Live Webinar: Talking with The CR About The Business Of Community Management at Walgreens

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When you’re building an enterprise social network at a large company and aiming to make your organization more social and collaborative, one of the most important things you should do is surround yourself with smart people who have done or are doing the same thing as you’re aiming to do.

That’s why I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Community Roundtable. The CR network is run by and is full of smart leaders who know their stuff when it comes to the business of community management. Over the last two years, being a member has helped to build and strengthen our internal social media and community management strategy at Walgreens.

It was a pleasure being on the advisory board for the 2013 State of Community Management Report and in 2014 the Community Roundtable is kicking off a new live webinar series called “Community Manager Spotlight” and I have the honor of being the first guest.

I invite you to join us next Wednesday January 29th @ 2pm EST for the 30 minute live webinar to learn how we’ve been using community management strategies to build our internal social media program at Walgreens and where we’re heading as our program grows. It’ll be lots of fun and I’m looking forward to sharing our story with you.

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Live Fix Radio Episode 40: How Listly Builds Community And Connects Concert Fans

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of the social curation and list-making platform Listly and chatting with it’s co-founder Nick Kellet about why Listly is an essential community building tool for concert fans, and a great way to share and remember your favorite live music memories.

And of course, we asked Nick to share a list of his most memorable concert experiences which include seeing Kid Creole and The Coconuts, Melissa Etheridge, John Cooper Clark, Blue Oyster Cult, and a funny story of how he ended up as a bouncer for an Anne Lennox show. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

 

Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmediaFacebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.

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Live Fix Radio Episode 39: Bon Iver Tattoos, Crowd Surfing Coachella and A Sublime Shakedown At Lolla

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of Bon Iver and the power of the little things and chatting with fellow concert fan Isabel about how this picture of Justin Vernon’s “that was then” tattoo inspired Isabel to get her own tattoo. Isabel’s also tells us why she’ll never forget crowdsurfing during Bon Iver at Coachella and soaking in Cage The Elephant with her dad during a sublime downpour at Lollapalooza. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

 

Music featured during the show:

  • Bon Iver  –  “Holocene” and “Skinny Love” (iTunes)

 

Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmediaFacebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.

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Live Fix Radio Episode 38: New Live Albums from Eels and Mumford & Sons

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re paying tribute to the fiery live performance of late Chicago bluesman Magic Slim, and sharing highlights and stories from the new releases by Mumford & Sons and Eels. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

  • Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s  summer tour
  • Adelle performs Skyfall first time live at Oscars

 

Music featured during the show:

 

Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmediaFacebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.

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Live Fix Radio Episode 37: Super Bowl Halftime History and Real Concert Crowd Sourcing

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re exploring the past, present and future of the Super Bowl halftime show and thinking about what sort of copy-catting Beyonce might be up to during this year’s show. We’ll also riff on Pepsi’s attempt at crowd-sourcing and compare that with examples of real concert crowd-sourcing. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes:

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

 

 

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Live Fix Radio: Camplified and Teaching The Kids How To Rock Live

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As we’ve seen (and heard) before, kids can rock the stage and get lost in the awe of live music at any age.

And during this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re continuing our why kids rock and amaze us exploration and talking with Camplified founder Aimee Berger about how she’s playing a pivotal role in raising up the next generation of artists and creating a new type of live music experience for young concert fans through the Camplified summer camp tours. She also shares what amazes here about seeing Adele and Eminem live, and why she loves going to shows with her parents.

And since this episode is all about the kids, we’re excited to have another special guest, our son Calvin,  join us during the show too.

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

Segment two (10:53): Interview with Aimee Berger.

Segment three (35:09): Should kids strive to be great musicians or great performers?

Music featured during the show
  • Payton Rae – “Stomp Out The Fire” Live during the Camplified Summer Tour
  • Adele – “Someone Like You” Live at Royal Albert Hall
  • Eminem – “Lose Yourself” Live at Yankee Stadium
  • Brandon and Savanah – covering Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”  live during Camplified Summer Tour 2012

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Live Fix Radio: Our Top Picks, All-Time Classic Concert Movies, and Why We Love Them

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If you can’t go to the show, we know, the next best thing is rocking out to a concert movie in a darkened theater or in the comfort of your home.

Yep, that’s right. During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re continuing our exploration of concert documentaries for your listening (and viewing) pleasure. From LCD Sound System’s Shut Up And Play the Hits to The Last Waltz, we’re sharing our top picks from recent releases and all-time classic movies that capture the live concert experience, celebrate the fan experience and set the standard for how concert movies should be made.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

Segment two (28:17): The best of 2012 and bucket-list concert movies.

Concert movies featured during the show (all links iTunes store or Amazon)

What’s Your Favorite Concert Movie?

We couldn’t cover them all, so tell us what your think is the all-time best concert movie?

What do you think makes a great rock doc?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Live Fix Radio: What Kind Of Concert Character Are You?

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re talking with Steve Weinberger author of No Air Guitar Allowed. Listen in as he shares how his comical book of concert characters came to life, what he’s never done at a show before and how he’s teaching his daughter the fine art of concertgoing.

Plus, we’ll explore our electromusical mood discoveries at Pitchfork Festival, The Who’s 1979 redeeming ticket opportunity, Lolla fans getting punched in the stomach, and why Jack White is apparently requesting fans not use social media during his shows.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

Segment two (30:00): Interview with Steve Weinberger.

Music played during the show

What’s Your Concert Persona?

Which of Steve’s characters do you identify with?

What are some of your favorite people-watching moments at concerts?

What new concert characters do you see emerging in today’s ever-evolving live music culture?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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What Is Your Music Mood: Exploring eMusic’s Aura Machine At Pitchfork Festival

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Yes, we are.

We’re getting closer to doing actual real scientific experiments at concerts. I’m also excited to tell you what I saw because it pushes our experiments forward too.

I say this because during my time at Pitchfork Music Festival I had the pleasure of going into the eMusic Eletromusical Energy Visualizer to see how certain types of music affected my mood and my aura. The booth is part of eMusic’s exploration about the connection between our favorite bands and our auras.

When I frist saw the EEV I was intrigued. I took a look around and then stepped in to see what it was all about.

I slipped on the headphones and put my hands on the sensors.  As I listened to short snippets of Beach House, A$AP Rocky, Ice Age and Lower Dens tunes, the machine flashed and buzzed. Then a few minutes later I step out of the dark booth and was handed a sheet that showed me how my auras were impacted by the different tunes.

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Looking at the sheet I thought how clearly part of this is psuedoscience and what I just took part in was largely for my own personal entertainment.

But as I walked away from the booth and took in the rest of the festival, I thought about a few things.

I thought about how something like this could be a great opportunity to merge entertainment and emotional education and create an experience that would be extremely valuable for concert fans.

For starters, as we already know, live music impacts us on a deep level. There’s all types of stories unfolding.

Going to concerts is a spiritual, physiological and psychological event whether you realize it or not. And that’s what the EMV gets us to consider.

Anytime we have the chance to stop and think about how something that happened at a concert is affecting our mood we’re always better after the experience. And that’s what the EMV does, even if it isn’t completely accurate.

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When I stood in the booth I wanted something more.

I wanted to be able to pipe in the live music that was flowing all around me at the festival. I wanted to be able to do a true sensory experiment of what I was feeling at that very moment or during a heightened moment during my favorite song. I know I would pay for something like if it was able to capture and give a visual representation of what I was feeling on the inside.

With our first baby coming this fall, one of the most amazing things during the last eight months has been to see what the baby looks like as it’s growing inside my wife via the ultrasound pictures.

So why not strive to create a similar priceless picture of what concert fans feel on the inside during a concert that just rocked their world?

What They Should Have Done

All that said, I didn’t only want to know how a recorded snippet of music was moving me emotionally,  I wanted to be able to know how the music surging from the stages was impacting my mood.  I had seen Beach House before and had an amazing experience tweeting human emotion  and I wish I could have piped in their set while in the EMV booth.

So maybe next year, eMusic or someone else will figure out how to pull this off.

Maybe a mobile app could do it?

Maybe next year, we as fans will have evolved as a species to a point where we desire to truly know and have scientific data that shows us how our favorite live music experiences are influencing our moods and changing our lives.  I don’t know about you, but I would love to see how my live music mood and aura compares with other fans and my favorite artists. Then if we’re able to to that, we should be able to understand how our auras and moods impact each others during the show. That would be the ultimate communal concert experience!

We going to explore this more on a future episode of Live Fix Radio, so drop your thoughts and comments below and check out these previous Live Fix Experiments about our moods and senses:

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Concert Preview: Lounge Ax Reunion Celebration

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Continuing our exploration of live rock history in Chicago, here’s news via the Chicago Tribune about a retrospective party celebrating the Lounge Ax, one of the Windy City’s central hubs and greatest venues for indie-rock in 90’s.

As Greg Kot reports:

The co-owners of the club, Sue Miller Tweedy and Julia Adams, will host the Lounge Ax Retrospective at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, a Logan Square record store, gallery and performance space. They’ll pack it with memorabilia including posters and some of the countless photo-booth snapshots of rock bands that played the club during its heyday, including Pavement, Wilco, Shellac, Tortoise, Smog, the Sea & Cake and Yo La Tengo. A party is planned at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and several bands will perform at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.

Sounds like a great time to celebrate and share stories. And if you had the pleasure of seeing a show there back in the day, let us know more about your Lounge Ax experience and we’ll share your stories on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Until then, check out these Live Fix Experiments that explore bands and concert moments related to Loung Ax reunion bash and other cool stuff about Chicago live music history:

 

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Concert Preview: A.V. Club, Hideout Block Party 2012

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Our Hideout Block Party exploration continues as The Hideout and A.V. Club join forces for a combined summer festival set to take place on Sept 14 & 15 at the Hideout.

So far the line up includes:

Iron & Wine, Glen Hassard, Lee Fields and the Expression, The Corin Tucker Band, Waco Brothers, Redmoon Theater and more to be announced on June 25 with sponsors including Rock for Kids and the Onion.

Get more info about tickets and dates here.

And get ready for the show with these previous Live Fix experiments about the Hideout, previous Block Party summer festival experiences:

Are You Ready To Rock the Block Party?

What are your most memorable experiences at previous Hideout Block Parties? What bands are looking forward to seeing live this year?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

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Concert Preview: iTunes Festival 2012

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Continuing our exploration of virtual live music experiences and mobile apps, here’s news about the iTunes Festival 2012, one of the most interactive and mobile events of 2012.

For 30 days in September, 60 artists will perform live in London and fans can buy tickets to the event or watch the action live on their iPad, iPhone or iTouch. You can also stream the concerts to your big screen wirelessly using AirPlay and your Apple TV.

The lineup includes a wide range of pop, rock, hip hop and other artist like Jack White, Norah Jones, Usher, JLS, Noel Galagher, One Direction and more, all to perform live at the Roundhouse in North London.

According to the iTunes Festival Website “Tickets for the iTunes Festival are free. You can apply for as many gigs as you like…” on the lineup page.

And when you sign up you are entered for a chance to win the tickets to shows at the Roundhouse, but only UK residents can score the free tickets. For the rest of us, all the performances will be streamed live and recorded for download via the iTunes mobile apps.

That said, I’ll be keeping tabs on Jack White’s World Record attempt and watching to see if another Dave Grohl moment happens this year, so I’ll be tuning in on my iPod Touch to see how the shows go. And we invite you to share your iTunes Festival  2012 stories and virtual experiences in the comments below, so we can feature them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Jack White Attempts Strange Metaphoric Concert Record

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Well, this is a fun continuation of our ongoing White Stripes experiment. Of course it’s only Jack White attempting a new world record as he voyages out in the wake of his new album Blunderbuss.

Here’s the news according to a press release that I received and chuckled through as I read the details of this strange metaphoric concert quest.

Jack White has again decided to take on the tremendous challenge of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

During the rest of the performances on his current tour supporting his new album “Blunderbuss” (which incidentally is currently in the running for the world record of “the fastest named album in history” *pending), Jack White will every night on stage attempt to break the world record for most metaphors in a single concert.

The attempt may prove very exhausting and at times even dangerous, but the results could prove to be glorious and possibly even vainglorious. White and Third Man Records are certain that the extremely scientific and intricate analysis of the metaphors that occur will be examined in accordance with Guinness’ usually very thorough methods probably, or at the very least if somebody answers the phone at the pub.

Third Man Records encourages all attendees of said concerts to please not interfere or interject with any metaphors that they witness occur during the show as to not disqualify or worse yet, trivialize the metaphor in question. In addition all concert attendees are encouraged to entice as many metaphors to occur during the show that they possibly can as long as they don’t endanger themselves or Mr. White.

Sounds like fun, right?

Well, for the most part it will be entertaining to watch this unfold.

But I think if audience participation is not encourage White will be missing out on an intriguing opportunity for concert fan crowdsourcing. And if fans are just observers and not participants in this strange quest then we might have another unfortunate Looky-Loos situation on our hands.

Jack White vs. Guinness

The other twist to the story is that this isn’t the first time that Jack White has tried to make Guinness World Records history with his live show.

As Pitchfork reports, back in 2007 The White Stripes attempted to set a record for the shortest concert ever with a one-note show. The attempt was captured in the excellent film Great White Northern Lights and here’s what happened back then:

“Ultimately they turned us down,” White told Aldrin, calling the Guinness organizers “elitist” and their decision arbitrary.

“There’s nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what is a record and what isn’t. I mean, there is some stuff like Olympic records where they have a committee. But most of the records in there-who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever-are just whatever they want them to be. So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn’t think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record. I don’t know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book . . . Maybe this will help us get the word out.”

Well, it seems that it did.

Guinness World Records have now explained their decision to NME. The White Stripes were, apparently, recognized for their accomplishment in a 2009 edition of the book. But then Guinness received a barrage of applications from other bands attempting to outdo the White Stripes. The organization realized that “the nature of competing to make something the ‘shortest’ by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out,” they told NME. They decided to do away with a range of “shortest” categories, including shortest song, shortest poem, and shortest concert. Also adding to the decision, they told NME, was how different interpretations of what constitutes a “concert” made the category hard to work with.

All this said, White’s metaphoric quest seems more like a personal mission between him and Guinness, than a fun thing for him and fan’s to experience during the forth-coming tour. Either way, I’m sure it will be entertaining to see if White can pull it off and see if Guinness finally approves.

What do you think about White’s quest?

Were you at the one-note show? Would you want to help White with his metaphoric adventure? What would you do to make this a true artist and fan collaboration?

Rock on my friends and do share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Jack White’s Tour Dates:

05/18-20/12 – Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Music Fest

05/19/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +

05/21/12- NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/22/12 – NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater (all ages matinee show) +

05/26/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

05/27/12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre +

05/28/12 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall) +

05/30/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

05/31/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

06/21/12 – London, UK – O2 Academy Broxton +

06/22/12 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo +

06/23/12 – Hackney Marshes, London, UK – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend

06/25/12 – Amsterdam, NL – Heineken Music Hall

06/26/12 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

06/27/12 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk +

06/29/12 -Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter

07/01/12 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes

07/02/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/03/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/05/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks +

07/05-08/12 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

07/20-22/12 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival +

07/25/12 – Melbourne, Australia – Festival Hallm +

07/26/12 – Sydney, Australia – Hordern Pavillion +

07/27/12 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass Festival +

07/27-29/12 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival +

08/03-05/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

08/08/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

08/10-12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

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Concert Preview: Riot Fest and Carnival 2012

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Our Riot Fest exploration continues with this news about a new summer festival and carnival set for Sept. 14 at the Congress Theater and Sept. 15-16 at Humboldt Park.

So far the line up includes:

Iggy & the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, the Descendents, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Offspring, Dropkick Murphys and more.

Get more info about tickets and dates here.

And get ready for the show with these previous Live Fix experiments:

Are You Ready To Rock at Riot Fest?

What are your most memorable experiences at Riot Fest? What bands are looking forward to seeing live?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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