While MerchantTutorials.com is a sponsor of the Miva Merchant Conference 2011, unfortunately I won't be at the conference itself. It'll be the first I've missed in years. The reason is simple - the cost of a plane flight from my new Kauai, Hawaii, home on those travel dates is just too high. That's what I get for moving to paradise without being rich, I guess!
I will be following the Tweets of attendees, though, if they use the #mmconf11 hashtag. You can see a live feed, constantly updated, of these Tweets here. Here's an easy-to-remember URL, too: bit.ly/mmconf11
Also, if you work on your own site or others, check out the SEO Dominators Club and if you like it, use coupon code MIVA during the conference to get 50% off! If John Limbocker is at the conference, hit him up with questions.
Enjoy the conference and be sure to wear a Hawaiian shirt in my honor on Friday!
I have so many To Dos now even before the second day ends of the Miva Merchant conference, I'm not sure where to start. More than any previous MM conference, this one has been practical, useful, and fun. There's still one more breakout session, then tomorrow, and I'm ready for next year!
As far as Merchant Tutorials is concerned, here is what is on my list for the next few weeks:
Wombat Tutorials: I'm creating a store from scratch again with Wombat, so look for dozens and dozens of new tutorials on the new stuff.
WordPress (blog software) Tutorials: Okay, there are tons of these online, but I think adding these to the Advanced tutorial area would be helpful. I know the stuff - might as well give you something you can use.
Social Media Tutorials: One thing that keeps coming up in this conference is social media. Whether it's using it for direct customer engagements, or to enhance your SEO efforts, it's something that you MUST take part in these days, or be left behind. So I'll do some tutorials about Facebook, Twitter, Twitter tools, LinkedIn and more.
"How to shop on this site" Videos: Seeing some sites at the conference, I realized that some sites are more complicated than others. Have a site that has accounts, gift certificates, order status, etc., and know your customers are not utilizing it like they should? I'm going to add a service to create videos that can be opened from a Help link or something similar on your site, that shows people how to use your site. Contact me to get more info.
Also on the list - contact the many people whom I've gotten to know a bit here at the conference, integrate the many ideas I've learned here into my site/business, and write more blog posts to share what I've learned. So come back!
If you're going to the Miva Merchant Conference in San Diego at the end of February, keep a link to this post as I'll update it with links to useful information both before, during and after the conference.
Pics: Leslie Kirk has been taking photos at the conferences for so many years that she's pretty much the official conference photographer. You can see past conference photos, and she'll be posting new photos throughout the conference.
Class Schedule (PDF): The official schedulemay change around a little as most of these types of events do. Here is the current agenda.
Facebook Event Page: Official event page on Facebook.
If you have any suggested resources/links, please let me know in the comments here. And come back often to see updates. I hope to see you in San Diego!
MerchantTutorials.com is proud to once again be an Ambassador Sponsor for the Miva Merchant User Conference. This year it's February 24-27, 2010 - four days of business-changing information. If you operate a Miva Merchant store, it would be a crime to miss it. Network with other users as well as module developers, consultants and the entire management team of Miva Merchant. Get hands-on learning from the best of the best, including yours truly, on SEO, site management, optimization, marketing - everything about building a profitable online store. This is not just for the elite - this is for ALL levels of users, from total beginner to expert. I can't say enough about how beneficial this event is. I only wish it was more than once a year.
Register by September 30th and save $150!
UPDATE: They just changed the schedule, so, if you got my schedule off here before 11:30 am Pacific Time Friday, it has changed. It's now how it's shown below:
Friday, February 27, 3:30 - 5 pm: Miva Merchant 5.5 using Skins and Dreamweaver, Room 6
Saturday, February 28, 3:30 pm - 5 pm: Using Store Morph Technology, Room 2
Sunday, March 1, 11 am - 12:30 pm: Store Morph Technology Simplified - Customizing Your Store, Room 6
Come join me! It's all hands-on so we'll be answering your questions to the best of our ability.
Be sure to find me at the back of the main conference room (where the keynotes are) at the MerchantTutorials.com booth and introduce yourself.