How To Win the Conference Game - keep those tips handy for the upcoming AAAAI and ACAAI annual meetings

WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger and Sandra Arnold Inc.'s Stefany Stanley tell Tanya Rivero how to come out of conferences with more than just business cards.



Not all of those tips apply to medical conferences but of some of the do. Don't forget to meet new people and enjoy your time off during the upcoming ACAAI, AAAAI, EAACI and WAO meetings.

Signup to tweet 2015 AAAAI meeting

This is a list of the allergists who used Twitter to post updates from the 2014 #AAAAI meeting. The list is open for edit, please feel free to add your own info for 2015 AAAAI.



The list showed the availability of the allergists by date and if they were planning to attend a tweetup (a meeting of people who use Twitter or are following the tweets).

The hashtag for the 2015 meeting is #AAAAI15

The hashtag for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) is #AAAAI15

You can also find info about the #AAAAI hashtag on the website of Symplur: http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/aaaai

How to use Twitter to post updates from 2015 AAAAI meeting

See an example of best practice by @MatthewBowdish posted here: http://allergynotes.blogspot.com/search/label/WSAAI (his tweets were summarized in a series of blog posts by me). The tweets were labeled #WSAAI and they reached more than 3,000 people.

I would strongly encourage you to post updates on Twitter from the CME conferences that you are planning to attend in the future. Here is how to do it: Twitter for Physicians: How to use Twitter to keep track of the latest news and scientific meetings, and share information with colleagues and patients.

Allergists reached 250,000 people via Twitter during 2012 AAAAI

During the 2012 AAAAI meeting, the allergists achieved some of the highest usage statistics for social media by any specialty. There were more than 160 allergists on Twitter and 30 of them posted simultaneously from the annual meeting, broadcasting thousands of tweets tagged with #AAAAI. The annual AAAAI meeting was attended by approximately 5,000 people. In comparison, the 30 allergists on Twitter reached 250,000 people (measured by TweetReach.com on 03/04/2012).

WAO TV Social Media Guide for Allergists

Here is WAO TV Social Media Guide for Allergists: http://bit.ly/1iL88OD



Dr Stukus: How to use Twitter to engage patients



Dr Bowdish: Best practices for Twitter use by allergists



Dr Bowdish: How to use Twitter during a scientific conference: AAAAI, ACAAI, etc.



Dr Ramirez: How allergists can use Facebook for patient education

References:

The impact of social media on a major international emergency medicine conference -- Neill et al. -- Emergency Medicine Journal http://bit.ly/Ywhstq

PLOS ONE: Tweeting the Meeting: An In-Depth Analysis of Twitter Activity at Kidney Week 2011 http://buff.ly/XmisPw
Tweeting the Meeting: Investigating Twitter Activity At the 2012 AAAAI Conference http://bit.ly/XyugQP - Disclaimer: I am one of the authors.

How to share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet buff.ly/1vTBSh1 - Great for conference posters - see example buff.ly/1vTC13L

How to Make the Most of A National Scientific Conference http://buff.ly/1vTEnzH

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