|By PR Newswire||
|September 24, 2012 02:44 PM EDT||
CHICAGO, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brickfish, the award-winning social media marketing technology platform, is today kicking off Social Media Week Chicago as the City Sponsor. This premier global social media event is occurring concurrently in 14 different locations throughout the globe. The event in Chicago is taking place from September 24th to 28th with a theme of "Empowering Change Through Collaboration."
Brickfish is also hosting keynote speaker Erik Qualman (twitter.com/equalman), a notable authority on social media trends, and the author of the books Socialnomics, and Digital Leader. He is speaking in the "Business & Entrepreneurship" category on Tuesday, September 25th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Huron Room of the Tribune Tower.
"It has been an honor to be the City Sponsor and work with leading companies across Chicago to help plan, promote and execute Social Media Week," said Michael Mullarkey, CEO of Brickfish. "As consumers spend as much as 25% of their online time on social media, we have been able to leverage our social media marketing technology platform to help leading agencies and brands drive engagement and move beyond 'likes' to social commerce. We have also enjoyed creating the "Social Media Week Take Your Best Shot! of Chicago" social media photo contest leveraging over 300 social media channels."
The "Social Media Week Take Your Best Shot! of Chicago" contest winner will be announced at the closing party and receive four luxury box tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks while the most viral winner will receive a new iPhone 5. Visit www.brickfish.com/chicago to enter the contest.
Social Media Week Chicago boasts several other notable keynote speakers including Brad Keywell, co-founder and managing partner of venture fund Lightbank and co-founder of Groupon, Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork Media, John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago, Rick Wion, Director of Social Media at McDonald's, Logan LaHive, Founder and CEO of Belly, Matt Maloney, Co-Founder and CEO of GrubHub and Genevieve Thiers, Founder of SitterCity.
Social Media Week Chicago is organized by the Zocalo Group (zocalogroup.com), an Omnicom company and leader in the word of mouth and social media marketing space, and the Chicago Tribune (chicagotribune.com) one of the country's leading multimedia companies. The event is spread across more than a dozen different venues throughout the city and brings together universities, non –profits, government agencies and many national brands for a multi-faceted social media conversation. Attendees can also engage with other Social Media Week participants in Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Jeddah, London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Torino, and Vancouver.
For more information on Social Media Week Chicago, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/ or follow on Facebook or @SMWChicago on Twitter for real-time updates.
About Social Media Week
Social Media Week is owned and operated by Crowdcentric Media LLC and is a global platform connecting people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Delivered primarily through a network of internationally hosted conferences and online through social media, Social Media Week literally connects hundreds of thousands of people every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media's role in society. To learn more, visit http://socialmediaweek.org.
Brickfish® is the award winning social media marketing technology company whose Brickfish Enterprise Platform® helps agencies and Fortune 2000 companies ignite consumer engagement to drive e-commerce transactions and provide actionable data and insights. The Brickfish social media solution has generated 600 million consumer engagements and conversations for market leaders including Microsoft and Nike. Brickfish's patent pending platform with its Viral Map® and Geo View technologies track reach, frequency, and viral activity in real time across the Web. Chicago based Brickfish is a Red Herring Global 100 winner and an OMMA Award winner for Best Viral Campaign. For more information, please visit www.brickfish.com.