Oct 04

4 Expectations I Have for Kentico's New 404 Conference

In case you haven't heard, there is no Kentico Connection conference this year. 2016 will be the first time that Kentico does not throw global events in multiple regions around the world to talk about everything Kentico related. Instead Kentico has decided to push its comfort limits by taking a bit of an out of the box approach to its annual conference. This will be the first year for a new conference dubbed, 404.

The goal of this new event is to open some eyes to the human factor of web development and digital marketing and show attendees what happens when a project fails, highlight crucial mistakes of those failures, and turn the lessons learned into valuable shared experience for all. It will be the only event of the year for Kentico, but the key takeaway is that this event is different than past Connection conferences. 404 will focus on general web development and digital marketing (in two main tracks). The 404 conference is slated to be thrown in Las Vegas, at The Mirage, on November 2nd - 4th.

Keep reading to find out my expectations for what the 404 conference has to offer.

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Oct 22

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection 2015 Orlando and Brno

In just 18 short days from now, Kentico Connection 2015 will be upon the United States. The Kentico Connection conference is the premiere event for marketers, developers, partners, and/or end users who are looking to learn about the product or network with their peers. Hands down this is best event of the year when it comes to any current or new Kentico user.

This year the conference will be hosted at SeaWorld Orlando on November 8th - 10th. In my opinion that is a pretty good choice of locations for late fall, especially if you are living in balmy west Michigan like I am. I feel very honored to once again be given a speaking slot at the US version of the conference. This year Kentico has asked me to present in the Marketing track. I have a new presentation worked up that I feel should be very interesting for those in attendance.

Soon after the US edition ends, the conference heads to second-largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno. The 2015 Brno Kentico Connection event, which runs from November 23rd – 25th, will feature a new set of great speakers that I am excited to learn from. In Brno I will switching hats from marketing to technical and be speaking on the developer focused track.

Keep reading after the jump to see my full session abstracts for both the marketing and developer tracks.

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Nov 01

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection Boston 2014

On November 10th and 11th, just a few short days away, Kentico Developers, Partners, Employees and Customers will be meeting up in Boston, MA for the 2014 version of Kentico Connection. I am attending and speaking again at the best, most informative Kentico CMS conference of the year. 

As always I am truly looking forward to the event. It is going to be a great opportunity to meet and network with other Kentico Developers and Partners, especially Brenden Kehren who won a free a ticket to the conference from my own give away. However, this conference is going to be jammed packed for me. I am pulling triple duty. I will be giving two sessions and taking part in a new event this year, a live CMS-Connected show.

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Oct 27

And The Winner Is...

Better late than never right? I had originally planned on announcing the winner of my Win a Free Ticket to Kentico Connection 2014 Boston contest at 1:00 PM EST today. That obviously didn’t happen. So let's get right down to business tonight. Drum roll please....

Congratulations to @bkehren!

Bkehren was selected at random from the different entries that the contest received. 

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Oct 11

Win a Free Ticket to Kentico Connection 2014 Boston

Yep, you read it right. I am officially opening a new contest. I am giving away a FREE ticket to the upcoming Kentico Connections 2014 conference in Boston, MA on November 10th and 11th, 2014.

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Oct 08

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 11

In another special episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and Brian McKeiver discuss what their trip across the pond was like as they attended this year's European version of the Kentico Connection conference in Prague. In case you did not hear, all four Kentico MVPs made the journey to converge on the capitol city of the Czech Republic. As a group we discuss some of the highlights of the two day event including some of our favorite moments. Kentico even had a special surprise in store for all of the event attendees that was quite a blast. Give this episode a listen to find out exactly what happened. 

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Aug 13

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection 2014 Prague

I'm very happy to announce that I will be attending and speaking at Kentico Connection 2014 Prague. Yes that's right my passport is fully renewed and airfare is booked to the Czech Republic for September 29th - 30th. Kentico Connection is the premiere conference for Kentico developers, customers, and partners. Attendees can expect to gain deep technical and industry insights into all things Kentico and I am very honored to be a part of it.

My session, Harness the Power of Marketing Automation, will walk through Kentico's built-in Marketing Automation tools. The goal of the talk is to show attendees how the platform can be used to save time and generate more traffic to their website. 

There also is an added benefit that my fellow Kentico MVP's and I will all also be attending the conference in Prague. For the first time ever all four of us will be in the same timezone, same location, and most likely same room. This is a great opportunity to pick our brains on your Kentico issues. 

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Jun 11

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 8

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the the recent goings on in the Kentico community. Bryan ventured out to a whole different hemisphere to speak at Kentico Connection Sydney, while I took a 15 min car ride downtown to speak at the local CMS Shootout event. I think I got shorted in the travel aspect of this whole thing...

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Jan 01

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2013

2013Happy Holidays everyone. Since it's the first day of the year, and the Rose Bowl game doesn't start until 5:00 pm, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past year.

2013 was a successful year for myself, BizStream, and Kentico. My blog here at Mcbeev.com saw it’s traffic increase by over 55% from 2012, that is a tremendous increase. Most of that traffic is attributed to my two most popular blog posts of the year combined with the fact that I feel Kentico is becoming more and more popular among developers.

The various social channels that I participate in didn't have quite as big of a jump, my Twitter followers increased only about 10%, but my Google +1's increased about 35%. To be honest 2013 was so busy I didnt have enough time to be overly social. But, enough about me, let’s get to the real point of this blog post.

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Oct 05

A New Kentico CMS Podcast Is Born

About two weeks ago fellow Kentico MVP, Bryan Soltis, and I decided to start a podcast focused on Kentico CMS. The idea was formed over a beer, or three, while we were both in Boston for the Kentico Connection conference. Our goal of the new podcast is to talk about Kentico and focus on what is going on with the Kentico development community. In our opinion there is a boom in Kentico projects and opportunities out there recently, and anything that we can do to let more developers know about Kentico and how best to utilzie it is a good thing.

I am also excited about starting up this podcast because it is a new format for me. I have not previously ever attempted to host one. We are still in the process of figuring out if we should throw up the podcast files on iTunes or Windows Store or wherever. Hold tight and we will get a syndication feed up as soon as we figure it out. For now you can subscribe to my blog via email if you want to know when new episodes come out. Just go back to the home page and enter your email address in the side bar under the Stay Up To Date section.

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