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The Technology Association of Georgia is having their annual award dinner and nominations for 2012 activities. Here is a snippet from the site:
The Technology Association of Georgia's Product Manager of the Year Award 2012 recognizes the outstanding efforts of a Product Manger to development, adhere, and execute the ideals of our profession. Whether it is a product or service that breaks new ground or driving a product through its life cycle, this award is to an individual that upholds the highest standards of Product Management. It may not yet be proven in the marketplace but an understanding of the potential market must be demonstrated. The product or service could include hardware, software, services - such as training or support, telecommunications, new techniques or any similar innovation. This award may also consist of a unique combination of technologies that have been combined for the first time.If you have a nominee for consideration, the recommendation needs to be made by January 25, 2013 via the forms at the following link: http://www.tagonline.org/TAG-PM-Awards.php There are several categories for consideration: * Product Manager of the Year * Rookie Product Manager of the Year - Less than three years Product Management experience * Product Launch of the Year If you want to attend the award dinner and hear a keynote from Bill Nussey, the CEO of Silver Pop and participate in the recognition of Atlanta and Georgia's leading technology marketers, the registration form is here: https://s08.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1521974182300&P=15219741911425697300&Info
Many thanks to those folks who have participated in the past in our annual survey of Marketers and Product Manager. This year's survey should take just a few minutes. Thanks in advance for your participation and have a great day! https://survey.vovici.com/se.ashx?s=3877A9510FAC4197
With 150,000+ miles in the air this year, I have good deal to be thankful for. So on to 2012′s 100 things I'm thankful for so far this year. * Any day I'm home chilling with family. * Any day I learn something new. * That my Facebook stream has returned to kitten photos and non-political memes. * That I've resisted the temptation to buy the iPad mini * That I still find joy in watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop with my kids for the 132nd time * That I wake up excited and go to bed fulfilled. * That I was able to finally catch up with Eric this year - 3 years is too long. * The way Hadrian slowly wakes up every morning. * That Kevren and Dijouri are setting and achieving their goals already * A night of a full 8 hours of sleep regardless of time zone considerations. * Lunch with Jake * A morning walk * Cooking Sunday breakfast just like my Dad did when I was a kid. * Soup! * That I've been able to use Delta award tickets to fly my family in for the holidays. * Catching up on TV on a dreary day * When kindness trumps the "hurriedness" of life. * The day I realized that you can really enjoy a Saturday without the internet. * Angry Birds Star Wars * A user interface that doesn't require a companion video * That I still believe most people are kind and mean well * When I go places where the dollar is still a strong currency * Random phone discussions with John * Opportunities to talk about markets. * The days when I get to use my geography skills beyond reading a map. * Sour Cream ice cream with bacon dust sprinkled on it. * That I found a nice Italian restaurant right here in Canton! * The kids are growing up to be fun little people all around. * Engaging discussions with the folks I work with * A good vegetarian dish on a hotel room service menu. * Days when I actually have time to blog. * That my parents are still around and willing to lend a hand and provide insight. * Instagram's new profile pages * Layovers I can actually enjoy * Sunsets that fall into the horizon over a mountain or an ocean. * Working with a bunch of professionals * Any opportunity where I can teach someone something * Waffle house breakfast with the family * Medallion Qualifying Miles * That I actually finished a book I should have read a long time ago. * That everyday I have the opportunity to help solve problems * Cloudy days which make for a good movie day. * Falling asleep before the plane takes off. * Watching live music with friends * My fence which keeps the dogs from running around the neighborhood. * Naps * A cold unsweet tea on a hot North Georgia day. * Corn mazes * The cloud messaging from Apple. * Any chance I get to catch a baseball game. * A cold Fat Tire * A good bottle of reasonably priced wine. * That all my kids take every opportunity to learn new thing * The team at Pragmatic Marketing * Traveling to new places - I got to see South Korea and Thailand this year! * Not having to travel for Thanksgiving this year – five years in a ROW! * Each time I read a quote which just makes me think * Every time I get the opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion * Dinner with friends * That most days I have no surprises and when I do, I'm up for them * On time departures * Cooking dinner with Emily for friends and family * Every time I catch a Back to the Future marathon * When the coffee maker in my hotel room actually works and doesn't only have decaf! * Every chance to catch up with those folks I’ve been hanging out with for the last decade * The Kindle App - reading is fun * My Sirius subscription has changed my ride to the airport * The two product managers from DirectTV who showed me how to really view TV Anywhere! * All the people that help me along the way in life. * When I find a nugget of information I wouldn't have thanks to folks I follow on Facebook or Twitter * Anita who kindly volunteers to watch our kids so Em and I can have a life * Catching up with folks IRL when I'm on the road. * Any chance to take a ride in the country side on a saturday afternoon. * That my mom understands when I forgot to give her a call on her birthday because I was on the road. Thx mom! * Every time we random into a music festival. * Google Maps, I refuse to update my iPhone. * Being able to watch the same Mentalist three days in a row and never make it to the end. zzzzzzz * The active Product Camp community. * Any time I can get a cab in Manhattan at 5 PM * DVR's * Every chance I get to play a game of pool * Pinochle * Neil Young on the iPod * Opportunity to almost serve on a jury this year. * That Gallaher's isn't really closing - maybe. * The view of PHX from the Marriott Buttes. * Golfing in the rain * Woodworking projects * A speedy internet connection at the Delta sky club * Finding a new connection thanks to a re-tweet * Math is just math * No need to buffer streamed TV * My creative and fun wife, Emily * Anytime I get the chance to see someone practicing their craft. * Command Hooks * Doggie Doors * Long term plans which come together in the end * Sleeping kids * That my twins are doing ok at the whole driving thing. * A good haircut Have a great and safe Thanksgiving! 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This is an interesting report from McKinsey which is chock full of metrics around social media adoption and marketing opportunities as relates to how businesses and users are using social to improve connectivity and engage both consumers and vendors.