FH Ramping Up For SXSW 2013

August 22, 2012

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It's no secret that some of our most important and well-loved social and digital technologies, including Twitter in 2007 and Foursquare in 2009, first emerged as breakout stars of the annual South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

The 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival will take place March 8-12, 2013 in Austin, Texas. From digital to social to mobile and gaming, SXSW Interactive has become the premiere venue to showcase upcoming digital and social media trends, insights and best practices. A central component of SXSW is its range of panels that, in the past, have featured Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Vice President Al Gore and many others.

Fleishman-Hillard has submitted seven original panel proposals for SXSW 2013 that highlight key digital work and emerging trends as part of our ongoing efforts to demonstrate our thought leadership in the digital and social space.

We are now looking to our partners, colleagues and friends to vote for the panels, whose topics range from the explosive growth of Pinterest to humans vs. robots to athletes on social media, that most interest them.

Public voting makes up 30% of the final decision, while SXSW staff make up an additional 30% and the SXSW Advisory Board accounts for the final 40%.

Below are the panels that FH digital and social leaders have submitted. Please take a few minutes to review the proposals and cast your vote for the panel(s) that you'd like to see at SXSW in March. Voting ends on August 31, 2012 at midnight. Thanks for your consideration.

Pin This, Not That: How to Not Suck at Pinterest

How to build a successful visual voice on an increasingly crowded platform. Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most successful client campaigns on Pinterest.

This is Not Your Grandma’s Hallmark Cards

How does a traditional brand like Hallmark remain relevant? Take a look at the evolution of the brand’s marketing and it’s new tactics to continue to appeal to young and old alike.

Let’s Talk About Sex: Going Mobile with Sex-Ed

Following FH’s campaign success with “Talking Sex Together (Txt),” this panel will lead a discussion on emerging technology and public health, and will share effective strategies to successfully integrating mobile and social media with traditional health communication tactics.

Athletes and Celebs as Publishers: When to Shut Up

With social media taking personal branding to a whole new level for many athletes and celebrities, this panel will lead a discussion on the value of these public figures online, as well as how to help them navigate the ever-changing social media landscape.

HAL 9000 vs. Dave: The Human Element of Data

Though by now we all agree that social media monitoring tools are crucial to listening and online conversation tactics, how do we strike a balance between automated tools and humans in real-time? This panel shares best practices on listening and content development.

Real Time Infographics: Making Big Data Useful

How do you turn mission control-style social media monitoring into actionable insight? Learn more about turning big data visualizations and infographics into branded content.

How To Get Hired in 140 Characters or Less

Understanding the keys to success makes it easy to get hired via social media. Take a look at some best practices and effective online tools for finding your next opportunity or next great employee.

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