#influenceSD Launches the First Social Media Awards Exclusively for San Diego

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San Diego based businesses, bloggers, and brands participating in social media will get an opportunity for local recognition at #influenceSD, an awards ceremony celebrating champions of new & real-time media exclusively for San Diego. #influenceSD will be hosted by Chris Cantore and held at Anthology on April 7th; tickets will go on March 1st, 2010. #influenceSD is accepting nominees until 3/24/10 in 12 categories spanning for-profit and non-profit entities. NBC San Diego is the official event sponsor, while TechZulu is the official media partner and responsible for streaming the event to live online audience.

The San Diego based Social Media awards organization, #influenceSD, is accepting nominations for their first annual celebration of new media champions. San Diego based businesses, bloggers, and brands participating in social media will get recognized locally at an awards ceremony celebrating champions of new & real-time media.

To nominate a candidate for an award, people can visit http://influenceSD.com and submit their nominations in any of the 12 categories spanning for-profit and non-profit entities. The nomination period will close on March 24th, 2010. Once nominated, local community members can vote their favorite candidates up the list. The top 5 nominees in each category will be announced on March 24th and will advance to the final judging round. The winners will be announced at the event, which will be complete with entertainment and presentations from leaders in the media community.

"We have an exciting opportunity to bring together influential members of our San Diego community and reward the ones that are spreading their message in innovative ways," says Matt Browne one of the co-founders of #influenceSD.

#influenceSD will be held at Anthology in Little Italy on April 7th and will be hosted by Chris Cantore. Tickets will go on sale March 1st for nominees, and March 8th for the general public. NBC San Diego is the official event sponsor, while TechZulu is the official media partner and responsible for event live online. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event can contact matt@brownemedia.com for more details.

About #influenceSD
#influenceSD is a joint venture involving Browne Media, gWave Consulting, and cantore / creative. Chris Cantore, Matt Browne, Gary Clapp, and Melani Gordon are all working in concert to bring to life San Diego's first new media awards to give local recognition to leaders in San Diego.

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