Weathering the Stormy Economy

Here is a conference you may want to visit. At first glance it may look like one of those self-help “free” webinars but it is a very relevant topic with a great speaker. Plus it is on the web.


Free Seminar Hosted by SAP Business Objects
Thursday, March 12, 2009
11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST
Robin Fray Carey, CEO of Social Media Today will discuss the best ideas gathered from, SMT’s online community for growth companies. Plus, two fast-growing companies, Fresh Direct, and The Life is good Company, will share their practical recommendations on how to manage business and IT priorities in these challenging times. Register today.

Social Media Today builds Wordframe based communities like Smart Data Collective ( for data ,BI,Analytics people) Best of the Blogs ( for progressive bloggers), Energy Collective ( for Green energy enthusiasts,thinkers and researchers) ,Social Media Today ( for understanding and leveraging Social Media and Networks) and My VenturePad (for Entrepreneurs).

These communities basically work as online newspapers by aggregating and moderating the RSS feeds of thousands of bloggers (for some sites) and their sites. I have written on Wordframe’s concept of content driven communities and Ning’s concept of community driven content earlier.

Disclaimer- I have worked as an evangelist to SMT , have been awarded the Blogger of the Week once (for my article on R).

For other conferences you may also want to see AnalyticBridge ‘s page on conferences.

Disclaimer -I have been awarded the Member of the Month twice by them.

I like the third party apps of Ning better than the old outdated format and themes. One Ning application can actually serve as a competitor to Wordframe – that is the RSS application ( see feed on my page ).Wordframe has capabilities for even category level filters so Analytics category  feed goes to Smart Data ,Internet category feed gets published on Social Media (when i am lucky) and my attempts at poetry go to Best of The Blogs.

The Decision Stats group (on Linkedin) also has a group on AnalyticBridge.

But why join so many communities and go to webinars ? Because knowledge is useful and productive and fun – and I have a personal motto of learning one new thing a day .

Where do you get the time ?Just sleep one hour less and devote that one hour purely to your self learning for yourself.8 hours to the boss, 4-5 hours to the family.

1 hour to yourself ??

Sounds reasonable, eh  🙂

So try this one –

Offer for Decision Stats Readers

Here is an offer for Decision Stats readers , its a nice conference as per the website and if you are in Pharma forecasting – a reasonable one to try out.

Offer: A discounted ticket for the major Pharma Forecasting Excellence Summit? This €500 discount off any pass is only available this week

The European Pharma Forecasting Excellence Summit is the biggest and most exciting meeting-place for European Pharma Forecasting and Marketing executives like you. This year it’s on 20-22 April in Madrid.

What  is there:

  1. Relevance – We’ve spent months listening to your challenges to find the most relevant topics to help you keep ahead.
  2. Learn from our best ever line-up of pharma marketing speakers. Learn from world experts as well as your peers. We don’t invite anyone – only the most relevant for you with the best case studies.
  3. No sales pitches. This is an independent event.
  4. Meet people who may change your forecasting forever. No other event in Europe can provide you with 2 days of business focused networking with so many of the most influential people in pharma forecasting and marketing. Like many before you, you could make the connections that extend your network and change your career forever
  5. World exclusive case studies. No other event can deliver such knowledgeable insights and answers to key marketing challenges you face – more facts and less vague theory
  6. Discounts – the sooner you book the more you save
  7. Register Now. Don’t forget to download the brochure and see all the topics: Download Brochure

Whom to Contact:

Claire Poole

Head of Forecasting – EU


T: +44 (0) 207 375 7516

F: +44 (0) 207 375 7576


The full ticket prices:


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