New Communications Forum 2006 to be Held March 1 - 3, 2006 in Palo Alto, Calif. Leading Bloggers, Journalists, PR & Marketing Communications Experts to be Featured

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New Communications Forum 2006 is an intensive conference designed to bring journalists and media, marketing, PR and advertising professionals together to learn how to use new media tools such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and podcasting to enhance media communications, corporate branding, marketing communications, public relations and employee communications initiatives.

New Communications Forum 2006 (http://www.newcommforum.com) will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto in the heart of the Silicon Valley, March 1-3, 2006. New Communications Forum is an intensive conference designed to bring journalists and media, marketing, PR and advertising professionals together to learn how to use new media tools such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and podcasting to enhance media communications, corporate branding, marketing communications, public relations and employee communications initiatives. Keynote presenters will include:

·    Rebecca Blood, author of the Weblog Handbook

·    Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, co-authors, Naked Conversations

·    Charlene Li, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

·    Jeremy Wright, author, Blog Marketing and Jory Des Jardins, blogger, Pause and co-author, More Space

Four comprehensive conference tracks will include New Advertising Strategies, New Approaches to Corporate Communications for Internal & External Communicators (sponsored by Lawrence Ragan Communications), The New World of Marketing and The New Media & the New Face of Journalism.

Nearly 80 illustrious speakers and instructors will be featured, including well-known and respected journalists, media and communications experts and bloggers such as Tom Abate, Minimedia Guy; Elizabeth Albrycht of Corporate PR and the Society for New Communications Research; Elisa Camahort, BlogHer; Marcus Chan, San Francisco Chronicle; Dan Farber, cNet/ZDNet; Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher; Matt Galloway, The Basement; Dan Gillmor, Grassroots Media, Inc.; Phil Gomes, philgomes.com and Edelman; Francois Gossieaux, Corante; Neville Hobson, NevOn; Shel Holtz, Holtz Communication + Technology; JD Lasica, Ourmedia.org; Mike Manuel, Media Guerilla and Voce Communications; Jennifer McClure, NewComm Blogzine and Society for New Communications Research; Brian Oberkirch, Weblogs Work; Eric Rice, Audioblog.com; Evelyn Rodriguez, Crossroads Dispatches; Eric Schwartzman of iPressroom; Nicole Simon, Bloxpert; and Philip Young of the University of Sunderland.

In addition, case studies and success stories will be presented by Andrew Bernstein, Cymfony; John Cass, Backbone Media; Zadi Diaz, Rocketboom and Current TV; Jarah Euston, Fresno Famous; Royal Ferros, Microsoft; Maurene Caplan Grey, Grey Consulting; Havi Hoffman and Tara Kirchner, Yahoo! and Kristen Wareham, Yahoo! Search Marketing; Per Hoffman, AdCandy; Kay Howell, Federation of American Scientists; Salim Ismail, PubSub Concepts, Inc.; Steve King, Institute for the Future; Max Kalehoff, Buzzmetrics; Owen Mack, coBRANDIT; Jeremiah Owyang, Hitachi Data Systems; George Parker, Parker Ads; David Parmet, English Cut; David Phillips, Internet Reputation Services Ltd., FCIPR; Matthew Podboy, Voce Communications; Ron Rasmussen, Know Now; Giovanni Rodriguez, Eastwick Communications; Mark Rogers, Market Sentinel; Paul Rosenfeld, QuickBooks Online Edition, Intuit; Dan Solomon, Mindshare Interactive Campaigns; Stephan Spencer, NetConcepts; Cydni Tetro, Next Page; Daryl Travis, Brandtrust; Cory Trefiletti, Carat Fusion; Dana VanDen Heuvel, Pheedo; and Ross Weinstein of Ingenio.

Expert advice, insights, strategy and tips for success will be provided by Pete Blackshaw, Intelliseek; Toby Bloomberg, Diva Marketing; Dan Buczaczer, Starcom MediaVest; Chris Butler, I/PRO; Anita Campbell, Small Business Trends; Elizabeth Fletcher, Esq.; Denise Howell, Reed Smith; Rok Hrastnik, author, Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS; Kathy Klotz-Guest, Powerfully Funny; Katie Delahaye Paine, The Measurement Standard; Mark Rogers, Market Sentinel and Debbie Weil, BlogWriteforCEOs, author of the forthcoming TheCorporateBloggingBook.com.

In addition to 24 breakout session and four keynote presentations, four introductory, intensive pre-conference boot camps will be offered:

  • Blogging 101, taught by Elizabeth Albrycht of Society for New Communications Research
  • Wikis 101, taught by Giovanni Rodgriguez of Eastwick Communications and the Society for New Communications Research
  • Podcasting 101, taught by Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz of For Immediate Release and the Society for New Communications Research
  • Videocasting 101, taught by Zadi Diaz of Rocketboom

"Last year, NewComm Forum introduced its attendees to the potential of blogging and other new communications tools," said New Communications Forum co-founder and conference program chair Elizabeth Albrycht. "This year, we take the conversation to the next level, examining how blogs, wikis, podcasts, videocasts and other emerging tools, technologies and modes of communication are affecting organizations and how communications professionals are harnessing these tools to engage in market conversations, deepen and strengthen relationships with key audiences, gain new insights into their audiences' perceptions and behavior and achieve bottom line results."

"Millions of blogs were created by corporations and media outlets, nonprofits and educational institutions, religious organizations, entertainment companies and individuals just in the past year," added Jennifer McClure, co-founder and producer of New Communications Forum. "The emergence of citizen journalism and participatory communications have necessarily changed the way we need to communicate with our audiences. New Communications Forum will provide an unparalleled opportunity to talk strategy as well as share practical on-the-ground tips and tactics, address the tough questions, present case studies and success stories and examine what's coming in the future."

NewComm Forum 2006 is sponsored by Eastwick Communications, Lawrence Ragan Communications, Socialtext, Tekrati, Stormhoek Wine and the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR).

The full NewComm Forum 2006 conference program can be viewed at: http://www.newcommforum.com. For more information, contact Jennifer McClure at (650) 331-0083.

About New Communications Forum

New Communications Forum was founded in 2005 and quickly gained its reputation as one of the world's leading conferences focusing on blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, videocasts and other emerging media and communications platforms. New Communications Forum is a focused conference specifically designed to teach PR, marketing, advertising and media professionals how to harness the power of new media tools for corporate branding and internal and external communications initiatives. The forum provides an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the future of communications. Presenters and instructors are senior professionals from around the world and journalists from leading media outlets, all of whom have pioneered the use of these new tools and technologies. They will share their in-the-trenches experiences as early adopters of these new tools. More information can be found at http://www.newcommforum.com.

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