Jeeze Sage. Thanks a lot. Ugh!
I just sent out an e-mail yesterday to ALL of our customers to say they’d better hurry over to the Sage Summit website to register for this year’s event, because the Early Bird registration rate — $500 of the regular registration rate — was going to expire April 30. That’s all of our Sage ERP customers, our Sage Construction and Real Estate customers, our Sage HRMS customers, and our Sage Fixed Assets customers.
But nooooooooo! You had to go and extend the Early Bird registration rates to May 15! Look! Here’s the proof of your perfidy:
Now I’m going to have to go back and tell them all that this amazing deal will last another two weeks. Are you happy now? Good. Because I’m actually glad too. (Ha! Fooled you!) Despite the fact that I’m going to have to resend all those e-mails (really, it’s no trouble; I just hate spamming our customers with too many e-mails), I’m really happy this rate has been extended. So many of our customers took advantage of both the $99-for-two rate and the Early Bird special, that I’m hoping we break a Practical Software Solutions record for customers attending Sage Summit.
Speaking of Sage Summit announcements, last week, Sage announced quite a few of their Thought Leaders who will be attending the conference in New Orleans. And if you saw the initial announcement of the Thought Leaders, there are now 23 people listed on the page. (If I recall, they only announced eight to start.) These guests will be leading sessions throughout the conference. There’s a bit too many people to list here, so I’ll just throw out a couple of highlights. (If you visit the page and click on each of the pictures, you’ll get a brief biography of the guest.)
- The Cupcake Girls — Heather White and Lori Joyce, Canadian television personalities and founders of Cupcakes (TL-115: Understanding financial literacy with TV’s The Cupcake Girls; TL-129: Defining Your Brand with the Cupcake Girls).
- Gene Marks, Columnist, author, and small business owner (TL-143: The next 2 years: Your growth and opportunities and the latest political, economic, and technological trends that will dominate your business through 2017).
- Mike DeBoer, CIO GE Capital Technology (TL-153: Like it or not, you’re a tech company: Insights on business strategy).
- Lesli Harris, Partner at Stone Pigman, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law (TL-102: Haters gonna hate: Branding, marketing, and addressing good and bad reviews on social media)
These are the types of sessions that should have value for anyone, no matter what industry you work in. Just because the Cupcake Girls run their own bakery, doesn’t mean a garden retailer couldn’t learn from marketing tips from them. And I’m sure there are many construction companies out there who would love to know more about addressing reviews on social media.
Sage still hasn’t announced the Featured Conversation speakers. If they follow the same format as last year, these will be the people who speak after each morning’s keynote address. (Some of the featured speakers included Magic Johnson, Biz Stone, Jessica Alba, etc.) This, along with the announcement of who will be performing at the closing celebration, will be big announcements for Sage, so I expect they’ll start announcing them in the next few weeks.
Early Birds are filling up Sage Summit hotels
Yesterday, one of our customers told me that they had just registered for Sage Summit, but he asked me if it would matter if he waited to sign up for a hotel room. I told him I wasn’t sure, but I would contact someone at Sage to find out. Donna Hacker, the events manager for Sage, responded:
“Your customer can certainly wait and book their hotel later; however, it’s advisable to book now; the Hilton is already full and closed for accepting reservations,” Donna said. And for those concerned about up-front charges for hotel rooms, she continued: “We do collect credit card information for reservation guarantee only—the card isn’t charged at this time.”
So there you have it: Sage Summit hotels are filling up fast and you now have an extra 15 days to take advantage of $500 off the regular admission to Sage Summit. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some e-mails to prepare.