Thanks to Blend Interactive's Corey Vilhauer, I was reminded via an email blast that this is the last day to register for the Now What? Conference at the "early bird" price. This one-day conference is designed to help anyone who works with a website post-launch answer the question, “How do we keep our website useful and relevant?” The conference was created to help bring together web and marketing professionals from across the region to hear from some of today’s leaders in web project management, web governance, and content strategy while talking shop with colleagues and speakers. And probably of most significance to me and people in my area, this spectacular conference is being held on April 18th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The conference is directed at those who help maintain websites after launch including marketing managers and executives, web content managers, small business owners, content strategists. If you're within a 10 hour driving distance to Sioux Falls, this is the conference you've been waiting for to come to our neck of the woods. The speakers to this conference are living legends and tomorrow's heroes in content strategy, web marketing, and customer engagement. Speaking at this conference will be people like Lisa Welchman, Seth Gottlieb, Cathy McKnight, and Deane Barker. If you live in Minneapolis, Omaha, Sioux City, Des Moines, or the Dakotas, I encourage you not to make the mistake of not attending this conference.
People that know nothing about Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the regional area are often surprised to find out we actually know and do a whole lot with information technology, content marketing, and content strategy. Our roots in high tech date back to the early 1970's when the Department of Interior founded the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center bringing with it one of the government's largest computer complex and a significant backbone to the Internet as well. During the 1980's and 1990's we saw the presence of the a large banking community, Gateway Inc., and we were one of the first cities in the nation to have broadband offered to our home residence via DSL. Today, we enjoy the presence of a number of high profile web design and development, content marketing, and content strategy companies which include such names as Blend Interactive, Electric Pulp, and Click Rain.
Despite all the technology related companies in the Sioux Falls region, the one thing we've been missing is a great conference that really puts this city on everyone's map. That is why, thanks in parts to the effort of Blend Interactive, I'm expecting the Now What? Conference 2013 to be one of the most significant content related conferences I'll be attending this year. If your profession depends on web content and you know where Sioux Falls then I sincerely recommend you register for this event today. If by chance you miss the low early bird price, I wouldn't fret too much because even the standard price to attend is quite reasonable due to the high caliber of speakers that will be attending this conference.
Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded CMSReport.com in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn about content management systems without the sales pitch. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Google+ and Twitter.