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Day 1 Monday, February 11

8:30am - 12:15pm

Move Prospects Through the Customer Journey With a Solid Content and Digital Marketing Strategy

AM Workshop
  • John Triplett, Investis Digital
  • Samantha Kermode, Investis Digital
  • John Triplett
  • Create ‘your’ customer journey and gain the ROI benefits of mapping that journey
  • Understand why it’s vital to create content that resonates with your audience at different stages of the customer journey
  • Strategize, ideate and create user-focused content infused with SEO best practices that beat the competition in search and beyond
  • Know where, when and how to promote your content in a way that encourages engagement and moves your prospects through the customer journey
  • Build an audience that you own, not rent, and the prove the value it creates for your organization
  • Evaluate your return on investment (ROI) for your digital marketing efforts
Included with Plus, Premium & Platinum Passes, upgrade required for Conference Passes
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Content Marketing

SEO of Today: What Really Moves the Needle

AM Workshop
  • Mindy Weinstein, Market MindShift
  • Mindy Weinstein
  • Identify technical issues on your website that are hurting rankings and/or performance
  • Prepare for site migrations (including https) and re-designs
  • Uncover hidden gems in Google Analytics and Google Search Console
  • Find and pursue additional SERP opportunities, such as rich snippets, image and video results
  • Reverse engineer the top-ranking pages to better compete in SERPs
  • Structure the website to create themes
  • Develop a content strategy based upon topical density that drives traffic
  • Increase online publicity and brand awareness through SEO techniques
  • Put it all together— Create a customized, step-by-step SEO plan to get results
  • Create an SEO strategy that can be implemented in prioritized steps
  • Win over key executives with the right data and reporting
Included with Plus, Premium & Platinum Passes, upgrade required for Conference Passes
  • B2B
  • B2C

Email 2020: Email Marketing for This Year & Beyond

AM Workshop
  • Michael Barber, barber&hewit
  • Michael Barber
  • Explain why email still matters for brands
  • Understand permission and list building/hygiene
  • List the metrics that impact deliverability
  • Decipher how internet service providers score engagement
  • Use a roadmap for managing inactive subscribers
  • Design and develop an impactful email
  • Know why subscribers open and why they don’t
  • Personalize and segment your subscribers
  • Determine the right frequency for your brand and subscribers
  • Fit email into your demand generation plan
  • Determine the right email metrics for your brand
  • Review what the future of email might look like over the next few years.
Included with Plus, Premium & Platinum Passes, upgrade required for Conference Passes
  • B2B
  • B2C

1:15pm - 2:05pm

The What, Why, and How of Community-Driven Brand Content

  • Liza Dunning, Airbnb

    Branded content is a social game. To be truly powerful, brands need to harness the power of conversation and their community’s own stories into their content strategy. This session will break down the what, why, and how of community-driven content, challenging marketers to go beyond “talking at” their audience with clever copy and instead creating authentic, insightful conversations and storytelling opportunities that speak right to the consumer.

    2:20pm - 2:50pm

    Bloody Hell! And Other Marketing Truths My British Mum Taught Me

    • Michael Barber, barber&hewit
    • Michael Barber
    • Understand why we have to be more keenly focused than ever on customer experience and retention
    • Appreciate that we are often underserving our customer’s expectation of their experience
    • Learn a framework that will help ensure your products and services are more tuned to your customer’s needs and experience
    • Enjoy many of the equally amazing, applicable, and ridiculous lessons my British Mother taught me and how they apply to thinking through customer experience
    • B2B
    • B2C

    Why Marketing Analytics Fails (and How to Do It Right)

    • Matt Hertig, Alight Analytics
    • Matt Hertig
    • Correctly identify your team’s current needs and objectives using the 4 Levels of Marketing Analytics Performance
    • Understand the essential roles needed in a healthy analytics practice
    • Determine how to choose the right tools for data management and dashboards
    • Discover what you need to do to advance to the next level of performance
    • B2B
    • B2C
    • Data & Analytics

    What Brands Need to Know About Amazon Alexa and Building for Voice

    • Noelle LaCharite, Microsoft
    • Noelle LaCharite
    • Understand Alexa and the opportunity it offers to brands
    • Use best practices for designing voice user interfaces (VUI)
    • Follow a blueprint for implementing this in your next campaign
    • Content Marketing

    Death to Display Ads

    • Phil Herbert, Phil Herbert Consulting
    • Phil Herbert
    • Understand the relevant metrics to accurately measure the true return on your display buys
    • Find out what channels would be more effective to spend your ad budget on
    • Be able to navigate some of the hidden risks to your brand when running display campaigns

    3:05pm - 3:35pm

    Influencer Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Audience

    • Ursula Ringham, SAP, Inc.
    • Ursula Ringham
    • Develop a programmatic influencer marketing strategy
    • Determine which influencers are best for your audiences
    • Build lasting relationships with influencers
    • Create authentic content that tells your story
    • Effectively reach new audiences
    • B2B
    • B2C
    • Content Marketing

    Are You a Data-Driven Marketer? You’re Likely Missing an Entire Category of Analytics

    • Adam Arkfeld, ParaCore
    • Adam Arkfeld
    • Improve the quality and accuracy of metrics in your data-driven marketing environment
    • Optimize campaigns using phone call conversion activity that was previously lost
    • Diagnose breakdowns in your own or your client’s marketing to sales process
    • Improve analytics and reporting by gaining visibility into post-click call activity
    • B2B
    • B2C
    • Data & Analytics

    Creating a Digital Training Camp

    • John Panighel, Adidas
    • John Panighel
    • Identify where there is a need for digital upskilling or digital transformation in your organization
    • Highlight employees/teams that would benefit the most from a digital training camp
    • Connect with the right internal knowledge experts and external vendors to help develop applicable content
    • Define KPIs or success metrics that you can measurable
    • B2B
    • B2C

    The View of Digital from the Traditional Trenches

    • Jim Knapp,
    • Jim Knapp
    • Apply relevant, impactful yet seemingly forgotten marketing principles to your media tactics
    • Leverage fresh data on which media channels deliver the highest ROI
    • Use effective attribution platforms to connect the offline and online dots of your campaigns
    • B2B
    • B2C

    3:50pm - 4:20pm

    Reinventing Content Marketing Into a Measurable Business Strategy

    • Robert Rose, Content Marketing Institute
    • Robert Rose
    • Use a key framework to assess the purpose of your current and future approach to content marketing
    • Implement a usable approach to measuring audiences as the means of proving the worth of content marketing as a strategic approach
    • Replicate examples of companies actually achieving strategic, and measurable business value through the use of content-driven customer experience
    • B2C
    • Content Marketing
    • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

    Design Tips for Better Data Storytelling

    • Tim Degner, Nike
    • Tim Degner
    • Build a process & method for more successful data visualization designs
    • Become more aware of the process of critical thinking & visual analysis
    • Understand how layering in relevant contextual data helps your audience
    • Create a new understanding of interpreting data and incorporating your most valuable data sets into your content strategy
    • B2C
    • Content Marketing
    • Data & Analytics

    Video Everywhere

    • Kenzie Dahnert, Adtaxi
    • Kenzie Dahnert
    • Understand how video fits into the larger marketing ecosystem
    • Leverage connected TV into your digital media mix
    • See how Facebook, YouTube, and online video improves conversions
    • Track the success of your video campaigns
    • B2B
    • B2C

    Clarify Your Story to Amplify Your Impact and Simplify Your Life

    • Park Howell, Park and Company Marketing Communications,Inc.
    • Park Howell
    • Learn the narrative structure of the “And, But & Therefore” to find a theme that hooks your audience
    • Apply the five primal elements of story to amplify your message’s impact
    • Explore the 10-step Story Cycle System™ as a strategic and tactical framework for all of your communications (free field notebook included)
    • Content Marketing

    4:35pm - 5:10pm

    The New Era of V-Commerce: What Marketers Need to Know About the Voice Assistant Revolution

    • Meg Goldthwaite, NPR
    • Meg Goldthwaite

    Voice-activated tools like Alexa, Google Home and Siri have become part of our daily lives and are bringing dramatic changes to consumer behavior. Major brands are recognizing the power of audio when it comes to connecting with their target audience and building brand loyalty through content and storytelling. But, smart speakers don’t yet provide an obvious platform for traditional advertising. This session will help marketers understand what this audio renaissance means for brands, marketers, content providers and society as a whole and how they can use voice strategies to deepen their consumer relationships.

    5:10pm - 6:00pm

    Opening Reception


    Get your networking on. The opening reception is a great opportunity to make new industry connections and reconnect with old friends too. Hoist a beverage or two while you reflect on today’s awesome content. Mingle with onsite exhibitors, speakers, and fellow attendees to talk shop about your biggest marketing challenges, while having some fun in the process.

    Day 2 Tuesday, February 12

    8:30am - 9:00am

    Culture is King: Why Investing in a Good Culture Makes a Great Brand

    • Matthew Clyde, Ideas Collide
    • Matthew Clyde
    • Use and identify the right culture formula for your organization to develop a strategic, culture first brand
    • Invest in a new, modern branding that connects your people to a strong purpose and vision
    • Connect your business values to the power of storytelling inspiration that motivates and drives action
    • Apply business case studies from Fortune 100 to small start-ups to further transform a new and improved level of brand marketing
    • B2B
    • B2C
    • Content Marketing

    Deciphering Digital Transformation: 25 Years in the Making

    • Kelley O’Brien, The Variable
    • Kelley O’Brien
    • Grow wisely across digital and social to keep your brand top of mind and increase conversion
    • Incorporate marketing trends based on behaviors of your brand’s audience
    • Transform your brand in the digital space to maximize reach and minimize media expense
    • B2C
    • Branding
    • Data & Analytics
    • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

    Micro-Influencers: Marketing Magic or Insta-scam?

    • Peter Stringer, Peter Stringer
    • Peter Stringer
    • Spot phony influencers and fake followers
    • Use tips and tricks for working with the right influencers
    • Measure success with influencer marketing on Instagram
    • B2C
    • Content Marketing

    9:15am - 9:45am

    The Feng Shui of Modern Email

    • Jen Capstraw, Women of Email
      • Recognize design trends that prioritize engagement and accommodate mobile and desktop email clients
      • Better align messaging and calls to action with campaign objectives
      • Boost ROI with personalization that moves the needle
      • Leverage the CTA secret that gets the click—even among disengaged subscribers
      • B2B
      • B2C

      Social Trends You Can Put Into Practice In 2019

      • Georgia Dahle, Hootsuite
      • Georgia Dahle
      • Understand how the top 5 social trends we’ve predicted for 2019 will affect your business
      • Use these trends to improve your social strategy
      • Define how audience behaviors will change in 2019
      • Determine where social networks are headed this year
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Data & Analytics

      SEO Quick Wins: 20% of Actions for 80% of Results

      • Matthew Capala, Alphametic
      • Matthew Capala
      • Execute on the 20% of transformative actions that lead to 80% of your organic search results
      • Perform a quick, simple and action-oriented SEO audit to prioritize your content, backlink and technical strategies
      • Design a winning SEO game plan that will not break the bank
      • Implement an agile and inclusive SEO process
      • Adapt to recent Google changes and position your strategy ahead of the evolving algorithm (and the competition)
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      10:00am - 10:30am

      Boost Your Content by Thinking Like An Editor

      • Kate Winick, Peloton
      • Kate Winick
      • Right-size your content strategy for your company’s needs
      • Understand how editors create, test, and analyze content performance
      • Adapt your marketing & customer data to generate editorial content
      • Teach others in your organization how to think and act as content creators

      How to Run a Content Practice (Without Inciting Mass Panic)

      • Matt Ingwalson, Heinrich
      • Matt Ingwalson
      • Clearly articulate a strategic goal and map your content to meet it
      • Determine the pieces you need to produce – and when to share them
      • Assign accountability for who concepts, produces and approves tactics
      • Develop a process that allows you to cost-effectively produce content for mobile, social and owned channels
      • Content Marketing

      Why Your Brand Works in the “Real World” But Fails When Online

      • Juntae DeLane, Digital Delane, Digital Branding Institute
      • Juntae DeLane
      • Properly build a digital brand
      • Leverage mico-moments on social media to increase visibility
      • Shift in consumer behavior impacts your content strategy
      • Create content that social media algorithms actually like.
      • Understand why it’s no longer about products and services, it’s about brands.
      • Shift from being transactional to experiential
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Branding
      • Content Marketing
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      How to Win the UX War on the Corporate Battle Field

      • Lynne Adams, Johnson & Johnson
      • Lynne Adams
      • Diagnose and overcome common obstacles marketers face when convincing colleagues and management to prioritize user experience
      • Create a strategy to effectively communicate the benefits of design to your organization
      • Build stakeholder trust and confidence by articulating the value of good UX
      • Identify allies who will help build momentum on your journey to promoting a user-centric culture
      • B2B
      • B2C

      11:00am - 11:30am

      Fyre Festival: 10 Marketing Lessons Your Business Can Leverage

      • Brian Fanzo, iSocialFanz
      • Brian Fanzo
      • Move beyond marketing your products/apps/services and focus on experience marketing
      • Empower today’s digitally connected consumer by capturing attention, maintaining attention and creating buzz
      • Understand why influencer marketing in 2019 requires much more than a celebrity posting an orange tile and how every business can leverage influencer marketing at scale
      • Spend more time understanding your customer while embracing the importance of transparency and authenticity in good times and when things go up in flames!
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      Why 80% of Marketers are Failing with Display, and How to Fix it Fast!

      • Jeremy Hudgens, Genius Monkey
      • Jeremy Hudgens
      • Better understand your customers’ journeys, and how they should be applied to your strategy
      • Recognize how display advertising fits into your overall marketing strategy
      • Utilize Google Analytics and other tools to measure the metrics that matter
      • Optimize your ad spend and improve your ROI

      Should You Fire Your Chief Marketing Officer?

      • Blake Pappas, Vertical Measures
      • Blake Pappas
      • Understand changing role of the CMO (or lead marketing executive)
      • Explain the emerging skill set every marketing executive should possess
      • Recognize why ROI should drive the CMO’s actions and decisions
      • Grasp where the marketing executive should focus time and resources
      • Answer whether or not your CMO is allocating budget to the right channels
      • Determine if your marketing executive is setting the organization up for future success by focusing on an ‘owned’ audience
      • Know when the CEO is really the one to blame
      • B2B
      • B2C

      SEO Quick Wins: 20% of Actions for 80% of Results

      • Matthew Capala, Alphametic
      • Matthew Capala
      • Execute on the 20% of transformative actions that lead to 80% of your organic search results
      • Perform a quick, simple and action-oriented SEO audit to prioritize your content, backlink and technical strategies
      • Design a winning SEO game plan that will not break the bank
      • Implement an agile and inclusive SEO process
      • Adapt to recent Google changes and position your strategy ahead of the evolving algorithm (and the competition)
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      11:45am - 12:15pm

      What Marketers Can Learn About Social Media from DJ Khaled and Drake

      • Carlos Gil, Gil Media Co.
      • Carlos Gil
      • Tap into new storytelling features on Snapchat and Instagram Stories
      • Create an employee advocacy strategy to boost organic social media reach
      • Leverage social listening effectively to find and engage potential customers
      • Build relatable, real-time moments like an A-list celebrity for your brand
      • List the types of content given preferential treatment by Facebook and Instagram
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Branding
      • Content Marketing
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      The Funnel is Dead: Long Live the Marketing Flywheel to Engage Customers

      • Dave Meyer, BizzyWeb
      • Dave Meyer
      • Define why the Marketing Flywheel makes more sense than the metaphor of a funnel
      • Take steps to re-engage your audience to help deepen relationships and grow faster
      • Get more and better results by spinning your flywheel faster, to keep your marketing machine running
      • Increase your marketing efficiency, and tie results to CRM as your business growth hub
      • Content Marketing

      10 Steps to Make You a People-Based Marketing Rock Star

      • Jude Fontenot, Data Dynamix
      • Jude Fontenot
      • Follow ten steps to achieve successful people-based marketing
      • Drive up to 5 times the average interaction vs. traditional online/in-app/social targeting
      • Reach beyond your customer list with deterministic targeting
      • Think beyond the identity resolution status quo
      • Deploy new people-based strategies
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Data & Analytics
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      How to Sell Faster Using Business Videos that Tell Powerful Stories

      • Todd Hartley, WireBuzz
      • Todd Hartley
      • Brainstorm compelling video narratives by identifying your best marketing story
      • Execute content that commands your audience’s attention
      • Use storytelling to sell faster in the Information Age
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      1:00pm - 1:50pm

      Building A Brand with Outrageous Marketing

      • Scott Dikkers, The Onion
      • Scott Dikkers

      The Onion’s co-founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief tells the story of how a scrappy group of college dropouts with no marketing budget created a worldwide comedy brand. He introduces the colorful characters behind The Onion’s success, shares insights about “outrageous marketing” that can apply to any organization, and reveals the pro tip for effectively “crossing the line” by using edgy content to offend everyone yet no one.

      2:05pm - 2:35pm

      Get More out of Every Email You Send

      • Send more actionable emails
      • Easily segment for every stage of the customer lifecycle
      • Simplify your processes and improve reporting
      • Prove your value with better results
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Data & Analytics
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      Digital Reputation Management and Social Media

      • Casey Hall, LumberjackSocial
      • Casey Hall
      • Effectively audit your existing social media footprint
      • Utilize best practices for deleting or gaining control of “rogue accounts”
      • Develop an application and approval process for new accounts
      • Monitor and take appropriate action on messages that create reputational risk
      • B2B
      • B2C

      From Frustration to Success with Link Building

      • Mike Huber, Investis Digital
      • Mike Huber
      • Understand why backlinks are still one of the most important ranking factors
      • Improve your backlink portfolio for a dramatic and positive impact on your traffic
      • Creat content that will earn great links
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      2:45pm - 3:15pm

      “Meh” to “Marvelous”: How to Market on Facebook Ads in the Era of Killer Competition

      • Susan Wenograd, Aimclear®
      • Susan Wenograd
      • Understand what changed over the past year and how to adapt your selling strategy for it TODAY
      • Navigate the changes on Facebook Ads and go from media buyer to masterful marketer
      • Use smart scaling tactics to cast a wider net without emptying your wallet
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      Better Than The Newsletter: Eight Ways to Deliver Relevance with Email Marketing

      • Chris Sietsema, Teach to Fish Digital
      • Chris Sietsema
      • Utilize email marketing to fortify customer relationships with timely announcements, meaningful introductions, cross-sell opportunities and win-back campaigns
      • Implement a self-segmentation strategy in which subscribers convey what’s most important to them
      • Reap the benefits of a well-planned educational on-boarding series
      • Understand where to start when crafting effective email nurture campaigns
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      Understand Your Audience – Become a Programmatic Rock Star

      • Diane Sidden, Cisco
      • Diane Sidden
      • Understand the programmatic process and the role of AI
      • Take advantage of key elements of identifying and understanding your audience
      • Know the five key do’s and don’ts of implementing programmatic advertising
      • Use data and insights to optimize the programmatic experience
      • Data & Analytics

      3:25pm - 3:55pm

      How Brands Can Harness the Power of Instagram Stories

      • Quinn Tempest, Create Your Purpose℠
      • Quinn Tempest
      • Understand why you should create a unique Story strategy and how to do just that
      • Explore tools, formats, and Story engagement opportunities you should know
      • Employ strategies to drive conversions and generate leads right from Stories
      • Strategically plan your Instagram marketing editorial calendar
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      UX Meets MBA: A Designer Goes to Business School

      • McLean Donnelly, The Makery Group
      • McLean Donnelly
      • Articulate the ROI of improved customer experiences
      • Build strategic plans that include customer and business outcomes
      • Teach creatives to use business metrics in their everyday work

      The Most Powerful Email Data Lessons Can be Found in the Movie Groundhog Day

      • Sam Douglass III, 250ok
      • Sam Douglass III
      • Better understanding of GDPR, Panel Data’s upheaval, and email data privacy concerns
      • Explore “hidden” email data including spam traps and blacklists, DMARC policy protection, proper email list validation, and email engagement analytics
      • Explore email innovations such as Google’s AMP updates and Annotations, Microsoft’s Business Profile Experience, BIMI and emailing with Smart Speakers
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Data & Analytics
      • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention

      4:05pm - 4:35pm

      Bridging Silos Between SEO, UX, and Content for Big Marketing Wins

      • Rebekah Baggs, ONWARD
      • Rebekah Baggs
      • Leverage keyword data to unite your UX, SEO, and content efforts
      • Avoid classic marketing mistakes that stem from fractured strategies and disconnected teams
      • Holistically optimize your digital presence across the web with practical, real-world approaches
      • B2B
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      It Takes Two: Effective Strategies for Working with Social Influencers

      • Curtis Midkiff, Southwest Airlines
      • Curtis Midkiff
      • Use a proven framework for successful influencer partnerships
      • Implement customer influencer partnerships to meet your needs in a manner that fits your brand
      • Avoid costly mistakes in leveraging influencers by developing KPIs and a vetting framework
      • B2C
      • Content Marketing

      4:35pm - 5:30pm

      Closing Reception


      Before you say adieu…join us for a last hurrah. Have a final toast to your new chums, and cheer each other on as you go out to use your new marketing powers and ideas for good. Sadly, DS is over for this year, but applying all your new digital marketing knowledge and insight is only just beginning!