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Tuesday | May 14

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
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WORKSHOP: CONTENT CREATION BASICS FOR EVENT MARKETERS

From shooting event video and editing content for streams, to event photography tips and tricks and prepping experiential content for social media—Content creation and management, (yes, that’s Content with a capital “C,” folks)—is the must-have skillset for the modern event marketer. In this workshop we will roll up our sleeves and get hands on with the tools and strategies every experiential marketer needs to be the Content guru they have to be in 2019—and beyond. You will learn:

  • Cinematography tips from video experts—what to shoot and how to shoot it
  • Editing tips from the pros—including tips on user-friendly tools and software
  • Social media best practices—what content is performing now, and why
  • Event design strategies—how to create a content-rich space worth shooting and sharing
  • Streaming strategies—the tech you need (and what it costs), to stream your event
  • Low-cost, low-tech strategies—how to use your phone to shoot and share great content
  • Wednesday | May 15

    9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
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    ADIDAS’ NEXT-GEN ACTION SPORTS EXPERIENCES

    As the kids of the ‘80s and ‘90s age up, brands need to work harder to keep action sports relevant to younger consumers. Go inside the Adidas playbook to see how the brand is leveraging its long heritage in skateboarding to create new contexts and connections with future action sports fans. From recreating Southern California’s iconic Venice Pavilion, to fresh partnerships with hip-hop artists, to brand new proprietary event platforms, learn how Adidas is using live events to energize the maturing action sports space.
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    10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
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    HOW MICROSOFT FOSTERS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT EVENTS

    One of the industry’s most pressing issues is also one of the most challenging to navigate. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Microsoft is refining and prioritizing its diversity practices across its entire organization—and how those practices translate at its events. Learn what steps you can take to build a thoughtful diversity and inclusion program at your organization, how to move your best intentions into action and what common pitfalls to avoid along the way. Walk away with the tools you need to start creating a more inclusive culture and event practice, and then join the conversation for more insights at our diversity and inclusion panel at 11:45.
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    • Kati Quigley, Senior Director-Marketing Communications, Microsoft
    11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
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    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION BEST PRACTICES: PANEL AND DISCUSSION

    Marketers under pressure to find a “token” person for their next panel are missing the point. In this panel, we’ll unpack the tough and thorny questions everyone has about diversity and inclusion: what it really means, how to create authentic and effective inclusion initiatives that foster fair representation across the stage and the entire event organization and what steps to take to foster a culture—and a mandate—of inclusion across your company. Bring your toughest questions and scenarios.
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    • Kati Quigley, Senior Director-Marketing Communications, Microsoft
    • Lori Ann Pope, Head of Event Marketing, Global Small Business Group, Facebook
    • Shenique Coston, VP-Experiential, Empire State Development
    2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
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    HOW TO CREATE SMART, SCALABLE ACTIVATION STRATEGIES

    Sometimes a great activation idea can get in the way of a strategic one. In this session, you will learn how to craft an event strategy that maps your marketing goals to your best activation ideas (and not the other way around). Learn what key questions you should be asking to stay on course as you plan your event. Get better at getting to the “why” of your events, asking smarter and more revealing questions in your RFPs and aligning every piece of your activation to a clear objective. Discover the best ways to scale your strategies and your budgets. Become a master at weaving strategic thinking into everything you do.
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    • Laura Lovas, Executive Director-Strategic Partnerships & Events, ABC
    3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
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    BRINGING YOUR BRAND PROMISE TO LIFE THROUGH EVENTS WITH L.L. BEAN

    When research revealed that 95% of people’s time is spent inside, and nearly 50% of it is at the office, L.L. Bean jumped into action with an event strategy that delivered on its unique brand promise. Listen in as the team behind the brand’s “Be an Outsider” campaign breaks down the strategic thinking that ultimately resulted in the first-ever outdoor co-working space. Discover how to best unearth and unleash your brand’s most unique assets. Learn how to be disruptive without losing sight of your brand’s value proposition. Walk away with the insights you need to find new white spaces where your brand can play and make an impact.
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    4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
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    J.P. MORGAN’S GUIDE TO BUILDING EVENT KPI PROGRAMS

    Key Performance Indicators can make or break your ability to get event budgets approved year over year. Learn how to break through the marketing jargon and listen in as JPMorgan Chase shares a chapter from its proven playbook on crafting meaningful KPIs for experiential programs. Get an in-depth look at J.P. Morgan’s proprietary “Scorecard,” and learn how the bank develops and deploys its KPIs across its portfolio of events. Discover how to focus on the KPIs that will best support your programs—and your objectives.
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    • Ariel Johnson Lin, Executive Director, Sports & Entertainment, JPMorgan Chase
    • Frank Nakano, Managing Director-Sports & Entertainment, JPMorgan Chase
    • Trish Rexroth, Executive Creative Director, On Board Experiential

    Thursday | May 16

    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
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    STORE COMMUNITY EVENTS: LESSONS FROM DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

    With the rise of the digital age, the retail industry relies now, more than ever, on experiential marketing. Go inside Dick’s Sporting Goods’ strategic playbook for a look at how this retail success story is bucking the trend and growing like gangbusters through a thoughtful blend of grand opening celebrations, athlete appearances, mobile tours and community events. Learn how to drive mass community awareness, foot traffic, memorable brand experiences and cultivate loyalty in critical markets for your brand. Walk away with tips you can apply to a wide range of local and national activations.
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    • Dave Natale, Director, Community Marketing, Dick's Sporting Goods
    • Matthew Cox, VP-Sales & Marketing, retailcomm
    11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
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    THE NEW SHAREHOLDER MEETING

    Long-running conferences can sometimes run into long-running ruts. Sit down with Walmart’s master of reinvention to learn how his team keeps the brand’s annual Shareholder Meeting current and competitive in an increasingly cluttered space. Learn what engagement strategies and technologies the brand is deploying to enhance the shareholder and employee experience for its 14,000-plus attendees. Get ideas on how to keep your biggest annual events fresh year to year. Bonus: This chat will be just days away from Walmart’s 2019 event, so get ready for a rare preview into what’s on the agenda, and what attendees will be taking about days after the show.
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    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
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    FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVATIONS: EVENTS THAT KIDS CRAVE AND PARENTS LOVE

    Forget everything you know about book signing events. In this session, we take you inside the wildly popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise to learn how an innovative eight-city bus tour and trivia show engaged series fans—and their parents—in equal measure. Learn how to craft fun family-friendly event strategies that make getting there worth the effort. Get a better understanding of what drives school-age children to become loyal fans, and what motivates parents to support their kids’ favorite books, characters and products. Get the lowdown on what you need to know to market to kids and families with privacy and appropriate marketing tactics top of mind.
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    3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
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    ALCON’S TIPS FOR SMARTER DATA COLLECTION—AND DATA ‘ACTION’—STRATEGIES

    Data gives us insights from the past, but can it help us build greater value for the future? That depends on how you use it. Learn how to design a data collection strategy that will inform and enhance your live events and ultimately heighten the experience for your audience. Learn how to uncover a multitude of data points at each stage of your attendee’s on-site experience to help define and impact your event’s success. See real-world case studies that illustrate what data to collect, and how that data can be used to create a more meaningful connection with your attendees.
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