We're On a SXSW Mission...Redux

Posted on March 3, 2014 in Ideas

This year, we're on a mission to see 100 amazing new startups at South by Southwest!

In 2013, we saw a few dozen startups at SXSW. This year, we're on a mission to see 100 startups, especially those in the wearables, mobile, social, news and video space. If you're a startup, we want to see your stuff. We may offer you advice, we may want to introduce you to our clients, or we may just want to tell the world about your work.

We're booking 20-minute demo sessions at SXSW. If you want to meet with us, request a date and time here:

If our appointments book up, we'll find another time to meet with you in Austin or via Hangout/ Skype after the festival. Contact to set up an appointment if what's offered at OHours won't work for you.



Webbmedia Group's 5th Annual Guide to SXSW

Posted on February 26, 2014 in Ideas

SXSW is just around the corner, and many of our clients are attending. SXSW is a massive festival, bringing together bright minds in digital media, technology, journalism, health, film, space, business, gaming and more. (And that’s before the Music side of the festival launches.) With hundreds of sessions, parties and meetups spread across dozens of venues around Austin, it can be difficult to navigate.

Every year, Webbmedia Group combs through the SXSW conference lineup and selects speakers, screenings, workshops and panel sessions that we think are the most relevant to/ interesting for our clients. You’ll find the day, date, time, name of session, location and a reason why we think you should attend. This year, we've also created a quick survival guide with additional tips and ideas for how to get the most out of your festival experience.

Webbmedia Group will be on-site for all of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. We'd love to meet up with you. If you have any questions, want a recommendation or would like an introduction to a startup or other company participating in this year's SXSW, please let us know! Clients can call our office 24 hours a day: +1.267.342.4300.

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Trends For Foundations

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Trends

Amy Webb presented four important tech trends for Community and Private Foundations to consider in 2014. This research and presentation was prepared as part of the Knight Media Learning Seminar held in Miami on February 17-28, 2014.


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2014 Trends Report Released

Posted on January 8, 2014 in Trends

  tl;dr* Version:   
We're making our coveted annual tech trends report, previously only sent to clients and close friends, available to the public this year. You can download it below.

Every year, Webbmedia Group applies its trendspotting framework to surface the most important emerging trends in digital media and technology for various organizations within our client portfolio. This annual Trend Report is a short overview of the 25 trends we’ll be exploring in depth in 2014. We're especially excited about startups in the native and intelligent ads space, digital innovations coming from BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), a host of new sensors and personal cloud services, experiments in community-developed (vs user-generated) content and the possibilities for smarter cities and government.

Each page represents a trend and four important pieces of information.

  • Key Takeaway: Short, easy explanation of this trend so that you can internalize it and discuss with your colleagues.
  • Examples: Real-world use cases you can expect to see in 2014.
  • Implications: What this trend means for you and your business in the coming year.
  • Watchlist: Notable companies, founders and researchers working in this trend space.

We recommend using our 2014 Trend Report as part of your organization’s ongoing strategic digital assessment and planning process, asking questions such as:

  • Which of our customer/ constituent/ member/ grantee segments does this trend address?
  • How are our competitors/ related agencies harnessing these trends (or failing to do so?)
  • Where does this trend create potential new partners or collaborators for us?
  • How does this trend impact our industry and all of its parts?
  • How will our customer wants, needs and expectations change as a result of this trend?
  • How does this trend inspire us?
  • How does this trend help us think about innovation?

We hope this becomes great fodder for discussion within your organization. And of course, Webbmedia Group would like to be a part of that conversation.

Click here to download the 2014 Trends Report (or view below).


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Curated Conference Guide 2013-2014

Posted on August 13, 2013 in Ideas

We realize that it’s increasingly difficult to schedule time out of the office to attend industry events and conferences. Still, there are a number of worthwhile gatherings we strongly recommend. As a service to our clients, Webbmedia Group has curated the best of all likely tech conferences and events for 2013-2014. Below is that list, along with important details and additional information. Each entry includes a rating scale for added convenience.

We produce this curated list twice a year, in January and August. January’s edition includes exact dates and location, while the August list is intended for planning purposes (and has estimated dates).

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Digital Trends - June 2013

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Ideas

Just published... our June 2013 digital trends list.

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