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Editor’s offer: Evening events – Digital Shorts – Retail, Recession and Emerging Trends [Manchester and Brighton]

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Free ticket offer for IR Readers…

For the last couple of years I’ve presented at the “Digital Shorts” events in Manchester and sometimes Leeds (but this year ‘and Brighton’).

The events — organised by Econsultancy and regional partners — are an opportunity for digital marketers and ecommerce folk to meet for drinks and discussion based around a review of the Christmas/2008 trading and predictions of emerging trends.

Two years ago I said we were in denial about a recession; last year we covered social media platforms and rich media; while this year we’re going on a data journey where data + social + behaviour + exchange leads towards epiphenomena. Or ‘magic’ (since, as Arthur C Clarke said in 1961: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”).

Details of the events are on the Econsultancy shiny new website:

As a special offer I’m going to donate two tickets for each evening (courtesy of the IR Tower Petty Cash Tin) to the readers who email/twitter with the best reason why they want to come and deserve a freebie!

Please send the twitter messages to @ianjindal or @etail (the Internet Retailing twitter presence) — also available as or Or email — remembering that your text/email/twit must be no longer than 160 characters.

The winners’ will be chosen on Monday for Manchester and a week Monday for Brighton. I’ll post the winning messages, but the winners themselves will remain anonymous, fear not!

Looking forward to meeting with IR subscribers next week.

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