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REPORT&OVERVIEW
NOTABLE&BRANDS SESSIONS&WE&LOVED
MAJOR&THEMES PERSONALITIES TRENDING&TECH
HERE’S&WHAT&INSPIRED&US&DURING&S...
BRAND&TAKEAWAYS&
TRANSFORMING&DATA&INTO&INSIGHTS&AND&ACTION&WILL&DIFFERENTIATE&INNOVATIVE&BRANDS
“The&best&companies&have&...
MAJOR&THEMES
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HERE$ARE$THE$TOPICS$THAT$ROSE$ABOVE$THE$NOISE$AND$LIKELY$WILL$
CONTINUE$TO$DRIVE...
DELIVERING&
ON&DATA
COMMUNITIES:
NARRATIVE&&&
ENGAGEMENT
The$word$data$has$been$thrown$around$in$recent$
years,$to$the$poi...
MODERN&
CONTENT&
DISTRIBUTION
RETAIL
REEXAMINED
SXSW$is$sometimes$referred$to$as$“geek$spring$
break,”$for$its$emphasis$on...
GROWTH&&THROUGH&
INTREPRENEURSHIP
CULTURAL&
DISRUPTION
A$new$generation$of$talent$is$entering$the$workforce:$
one$that$is$...
PERSONALITIES
Photo&credit:&Richard&Mcblane/Getty&Images
THESE$ARE$THE$MOVERS$&$SHAKERS$THAT$
CAPTURED$OUR$ATTENTION$AT$SX...
WALTER&ISAACSON&–&President$&$CEO$of$The$Aspen$Institute$
Issascon$spoke$in$the$How&Innovation&Happens$keynote$–$alongside...
BRIAN&GRAZER&–&Academy$AwardJWinning$Producer,$Author;$CoJFounder$of$Imagine$Entertainment
On$stage$speaking$about$his$new...
TRENDING&TECH
Photo&credit:&IGN.com
HERE$ARE$THIS$YEAR’S$STANDOUT$TECHNOLOGIES
THAT$MADE$THEIR$PRESENCE$KNOWN$AT$SXSW
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WHO&OR&
WHAT?
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ABOUT?
WHY&DOES&
IT&MATTER?
MEERKAT VIRTUAL&REALITY&(VR)&TECH
Meerkat$is$the&app$that$stole$the$s...
WHO&OR&
WHAT?
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ABOUT?
WHY&DOES&
IT&MATTER?
BITCOIN WEARABLES&+&HEALTH
Bitcoin$has$been$referred$to$as$the$
“curr...
WHO&OR&
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ABOUT?
WHY&DOES&
IT&MATTER?
INTERNET&OF&THINGS ROBOTICS
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NOTABLE&BRANDS
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HERE$ARE$OUR$FAVORITES:$#CLIENTS$AND$NONRC...
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the$show’s$main$set.$Fan...
The$Simpsons&–&To$mark$the$25th$anniversary$of$
the$KWIKRERMART$appearing$on$the$classic$
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SQUIRL.CO&–&It$was$hard$to$miss$the$group$of$
squirrels$sitting$around$Austin$read...
TOYOTA&–$SXSW$attendees$were$wowed$by$the$
automaker’s$OculusRpowered$distracted$driving$
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at$SXSW$used$popular$dating$app$Tinder$to$trick$
many$men$who$liked$“Ava”$...
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MOPHIE&–$The$cellphone$case/battery$pioneer$
partnered$with$the$Saint$Bernard$Rescue$
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CANON&–&Canon$hosted$a$filmmakers$lounge$
where$SXSW$goers$could$relax,$refresh$and$learn$
more$about$Canon$products$throug...
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HootSuite&–&The$popular$social$media$
management$system$won$big$with$its$
impossibleRtoRmiss$tra...
Google&–&Always$a$presence$at$SXSW,$Google$
promoted$its$rapidly$expanding$Google$Fiber$
highRspeed$offering,$announced$for...
Photo&credits:&Business&Insider
HBO&–&With$few$shows$present$at$SXSW,$Game&
of&Thrones&was$the$most$popular$by$far.$The$
S...
USA&–&Promoting$the$network’s$new$hacker$drama,$Mr.&
Robot,$USA$partnered$with$Boingo$to$give$ATX$airport$wifi$
users$a$sur...
SESSIONS&WE&LOVEDTHOUGH$IT’S$IMPOSSIBLE$TO$ATTEND$EVERY$AMAZING$SESSION$AT$
SXSW,$THESE$ARE$THE$ONES$THAT$STUCK$WITH$US$AF...
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2015 SXSW Interactive Recap

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Coming out of SXSW Interactive 2015, here are the major themes, personalities, trending tech, notable brands and sessions that inspired us this year.

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2015 SXSW Interactive Recap

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  2. REPORT&OVERVIEW NOTABLE&BRANDS SESSIONS&WE&LOVED MAJOR&THEMES PERSONALITIES TRENDING&TECH HERE’S&WHAT&INSPIRED&US&DURING&SXSW&THIS&YEAR 2
  3. BRAND&TAKEAWAYS& TRANSFORMING&DATA&INTO&INSIGHTS&AND&ACTION&WILL&DIFFERENTIATE&INNOVATIVE&BRANDS “The&best&companies&have&a&data&analytics&person&who&reports&directly&to&the&CEO,”&said&SXSW&keynote&speaker&and&Silicon&Valley&whiz&Bill& Gurley&in&his&conversation&with&author&Malcolm&Gladwell,&reaching&thousands&at&SXSW.&Today&we’re&moving&beyond&the&cliche&“big&data”’& buzzword&era&into&one&where&brands&are&making&data&actionable&in&powerful&ways.& Whether&the&data&is&used&to&create&more&valuable&experiences&for&consumers,&to&test&and&optimize&campaigns&and&content,&or&to&inform&key& strategic&decisions,&it&was&clear&at&SXSW&that&data&will&be&the&differentiator&between&brands&that&win&and&brands&that&falter&in&the&future.& Organizations&should&be&investing&not&only&in&the&acquisition&of&data,&but&also&in&talent&that&can&turn&data&into&action&and&outcomes. DIVERSE,&CROSSYFUNCTIONAL&TEAMS&WILL&AMPLIFY&INNOVATION Alongside&Google&Executive&Chairman&Eric&Schmidt,&Megan&Smith,&Chief&Technology&Officer&of&the&United&States,&woke&up&the&crowd&in&her& keynote&talk&How$Innovation$Happens&when&she&said,&“It’s&just&a&proven&fact&that&diverse&teams&make&better&products.&If&you&want&better& products,&better&reach&and&better&economics,&have&diverse&teams.”& Brands&that&are&able&to&leverage&the&radically&changing&workforce&and&its&neverYbeforeYseen&values&of&collaboration&and&diversity&will&be&the& ones&that&see&the&most&innovation&happening.&Diversity&–&across&genders,&skill&sets&and&race&–&will&only&increase&in&importance&in&the&future.& Businesses&that&want&to&win&tomorrow&can&get&a&jumpYstart&by&investing&in&diverse,&crossYfunctional&teams&today. ASK&BETTER&QUESTIONS&TO&GET&TO&MEANINGFUL&INNOVATION At&SXSW&it’s&easy&to&fall&into&the&trap&of&being&mesmerized&by&the&latest&new&shiny&object&in&the&tech&world,&but&this&year&many&top&panels& stressed&that&the&most&important&leadership&skill&for&businesses&and&business&leaders&is&learning&how&to&ask&the&right&questions.&The&moment&a& brand&stops&asking&questions&is&the&moment&it&stops&innovating&solutions&to&its&most&vexing&challenges.&As&Peter&Drucker&once&noted,&“There’s& nothing&more&dangerous&than&the&right&answer&to&the&wrong&question.”& New&apps,&technologies,&approaches&and&data&can&be&incredibly&valuable&to&a&brand&only&if&they&are&part&of&solving&the&right&problems.& Marketers&who&wish&to&encourage&more&questioning&among&their&teams&before&trying&to&innovate&could&employ&innovation&expert&Hal& Gregersen’s&“4Y24”&project:&spending&4&minutes&a&day&(24&hrs&a&year)&asking&better&questions&about&problems,&both&large&and&small,&they&are& facing.& 3
  4. MAJOR&THEMES Photo&credit:&@Megan_Clement HERE$ARE$THE$TOPICS$THAT$ROSE$ABOVE$THE$NOISE$AND$LIKELY$WILL$ CONTINUE$TO$DRIVE$CONVERSATION$IN$THE$COMING$MONTHS 4
  5. DELIVERING& ON&DATA COMMUNITIES: NARRATIVE&&& ENGAGEMENT The$word$data$has$been$thrown$around$in$recent$ years,$to$the$point$of$exhaustion$for$marketers.$ But$there’s$a$good$reason$it$remains$such$a$hot$ topic:$There’s$more$data$than$ever$before,$and$ brands$that$can$win$with$data$will$win$in$the$everR changing$modern$marketing$landscape. A$variety$of$packed$panels,$including$one$led$by$ 360i$Chief$Strategy$Officer$Lee$Maicon,$discussed$ data$literacy$and$the$value$exchange$between$ shoppers$and$businesses.$WellRcrafted$data$ strategies$stand$to$improve$a$variety$of$brand$ offerings$R$and$equally$important$R$to$strengthen$ consumer$loyalty$and$impact$purchase$behavior$ moving$forward. Progressive$brands$and$marketers$are$harnessing$ communities$in$new$ways.$Whether$it’s$working$ with$influential$community$members$or$using$ advanced$technologies$that$help$create$and$ distribute$better$content,$the$themes$of$narrative$ storytelling$and$community$engagement$were$big$ topics$of$discussion$at$SXSW. It’s$important$to$note$that$the$word$is$shifting$ beyond$its$traditional,$social$media$community$ origins$to$encompass$groups$unified$by$a$central$ theme$or$idea.$Wearables,$TV$/$movie$fans,$ concert$/$festivalRgoers$and$streaming$music$ subscribers$are$examples$of$communities$that$ were$showcased$at$SXSW.$$Many$sessions$ explored$how$brands$are$working$with,$or$could$ work$better$with,$different$communities. 5
  6. MODERN& CONTENT& DISTRIBUTION RETAIL REEXAMINED SXSW$is$sometimes$referred$to$as$“geek$spring$ break,”$for$its$emphasis$on$progressive$ technologies$–$but$the$festival$is$equally$filled$ with$progressive$ideas.$ One$that$stood$out$in$Austin$centered$around$the$ notion$that$the$old,$adRbased$model$of$brand$ communications$is$transforming.$With$new$ platforms$and$the$ability$to$use$data$to$ personalize$experiences$and$engage$consumers,$ the$notion$of$a$conventional$media$buy$is$ changing.$Panels$like$Content&Marketing&vs.&Don& Draper,&The&End&of&Ads&and$Back&To&The&Future&of& Media&were$big$hits$among$attendees. In$retail,$the$desire$for$marketing$communications$ that$move$customers$from$product$discovery$and$ awareness$to$intent$and$purchase$has$always$been$ the$Holy$Grail.$SXSW$hosted$dozens$of$panels$that$ stressed$how$in$the$notRsoRdistant$future$retailers$ will$have$a$slew$of$new$touchpoints$that$will$ seamlessly$connect$the$digital$and$physical$worlds$ to$form$new$connections$with$consumers$at$ various$stages$of$the$purchase$cycle. These$new$connections$will$create$a$more$unified$ consumer$experience$across$all$channels$–$from$ TV,$to$digital,$social$and$inRstore. Traditional$forms$of$advertising$will$still$be$ important$to$drive$retail$sales,$but$with$these$ impending$advances$in$technology$–$especially$in$ mobile$–$brands$will$be$able$to$connect$the$dots$ more$seamlessly$along$their$consumer’s$journey. 6
  7. GROWTH&&THROUGH& INTREPRENEURSHIP CULTURAL& DISRUPTION A$new$generation$of$talent$is$entering$the$workforce:$ one$that$is$more$frequently$remote,$multiRfunctional$ and$transient$than$any$before$it.$Historically,$these$ traits$would$have$all$been$viewed$negatively,$but$ many$SXSW$sessions$encouraged$brands$to$embrace$ these$attributes$in$order$to$harness$this$much$more$ creative,$collaborative$and$flexible$talent$pool.$ Intrepreneurship,$or$the$practice$of$using$ entrepreneurial$thinking$and$skills$within$a$company,$ was$highlighted$as$a$way$to$engage$talent$and$is$ripe$ territory$for$brands$looking$to$attract$talent,$ innovate$in$their$category$and$keep$pace$with$ change$moving$forward. Innovators,$Ph.D.s,$scientists$and$futurists$took$ the$stage$at$SXSW$to$share$their$thoughts$and$ debate$one$another$around$the$impact$that$ innovative$technologies$are$having$on$culture.$ As$farRfetched$as$it$may$seem,$they$all$support$the$ notion$that$we$must$collectively$discuss$how$the$ digital$revolution$(or$evolution)$is$impacting$many$ fundamental$aspects$of$humanity$–$like$identity$ and$relationships.$ Though$there$was$no$conclusive$answer,$the$ discussion$provoked$new$thinking$about$how$ technologies$–$from$social$and$mobile,$to$public$ and$personal$–$are$becoming$complexly$ embedded$into$everyday$life,$and$what$it$will$ mean$to$be$a$brand$of$the$future. Notable$sessions$included:$AI,&Immortality&and&the& Future&of&Selves;$Facebook,&Twitter&and&The&Future& of&Free&Speech;$and$Home&Smart&Home:&The&Future& Conscious&Home. 7
  8. PERSONALITIES Photo&credit:&Richard&Mcblane/Getty&Images THESE$ARE$THE$MOVERS$&$SHAKERS$THAT$ CAPTURED$OUR$ATTENTION$AT$SXSW 8
  9. WALTER&ISAACSON&–&President$&$CEO$of$The$Aspen$Institute$ Issascon$spoke$in$the$How&Innovation&Happens$keynote$–$alongside$Google’s$Eric$Schmidt$and$the$U.S.$Chief$ Technology$Officer,$Megan$Smith$–$about$the$virtues$of$adopting$new$technologies$in$our$everRincreasing$ digital$world.$Art,$copy,$code$–$“each$of$these$concepts$is$beautiful$and$a$powerful$force$of$our$world.” ANDREW&COCHRANE&–&Digital$Director$of$Mirada$Studios Cochrane$spoke$about$immersive$and$interactive$storytelling$in$the$digital$age.$Immersive$and$interactive$ stories$are$not$told$to$the$audience;$they$are$experienced.$We$are$witnessing$the$birth$of$new$mediums$that$ allow$storytellers$–$including$brands$–$to$reach$their$audiences$in$new,$exciting$and$deeply$personal$ways. AMANDA&PARKES&–&Fashion$Technologist,$Founder$of$Skinteractive$Studio Parkes$was$candid$that$she$believed$today’s$“hard”$wearables$are$only$the$beginning$–$she$sees$the$future$ being$much$more$about$wearable$fabrics$that$consumers$will$adopt.$While$Apple,$Google$and$Facebook$will$ continue$to$innovate,$these$are$just$the$“tip$of$the$iceberg”$for$emerging$tech.$Some$of$the$most$real$ innovation$is$happening$out$of$the$spotlight,$and$will$come$from$brands$and$agencies$alike. TODD&YELLIN&–&VP$of$Product$Innovation,$Netflix Yellin$shared$seven$years$of$lessons$from$A/B$testing$at$Netflix,$noting$that$it$can$help$solve$problems$and$ debates,$can$empower$trying$new$things$and$can$help$move$business$metrics$for$brands.$$However,$he$ stressed$that$testing$isn’t$always$the$solution$–$“no$matter$what$metrics$say,$brands$need$to$stick$to$their$ values.” MICHAEL&MICHALOWICZ&–&Author,$Entrepreneur$and$Lecturer$ Michalowicz$talked$about$social$axioms$and$how$we$frequently$accept$things$for$“the$ way$they$are.”$Many$successes$come$from$questioning$axioms:$Roger$Bannister$first$ broke$the$4Rminute$mile$after$studying$how$geese$fly,$and$hot$dog$eating$champ$ Kobayashi$shattered$the$Nathan’s$contest$record$by$changing$the$ageRold$process.$ 9
  10. BRIAN&GRAZER&–&Academy$AwardJWinning$Producer,$Author;$CoJFounder$of$Imagine$Entertainment On$stage$speaking$about$his$new$book,$A&Curious&Mind,$Grazer$discussed$a$few$fundamentals$for$exercising$ curiosity$and$inspiring$innovation$(e.g.,$he$meets$people$beyond$his$industry$–$law,$medicine,$etc.$–$every$two$ weeks).$He$also$hit$on$the$values$of$a$good$creative$working$relationship:$“Taste.$Work$ethic.$Trust.$Respect.”$ JEFF&GOTHELF&–&Author,$Principal$of$Neo$Innovation In$his$Building&a&Culture&of&Learning$session,$Gothelf$highlighted$three$characteristics$for$building$ continuously$learning$teams:$(1)$Small,$dedicated,$coRlocated,$selfRsufficient$teams$(2)$Incentivized$for$ solving$problems$over$creating$output$(3)$Encouraged$to$take$smaller$risks$with$clear$definitions$of$success. KARL&ISAAC&–&Head$of$Brand$Strategy,$Adobe In$the&Inside&Out:&Where&Corporations&and&Innovation&Meet$panel,$Isaac$discussed$Adobe’s$approach$to$ becoming$a$modern,$creative$company$and$the$importance$of$empowering$teams$to$be$“The$Three$O’s”$–$ Optimistic,$OpenRminded$and$Opportunistic$–$when$facing$new$problems$and$creating$innovative$solutions. PHIL&LIBIN,&CEO$of$Evernote$ Libin$described$how$even$though$we$may$think$we$are$making$the$best,$most$rational,$informed$decisions$ regarding$real$life$problems,$we$usually$operate$in$the$shadow$of$our$“lizard$brain.”$We$first$look$for$the$ answer$with$the$least$potential$negative$outcomes$–$the$safest$option$–$which$often$has$fewer$potential$ positive$outcomes,$too.$Instead,$look$at$the$option$with$the$most$potential$positive$outcomes,$and$take$risks$ for$a$bigger$payoff. PATRICK&TERRY&–&Owner$of$WorldJRenowned$P.$Terry’s$Burgers$in$Austin,$TX Terry$talked$about$the$power$of$modern$wordRofRmouth.$He$has$run$an$extremely$ successful$burger$chain$in$Austin$without$any$marketing.$Instead,$he$relies$on$making$a$ highRquality$product$with$surprisingly$reasonable$prices$and$exceptional$customer$ service.$By$focusing$solely$on$the$customer,$he$has$been$able$to$build$an$empire$of$brand$ advocates$who$authentically$share$and$recommend$P.$Terry’s$to$a$wider$audience$for$$0. 10
  11. TRENDING&TECH Photo&credit:&IGN.com HERE$ARE$THIS$YEAR’S$STANDOUT$TECHNOLOGIES THAT$MADE$THEIR$PRESENCE$KNOWN$AT$SXSW 11
  12. WHO&OR& WHAT? WHAT’S&IT& ABOUT? WHY&DOES& IT&MATTER? MEERKAT VIRTUAL&REALITY&(VR)&TECH Meerkat$is$the&app$that$stole$the$show$at$ SXSW.$Users$connect$via$Twitter$and$can$ liveRstream$via$their$mobile$devices$or$view$ and$comment$on$another$user’s$stream. VR$was$very$big$at$SXSW,$with$both$ hardware$and$software$companies$touting$ their$latest$offerings.$Oculus,$Samsung,$ Avegant$and$Jaunt$were$all$in$Austin. Attendees$were$buzzing$about$VR’s$ immersive$storytelling$potential$to$ radically$change$the$market$for$many$ industries.$ Sports,$entertainment,$journalism$and$ music$all$had$sessions$dedicated$to$how$VR$ will$change$how$we$think$of$those$spaces. Meerkat$is$the$first$company$that’s$cracked$ the$liveRstreaming$code$in$such$a$way$that$ everyone$from$Jimmy$Kimmel$(who$has$ already$streamed$dozens$of$times)$to$your$ grandma$can$use$it$easily$and$effectively.$ While$limitations$exist,$audiences$thus$far$ are$extremely$engaged,$too.$In$just$one$day$ at$SXSW,$there$were$15,000$streams$with$ more$than$200,000$people$tuning$in! 12
  13. WHO&OR& WHAT? WHAT’S&IT& ABOUT? WHY&DOES& IT&MATTER? BITCOIN WEARABLES&+&HEALTH Bitcoin$has$been$referred$to$as$the$ “currency$of$the$Internet”$and$is$one$of$the$ first$currencies$born$on$the$Internet$to$be$ used$in$the$analog$world$economy. Wearables$have$been$a$hot$topic$for$the$ past$year,$but$SXSW$saw$a$new$wave$of$ wearables$dominating$conversation:$smart$ textiles. "As$things$get$smaller$and$cheaper...$I$see$ technology$and$fashion$becoming$one,”$ says$Billie$Whitehouse,$coRfounder$of$ Wearable$Experiments. The$new$world$of$wearables$will$track$and$ record$health$and$fitness$statistics,$clean$ themselves$via$sunlight,$provide$haptic$ feedback$to$aid$in$seamless$integration$ with$mobile$devices,$and$even$stabilize$ body$temperature$for$us. While$we’re$early$in$the$adoption$curve$for$ the$crypto$currency,$Bitcoin$stands$to$ change$the$economics$of$the$world$at$ large.$ Panels$covered$a$range$of$topics,$including:$ Government$Policy$&$Regulation,$How$Any$ Brand$Can$Utilize$Bitcoin,$MIT$Bitcoin$ Project,$and$How$Bitcoin$will$Disrupt$the$ Accounting$and$Auditing$Industry. 13
  14. WHO&OR& WHAT? WHAT’S&IT& ABOUT? WHY&DOES& IT&MATTER? INTERNET&OF&THINGS ROBOTICS The$IoT$–$the$idea$that$connections$will$ come$from$the$physical$world$–$continued$to$ be$a$hot$topic$among$the$tech$elite$at$ SXSW.$Beacon$tech$stood$out,$earning$a$lot$ of$attention$in$this$category. The$sensors$and$technology$required$to$ power$robots$are$becoming$increasingly$ inexpensive$and$accessible,$which$means$ robots$are$poised$to$aid$mankind$in$nearly$ every$industry. The$idea$that$everything$and$anything$will$ be$connected$in$the$future$means$that$ there$will$be$an$explosion$of$new$data$that$ brands$can$tap$into.$ Whether$its$microRlocation$data$with$ beacons$or$product$usage$moments$and$ timing$through$smart$appliances,$the$IoT$ will$put$brands$that$can$deliver$on$the$data$ at$the$forefront$of$their$industries.$ From$disasterRrelief$and$humanitarian$ crises$to$scientific$exploration$and$ automated$delivery$of$goods,$robots$are$ expected$to$change$many$aspects$of$our$ lives. A$variety$of$panels$discussed$related$topics,$ like$the$future$of$artificial$intelligence$and$ how$we'll$interact$with$robots.$There$was$ even$a$robot$“petting$zoo”$for$attendees$to$ touch,$operate$and$program! 14
  15. NOTABLE&BRANDS Photo&credit:&YAHOO! SXSW$HAD$NO$SHORTAGE$OF$BRAND$ACTIVATIONS;$ HERE$ARE$OUR$FAVORITES:$#CLIENTS$AND$NONRCLIENTS$INCLUDED 15
  16. A&E&–&To$promote$the$upcoming$season$of$Bates& Motel,$the$network$built$an$impressive$replica$of$ the$show’s$main$set.$Fans$lined$up$around$the$ block$and$tweeted$for$the$chance$to$stay$in$one$ of$the$rooms$for$that$night$at$SXSW! Photo&credit:&YAHOO! 16
  17. The$Simpsons&–&To$mark$the$25th$anniversary$of$ the$KWIKRERMART$appearing$on$the$classic$ cartoon,$the$show$tapped$into$food$culture$in$a$ fun$way$as$SXSW$played$host$to$the$first$stop$of$ the$national$KWIKRERMART$food$truck$tour. Photo&credit:DEBORAH&CANNON&Y&STATESMAN 17
  18. Photo&credit:DEBORAH&CANNON&Y&STATESMAN SQUIRL.CO&–&It$was$hard$to$miss$the$group$of$ squirrels$sitting$around$Austin$reading$every$day.$ The$activation$included$an$app$that$delivers$its$ users$geoRrelevant$book$passages,$so$when$a$ person$is$in$a$certain$location,$he/she$can$read$an$ author’s$words$about$that$place. 18
  19. TOYOTA&–$SXSW$attendees$were$wowed$by$the$ automaker’s$OculusRpowered$distracted$driving$ simulator.$The$clever$activation$reinforced$the$ brand’s$mission$to$end$distracted$driving,$ especially$for$teen$drivers. Photo&credit:&PSFK 19
  20. Ex$Machina&–&A$sciRfi$film$that$debuted$Saturday$ at$SXSW$used$popular$dating$app$Tinder$to$trick$ many$men$who$liked$“Ava”$into$learning$about$ the$film.$It$was$a$smart$tieRin$to$the$movie’s$ theme:$artificial$intelligence$and$modern$love. Photo&credits:&AdWeek 20
  21. Photo&credit:The&NEXT&WEB MOPHIE&–$The$cellphone$case/battery$pioneer$ partnered$with$the$Saint$Bernard$Rescue$ Foundation$to$rescue$dead$cell$phone$batteries$in$ response$to$tweets$around$Austin.$Hundreds$ flocked$to$meet$the$pups,$dead$battery$or$not. 21
  22. CANON&–&Canon$hosted$a$filmmakers$lounge$ where$SXSW$goers$could$relax,$refresh$and$learn$ more$about$Canon$products$through$a$touchRandR try$area$in$the$lounge.$The$brand$also$hosted$daily$ interviews$with$notable$filmmakers$like$iJustine! Photo&credits:&@PopTrigger 22
  23. Photo&credits:&@stephawie HootSuite&–&The$popular$social$media$ management$system$won$big$with$its$ impossibleRtoRmiss$transportation$options.$While$ pedaling$their$way$through$Austin,$riders$were$ refreshed$with$cold$beer! 23
  24. Google&–&Always$a$presence$at$SXSW,$Google$ promoted$its$rapidly$expanding$Google$Fiber$ highRspeed$offering,$announced$for$Austin$this$ year.$Hundreds$tried$Google’s$VRRpowered$ simulator$that$let$users$“fly”$over$Austin. Photo&credits:&@stephawie 24
  25. Photo&credits:&Business&Insider HBO&–&With$few$shows$present$at$SXSW,$Game& of&Thrones&was$the$most$popular$by$far.$The$ SXSWesteros$interactive$exhibit$was$crowded$ throughout$SXSW$and$dozens$of$pediRcabs$ carried$attendees$around$on$the$“Iron$Throne.” 25
  26. USA&–&Promoting$the$network’s$new$hacker$drama,$Mr.& Robot,$USA$partnered$with$Boingo$to$give$ATX$airport$wifi$ users$a$surprise$“hack.”$At$login,$it$dispatched$a$cryptic$ group$of$young$men$in$black$hoodies$chanting$“Mr.$ Robot!”$to$promote$the$premiere$of$the$pilot$at$SXSW. Photo&credits:The&Daily&Dot 26
  27. SESSIONS&WE&LOVEDTHOUGH$IT’S$IMPOSSIBLE$TO$ATTEND$EVERY$AMAZING$SESSION$AT$ SXSW,$THESE$ARE$THE$ONES$THAT$STUCK$WITH$US$AFTER$AUSTIN Photo&credit:DEBORAH&CANNON&Y&STATESMAN 27
  28. PANEL& NAME: PANEL& MEMBERS: WHY&WE& LOVED&IT: ED$CATMULL$President,$Pixar$&$Walt$Disney$Animation GALYN$SUSMAN$Producer,$Pixar$Animation$Studios JIM$MORRIS$President,$Pixar$Animation$Studios PETE$DOCTER$Director$&$VP,$Creative$Pixar$Animation For$the$20th$anniversary$of$Toy&Story,$several$ Pixar$leaders$took$the$stage$in$front$of$a$ packed$audience$to$discuss$the$firstRever$ computer$animated$hit.$ They$offered$a$rare$glimpse$into$the$ imaginationRdriven$process$and$the$tech$ created$to$bring$it$to$life$in$parallel.$The$panel$ also$discussed$how$their$belief$in$the$idea$led$ to$a$revolution$and$revival$in$the$dying$ animated$feature$film$category,$prompting$ Disney$to$acquire$Pixar$Animation$Studios. Infinity&and&Beyond:&Pixar& and&20&Years&Since&Toy&Story Photo&credit:&@seenoevilpix 28
  29. PANEL& NAME: PANEL& MEMBERS: WHY&WE& LOVED&IT: CHRIS$HAINES$Director$of$Strategy,$Fluid PAU$SABRIA$CoRFounder$&$CEO,$Olapic 2.6$billion$photos$are$shared$on$social$media$ each$day.$With$this$huge$rise$in$userR generatedRcontent$(UGC),$it’s$becoming$ increasingly$apparent$to$consumers$when$ content$is$overly$branded$and$staged.$In$fact,$ 63$percent$of$consumers$trust$UGC$over$ branded$content.$ The$panel$discussed$how$to$work$with$brand$ advocates$and$influencers$when$thinking$ through$content$strategies,$to$ensure$brand$ messages$are$well$received$within$target$ communities. The&Anatomy&of& Selfies&That&Sell Photo&credit:&EliteDaily 29
  30. PANEL& NAME: PANEL& MEMBERS: WHY&WE& LOVED&IT: MALCOLM$GLADWELL$Author,$Writer,$The&New&Yorker BILL$GURLEY$Venture$Capitalist,$Benchmark One$of$the$most$packed$sessions$at$SXSW,$ these$two$shared$an$inspiring$conversation$ that$touched$on$disruptive$technologies,$Uber,$ Millennials,$and$VC$trends. “Millennials$view$cars$as$a$utility,$not$as$a$ social$statement$–$that’s$a$huge$shift,”$Gurley$ noted$on$the$impact$and$growth$of$Uber.$ On$whether$we’re$in$another$‘tech$bubble’:$ “No.$But$we’re$in$a$risk$bubble.$Money$being$ frivolously$spent$in$Silicon$Valley.$Expect$to$ see$a$few$dead$unicorns$[tech$startups]$this$ year.”$Research$well$and$invest$intelligently. Bill&Gurley&and&Malcolm& Gladwell&in&Conversation 30
  31. PANEL& NAME: PANEL& MEMBERS: WHY&WE& LOVED&IT: VICTORIA$TAYLOR$Director$of$Communications,$Reddit ALEX$CHUNG$Founder$&$CEO,$Giphy TIM$HWANG$Director$of$Marketing,$Imgur SELENA$LARSON$Journalist,$The&Daily&Dot The$lively$panel$discussed$the$Internet’s$visual$ messaging$phenomenon:$the$GIF.$ “GIFs$capture$an$emotion$and$reaction$and$ serve$as$a$vehicle$for$expressing$it.”$They$are$ becoming$increasingly$important$in$ advertising$and$are$attentionRgrabbing.$ 80$percent$of$the$GIFs$people$are$watching$ already$come$from$movies$and$TV,$so$ entertainment$brands$in$particular$should$look$ for$GIFRable$moments$to$promote$longRform$ content.$ Behind&the&GIF:&The&Future&of& Online&Visual&Culture Photo&credit:&@seenoevilpixPhoto&credit:&@ArturoAOrtiz 31
  32. PANEL& NAME: PANEL& MEMBERS: WHY&WE& LOVED&IT: GENEVIEVE$BELL$VP$Intel$Fellow,$Intel$Corporation MIMI$ITO$Professor,$University$of$California$Irvine Anthropologists$by$profession,$Bell$and$Ito$ explored$the$development$of$technology$and$ how$we$can$leverage$it$to$explore$the$ dichotomy$between$what$people$say$they$are$ doing$and$what$they$are$actually$doing.$ While$technology$is$changing$the$way$we$ gather$data,$the$two$stand$by$their$hallmark$of$ a$good$research$methodology:$that$your$ consumer$is$the$expert$on$what$you$want$to$ know,$not$you$or$your$teams. User&Experience&Design& Shaping&Our&World Photo&credit:&MarketingMob 32
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