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Introducing credSac!

 
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Sacramento: the farm-to-fork capital, home of Lady Bird and, now, the location of cred’s second office! We opened the doors to our first location outside the Bay Area in late October at CoWo Campus, a coworking space for entrepreneurs and creatives alike. With a lots of natural light, a spacious private office, and flexible community space, credSac’s ready to get some more inspiring speakers onstage!

Senior associate (and Sacramento native!) Anastasia, led our expansion by touring various coworking spaces on the grid and helping hire two more PR pros to join the family—Arianne Ortegaray and Claire Nobles. She also teamed up with CEO Caitlin and Managing Director Stephanie to furnish and decorate the new space. . .and most importantly, to test all of Ikea’s desk chairs to find the comfiest ones.

In case you’re not familiar with Sactown, we asked our credSac team to share their favorite parts of working and living in the state capital:

Claire, Coordinator
The people here make this city feel like a small town—everyone’s super friendly, and there are tons of startups that call Sacramento home. Also, love the craft beer here. There are over 60 breweries in the area and seems like new ones pop up every day.

Arianne, Associate
I’m new to Sacramento, so everyday I feel like I get to discover something new about the city! There’s a lot of cute little neighborhoods with new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops popping up all the time. It’s also close to different national parks, which makes it easy to spend weekends exploring the outdoors.

Anastasia, Senior Associate
Sacramento is my hometown so I may be a little biased - but I’ve lived all over the US and the world (Germany, Australia, New York, Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, etc.) and it’s really one of my favorite places. #1 thing I’d call out is our system of river trails—for those who love to get outside for walks, runs or bike rides - this town is for you.

 

Cheers for Three Years of #cr3d!

 
 

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years! We started cred with a vision to connect passionate speakers to opportunities to build thought-leadership. To date, we have confirmed 1,800+ speaking opportunities for our clients to speak at events located all around the world! It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come at achieving that mission and so much more.

We’ve grown our team to a healthy 17 (and still growing). We've built a data-base of over 7,500 events from scratch, helped over 200 speakers connect with engaged audiences, and are launching our first official internship program this summer, too. In 2018, a huge focus has been to grow the Event Management side of the company and we are happy to report that we have been super busy working with multiple clients to coordinate and source speakers from one-day summits to multiple day conferences (with 27 under our belt to date).

cred works hard, but we also know how to party!

We celebrated our Third Birthday in style at Neyborly Union Square, a modern and chic art gallery here in San Francisco. The team shared stories of the company’s conception and spent time basking in nostalgia as we recalled memories from the past three years. It truly is something special to work at a successful company with such an accomplished group of individuals. Our three-year-old-selves would be proud!

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¡Holy guacamole! cred turns 2

It’s hard to believe, but cred celebrated its 2nd birthday last week!

How’d we celebrate? We started by combining two of our favorite things: margaritas and man’s best friend!

On May 5 (it’s true - our birthday falls on Cinco de Mayo), the cred crew hosted Mutts & Margaritas - a “nacho ordinary” happy hour and bake sale for everyone at 600 California WeWork.

Complete with photo props, custom Snapchat filters, and lots of four-legged furballs, ~120 people attended, making it WeWork’s largest happy hour to date. The team also sold a variety of homemade baked goods and raised close to $200 for a local SF animal shelter, Family Dog Rescue. (Fun fact: Kyle, cred’s Events & Operations Specialist, adopted Seymour, a blind/partially deaf Border Collie, from FDR last year.)

With two successful years under our belt, the party is just getting started!

Cheers to a great team and many more trips around the sun.

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What’s To Come In Digital Marketing? cred Clients Share Their Answers!

Last night, cred and The Commonwealth Club hosted an expert panel discussing what’s to come in the future of digital marketing. Panelists included Ming B. Wu, CRO of MightyHive, Nikesh Desai, CEO of InvestingChannel, Mason Garrity, VP Strategy of 3QDigital, while CPO of LiveRamp, Anneka Gupta, moderated the conversation.

What were the hot topics? The evening’s conversation circled around the past, present and future of marketing, issues around data privacy/intent, and the changing role of the CMO. The panelists agreed that data has become more vital in the conversation: from targeting audiences and understanding their mindsets, to driving content creation itself.

Who are the ones to watch? While Google and Facebook are dominating the space, panelists agreed that Amazon is a key player to watch. “Amazon is very well positioned; if you think about all the data they have, they have a ton of different ad formats they can use. They’re one of the companies that can challenge Google in the search domain as 50% of commercial searches are happening on Amazon.” -  Mason Garrity, VP Strategy of 3QDigital

What’s to come in the next 5 years? Machine learning will likely continue to bombard the market with advancements. As it becomes more integrated, panelists agreed we’ll see marketing become more predictive, rather than reactive, with more ads seamlessly integrated to enhance the consumer experience. Younger generations will also likely grow up interacting with other mediums and realities, so marketers will need to keep a watchful eye on AR/VR to connect with consumers wherever they are.

The panel in its entirety is now available for download via The Commonwealth National Podcast.