year and I have already purchase my ticket to attend Social Media Examiner’s Social Media Success Summit 2014.
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What I love most about this conference is that it is a fully online LIVE conference that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home or office, without the need to travel.
The Social Media Examiner Social Media Success Summit 2014 includes presentations on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, blogging, podcasting and video marketing. This a great way to find out the latest social media marketing tips as they are applied to practical, real-world, proven examples across multiple social media platforms.
Social Media Examiner's Social Media Success Summit 2014Attendees get to listen to 45+ top industry experts deliver pitch-free social media gold! If you can’t make any of the sessions live, it is not a problem as all sessions are recorded and made available within hours of the session completing, along with the full presentation, audio recordings in MP3 format and transcripts. All available to download at no extra charge!
There is even an exclusive LinkedIn group just for attendees, so you can network before, during and after the event with other professionals using social media for business.
There are 3-4 sessions weekly, held over a 4 week period between 7-30 October 2014.
Last year I watched every session LIVE. I loved the fact that they were early in the morning (Melbourne, Australia time), so it meant that I could get up early, learn and then get on with my day without any disruption to my normal daytime schedule. The year previously that didn’t suit me, so I watched them all as replays either the same day they came out or when it suited me. I love that kind of flexibility in a conference.
I highly recommend that you join me by purchasing a ticket to Social Media Examiner’s Social Media Success Summit 2014.
If you do choose to attend, please let me know in the comments below, along with your Twitter or Instagram handle (if you have one) so I can follow you. I love to LIVE Tweet (and Instagram) during the event and would love to follow along with your involvement in the event also.
You can see an example of a live presentation and transcript from a previous Social Media Success Summit here.