The Social Brand Forum is a top digital marketing event that brings the best and brightest thought leaders to the heart of the heartland for an intensive, interactive experience. Our sixth annual event features a new format and a new location — the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. The Social Brand Forum is the place for marketers in the Midwest to hone their skills, connect with experts, and grow their networks. See you there!
|Now — June 30th||$195||$375||$475|
|July 1st — Sept 14th||$245||$475||$575|
Basic Access provides standard event entry and the networking lunch. An ideal fit for students and educators!
Full Access allows attendees to experience the event, the networking lunch, and the BIG PARTY on Thursday night. Full access attendees also receive Marcus Sheridan’s book.
VIP Access is the best way to experience the Social Brand Forum! In addition to full access to the event, the pre-conference networking on Wednesday, the networking lunch, and the BIG PARTY on Thursday night, our VIP experience gives you a desk in the first few rows of the ballroom. You also get a copy of They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan and another surprise book from our speakers.
Resting on the bank of the Iowa River, the Iowa Memorial Union is the center of activity at the University of Iowa. The historic Second Floor ballroom provides a perfect setting for an intensive, interactive day of learning. Located right next to downtown Iowa City, the IMU provides easy access to hotels, dining, and nightlife.
Iowa Memorial Union | 125 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52245
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Jason Falls is one of the most widely read and respected voices in the digital marketing and social media industries. A social listening and analytics innovator, he spends much of his time analyzing online conversations for consumer insights for clients of the Conversation Research Institute and consulting on broad digital marketing issues for a number of B2C and B2B clients. Falls shares his no-nonsense ideas regularly at ConversationResearchInstitute.com and JasonFalls.com. He loves Louisville, sports and bourbon.
Called a “web marketing guru” by the New York Times, the Story of how Marcus Sheridan was able to save his swimming pool company, River Pools, from the economic crash of 2008 has been featured in multiple books, publications, and stories around the world—and is also the inspiration for his newest book, “They Ask, You Answer,” which was dubbed the #1 marketing book to read in 2017 by Mashable. Today, Sheridan has become a highly sought after global speaker and consultant in the digital sales and marketing space, working with hundreds of business and brands alike to become the most trusted voice of their industry while navigating the ultra-fast rate of change occurring within consumers and buyers today.
President and co-founder of Agnes + Day Inc., Melissa Agnes helps global brands and governments prevent and manage a wide range of issues and crises. Her client list includes financial organizations, technology companies, healthcare organizations, government agencies, cities and municipalities, energy companies, global non-profits, and many others. Melissa speaks worldwide to audiences including NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Foreign Defense, Ministries of Health, as well as a wide range of private and public companies, universities and non-profit organizations. She has been honored to share the stage with members of the Ukraine government and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2015, Melissa gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century. Melissa’s recent press coverage includes Forbes, WSJ, VIBE Magazine, USA Today and more. She is the editor of the highly acclaimed Crisis Intelligence Blog, and the host of the internationally recognized Crisis Intelligence videos and podcast. Published regularly and followed by government agencies and Fortune companies alike, her blog, videos and podcast help organizations manage issues and crises in today’s connected and real-time world. When she isn't managing crises or speaking in front of an audience, Melissa enjoys adventuring around the world (usually on a sailboat), reading, writing and sipping champagne in good company.
In the fifth grade, Robert Rose’s teacher sent him home with a note that said ‘Robert likes to tell stories.’ Well, as it turns out, she was right. As the Chief Strategy Officer of The Content Advisory, the exclusive education and consulting group of The Content Marketing Institute, Robert develops content and customer experience strategies for large enterprises such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oracle, McCormick Spices, Capital One, and UPS.
Robert’s book, Experiences: The 7th Era of Marketing was called “a call to arms and a self-help guide for creating the experiences that consumers will fall in love with.” For the last three years, he’s co-hosted the podcast This Old Marketing, with Joe Pulizzi. It’s frequently a top 20 marketing podcast on iTunes and is downloaded more than a million times every year, in 100 countries around the world.
Ashley Zeckman is the Director of Agency Marketing for TopRank Marketing, a fully integrated digital marketing agency. In addition to finding innovative ways to showcase the exceptional work of her team, she is also responsible for creating digital marketing programs that drive customer acquisition and growth for the agency. Her background includes expertise in content strategy, branding, influencer marketing and social media.
Nick Westergaard is Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, where he helps build better brands at organizations of all sizes — from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies to the President’s Jobs Council. He’s also the author of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small. An in-demand speaker at conferences throughout the world, he also teaches branding and marketing at the University of Iowa and hosts the popular On Brand podcast. Nick lives with his family in Coralville, Iowa.
|5:00–7:00||VIP Reception with Speakers - Graze – 115 E College St, Iowa City|
|8:00–8:30||Opening Address: Nick Westergaard|
|8:30–9:30||Melissa Agnes – "Crisis Ready: Essential Strategies for Every Business"|
|9:45–10:45||Jason Falls – "Hacking The Conversation"|
|11:00–12:00||Robert Rose – "Reinventing Trust: The New Value of Brand Audiences & Owned Media"|
|1:30–2:15||"What’s YOUR (Marketing) Problem?" – An Audience-Interactive Marketing Expert Panel (Falls, Zeckman, Sheridan)|
|2:15–3:15||Ashley Zeckman — "Your Marketing Golden Ticket: 5 Sweet & Creative Content Ideas to Keep Your Customers Engaged"|
|3:45–4:45||Closing Keynote: Marcus Sheridan — "We're All Media Companies: 7 Steps to Creating a World-Class Digital Culture within Your Organization"|
|5:00–7:00||The BIG Party — VIP and Full Badges Only - Clinton Street Social Club — 18 1/2 S Clinton St, Iowa City|
For more information including sponsorship opportunities please contact
Nick Westergaard | phone: 319-325-0921 | email: [email protected]