CMX Summit West 2015 brought together the top community professionals and businesses from all over the world to learn from the leading experts in the industry on how to build community online and offline in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15, 2015. This was Reinventing Events second time producing a CMX Summit and had just as much as the first time!
This was a two day event with CMX Summit Workshops on Day 1 and the Summit on Day 2. The CMX Summit Workshops were a series of five hour long training programs for intimate groups of 20 or less to dive deep into a specific area of community strategy. This Summit’s workshop topics included ‘Intro to Community Strategy’, ‘Integrating your Community and Product Strategy’, ‘Community Driven Marketing Strategy’, ‘Community Driven Support Strategy and Implementation’, and ‘Building a Successful B2B Community’.
As CMX Summit West kicked off on Day 2, attendees were greeted at the door by registration volunteers and given their badges and swag bags. The swag bags included power banks, koozies, socks, pins, sticky notes, raffle tickets, stickers, and T shirts. After checking in, attendees headed over to the badge decorating tables to customize their wooden badges with legos, stickers, google eyes, markers, wash tape, wood cutouts, pipe cleaners, scrabble tiles, and buttons. This was the second time CMX offered this to attendees and it was just as big as a hit the first time- everyone loved it!
After decorating badges, meeting with sponsors, and eating a yummy breakfast, attendees headed to the auditorium to hear the first few speakers share their unique perspectives on building communities. In keeping with tradition, David Spinks, CEO of CMX Media, let the audience know how each speaker gets welcomed to the stage at CMX Summits- a standing ovation with applause and cheers, which the speakers and audience really enjoy.
Speakers at the Summit included Joe Navarro, a non-verbal communication specialist and former FBI agent, Jim Gilliam, CEO of NationBuilder, Adam Werbach, President and Co-Founder of Yerdle, amongst others who with different backgrounds all honed in on community.
There were also many interactive stations for the attendees to enjoy during networking breaks and lunch. These stations included a badge decorating station, selfie station, CMX mural station, a photo booth, and the Project Homeless Connect letter writing station. These stations allowed attendees to be interactive with one another and in the community.
Both the Workshops and Summit taught tactical community strategy. Attendees connected with the best in the industry and walked away with a clear roadmap for moving forward in their community and business. Experience the event through photos that CMX Hub has on their Facebook page.
The conference was hosted at Broadway Studios and FAME, which allowed guests to get a breath of fresh air in between sessions for breaks, meals and the closing reception.
Reinventing Events brings together a talented team of vendors to produce our events and we enjoyed working with these vendors on the production: Pagoda Arts, Walls360, Startup Threads, Canary Marketing, This is Ground, Tile, Lush Banners, Abbey Party Rents, Orange Photography, Brightsource Productions, and KHZ Productions. We want to thank you all for your services and for making CMX Summit a success.
Below is what each Reinventing Events team member enjoyed most about this production:
Karen Hartline, CEO, Las Vegas
For CMX Summit, I was more behind the scenes and working directly with David on strategy. It was a great opportunity for us to produce the event in Brooklyn earlier this year (link to CMX Summit East post) in order to replicate experiences for the San Francisco event, as well as offer suggestions on how to grow the event in different areas, which we did. CMX Summit brings some of the most interesting people together and it was great chatting with sponsors, speakers, and attendees throughout the day to hear what they thought about the event. Such great responses!!
Lindsay Hearne, Event Producer, San Francisco
Working on the Workshop Day was a blast! All of the teachers were super smart and great to work with. We also lucked out by having a beautiful day for lunch on the roof, catered by Curry Up Now.
Maria Chalaire, Event Producer, Virginia Beach
My favorite part of producing CMX Summit West was interacting with the sponsors. CMX brought in a great group of sponsors, whom I enjoyed working with from the beginning through after the event. I also really liked all of the great attendee giveaways, which were supplied by CMX, sponsors, and even speakers.
Marie Scimeca, Event Producer, Milwaukee
My favorite part of CMX West was working with the speakers. Our client does a great job getting the line up set early on which allows for more interaction leading up to the event, including collecting their presentations in advance–which always makes our job easier and more fun onsite! I also LOVE the welcome each speaker gets–a standing ovation when the speaker takes the stage. Such great energy!
Debbie Gorov, Event Producer, Las Vegas
Honestly my favorite part of CMX Summit West was meeting so many attendees who were warm and came with a thirst for knowledge. The energy was invigorating! The networking was amazing, so much they didn’t want to leave the venue at the end of the evening and had to get slowly pushed out the door, which is usually not the case after long conference days.
Molly Portillo, Event Producer, San Francisco
Working with volunteers is always a great time! It’s fun to chat with the volunteers during the event to learn about their reasons for coming out and supporting an event. CMX was truly great because it was for community managers, so there was a lot of community support going on.
Reinventing Events was thrilled to work with the CMX Media team to produce a successful CMX Summit West 2015!