After nine awesome months as an intern for HMG Creative, my time has come to an end. I entered this position promptly after graduating from The University of Texas and I’m leaving it with my first full-time job opportunity. I can truly say I’ve learned everything I know from the team at HMG Creative, and I’ll miss them dearly.
Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up. -Rocky Balboa.
As reigning champions the past two years, HMG Creative is proud to have secured a third victory at this year’s Pixelwood Derby. A charity event for networking, healthy competition and a groovy time, Workhorse Marketing’s fifth annual Pixelwood Derby saw a record turnout with over 300 attendees.
Networking is one of the most effective and least expensive methods you can use to build new relationships and grow your business. It is a skill that anyone can master, it just requires some practice.
We scoured the world wide web to curate 8 of the most simple yet effective networking tips:
It’s the beginning of October and every Austinite knows what that means—the first weekend of Austin City Limits. Whether you’re a festival goer or festival avoider, this weekend will impact us all. ACL brings people from around the country to the city of Austin, giving our businesses and the city itself unique exposure. This weekend, the city will be packed with music, events, locals, and travelers from around the world. With hundreds of festival-goers hitting the streets of Austin, this is the perfect weekend to take advantage of blockchain marketing and consulting opportunities for your business.
Austin’s annual population spike returns for its 31st year today, March 10, 2017. South by Southwest (SXSW) is an event that people from all over the world come to enjoy. Featuring speakers, conferences, and entertainment–this week of festivities has something happening at all times, and something intriguing for everyone.
As many of you probably already know, South by Southwest (SXSW) recently wrapped up in Austin, and despite a few rainy days in the beginning, turned out to be a great event. If you’re not familiar with SXSW, Google it; you’re missing out. This was my first time attending, as I recently moved to Austin from Montana, and I doubt I’ll ever miss it again. With multi-faceted themes including music, film and interactive, SXSW is not only entertaining, but it becomes a breeding ground for creativity. Most importantly though, it is THE place to be in terms of networking.
Some of the most creative and brilliant minds from around the world converge in Austin for SXSW. The challenge is trying to meet them, but more importantly, that they remember you. Personally, I enjoy networking events and meeting new people. I guess I fall into that category, “people person” and typically don’t have too much trouble introducing myself to complete strangers. It’s a bit of an art, but really just requires the ability to muster up enough courage to walk up to someone and say, “Hi, my name is……..” Easier said than done, I know. Could there be an easier way?
Well as a serial networker looking for ways to meet new people, my colleague and I stumbled across what could quite possibly be one of the best icebreakers known to mankind; the fake mustache. On the first night of SXSW, a representative from the American Mustache Institute (who was dressed like Elvis) was handing out fake mustaches. For the rest of the night, everybody wanted to be our friend. We met so many interesting people that we made a trip to Party City the next morning and bought more mustaches. That night the mustaches came out and were all gone within 5 minutes. Again, we were the life of the party and had met everyone by the end of the night.
I think the real power of the fake mustache lies with its ability to serve as an icebreaker and how it prompts complete strangers to initiate conversation with the person in “stache”. What I found amazing though, was the number of people I ran into several nights later that said, “Hey, you’re the mustache guy!” From now on, I will always carry mustaches in my wallet; you never know when they could come in handy! Anyway, I encourage you to give it a try; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.