Spring Clouds March Marketing Madness CaendarAre you ready for March Madness? Not the basketball tournament, but the plethora of events that your favorite marketing organizations have prepared for you? Whether you're seeking a happy hour, more SEO information, case studies on social media or advice for students, there is something perfect for you in this calendar.

March 1st
AIGA- 25 Years of Insights: Kevin Quealy, New York Times
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Art Center Cinema

Kevin Quealy is a member of the New York Times Graphics Department, a team of visual journalists who illustrate and contextualize the news for the paper and nytimes.com. The department has won many national and international awards, including the National Design Award for Communication

March 3rd
Cocktails with Creatives: The Inn
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Inn

Even though the cold is still lingering, the days are getting longer by over 3 minutes each day! What’s that you say? You’d like to get together with more creative-types here in Minnesota? AIGA Minnesota has your answer: Cocktails with Creatives. Come to the Inn Restaurant, Thursday, March 3rd, in downtown Minneapolis, for your networking fix.

MNWC Mobile Marketing
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boston Scientific Arden Hills Campus

Is this the year of mobile marketing? Each year seems to be the year of mobile marketing as the industry continues to evolve. And last year was no exception with mobile advertising being the fastest-growing advertising channel. This speaker session will provide insights to the current state of mobile marketing and provide examples of companies who are using it well. Learn and be inspired on how mobile marketing can fit with your marketing communications.

March 8th
AIGA- 25 Years of Insights: Michael Hart, Mono
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Art Center Cinema

After successful careers at leading ad agencies, Michael Hart, Chris Lange, and James Scott founded Minneapolis-based Mono, a firm specializing in inventive communication solutions for a variety of clients, including Herman Miller, Apple, Blu Dot, Airstream, and USA Network. Mono was named Small Agency of the Year by Advertising Age in 2010.

March 10th
AIGA- Stimulatte'
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duffy & Partners

Students! Join design director Joseph Duffy, project manager Ashley Hudson, and intern Katie Evans for an inside look at one of the Twin Cities’ legendary design studios. They will discuss Duffy’s process of design and working with clients through case studies. Stimulatté is a free social gathering developed for design students to create new connections. Hosted at a design firm or coffee shop, we are usually in the presence of a professional guest.

Ad2's Happy Hour at Periscope
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Big paying clients aren't the only clients within the walls of an advertising agency. It's time to call attention to the strategic and challenging work between ad agencies and local non-profits. Periscope invites you to a happy hour event which will include an informative presentation in the Periscope photo studio, delightful social opportunity and an optional tour of the agency.

AIGA- So...Outside the Box
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Baker Design

Join us for the next “So…” event, “Outside the Box. Breaking Down the Packaging Process,” at BAKER. The evening will feature a hands-on workshop and a social networking opportunity.

March 15th
AIGA- 25 Years of Insights: James Goggin Practise
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Arts Center Cinema

James Goggin established Practise, a London-based studio that garnered acclaim for its work with clients such as Tate Modern, Channel 4, Artangel, and the Design Museum. He was art director of the British music magazine The Wire, and has taught at the Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands and at ECAL in Switzerland. In 2010, Goggin became director of design, print, and digital media at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. ?www.practise.co.uk.

March 16th
MWMC- Networking Happy Hour
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gluek's Restaurant and Bar

Join MWMC and Jill Mazza, MABC, CPC, certified professional coach and corporate communications trainer, for this unique, action-learning workshop and speed-networking event. Jill will provide tips for creating polished, professional introductions that leverage your expertise and credibility so that you can maximize business and social networking opportunities.

March 18th
SMBMSP #35: Legalities
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thomson Reuters - Mendota Heights

Join the SMBMSP crew as they talk about the legal issues for some organizations, and the challenges of social engagement that they bring over coffee and bacon.

March 22nd
AIGA- 25 Years of Insights: Julie Beeler, Second Story Interactive
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Arts Center Cinema

Since 1994, Julie Beeler, cofounder of Portland, Oregon’s Second Story, has become known for its technical savvy and ability to craft compelling stories into immersive experiences. Second Story has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for its interactive installations, websites, motion graphics, and three-dimensional visualizations. www.secondstory.com.

MNAMA- Case Studies in Successful Social Media
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vic's on the Waterfront

Many marketers are looking to adapt social media to meet their communications needs. Where do you start? How can you meaningfully engage your customers through social media? How would you measure success? During this panel discussion, you will hear from both B2B and B2C marketers who have incorporated social media into their integrated campaigns, overcome challenges and measured success.

March 23rd
MIMA- Privacy in Advertising: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
7:30 - 9:30 am
Metropolitan Ballroom

Join us for an insightful and informative evening as Alan talks about who owns the data in theory and reality, the potential direction of proposed legislation, and what every interactive marketer should know to get their house in order and keep their company from a disastrous privacy lawsuit.

Ad Fed- 10 Trends that will Shape the World in 2011 and Beyond
7:45 am - 9:30 am
International Market Square

The Urgency Economy. Non-Commitment Culture. Retail as the Third Space. These are among the trends that will that will be driving or significantly impacting consumer behavior and businesses in 2011 and beyond. Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting for J. Walter Thompson (JWT), one of the world’s largest and best-known marketing communications brands, will share details on some of the key trends that brands will need to understand in the years ahead.

March 29th
AIGA- 25 Years of Insights: Casey Caplowe, Good
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Arts Center Cinema

A three-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, Good is a diverse enterprise with a printed magazine, a web platform, and a convener of events. With the tagline, “For People Who Give a Damn,” Good has become a catalyst for more socially engaged thinking around issues of health, food, the environment, and design. The Los Angeles–based Caplowe is a cofounder of Good and serves as creative director. www.good.is.

March 30th
MNAMA- March Marketing Mixer
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus

Get ready for another night of Speed Networking—once again in our popular group networking format! Attend this "can't-miss" event and meet more people in one evening than in a month of traditional networking. It's fun and easy!

SMBMSP After Hours
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location TBD

If you cannot attend the monthly breakfasts, join members of the SMBMSP crew after work hours for a topic surrounding social media.

March 31st
MWMC- Women@Work :: SEO and Content Development
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus

Topics covered: Keyword research, Social media audits, Secondary research, Measurement as part of the decision process, Keyword themed content calendars, Modeling the path to purchase, Content strategy, Channel plan, Editorial calendar, Content development, Execution, and Measurement, analysis, optimization.