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2011 Truck Driver Social Media Convention

2011 Truck Driver Social Media Convention

The First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention is only 2 months away and what started out initially to be a convention for drivers, is quickly becoming a trucking social media event for the industry. The first time ever event is uniting truck drivers and their supporters from around the country and is rapidly grabbing the attentions of industry leaders.

People from various segments of the industry are securing their seat in order to take advantage of the benefits of this convention, including the importance of incorporating social media into their campaign for success, whether that is corporate or individual.

The fact is that whether you are a truck driver, company, or an organization, the need to reach your message to thousands with a click of a mouse is vital in order to achieve the full potential of your goals.

People are realizing the benefits of networking with one another, sharing their knowledge and experience within the industry, recognizing that those you once may have thought of as rivalry can now be your ally.The notion of being transparent and approachable to secure success is somewhat foreign and uncomfortable to many; furthermore, how to go about executing it properly, without ill effects, remains somewhat baffling.  The Social media speaker will be addressing these concerns.

Another reason that folks from various areas within trucking are attending is the “all star” cast of speakers which are attending the convention.  Rich Wilson; Regulations Specialist, Paul Taylor; Trucking Employment Attorney, James McCormack: Trucking Careers Advisor, Jon Osburn: Truck Driver Health; Eddie Gichuhi: Truck Driver Business Success, and of course Austin Walsh and Landon Middleton presenting on Social Media.

Those within the industry are also focused on what drivers will be discussing during the open forums and during the downtime.  Trucking is at one of the biggest crossroads of its history, concerns such as CSA, HOS, EOBR’s, anti-idling, cross border  trucking,  and driver shortage and low wages,  have sparked attention and has affected most . The need to openly express opinions regarding these issues and to communicate and discuss them with one another is of vital importance.  Understanding each other’s position is essential.

Drivers are attending to show their unity and many sponsors who have come on board are supporting them.  Drivers desire to be recognized for their skills and achievements by one of their own, not just as a token mention, but as a genuine display of tribute and appreciation, is something which needs to be done.  Professional drivers are also encouraged by the opportunity of being able to monetize their websites and blogs as a means of supplementing their income as they also can spread their word and message across the internet.

The convention is not a truck show or expo, but more like a town hall meeting within a ballroom setting.  Food, speakers, open discussions, prizes, and entertainment will all be a part of the 1 day 15 hour event.
Many are attending to meet those who they have been communicating with for years with through social media websites.

The convention is a major step in the right direction, displaying unity for drivers and  all those who would like to network with one another in order to “raise the standards of the trucking industry”

Deadline for tickets reservations and reduced room rates is September 1st!

Bronze Sponsor slots are still available and requests can be made by emailing or 352-505-8162

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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