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Blog Archive November 2011

Drupalcon Sponsorship and The Feel Good Factor

DrupalCon is the twice-yearly international event that brings together the people who use, develop, design and support the Drupal platform.

It’s the Drupal platform that we, Access, use to develop and deliver the majority of our web projects and Content Management Systems. So, in August (is it that long ago?) we attended and chose to sponsor our first Drupalcon.

Drupalcon London
Drupalcon Croydon London!

Keynote, Sessions, BoFs and Beer

Drupalcon events typically kick off with an opening 'state of Drupal' keynote from Dries Buytaert, looking back on recent developments, outlining the challenges for the industry, but more importantly delivering the vision for future versions of Drupal. The days are then structured around other keynote speakers and ‘sessions’ – talks and discussion panels featuring Drupal experts and other industry visionaries from around the world. There’s something for everyone with topics themed around Code and Core Development, Design and UX (user experience), Business and Best Practices. For those looking to spend time on more specific topics or interests there’s the BoF (birds of a feather) meetings – breakouts of much smaller, ad-hoc groups collaborating to solve issues or share knowledge.

And of course, in between and after, there’s plenty of time to chat, network and drink a few beers. The event was very well run and the organisers and volunteers did an excellent job of making the DrupalCon London the biggest yet.

Social Media - Not One For The Intern

Thinking about ways to grow an engaging online presence is a big discussion area for the public sector, particularly when it comes down to winning the hearts of community audiences to give value and an all-round positive experience.

Whether that includes being able to request library books via a Smartphone app or getting in touch with the local constabulary on Twitter. Being innovative and engaging, knowledgeable and transparent is a top priority. 

Unfortunately, time poor and cash strapped departments make it even harder for public sector marketing teams to get to grips with this fast changing environment. 

Can you justify bringing in an expert, an experienced marketer just to look after social media?

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