Alabama Social Media Association, Birmingham, was launched March 1 to advance knowledge and understanding of social media among businesses, organizations and consumers, and to promote Alabama as "a technologically advanced and forward-thinking state," according to the ASMA website. Membership in the association is open. Kristen R. Heptinstall, senior producer for social media and community at AL.com, will serve as executive director. The inaugural meeting will be March 30 in Birmingham. Details: alsocme.com.
Technology Association of Georgia, Savannah, is holding an online auction to benefit its Economic Gardening initiative, which provides targeted market research, competitive analysis, and consultative services to the region's business community. Through midnight March 11, bidders can vie for personal introductions and meetings with some of Georgia's top CFOs. About 20 CFOs are planned to participate in the auction. Details: http://bit.ly/eohoq1.
Eric Ashman, CFO of Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the Web Analytics Association Awards for Excellence Gala on March 15 at the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit in San Francisco. Details: http://mwne.ws/h6xoF5.