Social Media Experts Gather in Richmond, VA for New Media Seminar

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On Facebook, people make 'friends.' On LinkedIn, they make 'connections.' On Twitter, they're called 'followers,'

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on, and so on. It's all over the news, but as a business owner or marketer, you have questions. Luckily, Madison+Main and several other companies are teaming up to bring the New Media Seminar series to Richmond March 10th and 11th at Holiday Inn Select Koger Center.

"On Facebook, people make 'friends.' On LinkedIn, they make 'connections.' On Twitter, they're called 'followers,'" notes nationally recognized new media expert Dave Saunders, President & Chief Idea Officer at Madison+Main. "Companies are jumping on the social media bandwagon and they have no idea how to turn all of these people into customers. Social media can help turn people into screaming, raving customers that are loyal to your brand and ready to buy your product."

Saunders and other top experts will lead two, fun and informative four-hour seminars that will show attendees how to maximize online marketing through new media and social media, the fastest growing communities on the internet. Attendees will learn how to create a new media marketing strategy and expand their brand's online reach and implement customer service tools through websites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Digg, Delicious, YouTube and more.

The New Media Seminars represent the first time that a program of this nature has been offered in the Richmond area. Similar seminars in Washington, D.C. and New York City often cost thousands of dollars to attend. Tickets for the New Media Seminars are just $299 if purchased before February 23rd. Retail Merchants Association, Greater Richmond Chamber, Chesterfield Chamber, Western Chesterfield Business Alliance and Greater Richmond Partnership members get an extra special discount: two tickets for the price of one. You must be a current member of one of these organizations to receive the two-for-one discount.

These four-hour all inclusive seminars include breakfast/lunch, parking, seminar workbook and other conference materials.

For more information on the New Media Seminars, call 1-804-521-4141 or toll-free 1-877-623-6246 (877-MAD-MAIN). To reserve seats online, simply visit

About Dave Saunders
Dave is President & Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main, Advertising & New Media, a full service advertising and new media firm, based in Richmond, Virginia. Dave is a nationally recognized expert in new media and social media marketing and speaks frequently to businesses and civic organizations about the potential power of the World Wide Web.

Dave is a former Advertising and Marketing Manager with Media General, coming back to Virginia after 11 years working in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Great American Concepts, an L.A. advertising design firm, former Director of the Los Angeles office of Hal Riney & Associates and previously spent five years as Marketing Programs Director for the Tribune Media, parent company of the Los Angeles Times and its internet properties: CareerBuilder, and

In the media: Dave is frequently quoted as a source in print publications (such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired Magazine, The Guardian (UK), Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, Virginia Business, Richmond Magazine and Work Magazine). He has also been interviewed on more than a dozen radio and television programs to talk about new media and social media.

Recent awards and honors: 2008 Finalist for the 21st annual IMPACT Award, 2008 Finalist for The Shorty Awards, Advertising Category (Knight Foundation), Greater Richmond Companies to Watch (Venture Forum), 2008 Richmond Ad Show Winner (Cannonball for Promotional Design Category; Richmond Ad Club), 2007 Public Relations Award (Rotary International), 2007 Award of Merit and Honorable Mention ("TED" Campaign; NSPRA).

About Madison+Main:
Madison+Main is an award-winning, full-service advertising and new media firm that specializes in emerging companies between 15 and 1,500 employees. Clients include A Moment in Time, Baby Jogger, The Bag Boy Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Children Incorporated, The Coleman Institute,, The Greater Richmond Chamber, Shore Bank, Slotline Golf, Uppy's, Wythe Will Distributing, IssueTrak and many others. The firm is based in Richmond, Virginia, with an additional office in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit or from your mobile device.


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