May is flourishing with opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about the future of web marketing, communications, and technology. Here are TMMPDX.COM’s picks for the top Portland Marketing Events this month:
Explore the future of Web design, user experience and business strategy at the Oregon Convention Center for 3 days of insight from over 50 visionary speakers on what’s new in the digital world. Get a glimpse into the future, along with practical information that you can apply to your Web site, company and career. Speakers include Vanessa Fox, Eric T. Peterson, Tara Hunt, Dawn Foster, Chris Pirillo, and many more. Conference Passes cost $250, Students $150. To register and purchase tickets: http://webvisionsevent.com/register/
2) 2009 PRSA-IABC Communicators Conference: Communicopia- Wednesday May 6, 7:30am-3:00pm
The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
PRSA-IABC Communicators Conference: Communicopia, includes keynote presenters Rohit Bhargava, a founding member of the 360 Digital Influence team at Ogilvy and author of Personality Not Included (attendees get a free, autographed copy), and David Veneski, Global Internet Marketing Strategist at Intel. Hosting the conference is the Portland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Oregon Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Chapter Members & Unemployed $95, Non Members $115, Students $50, $5 surcharge added at the door. Click here to register.
This premier event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. In addition, five individual industry segment and product awards will be presented during the evening, recognizing recipients for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community and industry. Purchase tickets: $250 for a single ticket; $2500 for a table of 10
WebVisions, the conference, will be hosting a Lunch 2.0 at the Oregon Convention Center on May 20th during their day of workshops. Those interested are welcome to Lunch 2.0 even if you’re not attending the conference. This will be the first Portland Lunch 2.0 hosted by a conference, allowing for an interesting mix of conference attendees (many from out of town) and Portlanders. Expect interesting conversation and an opportunity to network outside of your normal crowd. Lunch 2.0 is a Valley phenomenon that you can read about at lunch20.com. This event is free!
5) AMA Presents: Subject Matter Expert- Roundtable Luncheon- Tuesday May 12, 11:30am-1:00pm
The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Need help driving traffic, measuring traffic, engaging traffic? Sit with your own “Subject Matter Expert” and learn how you can improve your marketing initiatives one step at a time. Join your peers for lunch at a roundtable of your choice, with the conversation driven by a practitioner of the topic. Roundtable panelists include: Ryan Summers from ISITE discussing Analytics, Anvil Media’s Hallie Janssen conversing about Search Engine Marketing, BigDealPR.com’s Carrie Bugbee exploring Social Media, James Keller from Raven.Me and Small Society tackling Mobile Strategy, and Kim Frazier of Frazier and Co. talking Trade Shows. Use this opportunity to have an open dialogue and share expertise to help you and your company grow. Registration costs Members $30 by May 8th-$35 after May 8th, Non Members $40 by May 8th-$55 after May 8th, Students and Board Members $20.
6) SEMpdx May 2009 Hot Seat: SEO, Meet User Experience- Tuesday May 12, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland
How are you optimizing your website: based on what you want for your users, or what your users really want? Join SEMpdx for a presentation on the changing landscape of web-based marketing, the importance of user experience design, and how to incorporate these insights into your SEO strategy. Registration is $35.
7) PAF Presents: Great Advertising? A Client Point Of View.- Wednesday May 13, 11:30am-1:00pm
Bridgeport Brewpub + Bakery, 1313 NW Marshall, Portland
What does it take to make great advertising? What makes the magic between an agency and client (can you say W+K and NIKE)? Is it the agency that makes it great, or the client? How do you recognize a great collaboration and when does it all fall apart? Join PAF and Saga Shoffner for a discussion of what clients really want, how it happens, what it takes and how you can build that kind of relationship. Speaker Saga Shoffner, V.P. Brand Marketing for Hollywood Entertainment, is a 23 year advertising and brand marketing veteran and former NIKE advertising director. Saga’s career includes regional work with NIKE in Asia, Latin America & Canada and the unforgettable Wieden + Kennedy “Just Do It” campaign. Tickets cost $40 for PAF Members or $60 for Non Members.
Search Engine Academy of Oregon is offering a 2-day SEO Essentials Workshop training course designed to provide attendees with a complete 6-step system for performing effective search engine marketing. Learn tips on how to perform keyword research that will attract your target market as well as instruction on where to actually place the keywords, how to write content that will turn visitors into customers, learn optimal techniques to get your pages indexed by the Search Engines while following anti-spamming guidelines, find out what it takes to monitor your progress and the tools to help you, and more. Participants receive internal and external link building strategies that will make it easier for the search engines to find your web pages. Also, get your website reviewed and walk away with a customized action-plan to get your site optimized for maximum performance. Registration is required, cost $995.
9) Show & Tell PDX- May Edition- Friday May 22, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Substance World Headquarters, 1551 SE Poplar, Portland
Substance and Pinch invites you to Substance World Headquarters to meet-and-greet and show-and-tell. The format is simple: you have 10 minutes to share something that that explains “What are you working on?”. The last Show & Tell PDX event attracted designers, coders, Choffy and bacon entrepreneurs. What will we uncover this time? Send in your ideas to: email@example.com by Monday, May 11. Those planing to attend are encouraged to submit an idea. Drinks and music start around 6:00pm, then the program begins at 7:00. RSVP via Facebook or Upcoming. This event is free!
10) Why do I need social networking for my business? Yes, you can do it less than one hour a week.- Thursday May 7th, 11:30am-2:00pm
Bravo Conference Room, 630 B Avenue Suite 205, Lake Oswego
Bravo Portland, Association of Bridal Consultants, Imagine Your Reality Business and Writing Coaching, and Black Belt Business Solutions Present: Why do I need Social Networking for my Business? Yes, you can do it less than one hour a week. Social networking is a hot topic in businesses today. Many of us are not sure how it helps grow our business or acquire new clients or where we will have the time to add one more thing to our hectic lives. In this program, Taylor Ellwood will explain what social networking is, why it’s important to be on these sites, and how it can benefit you and your business. Learn how to automate your social networking presence so you only need to spend one hour a week and still have time to run your business and live your life. Taylor will explain and demonstrate the benefits of social networks while showing how you can attract more clients to your business. Price is $35.00 per person. To register, call Denise from Bravo at 503-675-1380 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other May events worth checking out:
SAO’s Presenting for Action: How to Make the Business Case for Your Ideas- Thursday May 21, 9:00am-12:00pm
Software Association of Oregon, US Bank Tower, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 120, Portland
Are you fighting harder than ever for your share of dwindling budget dollars? Are you frustrated trying to explain technical concepts to non-technical audiences? Do you struggle to sell the value of your work to technical and business management? One way you can address these challenges is by delivering clear, concise and compelling presentations. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the keys to targeting presentations to your audience, so they are motivated to take action. As part of the session, you’ll bring in your own presentation and learn how to identify what’s important to your audience, create a compelling message, engage people in the presentation, and deliver with confidence. Take your presentation to the next level and walk away with new insights and tools you can use right away! Each participant receives a workbook and presentation planning tools. The workshop is led by Dave Underhill, founder of Underhill Training and Development. His company works with clients such as Microsoft, Intel, U.S. Bank, Sharp, Bank of America, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Verizon, Synerg Software, Ontier and Monsoon. Dave also coaches startup CEOs on their investor presentations. Registration is $350 for SAO Members and $395 for Non Members.
Toast: A Portland Business Journal “Meet the Media” networking event- Thursday May 28, 7:00am-9:00am
The Heathman Restaurant & Bar, 1001 SW Broadway, Portland
Feel like you never get enough face time with the Portland Business Journal’s key players? Join the PBJ for a continental breakfast and a unique opportunity to network with the Publisher, Editors, and Reporters of the Portland Business Journal. Find out how to pitch a story idea and how the reporters choose a story. Learn how to submit your company for an award, the Top 25 List, or the Executive Profile page. Get information about of all the FREE marketing and educational seminars the Portland Business Journal has to offer. Network with the PBJ at the Heathman’s newly remodeled St. John’s Boardroom. Cost is $10 if preregistered before May 21, $15 after May 21 and day of the event. Contact Liby with event questions 503-219-3410 or email Lwaltemath@bizjournals.com
Category: Portland Marketing Events