With the 2013 version of SxSW Interactive in the books, it’s time for a look back on highlights, key trends (or lack of) and links to some of the awesome content we collected during the several events that we hosted during the event.
For starters, there really weren’t any big technologies that shined through at this SXSW like we’ve had at past events. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but likely more of an indication that it’s becoming harder and harder to break through all the noise at SXSW Interactive. There was a larger corporate presence than ever this year and that will likely be a continuing theme over the next few years as companies continue to embrace, grow and operationalize social, digital and mobile into their corporate DNA.
Social Commerce Summit
For W2O Group in particular, we had a very successful set of of events that kicked off with our Social Commerce Summit on Thursday, March 7. During this six hour event, we had 19 speakers each give 10 minute TED-like talks. The talks covered a range of topics including love, marriage and creating brand passion. We know it’s a lot of content but we hope you’ll take the time to watch the video (or at least read the highlights in the blog posts) from the speakers below.
- Bob Pearson, President W2O Group and Auhor, Pre-Commerce
- Andy Sernovitz, CEO SocialMedia.org and Author of Word of Mouth Marketing
- Mason Nelder, Director of Social Media & Digital Strategy at Verizon
- Ken Burbary, Campbell Ewald and Chuck Hemann, W2O Group | Co-authors of Digital Marketing Analytics
- Darin Wolter , EVP Global Sales at MarketWire/Sysomos
- Don Butler, Managing Director at Thomvest Ventures
- Lori Johnson, Vice President of Online Strategy at Fidelity Investments
- Adrian Parker, Social, Mobile & Emerging Media at Intuit
- David Witt, Director of Global Digital Marketing and Brand Public Relations at The Hershey Company
- Anthony Price , Vice President of Digital & Reltionship Marketing at Michaels Stores
- Devon Eyer, Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Johnston & Johnson
- Mark Stouse, Vice President of Global Connections at BMC Software
- Brandon Burris , Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at SnapTrends
- Andy Ellwood , Senior Director of Business Development at Waze (Andy also did a write up of his talk here)
- Stephen Collins, CEO of BazaarVoice
- Gabe Weiss , Head of the Interactive Marketing Technology at Mitsubishi
- Greg Matthews , Head of MDigitalLife, Group Director at WCG, a W2O Group company
- Jeben Berg, Lead Innovationist at Youtube/Google
- Dorothy Jones , Vice President of Marketing at Susan G. Komen
W2O Group Open House/Live from Stubbs Video Podcasts
While there weren’t any breakthrough companies this year at SXSW, we did have a number of themes crop up during our Social Commerce Summit and then again during our Live from Stubbs podcast tapings during our open house on Friday, March 8. In particular we heard a lot about big data, mobile, analytics and the operationalization of digital across the organization from many of our speakers/guests. There was also a significant amount of interest in our partner, SnapTrends, technology that provides for location-based analytics, a topic that W2O is quite bullish on.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be embedding the Live from Stubbs videos in blog posts on our Common Sense blog. In the meantime, you can check out all of the videos on our Youtube channel here. You can also read my Live from Stubbs co-host, Kyle Flaherty’s summary of our interview with Youtube’s Jeben Berg, here. When Kyle is not podcasting he is the VP of marketing at local analytics firm, 21CT who was kind enough to sponsor our Live from Stubbs videos. I would also like to thank local video production and strategy company, UPG for all of their brilliant work with both the Live from Stubbs videos as well as recording/editing all of our Social Commerce videos.
Of course SXSW wouldn’t be what it is without a party. And party we did at our 4th annual Geek-a-cue on Saturday night at Franklin BBQ (ranked best BBQ in the U.S. by Bon Appetit Magazine). Fortunately the rain held off this year allowing us to eat fantastic BBQ, enjoy the brilliant music of local favorite, Monte Montgomery, share a few beverages, take funny photos in our photo booth and play a little Corn Hole out behind the tent.
This short video shot and produced by UPG does a wonderful job of summing up this fabulous event.
We also need to thank Natalee Norwood and Spoiled Doves for producing our Geek-a-cue. Without all her creativity, foresight and elbow grease, this event wouldn’t be what it was. Thank you to Aaron and Stacy Franklin and the Franklin staff for use of their venue and all the mouth watering BBQ they served up with smiles on their faces.
Capping off the week, we hosted a digital brunch at our East Austin offices. In spite of threats of rain, the springing ahead of the clocks and a lot of hung over SXSW attendees, we still enjoyed over 125 visitors to our new offices. The petting zoo, chair massages, drinks (alcoholic and caffeinated) and gourmet brunch courtesy of local restaurant/catering company, Dai Due, probably didn’t hurt.
Biggest thanks of all go to the dream team at W2O Group of Erin Disney, Stephanie Layton, Blaire Borochoff and Katrina Hallowell for their months of hard work putting these events together. Huge props also go to our CEO, Jim Weiss and President, Bob Pearson for making these events possible. Last but not least, a shout out to all of our W2O Group employees who volunteered/attended as well as our clients for being an integral part of our SXSW experience. Thank you!
Last but not least, we also had a little fun with our #sxswpickuplines this year. Details are here. Video that put the cherry on the cake is below.