With more than double the attendees of last year, ForumCon 2013 was a huge success!
What better way to share the highlights than by taking them straight from the day. Here is our session-by-session summary, from the #ForumCon twittersphere:
The day started with some early morning speed networking (think speed dating but with less drinking and more business cards) moderated by our very own ‘big man with a whistle.’
First time speed networking! Moderation by a former rugby captain was a must. #ForumCon
— Brittany Martin (@BrittJMartin) June 13, 2013
We started the day by hearing directly from forum owners and industry leaders on their tried and tested methods of forum monetization. Moderated by Raymond Lyle, CEO and Founder of Topify, and joined by the panelists: Crista Bailey, CEO of Texture Media; Vlad Dusil, CTO of Purse Blog; Joey DeTomaso, Founder and CEO of Plum Krazy Media; Ted Gill, CTO and Co-founder of Huddler; and Jerry Orban, VP Business Development at VerticalScope.
Building your Community: From SEO to Social
Next up was John Rampton, Editor of Search Engine Journal, who shared his insights into building online communities using a spectrum of tools all the way from SEO to Social.
Breakout Session 1: The Importance of IRL – Connecting your community “In Real Life”
Some attendees chose to join Anthony Marino, President of Audizine, to talk about adding IRL to their forums.
Breakout Session 2: Forum Technology: Past, Present, and Future
Other attendees witnessed Patrick Clinger, Founder and CEO of Proboards, lead a discussion with an all star panel of leading forum software providers: Yuriy Rusko, PM and Director of phpBB, John McGanty, GM of Internet Brands, and Luc Vezina, CEO of Vanilla Forums.
Breakout Session 3: Effective Strategies for Forum Moderation
Dave Cayem, VP of Delphi Forums ran a super helpful session on forum moderation.
Breakout Session 4: How to make social work for your forum
Meanwhile, Ted Rheingold (@tedr) taught us how to build a bridge between our forums and the world of the social media.
Hooked Model. Harnessing the Power of Habit.
Nir Eyal, author and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, followed with a thought provoking talk on the psychology of how habits can create value in products.
The final panel of the day, moderated by Anthony Ha, Writer at TechCrunch and joined by panelists Dan Gill, CEO and Co-founder of Huddler, Stephanie Palmeri, Principle at SoftTech VC, and our very own Founder and CEO Oliver Roup. The panel started off with a bang as Anthony asked Oliver about our latest technology, link optimization.
We closed the day with a superb keynote address from the insightful and passionate Jeff Atwood, Co-founder of stackexchange.com and discourse.org. He offered an honest and balanced assessment of the state of forum software, along with loads of very specific recommendations to improve. We can’t wait to see where he takes Discourse!
Just like @cyrusradfar, we are still feeling energized and inspired from this year’s super speakers and engaging discussions.
— Cyrus Radfar (@cyrusradfar) June 14, 2013
Although the conference is over for another year, the conversations aren’t! Start a discussion on our LinkedIn group, engage on our Facebook page, and keep the comments coming with #ForumCon. Check back on forumcon.com see all the session videos and slides as soon as their posted.