Much to the chagrin of the geeks, the ad industry has firmly latched onto SXSW and is doing its part to get a piece of the startup pie. One agency, JWT, has decided to launch a pop-up agency at SXSW that will last just five days from March 8 until March 12. Called Walter, the agency will meet with 25 startups and choose the candidates it feels have the best offering and, of course, the provide best return for the agency.
Partnering with startup accelerator TechStars, the agency launched a pop-up website, Call Us Walter, to attract potential clients.
The Bees Awards which honor the best social media marketing efforts has opened its call for entry. The Bees Awards, now in its fourth year, will judge work across 23 catagories including best use of analytics tools, best use of mobile, best reputation management, best crisis management, best branded viral video, best student work and many others.
Check out the details here and submit your work.
So by now you've probably heard the Art Directors Club has moved their awards event to Miami Beach April 2-4. If you plan on attending, there are just two weeks left to save $350 on a Festival Pass making the price $1,400 which, by the way, includes the cost of three nights at the W South Beach or Shore Club hotels.
Want to go? Check out all the details here.
If you're heading to ad:tech San Francisco in April, consider sponsoring and attending The Marketers Ball. In the past, has had Digital Underground & Too Short with live bands to back them both. In New York they've had Funkmaster Flex, Doug E Fresh, they've co-produced an event that brought Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick.
During the Affiliate Summit shows they've had Nelly, Big Boi of Outkast, Three 6 Mafia, Ice-T & Coco and many others. Attendance at these parties averages 2,000.
If your a company that will be attending and/or exhibiting at ad:tech, consider sponsoring The Marketers Ball. Packages begin at $1,000. If you're interested please contact email@example.com or call 818 825-3972.
If you are a brand or an agency that wants to be a part of what's become the biggest marketing event of the year, SXSW, then we can help you do just that. A couple years ago it became clear SXSW had shifted from a geek-focused event to a marketer-focused event. And that shift will continue again this year as brands and agencies realize the event provides the perfect combination of B2B and B2C customer connection and publicity.
Advertising Week, launched in 2004, is adding a European component to its event. The organization has launched Advertising Week Europe to be held in London March 18-22. Advertising Week, as a whole, has come a long way since its launch in 2004 when the focus was on advertising icons more so than the important work the industry does to jeep commerce rolling.
Last week we were in Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit. It's the premiere conference focusing on affiliate marketing. If you're not familiar with affiliate marketing, you should be. Read this to learn more.
If you have been following us on Flickr, we always try to bring you photos of all the event's happenings. Affiliate Summit is the kick off event of the year for our annual conference travels and a time for reflections and looking at the good and the bad of the year before. It's also a great time to catch a cold from the 5,000 attendees and the tens of thousands who were in the city the week prior for CES.
Everyone loves an award from time to time, right? If you are planning on submitting the advertising masterpieces you have created over the past year to the Arts Directors Club 92nd Annual Awards, now is the time to do so. The call for entry deadline is January 25 so get crackin' and head over to the Entry section of the ADC website and follow the steps to enter your work.
It seems everyone will be in Las Vegas next week for CES, NMX and Affiliate Summit. If you're there for Affiliate Summit, you will want to check out the Affiliate Nation Mega Party sponsored by Clickbooth, CPAWay and MaxBounty. The party will take place Monday, January 14 from 10PM until 2AM at The Venetian's Tao nightclub.
It will be open bar all night and Chingy will headline the entertainment for the evening. In past years, Clickbooth parties have always been great including their most recent event at ad:tech New York.
Ever been to the Hardwood Suite at the Palms in Vegas? It's quite the cool spot. Complete with basketball court, hot tub, pool table and full bar, it's not a bad place to hang out for a night. And if you're attending Affiliate SUmmit West in January, that's exactly what you can do.
On January 13th, DoublePlayMedia along with Infinite Traffic will host their fourth annual Tipp Off Party from 10PM to 2AM in the Hardwood Suite. If you'll be in town and plan to go, you could win a VIP table during the event. Just RSVP by December 21 and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a table.
Check out pictures from past DoublePlayMedia parties here and here.