Posts Tagged merciless flirt
Where it started…
On January 29, a handful of the #phx social media / web tech / interactive marketing crowd broke into conversation about the upcoming South by Southwest Interactive March 13-17 in Austin, Texas. Lots of people are going. Some people desperately want to go but don’t know if the can. I fall into this last group with my don’t knows fueled primarily by fundage issues. But let’s focus on the positives, otherwise known as my desperate want to go and my ideas for how to get there.
What is SXSW…
What started as a music conference and festival has since expanded to include nine days of immersion in music, film and interactive media. SXSW has it all. Keynotes, panels, trade shows, film screenings, listening parties, product launches, book readings, socializing, networking, reputable knowledge leaders, unreputable celebrities, up-and-comers.
Why I want to go…
Rather than bore you to tears with the long list, here are my top five:
- Absorb, learn and participate in dynamic conversations that dissect the current and foreshadow the future of interactive and social media.
- Extend and deepen my socially-networked connections.
- Promote projects I’m working on, and to discover others that promise exciting opportunities for sum is greater than parts collaboration.
- Rock the nine to five AM that underpins the learn hard play hard lifestyle.
- Beat Gary Vaynerchuk in poker for the third time.
Ideas for how to get there…
This is the part where I need some help…
- Get on a panel.
- Be a spokesperson for a company or product looking to launch.
- Be a SWAG girl.
- Sell my left forearm.
- Trade strategy, marketing, and social media services in exchange for conference and travel expenses.
- Flirt my way in.
I don’t believe anyone is going to send me to SXSW without expecting a little ROI. And that’s fine. I dig mutually beneficial arrangements, so if you’ve got a lead or proposal for me, hit me up on Twitter or email ( heather lynne herr at gmail dot com ).
And day 3 of the wish list.
Do you sense a little “but I knew about them first” here? I do.
Back to the point, Reactee lets you create a tee shirt to pimp pretty much any subject you want, from your favorite cause to your self. The shirt design is simple with a few customizable components. You pick your own headline and text keyword. You can also add a graphic by selecting one of the default options or uploading your own. Wear your tee out and about, and curious passersby who text your keyword to 41411 will receive a reply message from you.
I haven’t bought one for myself yet, primarily because I haven’t figure out what I want my headline to be. Although now that I’ve started merciless flirt, I may just use Reactee to pimp that.
I’ve always, quite proudly, claimed my flirtatiousness. I like boys. I like to spar with them. Verbally. And non-verbally. In not so innocently provocative ways. One-line affairs hold little interest for me. It’s the ebb and flow of playful banter that I find so engaging.
As the heat of flirtation often escalates, so did confession, into reputation, and now to an actual manifested web presence.
Introducing mercilessflirt.com, a collection of thoughts and media about flirtation. Quotes, video, stories, rumors, how tos … it’ll all be there. Nothing is off limits, even politics (see Exhibit A and Exhibit B).
A handful of you may have heard enough about it to consider it old news, but I’m still quite pleased with my accomplishment. Here’s why:
Two weekends ago, I began an effort to turn an idea into reality. I set up a tumblelog, designed the logo and supporting graphics, customized front-end code, established multi-channel presence (primary domain, Twitter, and YouTube), activated email, and set up Google Analytics for traffic measurement.
I started on a Friday afternoon. I launched that following Monday morning. I did it all myself.
This might seem like no big deal, but I don’t bill myself as a designer, or a developer. So a sub-three-day start-to-finish for my first microsite feels pretty damn significant.
BTW, merciless flirt hit the front page of Google search results for title sans quotes and .com in less than 10 days. Might take a bit longer to hit the front page for flirt. 🙂