Changing the Game with Digital Engagement, Presented by SAP

Game-changing technology strategies are transformational, exciting and disruptive for a reason. They shake up your status quo. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow. They move you in amazing new directions. Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she invites you to take an additional Coffee Break with Game-Changers for our special series on Digital Engagement. We’ll explore the fundamental changes that digital transformation is having on the marketing and sales professions. Our panelists will discuss the implications on the buyer journey, how Digital Engagement impacts an organization in terms of alignment, accountability, and business outcomes, as well as how Digital Engagement changes the dynamic between buyer and seller. Learn how you can become the savvy leader who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next wave of business innovation. Changing the Game with Digital Engagement broadcasts live on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Digital Engagement in Sales and Marketing 2030: Visionaries SpeakArming Marketers with Skills for Today and The Decade AheadSocial Media Marketing aka Building Your Boat While Sailing
Oct 5 2021
53 mins
Out with the Old, In with Marketing Automation: Benefit or Spammy
The Buzz 1: “Automated emails, triggered emails, drip email marketing…phrases often used by people considering a marketing automation system…where there’s email, unfortunately there’s spam… plenty of marketers are willing to cross the line to try to generate more leads … They rent lists full of bad addresses and unqualified prospects…too aggressive with frequency and offers…a desire for a quick and easy return. Acting on that desire however can bite you squarely in the arse.” [www.net-results.com/blog] Today there's a solution to over-complicated processes, underqualified leads, too little use of customer data and personalization – Marketing Automation. What is it? Marketing automation utilizes technology to streamline and improve the efficacy of marketing efforts (Salesforce). It allows you to target audiences better and provide them with relevant content, all at the exact right time of their buyer’s journey. But some people say Marketing Automation is almost too good at its job because as soon as a customer or prospect shows a bit of interest in your product or service, a slew of uninvited spammy promotional content begins appearing. Do they get annoyed, click off and abandon their journey with you? Question on the table: Has Marketing Automation transformed the industry in the right ways? Does automated marketing do its job too well? How will the inevitable cookies-less web impact the benefits of Marketing Automation? We’ll ask Neal Schaffer at PDCA Social, Kirill Kniazev at Motili, and Alisha Seegmiller at SAP for their take on Out with the Old and In with Marketing Automation – Beneficial or Spammy?
Sep 7 2021
55 mins
Brand Marketing in a Post-Pandemic World
The Buzz 1: “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is -- it is what consumers tell each other it is.” (Scott Cook, Intuit co-founder) The Buzz 2: “Your brand is the single most important investment you can make in your business.” (Steve Forbes, Forbes magazine editor-in-chief) The Buzz 3: “A great brand is a story that is never completely told.” (Scott Bedbury, Brandstream CEO) The Buzz 4: “Whether B2B or B2C…We all are emotional beings looking for relevance, context and connection.” (Beth Comstock, Imagine It Forward author) The American Marketing Association [www.ama.org] describes “brand” as “...a name, term, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller’s goods or service as distinct from those of other sellers.” More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic where volatility, complexity, and uncertainty have been at an all-time high, a brand’s ability to get attention, be remembered, and be an educational resource has become more imperative than ever. That, in conjunction with consumers wanting their buying power to reflect their personal values, has placed extreme pressure on brands to get it right. Given all of this, what role does branding play in the buyer’s journey and has that changed since the pandemic began? What could or should companies do to be better at reflecting the social climate or should they not engage in that conversation? What other impacts will the pandemic have on the future of branding? We’ll ask Alicia Tillman, Mike Grehan and Dennis Thomas for their take on Brand Marketing in a Post-Pandemic World.
Aug 10 2021
54 mins
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May 11 2021
54 mins
How to Build Engaging Virtual Events: Insider Success Tips
The buzz 1: “Once a niche aspect of the event industry, virtual events have become an integral part of daily life in the time of COVID-19 — and it looks like these events are here to stay.” www.eventbrite.com/blog/11-virtual-event-ideas The buzz 2: “Audience engagement is absolutely key to virtual events…it’s very easy for your audience to get distracted when attending your events online.…provide interactive elements so that your audience feels incredibly involved.” www.markletic.com/blog/virtual-event-engagement Over the past year of the global pandemic, our world has shifted to be almost completely digital. This phenomenon isn’t limited to your day-to-day interactions with peers and colleagues. It has also impacted the way you engage with customers, particularly when it comes to events. Is the transition from in-person to digital events as simple as just putting an on-site meeting agenda online? Not! Delivering an engaging customer experience in a digital event requires a different set of skills, ways of engaging your target audience’s attention, and most importantly, strategies for creating a memorable experience. Which platform/s and visual tools are best for engagement and an immersive experience? How to ensure quality content? How to promote your event on social media and position your call to action? We’ll ask experts Kathy Lopez at SAP, Lauren Stefano at Seismic, and Mark Della Valle at Encore Global / Canada, to share insights and insider tips on building engagement into their own and their customer’s events, what’s working, what’s not, and the biggest pitfalls to avoid. Join us for How to Build Engaging Virtual Events: Insider Success Tips.
Apr 13 2021
55 mins
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