Let me give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the Client Hospitality Lounge at Pulse 2011! It was a pleasure to see you and hope to see you again next year!
I wanted to share a few pics and recap the 2011 Lounge experience and hopefully encourage even more IBM Clients to attend in 2012. :)
(Pic: Janice at the lounge)
Other than the fact that it took me a week to regain feeling in my feet, Pulse 2011 was a smashing success!
We had so much going on for our IBM clients that the Hospitality Lounge was a whirlwind of activity most hours of the expo and it was certainly exciting to be able to watch it unfold. I was honored to meet so many people I had only previously had a chance to tweet with or read their success stories online, as well as to see so many repeat clients who I had recognized from my previous two years of Pulse.
The first night we opened with a martini bar and Mikey, the world’s best bartender, willingly served crowds of clients and IBMers that came in to network and kick back. Lots of clients took advantage of the opportunity and filled out reference forms and benefit surveys, earning them some nifty IBM gear that you can buy online at the logo store. If you missed filling out a reference form contact your IBM representative (or myself directly) and we will make sure you get the chance to be a part of the IBM Customer Reference Program.
(Pic on left: IBM clients working on reference forms and benefit surveys)
(Pic on Right: Networking & martinis)
On the second day, the lounge guests were treated to ice cream bars and soda which were pretty much gone by the end of the day :) and I have to admit that I indulged a little!
Day 3 we had chips and soda as well as a steady flow of traffic…see for yourself:
We also had a very special person hanging out at the lounge this year, an IBM Tivoli Case Study Writer Ilana Reynolds. If you are at Pulse next year make sure to check and see if Ilana is there so you can do a case study interview on the spot! Case Studies are a great way for IBM Clients to share their innovative success stories through various outlets on IBM’s dollar. They’re also a way to have easy access to experts, VIP treatment, and networking opportunities.
(PIC: Ilana at the lounge)
If you went to either of the General Sessions (which I hope you did because they were amazing!) you might have heard about a little program called IBM Client Connections (or Client Connect). This is a growing program that started last year to help current and prospective IBM Clients connect in order to help them share insight, problem-solve, get tips and tricks, or explore new avenues as well as network.
Day 2 – 4 of Pulse we had tons of clients come to the lounge specifically looking to meet with other IBM clients, which was very exciting! This year we are working on creating a database that will allow us to set you up with a specific client based on job-level, geography, products/solutions, history, status, industry, you name it! In the meantime if you would like to participate in the IBM Client Connections Program contact me or your IBM rep and we will hook you up.
Here is a pic of some of the connections that were happening in the lounge:
A lesson learned: next year I will bring a better camera and more benefit surveys :P
Now I’d like to take a moment to ask for YOUR opinions! Please use the comment section to provide feedback on your lounge experience this year. I want to know what you liked, what you didn’t, and anything else you feel like sharing. This info will help us ensure that we provide you the best experience in the coming years at Pulse.
So once again, thank you so much for visiting! If you didn’t have the opportunity to stop by the lounge this year make sure you put it on your Pulse 2012 to-do list and I’ll see you there! :)