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March is Social Media Month!

March Luncheon: "Social Media for Business" with Ryan Lejbak
March 3, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Serrano's Symphony Square (1111 Red River)

Using hand-sketched slides with illustrated examples, Ryan Lejbak, CEO and co-founder of communications, will discuss social media — where it's at and where it's headed — and will share best practices to help businesses make the most of the available tools and outlets (including Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and USTREAM.TV). Ryan will define the importance of an online identity as customer, industry insider and investor. And he’ll explore the powerful communication trend of viral marketing. His presentation will wrap up with live demonstrations and examples of companies that have successfully implemented social media into their marketing and communications strategies. Register for "Social Media for Business" Now.

2009 Bronze Quill Awards
Early Bird Deadline: Feb. 27/Procrastinators' Deadline: Mar. 27

Don't forget to submit your best work in communications to be considered for IABC Austin's prestigious Bronze Quill Awards program. It's inexpensive and the best way to enhance your credibility and get the recognition you deserve. You can even flex your social media muscles by entering the NEW Social Media category. Enter early and save! Enter online at

From Our Friends at AWC: Crisis Communications
Feb. 18, 2009, 11:30 - 1 pm, UT Club (6th floor)

Connecting online is great, but don't neglect your in-person connections. Join AWC for Crisis Communications with Kerri Qunell, VP, Communications at the Capital Area Food Bank. The long-term survivability of an organization is often dependent not on what crisis occurred or what caused it to occur, but rather, on how it was communicated to the public. Kerri will share strategies used by the food bank to educate the public, media and community organizations, particularly during the Hurricane Ike disaster. Hurry! Register by Feb. 13 at noon at

We're thrilled to host this special luncheon on social media with Ryan Lejbak. Did you know IABC/Austin is on Twitter and Facebook? Whether you're a "twitterholic" or brand new to social media, we invite you to connect with us online.

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