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.
Thanks to all who met-up with us for "Lunch with Ash & V" today. I believe we even had a couple of new folks join us, which is always nice. For those who weren't able to make it here's a recap of the things we covered. You can also view the video by click here.
This is the portion where we talk about hot topics going on in the world, including news stories.
- Vanity Fair/Miley Cyrus controversy (perform a search)
- Tom Ford ad pulled in Itlay (perform a search)
- Shark attack in Southern California (perform a search)
During this portion we chat about cool websites we've run across in the past week:
- Google.com (what the heck are the images on their homepage?)
- "Can you duet?" reality television show
This is the segment of our lunchtime when we chat about new-and-exciting things going on at IZEA, that everyone may not know about:
- IZEAFest.com launched last week:
i. if you're coming or plan on registering, make sure and pick up your official event badge so you can promote it to your readers
ii. visit the IZEAFest Community on Eventful and see what other bloggers will be attending the event
- IZEA Loco and virtual cakeplows this Friday, May 2nd
* Here's your challenge for next week: Bring a friend! Get one new person to join us for lunch, and even encourage them to send us a question to lunchwithashandv[at]izea[dot]com.
It's official: IZEAFest is here! And quite frankly, it's shaping-up to be a bomb-diggity blog conference. How could it not be with these folks already confirmed to speak:
- Alexander Schek <> Fayerwayer.com
- Brian Clark <> Copyblogger.com
- Christopher Schmitt <> ChristopherSchmitt.com
- Eric Hersman <> WhiteAfrican.com
- Etan Horowitz <> Orlando Sentinel
- Jeremy Schoemaker <> Shoemoney.com
- John Chow <> JohnChow.com
- Katia Adams <>1800-flowers.com
- Lea Alcantara <> Lealea.net
- Lena West <> xynoMedia.com
- Loren Feldman <> 1938Media.com
- Matt Blancarte <> Unique Blog Designs
- Merlin Mann <> 43Folders.com
- Michael Brito <> Britopian.com
- Peter Shankman <> Shankman.com
- Scott Allen <> MindComet.com
- Sean Bonner <> SeanBonner.com
- Sean Jackson <> LeadMaverick.com
- Steve Spalding <> HowToSplitAnAtom.com
- Susie Gardner <> Hop Studios, "Blogging for Dummies"
- Ted Murphy <> IZEA
- Zach Coelius <> Triggit.com
Each of these speakers are bringing invaluable knowledge to the event, as well as tons of energy and passion about the Internet! Visit IZEAFest.com/speakers for extensive profiles on each individual.
If you're planning on attending--or are already registered--make sure and grab a badge (that fancy little thing over to the right) so you can promote the event to your readers. And don't forget about the community we created at Eventful -- you can establish a profile and interact with other attendees, and even engage with the conference speakers.
On the site you'll also find helpful information on travel, accommodations, and restaurants here in the Orlando area! TAKE NOTE: There are group rates available at the Grand Bohemian Hotel and the Courtyard Marriott (just down the street from the conference). To learn more make sure and visit the "Lodging" page under the "Travel Info" tab.
If you'd like to receive event updates simply enter your e-mail address under "Newsletter Signup" on the homepage -- there will be more information coming within the next few months.
See you at IZEAFest!
We told you SocialSpark was going to be awesome! And, here's an example.
IZEA is now accepting video clips for consideration in the soon to be launched Community Section of SocialSpark. This interactive page will serve up user videos and provide viewers with a deeper understanding of the people fueling the growth of the blogosphere. That's you!
Think of it as a commercial for you and your blog. Explain who reads your blog, and what type of content you focus on. Show potential advertisers how they'd benefit from working with you. You know, put on your marketing hat and have fun with hit... make it stand out. Who knows, you might just turn out to be a SocialSpark rock star!
IZEA is utilizing Brightcove Studio to manage the submission and distribution of content in the Community Section video player. As a result, you'll need to create an account as part of uploading your videos. It's simple and easy. So upload your video now! Ideally videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and no larger than 100MB. Click here for technical specs.
Upload your video now! You will be notified by email when your video is approved for inclusion. We look forward to reviewing your submission.
Ted is heading out to the Bellagio right now for an impromptu postie meetup. They'll be there for a few hours, so get your game face on and head on over!
I am heading off to LA this morning. As always my flight is delayed... so happy I got up at 4am only to sit at the airport : ) I'm actually lucky that this flight is delayed, cheaptickets.com totally messed up my reservation and I would never have made my flight.
I tried to check in via the kiosk and that didn't work so I had to get in the regular line. As I got to the front of the line they call me on my cell phone and say "we're sorry, we didn't actually make a reservation for you. We can get you on another flight later today that flies into San Francisco and then connects to Los Angeles." I was like what? I have a print out with my confirmation number right here! "Yes, we understand that but we didn't actually book that and your flight is sold out". Great timing guys.
I spent an hour at the airline counter this morning clearing that mess up. The person at United was awesome and took care of me, getting me on the flight that was sold out. Luckily I still got an aisle seat. Are you an aisle or window person? Is there such a thing as a middle person... someone who actually prefers to be in the middle of a hot, smelly stranger sandwich?
I don't have dinner plans tonight so if anyone is bored and would like to meet up that would be cool. I am staying at the Marriott Courtyard in Marina Del Ray. Drop me a comment if you are in the area.