Fake Auto Boots Promote Parking App at SXSW

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you Frappe.

With SXSW on a seemingly endless growth curve, standing out as a marketer is becoming more and more difficult. This year many large brands erected monstrous structures, took over restaurants, built large stand-alone branded structures and hosted concerts with major artists. But what's a small app developer to do amidst marketing giants?

As we made our way from some panel to another...or maybe it was one party to another...we don't know...it all blurs together...we stumbled upon a minivan that looked like it had a boot applied to one of its wheels. On closer inspection, it turned out the boot was just a cardboard placard affixed to the tire and was promoting an app called ParkMe.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-14-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Industry Events



Conference Candy Heats Up Streets at SXSW

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You may have seen our blatantly salacious bit about conference hotties inhabiting the exhibit hall during SXSW. Did you like it? Good, keep reading. No? OK, no worries. Just leave. But for those of you who truly appreciate good conference candy, here's a bevy of beauties doing their thing outside the exhibit hall. Enjoy.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-14-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Racy



Conference Candy Heats Up SXSW Exhibit Hall

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OK now that we've finished all that serious panel coverage for the day, we thought it would be nice to take a break and stroll through the exhibit hall to see what we could find. Of course there's all the usual tech and social media companies pimping their latest app but what's really important to note is which company has the hottest booth babes. Why? Because no one else does it, it's fun and we're just a wise ass little shit ad blog that does whatever it wants whenever it feels like it. Onward...

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by Steve Hall    Mar-13-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Racy



Why Ad Agencies Should Act More Like Tech Startups

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you self-promotion.

As the agency world crumbles (a bit too dramatic?), everyone's scrambling to determine how agencies should change to meet the shifting tides of consumer behavior and the radically altered methods agencies use to reach consumers.

In a SXSW panel entitled Why Ads Agencies Should Act More Like Tech Startups, AKQA Chief Creative Officer Rei Inamoto shared some analysis and interviews he has done over the past year that examined whether or not agencies should act more like tech startups. The comparison being, of course, agencies are slow, lumbering ships saddled with bloated, creative-killing process and startups are nimble and free thinking.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-13-12    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Marketers Ball Returns to ad:tech San Francisco

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The Marketers Ball is making its return to ad:tech San Francisco. The organizer's other event, The Affiliate Ball, just had Nelly perform. And Too Short performed at last year's Marketers Ball. For this year's Marketers Ball they've just signed Too Short to come back for an encore performance.

Of the decision to bring Too Short back, organizer Darren Blatt said, "Too Short is a Bay area legend. He's got tons of hits dating back to the early days of hip hop and he's still on the charts today. He's got a new album that just dropped last week with big artists like 50 Cent, E-40, Twista and more on some of his tracks. The crowd loved his performance so much that we had to have him come back to perform a longer set."

Daren hosts great parties. The Affiliate Ball was featured on TMZ last year when other legends showed up and performed alongside Doug E Fresh on stage.

This years event is at the same venue as last years Ball, 1015 Folsom on April 3rd. They are expecting over 1500 to 2000 guests. As Too Short would say, "Get in where you fit in".

You can RSVP here http://marketersball.com/registration.html

Sponsorship's are still available, contact Darren at darren@marketersball.com for details.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-12    
Topic: Industry Events



How Brands Can Leverage the 'Interest Graph'

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you shamelessness.

In a SXSW panel that jumped on the topic du jour, Pinterest, moderator Jolie O'Dell, a reporter at Venture Beat, carefully crafted a discussion that steered clear of the usual social media blather that all too often pervades conference panels.

The panel, while acknowledging the importance of the social graph, advocated consideration of what they dubbed the "interest graph." The interest graph is a focus on, as the title suggest, what people are interested in. And services like Pinterest have brought this to the forefront.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-12-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



SXSW: Social Media Comes of Age Without Help From Porn

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you headlines about itself.

In a SXSW panel entitled Social Media Comes of Age Without the Help of Porn, moderator Lisa Joy Rosner and panelists Jeremiah Owyang, Dave Evans, Katie Paine and Jason Falls examine the use of social data to determine consumer preference. Oh and that title comes from the well known fact porn invented everything on the internet except social media. Because, after all, do you really want to share your inner most fantasies on Twitter with a porn brand?

Owyang noted the proliferation of social data is causing a fundamental change in the way brands discover consumer preference and buying intention. He also suggested the use of social sign on (using Facebook to log in) will increasingly allow brands to taylor messages to individual wants, needs and desires.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-12-12    
Topic: Industry Events



Is Social Media A Bubble And SXSW A Fad?

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you startling birds with a brass horn.

When you peruse the SXSW panel listing prior to making your way to the annual nerd-fest in Austin each year and you come across a panel entitled Social Media is a Bubble and SXSW is a Fad, interest is piqued. The panel aimed to explore if, in fact, social media is a bubble about to burst and whether or not SXSW has simply jumped the shark and become too large.

The panel, which was moderated by Attention Founder and CEO Curtis Hougland, kicked of with what, for a second, seemed like the introduction of some kind of new killer app that would ensure that your social media activity would always rise to the top. A few seconds in, it was clear the app was a joke but, because of the app's "boom! there it is" approach to popularity was an integral component, it did get everyone to shout "boom" before they asked a question. Which, of course, was funny. But even funnier was one woman who came to the session late and had no idea why she had to say "boom" before she asked the question.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-11-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Opinion



Digitas Has Largest Agency Presence at SXSW

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you chicken for breakfast.

Each year blog ad network BlogAds takes a look at the number of agency personnel attending SXSW. And each year they crown an agency The Agency King of SXSW. This year the honor goes to Digitas which sent 79 employees to Austin this year. Congrats, Digitas.

Last year saw a huge increase over 2010 in the number of ad agency people attending SXSW. Reason? Agencies finally realized this annual geek fest in Austin was worth their time, ponied up the money and sent ten times the number of agency personal than they did in 2010.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-11-12    
Topic: Industry Events



SXSW TechKaraoke: The Beautiful People Edition

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This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you chicken for breakfast.

Friday night at SXSW, TechKaraoke was held at The Stage on Sixth. TechKaraoke makes its appearance each year at SXSW and at BlogWorld. It the one time when you can see your co-workers get on stage and make complete idiots of themselves. OK, well, some co-workers are actually good. Really good.

We were there to take pictures for the event so we can share a few with you. The others have to go to TechKaraoke and we'll share those when we can. But we're going to share the good ones. The important ones. The ones you want to see. You know. Pictures of beautiful people. Because we all wish we were as beautiful as some of the people in these pictures. Come on, you know you wish it.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-10-12    
Topic: Industry Events










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