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On behalf of the Zócalo Group and Chicago Tribune Social Media Week Chicago host team, thank you. Without you, Social Media Week Chicago could not have taken place. Whether organizing, sponsoring, volunteering or attending, your participation helped make Social Media Week Chicago a success! You made the following possible: Organized 95 events across 40 venues…

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When tech-guru John Gruber publicly called Klout “utter vainglorious masturbatory nonsense” I took it personally. It’s my nature to take things personally, but rushing to Klout’s defense is a rather new concept for me. You see, only a few years ago I might have used similar words to describe Facebook or Twitter. That’s because I’m…

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Among the many topics Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie touched on during his Social Media Week Chicago keynote speech Sept. 28 (Adopting new social media channels; perceptions of “cool”; Grizzly Bear’s new record), none were more poignant than his thoughts on why the indie-rock goliath he is at the helm of has been able to grow…

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One of the biggest events from this year so far was the London 2012 Olympics, and a fantastic panel of media, athletes and sponsors gathered at Social Media Week London last week to discuss how social media played a role. Panelists included Nick Jones, Digital Community Relationship Lead, British Airways; Cait O’Riordan, Head Of Product, Sport And 2012, BBC; Tanya…

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Cars.com is a brand that understands the tremendous potential of becoming a truly social business. Kerri Noeth, Director of Social Business Strategy, Vicki Ledajaks, Director of CRM, and Kerry Sugrue, Social Community Manager for Cars.com share their experience in helping the brand become social media savvy during last week’s session, Get Social: How Cars.com Got on the…

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Social Media Week Chicago keynote speaker Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager at Google, shared valuable tips during her session “Global Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age.” With more and more online tools to help entrepreneurs get started and thrive, Bridgette touched on several of the reasons why these tools are helpful, and how entrepreneurs should approach…

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Rockit Bar & Grill had a full house at “1-25,000: How to Build a Community from Scratch” eager to learn tips on growing their social communities in the best and most ethical way possible. The Wednesday-evening Social Media Week Chicago panel included Jaime Black, Monica Dimperio, Andrew Barber and Steve Green. With voices ranging from foodie to fashion and music bloggers sharing…

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Daniel Clarkson and his co-star, Jefferson Turner, have helped their original comedic homage to Harry Potter rise to fame by using social media to communicate extensively and consistently with their fan base. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Dan who kept me laughing throughout. If his Twitter feeds are half as fun to…

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Social Media Week Chicago’s discussion with prominent Chicago chefs Tony Mantuano and Sarah Gruenberg, moderated by Tribune food writer Bill Daley, was a lively one that traversed several subjects including the chefs’ cravings, ‘last meal’ desires, the Chicago food scene, hot food trends and the importance of social media in their lives. On Wednesday at…

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Founded just a few years ago by former corporate-employee-turned-arts-administrator Victor David Giron, Curbside Splendor has quickly risen to become one of the premiere small presses in Chicago, with their releases now gaining national media attention and with their many popular live events being the talk of the community. I recently spoke with Victor over email on…

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