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WithIt Announces Event Schedule at High Point Market


Posted on April 5, 2012 by HFN Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.--WithIt's programming for the upcoming High Point Market will focus on the post-Great Recession home furnishings consumer and her new values, as well as a social event with WithIt's president Julia Rosen.

WithIt members are invited to meet Rosen of SocialNorth.com, at a new WithIt High Point Market event, Drinks with the Prez. The informal networking event will be held Friday, April 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Seasonal Living showroom, International Home Furnishings Center's Interhall, space 306.

On Sunday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m., WithIt will hold its semi-annual educational breakfast, which will be a panel discussion about the American lifestyle landscape. Panelists Elaine Markoutsas, syndicated writer; Jason Oliver Nixon, designer and blogger; and Krissa Rossbund, Traditional Home's senior style editor; along with moderator and former WithIt President Kathy Wall, The Media Matters,  will share the next big things for 2012, and how these cultural shifts may influence home and furnishings businesses this year and beyond. It will be held in the IHFC's Green Wing, 11th floor, International Ballroom A.

Pinterest will be the topic for the seminar on Monday, April 23: "Competitive Intelligence: The Power of Pinterest." To be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Natuzzi Americas Theatre, 130 W. Commerce Ave. IMRE and WithIt will examine how designers, media and brands are using Pinterest to build culture and collaboration in the home design space. IMRE's Vice President of Social Marketing Crystalyn Stuart will provide insight about how brands can integrate Pinterest as part of a larger "social discovery" strategy, and a panel of industry experts will also share how this site is shaping the design industry.

"WithIt's goals for 2012 include increasing the organization's visibility and engagement via social media channels," said Rosien. "Featuring a speaker well-versed in Pinterest during our Competitive Intelligence segment will help our membership learn the strategies, tactics and skills needed to move forward together as a group."

Both seminars are free of charge, but space at each event is limited. To register for the educational breakfast, email Holly Allred at hallred@imcenters.com. To register for Competitive Intelligence, email Sarah Findle at sarahf@imre.com. For more information, visit withit.org.