Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#SCGS11 how to bring home the bacon

Going to a conference can be great - or it can be a complete waste of time.
If there's one thing affiliates know how to do its how to go to a conference and come back with a ton of new contacts - new deals - and new energy.

Today Lisa Picarille of the PMA, Permformance Marketing Association, posted about getting the most from industry conferences.

Below are a couple of her tips - please read all of them HERE
  • Have a solid plan of attack. Map out which sessions you want to attend, what people you want to meet, your objectives (this is worth it if I can get three new clients or get two press mentions or 25 leads – whatever) and write these down.
  • Stick to your plan. It’s okay to be flexible and have impromptu meetings and dinners but don’t let those derail you from your planned objectives.
  • Participate. Go to the breakfasts and lunches where you can casually interact with other attendees. If there are official parties and networking events be sure to drop by to meet new people. Don’t spend the money and time to travel to a conference and then sit in your hotel room working.
All of her tips are right on - in my mind there are a few things that stick out.
Don't be afraid to walk up to someone and just start talking....no telling what you can learn and what new partnerships can be formed.
Don't hide out in the hotel - be engaged in the events and the conference - much of the success of your trip will be based on these events and the people you were able to meet - if it weren't for the in person interactions you might as well stay home, save the money, and read the blogs for a recap.

CyndisList.com New and Improved

Today Cyndi Howells of CyndisList.com announced a new website. I had the chance to preview the site a couple weeks ago and am very excited for her as this newly revamped site is now much more user friendly and very fun to drive.

Here are the highlights as provided in the press release.

· The front page of the Cyndi's List site has a rolling genealogy news feed and a link to The Cyndi’s List Daily, a daily dose of family history news as tagged in Twitter and Facebook. Start each day with the front page of Cyndi's List and read the current genealogy news stories.

· The links are now contained within a database and pages will be dynamically loaded on each visit.

· The custom database and administration interface means that maintaining the link list will be much easier for Cyndi, which ultimately benefits the user with faster and more frequent updates.

· The new interface means that the backlog of uncategorized links can be processed much faster. The goal is to get the entire backlog done by the end of this year.

· New links will be reviewed, approved, and categorized within 24-72 hours after submission by visitors.

· Updates made to Cyndi's List will be immediately available to the public.

· Previous to the upgrade, the "What's New" page and mailing list post contained only new links submitted by visitors. The new "What's New" page and e-mail will contain those, as well as links added to the site during the day by Cyndi, *and* existing links that have been updated throughout the site (new addresses, updated descriptions, etc.).

· Across the site links have been labeled with graphics as "new" or "updated" when appropriate. With the upgrade these will now be text-based notations (easily spotted in green), which means that you can search on a page for "new" or "updated" with the Edit>Find function in your web browser.

· Now sub-categories within a category heading each have their own page. And each page displays 20 links, with pagination in place to go to the next page and so on. This means there will be a lot less scrolling through long pages as in the past. Shorter pages mean faster load time in the browser as well.

· Intuitive navigation at the top of the category makes it easy to find your way to previous category headings.

· The number of links within each category/sub-category is displayed at the top right on each page.

· Each of the U.S. counties (more than 3,100) now has a designated page of its own.

· URLs (addresses) for the pages have changed so bookmarks, favorites, and links to Cyndi's List will need to be updated.

· Opportunities to shop, support, or donate are highlighted on each page.

What Has Stayed the Same?

· The category and sub-category names are all the same.

· Related Categories are highlighted at the top right on each category.

· The layout and format of the links are the same.

· The policies, procedures, and disclaimers for maintaining the link list are the same.

· The Cyndi's List Mailing List will still distribute a daily What's New e-mail and a daily Link Activity e-mail. However, the What’s New e-mail will contain information about all new and updated links.

· You can still follow Cyndi's List on Facebook and Twitter.

· The purpose and intent of Cyndi's List is to be a free jumping-off point for your daily genealogical research.

· Cyndi’s List remains free for everyone to use just as it has for the past 15 years.

· This is still just a one-woman show!

Southern California Genealogical Society Free Conferences Streamed Live this Saturrday June 11

I just received the following email from the Jamboree folks for free sessions this weekend. I am posting the announcement here in the hopes that I can help spread the word and get more people to find out about these free online sessions. I hope my FamilyLink.com affiliates from Italy, China, the UK and US locations too far away to attend will see this and know they can be a part of it from where they liveing virtually.

Jamboree Blog

The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces that several Jamboree sessions will be available at no cost to genealogists and family historians around the globe. This offer is made possible through a special sponsorship provided by one of the conference's exhibitor partners and long-time friend of Jamboree, RootsMagic.

RootsMagic at JamboreeFive sessions will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The first session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last session ends at 5:30 p.m.

"This technological step forward is challenging and exciting for Jamboree," said conference chair Leo Myers. "One of the missions of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to help educate genealogists and family historians, and we take that mission very seriously. We are so excited about the opportunity to reach hundreds of genealogists around the globe."

Sessions to be live streamed include the following. Click on the link to read more about each session and to register.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lisa Louise Cooke - SA009 - Google Search Strategies for Genealogists

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. PDT

Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF - SA019 - Fingerprinting Our Families - Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. PDT

David A. Lambert - SA024 - Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT

Kory Meyerink, AG, FUGA - SA035 - But it Ain't Really the ORIGINAL Record!

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PDT

Kerry Bartels - SA043 - The Many Facets of the National Archives Website (NARA)

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. PDT

The recordings are an extension of the popular SCGS online "webinar" (web-based seminar) series. Viewers can listen and watch a presentation by registering and then signing on to a website. The original webcast of the streamed video sessions and webinars are available to the genealogical community at no charge. Subsequent viewings of archived versions of the educational sessions are available to SCGS members through the Society's website, www.scgsgenealogy.com.

Other Jamboree sessions will be available through GoToWebinar. Announcement of the webinar sessions will be made by end of day June 6, 2011.

The Southern California Genealogical Society, founded in 1964, has more than 1,700 members. Located at 417 Irving, Burbank, the SCGS library has 30,000 volumes and is open to the public free of charge. SCGS publishes a respected quarterly journal for members; provides numerous lectures and seminars for beginners, intermediate and experienced researchers; sponsors a number of special interest groups; and hosts its yearly Jamboree which attracts some 1,800 attendees from all over the United States.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. "RootsMagic", the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. "Personal Historian" will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. "Family Reunion Organizer" takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And "Family Atlas," which makes creating custom family maps fun and easy.

For more information contact Paula Hinkel, Jamboree Co-Chair, 818-415-5952.