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Microsoft director joins BBC and Google on Social Media judging panel


By The Drum Team, Editorial

August 10, 2011 | 2 min read

With the deadline for the Social Buzz Awards approaching, more judges have been announced to the high profile judging panel - including Microsoft's director of search.

Dave Coplin, the director of search UK at Microsoft (pictured), and Jeff Coghlan, MD at Matmi, have just signed up for this year’s judging panel to join the likes of Alastair Cox, EMEA team leader at Google Creative Services, Chris Jones, social media manager at BBC, Colin Gilchrist, social media strategy planning and training director at Digital Face, Paul Fabretti, director of digital strategy at Origin Creative, Phil Adams, planning director at Blonde Digital, and Zoe Macerlean, social media manager at

Social Buzz Awards aim to celebrate and reward the best in social media communications in the UK. The social media awards recognise the individuals, companies and organisations who are transforming the use of online to communicate in new and innovative ways.

However, the entry deadline of Friday 12 August is approaching fast. To enter or for more information, visit

You can now listen to the first Social Buzz Awards podcast, which went live earlier this week. Craig McGill is joined by 10 Yetis account director Rich Leigh, Ketchum Pleon digital strategist Kate Matlock and Digital Mud strategist Murray Cox to chat about what makes good social media; was the Old Spice campaign a real victory for social media; and will companies ever get social media policies in place… or is this a utopian dream?

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