It’s that time of year again when all your friends start pleading for SXSW panel votes.
They need your vote since voting counts for 30% of the overall vote for each panel being chosen to be at SXSW. I know 30% doesn’t sound like a lot, but it certainly does help.
First things first, a SXSW Panel Picker Primer . With three simple tips:
1. Get registered – In order to vote, you have to register. This means you must go to THIS LINK and sign up. It’s simple. Just your name and an email address – but it is a two-step process. You fill that form out, hit “submit” and then they send you an email with a verification code that you must click in order to activate your account and be able to vote.
2. No it doesn’t carry over – If you registered last year that doesn’t matter. The system does not save profiles year to year so even if you voted/registered last year you must still register this year to vote.
3. It’s not just about volume – yes, getting tons of “thumbs up” votes is important. It is equally if not more important to get *quality* votes. What does that mean? It means you need to (and encourage others to) post comments on the submission indicating WHY you think it’s a great addition to the program. Things like – you’ve seen the speaker before, you are interested in the content etc… IMPORTANT TO NOTE: the commenting system on the SXSW site is run by a company called Disqus (pronounced – Discuss). In order to post a comment you need to log in via one of the myriad social network options there. Easiest is probably Facebook though the Twitter integration is solid too.
Instructions above thanks to the lovely Cathy Brooks.
If you need help deciding, here are my favorite panels: (Of course, I’ll start with my own)
Hey A-hole, Stop Calling Yourself a Guru
Panel: Amy Higgins, Evan Hamilton, & Erin Robbins O’Brien
And here are a few of my favorites that I have voted for so far:
Shut Up & Breathe: Meditation & Storytelling FTW! This panel is presented by the rhythmic and lovely Cathy Brooks. Watch her video below to see what I mean:
From Crowdsourced Film to Social Movement
Curation + Crowdsourcing + Creation = Love
Three’s Not a Crowd for Startup Founding Teams
Distribution or Death: How Publishers Can Survive
The End of Trolls? New Ideas of Online Identity
Exit Fragmentation, Here Comes The New Social
Tactics of App Distribution Hackers & Cartels
Real Talk: The Social Customer Shift
DIY App Publishing and the SXSW Community Cookbook
A few more to add to the list…
The X Factor: Women Innovators
Connective Consciousness: Influencer Back Channels
The Alchemy Economy: A $300B Craving for Change
Open Sourcing Accelerator for Social Impact
Chicks Making Out: Monetizing Niche Content
How to Find the Co-Founder of Your Dreams
Super Fly Super Fans. Super Success Stories.
Social Discovery or Online Dating, Who Will Win?
Social Surgery: Live Streaming the Operating Room
Edited August 22nd.
Check out these awesome Community Manager focused panels (of course in addition to my own listed above):
People and things: Why visual social networks work
Panel: Matthew Knell, Katy Kelley, Katie Richman, & Katie Morse
Are Community Managers the New Influencers?
Panel: Christina Hug, Saul Colt, Justin Isaf, & Tine Thygesen
Community Management: Beyond the News Feed
Panel: Spencer Rinkus, Peter Slutsky, Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, & Laura Gluhanich
When Sh*t Hits the Fan: An Online Crisis Drill
Panel: David Krejci, Aaron Miller, & Lauren Melcher
Myth Busting: Creating a Viral Video
Panel: Bettina Hein, Eduardo Tobon, & John Duffield
Tricks of the Trade: Grow Unity in Your Community
Panel: Kat Mandelstein, Jessica Murray, Joyce Davis, Michael Bepko
Edited August 28th
Open Sourcing Accelerators for Social Impact
Panel: Diane Bisgeier and Pascal Finette
Feel free to add yours in the comments below.