With the recent announcement from the SXSW Interactive Director to raise prices by 27% for early registration, I thought I would branch out a little bit from my usual posts and talk about what I thought about SXSW Interactive from a web analyst perspective. The reason that the Interactive Director gave for the price increase was the new price is competitive with other pure tech conferences. While SXSW also includes a music and film portions, the majority of the attendance is for the interactive portion and the price increases for music and film were not quite a steep. My personal thought for the price increase is to control the number of people that will attend the conference. There were rumors that SXSW was going to limit registration and while they did not limit registration, by raising the rates it has the same affect and if the same number of people attend as last year then SXSW will just make money. Now the question is, with the price increase or without the price increase, is it worth going to SXSW Interactive.
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It has been a little while since I wrote my last blog post and I thought it this was an appropriate topic to blog about. Some of you might recall Eric Peterson has done several presentations on this topic. This topic has also recently been mentioned on Twiiter. As I have mentioned from the beginning I am going to write about I am going to write about my personal experiences and this topic was a good topic to write about as I have started my new position. I am going to write about my experience with each of these with my various companies that I have worked. I am going to start with technology, then people, and finally process.
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