Hosted at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, WordCamp Chicago brought together the brightest and talented members of the Chicagoland WordPress community to celebrate, network and share. Over two hundred fifty attendees, presenters, and sponsors descended on the corner of Adams and Jefferson to get the latest information on topics ranging from Accessibility, the 4th Wall and everything in-between.
My WordCamp experience was very different in Chicago. Since I was presenting, my focus Saturday was on being reading, practicing “90 Days to Live” and relaxing so I couldn’t really focus and fully absorb presentations on Saturday. During breaks, I’d walk the city, getting in my ten thousand steps and getting reacquainted with incredible public art around town. On Sunday, I could take in sessions and shared some great stories in the hallway track.
Nonetheless, here are some of the highlights from this weekend’s event:
Converting new website visitors into paying customersSaturday, 9 am, Track 2
Washington DC area’s Joe Howard gives us a peek into his process that turns potential leads into clients in the first presentation of the day. He provided a list that could help the audience with detailed examples of the key points being what his customers want or their backgrounds. Emails are his preferred method to get leads and convert via marketing.
Don’t just survive, thrive as a freelancer
Saturday, 9:30 am, Track 1
If you want a glimpse into what you need to do to be a successful soloprenuer, check out Christina Varro at a future WordCamp. From Canada, she talked about her methods and best practices to be efficient with your time, billing and service contracts that allow you to maximize your time benefiting and growing your business using WordPress.