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Day 1 Wednesday, August 22

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Opening Keynote + Liza Dunning, Airbnb

Keynote
  • Liza Dunning, Airbnb
  • Liza Dunning

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Business Storytelling: The Architecture Of Why People Will Care About Your Content

  • Robert Rose, Content Marketing Institute
  • Robert Rose
  • Understand the architecture of a great, fulfilling story and why audiences care
  • Develop the four pillars of the premise of your story, no matter how big or how small
  • Use seven straightforward questions to help develop your premise, and evolve the four pillars of your business story
  • Create an actionable check-list for the content you are creating to ensure you’re transforming good ideas into better stories
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Content
  • Strategy

Speed to Insight: The Key to Marketing Analytics

  • Matt Hertig, Alight Analytics
  • Matt Hertig
  • Develop a plan for generating marketing insights faster, with less grunt work
  • Accurately assess your organization’s analytics capacity and your opportunities for growth
  • Understand what kind of analytics technology is right for your team
  • Develop a sophisticated analysis and modeling solution to drive your business growth
  • Analytics
  • Measurement
  • Strategy

Influencers: Cultivating a Powerful Network for Linkbuilding & Social Media Evangelism

  • Michelle Stinson Ross, Apogee Results
  • Michelle Stinson Ross
  • Identify and qualify influencers from several sources
  • Craft news, messages, and value propositions that matter to the press and industry influencers
  • Create outreach strategies that span the longer influencer engagement process

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Social Media Matters: Developing and Sustaining Audience Engagement

  • Apply data-centric approaches to connect with your audience in ways that your competitors are not.
  • Discover a social marketing blueprint to increase audience interactions by 160% or more.
  • Increase traffic to your website through targeted, data-driven measures
  • Analyze and report on the Return on Investment (ROI) of your social media efforts
  • Data
  • Measurement
  • Social
  • Strategy

Email Accessibility: How to Truly Captivate, Communicate and Connect with every Subscriber

  • Understanding of why accessibility within the digital ecosystem is so important
  • Discuss how temporary and permanent disabilities impact digital experiences
  • Make simple HTML code enhancements that will drastically improve email and landing page accessibility
  • Use best practices to design creative in which key messages are not missed
  • Content
  • Email
  • Measurement
  • Mobile
  • UX/Design

Data Download: The Big Deal On Big Data From Those Who Use it Best

  • Utilize turnkey solutions through innovative targeting tactics and technology
  • Identify the data most vital to marketers and their businesses (1st, 2nd, 3rd, declared data and inferred data, etc.)
  • Understand how to best collect, capture and harness that data for smarter marketing
  • Create a thoughtful, effective data strategy to support your whole marketing strategy
  • Data
  • Measurement
  • Strategy

Is it Time for Scrum to Scram? Alternative Agile Frameworks to Keep Marketers Sane

  • Andrea Fryrear, AgileSherpas
  • Andrea Fryrear
  • Understand why marketing teams are notorious for breaking Scrum sprints
  • Use the 6 core practices of Kanban, and how they can reveal hidden problems in your workflow
  • Combine Scrum and Kanban to form Scrumban, a powerful hybrid approach that marketers love
  • Get started down the Agile path in a simplified way that takes hours, not days
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Strategy

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

So Many Platforms, So Little Time: The Right Content for the Right Platform

  • Better understand the unique audiences on each of your social media marketing platforms
  • Develop a unique strategy for each of your channels
  • Learn to embrace new and existing features of the platforms to make them work for you
  • Maximize social media engagement by using “found time” to foster creativity
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Social
  • Strategy

Redesigning Laundry: A Primer on Design Thinking

  • Understand the fundamentals behind why Design Thinking works
  • Implement a rock solid Design Thinking process to your product and marketing campaigns
  • Advanced tops for applying Design Thinking Methodology to your web strategies
  • Strategy
  • UX/Design

The Feng Shui of Modern 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
  • Identify opportunities to streamline messaging and production processes
  • Leverage the CTA secret that gets the click—even among disengaged subscribers
  • Data
  • Email
  • UX/Design

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

What? How? Why? Building Query Personas to Power Your Content Strategy

  • Understand Google’s drive to satisfy every query
  • Ideate & research your customer’s intent based needs
  • Produce content that both users and bots should love
  • Drive relevant organic & social traffic to engage your audience
  • Build a content strategy based on Question Personas (and success!)
  • Content

Five Key Traits for High Performing Marketing Organizations

  • Understand how progressive businesses leverage stretch budgets for marketing wins
  • Re-think marketing budgets based on growth stages of your business
  • Use the power of agile workflows for content and email marketing
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Strategy

Audience Engagement Beyond the Screen

  • Justine Elena, Marine Corps Veteran
  • Justine Elena
  • Break down the components of effective and efficient content production
  • Better understand how to strengthen your storytelling skills to capture your audience
  • Develop concrete methods to build an interactive and engaging experience whether in person or online
  • Be excited by not only the advancements in content creation, but the urge for more transparency and simply being honest as well
  • Content
  • Strategy

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Opening Reception

Day 2 Thursday, August 23

8:30 am - 9:00 am

It’s a Pay to Play World: Finding Real Value in Social Media

  • Understand when organic social media can work – and when you will need to leverage paid social media
  • Move past the “boosted post” to targeted social media campaigns that provide results
  • Better measure the results of paid social media campaigns.
  • More expertly dissect winning Facebook and Instagram ad strategies
  • Measurement
  • Paid Advertising
  • Social

Attribution Modeling and the Holy Grail of Marketing Analytics

  • Know where to start for attribution modeling and omni-channel analytics
  • Be aware of the political, legal, and data wrangling roadblocks
  • Understand the landscape of vendors and effort for building internally
  • Use statistical models and analytics for actioning upon omni-channel data
  • Data
  • Measurement

9:15 am - 9:45 am

SEO vs. Brand Voice: Choosing the Right Words

  • Set priorities for digital copy based on your brand’s voice
  • Turn your SEO strategy into a key tool for building brand value
  • Balance two distinct skill sets: writing for search, and writing for brand
  • Create more cohesion between the terms people search for and the way you talk about what you offer
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Content
  • Search
  • Strategy

Trigger Emails Made Simple

  • Understand, and recognize how trigger emails are different from your other marketing emails.
  • Collaborate with your development team more effectively to keep those emails updated
  • Use a specific strategy to organize your email workflow
  • Create a sense of order amongst the chaos
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Email
  • Strategy

Using Augmented Reality to Turn a Customer Experience into Factual Data

  • Better understand how to incorporate augmented reality into consumer
  • Use your existing content in new immersive
  • Understand the design and consumer interfaces can make or break your marketing campaign
  • B2C
  • Content
  • Design
  • Emerging
  • Mobile

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Combine Paid & SEO Strategies to Increase Your Bottom Line

  • Noelle Schuck, Vertical Measures
  • Noelle Schuck
  • Effectively optimize your site to combat Google’s ever-changing algorithm and land on top of the search results.
  • Understand how the popular opinion on paid media view has changed and how to beat your competitors for the bid
  • Get your SEO and Paid teams working together towards the same goal
  • Build and grow your own audience and leverage it for real revenue growth
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Paid Advertising
  • Search

Enhance Customer Experience Using Analytics and Experimentation

  • Know how to more effectively use data and anaytics to improve Customer Experience.
  • Draw from specific CX metrics use cases to make product improvement decisions.
  • Set up new technical integrations between various analytics tools to seamlessly analyze all relevant CX data
  • Effectively apply qualitative and quantitative data to analyze user behavior
  • Conversion
  • Data

The Power of Video: Integrate Video Creative into Your Social Media Strategy

  • Nik Scott, University of Denver
  • Nik Scott
  • Identify the opportunities in your brand and marketing strategy where video will have the greatest impact
  • Create a concrete, actionable plan for integrating video into your social media strategy for the whole team to get excited about
  • Understand the breadth of social media video platforms available to you and choose the right tools for you
  • Social
  • Video

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Conflict, What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything.

  • Leverage tensions to fuel creativity
  • Incorporate conflict into the structure of your next campaign
  • Share examples of healthy conflict from various industries
  • Understand pattern interrupts and use them to propel your brand
  • B2B
  • B2C

What’s Technically Wrong With Your Website?

  • Diagnose common problems that can hurt your search rankings
  • Prioritize technical fixes based on the level of impact on the website
  • Communicate technical implementations to both the marketing and IT teams
  • Identify areas of quick wins
  • Search
  • UX/Design

Experiential Marketing and Influencing the Consumer Journey

  • Develop an actionable brand experience for your target demographic in order to drive conversion and brand loyalty
  • Better understand the importance of social media engagement vs social media following
  • Comprehend the importance of influencers to brand experiences and conversions
  • Recognize strategic brand partnerships that lead to great brand experience
  • Branding
  • Content

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Podcasts + Marketing: The Missing Link in Content Marketing

  • Understand the role of podcasts in content marketing strategy
  • Determine metrics for success
  • Learn what you should be podcasting about (and what to avoid)
  • Be prepared for the investment you’ll need to make in order to be successful
  • Content
  • Measurement
  • Strategy

Prospect Experience Design: How the Right Design Will Turn Researchers Into Buyers

  • Effectively communicate your market position
  • Deliberately guide prospects through key pages and decision points to the right actions
  • Use a detailed, reliable system for holding all design decisions accountable to marketing goals
  • Conversion
  • Data
  • UX/Design

Stop Blasting, Start Conversing! A Success Blueprint for Cultivating Lasting Relationships with Email Marketing

  • Understand the five “levels” of messaging that should be part of your email marketing program
  • Articulate and justify the value and purpose of each level and campaign type
  • Identify the automated email campaigns that best serve your business model and prioritize their importance
  • Content
  • Email
  • Strategy

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch Keynote + Scott Dikkers, Founder, The Onion

Keynote
  • Scott Dikkers, The Onion
  • Scott Dikkers

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Future of B2B Marketing: Think Like Disney and 6 Other Trends

  • Jon Lombardo, LinkedIn
  • Jon Lombardo
  • Appreciate the true value of thought leadership
  • Apply the Disney model of “”total merchandising”” to your marketing
  • Scale your brand through your most valuable touchpoint: your employees
  • Understanding how to structure a “”60/40″” brand and why it’ll lead to more growth
  • B2B
  • Emerging
  • Strategy

Align Paid Search and Social Across the Customer Journey

  • Develop the most effective, actionable cross-channel marketing strategy for your business needs
  • Leverage audiences across Google and Facebook better, and with more confidence
  • Implement a new attribution model to properly credit each touch point
  • Measure top-line ROI and incremental lift of a unified program
  • Search
  • Social

How to Strengthen UX with Tactical and Strategic Involvement

  • Understand how organizations have prospered because they’ve adapted to Tactical-Strategic UX mindset
  • Advocate for and strengthen the concept of user experience within your company
  • Obtain strategic buy in for user experience from management
  • Bring UX practitioners and management together to further empower the concepts and advancement of user and customer experience
  • UX/Design

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Thought Leadership Disrupted: New Rules for the Content Age

  • Heather Taylor, The Economist
  • Heather Taylor
  • More rapidly identify which content works best for the B2B client and why
  • Reframe your content strategy to make your organization a thought partner, rather than a thought leader
  • Be the go-to source of content for executives in your org
  • Develop a new distribution, format and cadence framework to reach your target audience
  • B2B
  • Content
  • Search

Paid Search Trends That Impact Your Business in 2018 and Beyond

  • Leverage major changes impacting your PPC campaigns on both mobile and desktop
  • Level up your PPC strategy to expand your ROI beyond the initial clickthrough
  • Understand why Siri and Alexa matter to your paid search strategy, and what to do about it
  • List paid search trends to be aware of, with action items to try around AI, advanced cross-channel remarketing and AMP
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Paid Advertising
  • Search

Creating Video for the Mobile-Focused Future

  • Better understand who is driving mobile trends and why mobile is the #1 choice for video viewing
  • Identify the types of video that get the most views across social channels
  • Devise a plan to optimize your current and future video content for mobile viewing
  • Maximize the effectiveness of your video ad spend
  • Mobile
  • Video

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Connecting Consumers, Igniting Brands via Interactive Storytelling

  • Steve Ramos, Steve Ramos Media
  • Steve Ramos
  • Develop an actionable and compelling interactive storytelling framework
  • Better understand the frontier tech available to today’s marketing teams and how to best utilize it for customers
  • Add impact and profitability to your marketing services using interactive storytelling and design
  • Implement interactive measurement models for improved reporting of both online and offline assets
  • Content
  • Conversion
  • Emerging
  • Social

Harnessing the Power of Amazon: Customer Acquisition, Lead Generation, and Proof of Concept Sales

  • Robyn Johnson, Best From The Nest
  • Robyn Johnson
  • Use Amazon as a way to drive growth for brands and products
  • Understand key elements for Amazon SEO and conversion
  • Get initial conversions and protect your brand on Amazon
  • Strategy

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote

Keynote

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Happy Hour

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