CES Welcomes Bloggers – Changes the Future of Event Marketing

CES is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the enthusiasm and energy are at its greatest levels ever. Why? Because for a 40 year old show, CES is still making headlines – and I’m not just talking about the latest in electronics or gadgets either. This year, CES recognized bloggers as legitimate media. Finally…a huge validation for citizen media.

What Happens at CES Stays on the Blogosphere

I’ve been quiet this week, not because of the lack of topics to discuss, but mostly buried in preparations for about 16 product launches at CES. Watch the FW page for all of the launch news…we created a special pipeline just to get everything out there.

In all of my years launching companies and new tech at this show, 2007 is by far the grandest yet. And since I’m a sucker for cool gadgets, I’m fully prepared to geek-out out at the show, while trying to fill the pipeline for my monthly tech column in Affluent Magazine as well as the blog.

Social Media is Not Dead

Rather than address the blogosphere with brilliant rhetoric and clarity regarding the Ferrari Incident, instead, Steve Rubel has declared Social Media Dead.

Perhaps he’s merely tapping into the power of social media to spark controversy to displace the conversation on Techmeme, or, just maybe, he really does believe that “social” or any other category preceding the word “media” is dead.

Jeremy Pepper calls it “Crisis Blogging to Defeat a Meme.”

Time Magazine, Web 2.0 and You



Nevermind Sacha Baron Cohen’s ability to make us laugh while holding up a mirror to our ugliest traits, Al Gore’s exposing platform to get millions inspired about environment, Sir Bono’s tireless work in Africa, Michael J. Fox’s spotlight on stem cell politics, Time Magazine’s person of the year this year is “you” or “us” depending on how you look at it.

Let’s be clear. There is bottomless well of assholes around the world to spotlight and blame for the many agonizing, unnecessary, and disturbing things that happened in 2006.

San Francisco NewTech Meetup – December 2006

With over 700 members, the SF NewTech Meetup continues to gain in popularity as the Bay Area geekdom enjoys its forum for having new tech demoed directly to them each and every month.

SF Win, Silicon Valley Newtech, among others provide a venue for emerging companies to reach a sampling of their target demographic, without having to exhibit at an expensive Web 2.0-style conference.

December Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup

With over 100 people in attendance, the Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup continues to run strong. Entrepreneurs, VCs, IT professionals, bloggers all congregate each month to not only network with one another, but to also see the latest in the online frontier.

First up…

Engage or Die! ROI vs. ROP in Social Media

This isn’t an attempt at sensationalism, this is a clear message for all businesses, in every market – Engage or die! If you don’t, you’re competition will. Those who engage with customers and markets will cultivate loyalty in ways never before possible. Traditional marketers will lose, unless they embrace new media.

The key however, is finding ways to measure everything in ways that mean something at every level of corporate communications.

Engage or Die! ROI vs. ROP in Social Media

This isn’t an attempt at sensationalism, this is a clear message for all businesses, in every market – Engage or die! If you don’t, you’re competition will. Those who engage with customers and markets will cultivate loyalty in ways never before possible. Traditional marketers will lose, unless they embrace new media.

The key however, is finding ways to measure everything in ways that mean something at every level of corporate communications.

New Media Release #12 – The Evolution of Press Releases

Chris Heuer, Shel Holtz, Tom Foremski, and I recorded the latest edition of the New Media Release NMRCast for Shel’s award-winning For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast. Welcome to NMRCast episode #12, a 28-minute podcast recorded live from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Traditional vs. Citizen Media – It’s Social Darwinism in Action

I’m sure there are many out there who ask or are asked this question, and many have not yet found a consistent answer.

The question is, what’s the difference between a journalist and a blogger? Is a blogger a journalist and is a journalist a blogger?

The answer isn’t so simple because the conversation usually spins down a maze of different avenues. But, let’s keep it straigh-forward, with the intent of answering the question.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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