Thursday, March 23, 2017


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Brand Innovators Network coming soon!







Brandon Gutman, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

Host: Ted Rubin, Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist and Acting CMO, Brand Innovators, author of Return on Relationship

Co-Chair: Ned Duggan, Vice President, Brand Managing Director, Bacardi

Co-Chair: Steve Sommers, Chief Marketing Officer, Vineyard Vines

Co-Chair and Opening Remarks: Toby Whitmoyer, Vice President, Customer Marketing North America, Bacardi


Content Marketing 2.0: From Boardroom to Newsroom

There’s no doubt about it. Content marketing has gone mainstream. Over the past few years, content marketing has evolved from a novelty or step-child within the marketing department to a core competency or crucial strategy for Fortune 500 brands. In addition to investing more marketing dollars than ever in content marketing, leading brands are now viewing content marketing as a dedicated “top of funnel” marketing function, supporting all marketing initiatives. Content marketing has become an integral piece of the marketing process, prominently reflected in the org charts of forward thinking brands. Hear firsthand how a strong content marketing strategy can drive growth and a strong brand strategy.

Moderator: Andrew Polsky, SVP, Head of US Sales, Adsmovil

Arjun H. Chowdri, Senior Director, Global & Corporate Strategy, PGA of America
Chantell Ghosh, Director, Brand Development & Corporate Responsibility, Spirit Airlines
Steve Sommers, Chief Marketing Officer, Vineyard Vines




Success Story

Darrell Franklin, Director, Digital CX and Strategy – Retention, Cricket Wireless


Brands as Editors

Let’s face it; there’ s a lot of content out there on the world wide web — maybe too much. Especially, now that every brand is a “publisher.” Breaking through the clutter has become more essential than ever, which is why brands need to think more like editors, creating compelling, interesting, and engaging content and experiences for consumers. Great content must resonate with consumers, in order for them to believe it, share it, and reflect positively on your brand. Learn how leading brands are learning to act and think like editors and what it takes to build a virtual (or actual) newsroom, and consistently publish first-rate editorial.

Moderator: Andrew Gouty, Director of Marketing Strategy, Raidious

Darrell Franklin, Director, Digital CX and Strategy – Retention, Cricket Wireless
Julia Golub, Associate Global Brand Manager, American Crew & d:fi, Revlon Professional Brands
Blanca Stella Mejia, Global Social Media Content & Influencer Lead, IBM z Systems & Linux ONE, IBM


Networking Break


Fireside Chat — Omni-Channel Content Strategy: Creating Engaging and
Consistent Content Across Different Platforms

Alicia Javelon, Head of Content & Product Marketing, Club Med

Q&A conducted by: Chris McLoughlin, Chief Revenue Officer, LittleThings


Keynote — Innovating through Culture, Cause and Consumption

James Cuthbert, Global Senior Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Freestyle


Fireside Chat

James Cuthbert, Global Senior Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Freestyle

Q&A conducted by: Andrew Polsky, SVP, Head of US Sales, Adsmovil





Steve Sommers, Chief Marketing Officer, Vineyard Vines


Fireside Chat

Steve Sommers, Chief Marketing Officer, Vineyard Vines

Q&A conducted by: Heather Costello, Vice President of Loyalty Solutions, CrowdTwist


Behind The Bottle: Inside the Minds Driving Bacardi’s Brands

In this special session, our community will have the opportunity to get inside the minds of the execs driving Bacardi’s efforts and get to know the marketers behind the brands. What trends are they seeing? What challenges are the facing? What opportunities have them excited? What consumer behaviors are they tracking? And what new technologies are top of mind as they look for new ways to connect with consumers? And of course, how do all these insights translate into the amazing work we see coming out of Bacardi.

Moderator: Brooke Goldstein, Senior Brand Partner, Foursquare

Ian Rollason, Global Senior Manager, Bacardi Rum, Bacardi
Stacy Belter Saltiel, Senior Brand Manager, Bombay Sapphire, Bacardi


Networking Break


Life at the Intersection of Content and Commerce

The intersection of digital content and commerce is reshaping the marketing industry globally. Until recently content and commerce existed in separate silos, creating disjointed customer experiences. The swift increase of mobile technology, along with the implementation of user-generated content into creative marketing campaigns has changed the game completely. Today, leading brands from a variety of industries are using compelling content to drive commerce online and people into stores. They are creating seamless, relevant experiences that not only inspire consumers, but also delight them enough to take action.

Moderator: Chris McLoughlin, Chief Revenue Officer, LittleThings

Paul LaPointe, Senior Manager, Consumer Experience, Newell Brands
Ray Ramdin, Vice President, eCommerce, ELEMIS
Jonathan Stephen, Manager of E-Commerce Channel Development, Norwegian Cruise Line


Brand Innovators Cocktail Reception sponsored by Bacardi