Category Archives: Our events

May event: iPad Mania

iPad

  • Tuesday, May 18
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Rogue Tavern, 2312 Second Ave. N., downtown [map]
  • $5

Apple has sold more than 1 million iPads to date, but what does it mean for your outlet, your clients and your audience?

We’re bringing in three Birmingham technology experts to talk about their vision for the iPad and how it relates to media and advertising businesses.

brian caubleBrian Cauble (@briancauble) is the co-owner of Appsolute Genius, an iPhone application development company in Birmingham. His other interests include promoting local entrepreneurship through Birmingham Entrepreneur, participating in social media and a huge attachment to college football. You may have seen his app reviews on Media of Birmingham.

John GarrettJohn Garrett (@garrett98) is chief strategic officer at Infomedia Consulting Group. Previously, he worked as a business consultant for Apple. He’s a husband and a father, as well as an avid poker player.

Jeff VreelandJeff Vreeland (@jvreeland) is a father, a husband, the owner of VM Technologies and a social media apprentice. He’s a contributor at political blog TechRepublican and has a personal blog, Social Jeff.

Join us at Rogue Tavern for happy hour specials, networking and a hands-on look at the iPad.

  • 5:30-6 p.m. — Networking
  • 6-7:30 p.m. — Table talks with each expert

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 14, 5 p.m.

Note: You must RSVP for this event — NO WALK-INS. Late fee is $10; fees go to W Social Marketing.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 14, 5 p.m.

Special thanks to our sponsor, W Social Marketing.

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April event: Pollenfest 2010

Cantina

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Cantina, 2901 Second Ave S., Pepper Place, Lakeview [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee)

Feeling yellow? Come on by the MOB mixer for April at Cantina in Pepper Place in Lakeview.

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 19, noon.

Note: You must RSVP for this event — NO WALK-INS. Late fee is $10; fees go to W Social Marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 19, noon.

Special thanks to our sponsor, W Social Marketing. Also thanks to J&M Photography and Design for shooting this event.

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W Social Marketing

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March event: March Mixer Madness

  • Tuesday, March 16
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Café Dupont, 113 20th St. N., downtown [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee)

Join us for St. Patrick’s Eve mixer at Café Dupont downtown for drinks and networking with Media of Birmingham.

Special: 25 percent off for
MOB members during our mixer!

[Bar menu]

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 15, noon.

Note: You must RSVP for this event — NO WALK-INS. Late fee is $10; fees go to W Social Marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 15, noon.

Special thanks to our sponsor, W Social Marketing.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

W Social Marketing

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February event: Media Outlets Unleashed

Update: See photos from this event.

What are Birmingham media outlets doing right in new media? How can they improve, and make money at it?

Join us for our panel discussion:

Our moderator:

Join us on the Samford campus for lunch, networking and a lively discussion with your questions.

  • 11:30 a.m.-noon — Networking
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Panel

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Special: First five registrants can buy 2 tickets for the price of one!

Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late fee is $20; fees go to W Social Marketing.

Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Samford University Brock School of Business and W Social Marketing. Also thanks to J&M Photography and Design for shooting this event.

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January event: Going (to) Rogue

Update: See photos from this event.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Rogue Tavern, 2312 Second Ave. N., downtown [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee)

It’s either the latest 2009 Election Day or the earliest one in 2010. Either way, celebrate the end of campaign season with a drink before covering the election returns.

Start the new year with fun and networking with Media of Birmingham!

We’ll meet at Rogue Tavern downtown.

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 18 (MLK Day), noon.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late fee is $10 + service charge; fees go to W Social Marketing.

Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 18, noon.

Special thanks to our sponsor, W Social Marketing.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

W Social Marketing

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Behind the cause: the Salvation Army Angel Tree program

On Dec. 15, Media of Birmingham is volunteering to help the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Find out more about the program …

The History of the Salvation Army Angel Tree

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Va., shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.

The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards featuring pictures of angels and placing them on a Christmas tree at the mall. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by the Salvation Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Angel Tree was launched during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol’ Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the United States.

Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the “Larry King Show,” news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire. Since that time, the program has grown to include Angel Trees in throughout the Birmingham area.

In 2007, The Salvation Army partnered with Fox 6 Gifts for Kids, a program designed to give foster children in the Birmingham metro area Christmas gifts. With this partnership, 7,113 children were helped.

Melissa Fierstine at Hands on Birmingham says that the Salvation Army anticipates helping more than 10,000 Angels in Jefferson and Shelby Counties this year. The Angels register in September and October to receive assistance.

Sign up today!

December events: Holiday Helpers and Holiday Jollies

Two great events on Dec. 15!

Daytime event: Holiday Helpers, a volunteer project

  • Tuesday, Dec. 15
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Salvation Army warehouse, 3500 Sixth Ave. S., Southside [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee for charity)

Give back in December! For our daylong volunteer event, we’re working with Hands on Birmingham to help children in need. It’s the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. We will sort, arrange and bag gifts and toys for children in preparation for distribution.

Here’s how to help:

  1. Register for one or more 90-minute shifts to work on Dec. 15.
  2. Dress for the warehouse: You might get dirty or chilly. And comfortable shoes will feel great on concrete!
  3. Please show up 15 minutes early for your shift.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late registration is $10 plus service charge.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 14, noon.

Evening event: Holiday Jollies, our monthly mixer

  • Tuesday, Dec. 15
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Taziki’s Greek Fare, 301 18th St. S., Southside [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee for charity)

Don’t let the year end without wishing your MOB friends Merry Christmas. We’re celebrating at Taziki’s Greek Fare on Southside.

  • $1 domestic beers!
  • specials on appetizers!

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late registration is $10 plus service charge.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 14, noon.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Taziki’s Greek Fare and W Social Marketing.

Note: Ticket revenue goes to the Salvation Army, not Media of Birmingham.

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Video Made Easy wrapup

Thanks to everyone who came out Tuesday morning for our video workshop!

A few special thank yous:

If you couldn’t make it, a few takeaway tips:

  • Matt and Dennis often use a Flip camera, one of the more popular and less expensive options out there.
  • You can use a digital still camera to shoot video, but keep in mind that the quality won’t be as high, since it’s primarily designed for photos.
  • Before going out on a shoot, check two things: battery life and available memory. You can’t shoot if your battery is dead or your memory is clogged with older videos. (The Flip has no accessible memory card — you must dump footage to your computer to free up space, delete it or no shoot.)
  • They use basic video editing software that usually comes standard with computers: Windows Movie Maker and iMovie for the Mac.
  • With the Flip, proximity is important for good audio. The model Matt showed off had a mono microphone (Flips have no audio input jack).
  • Besides YouTube and Vimeo and other video sharing sites, you can also post your videos to AL.com to reach the hometown audience.
  • Breaking a long video into a series of shorter ones (around 2 minutes or less) can yield higher numbers of views.
  • To have a home for each video, embed it on one of your Web pages or within a blog post. Then, you can write a headline and some explanatory text for maximum search engine optimization (how users find it through Google).

Also, MOBster Lisa Isbell shares her insights from the presentation.

What should we present at a future seminar or workshop? What do you as a media professional want to learn?

Using video for your site

Learn how to do Web video the right way (unlike the example above) Tuesday morning.

REGISTER BY 5 P.M. TODAY

Event details

Also:

November event: Video Made Easy

Update: See photos from this event and a wrapup.

AL.com

  • November event: Video Made Easy
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17
  • 7-8:30 a.m.
  • Shift Workspace, 2308 Second Ave. N., downtown [map]
  • $10, includes coffee and pastries

It’s our first morning meeting, and it’s going to be an eye opener.

Matt Cuthbert and Dennis Pillion of AL.com will show you how they shoot, upload and promote videos, and how you can, too. Ever wonder how you can use video to tell a story or promote a brand on your site? Learn how in our Nov. 17 workshop at Shift Workspace downtown.

Matt is the senior editorial producer and has been with AL.com for 11 years.  He oversees the site’s entertainment and living sections, acts as a liaison with the state’s three largest newspapers, manages the community blogs and writes a couple of his own.

Dennis is a sports producer and has been with AL.com since 2007.

  • 7-7:30 a.m. – networking
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. – presentation

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Admission is $10, which includes coffee and pastries

Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.

Reserve your spot

Special thanks to our sponsors, Shift Workspace and W Social Marketing.

Note: Ticket revenue goes to W Social Marketing, not Media of Birmingham.

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Tailgating at the Magic City Classic
Posted by Dennis Pillion, al.com on October 27, 2008 at 01:48 AM

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