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New Zealand Social Media Awards 2015 finalists announced


I once again had the privilege to be involved in organising and judging of the New Zealand Social Media Awards – aka The #smcakls 2015.

Presented by #smcakl (Social Media Club Auckland, of which I am a committee member), the #smcakls are now in their second year and have grown in strength both in terms of the number of entries and their quality.

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Plenty of sticky ideas at first Localist Jam

Localist Jam panellists: of Qijing Wong, Ronald Biddick, James Kemp and Ed Cruikshank

Localist Jam panellists: Qijing Wong, Ronald Biddick, James Kemp and Ed Cruikshank

Heading to the first ever Localist Jam this week as part of the Social Media Club Auckland or #smcakl crew, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Localist promised a panel of ‘wise business people, digital gurus and successful entrepreneurs’ who would inspire our digital appetite.

I’m not sure about the digital appetite part, but the speakers certainly did offer some inspirational nuggets about staying true to your vision and the power of good communications.

The panel consisted of Qijing Wong of Borderless Productions, Ronald Biddick of RJB Design, James Kemp of GrabOne and Ed Cruikshank of Cruikshank Design, with broadcaster Wallace Chapman doing an excellent turn as MC.

Each sought to inspire the audience by sharing their paths to success, which were as varied as their backgrounds.

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Adding sizzle to #smcakl


As a long-time fan of Social Media Club Auckland or #smcakl (pronounced “smackle”), I had the pleasure of helping make a video promoting the event last week.

My job was to go around the room and ask folks what they liked about the event and why people should come along.

Adding to the fun was that we were live-streaming while doing most of the filming, giving me chance to try out my live interviewing skills!

The clip was shot and produced by Rob Harradine of Perpetua Productions – check it out below, and to sign-up for the next #SMCAKL event click here.