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Andy has been in the web design and interactive marketing space since January of 2000. In that time, he's helped thousands of people do a better job getting results online. He's a true evangelist for content marketing and ethical digital marketing.
Writing is nice, but face-to-face is better. Andy is a founder of Content Jam, but also a regular speaker both locally and nationally. Andy teaches topics from content strategy and Analytics to social media and search optimization
Together with the team at Orbit Media, Andy has put out some of the best digital marketing advice available, including hundreds of articles, including posts on virtually all of the top marketing websites. Then there's his book, Content Chemistry, currently in it's third edition.
Andy's focus is on Chicago. He's a member of the Illinois Technology Association and the Economic Club of Chicago. He's a mentor and regular teacher at 1871, helping startups get started. Andy still maintains open office hours during which he helps any who signs up with anything they need, from strategy to Analytics, career advice to introductions.
He's also a member of the local B Corporation community. Part of that commitment to the local community can be found in Chicago Cause, the non-profit donation program than Andy help found. Currently in its fifth year, total donations of digital marketing services exceed $275,000.
Andy may be one of the most passionate, committed and generous teachers of marketing in Chicago.
Jill Pollack is the founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago, overseeing writing and storytelling training for more than 1,200 students each year. She is a presenter on using stories in our personal and professionals lives and was again included in the Newcity Lit Top 50 list of literary leaders in Chicago.
As an award-winning communications consultant, writer, and editor, Jill has helped Fortune 1000 companies, higher education institutions, and not-for-profits take advantage of changing technology to deepen their connections to customers, employees, and other stakeholders.
Tim Ash is the author of the bestselling book Landing Page Optimization, and CEO of SiteTuners. A computer scientist and cognitive scientist by education (his PhD studies were in Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence), Tim has developed an expertise in user-centered design, persuasion and understanding online behavior, and landing page testing. In the mid-1990s he became one of the early pioneers in the discipline of website conversion rate optimization.
Over the past 15 years, Tim has helped a number of major US and international brands to develop successful web-based initiatives. Companies like Google, Expedia, Kodak, eHarmony, Facebook, American Express, Canon, Nestle, Symantec, Intuit, AutoDesk and many others have benefitted from Tim's deep understanding and innovative perspective.
Today, in addition to providing strategic consulting services, Tim is a highly-regarded keynote speaker and presenter at industry conferences including Internet Retailer, Search Engine Strategies, PubCon and countless others. He is the founder and chairperson of Conversion Conference and a frequent contributor to print and online publications such as ClickZ, Website Magazine, Visibility and others. Since 1995, he as authored more than 100 published articles. In addition, Tim is the online voice of conversion optimization as the host of the Landing Page Optimization podcast on WebmasterRadio.fm.
Tim earned a dual-major Bachelor of Science degree "with highest distinction" in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science from UC San Diego while studying on under a U.C. Regent's Scholarship (the highest academic scholarship awarded by the UC system). During his PhD studies at UC San Diego he also earned his Masters degree in Computer Science.
Tim enjoys creating fine-art photography, salsa dancing, downhill skiing, and is a certified Tai Chi Chuan martial arts instructor. He lives with his wife and two children within walking distance of the beach in San Diego, California.
Joel is a seasoned digital marketing executive and entrepreneur with an 11-year background in executing complex optimization engagements. As a Managing Partner at Conversion Sciences, he and his team design and run hundreds of tests per year. He asks why a lot, challenges assumptions, laughs loud, and constantly reaches for the next level of results. Oh, and he's from the future.
Susan Silver is a marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience working with businesses ranging from pre-revenue startups to those in the Fortune 100.
Prior to founding Argentum Strategy Group in 2006, Susan’s background included selling for Procter & Gamble, market research for Westvaco, and general management and P&L leadership positions at Kraft Foods.
Susan earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and graduated cum laude from Duke University with a dual degree in biology and history.
She has been a guest lecturer at Kellogg and at the University of Chicago's Polsky Accelerator. A New Venture Challenge judge, Susan is also a mentor for Techstars, Future Founders and the Polsky Accelerator, and she also teaches about marketing strategy at 1871.
Susan is on the Advisory Board of ZipFit and Po Campo, both Chicago startups, and she has also been an informal advisor to GiveForward, InContext Solutions and The Stylisted.
As the Director of Inbound Marketing at TMP Worldwide, James Ellis has been a digital strategy thinker of the MacGyver/Mad Scientist school: hacking disparate digital ideas together to serve a strategic business objective. Whether it was bringing Bucky Badger to the social world or content marketing to the pharmaceutical space, James pushes boundaries regardless of the industry. He currently helps Fortune 500 companies attract and retain the best employees.
Nancy Goldstein founded Compass(x) Strategy with a mission to make marketing a Force for Good. As Chief Strategist, Nancy brings 20 years of experience growing businesses of all shapes and sizes. Her specialties include: marketing strategy development, value propositions and positioning, brand communications, new product launches and business model development.
Prior to launching Compass(x) Strategy, Nancy was a Director of Consulting at Zyman Group, a boutique marketing strategy consulting firm founded by Sergio Zyman, the former CMO of Coca-Cola. While at Zyman Group, Nancy led projects for clients as varied as: beverages, not-for-profits, pet food, industrials and financial services.
Nancy honed her business building and marketing skills running some of the world’s most iconic brands, such as Pillsbury Baked Goods, Old El Paso Mexican Food and CorningWare.
Nancy earned an MBA from the Olin School at Washington University and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University.
In her free time, Nancy serves as Board Member for Climate Cycle, a Chicago non-profit whose mission is to “Inspire students to green our world.” Please chat with her about music, film and all things Joss Whedon.
Amy Schmittauer is Founder and Face of SavvySexySocial.com, a resource empowering brands to embrace their amazing personality and share it with the world. Leading the charge in video blogging for business, Amy has grown a community of advocates who’ve helped the brand amass more than 1.8 million views in turn growing her personal branding and content marketing coaching business and speaking career. She is a passionate millennial, proud beagle mom, enthusiastic traveler and a Columbus original, all of which consume her Instagram feed.
Sarah Barnes is an experienced and energetic B2B marketer. Leveraging her knowledge in content marketing, mobile, SEO and more than 10 years in marketing and communications, she drives awareness, engagement and meaningful results for the brands she manages.
As the new Senior Director of Marketing at InnerWorkings, a global marketing execution firm, she will be leading the firm's content marketing, SEO, and lead generation strategy.
Prior to her role with InnerWorkings, Sarah was the Director of Marketing & Communications/Digital Marketing Consultant at Campbell & Company where she worked to strengthen the company's presence through thoughtful communications and marketing strategies. As Digital Marketing Consultant, she worked with nonprofits to optimize their online presence through analyzing data and messaging that ultimately redefined strategies for the future.
Sarah is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business where she teaches digital marketing. She is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker.
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Sessions at Content Jam are facilitated by industry leaders and are approximately 50 minutes long, including time for your questions. You will have 10 minutes in between to move from session to session. The sessions are separated into five tracks:
1) Strategy sessions cover the big picture: positioning, research, personas and best practices for content strategies.
2) Creation sessions are about making content: writing, visuals, storytelling and all things related to generating compelling web content.
3) Promotion sessions are about driving traffic: keywords and search, email and social media, building connected communities.
4) Measurement sessions bring everything together into metrics. Use Analytics to continually improve; make smarter decisions with greater impact.
You can attend any track you wish in any order you want.
People don't make "rational” decisions. Your online offers may be laid out in a logical way, and that is costing you a lot of money.
Understand the latest in neuromarketing research to bias visitors subconsciously, and make it more likely that they will take the desired action on your landing page. Learn the power of framing, irrational anchors, and visual biases. Find out what motivates your primitive reptilian brain, and how to skyrocket online conversion rates!
What you will learn:
How do you make sure that every action you take, such as blog posts, videos, AdWords, is not only consistent with your brand, but brings in the customers you want for the work that you actually do? It starts with the creative brief - a one page roadmap that will make sure that everything you create is super-charged to get actions you want.
In this session we will work through the key elements of a creative brief and how to write one to make your content more powerful. At the end of this session you will be able to design a creative brief that will:
Let’s make that swipe right mean something.
If you're like 100 million daily Internet users, you probably watched an online video today. Living a moment vicariously through the creator and getting a glimpse into their reality. Why not allow your audience to make that connection with your brand?
In order to have an engaging content plan on YouTube, some questions to answer include:
Discover how a simple plan, practice and a camera as small as a smartphone can get the attention your brand is looking for on YouTube.
What's Content Marketing without kick-ass content? Boring, that's what!
There’s a lot to be learned from fiction writers on what makes great copy and how to tell a long story in short chapters. Think of your brand story as a page-turner of a novel and you’ll be on your way to creating content that works—while staying true to your company’s messaging and sales goals.
A mash up of story craft, neuroscience, and thinking big, Feeding the Beast will lay out new ways to link your content over time to develop a bigger, stronger, more resonant story. We'll look at storytellers who are succeeding at engaging an audience over the long term, and we'll investigate some unique approaches to thinking big.
You'll leave with:
You know who they are. They’re always getting quoted somewhere. They’re in the press and they’re at the top of page one. How did they do it?
This session goes straight to the heart of online networking, which is the key to social media, PR and SEO. Andy will outline a step-by-step process for driving traffic directly (through press mentions and social media) and indirectly (through links and rankings).
Few marketers do it because it takes patience and energy ...but those who do will make their competitors wonder... “How did they do it?”
Before you even start writing your content, it helps if you’ve defined your target customer and understand what your company’s core message platforms are. Developing a positioning statement will help you do both of those things and more!
In this workshop you’ll learn:
So you launched your content strategy and no one came. That's rough. Trust me, I've been there. But I found a whole bunch of promotional ideas to get your content in front of the right people that have worked for me and my teams.
It's like an entire track in one hour. All killer, no filler. Also, I'm not saying Nick Cage will be there, but I'm not saying he won't be there. Who knows what the future holds?
Surely you have encountered the question from your management team or CEO asking you to prove ROI from your SEO efforts. You know SEO works, but you’re not quite sure how to measure and track your efforts.
This session will take you through the steps to identify your key SEO metrics, the benchmarks to use, and how best to create a scorecard to show to your management team. At the end of the session you will be able to:
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