This August, the online marketing scene in Minneapolis turns to building connections. Whether over a barbecue before golfing, or at the premier marketing event in the Twin Cities, we have the perfect event to build your connections and maybe learn something in the process.

August 11th - Featured Event
Alphabet Bash 2011
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Epic Event Center

Join the fun for the sixth annual Alphabet Bash at Epic Event Center. It's the “can’t miss” networking event for Minnesota’s marketing, advertising, communications and creative professionals. There will be a networking presentation at 4:30 pm and networking opens to all at 6:00 pm.

Sponsoring organizations include:

August 17th
MIMA Mobile Relationship Development
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Nicollet Park Pavilion

Mobile marketing is a new terrain for many companies these days. It is an exciting time but also overwhelming and confusing. It is more important than ever to take a step back and create a holistic mobile strategy. Mobile initiatives will not be successful if viewed as a stand-alone channel an iPhone app is not a mobile strategy. One of the first steps is to map out your customer lifecycle and identify opportunities to weave in smart mobile marketing touch points to drive deeper engagement. Join MIMA for this great event!

August 19th
AdFed Golferoo
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Como City Golf Course

Whether you've never picked up a golf club in your life, or if you're the next PGA star, AdFed's Golferoo is the premier event for marketing and advertising professionals who like to golf.  Meet up with your favorite coworkers and industry contacts for a lunch on the grill, then channel your inner golfer on the traditional 18-hole course. Golferoo will be taking place rain or shine, so bring sunglasses and an umbrella!

August 23rd
MNtor Kickoff (AIGA)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Herkimer

We believe that by providing an introduction between like-minded people and allowing them to determine their own course of action, strong relationships will develop. At the program kick-off event, mentors will meet their mentees — either as a 1-on-1 pairing or as a small group, depending on individual preferences. At the Kick-off, you’ll get to know each other, develop a schedule of meeting times, set expectations and goals for the next four months. When, where and how often you meet and what you do is completely up to you. Sign up today!

August 26th
SMBMSP 39: Social SEO
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cambria Suites

How do large and small brands alike integrate social media, SEO and content marketing to increase sales and improve customer engagement? Get the scoop from SMBMSP's featured speaker, Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing.