Here’s more of what you can expect from FinCon’s newest, exclusive offering: Pro Networking.
What exactly is the Pro Networking?
Pro Networking is an exclusive, two-hour speed networking style event being held at #FinCon14 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4pm to 6pm.
The goal is to connect Pro Pass level attendees (a maximum of 75 people) to the companies and brands they want to do business with. The meetings are brief, focused, and scheduled ahead of time based on acceptance by both parties. Examples of use:
- Establish content exchange partnerships
- Evaluate affiliate marketing relationships
- Discuss sponsorship and advertising opportunities
- Face-to-face product or service support
What companies will be participating in the Pro Networking?
So far we have the following companies eligible to participate in Pro Networking:
Credit Karma, NEFE.org, USAA, FeedBlitz, FreeTaxUSA.com, X/Y Planning Network, Quizzle, EverBank, Chase, Ally, Fidelity, LinkSmart, COUNTRY Financial, Experian, Perfect Circle by Jewelers Mutual, Simple.com, T. Row Price.
We are adding more companies each week and expect to have well over 50 brands (in financial and new media services) represented. If you are interested in having a table at Pro Networking, see our sponsorship opportunities here.
What attendees will be participating in the Pro Networking?
Only attendees that have purchased the FinCon Pro Pass or the FinCon Pro Pass + Camp. Register now!
How is the Pro Networking organized?
[IMPORTANT!] Before the conference: Pro Pass level attendees must sign up with the online meeting scheduler, and request and book their meetings. Companies participating will also need to signup with the online meeting scheduler, and can also request and book meetings. Ideally, each Pro Pass attendee and each company will have 8 to 10 meetings scheduled before arriving in New Orleans for #FinCon14. The online meeting scheduler will be accessible starting 10 weeks prior to #FinCon14 (approx. July, 15, 2014).
At the conference: Companies participating in Pro Networking will sit at tables in a spacious conference room. Andrea Amir, the on-site coordinator, will announce that the 1st meeting time slot is beginning. Pro Pass level attendees that have scheduled meetings in this 1st time slot will locate the correct company table and begin their meeting with the representatives onsite. After 8 to 10 mins, Andrea will announce that it’s time for the 2nd time slot. Pro Pass level attendees will then have a minute to make their way to the next table and begin their next meeting. This will continue until Pro Networking ends at 6pm.
How is this more advantageous than setting up meetups with individual companies throughout the conference?
Two main reasons:
- Convenience – With Pro Networking you get your business done over a focused window of time…eight to ten meetings and you’re then free to enjoy the rest of the conference without worrying about scheduling meetings and missing out on anything.
- Access – Pro Networking participants get pre-conference access to an exclusive online meeting scheduler where they can meet, vet, and connect with the other participants interested in doing business.
Am I really important enough for some of these companies to want to network with me?
There’s only one way to find out. In my experience, size or age doesn’t matter as much as relevance and professionalism. Example: If you’re an upstart podcast covering micro-lending, you’re going to be really attractive to a company like Lending Club. Especially if you present yourself well. Pro Networking will give you a chance to do that.
Keep in mind also, that Pro Networking includes both financial service companies (e.g. Credit Karma, USAA) and media service companies (e.g. LinkSmart, FeedBlitz). So part of the reason to participate might be to talk to the companies that you use to run your business.
Is it really worth it for me to pay more for that pass just to network with these companies?
You should be able to determine that based on your own goals. For example, if you’re a hobbyist, just getting started, if you primarily offer your own products and services, and/or if you don’t use any new media products or services to run your online business, then the Pro Networking probably isn’t for you.
If on the other hand, you are looking to grow the business side of what it is you do online, then a seat at these tables is going to go a long way toward helping you find the people that can help you achieve your goals.
Also, remember that Pro Networking is only 1/3 of what you get with the Pro Pass. You also get Pro Sessions (advanced level breakout sessions) and the VIP Mixer. Given that overall value, I think the Pro Pass is a steal (current just $100 more than a standard pass).
Can I just add this onto my FinCon pass if I decide to do so later?
Yes! We’re glad you asked. You can upgrade to a Pro Pass at anytime. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form and let us know you’d like to upgrade.
With all these people in one room, am I really going to be able to get a good conversation in with someone?
The room will be spacious and each table will be far enough away to ensure that a quality conversation can be had.
Should I bring anything with me to the Pro Networking?
It’s a good idea to bring a business card, your site’s rate sheet or press kit, and anything else relevant to showcase what you can offer.
What’s the VIP mixer?
The VIP Mixer is an exclusive networking event held at 6pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the Riverview room on the 41st floor of the New Orleans Marriott. Invited to this private event will be keynote speakers, key sponsors, and Pro Pass holders.
Drinks will be served and attendees will be able to mix and mingle freely.