Wow, am I seriously late in writing this blog post! Sorry about that folks, as this past week just so many things just seemed to keep popping up around here! Well I have some time now and I wanted to share my experience about Social Fresh! If I can sum it in in a few words, i would say "It Was Awesome!"

There were over 250 excited attendees at the conference which was held in the beautiful westshore district at the DoubleTree Hotel Tampa Airport Westshore last Monday February 8, 2011.

Jerm was in attendance and I got to see allot of old faces as well as some new, as a good mix of some of our Tampa Bay & Company partners were on hand to learn new and exciting things in social media marketing as well as contribute new ideas to their initiatives that they themselves have seen success from.

Companies like Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Aquaknox, The Westin Tampa Bay, The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, as well as a few local agencies like FKQ Marketing, Magnetic, and Bayshore Solutions were all well represented!

It was a great opportunity to measure your self against some pretty serious brands and compare their social media marketing efforts with your own. I especially was impressed with John Bernier, of Best Buy and the way in which they are using this new medium as an extension of their customer support function. Ever heard of the Best Buy Twelpforce? If no, then check out the Twitter account and give it a look, as its a pretty sweet concept.

Other items for discussion at the event focused around a number of topics like: community building, corporate blogging, the future of social media (4square & GoWalla) and a great presentation on crisis response through social media by Chris Barger of General Motors.

I even got to meet one of our biggest Twitter fans as Allison Barkley, aka was in attendance!

Overall, it was a great job by Jason Keath, and all of the Social Fresh staff and volunteers and I truly hope that we can bring the event back to Tampa in the near future! For now, its on to Portland for the next Social Fresh event, so if you live in PDX, and haven't registered for the event yet, be sure to do so, as I am sure it will fill up quickly!

That's it for now, and be sure to stay tuned in for more updates on future Tampa Bay area events!