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ForumCon 2013

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Carlos, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Yes, I do realize there's a thread by Brad. But this is my thread, where I talk about my experience at ForumCon 2013. Last year, I made a thread at Admin Talk about ForumCon 2012 and have been met to popularity. Due to some personal problems with AT, I decided to take my ForumCon 2013 thread here.

    I could post it at AdminForums (ya know, the one @ShadyX owns?), but I'm going to post it on the largest stage of them all: xenForo.com's official forums. :D

    This year, I woke up bright and early. I went, and was surprised that ForumCon isn't in the same place within' the hotel [Kabuki]. In fact, it goes downstairs. Puzzled, looking around, and trying to figure out what the #^@& is going on. Lo, and behold:


    As you can see, ForumCon now takes place in a larger room. Likewise, it's being attended by a few hundreds people more than last year. :cool:


    More, and more breathing room for the panel folks.. On the other side of the ForumCon 2013 room (which is called the Spring Room)...


    ForumCon's 2013 Twitter feed was improved over last year...


    Here's last year for reference...


    This year's ForumCon panels were a little better than last year, everything is easy to follow, easy to understand, and likewise - the event organizers (VigLink) made it a point to have better speaker equipment. Better lighting, so everyone could see a lot of the slides - with the exception with a few that was [a little] hard to read.

    We were provided with charge stations, we were provided with free glass cups (for anything to drink), free water (and it's freakin' cold too! :D), and of course, free lunch. You want coffee? Go here!


    And like last year, Internet Brands was there.


    It's actually a pitch for vBulletin, proBoards, Vanilla Forums. The funny part is, Internet Brands doesn't even realize their direct competitors are sitting right next to them! Worse yet: Internet Brands takes xenForo like a joke. I asked John (the general manager at IB) "How do you think vBulletin can compete with xenForo?" He laughed it off, and then answered it.

    What's even more glaring is that IB didn't even have a booth there. proBoards was killling it there:


    This photo does not do the booth justice.. This was the most visited booth at ForumCon. Period. In fact, that area was so packed, that it blocked the entryway to... the restroom - which is on the left side of that image. Very good product placement by proBoards. No, they're not done.... At the drinks recpetion...


    I dunno about you, but as a marketer, I thought this was genius.

    The lunch and drinks receptions were networking opportunities, but literally half of ForumCon 2013 are people I don't even #^@&ing know! People complained about last year, where "It's the same $h!^ as the first one!" It's like the dynamic changed at ForumCon 2013...

    Here's lunch...


    Here's drinks reception...


    Here's when you come downstairs...


    Here's ForumCon's booklet and Panjo squishy swag...


    Literally every single person took one home, it was that popular. :eek:

    Annnnd that ends my ForumCon 2013 thread! :D


    To see more images from ForumCon, check out my Flickr photostream.

    See you next year! :)

    I have an article to share pretty soon - it's being prepared and awaiting posting on ForumCon.com

    I also took a picture with the C.E.O of VigLink, courtesy of Murray Newlands. I am awaiting his posting.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2013
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  2. Lucy_Viglink

    Lucy_Viglink New Member

    What a great re-cap of the day! Thanks!
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  3. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    What was the answer he gave?
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  4. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I want to know too.
  5. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    @Carlos Cool photos. Thanks for sharing. ;)
  6. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    EDIT: Sorry, guys, I have some technical problems at home. :(
    VigLink is currently working with Murray Newlands on bringing videos to you, so your questions will be answered then.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2013
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  7. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    1 boring screen in the middle of the room running power point? They would be wise to invest in making it a little more interesting. This is stuff we were doing 5 years ago... Looks to be a similar sized room.

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013
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  8. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    1. Did they have booth babes?

    2. What have you learned from Forum Con?

    3. Are you domain squatting because there is no one online on any of your forums?

    4. Just by throwing ads up on non-active sites, how much does that make?

    5. Will you upgrade your forums to Xenforo 1.2 Beta?
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  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    No. But there are some cuties at ForumCon 2013. ;)
    A lot.
    Topic not covered.
    Not covered at ForumCon 2013. But I can tell you that you can monetize your community through a lot of avenues. In fact, the more commercialized your forum seems, the better off you'll be. Now, that was covered at ForumCon 2013.
    No. Not recommended, anyway.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2013
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  10. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    It is a good thing "ForumCon" has nothing to do with communications because so far it seems hard to get a straight answer on what information exactly was presented other than vague descriptions. :cautious:
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  11. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    This was posted on TheAdminZone by dethfire:

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  12. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Actually, there was two screens at ForumCon 2013. Look at my photos again; they were from two different perspectives.

    In fact, there are more photos from ForumCon 2013 here.

    Here's the wide view of the Spring Room:
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  13. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    At the 29:01 mark, begins my question.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
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  14. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Do you have a time where the question was answered?
  15. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I edited my post; my question starts at 29:01. Shortly afterwards, is his answer.
  16. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Not much of an answer...
  17. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Yup, and it sounds like they are just going to "roll with the punches" if you will. "We're going with it" sounds like they don't really care about the competition.
  18. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    His response at 36:00 explains it perfectly, "he's on the business side" and exactly that he seems clueless when it comes to the actual product.
  19. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

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