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Tuesday | May 14

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
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WORKSHOP: EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING 101

Back by popular demand after a national tour spanning four cities attended by more than 1,000 marketers—and updated with 100% new case studies—our “intro” class on experiential marketing is designed for up-and-coming event marketers, or those who might be seasoned in other areas of marketing but new to this industry. In this rapid-fire afternoon master class presented by EM editors, attendees will get:

  • Perspective: Inside the rise of experiential marketing and its role in the 2019 marketing mix
  • Insights: How top brands and agencies are evolving their event and experiential campaigns
  • Ideas: Exclusive overviews of experiential strategies, event research and industry trends
  • Best Practices: What successful experiential brands and event marketers have in common
  • Check lists: The 16 core types of campaigns, the top KPIs you should be measuring, and more
  • Trends: The top trends and keywords impacting the industry in 2019
  • Examples: Steal-worthy ideas from the most expansive case study library on the planet
  • Peer-to-Peer Advice: Real-time tips and questions answered by a panel of brand-side marketers
  • Practice: A fun, collaborative workshop exercise designed to reinforce what you’ve learned
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    Wednesday | May 15

    9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
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    BUILDING FANDOM WITH THE GEN Z AUDIENCE

    Move over Millennials. Gen Z has become the largest single population segment nearing 87 million people and accounting for 26 percent of all people in the U.S., yet many marketers are still struggling to understand this generation. In a world with ever-increasing programming, TV options and other distractions fighting for the eyeballs of Gen Z, Xfinity is connecting young consumers with the content, experiences and events they’re passionate about and building brand love with peer-to-peer initiatives and Gen Z generated social content that drives more than just numbers. In this session, we’ll dive into Gen Z outlining who they are, what they want—and why you should care. We’ll identify best-practices for brands, the “what works” and “the how” of engaging and building fandom with the Gen Z audience.
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    10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
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    UNDER ARMOUR SEMINAR: THE ESSENTIALS OF COLLABORATIVE SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS

    With an industry-leading roster of athlete partnerships and a thriving portfolio of sports activations, Under Armour knows a thing or two about making sports fans brand fans. In this session, we will break down the keys to collaborative sports partnerships—insights that will help you craft the right activation strategies, partnerships and sponsorship deals for your brand. Learn what today’s sports fans crave, and what criteria to use when looking for your own sports partner. Get real-world insights on how to integrate your sports investments across everything from product design to event activation, and how to infuse a level of meaning and purpose into your partnerships.
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    11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
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    ‘FROM SCRATCH’: HOW TO BUILD A MOBILE TOUR

    In this “from scratch” session, industry experts will take you inside L.L.Bean’s Mobile Pop-Up Shop to show you how to build a mobile tour from the ground up. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the mobile program that generated more than $1 million in sales and sold 2,000 pairs of Bean Boots (you know the ones). Learn how to craft the right strategy and objectives and how to align the production of your mobile experiences with your marketing goals. From budgeting to inclement weather protocols to managing the on-site experience with local staff and brand ambassadors, we break it alllll down into manageable steps you can apply to your own tour.
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    2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
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    AT&T + ESPORTS: BUILDING HUMAN CONNECTIONS THROUGH NON-TRADITIONAL SPORTS

    Esports is the fastest growing global sports phenomenon in history that marketers might know the least about. In this fireside chat, hear from leaders in this fast-moving space as they share their candid perspective on the nuances of the esports universe: what it is, who participates, why brands are adding esports to their overall sports marketing mix. Learn how AT&T is engaging this massive and growing audience of men and women both on and offline, and what’s required to stay one step ahead of the game with a sport that has invented a new way for fans and athletes (gamers) to play, watch and support their passion.
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    3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
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    PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN IN EVENTS

    A new annual addition to EMS, this candid panel invites some of the industry’s top brand-side women to sound off and weigh in on what’s working, what’s not and what lies ahead for smart, hardworking women in the industry. In this special one-hour super-session, we’ll talk career advancement, salary negotiation, diversity and representation, discrimination and how to craft an event career that puts women on track to earn fair and meaningful leadership positions. Bring your burning questions to this engaging and interactive panel because… we’re going there.
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    4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
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    WOMEN IN EVENTS ‘WINE & LEARN’ MIXER

    Join us for the return of the always-popular EMS Women in Events, which serves wine, networking—and inspiration with bestselling author Christine Cashen, who reveals top tips and new strategies to achieve the best in your personal and professional life. The author of The Good Stuff: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness—named a Motivational Book of the Year—will focus on the concept of Carpe Chaos, which is all about seizing time, energy and the reins of your work and home lives. Function open to registered EMS ladies only.
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    • Christine Cashen, Author, “The Good Stuff: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness”

    Thursday | May 16

    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
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    CANNABIS EVENT PRIMER: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

    With recreational cannabis legalized in 10 states and counting, the estimated $31 billion marijuana market is starting to look like the gold rush days of the post-Prohibition era. Listen in as the leading lifestyle brand in the cannabis space gets you up to speed on the unique activations, the surprising demographics and the burgeoning partnership opportunities available to endemic and mainstream brands alike. Take a tour of top cannabis event programs, get a sneak peek at how brands will be dipping their toes into these uncharted waters and walk away with a firm handle on the regulations, risks and potential rewards.
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    • Jim Baudino, VP Corporate Development, Merry Jane Media
    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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    ENGAGING ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC FANS: A BRAND MARKETER’S GUIDE

    Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, is a unique genre that comes to life across dozens of music festivals every year—and it shows no signs of stopping. Get to know this fast-growing music niche a little bit better and learn what makes these beat-loving fans travel and turn out in droves to dance, dance and dance some more. Step inside Corona’s successful EDM strategy for a closer look at how its engaging fans, and hear from industry insiders what turns EDM fans off, what turns them on and how you can engage this vibrant music scene in an authentic way.
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