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January 2017

Silver Medal & Creative Legacy Award Nominations Due

January 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s time to nominate the best of the best. SDAF is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Silver Medal Award and Creative Legacy Award. Look around. Are there people sitting in your midst that deserve to be recognized? Nominate them today! How To Nominate Download the forms below, fill them out and turn them in. All nominations are due to Shannon Carder by January 6, 2017. You can email them to sdadfed@sdaf.org or mail them to: South Dakota Advertising Federation, PO Box 82,…

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2017 ADDYs Call To Entry

January 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Due January 6 by 5pm Deliver to: SDAF 7405 S. Bitterroot Place Sioux Falls, SD Puns, mashups, plays on words, they’re everywhere in the advertising business, they’re even taking over our theme for the 2017 American Advertising Awards Competition! Now we’re calling upon you to show us what you got. “Lattice” see your best work of 2016, punny or otherwise, for a chance at advertising glory. Submit your work by January 6 to qualify. And don’t forget to join us…

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January Luncheon – ADDY Judge Panel

January 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:30am – 1pm @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls Join us for a luncheon like no other. For the first time in SDAF history we’re bringing the ADDY judges to you. You’ll get to meet them, learn about their backgrounds, and ask them questions during this ADDY Judge Panel to get a better understanding of  what makes them tick. Don’t miss it. Register Here!

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February 2017


Peep Show – Gallery Night

February 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 7 5pm-7pm @ Icon Lounge Join SDAF for our first ADDYs Gallery Night! Learn more about the ADDY judges and what makes a winning entry, and get an exclusive “PEEP” at submissions you won’t see at the ADDY Awards Show. Assemble your team and come check out all of this year’s submissions. The night is free to our professional and student members and includes food, a free drink ticket and a chance to vote for our new People’s…

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2017 ADDY Awards Show

February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday, February 24 6pm-10pm @ The District Sioux Falls, SD Join us at the 51st annual ADDYs Awards Show to honor the best of the best in the marketing and advertising industry. Enjoy food, drinks, and a shot at creative glory! Get your tickets now. Schedule 6pm – 7pm Social Hour 7pm – Heavy hors d’oeuvres and show begins   Prices Members $55 – Before February 14 $60 – After February 14 Non-Members $60 – Before February 14 $65 –…

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March 2017

March Luncheon – Sandro Miller

March 16, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sandro Miller is both a fine art and commercial photographer. He has photographed national advertising campaigns for clients including: Allstate Insurance, American Express, Dove, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Nike, and the US Army. Sandro’s editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Time, Forbes, Wired, Communication Arts, New York Magazine, and ESPN Magazine. Sandro has ten books to his credit and his work has been exhibited worldwide. For the past five years, in juried competition within his industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top…

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April 2017

Eric “Mean” Melin – Air Guitar Seminar

April 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Collaboration & Confidence Workshop This workshop is a one-of-a-kind bonding experience that will leave you feeling confident, refreshed, and excited, and ready to operate at your highest level! Teamwork and true collaboration can be catalyzed, and for a team to work at its highest level, these concepts must be reinforced. More than merely understanding the intricacies and precision that any job requires, recognizing that everyone in the team plays a crucial role is key to any team’s ultimate success. Eric…

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April Luncheon – Eric Melin

April 20, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Challenging Assumptions in Creative Problem-Solving (To Achieve Airness) For creative professionals, there’s that dreaded moment where it feels like you’ve hit a brick wall. You’ve looked long and hard at the problem, but every answer that comes out feels rote and uninspired. In his role as Senior Social Media Community Manager at ad agency Callahan Creek, Eric Melin applies appropriate brand voice and solves customer problems every day, but the biggest creative challenge of his life was the road to becoming an Air Guitar World Champion. His talk…

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May 2017

May Luncheon

May 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Marketing The Marketer – with Hank Blank Today every company, every agency, and every person should have their own online content marketing program. When potential clients or employers inevitably Google you, are you satisfied with what they see? Do you look smart? Do you look like a thought leader? Are you represented in a way that best reflects who you are? Hank Blank of Blank and Associates wants to help you figure that out. Because if we’re going to be marketing…

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June 2017

2017 SDAF Golf Tournament

June 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 30 @ Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls 11am Registration | 12pm Tee-Off Awards to Follow Join your colleagues and coworkers for a day of driving, chipping, putting (and maybe even throwing your club in frustration) at the 2017 SDAF Golf Tournament! Who will take home the Golf Cup? Who will take home the many prizes up for grabs? And who will take home less golf balls than they came with? Assemble your team and join us Friday,…

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September 2017

SDAF Kick-Off Barbecue

September 7, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us on September 7th at McKennan Park to kick off the new programming year with AdFed! We’ll be grilling up your favorites with all the fix’n’s! September 7, 2017 11:30 AM – 1 PM McKennan Park Shelter near Tennis Courts 400 E. 26th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Guest Grillers & Servers: Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain Jim Mathis, Adwërks Becka Burger, Henkin Schultz Eric Sivertsen, Epicosity Register Here

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Liquid Art: Artistic Adventures with Surly Brewing Co.

September 21, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Michael Berglund Born amidst a howling hurricane on a whaling vessel in the North Sea, Michael Berglund was abandoned in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia, and was raised by Animist Shamans in a tribal yurt. Studying form under the great Antarctican gelatin master, Oorvid Syskitilian, Michael produced several monumental Jello sculptures before turning his attention to the underground pet hair art scene. His early work “Terrier About Town” won grand master prize at the Woof Woof festival in Antwerp. Following that, he turned…

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October 2017

Trish Witkowski: The Edge

October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Edge: The 2% advantage that transforms relationships into sales. In the world of marketing, we spend precious time building relationships and value-added offerings for our customers that, in theory, should lead to long-term customer loyalty and sales. However, in reality, we often don’t see the return in our revenue stream. It’s a costly game that everyone plays. But what if you could have an unfair advantage? A bit of foresight, a better strategy—an “edge” so-to-speak? Wouldn’t that change the…

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November 2017

Adobe’s Adam Morgan

November 16, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Return On Ideas—How to Prove the Value of Design and Creativity Through Neuroscience One of the endless debates in marketing is if creative ideas truly work better. Art versus science. Brand versus direct. Right versus left. Some consider creative ideas as marketing fluff. When recessions rise or profits plummet, the instinct is to go back to straightforward and logical communications to save the day. In this session, Adam Morgan (Senior Creative Director from Adobe) will show how emotional ideas impact…

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February 2018


A Real Nice Preview

February 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All of your work wonders have been entered. Now it’s time to look at all the work entered in to this year’s American Advertising Awards. Join us for a “A Real Nice Preview” on February 8th at the Icon Lounge from 5-7 PM. This is a free event including drinks and light appetizers. You’ll be able to vote on the “People’s Choice Award” and enter to win a “Real Nice Experience” on ADDY night – including free tickets to the…

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A Night of Real Nice Ads – “The ADDYs”

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the South Dakota Advertising Federation for a night of real nice ads at the 2018 ADDY Award Show. Social hour begins at 6 PM and the show begins at 7 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown. Heavy appetizers will be served starting at 7 PM. Tickets: Early Bird runs through 2.12.18 Student:  $35 Member $60 Non member: $70 Tickets on sale now!  

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March 2018

John Pickerill – Legal Issues with Social Media Advertising & Quick Content

March 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

John Pickerill is an advertising attorney, with a specific emphasis on social media legal issues. John assists clients with ad copy and sweepstakes/promotions compliance, industry agreements, dispute resolution, content licensing, trademark planning, prosecution and enforcement, social media marketing planning, privacy and compliance issues, and a wide range of copyright matters. Before law school, John spent 5 years at Carmichael Lynch as an advertising executive, helping clients like Harley-Davidson, Volvo Trucks and United Healthcare build strong brands and create great advertising.…

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April 2018

Dax Patton – A Look into the Digital Age of Experiential Marketing

April 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Dax Patton, Business Development Manager at SXSW will discuss how a non-traditional career path led him to a new role at one of the most influential and unique events in the world. Enjoy a casual conversation about his journey from a corporate career path to a tech startup working within digital/experiential marketing. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to gain insight about the SXSW Conference & Festivals that takes place in Austin, TX every Spring. Bio Dax Patton is a startup…

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May 2018

May Program and Annual Meeting: Sarah Werner

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Leader Is Us We hear a lot about “workplace leadership” and “empowerment”, but what does that actually mean for us in our day-to-day lives? How do we begin to lead if we feel like we don’t have any “leadership qualities”? Or how do we level up our current leadership style? Join Sarah Rhea Werner to discover what type of leader you are, how to lead more effectively, and how to empower both your coworkers and yourself. About Sarah Rhea…

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June 2018

SDAF Golf Tournament

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 22 @ Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls 12pm Registration | 1pm Tee-Off Awards to Follow Join your colleagues and coworkers for a day of driving, chipping, putting (and maybe even throwing your club in frustration) at the 2018 SDAF Golf Tournament! Who will take home the Golf Cup? Who will take home the many prizes up for grabs? And who will take home less golf balls than they came with? Assemble your team and join us Friday,…

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September 2018

Kickoff BBQ – McKennan Park

September 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us on September 13th at McKennan Park to kick off the new programming year with AdFed! We’ll be grilling up your favorites with all the fix’n’s! September 13, 2018 11:00 AM – 1 PM McKennan Park Shelter near Tennis Courts 400 E. 26th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Come visit with the 2018 Board of Directors over some delicious food prepared by your favorite grill masters! RSVP here.  

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Tell Me More: AAF D8 Fall Conference

September 27 - September 29

The South Dakota Advertising Federation is proud to be hosting the AAF District 8 Fall Conference in Sioux Falls on September 28, 2018.

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October 2018

Katie Martell

October Luncheon: Empowered

October 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  Empowered: How B2B Marketers Can Best Support Sales with Brand and Content Have you heard the prediction? Analysts believe 1M B2B sales reps will lose their jobs by 2020. In an era where B2B buyers educate themselves online and through word-of-mouth, the role of a sales team has changed. But, too often, Marketing falls short in helping our counterparts. 70% of our content sits unused. We’re frustrated that Sales won’t use our assets. Sales is frustrated because the content…

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Student Day DP

2018 Student Day

October 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The time has come for you to start sketching out your career and your future, and Student Day 2017 is a great place to start!

We have a jam-packed day planned with adventure in the marketing and advertising world. You will have the opportunity to explore career possibilities, learn from leaders in our industry, network with future employers, and take a deeper dive into real ad-life scenarios.

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November 2018

November Luncheon: Is it Time for a Revolution? 

November 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

        Is it time for a revolution?  The art, science, and emotions of rebranding.  Description: Rebranding, especially for well established companies, is an intimidating and high stakes endeavor. As with any exciting adventure, the path is rarely smooth, but the payoff is the fuel the drives designers. Told through the lens of a variety of high-stakes identity projects, Mackey will give applicable and down to earth advice while winding through the exciting behind the scenes stories of how these…

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