Summer is almost here and there’s no better time to freshen up on your marketing skills. This month has a bevy of great events whether you are looking to stay on the cutting edge or just get a refresher on the basics. Either way, we hope you enjoy our Top 10 Marketing Events for June:
1) Can You Handle Augmented Reality? – Wednesday June 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
US Bank Tower 1st Floor Training Room 111, 555 Southwest Oak Street , Portland
Most of us have seen augmented reality and while you may know what it is, do you know how to use it? Put on by the Software Association of Oregon, this event will not only explain what augmented reality is, but how to leverage it for your business. The speaker is Dave Elchoness, who is the creator of Tagwhat. It is also a great opportunity for networking with other SAO members. Kick back, have a beer, and learn more about the leading edge of the augmented reality revolution. TMMPDX readers are eligible for the member rate. Registration required, $35 members/$45 non members.
This event, part of the PSU Digital Media Breakfast Series, looks at the complex relations in a multi-ethnic media environment. The panel will also discuss the latest data regarding multicultural and Hispanic consumers. It can also be a good networking opportunity to meet with local technology and digital professionals to discuss “multi-cultural media convergence and mobile technology in the Northwest”. The event will feature speakers touching on topics that will be discussed in greater detail at the upcoming NW Convergence Latin Social Media Conference. Register here, FREE!
This free event is a wonderful opportunity to learn how technology intersects with social impact. It will cover many topics including program delivery, communications, fundraising, advocacy, and community managing. Described as a participant-driven event, you will have the chance to share and learn how to leverage technology resources to further your cause. PDX Net2 Camp is aimed at those who want to “contribute, brainstorm and discover ideas for creating social change through the use of technology”. Register here, FREE!
This monthly event is a networking opportunity to meet those you need (or want) to know. Whether you are looking to expand your professional connections or just get to know your fellow marketing professionals better, the PDXMindShare events are fun and important monthly events. Meet some of PDX’s top technology minds in the real world to find out how to further your career. FREE!
5) OTN: Tech for Tomorrow: How to Win the Sustainable Innovation Race – Tuesday June 1st, 8:30am-5:00pm
White Stag Building 70 NW Couch St, Portland
Sustainability is one of those buzzwords which might be easy to understand, but harder to implement. When it comes to business practices, this event will guide you on how to “balance environmental, social and economic considerations as part of everyday business practices”. This workshop focuses on The Natural Step (TNS) which is a scientific framework meant to help you launch successful intiatives. You will learn to implement a holistic approach to make your business more competitive, more innovative, and, of course, more sustainable. Tickets are $259.
Head on down for a lunch discussion about web analytics, web hosting, data analysis and storage. Webtrends is known as leader in web analytics and this is a cool event whether you are needing help with a single blog or a corporation looking to spruce up your online initiatives. Co-hosted by Network Reduxs, it is a great opportunity to learn more about what your business needs and how to successfully navigate and track your marketing efforts. RSVP through Yahoo! Upcoming. FREE!
The Open Source Community have sometimes been mislabeled the “hippies” of the technology industry. While this conference will not shower you with peace and love, the Open Source Bridge does create an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere at this all-volunteer run conference. The five conference tracks include business, chemistry, cooking, culture, and hacks. The conference’s aim is “to explore how we do our work and share why we participate in open source”. With a plethora of interesting speakers, the conference should shake your idea of the Open Source Community. Tickets are $300, $99 for students.
8) Write To Sell: Learn The Basics Of Copywriting – Thursday June 3rd, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Downtown Portland, To Be Announced
Copywriting is a necessary skill whether you’re an account manager, executive, or even in an entry level position. You must be able to both concisely communicate your thoughts and be able to sell them to clients. This workshop not only teaches you the underlying thoughts of copywriting, but also nitty gritty techniques to properly organize your thoughts. The session is taught by Susan Rich, who has over a million words in print. Whether you are a natural wordsmith or a reluctant writer, this workshop is good for an introduction to the craft of copywriting. Registration required, cost is $85.
When starting your own business, you might have a great idea, but do you know how to properly grow and scale it? This intriguing series helps local small business owners come up with an actionable plan. This workshop will cover a lot over four hours including “financial management practices, improving your marketing plan, increasing your success with social media, updating your business identity, targeting, servicing and retaining customers and getting the help your business needs”. If your business could use a good kickstart to get off the ground, this workshop will equip you with the tools you need. Registration is required, $61 for those in the district, $70 for non-district.
Summer is the time for networking events. People step out of their winter hibernation caves and are ready to mingle in the world again. This is a fun event, meant for networking with some of the city’s marketing professionals. This informal evening will be filled with “Portland’s finest professionals, technorati and creative minds.” With fine food and drinks from Migration Brewery, you can meet some new contacts or even turn that online contact into a real world business connection. FREE!