The Next #PDXchat: Thinking Outside the Bank – Using Digital to Take on a Trillion Dollar Industry


simpleHi all!   Our #PDXchat series has been a smashing success, with our last two events selling out.  The lineup of stellar guests and topics continue with our next chat on tap for November 13, at the Mercy Corps Aceh Event Center downtown.

 “Thinking outside the bank: Using digital to take on a trillion dollar industry”

Presented by SMC PDX and Simple

When: November 13, 2013


Where: Mercy Corps Event Center

45 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR

Refreshments and light snacks served

90 seats available

Cost: FREE  (Click HERE to sign up)

 Join us for a fascinating case study of how Simple, a Portland-based startup, is taking on the trillion dollar banking industry in a very untraditional way – digitally, without ANY physical locations.

Presenting for Simple will be:

Rachel Giuliani, Community Manager (@Simplify)

Scott Edwards, Marketing Manager  (@scottedwards)

Moderator:  Terry St. Marie (@starbucker), President of SMC PDX

Questions We’ll Address:

  1.    Background- What is Simple?
  2.    What does a “digital institution” look and feel like, using the example of a bank?
  3.    How can social media work as a digital disruptor?
  4.   While it’s still all about relationships and expectations, is the customer still always right in this new digital world? 
  5.   How can this case study benefit YOU?

After the presentation, Terry will ask some follow-up questions, and then he’ll engage the audience for a wrap-up Q & A with Rachel & Scott.

Come for this free event and learn how to apply these innovative practices in your own business, agency or consultancy.

Click HERE to Register

And yes, there will be time for some great networking too!

See you there on November 13th!


Crafting Your Message In a Digital World: The Next #PDXchat on October 23rd


Hi all!

SMC PDX and KGW are pleased to present the next #PDXchat, at KGW studios in downtown Portland

“Crafting your Message in a Digital World”


The Date: Wednesday October 23rd

Studio doors open at 6pm. Program begins at 6:30

There are 90 available seats, and light refreshments will be served.

Like all of our #pdxchats, it’s FREE!  (One ticket per registrant, please)

(Here’s a link to registration)

Better hurry though, because our last #pdxchat sold out quickly.



1501 SW Jefferson

Portland, OR 97201

Join us for an unique opportunity to speak face to face with newsroom managers and on-air personalities across the three most dominant traditional media platforms: TV, print, and radio.


Our great friend, news anchor and emcee of the SoMe Awards,Stephanie Stricklen from KGW TV is the evening’s panel moderator (@StephStricklen)



Our panel will feature:

Frank Mungeam (@Frankwords) , KGW Director of Digital Media.

Rebecca Marshall (@KXLnews),  KXL 101FM News Director and AM drive news anchor

Alexandra Manzano (@alimanzano)  Social Media Editor at the Oregonian.

Here are the takeaways that will come from the discussion:

  • How do you get your message, story pitch, or idea in front of a news organization? 
  • What are the news cycles for the various mediums? They’re vastly different in the age of social media. 
  • When is it best to pitch an idea?  Through what channel: social, email, phone?
  • What should a pitch look like?  What are the biggest mistakes to avoid?

This panel will outline best business practices that anyone can use,  plus,  we will reserve time for your questions.

Bring business cards, your smartphone, or tablet and make media connections to add to your rolodex; digital or otherwise.

Sign up HERE, and do it as soon as you can – seats will fill up quickly!

See you there!