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Sneak peek at our AIIM info360 presentation on Social Knowledge Networks

You might have read that we'll be presenting at the AIIM International Conference and Expo @ info360 next month. Phil Green, our CTO, and Corrina Mason, MISt, Information Specialist at HRPA, just put the finishing touches on their presentation about real-world uses of Social Knowledge Networks, and we wanted to give our blog readers a sneak peek into what they'll be sharing.

It's pretty unconventional that anyone shares their presentation in advance of a conference, but if you're on the fence about coming this might pique your interest! We want to show you how Presto is working at HRPA to improve productivity and organizational effectiveness, and preserve and enhance knowledge assets to take the organization to the next level of social success.

Roll through a handful of the slides below. We'd love to hear your feedback. If there's anything more you'd like to see, let me know here. And remember, you've got to come see Phil and Corrina's presentation live on Wednesday, March 23, 1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to get all of the details. Hope to see you there!

Pop your PEZ and feel like a kid again at AUDC 2011

You might have read on our blog that one lucky attendee at the Avectra Users and Developers Conference (AUDC) 2011 will be walking away with a free iPad from Inmagic. But here's another giveaway that really sweetens the deal.

We gave away PEZ at our boothEveryone who tweets from the Inmagic table will get PEZ candy. (One of my faves!) Stop by the Inmagic booth and tweet about something you learned, liked, or found interesting at AUDC 2011.

We just ask that you start your tweet off with this: "At #inmagic booth at #audc11: [Fill in the rest to get your PEZ.]." Once we see your tweet, you'll get a PEZ candy dispenser filled with PEZ.

And while you're satisfying your sweet tooth, give our newest Presto application, Presto AssociatioNet, a gander. Flip back to my previous post to get the details on what on how this platform lets association professionals create Social Knowledge Networks for sharing, storing, managing, and socializing their organization's content and knowledge.

I hope to see you there!

How AUVSI is increasing member retention with Social Knowledge Networks

Last week I wrote about how we'll be demoing our new Presto AssociatioNet application at the Avectra Users and Developers Conference (AUDC) 2011 later this month in Orlando, Fla.

If you go to the show, you'll also have the opportunity to learn how the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is using Presto AssociatioNet to increase member retention.

AUVSI is the world's largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. It comprises over 2,100 member organizations from 55 allied countries, and serves 6,000 members from government organizations, industry, and academia.

Angela Carr, Vice President of IT for AUVSI, will be presenting how and why her association is using Presto AssociatioNet to create and manage Social Knowledge Networks. In addition, she'll be covering how AUVSI is using the application with Avectra's netFORUM association management software (AMS).

Attendees will get a first-hand look at how Presto AssociatioNet provides AUVSI an efficient, new way to provide diverse resources, information, and content products to its members. By socializing content using Presto's commenting, rating, and other social functionality, subject matter expertise and relevant information are easily accessible and usable to AUVSI members.

Angela's session, "Merging Digital Content and Knowledge Resources with Membership Demographics," is slated for Monday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mark your schedule now to attend.

Also, while you're at our booth, makes sure you get your AUDC 2011 Sponsor Bingo card stamped. Completed cards will be collected for a drawing for some great prizes at Tuesday night’s closing reception.

Free iPad for an association professional!

We've given away a number of Kindles to our customers and industry colleagues in the past. And today I'm excited to tell you we will be giving away an iPad at the Avectra Users and Developers Conference (AUDC) 2011 later this month in Orlando, Fla.! Well, I guess I should say that I'm excited for the lucky dog who wins it!!

More details on how to win the iPad to come on our blog. What I can tell you now is that we'll be giving it away at our table in the exhibit area, so be sure to come by.

In addition to exhibiting, we're also a silver sponsor this year, so that makes for a busy Q1 for us! We'll also be at two conferences in March, CIL 2011 and info360 2011.

While you're at our table at AUDC 2011, be sure to experience the latest goods in Presto. Our team will be demoing our newest Presto application, Presto AssociatioNet. The platform lets association professionals create Social Knowledge Networks for sharing, storing, managing, and socializing their organization's content and knowledge.

Presto AssociatioNet provides fast, easy access to diverse content, including everything from documents and digital media to the insight of subject matter experts, both within the organization and among members.

Our team will be on hand to tell you more about Presto, and how some associations are using Presto to address some of the biggest challenges facing them today, including fostering member participation, increasing member levels, providing better member service, and increasing member retention.

If you don't have much time to talk during the show, stop by our table and we'll set up a meeting at a time that's more convenient for you. We're happy to schedule meetings in person and over Web conference. We're also scheduling one-on-one consultations in the Washington, D.C. area in March and April. So if you'll be in town and would like to meet, just let our sales team know.

David Weinberger: Third time's a charm

The Cluetrain continues to roll down the tracks here at Inmagic. In January, we interviewed "The Cluetrain Manifesto" author David Weinberger about the future of the Internet. So far, we've shared our podcast and transcript from that interview. But we aren't done yet!

We asked David if we could host (what we think) is the ultimate reader giveaway: A signed box set of David's top three books, "The Cluetrain Manifesto," "Small Pieces Loosely Joined," and his latest, "Everything is Miscellaneous."
That's right, we have a signed copy of each, sitting on our desk, waiting to be put in an envelope and mailed to one lucky David Weinberger fan. Check out David's John Hancock here:

When the books arrived at our office from David, I'll admit I was tempted to keep them for myself. But alas, now that I'm writing our blog post about them, I guess we have to give them up! ;)

So if you've been wanting to get David's books, or even if you have one, two, or all of them, now's your chance to get them for free, SIGNED by David himself. Or, if you know a David Weinberger fan, here's your chance to win them for that person and be a hero. Better yet, share this blog post link with them so they can enter too.

Well enough chattering, let me tell you the rules for entering our David Weinberger signed box set giveaway!

You can enter to win in one of two ways. And if you enter both ways, we will count you twice.

1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you'd like to win David's books. Please include your name (first, at least) and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win.

2. Follow @Inmagic on Twitter if you aren't already, and retweet this tweet: @Inmagic, I'd love to win signed copies of three @dweinberger books #weinbergergiveaway. You must be following @Inmagic for your tweet to count.

NOTE: If you comment and tweet, please also include your twitter handle in your comment so we know who you are. :)

Our giveaway starts now, and runs until Feb. 16 at 12:59 p.m. March 4 at 12:59 p.m. We'll randomly draw a winner from our pool of submissions after the contest closes, and announce the lucky guy or gal on our blog.

Let the commenting and tweeting begin!

Social knowledge management wasn't built in a day

Social knowledge management is the next generation of knowledge management. But don't think its development is a black-and-white case of "out with the old and in with the new." It's more like "in with the old and in with the new."

I got to thinking about this after reading this week's TCMnet article by Susan J. Campbell. She writes, "The idea of knowledge management is still a good one, but advanced tools and improved processes are necessary to facilitate its use."

She goes on to say that, "... the better the integration of the knowledge management solution with other platforms within the enterprise, the greater the benefit and value for the organization."

As we move forward developing and refining our approaches to social knowledge management, it's important we don't forget about or abandon the core pillars of traditional knowledge management. In fact, this merging of old with new remind me of Rome. (I am an analogy lover after all, if you haven't noticed from my posts!)

I explained all in the comment I left on Susan's article, so surf over to read her piece and my full commentary. What do you think? Might social knowledge management remind you of another city??

Social media bubble burst, dissected

We covered a lot of ground when we interviewed Maddie Grant, author and co-founder of social media consulting firm SocialFish, the other week.

Some big questions were raised. Are we heading toward a social media bubble burst? If so, when, and why? How can businesses find the true value of social media? What are they doing right? And, equally important, what are they doing wrong?

Snag our transcript now to get Maddie's answers to all of these questions, as well as her perspective on what the most important element is of any social media initiative; why you should keep her new book, "Open Community," in your back pocket; how you can join Maddie's next research initiative; and more.


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