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8 CES Coverage and a Few Finds

As many of you may have noted by some posts here and on Twitter I attended the recent CES show in Las Vegas as a participant in the AMEX OPENForum booth. I gave presentations on social media and was joined by Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Adam Ostrow , Barb Dybwad and Ben Parr of Mashable and Tony Hsieh of Zappos.

I thoroughly enjoy working in a live environment with small business owners and loved getting a chance to work with and hear what this great group of speakers had to say. For those who could not attend the event, the presentations were recorded and will be available at OPENForum’s CES page.

I walked the floor a bit, although it’s total sensory overload, and wanted to share two of my favorite finds.

Bing Application overlays on Bing Maps.

Melissa Powell, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft explains Bing Map Apps

You have to download Silverlight, Microsoft’s Video tool, but it makes for a much richer experience than other mapping tools. Here’s the link to the Bing Maps beta.

I also found a nice option for recording live interviews on the iPhone from Blue Microphones. The iPhone built in mic works pretty well up close but the Mikey has settings that make it much more sensitive when conducting an interview in the field. I use a Blue Snowball USB mic to do my podcasts and really love their design.

11 Small Business Speaker Series at CES

Las VegasIf you are planning to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) in Las Vegas Jan 7-10 make sure you check out the American Express OPEN Booth in the South Hall. They are sponsoring a central hang out hub for small business folks to network, share small office electronics ideas and a speaker series featuring Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Anita Campbell (Small Business Trends), Guy Kawasaki (Alltop), Ben Parr and Barbara Dybwad (Mashable) and myself.

Here are the presentations/discussions I’ll be leading: South Hall: Booth 20925

  • Fri Jan 8th – 1pm – The Simple Truths of Social Media for Small Business – Yes, it’s a bit of work, and yes, it’s worth it.
  • Sat Jan 9th – 1pm – How to Use Social Media for a Local Business – Leverage online tools for offline business building

I’ll be around the booth chatting with other small business owners on Friday and Saturday so I hope to see you there.

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