BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #363— Thursday, 10.04.12
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Compiled today by Melissa Ward Schorsch in New York
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1. DISCUSSING THE DEBATE: The first presidential debate last night, held at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver, was the most tweeted event in American political history, pulling in 10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes. Mashable: http://on.mash.to/VkRo6i
Jim Lehrer, the moderator of the discussion, gained some Twitter buzz that dubbed him “Silent Jim Lehrer,” as all his focus went to keeping the candidates in the time limit. New York Magazine: http://bit.ly/QZT9jC
In other politically-heated Twitter news, KitchenAid responded to the Obamacare topic with a tweet that read,“Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! 'She died 3 days b4 he became president,” along with the #nbcpolitics hashtag. The tweet was immediately deleted, and senior director of marketing Cynthia Soledad later apologized by saying, “During the debate tonight, a member of our Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet from the KitchenAid handle instead of a personal handle. The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won't be tweeting for us anymore … I am deeply sorry to President Obama, his family, and the Twitter community for this careless error.” AdWeek: http://bit.ly/UGoHMr
2. SPEAKERS & F.T.C. GUIDELINES: Blogger Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw on how the F.T.C. Social Media Endorsement Guidelines apply to conferences and speakers: “If you as a conference organizer require your speakers to promote your conference and their session in social media, and you give them some type of compensation for speaking and promotion, then the relationship must be disclosed. Even if you give them a discounted or free registration, the relationship must be disclosed.” http://bit.ly/QsaqD2
3. WONDER APP: Wonderbra has launched a new “Decoder” app which allows users to have x-ray vision. By pointing a smartphone at Wonderbra ads in print, outdoor, and video format you can see underneath the model's clothes...to the Wonderbra undergarments she's sporting. AdWeek: http://bit.ly/QFfv9H
4. DIGITAL MARKETING: As Advertising Week continues through tomorrow, it's become clear just how important going digital, via mobile and social media, really is to promoting and selling a brand. The event has included more than 150 panels, presentations, and speeches focused on how companies can leverage marketing methods with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. The New York Times. http://nyti.ms/SBjDa1
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* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has purchased 5.6 acres of vacant land next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and plans to build new hotels and parking facilities. Construction will start at the end of next year, and the two mid-priced hotels—which will offer a total of 400 to 500 rooms—will open in 2015.
CHICAGO: Saks Fifth Avenue and Harper's Bazaar will celebrate the launch of the Wear Now collections with a fashion presentation from Avril Graham, the magazine's executive fashion and beauty editor. The event takes place at the Michigan Avenue store on Tuesday.
Chicago Costume will host its Hot Costume Fashion Show at Carnivale today. With the theme “Where the Wild Things Are,” the event will include models in costumes, wigs, body paint, makeup, masks, and accessories. Guests can select their Halloween costumes, snap photos with the models, and sample drinks and appetizers.
The University of Chicago's Logan Center of the Arts dedication is October 11. The event includes a dedication ceremony, formal performance program, and a dinner reception. Frost is providing the lighting, and Revel is handling decor.
The 23rd annual Holiday Brunch, benefiting Vita Bridges Center on Chronic Care, on December 2 will be at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event includes live and silent auctions, a cash raffle, and entertainment.
LAS VEGAS: According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the International Gateway TechZone sold out for the 2013 International CES at its new location, The Venetian. The International CES trade show will take place in Las Vegas January 8-11.
American Coney Island is opening its first out-of-state location in downtown Las Vegas and will feature the legendary Detroit Coney Dog.
LOS ANGELES: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced the launch of its Games activities and hosted the first of a series of Games programs yesterday evening. The inaugural Games event was held at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood and included a “Behind Closed Doors” segment with Mark Hamill.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Sun Sentinel: “October is Miami Attractions month, with promotions that include ‘Buy One, Get One’ deals. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is organizing the promotion for attractions that range from historic to adventuresome, natural to man-made.” http://sunsent.nl/Ue6NG7
NEW YORK: CORT Event Furnishings has selected Michael Dornfeld as northeast regional sales manager to head the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore markets.
The new Zagat restaurant survey points to several dining trends that have emerged in the past year, including that the majority of new dining spots are informal, budget-friendly eateries. Reuters: “'It's overwhelmingly the casual, inexpensive restaurants that diners are looking for,' [co-founder Tim] Zagat said. “The new restaurants in the city are almost all of that kind—but they better have good food and be fun,' he said, adding that 'the formal, fine-dining restaurants requiring a jacket and tie are almost of thing of the past.'” http://reut.rs/QE95HT
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek will hold a variety of food and wine tasting events every weekend through November 3. The hotels are located just outside Walt Disney World and are hosting the events to complement the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is offering special incentives for meetings on select dates booked by December 31, 2012. The deals include 15 percent off banquet offerings, 10 percent off audiovisual components, five complimentary room upgrades, and five round-trip transfers from Orlando International Airport.
TORONTO: Buildablock Corp. will exhibit at the National Women’s Show on October 19-21 and is anticipated to attract more than 65,000 guests.
WASHINGTON: On October 10, the AbleGamers Foundation will open a permanent “Accessibility Arcade” installation, an innovative game room that can accommodate people with disabilities.
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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Melissa Ward Schorsch and Anna Sekula in New York.
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