5 things I’ve learned at SMXL 2017

SMXL 2017

First, I’ve learned that the Italian SEO community is small circle of badass experts, has a huge reputation and is super respected internationally. I’ve met lots of incredible SEO folks and I’ve attended so many great sessions. The level of SEO knowledge here is just impressive. I’ve learned a lot, and I invite all of you (the 5 readers of this blog) to get to the SMXL site and to look for the presentation decks once they will be made available. Some were really remarkable. Hat tip to the Italian SEO community.

Second, I’ve learned that the folks who have organised this event are a small team of professionals who have put a lot of passion with the event organisation and have made something special with a very personal touch. Yes, there might be some space for improvement, but what on earth hasn’t things to be improved? Well done, Sante and team. And thanks again for having me as part of SMXL speakers lineup.

Third, I have learned that most of the Italians attending were super-fluent in English and the simultaneous translation was used mainly by non-Italians to understand local speakers. And I was very proud of it.

Fourth, I’ve learned that very few speakers have addressed content marketing or content strategy as a topic; and that there is still a lot of confusion about content and social media. Social media are a content distribution channel. One of the many. Without a solid content strategy you won’t go anywhere. But still many presenters addressed social media as they were the atomic particles of their strategy. That should be content, instead.

Fifth, I’ve learned that there are still social media stars in Italy. They talk about stuff like hashtag, impressions and viral things. One session was even called “meet the media stars”… And the worst thing was that I saw many youngsters taking selfies with them (while they’d have spent a much better time attending SEO sessions).

Finally, my session. I’ve learned that after presenting so many times in English, I need to make a much better job whenever I switch to Italian, which ironically is my mother language. Also, I’ve learned that the topic (how to apply principles of psychology to design, content and social media) has generated lot of interest, questions and contacts. The deck is here (http://bit.ly/psychologysmxl) just in case you want to have a look.

Introducing my session at SMXL 2017

Yeah, true. I had no clue about how to film a short introduction to SXML until this morning. No idea about how to use iMovie too. Spent 3 hours filming like an idiot, downloading and editing stuff. Well, this is the result. It will be published on SMXL’s site.

Meeting old and new friends in Milan

Just posted this short note on LinkedIn and now using my blog to let all of you (the few readers) know that I will be in Milan on 13/15 of November as a speaker of SMXL Search and Social Media Conference Milan! Specifically I will talk about how to use psychology of design to attract new audience, transforming good into epic content marketing & social media.  If you are in town that week and want to have a chat, just let me know!  : )

SMXL Milan

After 3 years presenting keynotes and content marketing sessions at int’l conferences around the world – Cleveland, NYC, London, Barcelona, Berlin, etc. –  I have finally been invited to present in Milan, Italy. Actually, I haven’t really been invited. I’ve discovered about the conference on the internet. I wrote 2 lines to the organisers. They answered, immediately (hat tip to SMXL’s organisation!). And now I am in.

It’ll be the first time for me attending a conference in Italy as speaker. Which is ironic. I am Italian. I speak the language. Actually, it’s my mother language. Not sure if it’s the lack of events or interest for content marketing; or maybe just the lack of interest of the Italians for other Italians. Italy wants speakers from the other side of the ocean. Italy in general loves all non Italian things.

Okay. I am now part of the speaker line-up and this makes me so happy. It’s great to be back to my town. Let’s work on a great presentation, now. And I hope to meet many many old friends.

Barcelona

Barcelona

July. That was the last time I was in Barcelona. I was on vacation with Asia & Maya. First time for them; definitely not the first for me. I can barely remember how many times I have been in town: so many times that I can formally nominate Barcelona my third home-town, after Milan and London. I speak the language, I am familiar with the places, I simply feel at home.

Next week I am supposed to be in Barcelona, one more time. I will chair a conference and I have some personal business to manage. I truly hope that everything will be resolved peacefully, that the vote will take place smoothly and that Spain will give local population the right to choose their destiny.

TfM

Heading to TfM (Technology for Marketing UK). Speaker and session line-up seems promising. This time I won’t talk. I will (finally) relax and enjoy all sessions…