The Art & Science of Data at RampUp 2019


Last week, the cred events team pulled out all the stops at RampUp 2019 on Feb. 25-26 at the historic Fairmont Hotel here in San Francisco. LiveRamp’s flagship event kicks off a year of roadshows that will highlight the company’s presence around the country. This year, RampUp boasted 175 speakers reaching 2,500 attendees, making it one of the largest martech events in the country.

After a welcome reception on Feb. 24, the event transitioned into content the following morning with five pre-conference speaking tracks covering brands and agencies, B2B, data, technology, and TV. By the afternoon, RampUp was in full-swing with the main conference underway, featuring three tracks: Next-Generation Brand-Building, The Age of the Customer, Technology and Data Trends in Practice.

Across the two days, cred was thrilled to watch a few of our own speakers grace the stage. Ripple Senior Director of Audience Marketing Shanna Leonard kicked off the main conference content with a panel highlighting the shared practices between B2B and B2C marketers, while Strava Head of Communications Andrew Vontz chatted with Inc. SF Bureau Chief Jeff Bercovici about the challenges and opportunities of techlash and hyper-innovation. LiveRamp CMO Rebecca Stone moderated one of the most popular sessions addressing data integrity and transparency.

As the Fairmont buzzed with attendees, keynote speakers took the stage at the Masonic theater. This year’s keynotes featured brands such as Marketo, HP, Visa,, McDonald’s, Quantcast, and Kimberly Clark, and we learned that customer centricity and utilization of the right data is top-of-mind for all of these marketers.

Going out with a bang, Oakland A’s Executive Vice President Billy Beane—and the subject of the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated movie Moneyball—gave the closing keynote and shared how he implemented a data-driven strategy at the Oakland A’s that has revolutionized their program and the entire baseball industry. The night came to a close with Billy signing books and baseballs at the RampUp closing reception and attendees celebrating at RampUp After Dark party at the Tonga Room.

Interested in attending a RampUp event near you? RampUp on the Road is kicking off the spring roadshow season with stops in Columbus, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, and DC this spring. Follow RampUp here for more info.


RampUp 2017 Recap

That's a wrap! For the past few months, we've been working closely with LiveRamp to put together the agenda and speaker line-up for RampUp 2017. (cred also helped with RampUp 2016!)

In its fifth year, the annual summit has carved a name for itself in the MarTech industry, delivering insightful content around artificial intelligence, data quality, mobile, and more.

One of our favorite sessions was "Hot Zone: The Marketing Industry's Most Difficult Questions Answered," moderated by SafeGraph's Auren Hoffman. To start, Auren offered a $2 bill signed by the panel to whoever asked the most controversial question. Touching on topics like data attribution, democratization and ethics, the panel featured: Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Drawbridge; Aaron Bell, AdRoll; Brian O'Kelley, AppNexus; and, Kishore Kanakamedala, Google.

Another attendee favorite was "Proximity Marketing is Ready." Moderated by LBMA's Asif Khan, the panel featured: Thomas Walle, Unacast; Brian Handly, Reveal Mobile; Walt Doyle, GasBuddy; and John Dokes, AccuWeather Network. A key takeaway? Mobile without location data is just another screen.

This year, the two-day conference took place at The Masonic and The Fairmont, atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. In total, there were more than 2,300 attendees, 130 great speakers, and 55 engaging sessions across the Pre-Conference and Main Day of the event. 

We can't wait to see what next year has in store - hope to see you there!

Entering the Hot Zone...

Entering the Hot Zone...

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RampUp 2016 Recap

One of the 17 panel discussions at #RampUp16.

One of the 17 panel discussions at #RampUp16.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, credPR helped LiveRamp, an Acxiom company, coordinate their 4th annual RampUp - the Premier Conference for data-driven marketers and AdTech industry leaders.

RampUp 2016 took place at The Fairmont, atop Nob Hill in the beautiful city of San Francisco. The day began bright and early with registration, breakfast on the terrace, and an inspiring morning fireside chat with Legendary Entertainment’s Matthew Marolda. The 1,400+ attendees then split into three tracks for a full day of compelling panels and keynotes.

credPR team in action (left to right: Stephanie B., Stephanie W., Caitlin, Margaret, Leah, and Laura)

credPR team in action (left to right: Stephanie B., Stephanie W., Caitlin, Margaret, Leah, and Laura)

Since 2012, RampUp has gathered the top innovative minds in the digital space to discuss today’s data and marketing opportunities and challenges. This year was the largest event yet, both in terms of content and audience, with 17 panels and topics ranging from “What Senior Leaders Are Looking For in 2016” to “Data As An Asset.”

Some dynamic speakers that added to this year’s agenda included: Dean of Global Innovation from Gap, GM of IBM, Head of Programmatic at LiveNation, Founder & CEO at MediaMath, Vice President of MasterCard, CMO of Citi Bank, and GVP, Marketing from Macy's, to name a few. In total, 15 of our clients participated in the event, both as speakers and participants.

Author of Freakonomics Stephen Dubner connected the day’s themes in his closing keynote, entitled "How To Think Like A Freak in Advertising.” An entertaining take on incentivization and human behavior, Dubner incorporated stories of post-bathroom hand hygiene (or lack thereof) and turkey reproduction (I kid you not) to discuss how “circumstances under which data is created impacts the end value of data” and our tendency to choose data that confirms decisions we’ve already made. Just a little insight for us all to ponder...

Stephen Dubner, author of  Freakonomics -  a true crowd pleaser!

Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics - a true crowd pleaser!

All in all, the event was a success. Couldn’t attend yourself? Find content-related recaps of the event below (and mark your calendars for next year!):


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