TSE is the “it” conference for event professionals for design inspiration, the latest products, technology tools and, of course, networking with other event pros from around the world in order to collaborate and exchange ideas.
I was thrilled to travel to Nashville: first-timer here–HOWDY! This was my 6th year in attendance and my 5th time in a row attending as a speaker (you can catch me on the circuit at many of industry events talking passionately about social media education and best practices). This year, I was honored to present my Marketing All-stars session for the 3rd year in a row along side some of my favorite marketing minds in the event industry.
While the tradeshow element of the show provides great ideas, my favorite part of the conference is the special events and networking events. These events bring out the best of the best in that market so they can show off their wares, the hometown culture and event flair.
For the past couple of years, the best way to experience the conference, as well as maximize your networking, is to connect with fellow event professionals via social media. By far the number one social network used to make connections was Instagram. At any given moment during the show, you would see event pros rapidly taking photos. This year, there were over 1,400 photos with the #TSE2014 hashtag on Instagram: another main reason each and every conference should promote and highlight a hashtag at their show.
And, who are among the best folks to take event photos? Event professionals–that’s who! They have a creative eye like no other! At the end of each night of the conference, I would cozy up with my iPhone or iPad and check out the Instagram streams by searching for the event’s hashtag #TSE2014. This discovery made me giddy. I saw the photos that I snapped throughout the day and got to recap the event through the creative perspectives of my peers.
So, instead of showcasing my top trends from the show like many of blogs would do post-show, I am showcasing my top trend sightings by fellow conference-goers. Below you will find Instagram photos from each special event and networking event that took place by fellow attendees. Yeah, you will see one of my photos intermingled down there. Enjoy, share, RT your favorite photo from the show. I even dare you to follow an event pro if you just so happen to like their photo! It’s all about connecting!
Local Nashville Flavor Downtown
The Hotel – Gaylord Opryland
Social media chatter on Facebook reigned supreme with the hashtag #StayLostTSE, as the hotel was just as large if not larger than Vegas hotels, a lot of conference goers would get lost going from session to session and even to their rooms throughout the hotel.
TSE Starts Here Celebration
Transforming the already beautiful Gaylord Opryland into a wonderland of lights for the opening celebration of the conference.
The Opening General Session
TSkorman Entertainment produced a stellar show with multiple visual stimuli!
The Opening Night Celebration
Held in downtown Nashville – what interesting scenery outside the venue!
The Tradeshow, Education, Tabletop Competition & Wedding Galleries
The Wedding Event
The Search Foundation Charity Event
The Gala Awards
Written by: Michelle Bergstein- Fontanez