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Come for two high-impact days of TECHSPO LA 2017, from June 6th to 7th, 2016. Meet the “who’s who” in the Digital Technology Community, gain new insights and share ideas with fellow web business pros. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a digital technology expert, TECHSPO LA 2017 will give you the latest strategies and information to increase your own knowledge and grow your business through digital marketing.

Stay Tuned! The Sessions for TECHSPO LA 2017 has not been announced. Take a look below at the sessions at TECHSPO events already in 2015!


A New Generation of Branded Search

Aaron Polmeer, Chief Executive Officer, Search Experiences

Search Experiences
Aaron Polmeer will give an entrepreneurial perspective on the opportunities and benefits for companies to brand ‘web search’ the number one activity performed daily online by their customers. Attendees will learn what branded search is, how it is activated and how it can be monetized, while increasing and retaining web traffic online for any company website.

Data is Delicious: Why Everyone Needs to be Thinking About Data

Ammon Fife, Group Director, Data Science and Analytics, Bonneville Communications

Ammon Fife is the Group director of data science and analytics at Bonneville Communications. He has worked on social and digital campaigns in the Consumer (Hersheys, General Mills), Hi-tech (Intel, HP, Rackspace), Pharma (Pfizer, Sanofi, Amgen), and Non-profit (, Huntsman Cancer Institute, UN Foundation.) spaces. He also bounces between teaching Social Media Analytics and Micro-Economics at LDS Business College and BYU-Idaho.

Create Your Own Tribe and Watch Your Business Profits Grow

Forest Cassidy, CEO, LeadFerret

Expert Dojo
How important is it to convert your customers into your own tribe. Brian Mac Mahon is an expert in building prospect lists and converting those lists into value based tribes. He will share with you is journey from unsuccessfully trying to build a global business with cold lists and Adwords to managing his own digital tribe and having that tribe build, pay for and promote his coworking space and associated training business to previously impossible heights. How he did this and how you can do it will make you rethink digital technology and see a whole new way to bullet proof your client base and profits.

Human to Human #H2H: Learn to Speak Human, Share Human and Market Human

Bryan Kramer, President & CEO, PureMatter

We’ve been trained to speak “business to business” (B2B) or “business to consumer” (B2C). But businesses and products do not have emotion. Humans do. In Human to Human Technology (#H2H), Bryan explores why and how communication needs to be adjusted to exude simplicity, empathy and imperfection – in the same way humans are built. Through storytelling about his own experiences, as President of a Silicon Valley technology firm, he delivers practical tools and steps you can use right now to connect with other humans and be better marketers, managers, and fellow members of the human race. Key concepts include: The Four Rules of Context, Why the Six Basic Human Needs are critical to understand to connect with your audience, How Human Sensory Building will make you a better communicator, How to avoid the “Brand Wrecking Ball”, What a “Focker Moment” is and why you should celebrate failure, The Secrets to Making Ideas Crowd Worthy, with real world consumer, non-profit and Enterprise B2B business examples, The difference between “Dark” and “Delightful” Disruption.

How Big Data will Shape the Future of Sales and Marketing

Forest Cassidy, CEO, LeadFerret

Industry leading companies are already tying sales and technology actions to Big Data triggers. It’s just a matter of time before Big Data is a mandatory part of any sound sales and technology strategy. In the b2b area no Big Data contributor weighs in as powerfully as social media. Companies that learn to use the Big Data that flows out of social media the most intelligently will become the industry leaders of tomorrow.

Re-targeting and Predictive Intelligence

Henry Schuck, CEO, DiscoverOrg

You know who you need to get in front of – do just that with a highly accurate and reliable way to reach influencers across your target accounts and business segments. Business targeting uses precise, business demographics, to ensure you can target and reach to the decision makers that matter to you. Predict the right message, channel and timing for each customer experience and inform critical business decisions by using all available customer data. Henry Schuck will share his advice of effective techniques for re-targeting and predictive intelligence.


Leveraging Your Personal Brand on Social Media

Jacob Curtis, Owner, Branding by Jacob

Jacob Curtis
Jacob Curtis will share tips and advice from his experience in leveraging his online influence through his personal brand to make a name for the company he works for. Listen to what Jacob has to say about his journey using personal branding on social media as an employee advocate. Attendees will learn the importance of personal brands in general, how trust is important on social media, knowing which social platforms to focus on, how to measure success and the importance of data metrics.


5 Tips to Maximize Your Creative Assets in the Digital Age

Jeff Gapp, Channel Evangelist, WoodWing Software

Marketers need to be creative in the ways in which they manage their resources. Jeff will bring you clear examples of ways to develop a sustainable strategy, and show you the possibilities of making your creative assets work for you, efficiently. The presentation will give you the guidelines necessary, in 5 easy to follow top tips.

Snapchat: How to Make Disappearing Content Leave a Lasting Impression on Mobile Millennials

Kevin Jonas, CEO & Founder, Flashopp and Adam Gausepohl, Creative Director, PopShorts

Approximately 1 billion Snaps are sent every day. Snapchat adoption and usage among mobile millennials is soaring, but brands are slow to react. Adam and Kevin will be your Snapchat sherpas in this entertaining, insightful, and educational session. Some of the topics we will cover are:
  • The basics. What is Snapchat and how does it work? Demographics and usage statistics, trends, and best practices.
  • Snapchat features. Direct snaps, Snapchat Stories, Snapchat Discovery, Filters, Geo-Filters etc. are all explained.
  • Why teenagers love Snapchat, in the words of actual teenagers.
  • Why Snapchat is the most engaging social platform ever, and why you need to get over the fact the content disappears.
  • How to get around Snapchat’s $750k/day ad minimum and efficiently build your brand’s Snapchat following.
  • The art of Snapchat storytelling. Real examples of brands using Snapchat right.

Adam and Kevin have presented on Snapchat to CMO’s, social and digital strategists at the world’s leading brands, agencies and studios.

Proximity Technology and the Impact on the Digital Marketer

Lisa Apolinski, CEO, 3 Dog Write

Proximity technology is an exciting endeavor, both for the prospect and the marketer. And it will cause a significant shift in how digital strategy is developed and executed. So, what are the pros and cons for the digital marketer? In this session, attendees will: understand what proximity technology is, review the positive impact proximity technology will have on digital engagement and review the issues a digital marketer will face with proximity marketing.

Connected Experiences: From Websites to Wearables to Wherever

Loni Stark, Sr Director, Strategy & Product Marketing, Adobe

Loni Stark
Digital experiences are now a critical part of the entire customer journey: from exploration and purchase to use and engagement. While world-class websites initiated the shift to digital, it was only the first step in using digital experiences across mobile apps, in-venue screens, and IoT connected devices that already are our future. What does this mean for the New Marketer? How does technology need to think differently about the brand’s content and data strategy in order to deliver the right digital experiences to meet and exceed the consumer’s expectations wherever they may be?

Rethinking Web Design: Creating a Peak Performing Site with Less Waste and in Half the Time

Luke Summerfield, Partner Services, Program Manager, HubSpot

“You are wasting time and resources on your website and don’t even know it.” – It’s time to take a step back and challenge the assumptions of traditional web design. What we think the process should be, is in-fact causing wasted time, money and opportunity.

Join Luke as he explores Growth Driven Design, a smarter approach to developing your website which minimizes waste through iteration and learning. The result is a peak performing website in a fraction of the time.

The Content Code: Igniting Your Brand in a Noisy World

Mark Schaefer, Executive Director, Schaefer Technology Solutions


In a world where technology platforms seem to be shifting daily, it might seem impossible to predict where the future of social media is going, but Mark Schaefer has a pretty good idea. In this acclaimed, entertaining, and unforgettable speech, Schaefer discusses

  • The three digital technology revolutions and the fourth that will begin in the next two years.
  • The very real business challenges presented by information density
  • Critical strategies to cut through the Internet noise to become the consumer’s signal
  • The role of advanced filters, cognitive computing, and wearable technology in a future technology mix
  • The one “killer app” for digital marketing, sales and service for the next five years
The Future of Social Media was named one of the Top 10 events of SXSW and has received acclaim from audiences around the world.

Brand New Music Business

Mike Tunnicliffe, EVP Bus Dev & Partnerships, Universal Music

Universal Music
An overview on how technology, digital, social and consumer empowerment are changing the future of the music business and how that is presenting almost limitless opportunities, for new business models, collaborations and partnerships with brands and consumers (yes partnerships with consumers!). Mike Tunnicliffe will explore how disruption and disintermediation are working to help create a ‘Brand new Music Business’.

Cracking the SEO Code for 2015: Tactics to Love vs. Leave

Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz, Moz

It’s all changed – from how people use the web, to how Google ranks pages, to what resonates with influencers. Not surprisingly, the tactics marketers employ need to change, too. But tragically, many of us are stuck in a rut, eeking out the last few drops of fuel from efforts that are dying or dead. What’s even worse – the cutting edge practices that are producing remarkable returns heavily benefit early adopters, and if we’re not in those groups, we could find ourselves way behind in the years to come. In this presentation, Moz founder Rand Fishkin will dive deep into what really works to drive traffic, rankings, branding, and conversions (and what’s better left in the scrap heap of yesteryear).

6 Steps to Big Data Success for Digital Marketers

Sameer Khan, Senior Manager, Analytics & Digital Marketing, IBM

The Big Data phenomenon was all about the collection of masses and masses of data: it was a technology challenge. But for most of us, this is no longer a problem – we know how to collect the data – the challenge now is one of processing the data, to make smart data work for us. Econsultancy, reports only 25% of the organizations are able to make proactive use of digital data to drive business outcomes. Join me to learn how to decipher the big data code and put it to action to improve digital technology and analytics performance.


Why Content Advertising is the Only Advertising Left

Simon Kelly, CEO North America, Story Worldwide

Ben and Jerry’s CEO recently said that they view themselves as publishers and their agencies as publishers. Find out why he said that, and what that means for the future of marketing. Additionally, is the “Agency of Everything” an unrealistic fantasy or plausible reality? Attendees will learn what it takes to be one and/or what you have to do to hire one. In this session Simon will also speak about why brands need to uncover their unique Story Platform and how it impacts all future communications.