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We’re just two weeks from our SMB Digital Marketing Conference. That means we’re gearing up to hear top notch speakers from Google, Facebook, Twitter Yelp and lots of other companies innovating and disrupting the world of SMB local marketing.

I’m personally excited that the conference is taking place in one of my favorite cities, Austin. It’s a perfect place to host a conference that focuses on and celebrates innovation. And we’ll be doing just that with the second installment of our Local Liftoff Awards.

Launched at our March conference in Boston, this builds from our existing Future Stars program and adds a competitive element. Audience members can vote for their favorite startup in our field of early stage competitors throughout the first two days of the show.

The top three vote getters are then given the main stage to demo their product to attendees and a panel of judges. Think Shark Tank or American Idol. Audience voting then decides the winner. Last time the winner was Puchcard and we’re excited to see who will be next.

For any startups out there doing innovative and disruptive work in local media, I encourage you to sign up to be one of our Future Stars. It offers lots of great exposure, early stage vetting, and training for delivering a concise pitch to investors or partners.

We also hope to see you if you’re interested in scoping out some of this early stage innovation. The intelligence gathering, networking and content of BIA/Kelsey conferences are unmatched in the local media space. And as a bonus, a discount code is the video below.

See you in Austin.

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