The SoMe Awards Recognize Rick Turoczy As The Most Influential Blogger For 2013


MostInfluentialBloggerAward-e1367348133763To commemorate our 5th Annual SoMe Awards on May 16th, 2013 (come join us – buy tickets HERE), we have created a series of special awards to recognize true pioneers in social media. Each year, we will award one person with the Most Influential Blogger Award. This award honors the best bloggers in the business. The advent of easy online publication of content has given voice to hundreds of thousands of writers, dreamers, tech-geeks and digital media enthusiasts.

In a landscape filled with mediocrity, we strive to honor the most influential and thoughtful bloggers in the digital technology space.The blogger demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of their writing craft and digital media, while providing influential thought-leadership and advocacy.

This year we are honored to recognize Portland local, Rick Turoczy. Founder of Silicon Florist, Rick started the blog as a side project to help provide a repository for interesting technology startup news. has become widely known as THE GO-TO source for innovative, digital start-up news.
Rick Turoczy has been working in high-tech marketing communications jobs in the Portland area for the past 16 years.Feel free to follow Rick Turoczy on Twitter ( or Friendfeed, befriend him on Facebook or see life through his lens on Flickr.

And, come congratulate him in person at the SoMe awards on May 16th – tickets are $20, and you can sign up HERE.


Join Us on March 12th as Ekaterina Walter Tells Us How To “Think Like Zuck”


On March 12th, at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, the Social Media Club of Portland and the IABC will jointly host a luncheon featuring guest speaker Ekaterina Walter, author of the best-selling “Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg”.

She will be talking to us about basic principles of success, and the “Think Like Zuck” mentality. Packed with examples of Facebook’s success principles in action—as well as those of Zappos, TOMS, Threadless, Dyson, and other companies— this talk will give you the inspiration, knowledge, and insight to make your own mark in the world, to build a business that makes a difference, and to lead your organization to long-term profitability and growth.

Ekaterina is a social media innovator at Intel. A recognized business and marketing thought leader, she is a speaker and a regular contributor to Fast Company, Huffington Post, and other leading-edge print and online publications..  She has been featured in Forbes and BusinessReviewUSA and was named among 25 Women Who Rock Social Media in 2012. She sits on a Board of Directors of Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and is an active member of the Thunderbird Global Council at Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Here are the details of the luncheon:

WHAT:    “Think Like Zuck”Think Like Zuck by Ekaterina Walter
WHEN:    Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:30 to 1:00
WHERE:   Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland

COST: $35 (includes full seated three course lunch)


Register now (click here)!





Important Note: We encourage you to register ahead of time to reserve your spot. If you choose to join us for the event and you have not registered, we accept personal checks and cash (exact amount, please) at the door. We cannot process credit cards at the door. Thanks.


5th Annual Social Media Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!


The Social Media Awards are back in 2013 and better than ever! With updated categories and a new submission process, this is sure to be our best year yet!

The Social Media (SoMe) Awards is an annual awards show, co-presented by the Social Media Club of Portland, Innotech and TMMpdx, recognizing the best and brightest in digital marketing from across the country. These marketing awards are given to agencies, in-house marketing teams and freelancers for their creative and innovative uses of social media.

Each year, the SoMe Awards bring together hundreds of leading industry experts and is an excellent opportunity to showcase your achievements in social media. Winning a SoMe award is prestigious and a real source of pride in our industry. Make sure your hard work gets the recognition it deserves. Submit your nomination today! All work must be submitted by March 15, 2013 to be considered.

We will honor the SoMe Award winners in a celebration on May 16th in downtown Portland.  Buy tickets HERE.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the 2013 SoMe Award Categories for 2013:

Breaking Social: Most innovative or unique use of a social tool, platform or application.
Go Local: Best use of social media by a local business to develop a committed local following.
Lemons to Lemonade: Best use of social media to respond, inform and manage a crisis. Did you turn lemons into lemonade?
ET Phone Home: Best social utilization within a mobile centric campaign or application.

We have several surprises up our sleeves for 2013, so stay tuned to this site, and the SMC PDX and SoMe social media accounts as we count down to the 5th Annual Social Media Awards!  Be sure to get your tickets!

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The Winners & Losers in Social Media in 2012: More Audio From Our PDX Panel


Photo by Scott Ransmeier

We’re pleased to present Part II of the panel discussion which took place on November 14th,  when the Social Media Club of Portland hosted the Explore Portland Kickoff at the Urban Studio in the Pearl.    The panel featured Social Media influencers  Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Michael Brito and Tim Hayden of Edelman Digital, and Tim Washer of Cisco.

(Check out Part 1 here)

Our moderator was Jamie Beckland of Janrain.

In this segment, the panelists engage in a lively discussion about their picks for the “Winners and Losers” in Social Media in 2012.

Thanks again to Pagatim for compiling and producing the audio.

Click Here to Download Podcast of Part 2, SMC PDX November 14th Panel


Straight, No Chaser: A Rockstar Panel Takes On Social Media ROI (and More) in Portland


Photo by Scott Ransmeier

On November 14th,  the Social Media Club of Portland hosted the Explore Portland Kickoff at the Urban Studio in the Pearl.    The kickoff featured a fantastic panel of nationally known Social Media influencers:  Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Michael Brito and Tim Hayden of Edelman Digital, and Tim Washer of Cisco.

The panel was moderated by Jamie Beckland of Janrain, and covered a wide variety of hot topics related to Social Media.

Thanks to one of our event sponsors, Pagatim, we are pleased to present a series of podcasts featuring content from these discussions.

In Part 1,  Jamie jumps right into the deep end of the pool by asking:

“Does anybody really know how ROI is done in Social Media?  With all the metrics out there, where are we in terms of being “real” in Social Media?”

We think you’ll enjoy the panel’s insights (and more) on this and several other questions.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3!

Click Here to Download Podcast of Part 1, SMC PDX November 14th Panel