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Last Wednesday, we put a call out to the readers of Adrants who were interested in winning a free pass to the upcoming Future of Online Advertising Conference to be held June 7-8 at New York's Gotham Hall. Well, a week has passed and after tremendous interest, we're ready to announce the winners of the five free passes.
And, the winners are: Healthy Web Design's Dawud Miracle, iwebinvester.com's Darryl Newton, Intercept Interactive's Josh Kaner, Sullivan Higdon & Sink's Seth Gunderson and Burns Marketing Communication's Patrick Hunt. We will contact each of the winners individually to award them their free passes and we thank the organizers of the Future of Online Advertising conference for offering us the passes to give away to our readers. We hope to see you all at the conference.
Because we love you so much, Adrants is giving away five free passes to the Future of Online Advertising conference held June 7-8 at New York's Gotham Hall. That's two days (a whoppin' $895 worth) of all the buzz-hocking and inspiration you can swallow -- for free. Nada. Zip. Nothing.
Conference topics will include search, online video, click fraud and online advertising basics. Many speakers at the conference are at the forefront of advertising's future including BlogAds Founder Henry Copeland, blip.tv Co-Founder Mike Hudack, Feedburner's Steve Olechowski, Edelman Senior Marketing Strategist and uber-blogger Steve Rubel, Brightcove's Jeremy Allaire and many more. Apart from the serious stuff, let's not forget the fun-having! Every conference has it and this one will too.
The fun and games take place June 7-8. This is a new conference. It doesn't have a track record but it's shaping up nicely. We're pleased to offer five Adrants readers free passes to this event. If you're interested, all you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll choose five people at random on April 18, providing you the penultimate experience of wallowing in the future of online advertising.
On April 24 at 4PM during the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, the topic of personal and social media as it relates to brand personality will be discussed on a panel led by Ogilvy PR Interactive Marketing VP Rohit Bhargava. The panel will consist of PodTech Director of Corporate Media Strategy Jeremiah Owyang, AskNinja Co-Creator Kent Nichols, N-Gage Web/Social Integration Manager for Nokia Karl Long and yours truly, Adrants Publisher Steve Hall.
Last Fall on November 8 in New York City, Adrants and the Business Development Institute held its first Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference. We had 500 job candidates show up to hear industry professionals talk about what life is like in advertising as a minority and how agencies are approaching the issue. The timing of the event was well planned as it closely followed hearings held by the New York Human Rights Commission at which New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook stated agencies "ran like chickens with their asses plucked clean" when asked to appear at the hearings during last Fall's Advertising Week.
I wrote this exactly one year ago and it's as relevant today as it was one year ago so with he usual holiday week laziness in full force, I'm reprinting an edited version of this for your enjoyment with relevent numbers and facts updated:
Not that there's really any news this week nor any real reason to actually be working this week in the advertising industry, typically the time when upper management leaves the grunts behind to play pool and download music...uh...perform minuscule tasks referred to as work, but there are plenty of the usual 2005 wrap ups and 2006 pontification stories you can find floating about, some of which will be here on Adrants.
Back in March of 2002, Adrants had one reader. We now have 30,000 every day. That growth would not have been possible were it not for every single one of you reading Adrants today. It would not have been possible without the early inspiration and wise advice from people like Tony Pierce, Rick Bruner, Elizabeth Spiers and John Engler or the education and guidance of Ask Wapling or the editorial and sales expertise of Tig Tillinghast.
Neither would any of this have been possible without the support of our advertisers which, in 2006, included ad:tech, AllBusiness, Aquent, Business Development Institute, Forbes, Exact Target, GOT, Flippies, Conde Nast, Lyris, Marqui, MSN, New York Times, Sprint, Tacoda, Thinkmap, Time, MarketingSherpa, WebAwards, iMediaConnection, Captains of Industry and many more.
The support is truly appreciated. We'd love to hear from you in comments about the things you like about Adrants. The things you hate. The things you'd like to see changed. The things you'd like to see added. Anything. It's your forum and we want to know.
Happy Holidays. We'll be publishing the site and the newsletter lightly next week but be sure to watch for our annual top ten lists. See you next year.
Since so many clueless marketers such as Coke, McDonald's, Walmart and others seem to have tremendous difficulty accepting the fact people absolutely hate being tricked and duped online and can't seem to manage the backlash properly, Adrants, today, has launched the Fake Blog Apology service. For any marketer who finds themselves at the mercy of forum freaks, blog purists and righteous cause group watchdogs, we promise to create a public apology devoid of marketing and PR babble that is contrite and actually reflects the honest acknowledgment of your idiotic mistake. To take advantage of this important, face-saving service, send an email to email@example.com. You'll be in good hands.
You might have noticed this "Marketing Jobs" section floating around from place to place here on the site. Well, we think we've found a permanent home for it both here and in the newsletter version of Adrants. So what is it? In partnership with iMediaConnection, we've launched a job board here on Adrants on which you can both find a job and post a job. That's it. It's that simple. Plus, for the benefit of hiring companies, the listings also appear on iMedia Connection, MarketingVOX and MediaBuyerPlanner. All the jobs are related to our industry so it should make it a whole lot easier than slogging through Monster or CareerBuilder. Find hundreds of jobs. Reach thousands of talented readers with a listing. Check it out.
Yesterday, it seems, the ad industry had had enough of our uncontrollable whining, bitching and kvetching and attacked the depths of our IT department bringing our publishing operation to a halt. But, by the end of the day, we had beaten them back with some blow up Donny Deutsch dolls and a rolled up buff shot poster of Alex Bogusky we had on our walls until that Strawberry Frog kicked his ass off. While we were successful in beating back the throngs of those who have been scorned on these pages, we are running on crutches with old, outdated equipment left over from the Draft/FCB carnage - monitors the size of a rear projection TV but with screens the size of a TV in the fifties and laptops only one of those giant McDonald's kids could fit on his lap after consuming a 32 ounce Coke, two large fries, three Big Mac's and several apple pies.
So, we're back. We're sorry for the interruption though we're quite sure you didn't even notice since who reads this crap anyway? Despite Jeff Jarvis' Dell Hell, we are outfitting the office a collection of new Dell laptops which should arrive in a week or two. Hopefully we'll be able to fend off any other angry advertising agressors.
We'd like to offer an apology to Bob Garfield. In a piece we wrote yesterday about a CoBrandiT video that featured footage of Bob doing an interview with CoBrandiT that included outtakes shot prior to the actual interview, we mis-stated Bob knew he was in on the joke when, in fact, he was not. He had made some comments, in jest, while defining word of mouth prior to the beginning of the actual interview. Bob says CoBrandiT used those comments without his knowledge and he thought those shooting the video worked for WOMMA and not for CoBrandiT. We respectfully apologize. Though, we still think the video was hilarious. Rather than incur further wrath, CoBrandiT has taken the video down and placed an apology in its place. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.