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Contact: Marc Vasquez / Kristen Waggener
Social Media Club of Kansas City
communications@smckc.com

 

Social Media Club of Kansas City Celebrates 3rd Annual #AMPSKC Awards Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Tonight, the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC), the Social Media Club Global’s most active local chapter, honored the best in social media marketing campaigns during the 3rd Annual #AMPSKC Awards. The event passed out 51 individual, gold and silver campaign awards in seven categories:

  • Multi-Channel Integrated Campaign
  • Integration with an Offline Campaign
  • Facebook (Sole or Primarily) Campaign
  • Email (Sole or Primarily) Campaign
  • Twitter (Sole or Primary) Channel Campaign
  • Visual Campaign
  • Event or Real-Time Marketing Campaign

Each campaign contained winners from at least one up to all of the following categories: brand, agency, non-profit or government, education or regulated industry.

“Kansas City is an extremely talented social media hub that continues to produce amazingly creative campaigns,” said Michael Levine, SMCKC president. “I’m proud of the work this organization gets to celebrate year after year which features the best in agency, corporate, non-profit and freelance social media efforts.”

The following agencies, organizations and non-profits took home awards this year:

  • Barkley
  • Bernstein-Rein
  • Boulevardia
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • City of Lenexa, Kansas
  • FleishmanHillard
  • KC Crew
  • MBB+ Agency
  • MoDOT
  • Novella Brandhouse
  • Olathe Public Schools
  • Proxima
  • Squared Digital
  • Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City
  • Summit Marketing
  • Trozzolo Communications
  • UMB Financial Corporation
  • Unbound
  • WaterOne

In keeping with the unconventional roots of the AMPS Awards, SMCKC also handed out four out-of-the ordinary individual awards:

This year’s event was made possible through the support of Kansas City area businesses:

IBM, Presenting Sponsor
DEG, Creative Sponsor
NextPage, Printing Sponsor
Visit KC, Bar Sponsor
The Disruption Institute, Amplifier Sponsor
Overland Park Awards, Awards Sponsor

Each business donated funds or in-kind support to SMCKC.

About Social Media Club of Kansas City
The Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) is a network of social media professionals who seek to explore key issues facing our society as technologies transform the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate to each other through emerging social media. Established in 2008, SMCKC has grown into Social Media Club Global’s most active chapter in the US. For more information, visit www.smckc.com.

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Contact: Marc Vasquez / Kristen Waggener
Social Media Club of Kansas City
communications@smckc.com

 

Social Media Club of Kansas City Announces New Leadership

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2016) – The Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) today announced new member leaders for the organization’s board of directors.

“The talented and dedicated people who sit on our board make invaluable contributions to the advancement of social media in Kansas City—we’re fortunate to have their support,” said Michael Levine, SMCKC’s new president.

New and Continuing SMCKC board members

The SMCKC board welcomes these new board members:

  • President – Michael Levine, ‎communications director for Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City
  • Vice President – Carolyn Anderson, ‎social media manager at Visit KC
  • Communications Co-Chair – Kristen Waggener, communications specialist at the City of Lenexa
  • Events Co-Chair – Erica Braker, public relations specialist at Unbound
  • Membership Chair – Lauren Vaughn, account executive at emfluence
  • Advocacy Chair – Brenda Hill, public information officer at the Jackson County, Mo. County Executive’s Office
  • Technology Chair – Hal Gottfried, founder of Leveup Labs

These SMCKC board members continue in organization board leadership:

  • Chairman – Kristopher Nielsen, ecommerce and customer service manager at Soave Automotive Group
  • Treasurer – Bridget Koan, strategic communications associate at UMKC
  • Events Co-Chair – Leah Godfrey, interactive strategist for Summit Marketing
  • Communications Co-Chair – Marc Vasquez, interactive marketing manager for UMB Financial Corporation

“The Kansas City Social Media Club chapter continues to provide the greater Kansas City area with great programming, resources and networking opportunities,” said Tara Coomans, membership co-chair of SMC Global. “This couldn’t be possible without the wealth of great leadership talent the Kansas City chapter consistently puts into place.”

About Social Media Club of Kansas City
The Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) is a network of social media professionals who seek to explore key issues facing our society as technologies transform the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate to each other through emerging social media. Established in 2008, SMCKC has grown into SMC Global’s most active chapter in the US with more than 2,000 members and two to three events per month including an annual awards celebration (AMPS KC) and a semi-annual focus on strengthening local non-profits (Ignition). For more information, visit www.smckc.com.

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2016 SMCKC AMPS Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marc Vasquez / Liza Perry
Social Media Club of Kansas City
communications@smckc.com

Kansas City Social Media Achievements Get “Amplified”
Social Media Club of Kansas City Shows Hosts the 2nd Annual AMPS Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 18, 2016) – Tonight, the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC), the national Social Media Club’s most active local chapter, honored the best in social media marketing campaigns during the 2nd Annual AMPS Awards. The event passed out 40 gold and silver campaign awards in eight categories:

  • Multi-Channel Integrated Campaign
  • Integration with an Offline Campaign
  • Facebook (Sole or Primarily) Campaign
  • Email (Sole or Primarily) Campaign
  • Twitter (Sole or Primary) Channel Campaign
  • Visual Campaign
  • Event or Real-Time Marketing Campaign
  • Blog or Influencer Campaign

Each campaign contained winners from one or all of the following categories: brand, agency, non-profit or government, bank or regulated industry.

“Last year was our maiden voyage so to speak, and this year was event better,” said Kristopher Nielsen, SMCKC president. “We nearly doubled the number of campaign entries from 45 in 2015 to 80 this year. We also had a tough time picking the individual awards because of the large amount of amazing social media talent in Kansas City – and that’s a good thing.”

The following agencies, organizations and non-profits took home awards this year:

Novella Brandhouse
Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc
Big Slick Kansas City
UMB Financial Corporation
Essence of Australia
DEG
Visit KC
Children’s Mercy
WaterOne
Shady Brook Farms
Barkley
Tippin’s Pies
Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City
Anheuser-Busch
Kansas City Chiefs
City of Lenexa, Kansas
Bernstein-Rein
Lead Bank
Meers Advertising
Cargill
Cass Regional Medical Center
Unbound
Salvation Army of East Michigan
Summit Marketing
emfluence
The Roasterie
Hallmark Baby
Helzberg Diamonds
Kansas City Women in Technology
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
AJi Software
Lee Jeans
Hostess Snacks
Wingstop
Vanity Fair Lingerie

In keeping with the unconventional roots of the AMPS Awards, SMCKC also handed out a five out of the ordinary individual awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year, presented to Kristen Waggener, City of Lenexa, Kansas
  • Biggest Bang for Your Buck, presented to Bernstein-Rein Hostess Snacks Opening Day Touchdown Campaign
  • Trailblazer of the Year, presented to Duane Hallock, American Red Cross
  • Hat Tip Award, presented to Nolan Greiter and Brandon Billings of Bernstein-Rein for the Hostess Suzy Q Social Campaign Mentions
  • Legacy Award, presented to Barkley for the Wingstop and Whataburger #SquashTheBeef Campaign

“We hope to continue to build on previous year success, but this event doesn’t happen. We have the support of some fantastic volunteers and very generous Kansas City organizations,” said Kate Favrow, SMCKC vice president. “We’re proud of what they have helped us achieve not only for the AMPS but throughout the year as well.”

This year’s event was made possible through the support of Kansas City area businesses IBM, DEG, emfluence, Page Communications, NextPage, Visit KC and Aristocrat Motors/Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City. Each business donated funds or in-kind support to SMCKC.

A few photos can be accessed here. (Photo credit: Jeff Julian, CEO, AJi Software)

About Social Media Club of Kansas City

The Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) is a network of social media professionals who seek to explore key issues facing our society as technologies transform the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate to each other through emerging social media. Established in 2008, SMCKC has grown into Social Media Club’s most active chapter in the US. For more information, visit www.smckc.com.