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Strategy + Trends

Sharpen your digital marketing strategy - Content, reputation management, social personalization, SEO, UX, and more

Looking at marketing and digital strategy from more of a bird’s eye, holistic viewpoint? There’s a number of offerings on the Digital Summit Portland program to help stir your creative and strategic juices.

“The speakers all possessed very deep knowledge in their field. Very impressed with this conference. Outstanding value. Loved the DJ also!”

– 2016 Digital Summit attendee

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Day 1 Tuesday, June 12

  • June 12
  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Stage 1
  • AM Workshop
  • Understand why it’s vital to create content that resonates with your audience at different parts of the customer journey
  • Strategize, ideate and create user-focused content infused with SEO best practices that beats the competition in search and beyond
  • Know where, when and how to amplify your content in a way that encourages engagement and progression through the customer journey
  • Combine and leverage traditional and digital marketing to increase your audience reach and engagement
  • Use content marketing as a business asset and create revenue with your audience
  • June 12
  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Stage 2
  • AM Workshop
  • Identify technical issues on your website that are hurting rankings and/or performance
  • Prepare for site migrations (including https) and re-designs
  • Uncover hidden gems in Google Analytics and Google Search Console
  • Find and pursue additional SERP opportunities, such as rich snippets, image and video results
  • Reverse engineer the top-ranking pages to better compete in SERPs
  • Structure the website to create themes
  • Develop a content strategy based upon topical density that drives traffic
  • Increase online publicity and brand awareness through SEO techniques
  • Create an SEO strategy that can be implemented in prioritized steps
  • Win over key executives with the right data and reporting
  • June 12
  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Stage 3
  • AM Workshop
  • Understand why email still matters to you and the people you're trying to reach
  • Ensure your campaigns are making it to the Inbox
  • Learn how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) might be treating your campaigns
  • Know the similarities and differences for how B2B and B2C audiences consume email, convert from it, and how different design choices impact those conversions
  • Perform regular email audits which are crucial to email success
  • Make sure you’re tracking the metrics you should be and discover those you may not be or may not know about
  • Have some insight into what the future of email might look like
  • June 12
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Stage 2
  • Appreciate the true value of thought leadership
  • Apply the Disney model of ""total merchandising"" to your marketing
  • Scale your brand through your most valuable touchpoint: your employees
  • Understanding how to structure a ""60/40"" brand and why it'll lead to more growth
  • June 12
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Stage 3
  • Look at visual and interactive signals to build trust in the experience and product
  • Asses designs for how the viewer will trust their visual and interactive messages
  • Look at a product's long term success based on trust, rather than short-term profit gains
  • June 12
  • 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Stage 3
  • Determine voice search's impact on your business for today and the future
  • Better understand how IAs are ""indexing"" content to searchers
  • Take those learnings and apply them to your customer acquisition strategy
  • June 12
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Stage 2
  • Build a demand generation plan that meets marketing and sales needs
  • Define your stage-level objectives
  • Map messaging to persona and stage-based segmentation
  • Define pipeline-based goals shared by sales and marketing
  • Establish programs directly related to pipeline objectives
  • June 12
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Stage 4
  • Comprehend why it’s important to think mobile-first
  • Develop a cohesive strategy to making a mobile-first shift
  • Understand what areas still need desktop attention
  • Decide what marketing channels to ditch and which to double down
  • Discover new technologies that can help your company compete in a mobile landscape
  • June 12
  • 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Stage 3
  • Define experiential marketing, as well as tactics and uses
  • Explain augmented reality and image recognition
  • Replicate how top brands use these powerful tools by viewing 4 video case studies
  • Integrate your team with strategic technology partners in this space
  • June 12
  • 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Stage 4
  • Identify key “frames” within which to tell your stories about your skills and experience for maximum impact
  • Understand the best ways to promote yourself and your brand
  • Connect where you are at this moment in your career with where you want to go for long-term success
  • June 12
  • 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Stage 2
  • Better understand the value of SMS messaging for customer retention
  • Utilize data to inform segmentation of your lists and create effective user journeys
  • Develop a concise and actionable long term engagement strategy
  • Learn about messaging tools that you can use to put your plan into action

Day 2 Wednesday, June 13

  • June 13
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Stage 1
  • Understand, recognize, and use five key elements of a story
  • Quickly judge the “story worthiness” of a concept or outline
  • Provide keen, more efficient strategic direction for producers, partners, sponsors
  • Get to the gut - craft emotional narratives that resonate with diverse audiences
  • June 13
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Stage 3
  • Version your video content to appeal to disparate groups such as, lines of business, industries, and net new vs. customers
  • Create video content that can be adapted to co-marketing with various groups such as, partners, ABM customers, and“Must Win” account pursuits
  • Distill video into both gated and ungated content
  • June 13
  • 9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • Stage 1
  • Excavate the essential, intangible truth of your brand
  • Understand how to “read between the lines” of your audience research
  • Better align your organization to deliver a 360-degree brand experience
  • June 13
  • 9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • Stage 2
  • Convince your executive team why you should start using videos in marketing and other departments
  • Recognize where live videos or video podcasts that cost $0 would benefit the business
  • Get your coworkers to stop creating the same boring testimonial videos that only their mom's watch
  • Determine when to spend money on professional video and use 6 tips to limit your spend
  • June 13
  • 9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • Stage 4
  • Implement infrastructure for smoother stakeholder collaboration and workflow
  • Create efficient processes that gets content out the door efficiently without compromising quality
  • Identify and remove bottlenecks in common processes such as work intake and review & approval
  • June 13
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Stage 4
  • Discuss current content marketing challenges
  • Talk about what makes an idea or campaign valuable
  • Uncover how poetry can rewire our brains to create better ideas
  • Review 3 poetic rules that can help us become better marketers, business owners, and human beings
  • June 13
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Stage 3
  • Identify the key 20% of actions that drive 80% of results
  • Adapt to the recent Google changes and position your strategy ahead of the evolving algorithm
  • Use the most recent SEO tools, techniques and strategies that will not break the bank
  • Remove the complexity of tasks and streamline projects to move the needle
  • Collect actionable data to make the case for SEO budget and support
  • Design an agile and inclusive SEO process that works for everyone
  • Eliminate project downtime, reduce cost, and effect transformational change
  • June 13
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Stage 4
  • See how mobile has changed the way customers shop and what marketers can do about it
  • Understand the psychology to what makes mobile (and the content on it) so addictive
  • Add marketing tactics to your toolkit to help you better reach (and convert) your customers
  • Better position mobile media as a revenue-generating channel within your media mix
  • June 13
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Stage 4
  • Identify and fix poorly worded survey questions
  • Understand how to apply user experience principles to surveys
  • Know how sample size affects the accuracy of results
  • Write better, more effective, and accurate surveys
  • June 13
  • 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Stage 1
  • Understand the architecture of a great, fulfilling story and why audiences care
  • Develop the four pillars of the premise of your story, no matter how big or how small
  • Use seven straightforward questions to help develop your premise, and evolve the four pillars of your business story
  • Create an actionable check-list for the content you are creating to ensure you’re transforming good ideas into better stories
  • June 13
  • 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Stage 2
  • Utilize turnkey solutions through innovative targeting tactics and technology
  • Identify the data most vital to marketers and their businesses (1st, 2nd, 3rd, declared data and inferred data, etc.)
  • Understand how to best collect, capture and harness that data for smarter marketing
  • Create a thoughtful data strategy
  • June 13
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Stage 1
  • Understand why inauthentic B2B content just doesn’t work
  • Coordinate your content marketing machine to leverage internal teams
  • Simplify the creation of content from internal experts so you get consistent, valuable material
  • June 13
  • 3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
  • Stage 2
  • Understand the role of podcasts in content marketing strategy
  • Determine metrics for success
  • Learn what you should be podcasting about (and what to avoid)
  • Be prepared for the investment you’ll need to make in order to be successful
  • June 13
  • 3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
  • Stage 1
  • Identify how you can use humor to increase your conversion rate in your online marketing materials.
  • The equation of what makes something funny vs not funny.
  • How to discover your ideal client/customer's funny bone and tickle it with your campaigns.

Join us at Digital Summit Portland 2018