Advertisements. Some may perceive them roadblocks to the media one came to see, yet many people, including the readers of this blog, have dedicated their working lives to creating and disseminating them. They come and go, but the good ones can make an impact for years. Hell, they even steal the focus of a certain national football game every January – to the point where ads of the ads are released as teasers weeks prior to the “super” event. Point is, ads constantly surround us and are here to stay on a multitude of platforms, including social media. Why not come to Social Media Club Atlanta on August 14 to learn how to make an advertising impact, the social media way? Here’s our fantastic panel:

Who? Brant McLean, Director of Brand Partnerships, South – Tumblr

What about him?

  • Director of Brand Partnerships, South at Tumblr. Oversees his Atlanta-based team and helps marketers devise compelling content strategies and media campaigns.
  • More than 15 years’ experience, with previous stints as National Account Director at Yahoo, working with Fortune 50 brands to create cohesive paid digital executions in the search, display, mobile and online video spaces.

Where do I connect? Follow him at and

Who? Robin Wheeler, Sales Manager – Twitter

What about her?

  • Sales Manager in the Telco category at Twitter since 2012; responsible for managing strategic client relationships with marketers in the Telecom space across the country.
  • Prior, she was a Category Sales Director at AOL,  spent years with Time Inc. working for PEOPLE and, and did agency side work on the Apple account at TBWAChiatDay in Los Angeles.

Where do I connect?  Follow her on Twitter @robinw

Who? JD Doughney, Client Partner – Facebook

What about him?

  • Client Partner on Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions group, where JD consults with global CPG clients on their marketing strategy, Facebook and Instagram efforts.
  • Past experience includes Senior Social Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola, Red Bull North America, E&J Gallo Winery and The Hive Strategic Marketing.

Where do I connect? Follow him on Twitter @johndoughney

Who? Joe Koufman, CEO – AgencySparks, our Special Guest Moderator

What about him?

  • Launched AgencySparks in early 2014 to connect brand marketers with specialist marketing agencies
  • Spent six years leading business development and marketing for Engauge (now part of Publicis/Moxie) and eight years in the online lead generation business at KnowledgeStorm
  • Hosts an Internet radio music show on Tuesday evenings at

Where do I connect? Follow him at @GumboShowJoe@AgencySparks_, and

With a panel this adept and diverse, why wouldn’t you come to the August 14 meeting? And, this month our location is downtown Atlanta’s Der Biergarten, and your ticket gets you one free drink and some yummy munchies. Buy your ticket here.

(Look at that! It was an ad about ads all along. Advertising inception!)