UnGeeked Elite Chicago: Social Media, Marketing, Branding Retreat

unGeeked Elite is coming to Chicago in a couple of months. It’s a conference that operates outside the box. It’s not like your traditional business conference. It’s more like a business retreat, where you can kick back and think, away from the usual hustle and bustle.  For example, unGeeked has no keynotes, no presentations which means no PowerPoints (almost) and no barriers to back-and-forth communication.  Let me explain ….

Ungeeked Elite

Exclusive Access

With only 125 participants allowed, attendees have better opportunities to interact with the “discussion leaders.” Small Business Trends and our sister site, BizSugar.com, are media partners, and I will be leading one of the discussions, on Saturday morning. My discussion topic is “your influence graph” — what influence as a thought leader really means (it’s more than just follower numbers), how to become influential, and how to measure your influence.

The unGeeked Elite retreat is Organized by Cd Vann (@thatwoman_is) whom I’ve known at a distance for a number of years, and I’m excited to finally meet her!  And really, that’s what an event like this is all about.  It’s an opportunity to meet and really create a closer connection with people you may know through social media, and pick their brains.

Limited Presentations

Instead of major keynote speakers and formal presentations, this event has 24 international, national and regional influential consultants and authors. This leaves room for an open exchange of what does and does not work in building and promoting your brand. More importantly, the attendees can have in-depth conversations.  With a small group and lots of informal back-and-forth discussion, you have the chance to get your questions answered.  After all, this is a “retreat.”  It’s a laid-back opportunity to think and explore the direction of your business, in depth.

Celebrity Roast

And if you are looking for a way to give back and you want to start your unGeeked experience earlier, then you may want to check out the Celebrity Roast of Chris Brogan the night before the official event starts. That Roast is May 11, 2011.  Don’t pass up the opportunity to share a few laughs with Chris.

There will be 24 discussions — here are just a few:

The KLOUT of Your Personal Brand and What it Means Your Employer/Audience
with Discussion Leader Hajj Flemings

Storytelling and Brand Authenticity
with Discussion Leader Lou Hoffman

Leveraging Employees in Social Media
with Discussion Leader Troy Janisch

Creating Influential Customer Experiences
with Discussion Leader Jeff Wilson

Your Influence Graph: How to Grow it to Become a Thought Leader and Influencer
with Discussion Leader Anita Campbell

LOCATION: University Center Conference Chicago, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

WHEN: May 12 – 14, 2011

TWITTER: @ungeeked and #unGeeked

YOUTUBE: YouTube: unGeeked Elite

DISCOUNT:  Use the discount code ‘SmBizTrends’ to get 5% off.  Plus if you register by April 30, 2011, there is a $200 discount for you early birds.

REGISTER: For all of these discussion opportunities, be sure to register now.


Anita Campbell - CEO

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of TweakYourBiz.com.

3 Reactions

  1. Martin Lindeskog


    I would love to attend at the conference in Chicago! It is created according to the unconference concept? I recently participated in the first unconference on the west coast of Sweden. After the conference, a new word in Swedish for this type of conference was created: “knytkonferens” (associated with the word potluck (Dutch treat) gathering. I had a session called Podcasting FTW together with two experienced podcasters. I read an interview about them and we talked at the mingle on Friday and then had a session together on Saturday. The schedule was totally open at the start of the conference and you then added your sessions to the grid.

    After the conference, we had a Social Media Club meeting on March 25, discussing WebCoast. The meeting was streamed and recorded with a live streaming application called Bambuser.

    For more information, please check out WebCoast on the web and then translate the site into your language! 🙂

    • Anita Campbell

      Hi Martin, Thanks so much for sharing this story — I love learning that new word! I am going to use it at unGeeked — and I will mention learning it from you. That is awesome. How do you pronounce the word? Does it sound like “nit conference” in English?

      – Anita

  2. Martin Lindeskog


    Great to hear! 🙂

    I will do a CinchCast audio podcast recording for you and say the word “knytkonferens” in some different ways. Be warned, it could sound like the Swedish chef in the Muppet Show! 😉

    You could listen to the word on Google Translate, but it sounds a bit like a robot talking! 😉 http://translate.google.com

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