We're thrilled to announce the addition of two new partners to our social media conference, IZEAFest. They are both great sites that offer resources to bloggers and social media enthusiasts. Please take a few moments to visit their websites to learn more about the services they offer, and welcome them to our Community.
DotSauce.com is an exclusive web based magazine for domainers, web developers, designers and of course bloggers! Featuring almost daily updates on innovative web applications, sales and marketing, SEO, blogging resources, domain name industry news and more. You can join their private discussion forum community for the best free resources, video tutorials, available domain lists, coupons, discounts and more.
Pijoo is a blog directory, a social network, and a social voting site all rolled into one. By adding your blog to Pijoo, you can get more hits, more readers, and a whole bunch of new contacts from the blogosphere, as well as being able to track your visitors, build a community around your blog and keep up with the latest posts from other blogs.
Not yet registered for IZEAFest? Click here to sign-up today.
IZEA is the featured company today at OfficeSnapshots.com:
Office Snapshots shows their readers the inside of cool offices from around the world. They typically feature Web 2.0 and tech companies, and perhaps larger companies that people are familiar with. Our feature puts us in the company of Bebo, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr and more!
SocialSpark is really catching on, so much so that IZEA had to hire another inside sales manager to help manage all the advertiser interest. So here I am! My name is Erin Fox and I was attracted to IZEA's unique marketing platform almost six months ago. Since then I began hanging around the office in hopes that they would break down and let me in already!!! Some might call it "stalking" but I think of it more like being tactfully aggressive :) Well it paid off and here I am. I truly love my position at the company since I get to help our advertisers maximize their social media exposure. What could be better for a UCF marketing major? Being at IZEA truly is a dream job, especially since I get to be a part of something that is creative, unique and cutting edge.
Now for the personal stuff. I worked in new home sales for the past three years and I really became interested in the green movement. The amount of waste that a newly constructed home produces is staggering ( 2 tons!) So that really inspired me to reduce my impact on the world. I have been doing my research and learning about all the new and old ways to reduce, reuse and .....(come on you know it).....recycle!!! I am hoping to get some more advertisers who are a part of that industry to become a part of Social Spark. We only have a few green bloggers right now, so I can't wait for more to join. My hope is that we get a whole channel dedicated to going green. Then all of us "tree-huggers" can find out about the latest and greatest green products and services.
I truly believe that the blogging community has so much insight to offer our advertisers and are becoming a major influence in the marketplace. My future at IZEA looks very bright and I can't wait to see what happens next. Look forward to future posts and your feedback.
We held in event this past Wednesday in Chicago called Agency Bootcamp on Social Media. IZEA partnered with some of the social media heavy weights MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and CafeMom. The event was designed to be an educational forum to inform advertising agency planners, buyers and strategists, and marketers on how to effectively market, engage, start conversations about brands, products and services. We had 191 people register for the event online and had a turnout of around 120.
The feedback from the partners and attendees was the Agency Bootcamp was a
View here the Chicago Tribune article!
We are currently in the process of planning this event in other key markets like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Michael Brito Social Media Manger of Intel was the moderator and the panelists included our own Ted Murphy, Tom Arrix, Facebook, Bryce Emo, MySpace, Kent Austermann, Bebo and Andrew Shue CafeMom. You may recall that Andrew played Billie on Melrose Place and his sister is Elizabeth Shue known for her roles in Leaving Las Vegas and Back to the Future.
Below are some photos from Agency Bootcamp.
View of the panel far in the back.
Andrew Shue of Cafemom & Kent Austermann of Bebo.
View of the attendees at the event.
As part of our ongoing initiative to support charities and causes worldwide, we're continuing to partner-up with social blog community BlogCatalog for their Bloggers Unite project. (You may remember December's challenge: "Acts of Kindness." ) Today, May 15th, is another challenge - a challenge for the blogosphere to use its influence to raise awareness of human rights. If you have the time we urge you to participate.
The concept is really quite simple: select an issue you feel is worth supporting, and publish a blog post about it. Your message will spread via your readers, and certainly well beyond. You're also welcome to leave the post url or topic of discussion in the comments area of this post. A few suggestions the Bloggers Unite site offers up are: wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and censorship of the Internet. Of course, there are millions of issues that can be covered.
Take the challenge today. Bloggers Unite!
What an exciting day for the team! SocialSpark is now available to the general public as a beta site. This picture says it all! We seem to be missing some folks from our team picture; Ted, Randy, David and Travis from RockStartup are out in San Francisco releasing SocialSpark at ad:tech. How exciting for all those attending today and tomorrow. If you are lucky enough to be out there stop by the booth #6163.
ummm the champagne support team?
Here are some screen shots:
I may have mentioned this a while back to a few of you all, but a few years back, when the show was in it's prime, I was a contestant on the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" show. (Yes, Regis was the host back then, not Meredith).
It was a long, process to actually get flown to New York, but I'll attribute it to a little bit of skill, and a lot of luck. Basically, you had to phone in every day (only allowed one call a day), and answer 3 computer generated trivia questions. If you miss one, the phone call ends. If you correctly answer all three, then they ask for your SSN, phone number and a possible film date you would be available for. Then comes the luck part. A computer randomly selects 40 phone numbers that answered the 3 correctly. Later on, I found out that approximately 180,000 people called the line a day, with approximately 20,000 answering all 3 questions correctly. So the odds of getting randomly selected the next day are anout 2/10 of oone percent.
I made it part of my routine ever day affter work/school to call in, and it finally paid off. I received a phone call back after answering the 3 questions correctly. I then had to call a private 1-800 number 2 days later and answer 5 more trivia questions. All 40 people randomly selected had to call that number within a 15 minute time frame. All 5 questions were identical, so the contestants that got all 5 questions right (provided there was 10 of them) got a free trip to New York to get on the show. Luckily, I passed that round as well.
I was also fortunate enough to get the final fastest finger question correct on the episode I was on, so luckily I got to meet Regis personally, and get in the hot seat!! Otherwise I would have been rather upset, getting all the way to the show ... in the episode and choke in my attempt to get into the hot seat. I would have never forgiven myself.
On a more personal side note, my guest that I brought was my mother, Linda. I am so happy that I chose her, because 2 years later, she was tragically taken from us in a car accident. This trip to New York, was the last one on one trip I had with her. And we had some wonderful moments I will never forget, just the two of us. It's still a little rough for me watching the video of her, but when I do, it brings back all the great memories we shared.
Back to the episode ... thanks to some help from Travis with the editing, here are the excerpts from the show. It shows all the questions I answered ... including the final one. I am going to ask you all to at least pause the final answer. And see what you would have answered. Please post what you would have answered, or if you answered it correctly, but PLEASE do not post the answer on the comments board, as I want to get an analysis of which answer everyone picked. The question was, "What is the object that has holes or spikes in it, that you put in a vase to support a floral arrangement? A.) Rabbit B.) Frog C.) Porcupine D.) Ladybug. Remember, post YOUR answer ... but do not reveal the answer shown on the video. Let me know if you all were right. Enjoy!!!
Congratulations to Aaron from Digital Vegetarian for winning the Shoeperstar contest. Aaron is getting a FREE ride to SXSW to hang with Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney and Ted Murphy. He also gets to be featured in an upcoming episode of RockStartUp.
Check out his entry here.
Come by our booth at SXSW Interactive from March 7-11, 2008.
While it will likely be quite some time before it's determined whether or not the world record yo-yo was actually broken (Guinness has to review video footage, etc.) this past Saturday, it's safe to say the turnout was a huge success! Even though rain threatened the whole time. (I probably shouldn't share this but I overheard a history center employee say at the beginning of the day they had 2,500 yo-yos, and by the start of the yo-yoing they had all been handed out.)
There were many local vendors attending and it was a great opportunity for IZEA to represent as a downtown Orlando company. While we were setting-up Britt & I even got some free samples of delicious smoothies, compliments of Maui Wowi.
I had the pleasure of walking around taking photos of all the yo-yoers, and wanted to share a few of them here. You can visit our Flickr profile to view all the photos that were taken.
Here are the stars:
Thanks to everyone who participated in the event, and to all who came out to support IZEA.
This morning I was online catching-up on the news--both national and local--and came across a story on a local site about the yo-yo event we sponsored yesterday. While there's no specific mention of IZEA in the article, there is video posted on OrlandoSentinel.com in which you can see the IZEA tent and several IZEA teammembers!
Click here to view the video, and see all the folks that gathered to attempt to break the yo-yo world record.