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Sep 11

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Don’t forget to visit the NECA Social Media Lounge in booth #155 on the NECA Show floor!

Use #NECA15 to share your pics, updates and everything NECA 2015 San Francisco!

Sep 18

Socializing at NECA 2012 Las Vegas

No, we don’t mean all the great networking opportunities and gala events at the convention and trade show. NECA uses several online social media tools to share information with our members and friends in the industry during NECA 2012 Las Vegas. Here’s how you can join the conversation!

Social Media Walls
We’ll have continually updated displays on our on-site social media posts at two Social Media Wall displays on the NECA Show floor, strategically positioned for maximum visibility. Make sure your Facebook, blog posts, Tweets and Flickr posts appear on the Social Media walls by correctly tagging them.

NECA CONVENTION BLOG: Guest Posts and Comments Welcome!
The first source for both preliminary and on-site news for NECA 2010 Boston is We live-blog the general sessions, technical workshops, the Show floor, special events, and any schedule changes. RSS makes it easy to get instant updates from the site on your reader or smart phone. All blog entries are cross-posted to NECA Convention’s Facebook and Twitter pages, too. Blog posts include photos and tags so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Got an idea for a post or want to post a comment on a post that’s already up? We love to hear your thoughts. Just go to!

FACEBOOK: Become a Fan on NECA Convention!
By “fanning” NECA 2012 Las Vegas on Facebook, you will join a community of convention-goers and exhibitors, all excited to see what this year’s NECA Show will have to offer, including blog posts, photo albums and videos. Add your comments and “like” our posts, or leave a message on our wall.

TWITTER: Follow and Tag Your Tweets! is one of NECA’s most popular feeds, and it kicks into high gear during the NECA Show, as our roving Twitter posse live-tweets product demos and technical workshops. To start receiving our updates, follow NECAConvention and send a tweet to @NECAConvention letting us know you will be at NECA 2012 Las Vegas so we can follow and re-tweet your tweets to our followers, too!

Be aware that NECA Show exhibitors also make special offers via Twitter during the NECA Show for Show-goers who follow their company or @NECAConvention, like free goodies for the next five people who come to their booth to say they got the message on Twitter.

Any tweets tagged #NECA12 will automatically appear on our Social Media Walls on the NECA Show floor.

FLICKR: Share and Tag NECA 2012 Photos!
Every picture we take at Las Vegas is added to NECA’s Flickr feed for everyone to enjoy. We’d love to see your pictures, too.

Questions? Go to to find links to all of NECA’s social media sites and our tips for using social media to promote your business.

Oct 25

Steve Farber is Following Me on Twitter Now

Permit a moment of “told you so” to anyone who didn’t believe in the communication power of social media. Beth Ellis,  NECA’s executive director of convention/expositions, took the bold step of adding a Social Media Wall display to the NECA Show floor, and it has been an absolute hit among attendees, exhibitors and guests.

With four wide screens continuously broadcasting clips from the daily NECA Newscast from San Diego, ElectricTV stories, Chuck Fazio’s incredible photos of events and people from around the trade show and convention on Flickr, plus everyone who uses Twitter with the hashtag #NECA11, the Social Media Wall has been a gathering place to get the latest information about events, 140-character Tweets on sessions, and special deals from NECA Show exhibitors.

I live-tweeted some of my favorite quotes from Closing General Session keynote speaker Steve Farber from this morning’s session, and within a hour, the extreme leadership guru himself was following my Twitter account. He has multiple bestselling books. I … don’t (yet). But in the world of social media, we were able to connect and follow each other’s 140-character musings. That’s the power of social media. And I hope everyone who’s tagged a Facebook photo, added a wall post, or watched the San Diego Newscasts on YouTube enjoys the same sense of connection to their industry as I have this year.

Let us know how you’ve used social media at NECA 2011 San Diego in the comments below!

Sep 19

Socialize in San Diego!

The easiest way to connect with your fellow NECA contractors and convention-goers fits right in the palm of your hand. Use your smartphone, iPad, Android, or tablet device and keep the conversation going!

Use #NECA11 to tweet your San Diego experiences! Win prizes – 2011 San Diego exhibitors tweet exclusive offers, don’t miss out!




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Sep 17

Wrapping Up NECA 2009 Seattle

Everyone at the airport yesterday seemed to be a face I recognized from the past four days at NECA 2009 Seattle. We were all sporting bags from NECA Show exhibitors (ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s bag seemed to be the most popular), and we all looked pretty tired, but happy.

NECA 2009 Seattle closed out on Tuesday with an awesome performance by Cirque Dreams at McCaw Hall. There were lots of “ooo’s and ahhh’s” and spontaneous applause during their gravity-defying feats and high-energy performance.

Thanks to all the NECA members and chapters who joined us in Seattle and on the NECA Convention blog this year. But don’t take us off your RSS or Twitter feed just yet! We’ll have more video and photos from Seattle, along with copies of presentations for downloading. Don’t forget to retrieve your CEU certificate either!

If you have any questions about anything we covered in the NECA 2009 Seattle blog, you can always reach me by email. And check out the new site we’ve already launched for NECA 2010 Boston, Oct. 2-5, 2010.

[To answer the question, “what is that group of words thing over there in the right column?” That’s called a “tag cloud” and it’s generated by the “tags” or keywords we assign to each post. As more posts with certain tags are written, that tag shows up as bigger within the cloud, so you can tell at a glance what we’ve written about the most.]

Please click on “Share your thoughts” and tell us your favorite part of NECA 2009 Seattle! Thanks for helping us make it a great event!