Meet Alex Laughnan, social media lead for DrupalCon Portland. Working on behalf of the Drupal Association, with local Portland team and having guidance from myself (over Skype from the UK) Alex has executed his role with great passion and integrity. As the significance of DrupalCon grows, having dependable volunteers like Alex is crucial in ensuring the conference is represented in the best possible manner. With a diverse and global audience, this is a challenging role.
For the past 6 months Alex has worked daily as a volunteer behind the scenes pouring tireless enthusiasm into the social media campaign which has served to promote and support DrupalCon Portland. Handling everything from persuading attendees to submit session proposal to @replying to urgent attendee requests and complaints, Alex's contribution to DrupalCon Portland's success should not be underestimated.
If you are at DrupalCon Portland this week and have the good fortune to bump into Alex, please take a moment to join me in thanking him for his efforts and maybe buy him a beer - well earned!
In just over 6 months the DrupalCon carnival will be heading for Prague, the beautiful capital of The Czech Republic. Preparations are already well underway, however we are missing one key person on our team, a social media lead.
As Global Social Media Lead for DrupalCon, and behalf of The Drupal Association, I am looking for a member of the Drupal Community who has some experience in social media to volunteer as the local social media lead for DrupalCon Prague 2013.
With the passing of each DrupalCon the role of social media has grown. It's importance cannot be underestimated. Used for promotion, communications, advocacy, outbound marketing, rewarding sponsors, photo sharing; DrupalCon uses social media in a diverse way.
As social media lead you will work with the Prague team, attending weekly skype meetings to ensure you have a good grasp of what information needs to reach our audience. You do not necessarily need to be from The Czech Republic, but ideally somewhere in Europe. Using mostly Twitter and Facebook you'll plan messages from encouraging session submissions, persuading people to attend, answering questions on Twitter to sharing photos of Dries making his state of Drupal presentation to thousands of attendees.
You must have some demonstrable experience of using Twitter, be level headed and prepared to work under the certain clear constraints established to ensure Drupal is presented appropriately on social media. You'll be mentored and supported all the way by myself, indeed I will work alongside you.
The role will require 3-4 hrs effort per week in the coming months rising to about 6-8 hrs a week much closer to the event. During the conference you will be expected to monitor social media, attend keynote rehearsals and assist with curating tweeted questions for the speakers. You will be in regular contact via email with The Drupal Association marketing team and myself who will guide you in planning messages via Hootsuite social dashboard.
If you've ever wondered how you can contribute to the community in a bigger way, maybe this is a perfect opportunity. I'd love to hear from you if this role sounds interesting to you.