Brand Innovators Marketing Innovation

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Brand Innovators Marketing Innovation





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The Internet has fundamentally and forever changed the relationship between brands and consumers. Brand Innovators Marketing Innovation will examine how brands are using digital media and advertising technology to engage with and build long term relationships with their consumers. Hear first-hand from your fellow brand marketers about how they are using social media, content marketing, digital video advertising, mobile platforms, advanced television technologies, marketing automation, and data and analytics, to identify, target and convert new customers and grow their marketshare.

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Breakfast hosted by Einstein Bros. Bagels & Registration



Brandon Gutman, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
Melissa McKinley, Vice President Community Operations, Brand Innovators

Host: Ted Rubin, Social Media Strategist, Acting CMO, Brand Innovators, author of Return on Relationship

Event Chair: Julie Barys, Director, US Integrated Marketing and Planning, Western Union


Keynote – Marketing Innovation

Michael Hafer, Sr. Vice President, Product, Marketing and Field Execution, Western Union


Fireside Chat

Michael Hafer, Sr. Vice President, Product, Marketing and Field Execution, Western Union

Moderated by: Sarah Steffens, Account Executive, Kargo


Keynote – Crocs Success Story

Terence Reilly, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Crocs


Fireside Chat

Terence Reilly, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Crocs

Moderated by: Kris Parker, Director of Sales, Tremor Video DSP


The Truth About Eating Pop Rocks and Drinking Soda: Common Misconceptions About Life and Location Data

Nathaniel John-Grose, RVP West, Blis


Networking Break


Panel – The Future of Media and Consumer Engagement

Digital media and the Internet are rapidly transforming the marketing and media industries, fundamentally and forever changing how brands engage with their consumers. From connected TV to mobile devices to wearables, media and entertainment is everywhere. Consumers today not only expect, but demand content anywhere, anytime, across every screen, device, and media platform that they encounter throughout the day. As a result, brands are working harder than ever to keep up with consumers. How is the digital transformation of the marketing and media industries impacting brand marketing? How can brand marketers take advantage of this paradigm shift and use technology to build loyalty and long term relationships with their consumers? What’s the next big thing that will disrupt the marketing and media industries? You heard it here first.

Moderated by: Kris Parker, Director of Sales, Tremor Video DSP

Diana Boyles, Vice President of Marketing, HomeAdvisor
Lyndsy Clark, Senior Brand Manager, Pilgrim’s
Joanna Darst, Global Director of Consumer and Media Activation, Molson Coors
Amber Hellem, Director, Digital Marketing, Western Union
Julia Pratt, Corporate Communications Manager, REGO Restaurant Group


Lunch hosted by Western Union


Fireside Chat

Stephanie Krause, VP Marketing, HuHot Mongolian Grills

Moderated by: Richard Jones, CEO, Wayin


Panel – The Future of Shopping

It’s not just that shopping habits have evolved so much over the last few years, but that they continue to do so, drastically, ceaselessly, and at a relentless pace. The retail and ecommerce landscape is consequently wrought with both challenge and opportunities, as brands explore new ways to drive consumers in-store, and look to new partners and emerging technologies to bring their wares to the customer, wherever they may be.

Amazon, along with the rise of niche ecommerce, have forced brick-and-mortar retailers to innovate and experiment with new models, leveraging subscription services, social selling, mobile commerce, and new ways to add both revenue and value, in the face of competition.

This session will explore the changing dynamics between different consumer touch points – online, in-store, and mobile – and how smart marketers can leverage each channel’s unique features to drive shoppers in-store and impact purchase behavior.

Moderated by: Adam Herman, VP, Global Business Strategy, Control v. Exposed (CvE)

Julie Barys, Director, US Integrated Marketing and Planning, Western Union
Rachel Fredrickson, Digital Marketing Manager, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
Nikoletta Vecsei Harrold, Director of Communities Strategy and Social Media, Transamerica
Jillian Lakritz, CEO & Founder, Yoee Baby
Burke Landis, Director, Research and Innovation, Danone


Fireside Chat – Just Bare Chicken

Laston Charriez, Head of Marketing, Pilgrim’s

Moderated by: Nathaniel John-Grose, RVP West, Blis


Fireside Chat

Josh Richman, CMO, Head of Sales, Franklin Group

Moderated by: Casey Saran, CEO, Spaceback


Networking Break



Casey Saran, CEO, Spaceback


Panel – Sports, Entertainment and Content 2019

Great content must resonate with consumers, in order for them to believe it, share it, and reflect positively on your brand. Sports and entertainment are a passion point for consumers of all ages and can be especially appealing to younger audiences. This panel will explore how brands are using sports and entertainment to integrate their brand in new and unique ways to represent brand personality, show how their brand can apply in life situations, and to help consumers understand and relate with brands in places where they are already feeling emotional connections. There are many ways brands are doing this, through Movies, Video, Music, Gaming, Sports, Television and more. Listen as brand marketing leaders discuss how they are using sports and entertainment to connect with consumers.

Moderated by: Bethany Claypool, VP Marketing, Fathom Events

Ben Hunt, Director of Digital Media, Denver Broncos Football Club
Jamie Poston, Head of Brand Strategy & Marketing, Transamerica
Marie Proto, Corporate Brand and Sponsorships, Western Union
Meg Ryan, Vice President of Marketing, Denver Nuggets


Keynote – Social Influencers Marketing

Maher Kayali, Consumer Marketing and Digital Media Lead, Verizon


Fireside Chat

Maher Kayali, Consumer Marketing and Digital Media Lead, Verizon

Moderated by: Morris Martin, Head of Data Strategy, SITO Mobile


It’s a wrap!






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