Agenda | Digital Summit DC


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Day 1 Wednesday, August 03

8:30am - 12:30pm

Secrets of the Email Marketing Strategist

  • Jen Capstraw, Women of Email
  • Jen Capstraw

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate so-called best practices and industry advice through a critical lens
  • List the components of a complete email program
  • Understand the difference between vanity metrics and meaningful KPIs
  • Identify the key campaigns that drive customers toward loyalty
  • Know when A/B testing makes sense – and when it doesn’t
  • Clear the roadblocks that are hampering the maturity of your email program
  • Apply a prioritization methodology to zero in on strategies will move the needle
  • Impress the boss with an email program roadmap for 2022 and beyond

Included with Platinum Passes, upgrade required for Main Event Passes
  • Email Marketing

How to Make Your Content Irresistible

  • Tamsen Webster, The Red Thread
  • Tamsen Webster

After this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Clearly define the goals and objectives for every piece of content you create and implement a process to achieve them
  • Identify the five key concepts that create a Red Thread® (your content’s core message) and how to use them to title, structure, summarize, and write your content
  • Develop outlines for content anywhere from 100 to 10,000+ words
  • Explore and adopt the four Message Mindsets to add variety and interest to your content

Included with Platinum Passes, upgrade required for Main Event Passes
  • Content Marketing

1:15pm - 2:15pm

The Power of Sound and Silence: How to Create Audio Worth Listening To

  • Jenny Haggard, Spotify
  • Jenny Haggard

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Implement best practices for audio creation
  • Incorporate audio as a core element of your marketing strategy
  • Use silence to fuel your creativity
  • Uncover the most impactful audience and cultural insights to develop creative ideas
  • Introduce brainstorming techniques to use with your team

  • Voice / AR / VR

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Unlocking NFTs and The Metaverse for Marketers

  • Carlos Gil, Bestselling Author & NFT Advisor
  • Carlos Gil

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Reach a new audience of consumers through blockchain technology, including NFTs and the Metaverse
  • Create NFTs for your brand which unlocks real-world utility for your customers
  • Invest in NFT communities which will yield more significant ROI for your brand than Facebook Ads
  • Apply a framework to help you enter virtual worlds such as Decentraland and Sandbox without alienating a younger audience
  • Implement best practices from notable organizations, including Adidas, Chipotle, Visa, Pepsi, Budweiser, and others
  • Have the answers that you need to enter this new world and effectively market in Web3

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Emerging Technology

The Ultimate Guide to Audience Segmentation: Reaching Your Best (and Next) Customers!

  • Sarah Weise, Bixa
  • Sarah Weise

How to Make Paid Social Your Largest Revenue Driver

  • Garrett Mehrguth, Directive Consulting
  • Garrett Mehrguth

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and advertise to every target account in your total addressable market
  • Apply tips and tactics for getting your ideal customer persona to convert directly into a sales meeting from paid social campaigns
  • Access proprietary industry benchmark data across cost per conversion, cost per lead, cost per opportunity, cost per customer, and more
  • Replicate the exact copy, creative, offers and call to actions Directive uses across millions of dollars of spend to drive tens of millions in revenue

  • Paid Advertising
  • Social Media

3:15pm - 3:45pm

NextGen Marketing: How to Connect Authentically with Gen Z (and Why You Should)

  • Brittany Ward, Create Collabs & The Twenty-First Agency
  • Samantha Flynn, Junipr Public Relations
  • Brittany Ward
  • Samantha Flynn

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Create campaigns that appeal to Gen Z buying motivations
  • Adopt platforms to connect online with Gen Z
  • Effectively engage with Gen Z consumers by understanding what they care about, current trends, and what to watch out for

This session is for any business owner or marketer who wants to better understand their audience or tap new audiences within Gen Z.

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Millennials & Gen Z

5 Digital Hacks To Steal Your Competitor’s Traffic

Sponsored by Media Shark
  • Joey Lowery, Media Shark
  • Joey Lowery

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Place your digital ads directly in front of your competitor’s digital advertising efforts
  • Understand how to leverage tools that’ll give you instant competitor insights
  • Outrank your competitor’s highest driving traffic keywords

By having your badge scanned at this session, you are opting to have your contact information shared with the presenting sponsor.

  • Digital Ads

How To Build Effective Cookieless Digital Campaigns… Starting Today!

  • Tiffany Schreane, The City University of New York
  • Tiffany Schreane

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Lay the groundwork of building an effective cookieless digital marketing campaign (starting today!)
  • Build channels to access your audiences’ journey directly (with their permission, of course)
  • Understand that measurement is now more important than ever and why it is the main ingredient at the beginning of the digital planning process

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Data & Analytics
  • Website

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Attract + Convert Your Perfect Customer on Instagram

  • Farhana Cannon, iMedia Exposure
  • Farhana Cannon

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Strengthen your brand on Instagram and grow your social presence and followers
  • Connect with and capture more leads on Instagram to ultimately increase sales
  • Position yourself as an expert in your space
  • Instagram
  • Social Media

Purpose-Driven SEO: A Modern SEO Strategy that Any Company Can Apply

  • Dale Bertrand, Fire&Spark
  • Dale Bertrand

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Capitalize on Google’s AI which is tuned to amplify brands that resonate with online consumers
  • Craft a purpose-driven strategy that resonates with search engines
  • Apply lessons learned from case studies of leading brands with a purpose purpose-driven approach to SEO

  • Social Media
  • Website

Why CTV/OTT for Digital Marketers? A Guide to Effective Streaming TV Advertising Success

Sponsored by Premion
  • Peter Jones, Premion
  • Peter Jones

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Navigate an increasingly fragmented and complex streaming TV marketplace
  • Find your audiences with advanced targeting capabilities
  • Measure the efficacy of your campaigns with outcomes-based KPIs

By having your badge scanned at this session, you are opting to have your contact information shared with the presenting sponsor.


4:30pm - 5:30pm

Opening Reception

Day 2 Thursday, August 04

8:30am - 9:00am

The World’s Greatest SEO Audit: Transformative Strategies to Futureproof your Success

  • Matthew Capala, Alphametic
  • Matthew Capala

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Adapt to the recent Google changes to position your strategy ahead of the evolving algorithm (and the competition)
  • Perform a strategic and action-oriented SEO audit to prioritize your content, UX, backlink, and technical strategies
  • Identify and focus on the 20% of the strategies that will drive 80% business results to develop a winning SEO Roadmap
  • Upgrade your SEO game by learning the latest advanced strategies from the trenches

  • Content Marketing
  • SEO & Search

Data Storytelling: Leverage Data and Visualizations to Deliver Engaging and Actionable Reports

  • Tanu Javeri, Foundry
  • Tanu Javeri

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the difference between metrics and KPIs, and when to utilize each
  • Consider the appropriate type of analysis for your marketing data
  • Tell a story with your data through visualization for more effective reports and presentations
  • Avoid common pitfalls to maximize your data analysis

  • Data & Analytics

6 Seconds or Bust: Mastering Short-Form Storytelling

  • Megan Toth, NBCUniversal
  • Megan Toth

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how short our attention spans actually are and how it relates to social media
  • Apply strategies for creating “thumb-stopping” social media content that stands out among the noise
  • Take real-world examples of brands creating “snackable” content back to your day-to-day work

  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Storytelling

9:15am - 9:45am

Cruella, Disney+, and Baby Yoda: 8 Content Marketing Lessons Your Brand Can Learn from Disney

  • Hilary Sutton, HSL Digital
  • Hilary Sutton

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Overcome your content limitations
  • Replicate the Disney approach to content
  • Respond to industry disruption and pivot to get optimal results
  • Identify your strongest content pillars

  • Content Marketing

How to Create an Emotional Connection for Lifelong Customer Loyalty

  • Martine Cadet, Kaderique Media, LLC
  • Martine Cadet

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply a new and unique approach to social media marketing to grow your business in 2022 without spending a dime on Ads
  • Double your conversion rate and build a strong connection with your audience using the ‘T.E.R.A’ method without getting overwhelmed
  • Focus your attention in the right places to increase profitability by 63% (hint: what you sell is NOT the most important thing to your customers)

  • Content Marketing
  • Customer Experience
  • Social Media

2022 B2B Trends for the Contrarian Marketer

  • Ty Heath, LinkedIn
  • Ty Heath

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Gain a competitive advantage by following little-known B2B best practices
  • Find the bravery to reject consensus opinion and embrace contrarian marketing ideas
  • Identify B2B marketing trends to achieve success in 2022 and beyond

  • B2B

10:00am - 10:30am

7 Unknown SEO/PPC Tips to Make You a Marketing SuperStar

Sponsored by Bruce Clay
  • Mike Weiner, Bruce Clay, Inc.
  • Mike Weiner

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Adapt to algorithm changes faster than your competitors
  • Arrange your website content in a hierarchy that increases relevance
  • Avoid SEO practices that could hurt your site in the long run
  • Save TONS on Google PPC spend while protecting your brand

By having your badge scanned at this session, you are opting to have your contact information shared with the presenting sponsor.

  • SEO & Search

Lights, Camera, Inaction? The Hollywood Storytelling Secrets Missing from your Data Presentations

  • Lea Pica, Story-Driven Data
  • Lea Pica

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the top “kiss of death” presentation practices plaguing your slides and charts
  • Get inside your audience’s heads and understand exactly why they keep tuning you out
  • Understand what story mechanics actually are and how they apply to your data
  • Apply simple and powerful strategies sourced straight from classic and modern storytelling examples

This session is for digital marketers who are responsible for presenting insights and recommendations to stakeholders and want to keep them awake during business meetings.

  • Data & Analytics
  • Storytelling

Crossing The Sonic Color Line: Strategies for Sonic Diversity

  • Steve Keller, SiriusXM
  • Steve Keller

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how technology and advertising have played a role in perpetuating sonic color lines
  • Apply insights from new research demonstrating the positive impact sonic diversity can have on ad favorability and effectiveness
  • Implement best practices that will result in a more sonically diverse expression of your brand
  • Audio

10:30am - 11:00am

Networking Break

11:00am - 11:30am

The Schitt’s Creek Guide to Email That Converts

  • Jen Capstraw, Women of Email
  • Jen Capstraw

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply new tactics for standing out in the inbox
  • Avoid common engagement tricks that cause more harm than good
  • Utilize top strategies to drive loyalty, clicks, and ultimately, conversions
  • Email Marketing
  • Lead Gen / Conversion / Retention
  • Strategy

Future-Proofing Your Digital Brand: 3 Ways to Prepare for Post-Pandemic Marketing, the Metaverse, and Web 3.0

  • Juntae DeLane, DIGITAL DELANE
  • Juntae DeLane

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Leverage effective post-pandemic marketing strategies
  • Apply innovative tactics for marketing in the metaverse
  • Successfully take your brand from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0
  • Branding
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer Experience
  • Emerging Technology

What’s Trending? How to Break Free from the Buzzwords for Hyper-Focused SEO

  • Rachel Hernandez, The HOTH
  • Rachel Hernandez

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Determine where to focus your efforts to get the most bang for your ROI buck
  • Adapt to recent changes in SEO and what Google expects from businesses today
  • Apply hyper-focused SEO strategies that not only generate traffic but increase conversions
  • SEO & Search

11:45am - 12:15pm

Preparing Your SEO and Content Strategy for 2023 and Beyond!

  • Taylor Kurtz, Crush the Rankings
  • Taylor Kurtz

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the recent changes by Google and how to be compliant with these new standards
  • Create a targeted content strategy aimed at driving relevant organic traffic, as well as improve your authority and trust within Search Engines
  • Improve your overall user experience and core vitals to thrive with the ongoing 2021 Page Experience Update

This presentation is aimed at business owners or marketing professionals with several years of experience in Search Engine Optimization who are looking to compete with large companies without the large budget.

  • Content Marketing
  • SEO & Search

Storytelling’s Greatest Hack

  • Eric Thomas, City of Detroit
  • Eric Thomas

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Plan your Brand in 3 Dimensions
  • Create and fulfill Achieveable Brand Promises
  • Make Consistent but flexible decisions for your brand across different media platforms
  • Storytelling

Marketing to the Impulse Generation

  • Peter Prodromou, The Forerunner Group
  • Peter Prodromou

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the similarities that transcend generations when it comes to consuming information, engaging, and making purchasing decisions
  • Develop campaigns, strategies, and content that exploit these similarities
  • Deliver more cost-efficient, results-driven marketing

Any digital marketer looking to exceed expectations for engagement and conversion in a time when the pressure is greater than ever to deliver measurable results should attend this session.

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Content Marketing
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch Pickup & Break

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Building Advocates with Experiences

  • Cliff Seal, Salesforce
  • Cliff Seal

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify opportunities to create a uniquely memorable experience
  • Empower every customer-facing employee to create advocates through consistently positive interactions
  • Leverage your brand to make a positive impact on the world, hand-in-hand with your customers
  • Customer Experience

The Transformative Power of Inclusive Content Marketing

  • Leigh George, PhD, Freedom
  • Leigh George, PhD

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and avoid the harmful biases that undermines your efforts
  • Transform how you understand your audience and create profiles that don’t rely on demographics or even general psychographics
  • Craft emotionally-driven stories that are accessible and authentic, animate what unites your audience, and highlight the impact only you can help them achieve
  • Content Marketing
  • Inclusive Marketing

3 Ways to Get More Out of Website Analytics

  • Kelsey George, Lucky Orange
  • Kelsey George

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Uncover truly actionable insights from all of the data you collect
  • Identify and utilize tools to optimize your website
  • Optimize your ad campaigns to drive more website conversions
  • Data & Analytics
  • Website

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Game On: Apply In-Game Advertising Strategies to the Metaverse

  • Cary Tilds, Frameplay
  • Cary Tilds

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the nuances between gaming and the future metaverse, and how to gauge legitimate advertising opportunities in virtual worlds
  • Learn why some in-game placements are fundamentally unique from traditional forms of digital advertising like web- or mobile-based buys (Hint: because they are integrated into the game engine itself!)
  • Develop a clear strategy on how to properly measure new placements like intrinsic ad contexts in virtual worlds

  • Emerging Technology
  • Paid Advertising

What’s Missing From Your Message

  • Tamsen Webster, The Red Thread
  • Tamsen Webster

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply the three critical message components that lead your audiences to action
  • Use those elements to make any message more powerful (and diagnose what might be missing)
  • Adapt those elements for any content or messages, no matter the location or length

  • Content Marketing

Build Brand Authority with Actionable Advice

  • Dan Gilgoff, AARP
  • Dan Gilgoff

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Translate search trends into actionable, how-to digital content
  • Create search-friendly content that stands out and breaks through
  • Position content to succeed on search and other platforms, from newsletters to social

  • Content Marketing
  • SEO & Search

2:45pm - 3:15pm

How to Make Your B2B Partners Actually Care About Your Business

  • Kim Patel, MainStreet
  • Kim Patel

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Gain an advantage by following best B2B partnership practices
  • Understand how to build strong partner relationships
  • Walk away with a foundation on building partnerships to fuel your growth

  • B2B
  • Strategy

Are They The One? How to Hire the Right Agency Partners in 2022

Sponsored by 2060 Digital
  • Melanie McKee, 2060 Digital
  • Melanie McKee

By having your badge scanned at this session, you are opting to have your contact information shared with the presenting sponsor.

Influence for Impact: Persuasion Tactics that will Drive Buy-in Across Your Organization

Sponsored by GoDaddy Pro
  • John Boyle, GoDaddy
  • John Boyle

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Harness the attributes you need to become a master persuader
  • Leverage persuasion techniques to improve how you frame projects to get cross-functional buy-in
  • Embody persuasion every day to build your credibility and improve your career

By having your badge scanned at this session, you are opting to have your contact information shared with the presenting sponsor.

  • Professional Development

3:30pm - 4:00pm

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Scaling Community and Brand Affinity Through Advocacy

  • Christina Garnett, Hubspot
  • Christina Garnett

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply new engagement and activation tactics to nurture your audience and mature them into community members and advocates
  • Implement a social listening plan to help you identify and maintain a connection with the people who you want to love your brand
  • Define your objectives and key results (OKRs) and set up a reporting structure to measure success

This session is for digital marketers tasked with fostering positive sentiment and community growth, and professionals who would like to launch programs that are set up for scale or have hit a wall with their current efforts.

  • Branding
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer Experience
  • Social Media

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception