I’m getting really excited about Mediasense, the social media conference we’re sponsoring right here in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand on April 8.

There are some real top-draw speakers and panelists coming from New Zealand and around the world. There will be live hookups to the US during the event, and best of all, it’s hosted at a WINERY!

This is an outstanding opportunity to rub shoulders with world-class thought leaders in this exciting field. If you haven’t registered yet, you better get on with it.

Here is the line-up…

Date: 8 April 2011 (Friday)
Venue: Black Barn Winery, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and Morning Coffee
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks
09:10 – 10:00
Morning Keynote: How to Best Amplify Your Social Media Presence

Jon Leland, President, Combridges, Founder, NewMarU
10:00 – 10:20
IDEAbyte #1 – Live via video from New York City

The Next Generation Internet: Moving from Push to Pull
by David Siegel, Author of the book, Pull
10:20 – 10:45
Morning Networking and Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00
Case Studies: Social Media Success Stories
o What specific programs are working? How and why?
o Are certain social media marketing trends replicable?
o How do you measure social marketing success?

o Kaila Colbin, Chief Marketing Officer, Minimonos
o Tim Pointer, Founder, I–Marketing
o Richard Irvine, Online Community Manager, Telecom
o Tim Alpe, CEO Jucy Rentals
o Courtney Lambert, Communications Management (Media and Brand)
12:00 – 12:30
IDEAbyte #2 – Live video from Los Angeles

Virtual Huddle Report from Social Media Advanced Skills Huddle Conference
by Michael Terpin, Founder, SocialRadius
12:30 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon in Black Barn Courtyard
14:00 – 14:40
Afternoon Keynote: Social Media Marketing And Exporting Innovation

John Marshal Roberts, CEO, Worldview Learning Inc.
o What are the most innovative techniques and programs?
o Who is driving the most innovative and most adopted changes?
o What opportunities can be leveraged for international business success?
15:00 – 15:30
Afternoon Discussion and Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30
How Social Media Will Change Your Business Practices
o What are the latest and coming innovative trends?
o How can social media best help your business compete?
o How can you position to take advantage of this coming wave?

Moderated by Nat Torkington, Founder Kiwi Foo Camp
o Karen Leland, President, Sterling Marketing Group
o Matthew Miller, Managing Director, Mogul
o Paul Brislen, CEO, TUANZ
o Rod Drury, Chief Executive / Executive Director, Xero
16:30 – 16:45
IDEAByte #3 – Live video from San Francisco

What’s Working and What’s Not in Silicon Valley?
by Edith Yeung, Founder, BizTech Day
16:45 – 17:15
Closing Dialogue – Let’s Build the Next Generation of Successful Case Studies

Moderated by Hal Josephson, Managing Director, NZ Access Ltd.
Joined by Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Conferees.
17:15 – 18:00
End-of-day Networking Drinks and Nibbles
18:00 – 18:15
Transport to Havelock Village
18:15 – 20:30
Hosted dinner at Havelock’s premiere restaurants

For more information, visit the Mediasense website. See you at Black Barn on April 8!