Monday, August 21, 2017

Learn, Share and Be Social with Gina Song from Sears Auto

Share, Learn, and Be Social with Gina Song from Sears Auto as we discuss the new Digital Tire Shopping Experience

When: Tue, August 29 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 60 E Lake St, Chicago, IL

Join us to learn about the new online tire shopping experience that Sears Auto launched. This new tire shopping experience was designed to be highly user-interactive by integrating IBM Watson's natural language processing and showing tire results for different user driving styles.

Gina Song, Manager of Digital Strategy at Sears Auto, will share how her team came up with the concept, how they collected user ratings, how they connected the web tool to the e-commerce site, how they track the ROI and how the interface has been evolving. Gina will discuss the ins and outs of developing the user experience and get feedback on how it may be improved.

Gina Song is a passionate strategist who loves thinking from the consumer's perspective. Gina has digital strategy, product marketing, and UX experiences at Sears, Motorola Solutions, and Amazon. She is extremely cross-functional in areas such as strategy, marketing and product management and wants to be part of the people who will shape the future of digital advertising and technology.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Social Media Day Chicago 2017 with Start-ups

At Social Media Day Chicago 2017 we will have a panel discussion with start-ups:

John Yi is the son of a South Korean immigrant who he says instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in him from a young age. John's first company was a dog-walking business he founded with his brother out of their mom's cleaners when he was about 8 years old. John and his brother created NextME, an app that takes the guesswork out of restaurant waits. Already in use by over 100 restaurants, NextME is a mobile app that helps restaurant employees manage their waitlist of walk-in customers. While waiting, customers can view their position in line via SMS Text and access the restaurant's social media pages via a weblink, significantly boosting the restaurant's online presence.

Thomas Ma is the Co-Founder of Sapphire Apps, and he loves digital marketing. His company has created over 500 iOS apps with a portfolio of over 15M+ followers. They have a network of over 100 influencers with a combined following of 250M+. Thomas Ma and Sapphire Apps have been featured on VICE, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, WGN, and other major publications. His company specializes in viral marketing. They combine ASO strategies + influencer marketing to help their clients amplify their digital brand.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Social Media Day Chicago 2017 with AnnMarie Walsh

We look forward to catching up with AnnMarie Walsh at Social Media Day Chicago 2017. AnnMarie is formerly a homeless individual and advocate that was able to find permanent housing through Twitter & social networking networking. She is a Public Speaker and was featured in the film #Twittamentary.

We are proud to have selected AnnMarie Walsh the Chicago Social Media Person of the Year 2012

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Social Media Day Chicago 2017

We’re thrilled to celebrate the annual Social Media Day in Chicago! We launched the event in 2011 as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. We invite you to join fellow social media enthusiasts by attending Social Media Day Chicago 2017 on June 29.

Special Guests: 

Wendy Widom is the 2-time Emmy-award winning social media editor at CBS-2 in Chicago, where she produces dynamic digital content around local, national and global issues. In 2016, Wendy co-launched #StandWithAleppo, a movement to bring attention to the crisis in Syria. Wendy began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland, and she holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Dave Hamilton is a freelance graphic designer with 16 years of experience. Past clients include Coca-Cola, AIDS Foundation of Wisconsin, Starbucks Coffee, Atlantic Records, Sub-Pop Records, and many more. In 2014, Dave became the Creative Director / Publisher of StreetWise Magazine and continues to evolve the look, style, and content of the magazine while re-defining how StreetWise is presented to the public and interacts with the community through social media.

Laura Ustick is a proud Chicagoan and third generation Superdawg Drive-In family member. As the general manager of Superdawg Wheeling, she spends her days making sure people don't put ketchup on hot dogs (or Superdawgs). 

Panel Discusstion With:
* Anthony Martorina, Cheferee of Culinary Fight Club - Chicago Social Media Person of the Year 2016
Nycole Hampton, Social, Digital and Influencer Marketing Strategy, formerly with Choose Chicago - Chicago Social Media Campaign of the Year 2016
* Beth Rosen, Creative Director, ChicagonistaLive - Chicago Social Media Ambassador of the Year 2015
* MJ Tam, Editor of Chicagonista, Talk Show Co Host of The ChicagonistaLIVE Show - Chicago Social Media Ambassador of the Year 2015
* AnnMarie Walsh, Formerly homeless Individual and Advocate, Public Speaker - Chicago Social Media Person of the Year 2012

For more information or questions about Social Media Day Chicago 2017 contact: Todor Krecu at ChicagoSocialMediaMarketing(@)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Free Workshop: How to Grow Your Business Online

Are you having trouble selling your products and/or services?
Or maybe you are experiencing issues driving customers to your website?
While these are common challenges that numerous business owners battle everyday, there is an effective way to solve this problem, one that can make a significant impact in monthly and even daily profits. Online marketing, or digital marketing is an effective solution that has been proven to increase ROI for small businesses, sometimes even doubling or tripling their revenue. However, it does require time and effort in order to see a profitable result. To increase your ROI, join us for an upcoming digital marketing seminar, on May 4th, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Schaumburg Corporate Center, Conference Room A (1501 East Woodfield Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173), in which the owner of Proceed Innovative, Jasmine Panayotov, will show you how to grow your business online. REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.
The following topics on how to drive customers to your website and/or your store will be discussed:
• Creating and optimizing your Google local listing
• Making your website mobile-friendly
• Developing an effective website
• How to increase conversions on your website
• How to create effective online ads
• Bonus tools

Who Should Attend

While we welcome everyone who is interested in digital marketing to grow their small business, we strongly recommend that the business owners and those who play a direct role in the marketing department of their companies to attend. This includes the following individuals:
• Marketing managers who want to increase their brand awareness online.
• Business owners who would like to see their organizations on the first page of the search engine results’ list.
• Owners of local franchises who do not have resources to increase and measure their ROI but want to use the internet to grow their business.

Don’t Miss The Opportunity – Attend The Digital Marketing Seminar

Proceed Innovative highly encourages all business owners and marketing managers to attend our latest digital marketing seminar.
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Seminar presentation
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Lunch (included)
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Training
Where: Schaumburg Corporate Center
REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Facebook Advertising Meetup

Over a billion people use Facebook to connect. Based on their location, age and more, Facebook can introduce you to the people who'll love your business.

Facebook allows advertisers to reach people where they're engaged. Facebook is on 3 of every 4 smartphones, and more than half of people on Facebook visit every day.

Most online advertising reaches only 38% of its intended audience. Facebook's average is 89%. Your business gets more value from every ad on Facebook.

When: Thu, April 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 127 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60603

  • 6PM-6:30pm: Registration, Networking 
  • 6:30pm-6:35pm: Introductions
  • 6:35pm-7:30pm: Presentation
  • 7:30pm-8pm: Open Q&A, announcements, wrap-up
Presentation by:

Quincy Bingham - Quincy is one of the Paid Media Account Managers at Be Found Online (BFO), and he found his way into the digital marketing industry 4 years ago with a combination of hard work, vision, and focus. Great at tackling unorthodox problems, Quincy is a bright and motivated part of the BFO team. When he’s not learning more about social and search, Quincy might be found at the gym, at the beach, or drinking an Old Fashioned. He’s a 3-time fantasy football champion who’s also passionate about space exploration. Elon Musk is his idol.

Event organizer:

You may know Todor Krecu  from his numerous community events, seminars, and Meetups in the Chicago tech industry. Todor has been educating local businesses since 2008 on all aspects of social media marketing including Facebook advertising, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Todor is the organizer of the annual Social Media Day Chicago event where awards are presented in several categories. He is passionate about helping the local tech industry, expertly forges connections between companies and people, helps investors connect with new mobile startups, companies connect with new employees, entrepreneurs connect with each other, and brings new professionals and students into the mobile industry. Since 2011 he has helped Mobile Monday Chicago increase the size of their organization to over 1,000 members, and spent over 11 years at Career Education Corporation working on web sites, landing pages, SEO, PPC, display ads, paid social, E-mail campaigns, and lead generation.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Living Legend Sunday Brunch

The second installment of our #LivingLegends brunch is this Sunday at IO Godfrey and we're suppoting #3S4H with Habitat for Humanity Buenos Aires. Bottomless mimosas (including a brunch entrée and side) for $30 will be available and live music by Treblemonsters will keep you grooving while you network. For more info on 3S4H:
When: Sunday, February 26 from 11:00am to 4pm
Where: IO Godfrey, 127 W Huron at LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois 60654
IO Godfrey is offering an optional Brunch Package for $30 per person which Includes live music, bottomless mimosas, one brunch entrée and one brunch side. Reserve your table for the optional Brunch Package for $30 per person.
IO Godfrey, a Chicago rooftop lounge offers state-of-the-art retractable roof allows the outdoor space to evoke a unique in-is-out and out-is-in vibe. Enjoy the day, revel in the night, and discover your element in the rooftop bar at IO Godfrey. Enjoy a chef crafted cocktail with friends in communal booths under the retractable roof or warm up in winter months with IO’s comfort classic dishes next to the two-level fire pit.