Roundup: RampUp on the Road 2019 Spring Shows

 

The spring stretch of RampUp on the Road shows have officially come to a close. We wrapped things up in DC last week at Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals, with a full day of engaging speakers, networking opportunities, and even a tour of the ballpark. The day began with attendees mingling over breakfast and registration in the large conference room—which was packed to the brim once we kicked off with content.

Fatemeh Khatibloo, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, opened the day, and provided an insightful look into the world of “Decentralized Digital Identity.” The audience was taken on a journey through behavioral advertising, identity resolution, and future of privacy-respecting marketing. Following Fatemeh’s presentation, one of our own speakers, Lucy Caldwell, Founder and Principal at Mockingbird Lab, moderated a session on “Achieving the Diversity Trifecta.” Speakers Anneka Gupta, President and Head of Product and Platforms at LiveRamp, and Justin Antoinpillai, Founder and CEO at WireWheel.io, joined Lucy onstage to discuss empathy and the role of diversity in leadership and policymaking.

After lunch, both content and audience divided into two tracks: New Wave Technology and Policy, and Building an Omnichannel Strategy. For the Policy track, attendees varied from those involved with data and consumer policy and regulation, as well as members of the advocacy/agency world. Panelists joined us from PwC, Google, Datavant, ANA, Mockingbird Lab and more. The evolving process of doing right by consumers was a constant theme during this track, with each session coming to a close through a dynamic Q & A discussion. During the Building an Omnichannel Strategy track, speakers from Macy’s, Under Armour, T-Mobile, DISH Media, and more took the stage to provide powerful real-life experience from which the audience could assimilate and apply to their own roles. Attendees of both tracks learned best practices to construct a better future by addressing the policy issues of the present.

Missed RampUp on the Road? Here’s a quick look at our 2019 spring roadshows!

  • RampUp on the Road Columbus: April 9 - Discussed the importance of observing your marketing efforts through a consumer-first lens, as well as how beneficial it is to involve the entire team in the customer journey.

  • RampUp on the Road Atlanta: April 11 - Jim Nail, keynote speaker in Atlanta and Principal Analyst at Forrester, spoke about using empathy to improve the customer relationship— a theme we saw throughout the entire spring roadshow lineup.

  • RampUp on the Road Denver: May 14 - According to Jeff Smith, General Manager of Brand and Agencies at LiveRamp, it is the era of personalization. Focusing specifically on consumer-privacy uncertainty, the shift from target marketing to personalization is absolutely imperative.

  • RampUp on the Road Seattle: May 16 - Keynote speaker Fatemeh Khatibloo, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, shed light on the key to maintaining customer loyalty: shifting from one-to-one marketing to one-to-moments marketing.

  • RampUp on the Road DC: May 21 - Learned our differences shouldn’t go unnoticed. In order to invent a better future, policymaking groups and omnichannel strategy-focused agents can collaborate to solve the consumer-privacy issues of the present.

 

credTen: Top Ten Conferences in Artificial Intelligence

credTen: Top Ten Conferences in Artificial Intelligence

Seemingly overnight, the term “AI” has infiltrated every conversation around data. But looking beyond the buzzword, artificial intelligence is creating impact at scale through advancements in deep learning, machine learning, conversational interfaces, natural language processing and more. The best way to stay up to date on new developments in the field, learn new skills, and network with industry peers? Conferences.

In this edition of our credTen series, we’re featuring the top 10 events in AI.

5 Tips for Live-Tweeting at Conferences

5 Tips for Live-Tweeting at Conferences

Events present a great opportunity for people across any industry to practice their social skills—both in real life and online. Whether you have 10 or 10,000 followers on Twitter, sharing your takeaways and experiences at conferences gets you involved in conversations and boosts your social media presence. You don’t have to be an influencer or represent a brand account to be heard on Twitter—but there are a few things that can take your live Tweets to the next level.

Here are some tips for live-Tweeting at your next event.

Happy 4th Birthday, cred!

Happy 4th Birthday, cred!

At times it feels like it was yesterday, and others like it’s been decades since the seed for cred was planted. I sat down to write this and decided to look at our first ever blog post. What a proud moment realizing that, even though we’ve changed over the years, at our core, we’ve still managed to keep the extreme focus and simple offering we started with 4 years ago; not many can say the same. Sure, our vision and mission have evolved, but our why remains intact: We believe that bringing knowledgeable, passionate speakers to engaged audiences builds awareness and excitement for you and your brand.

After 4 years and successfully placing 320+ speakers in 3,323 events all over the world, we’ve enabled ourselves to think more strategically and bigger about how a formal speaking programs impact a business’s brand and position in the market.

Diving Into In-Housing with MightyHive

 

Last week, the events team had the pleasure of coordinating an intimate dinner on behalf of MightyHive, a global leader in advanced marketing and advertising technologies, at Birdsong in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The event was well-timed to take place directly after AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O, where MightyHive was participating and held a presence with their booth.

The night began with cocktail hour and canapés, with guests happy to mingle and unwind after their considerable day at Programmatic. Before inviting everyone to take their seats, MightyHive President of the Americas Emily Del Greco presented welcome remarks and housekeeping notes. Once everyone took a seat in the warm and focused atmosphere of the first floor space, attendees listened to a fireside chat between Emily and Electronic Arts Global Head of Media Belinda Smith.

During the discussion, Belinda and Emily looked back at their careers to trade lessons they’ve learned over the combined 30+ years they share in sales, marketing, and strategy experience. They debated the rewards (increased transparency, control of data, faster execution) and risks (steep learning curve, talent, startup cost) associated with in-house marketing. They marveled at how far in-house agency penetration has come even just in the past 10 years. Toward the end of the chat, it was clear attendees were intrigued by Belinda and Emily’s experiences and hoped to dive deeper into their own in-housing exposure during the Q & A session.

Before heading upstairs for the five-course meal, Emily suggested, “Of course talent is just one component of in-housing—I welcome you to discuss other challenges and opportunities that you have found along the way. Support each other, learn from each other, and share your wisdom.”

After the fireside, more than 15 MightyHive Partners were treated to a delectable tasting menu featuring dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Birdsong, a recent recipient of the coveted Michelin Star honor, appeared to have its service down to a science as evidenced by the harmonious presentation of each plate. Wild boar, aged duck with mustard greens and Sonoma lamb were just a few of the mouthwatering items that graced the menu for the night. Conversation flowed as smoothly as the grilled butter atop the Peruvian purple cornbread, and topics rotated between specific in-housing accounts to the process as a whole.

Guests walked away from the night with inspiration from fascinating speakers along with new tactics for their brands’ in-housing strategy. As a parting gift, MightyHive gave each attendee a branded smart home plug that guests seemed eager to get home and test out.

Looking for help with planning your next event? Connect with us at events@credpr.com.

 

Women@DockerCon 2019: Issues and Opportunities Facing Professional Women Today

 

This week, I attended the Women@DockerCon Summit, a private forum for women in tech to connect, discuss, and engage with each other, at Moscone West in San Francisco. This Summit preceded DockerCon, a 3-day technology conference organized by Docker, Inc., and brought together women (and a handful of curious men) in tech in a space where they could freely discuss the issues and opportunities facing professional women today. The event included a workshop and two panels complete with a stage full of lady bosses.  

Women@DockerCon allowed attendees to share their success stories, voice their concerns, and ask for help in a room of supportive strangers. Everyone—from pioneers in the modern women's movement, to the software development directors, to the participants in the audience—had something impactful to say about their experiences while working as a woman.

Communicating with Presence

“Half the people have Imposter Syndrome, the other half don’t know what they’re doing.”

Have you ever felt like a total fraud and that at any moment everyone around you was going to realize how little you know? Good news—you’re not alone! Francine Gordon, a professor at Santa Clara University has spent years working with women who consistently doubt their abilities, a sure sign of imposter syndrome. She explained that, like a duck swimming, you see the movement, but not the vigorous peddling underwater—everybody is working equally as hard, you just don’t see it!

Francine’s workshop began three questions:

  1. What situations trigger your feelings of being a fraud?

  2. What have you held yourself back from because you felt like a fake?

  3. What has been the most effective way of managing these circumstances?

One participant shared that she makes sure to speak up within the first 10 minutes of a meeting. She uses this tactic to hold herself accountable and ensure that she doesn’t succumb to self-doubt. Another shared that she was hesitant to ask the dumb questions in an important meeting, but she wished she had after Bill Gates came in confidently asking all the “dumb questions” she was thinking.

Investing in an Inclusive Future

Next were the panels where a wide range of fields were represented, such as venture capital, human resources, insurance, and more. They spoke on best networking practices, how to handle awkward situations in the workplace, and what they’re excited about going forward in their careers.

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XFactor Ventures Investment Partner Erica Brescia focused on investing in companies with at least one female founder. She built her network by leveraging supportive communities like the Female Founders group on Facebook.

Angel investor Susan Kimerlin shared the best way to learn about your industry: finding somebody doing something interesting and seeing how you can help.

Backstage Capital Director Brittany Davis is excited about seeing a positive trend in female founders at the companies she’s investing in.

Working While Female

CloudBees Senior Director of Global Human Resources Ellen Thorne explained that surrounding herself with a highly technical team allowed her to build important skills that wouldn’t have evolved otherwise.

New Relic Senior Director of Customer Marketing Cynthia Hester shared her best kept secret, “saying ‘thank you’ is the best way to say ‘no’ without pissing anybody off.”

Cisco Vice President of Global Marketing Aruna Ravichandran mastered the art of calculated risk, even if it meant taking a demotion and leading her family to think she was having a midlife crisis.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Director Honey Williams recounted how working at Subway and later dropping out of the AirForce sounded like failures, but those experiences taught her that you can’t be scared to make the decisions that are right for you, even when everyone around you tells you otherwise.

Being surrounded by so many powerful, bold women at Women@DockerCon reminded me of how much we can accomplish if we join forces and help each other take the next right step.

 

5 Ways to Promote Your Event on LinkedIn

 
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With more than 500 million users on LinkedIn, it’s no wonder why the professional network platform is a powerful tool for promoting events. LinkedIn’s user base consists of 40 million decision-makers, 61 million senior level influencers, 40 million recent graduates and students, and more. If this sounds like the audience you’d like to attract, here are five ways to promote your event on LinkedIn:

  1. Keep your audience engaged: Posting a status on your page is an easy way to promote your event within your network. Use this as a tool to announce event updates on venue, speakers, sponsors, and more.

    • Pro-tip: The best time to publish a post is on Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10am and 11am when LinkedIn users are most active. Also, don’t forget to use hashtags! #eventtips

  2. Leverage your company profile: Use your company profile to keep your audience updated on event productions, while simultaneously building up your network of followers. Make posts announcing call for speakers, ticket sales date, topics to be discussed, and such.

  3. Join LinkedIn groups: A great way to reach people outside of your network is to join groups that are relevant to your event’s focus. You’ll be able to post to this new set of audience, but keep in mind that these posts should always be tailored to attract the pool of professionals you’d like to see at your event.

  4. Become a publisher: Go beyond a typical status update and write an article to share on LinkedIn. Keep your article engaging and relevant, and use this opportunity to share the nitty gritty about your event, such as a recap of the previous event.

    • Pro-tip: Keep in mind that your article can be made public to increase viewership on and off LinkedIn!

  5. Create boosted content: Choose from many of LinkedIn’s offerings, including Sponsored Content, Sponsored InMail, and Ads. Promote your event in people’s newsfeed with Sponsored Content, in people’s inbox with Sponsored InMail, and across the platform with Ads.

Interested in learning about how cred can promote and plan your next event? Connect with us at events@credpr.com.

 

credTen: Top Ten Conferences for Entrepreneurs

credTen: Top Ten Conferences for Entrepreneurs

When building a business, raising capital and maintaining healthy revenue is the first hurdle—but not the last. In a recent study of 2,700 entrepreneurs, respondents also listed marketing and advertising, recruiting, and employee culture as top challenges when running a successful company. Entrepreneurship events allow founders, leaders, and innovators to connect and share lessons on all the aspects that create a successful entrepreneur growing and scaling your company’s business, presence, and culture.

In this edition of our credTen series, we’re highlighting 10 events celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.