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December 2018

American Advertising Awards Workshop

December 12, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Find out about the American Advertising Award categories and guidelines to submit your work for judging. Learn how to enter your best work and take part in local judging, with the potential to compete for awards and recognition at the national level. This interactive workshop will be presented by two representatives of AAF with years of experience working with the American Advertising Awards: Melissa Harper (University of South Carolina) and Andrew Evans (Cognito Forms). Thank you to Chernoff Newman for…

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Jingle Mingle

December 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Liberty Tap Room, 828 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC United States
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Save the date and join advertising, design, marketing and PR professionals across the Midlands to ring in the holidays with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres! This year's Jingle Mingle will be a FREE event with a cash bar. Participating organizations include AAF of the Midlands, AIGA South Carolina, AMA Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Legal Marketing Association - LMA International, and IABC-SC. Powered by Eventbrite

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January 2019

AAF January Lunch & Learn: Ryan Heafy & Chloe Rodgers

January 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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6AM City (locally COLAtoday) will discuss how the company started to fill a void in the local content market and became a natural fit for advertisers. They will highlight trends in digital and local advertising and the evolution of media companies to meet the needs of advertisers, including a focus on content, data and flexible price points. 6AM will also share about some of their growth plans and how they intend to scale and position themselves to support regional and…

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Breakfast of Champions

January 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 800 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208 United States
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Students please join us for the Martin Luther King Day Breakfast of Champions: What We Do, You Can Too featuring a panel of local media professionals. Hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the Midlands, Breakfast of Champions is a forum designed to bring underrepresented students and advertising/communications professionals together so that students can understand the vast opportunities available to them. RSVP Now

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February 2019

American Advertising Awards Preview Party

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Venue on Main, 1620 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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When you think about the American Advertising Awards, do you find yourself thinking "Well? We're waiting!" Us, too! So join us for our preview party at the new Topgolf Swing Suite (The Venue on Main)! See all the entries before the winners are announced, and hang out with the best creatives in town! This event is free to attend, and a cash bar will be provided.

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CADDYshack: The 2019 American Advertising Awards

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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  How about a little something for the effort, you know? Join us on February 16 at the Columbia Museum of Art Loft to find out the winners of the 2019 American Advertising Awards! Tickets go on sale January 2, so grab the worst looking hat you ever saw and reserve your tickets by February 6! About the American Advertising Awards The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000…

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March 2019

March Lunch & Learn: Scott Powers, Experience Columbia SC Sports

March 26 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
1626 Main Street, 1626 Main Street
Columbia, 29201 United States
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For the first time since 1970 Columbia SC is getting ready for buzzer-beaters, clutch shots + good old-fashioned rivalry as we prepare for the first and seconds rounds of March Madness. It’s a weekend expected to bring up to 25,000 visitors + $9 million dollars in economic impact. Experience Columbia SC and Experience Columbia SC Sports have been preparing since they won the bid in 2017. From monthly community meetings, to building a microsite, to ticket advertising, to tournament décor,…

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April 2019

AAF April Lunch & Learn: Ian Dallimore, Lamar Advertising

April 16 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Ian is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing & Communications minor. After graduating from LSU, Ian spent several years with the LSU Sports Marketing Program, and served as Director of Marketing for the Triple-A affiliate New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team. In 2004, Ian began his twelve year career with Lamar in the Marketing Department focusing on Events & Sports Marketing. A year later, he transitioned to National Sales where he worked directly with…

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May 2019

AAF May Lunch & Learn: Greg Kihlström, Yes&

May 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
1626 Main Street, 1626 Main Street
Columbia, 29201 United States
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The topic for our May Lunch & Learn centers around the future of brands and how an agile, collaborative approach to branding and marketing creates strong brand-consumer relationships which yield lasting results. We will discuss examples of how several organizations have already adopted an agile branding approach and providing actionablesteps on how you can apply this thinking to your own organization. About Greg Kihlström Greg is SVP of Digital at Yes&, a performance-driven marketing agency in the Washington, DC region.…

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August 2019

2019 Kickoff & Art Auction

August 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Save the Date - AAF is back for the 2019 – 2020 year! You may still be posting your beach trip pictures to Instagram, but believe it or not – the annual AAF Kickoff & Art Auction is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 22 to join us at City Market in the Vista! This silent auction features local artists from around the Midlands, so stop by to expand your art collection while you expand your…

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