Everyone had a great time in Vegas at BWE09. It was a terrific, jam-packed weekend. The Blubrry folks were on their game with a great booth and a killer Friday night party. But the real story with Blubrry is their feature-rich platform for podcasting. Blubrry’s PowerPress plugin for WordPress allows WP users to easily add a podcast to their existing blog. It supports a myriad of media formats and is compatible with iTunes.
Speaking of podcasts, we were very excited to meet Adam Carolla and his production team, who were podcasting live from the trade show floor. We are big fans of Adam, especially after his exit from “old” media and his venture into online broadcasting via his website.
The Saturday morning panel on “The New Celebrity”, moderated by Brian Solis, really struck a chord with us. Jermaine Dupri (@LTLline) didn’t mince words in describing how he leverages You Tube, My Space, his blog and now Twitter to create his social media system. This system allows him to engage fans, not just talk at them. Open dialogue is what brings the most value to the artist-fan relationship.
Our good friend John Hawkins of John Hawkins Unrated, organized a Las Vegas WordCamp unconference within the larger BWE conference. As you may have noticed, BumperTunes.com is built using WordPress as a content management system. John was a big help in our BumperTunes launch, and speaks at numerous WordCamps around the country.
A big shout out to the folks from MyContent.com. They did a great job of streaming the keynotes and sessions. MyContent is a new company that provides a platform for artists to monetize their content. Some of the BWE video recordings are already archived on the MyContent website.
Lastly, congratulations to BWE09 organizers Jim Turner, Dave Cynkin and Rick Calvert for throwing such a successful event again this year. See you next year, baby!