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  • South By Southwest Panel Picker- Vote

    31 August 2009

    South by Southwest- Austin, TX March 2010 Fondly called "southby," the South By Southwest Interactive Festival will be here before you know it and hundreds made the cut to get your vote including our panel called "Austin as a Technology Center - Case Study." The description we pitched: Regardless of economics, Austin has flourished as a technology center throughout the years due to creative business & political leadership and individuals making up a culture conducive to and attractive to the tech industry. Architects of this culture will reveal the playbook so other cities' technology industries might prosper like Austin. Potential speakers: We're in touch with various startup leaders, local politicians, and industry titans that ...

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  • Tweetup September 3rd #umu

    31 August 2009

    Ubiquity Marketing Tweetup This is a free event happening after the Ubiquity Marketing unSummit (where Benn & I will be speaking) and is open to EVERYONE, especially those who could not attend the conference (for whatever bizarre reason). A non-monetary donation is required, details are below. Donations benefit Capital Area Food Bank & Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Details: September 3, 2009, 6:30pm – 10:00pm at Shoreline Grill Conference Area and Patio (overlooking Lady Bird Lake). Underground Parking available at 98 San Jacinto on the Brazos Side. Hosted by Jason Stoddard and Chris Brogan. Come hang with out with Chris and the rest of ...

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  • Ubiquity Marketing unSummit- September 3rd

    31 August 2009

    What is Ubiquity Marketing unSummit and why you should go: Organizer Jason Stoddard, founder of Stagira, Inc. has laid it all on the line to organize this event that will bring together Austin leaders from the non-profit, for-profit and governmental sectors to "work as a collective creative force to innovate, exchange, solve functional problems, and thrive." I am personally very excited about this event because it's a well organized event that will enlighten and connect all attendees in a unique way as we all figure out how to move forward in Austin together to strengthen our businesses and therefore the larger ...

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  • The Austin Internet Marketing Meetup on September 2nd

    29 August 2009

    New Media Lab Represent! This week, Benn and I will be speaking about social media at the Austin Internet Marketing Meetup group. The group is led by Adam & Laura Alter who are great people that we cross paths with from time to time on the tech scene, here's what the group is all about: Get together with other Austinites who work in search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media optimization, social media marketing, pay-per-click advertising, and all other forms of internet marketing. Come learn something new and share what you know with others! This group is for those who are passionate about the art and science of ...

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  • Newest Invitation Manager and My New Favorite

    29 August 2009

    Get those people OFFline! I've written frequently over the years advocating inviting your online contacts to join you offline for some face to face time and while there are countless ways to do this, there are very few ways to manage these events online. For tweetups, I use Twtvite.com (click here for a sample invitation) and for professional events, I use Eventbrite.com (click here for a sample invitation). What's important to me regardless of the site I use is the following: Ability to promote and gather RSVPs from Twitter and Facebook. Ability to edit the invitation should details change. Control over HTML so I can insert our logo or ...

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  • Social Media Training in Austin- September Classes

    18 August 2009

    Get a leg up in your business Twitter, Blogging, Facebook and LinkedIn are quickly growing and becoming staples in the marketing world. Has your boss told you to start using social media or are you hoping to learn how to implement these tools for your own business? We offer intimate, seminar style teaching in downtown Austin with intro and advanced levels. Class Schedule: Wednesday, September 09, 10:00am-12:00pm Linked-In Basics (Level 1) **sold out** Wednesday, September 09, 3:00pm-5:00pm Blogging Basics (Level 1) **sold out** Friday, September 11, 10:00am-12:00pm Facebook Basics (Level 1)**sold out** Friday, September 11, 3:00pm-5:00pm Twitter Basics (Level 1)**sold out** Wednesday, September 16, 10:00am-12:00pm Linked-In ...

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  • When you say let me pick your brain, they hear let me pick your wallet – the plight of the talented

    17 August 2009

    There's no such thing as a free lunch More and more often in this economy businesses are stepping out into the talent pool looking for knowledge and help to gain a competitive edge, and the collaborative environment we know as social media is the perfect breeding ground for just this very activity. Ask any freelancer what the biggest problem they're facing in business today is, and they'll likely tell you that it's those that begin sentences with "let me buy you lunch."  Although lunch is important and there is a high likelihood that they'll be hungry around noon that day, there is an even greater likelihood that they'll also be hungry the ...

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  • Austin Tweetup- August

    15 August 2009

    What's a Tweetup? A tweetup is a free happy hour open to anyone and broadcast via Twitter. It's a very organic event and it started off with a few of us having dinner and has evolved into a full blown scene. About 100 people showed up this Thursday at Iron Cactus in the Arboretum (who took great care of us by the way, you should host YOUR next event there), here's the RSVP list. If you want to comment on the pictures, tell your friends how stupid or gorgeous they look, you can do so over on Facebook. ...

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  • Linux Against Poverty Install Fest

    05 August 2009

    Linux Install Fest Last weekend, we volunteered at Geek Austin's Linux Against Poverty Install Fest which donated over 200 computers to children in need. Led by Lynn Bender, the festival was a great success with so many computers being repaired or if new, simply cleaned up and all units were installed with the easy to use Linux operating system so local children in need don't have to miss the bus to stay behind to do their homework or walk long distances to the local library to do required school work. This is an ongoing initiative, so if you have a laptop or ...

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  • Austin Cupcake Smackdown 1.0

    03 August 2009

    Cupcake Smackdown 1.0 Once upon a time, there was a cupcake fanatic (and amazing cupcake baker, by the way) named Jennie Chen who saw the need for storefronts and untrained cupcake bakers and fellow cupcake fans to come together and to bring cupcakey goodness to the people of Austin. That's exactly what happened this last weekend as hundreds more people than it was dreamed would show up filled the entire One2One bar; the crowds poured out onto the street. Children, dogs, chefs, moms, dads, cousins and cupcakes merged in the heat as Cupcake Smackdown 1.0 judges reviewd hundreds of cupcakes for flavor, ...

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