Day 1 Tuesday, December 04
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writing Content for the Customer
- Ahava Leibtag, Aha Media Group
- Think about your audience and their journey so that your content reflects their needs
- Create content that takes SEO for mobile and voice into consideration
- Write using plain language to capture how people read on screens
- Use new writing skills to create compelling, actionable content
- Build keyword and keyphrases lists for SEO
- Interview stakeholders and work with them to create actionable content
- Collaborate with editors and content strategists
SEO of Today: What Really Moves the Needle
- Mindy Weinstein, Market MindShift
- 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
- Create an SEO strategy that can be implemented in prioritized steps
- Win over key executives with the right data and reporting
45 Tactics to Take Your Email from Zero to Hero
- Michael Barber, barber&hewitt
- Understand why email still matters to you and the people you’re trying to reach
- Ensure your campaigns are making it to the Inbox
- Learn how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) might be treating your campaigns
- Know the similarities and differences for how B2B and B2C audiences consume email, convert from it, and how different design choices impact those conversions
- Perform regular email audits which are crucial to email success
- Make sure you’re tracking the metrics you should be and discover those you may not be or may not know about
- Have some insight into what the future of email might look like
How to Build a Marketing Plan that Maps to Your Sales Pipeline
- Stephanie Ristow, Charter School Capital
- Define budget and resource allocation between demand generation and account-based marketing efforts
- Establish the stage-level objectives specific to your product buyer-cycle
- Develop audience personas specific to your business and target market
- Create messaging for each persona at each stage in the buyer-cycle
- Map messaging, channel, and campaigns against the persona/buy-cycle
- Plan pipeline-based goals and identify your budget/resource priorities based on real numbers
- Identify and flesh out the most important programs and generate briefs for team-execution
- Walk away with a marketing plan that meets marketing and sales needs
1:15 pm - 2:10 pm
How to Find and Tell the Story of Your Ideas
- Tamsen Webster, The Red Thread
- Understand why you’re wired to miss what your messages needs most
- Use a simple tool for identifying the key concepts needed to drive understanding and action in any presentation or message
- Turn those key concepts into messages that create the connections (and conversions) you need
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Don’t Wait to Optimize Your Marketing for Integrated Voice-Activated Technology
- Johanna Weber, NPR
- Understand the key trends, behaviors and attitudes of consumers using voice-activated technology today
- Identify steps to optimize your marketing now for the growing voice landscape
- Make a roadmap for integrating voice into their marketing strategies long term
How to Leverage Influencer Marketing to Grow Your Bottom Line
- Alexis Caldwell, rewardStyle + LIKEtoKNOW.IT
- Understand how an influencer strategy can help achieve different marketing goals and touch all points of the funnel
- Discover how you are getting more from influencer marketing than you realize
- Determine how data will help you build a more intelligent influencer strategy that amplify bottom line results
Data That Drives Email Marketing Relevance… and Revenue
- Jessica Best, Barkley
- Determine if/which of your data ready is to power your email marketing program.
- Choose data to use in email that impacts the bottom line, a.k.a. bolsters email ROI.
- Integrate multiple data sources, from easy plug-ins to robust data power tools.
The Digital Marketers Toolkit
- Thom Craver, CBS Interactive
- List the types of marketing technology you need for success versus the ones that are nice to have
- Understand how multiple facets of digital marketing work together
- Learn tactics to help you maximize your technology’s performance
- Sell you’re your executives on the benefits of using marketing technology
Global SEO: Five International Marketing Fails
- Nicola Winters, Search Laboratory
- Identify which markets present the biggest opportunity
- Fully localize a site for users to increase ROI
- Understand how to implement technical onsite considerations
- Satisfy cultural differences (habits, behavior, buying patterns, trust signals)
- How to promote your websites (which channels to use in which market)”
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Navigating the Global Social Media Landscape
- Jayar Donlan, WWE
- Develop different content strategies for different markets, and understand why
- Attract new followers due to better targeted content across platforms
- Increase engagement and conversations with social followers and fans
Tips, Tools, and Tactics For More Successful Content
- Paxton Gray, 97th Floor
- Use a free template to improve/speed up keyword research specifically for content creation
- Explore new tools in the industry to help with content creation
- Use data to produce content your audience will want
- Examine the human algorithm and its effect on content marketing strategy
What’s Technically Wrong With Your Website?
- Mindy Weinstein, Market MindShift
- 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 and go get them!
The 7 and 3/4 Things You Don’t Ever Want to Do in Email
- Skip O’Neill, Adestra
- Christopher Donald, Inbox Army
- Avoid the most common pitfalls including terrible design and acquisition errors
- Employ advanced segmentation models to move out of batch-and-blast mode
- Use transactional emails the right away
- Adapt your data to enhance targeting
- Make the most of automated features such as triggers
Paid Search Trends That Impact Your Business in 2018 and Beyond
- Mika Carter, Just Conversion Marketing
- 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.
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
It’s Time to Think Differently About Mobile
- Stephanie Cox, Lumavate
- Understand the major shifts happening in mobile tech, why they’re occurring, and how the biggest tech players (Apple, Google, etc.) are paving the way
- Explain how these shifts will change how brands interact with consumers on mobile
- Outline how your brand should rethink its mobile strategy to adapt to this change
- Develop a plan to bring true personalization to your mobile strategy
Leveraging Social Care to Win Brand Loyalists (Even During a Crisis)
- John Young, Southwest Airlines
- Apply a process for moving beyond social marketing to building brand advocates
- Implement strategies for optimizing listening from a tool and operational perspective
- Equip and train your team to be standouts in customer care, and treat employees as customers to build loyalty within
- Uncover and amplify customer stories, and create memorable experiences that capture the media’s attention
How Marketers Can Make Feedback Their Friend
- Joe Hirsch, Semaca Partners
- Deliver criticism to your team without harming morale.
- Apply the science and skills of improv to boost creativity.
- Put time-efficient strategies in place to hold regular performance conversations.
- Create a coaching culture that aligns with business strategy and industry trends.
How to Use Structured Data for SEO
- Manuel Martinez
- Adopt the benefits of structured data and schema.org markup.
- Use best practices for technical implementation and validation.
- Understand the key features that drive increased clicks and conversion.
- Avoid common mistakes and penalties.
Product, Practice, Purpose: Create Your UX Strategy Framework
- Ben Judy, 7-Eleven
- Lily Bather, 7-Eleven
- Construct a multi-level UX strategy for your organization that helps your business decide what to do — and what not to do
- Raise the level of UX maturity and report on UX effectiveness within your organization
- Choose relevant goals and paths for crafting excellent product user experiences
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Digital Marketing Unlearned
- Have a clear vision to build or re-build the structure of your digital marketing team, to be able to impact the overarching business goals or your organization.
- Break the obsession with engagement and focus on metrics that matter.
- Gain the insights and the inspiration to foster a true digital transformation mindset within your organization.
Everyday Behavioral Science For Better Conversion Optimization
- Brian Massey, Conversion Sciences
- Develop a better understanding of your audience, its needs, and its behaviors
- Launch campaigns with greater understanding and data-driven precision
- Use and understand the data from your results more efficiently for future tests
Rehearse for Real Time: Preparing for the Moments That Make Content Great
- Lauren Teague, Convince & Convert
- Scale a team of one to many for live content coverage
- Identify which channels align with the right content to tell your story
- Plan your content playbook for cohesive storytelling across any event
- Effectively practice and rehearse your playbook ahead of going live
A Non-SEO’s Guide to the Power of Search Behavior
- Tylor Hermanson, Intouch Solutions
- Understand why reserving search data for SEM alone is a giant, missed opportunity.
- Leverage search behavior to enhance other disciplines.
Harnessing the Power of Amazon: Customer Acquisition, Lead Generation, and Proof of Concept Sales
- Robyn Johnson, Best From The Nest
- 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.
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Day 2 Wednesday, December 05
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Digital Goes Over the Top: Ad Strategies for the Connected OTT Consumer
- Ben Van Horn, Spectrum Reach
- Understand how OTT has revolutionized the Video landscape
- Create effective marketing strategies in the evolving OTT landscape
- Develop a plan to reach the right audience in the growing OTT space
Humanize Your Brand: Core Values As a Marketing Tool
- Eve Mayer, EveMayer.com
- Levi Sauerbrei, NerdButler.com
- Use your organization’s core values as a tool to attract customers that align with your brand so they remain clients longer, increasing revenues
- Project your organization’s unique culture and personality into your marketing to create a more authentic relationship with customers
- Improve the storytelling power of your marketing efforts by increasing the emotional investment of your audience
The Feng Shui of Modern Email
- Jen Capstraw, Iterable
- 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
Paying for SEO: A Method For Increasing Lead Volume By Over 300%
- Garrett Mehrguth, Directive Consulting
- Understand the data that validates why you need to immediately execute this strategy
- Identify third-party sites that rank well for your top queries
- Implement 5+ tactics for maximizing the selected third-party sites so that they perform profitably
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Three Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Email Results
- Caroline Matis, Campaign Monitor
- Understand why email is still the center of the digital marketing universe
- Use tools like segmentation to amp up your results long-term
- Implement tactical ways to prove the effectiveness of your email marketing
From Frustration to Success with Link Building
- Mike Huber, Vertical Measures
Lessons learned from over 12 years of link building:
- Backlinks are still one of the most important ranking factors
- Improving your backlink portfolio can have a dramatic and positive impact on your traffic
- Why content is so important to earning great links
Reuse, Recycle: How to Repurpose Your Content
- Ashley Ward, SEMrush
- Run a content audit to determine what the best types of content to recycle are
- Follow the rules when reusing your content
- Analyze and measure the effectiveness of this recycled content
- Understand which tools will best help you find ROI on your reusable content
Automating Workflows to Scale with Ease
- Peter Escartin, Accelo
- Understand how to break down and distill complex work processes for scale
- Easily apply these ideas and concepts at scale
- Leverage technology to achieve your goals
- Utilize automation within platforms and the logic behind it
Lean, Mean, Marketing Machine: How to Leverage a Lean Team to Hit your Moonshot Goals
- Marissa Ranalli, DoSomething.org
- Develop and execute a strategic multi-channel marketing plan
- Build a successful, lean cross-functional team
- Uncover opportunities
- Address and overcome challenges
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Five Secrets to Creative Content From Your Favorite Songwriters
- Ahava Leibtag, Aha Media Group
- Sharpen your ability to craft strong images
- Tighten your collaboration techniques
- Use techniques for breaking through blocks
- Expand your understanding of “writing”
How to Navigate a Socially Cautious Enterprise Environment
- Carissa Rouse, McKesson Corporation
- Confidently address why the narrative is so important in the day of AI
- Implement tactical steps to ease even your most conservative stakeholders into a marketing culture change
- Take specific steps to get your organization on the road to the future of digital marketing
How You Can Save Up To 50% on Your Digital Media Budgets
- Senthil Govindan, Datawrkz
- Understand the digital media value chain
- Use a framework for deciding whether to outsource media buying or keep it in house
- Determine if media buying will be done in a transparent fashion
- Evaluate media buying firms, especially with respect to pricing structure
- Understand when to use Search, Social, and Programmatic channels
The Next Era of Mobile Messaging
- Rob Lawson, Google
The Goonies Guide to Showing up in Local Searches
- Greg Gifford, DealerOn
- Understand the additional signals involved with Local SEO
- Optimize both on-site and off-site signals to influence local search rankings
- Optimize Google My Business for better visibility and better first impressions with customers
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Why 80% of Marketers are Failing with Display, and How to Fix it Fast!
- Jeremy Hudgens, Genius Monkey
- 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
Bloody Hell! And Other Marketing Truths My British Mum Taught Me
- Michael Barber, barber&hewitt
- 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
Why Storytelling Remains the Future of Successful Marketing
- Andrea Leitch, National Geographic
- Create an actionable content plan based on revenue goals and resources
- Build a success social media and newsletter strategy based on data-driven results
- Develop a membership program to meet your audience and customers’ needs
Ignore at Your Peril: 9 Trends That Will Shape Marketing in 2019
- Loren McDonald, IBM Watson Marketing
- Better plan and prioritize marketing investments for 2019
- Communicate to your team why 2019 is the year to embrace agile marketing
- Rationalize to management why it is time to reorganize around the entire customer journey
- Convince your marketing leadership that data integration needs to be a dedicated marketing role
AR + AI: Co-Creating the Most Personalized Consumer Experience
- Ashley Crowder, VNTANA
- Develop a marketing campaign integrating AR to interact with consumers to create more personalized experiences
- Use AR in advertising to reach beyond consumer engagement and extend into data-capture and lead generation
- Learn what types of AR work best in various situations and help provide meaning data and reporting to increase lead generation and sales
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
A Method Behind the Madness of Influencer Marketing
- Ericka Kurtz, MGM Resorts International
- Create a workflow to identify influencer alignment
- Develop a valuation model to streamline volume and approvals
- Create a tiered classification system and content strategy
- Better understand how to measure success and extend the shelf life of influencer content
Send Great Email: How to Truly Communicate, Captivate and Connect with Every Subscriber
- John Thies, Email on Acid
- Avoid Spam filters like a ninja
- Effectively use the Subject line and Preheader text to encourage a subscriber to open your email
- Understand why considering accessibility within your email design is critical to the success of your campaigns
- Make quick and easy email code changes that will allow you to communicate, captivate and connect with your subscribers
- Understand how Voice technologies (Google Home, Amazon Alexa, etc.) are going to change the way we interact with email
Automate, Improve and Optimize your Lead Generation
- Dave Meyer, BizzyWeb
- Map out your current lead-gen process and decide what’s working.
- Focus on the audiences that matter most to your business.
- Set follow-ups designed to convert (without being annoying).
- Set measurable, achievable goals for your lead funnels.
Automate or Die: How to Reduce the Complexity of Paid Search
- Michelle Roberts, Finch
- Understand what AI and ML can do for your digital spend
- Discern why automation is key
- Feel confident about job security in the era of bots
- Make your paid search work more impactful and efficient
Keeping Up With Rapid Digital Evolution in 2019
- Quinn Sheek, DEG
- Discover new ways to utilize AI as a part of your marketing mix, and get credit for the AI you are already using
- Identify personalization tactics that utilize first party data, in addition to data you aren’t collecting from customers
- Improve your brands authenticity by focusing on channels and tactics that also boost conversion
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Building A Brand with Outrageous Marketing
- Scott Dikkers, The Onion
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.
2:05 pm - 2:35 pm
- Brian Kroll, Adtaxi
- 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.
The Power of Purpose
- Bridget Harvey, Twitter
- Amplify your company’s purpose-driven story
- Use Twitter to spark movements and mobilize consumers
- Learn and apply best practices from purpose-driven brands
The Purchase Begins on Pinterest: From Inspiration to Action
- Lisa Fong, Pinterest
- Tap insights to craft campaigns with heart that reach audiences at every stage of purchase consideration
- Launch a Pinterest Business profile, including top tips in areas including creative, targeting, paid, and organic
- Harness insights to create campaigns at scale
Tag, You’re It! Track Your ROI with Google Tag Manager
- Siobhan Lidon, FSC Interactive
- Track valuable consumer actions on your website.
- Link specific goals and conversions to your consumers’ stages in the buying funnel.
- Find and report on unique data in Google Analytics.
The Forgotten Phase of the Marketing Funnel: Driving Consideration in The Digital Age
- Nick Stagge, ExpertVoice
- Better understand your target consumer & who they turn to for advice on what to buy.
- Think holistically around how to take control of the consideration phase of the buying journey.
- Scale the voice of people making trusted recommendations.
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
The Age of Invisibility
- Mike King, iPullRank
- Understand trends in the features of organic search results
- Apply six tactics to be effective in SEO
- Optimize on-page content for search engine algorithms
- Survive this age of invisibility
Rebranding: Making a 145-Year-Old Institution Not Only Relevant but Irresistible
- Cynthia Round, Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Excavate the essential, intangible truth of your brand.
- Understand how to “read between the lines” of your audience research.
- Better align your organization to deliver a 360-degree brand experience.
Building a Social Engagement Strategy That Works for your Business
- Brooke Hatfield, MailChimp
- Identify channels where your audience—and prospective customers—are
- Find conversations worth engaging with
- Develop messaging for every stage of the customer lifecycle
- Scalably develop creative assets (or, How GIFs Solve So Much)
- Track qualitative and quantitative data to measure impact
The Future Of B2B Marketing: Trends For The Contrarian Marketer
- Jann Martin Schwarz, LinkedIn
- Understand why you should always stick with your old creative
- Not be fooled by cheap media buys that are actually expensive
- Explain why “Brand Newsrooms” are a horrible approach to content
- Define why real-time marketing is one of the worst ideas in marketing
The Art of Risk: Why Experiments Are No Longer an Option for Growth
- Chad Sanderson, Sephora
- Understand the underlying statistical truths conveyed by digital experiments
- Create a culture of experimentation across all aspects of your company, with or without a testing tool
- Develop impactful test designs using experimentation frameworks to build a marketing model governed by science, not opinion
3:35 pm - 4:05 pm
Rich Snippets: What Are They, and How Can I Get One?
- Colleen Harris, CDK Global
- Understand which types of structured data should be used where on a site, and tips on scaling schema over a large website.
- Understand the positive impact rich snippets can have on paid search ads and organic results.
- Write content that makes your site the answer Google wants to highlight in an answer box.
Conflict, What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything
- Tyler Farnsworth, August United
- 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.
Generation Entertain Me: How Gen Z is Changing Everything
- David Fossas, WP Engine
- Understand how the shift from inform to entertain driven by a digital dependence can impact your brand
- Rethink your digital experience as the human experience
- Create a predictive personalized experience
A Path to Personalization for Increased Conversions
- Erika Gonzalez, Horizontal Integration
- Understand the four key pillars to making your personalization strategy a success
- Identify potential obstacles to personalizing your marketing efforts that could have long-term effects
- Answer 5 key questions that will help put your strategic approach to personalization into practice
- Define goals to help actively drive your prospects through the sales funnel
- Learn how to easily measure your personalization engagement and set value to your goals
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm
Building Teamwork to Achieve Innovative Results
- Mitch Lowe, Netflix
Innovation requires unwavering commitment and support throughout the entire organization, which is often difficult to achieve for two reasons: one, the financial commitment and, two, getting everyone onboard for disruptive work. In this presentation, Mitch details the processes to get the whole team on board to work together towards innovative results. After this session, you’ll be able to get your team to collaborate quickly and synergized to drive innovation; create a culture that supports productive innovation; and learn how Mitch led innovation at Netflix, Redbox and MoviePass and apply similar approaches.