#LinkedIn GSK2014 was a Blast

Life at LinkedIn, it’s a lot of hard work with sprinkles of amazing experiances. That’s what Global Sales Kickoff was, an amazing experiance.

Last week thousands of sales people from around the world decended on San Francisco to attend an event like no other I have ever been part of. Part training, part reunion and part Oscars award show but ALL LinkedIn.

I had a great time, actually it was beyond great. I had the opportunity to meet so many people from offices around the world that I had only talked with on calls or email.

What I walked away with will stay with me forever. The theme of the event was “Relationships Matter” (One of the LinkedIn values). The entire event was wrapped in stories and insights about why this is one of the company values and why it matters (A whole blog post is to come about that).

As for Sales Solutions, it’s inspiring to see how much the teams have grown over the year. We have a truly passionate group of people evangilizing social selling to the world. The impact they have already had can be seen and felt, I’m excited for what this year has planned.

The event was closed out with some breakout sessions. I was in the Global Enterprise Marketing session where the keynote was done by Brian Solis one of the people I highly respect in the space of social business thought leadership.

I wasn’t expecting it but I won an award for Marketing Innovation for the work I have done building social marketing at LinkedIn. I was actually in shock when I realized I was getting the award. Im sure I sounded like a fool accepting the award but I dont remember exactly what I said (I was shocked) and I appreciate the recognition from the group.

If LinkedIn wasn’t already an amazing place to work, the excitement from GSK would be enough to carry me through the year until the next one.

With that, here are some curated social updates from employees during the event and some pictures I took. Click on the “read next page” link to expand the Storify updates.

Thank you LinkedIn!

 

http://storify.com/kokasexton/linkedin-gsk2014-highlights

http://storify.com/kokasexton/gsk2104-day-3

 

Welcome to GSK!!!
Welcome to GSK!!!
Relationships Matter
Relationships Matter
Sales Solutions
Sales Solutions
Ashley Hedge and Matt Loop talk about the success of Sales Solutions in APAC
Ashley Hedge and Matt Loop talk about the success of Sales Solutions in APAC
The LinkedIn Sales Solutions team is exploding!
The LinkedIn Sales Solutions team is exploding!
Dinner reception DJ
Dinner reception DJ
Win some cash.
Win some cash.
Finally met some of my LinkedIn social media buddies
Finally met some of my LinkedIn social media buddies
Part of the LinkedIn Sales Solutions Marketing group
Part of the LinkedIn Sales Solutions Marketing group
The DJ at the LinkedIn GSK dinner reception
The DJ at the LinkedIn GSK dinner reception
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It was a GSK party
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The DJ was surrounded by LinkedIn employees dancing

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Relationships matter like Maverick and Goose
Relationships matter like Maverick and Goose
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The GSK Awards highlighted some of the greatest accomplishments by employees around the world.
Its LinkedIn GSK costume time
Its LinkedIn GSK costume time
Brian Frank as the GSO's Got Talent MC
Brian Frank as the GSO’s Got Talent MC
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My favorite performance of the night
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My second favorite performance of the night.
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My Enterprise Marketing Award for Marketing Innovation

 

 

Koka Sexton

Koka Sexton is a renowned expert in social selling. Some would say Koka Sexton is the reason social selling exists, he would say that social selling existed once buyers went online. A recognized expert in social selling that has produced revenue for B2B companies, Koka continues to make generating new business the focus of social media. Finding creative ways to plan, develop and execute content marketing campaigns that break through the noise and provide value to buyers in excess of what they expect.

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