ENGAGEIA is Finalist for iMedia Agency Award – Best Social Media Agency of 2011

ENGAGEIA is Finalist for iMedia Agency Award – Best Social Media Media Agency of 2011

* Distributed originally via Reuters.
Fri Dec 2, 2011 1:33pm EST

Calgary, Alberta, December 2, 2011 – Engageia, a privately held interactive and digital engagement agency has received top honors as a finalist in the iMedia Agency Awards in the Best in Social Media Category.

The iMedia Agency Awards is the premier industry awards show dedicated exclusively to recognizing the key role of agencies in advancing digital marketing. The inaugural iMedia Agency Awards will debut at the upcoming iMedia Agency Summit, December 4th to 7th, and will highlight the most innovative agencies of the year, as well as those agencies leading the pack in strategic areas such as social media, video, mobile, and more.

The awards ceremony is taking place at the prestigious Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, following in conjunction with the iMedia Agency Summit. CMOs and their marketing teams from Fortune 500 brands will be attending among people such as Linda Cronin: Coca-Cola, Beverly Jackson: The Recording Academy/The GRAMMY Awards, Dave Friedman: Sears Holdings and Nick Sheth: The Gap, to name a few.

iMedia is so excited to launch this yearly iMedia Agency Awards event spotlighting a spectacular list of agency finalists known for their industry-leading accomplishments. Regardless of who wins on Tuesday night at the iMedia AgencySummit, these agencies represent an extraordinary body of work that is driving digital marketing to new heights.” — Josh Messinger, VP Online, iMediaConnection.com

Engageia had a fantastic year for growth, working with clients in the public markets, start-up, hospitality, entertainment, liquor and technology sectors. They also worked with a handful of celebrities and public figures as their social media coaches. Engageia’s product incubation & development division is also developing some disruptive technology platforms and is anticipating taking the first 2 into the market in Q1 of 2012.

The award nomination comes as a huge honor for us, being named amongst respected peers: 22Squared, imc2, Converseon and BGT Partners in the social media category and at the same awards ceremony with the most established agencies in the world: Rockfish Interactive, Starcom, OMD, BBDO, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Digitas and R&R is a very exciting and rewarding for our team” Says Kent Speakman, President & Managing Partner of Engageia. “We look forward to continuing to grow organically through excellent work, working with new client/partners as well as taking some of the digital products we have been working on such as mobile apps and a contesting platform into the market in 2012.”

Engageia has, in part, been demonstrating their thought leadership in the digital space through the speaking engagements of one of the Founders & President Kent Speakman. In September of 2011 he led a panel at the Toronto International Film Festival on Social Media’s Role in the Entertainment Industry with Entourage Star: Adrian Grenier, MoboVivo President: Trevor Doerksen and Minggy.com President: Frank Sinopoli. Following the Canadian event he participated in mediamind Digital Experience Day in San Francisco the following week. Visionary thought leaders such as Futurist Patrick Dixon, Mark Carlson – SR Creative Director McDonalds Corporation and Dean Donaldson – mediaminds Global Director of Media Innovation spoke on the changes to come in digital media.

Engageia’s Kent Speakman participated in a panel debate on the future of Television and Apps with some of the brightest and well respected leaders in the industry including Catalyst: SF’s CEO John Durham, mediamind DG’s SVP Amit Rahav, Neoganda’s Creative Director Matt Cooper, MediaSmith’s CEO Dave Smith, and Visible World’s EVP Claudio Marcus.

Engageia also believes in giving back. In 2011 they donated time, consulting advice and/or event awareness campaigns for NGO’s and charitable organizations such as Project Peace on Earth, Give Back Entertainment, Rick Hansen Institute, Youville Residence, and GoPrintGo. This December they have teamed up with Edges Salon, Redken 5th Ave, and Hollow Earth Media to support the same charity Matt Damon and Adrian Grenier support, oneXone. The group is launching an innovative campaign using QR Codes that are shaved into people’s heads in conjunction with SMS, and social media to drive awareness and donations for the cause. More information on the campaign can be found by visiting www.engageia.com/blog or www.facebook.com/ScanYYC

About iMedia
iMedia Communications, Inc. is a trade publisher and event producer serving interactive media and marketing industries. The company was founded in September of 2001 and is a subsidiary of dmg world media. Visitwww.imediaconnection.com or follow @imediatweet on twitter.

Engageia is an interactive, social media and technology agency who believes in thinking differently, challenging the status quo and delivering results through thought leadership and innovation. Kent Speakman, the President and Managing Partner, was recently honored on the iMedia List of the Top Ten Digital Marketers of 2011.

Visit www.engageia.com – www.facebook.com/Engageia or follow @Engageia on twitter.

Kent Speakman


About Kent Speakman

Kent Speakman is a producer & entrepreneur who is experienced on both sides of the camera, for the big screen, small screen and the second screen. Examiner.com has called him one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry and has won the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Award for best digital campaign. He writes for trade publications, speaks at conferences and film festivals as well sharing knowledge through media interviews.
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