How was Engage for you?

April 8, 2009

 

Engage It was a great pleasure for the Webtrends staff and myself to host our customers, partners, and media at Engage 2009. Many thanks to our speakers and sponsors for making this event fun and informative to attend. Our minds are already swirling with plans for next year’s event! While this one is fresh in everyone’s mind, we’d like to ask for your feedback on how the conference was for you. How was the space? The speakers? Was the food good? Did the wifi hold up well? Anything you thought was missing? What was your favorite part? Last question…February of next year…Engage 2010…Orlando, New Orleans, Atlanta….?

 

I can’t put into words how proud and excited I am to be a part of the WebTrends community. The passion, energy, excitement, and ideas generated in the last three days are unsurpassed by any other event I’ve been to. Kudos to all the WebTrends folks who poured themselves into transforming WebTrends into what we’ve seen in the last few days. Thanks to all of our community (customers, partners, analysts, etc) who came to share with us. In the words of BTO, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

From Jennifer Wilson on April 9th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Flawless execution with incredible passion. I spoke to some employees and they expressed that they felt as though they were working for a startup because it was so exciting. Way to ignite your company, ignite your community and provide an open view of the roadmap that Webtrends will deliver on.

From Douglas Karr on April 9th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Mercedes-Benz is determined to give our prospects and owners the best possible customer satisfaction in the business. You will often hear about our products and services described as, unlike any other. Impression,
perception and attitude is everything. The vision of the WebTrends Executive Management is a perfect example of what direction to take their company in.

The Engage conference had the right people, processes and flow in place to give outstanding customer satisfaction and what seemed to be a flawlessly run conference. WebTrends left a feel good impression on me and I am excited for the upcoming changes. Each WebTrends speaker and employee showed top performance and an excellent sense of openness to keep ccommunications live throughout the year.

This was a direct reflection on your company and I feel comfortable reaching out to you for support in the future. In these tough economic times, you’ve planted seeds which give us hope that our analytics world is
forever growing and expanding. As every company and event should be measured, I would give a 5 out of 5 across the board.

Thank you and I Iook forward to see you again.

From Peter Chobanian on April 16th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The conference was great. This year was my first time attending a Webtrends event, and I was impressed. There are few things I really liked, and a few things I’d like to recommend for next year.
Things I liked
1) I really liked the format. It was well organized, and keeping us all in one building on the same floor kept things very simple for new visitors such as myself.
2) Workshop formats worked well. Keeping them small and allowing for a more open format did a lot to allow attendees to pull the speakers into the zones that most affected them. I’d say these are invaluable, and duplicate sessions are a must for almost every workshop (especially PJ’s and Jobe’s stuff).
3) All of the conveniences were nice. Some people may have been uncomfortable with the conference rates, but I for one enjoy the luxury of being able to pick up a drink or snack without having to worry about where to get it and having to track around the venue for options. Same goes for the wireless. Thanks!
4) Not having bags or too many hand-outs was nice. We all show up with our own bags, and we don’t need extras.

Suggestions for next year:
1) I’d like to see more courses and time slots. Two days of Engage is good, but three or four would be better. I felt that some of the topics were too general and didn’t allow for more in-depth specifics.
2) Related to #1, I’d like to see more “nitty-gritty” topics. As a highly technical advanced user (who also happens to be an Enterprise customer) I felt that there wasn’t enough technical discussion in the time slots.
3) Related to #4 above, handing out a USB key at the beginning with all the notes and presentations pre-loaded would have been a nice extra at registration.
4) I’d love to see the 2010 event in New Orleans. If not there, a far second would be Orlando or Miami.

Overall, I’m satisfied and looking forward to attending the 2010 event!

From Patrick Mazzotta on April 17th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I was extremely impressed with the Engage conference, and it really reiterated the reasons that we chose WebTrends; the people, and their superior knowledge & passion for web analytics. It seems that every person that I talked to was a true expert in their respective role. I got the feeling that they not only cared about their product, but making sure that my company is using it to the best of our ability. The content in the sessions was also useful to us – it was not focused on selling the product or basic analytics practices. Excellent job, and I hope to see you all next year.

From Joshua Prost on April 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Jennifer,

Thank you. It’s great to hear from the Webtrends team. I share your enthusiasm and message is spot on…maybe not your love of BTO…:)

Doug,

It was a pleasure being your host. Looking forward to finding cool things to work on together.

Peter,

It’s tough to beat a 5 out of 5 but with your passion and contribution we’ll aim to do better next year.

Patrick,

Great idea about the USB fob. We tried out crowdvine this year and have published all the content there. If you haven’t checked back at engage.webtrends.com, i highly recommend it!

Joshua,

Thank you. It energizes me personally and all of us at Webtrends to have you call attention to our people. We are passionate about turning numbers into meaning and we LOVE working with people that share the same passion.

From jascha kaykas-wolff on April 18th, 2009 at 1:21 am

I wasn’t able to attend, being hard at work on the beta web service :) but watched many of the videos, read the blog entries, and other follow ups after the conference. Even though I wasn’t there it was a great vibe and I’m stoked to see the results. I’m looking forward to seeing the great work that comes from the increased openness and capabilities being developed.

As for the next place to hold Engage, I’d say New Orleans, I’d take vacation and buy my own ticket to attend the event there!

From Adron on April 22nd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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