SXSW Interactive – Day One

March 9, 2008

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a multidisciplined (interactive, music, film) festival held in Austin, TX. Four of us from LunaWeb narrowly escaped the big Memphis blizzard and made it to the festival. SXSW Interactive activities include traditional keynote speakers, panels, group discussions, and lots of parties.

It’s inspiring to be in the midst of thousands of peer professionals from all over the world who are passionate about so many aspects of the ever evolving sphere of the interactive Web.  These conversations behold not only the latest in the current phylosophy of interactive, but also visions of how society and commerce will be affected by the social aspect of the web.

Here are a few photos from the first day at SXSW

The primary interest in LunaWeb’s attendance is on Social Media, Social Networks, and the integration with we’d likely consider the traditional Web. It is quickly evolving into a wonderful new paradigm of conversation.

Embracing “Community”
The concept of Communities to include those of Employees, Customers/Clients, and any other group of people having a commonality is turning classic realms of Marketing and Public Relations inside-out. In essence, we’re realizing a promise made by the Web made back in the 90’s wherein the Web was thought my many of us to be the great democratizer between consumers and the large corporations “commanding the airwaves”. Instead the playing field was leveled between the small business and the corporate behemouths. Now, because of the democratization of production (of content whether it’s “experiences” or “opinions”),  the democratization of the platforms (where the content can reside like YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr and thousands more), and the ensuing conversation of consumers online, the market is gaining control and it’s power is in numbers. The enormity of what is essentially word-of-mouth marketing cannot be overpowered by even the grandest of Marketing / PR spin campaigns. As such, organizations are compelled to “join the conversation*.”

* Also a book by Joseph Jaffe, Join the Conversation: How to Engage Marketing-Weary Consumers with the Power of Community, Dialogue, and Partnership

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2 Responses to “SXSW Interactive – Day One”

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Jason Whitmen

  2. lunaweb said

    Jason,

    Thanks for the comment! Keep checking back. We’ll have more updates from SXSW, as well as some video from a few of us who are attending the interactive festival here in Austin, TX!

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