The 2011 Internet Summit drew a record crowd to the Raleigh, NC Convention Center, where the event continues today with a keynote from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk and sessions delving into the nitty-gritty of social media marketing, digital analytics, mobile, cloud computing, startup fund-raising and more.
The more than 120 speakers include representatives from Google, ESPN, Gannet, the Discovery Channel, and StumbleUpon, and other top digital brands.
Even the roomy conference rooms at the Raleigh Convention Center were packed with attentive listeners, many tweeting and taking notes on laptops.
Photos by Renee Wright and Allan Maurer
ABC-11 WTDV Raleigh crew filming at the Internet Summit Tuesday afternoon.
Social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk will keynotes at the Internet Summit Wednesday. Attendees received a free copy of Vayerchuk's book, "The Thank You Economy."
Many Internet Summit session were packed, although the spacious conference rooms at the Convention Center seated most.
Brad Schomber of RTP-based ChannelAdvisor noted "We're hiring. That's why we're here. Link Walls of ChannelAdvisor is also a presenter at the event.
Bronto, an email and marketing automation software firm and an exhibitor at Internet Summit, also said it is hiring.
Exhibitors at the Internet Summit mounted some colorful and tasty displays.
Raleigh Communications Agency Capstrat, both an exhibitor and presentor at the Internet Summit, was highly visible, with representatives in their red, "Fellowship of Enlightened Zealots" fez caps.
Demo companies at IS2011 include Charlotte-based startup rawporter, a mobile app that can help people capture news and get both pay and credit.
The networking reception, which ran from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, is always a popular end to a packed day. It included wines, a selection of North Carolina beers, shrimp and grits, roast beef, and a great deal of networking.