2017 ANA Brand Activation Conference

As attention spans wane and advertising messages multiply exponentially, the environment for marketers has never been more challenging. With those challenges, successful marketing is increasingly reliant on how brands engage with and inspire their customers via strong brand activation campaigns. The 2017 ANA Brand Activation Conference will highlight those companies that have strategically driven their activation to provide maximum impact – not only to the brand and its growth, but to the customers and their needs, and bring together all industry communities—marketers, retailers, agencies, media companies, service providers and lawyers—to answer these questions.

Two-and-a-half days of inspiring and insightful sessions from top marketers, retailers and other experts will explore this critical area of marketing which encompasses 60% of total marketing spending – almost $600 Billion spent in Brand Activation in 2015 according to the first ever brand activation spending study by the ANA*. Industry experts will discuss how they crafted smart, integrated campaigns using brand activation that engaged consumers and shoppers at key points along the consumer decision journey and moved the needle for their businesses.

The hashtag for this event is #ANAActivate.

Conference Hosts:

John Mount
Vice President, Retail Channel Strategy and Marketing
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Christy O’Pella
Senior Managing Director, Client Service and Development
TPN


when

Start: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:00pm

End: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:15pm

WHERE

The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

The ANA has negotiated a special room rate of $279/night. In order to use the ANA rate, you must be registered to attend the conference. A reservation link will be provided under the "Important Information" section of your conference registration confirmation email. The cut-off date is Wednesday, March 29 2017, after which prevailing rates apply.

Registration Pricing

ANA Associate Gold Associate Silver Associate Individual Non Member
Registration
Conference Registration ANA $895 Associate Gold $895 Associate Silver $1,195 Associate Individual $1,495 Non Member $1,495

ANA Members & Associate Gold Members may take advantage of special corporate pricing of $2,495 for up to four members from the same company. Please note that no refunds of any kind are available for corporate packages, and we cannot split payments between credit cards. Please click here to take advantage of this special rate. Please visit our website at http://www.ana.net/members/associatelist to see if your company is an Associate member and here at http://www.ana.net/members/list to see if your company is an ANA member.

 

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Agenda

TIME EVENT DETAILS LOCATION
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
2:00pm Registration Opens

3:00pm Preconference Session

5:00pm Preconference Session Adjournment

6:00pm REGGIE Awards Reception

7:00pm REGGIE Awards Gala Dinner

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:30am Breakfast  

8:30am General Session

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO OF AMERICA’S MOST ICONIC BRANDS TEAM UP? MAYBE MORE THAN YOU’D EXPECT…

As America’s truck leader for 40 years, Ford partnered with the nation’s favorite sports league – the NFL – to go beyond a typical sponsorship relationship.  Both Ford trucks and the NFL are known for toughness,  excellence and innovation, making this a perfect match.  Chantel Lenard, Executive Director of Marketing for Ford Motor Company, will give you a behind the scenes look at how Ford is using the Built Ford Tough Official Truck of the NFL in a unique and unexpected 360 degree marketing platform.  From the first kick of the season through the playoffs, Super Bowl XI and the 2017 NFL draft, Chantel will share how Ford more closely connected with customers and fans and how you can too in today’s fast-paced marketing world.

Chantel Lenard
Executive Director, Marketing The Ford Motor Company

SESSION DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

Ivan Pollard
SVP, Strategic Marketing The Coca-Cola Company
10:30am Networking Coffee Break  

11:00am General Session Cont.

HOW SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LEADS WITH THEIR HEART TO WIN CUSTOMERS

Southwest Airlines continues to shine a light on their competitive advantages and their corporate culture by using their heart.  In one of their most successful activations, Southwest introduced the world to TransFAREncy - a Southwest philosophy that has inspired a unique brand experience for employees, current customers and potential customers across multiple platforms. In this session, Southwest will explore this brand campaign and demonstrate how capturing hearts leads to capturing share of wallet.

Helen Limpitlaw
Director, Brand Communications & Partnerships Southwest Airlines
Marianne Malina
President GSD&M
12:30pm Luncheon

1:35pm General Session

THERE IS NO FINISH LINE!

There are certain truths that exist when you’re doing effective Marketing, no matter what the industry or product. We’ve all learned that you need to reach the right people at the right time at the right place with the right message. But no matter how much has changed about the ways we can reach consumers and the way they shop, that is still what needs to be done to drive people from shop to buy…it’s simple, yet not easy. With all the insights, data, channels and technology available to us, most brands still market the same message to all potential buyers at the same time and place or are ineffective at mastering the Continuous Cycle of Marketing. But the truth is – great marketing occurs by activating your brand in this cycle that never ends.  Pam will share how the beloved Indian® Motorcycle and Slingshot® brands have perfected this approach, and how any brand can learn from their successes.

Pam Kermisch
Senior Director, Integrated Marketing and Customer Experience Polaris Industries

PURPOSE, PRESENCE AND PARTNERS: HOW RUSSELL ATHLETIC FIGHTS BIG WITH SMALL BUDGET

Russell Athletic is a 100-year old challenger brand in a big budget, big ego sports marketing world. So for its relaunch in 2016, the brand skipped the sports cliches and went straight for the heart, or heartbreak, by partnering with high school football teams that lost the state championship by a touchdown or less. The emotional #SettleYourScore campaign turned each team's loss into season-long motivation and inspired each community and fans across the country. The campaign used strategic partnerships with a world-renowned photographer, student photographers, and an emerging sports-media company to drive season-long content, engagement, and earned media. 

Matt Murphy
Vice President, Marketing Russell Athletic
Dan Fromm
President/Chief Operating Officer Barkley
3:00pm Networking Coffee Break

3:25pm General Session Cont.

THE SUPERPOWERS BEHIND LIFE IS GOOD

At Life is Good, we believe in superpowers.  Not only do we believe in superpowers, we’ve built our company and our brand all through the use of our superpowers.  In this presentation, Steve Gross, Executive Director and Chief Playmaker at Life is Good, will reveal the superpowers that have helped to build the success of the company.  He will share how Life is Good activates our superpowers every day, in everything we do – from our Genuine Neighborhood Shoppes, to our partnerships, to our events – and especially for kids throughout the world through our Life is Good Foundation. Along the way, you’ll learn about your superpowers too.

Steve Gross
Executive Director & Chief Playmaker, Kids Foundation Life is Good

TOUGH MUDDER: INSPIRING FANS AND BRANDS TO PLAY IN THE MUD

It's more difficult than ever before for brands to move the needle. Consumers want to feel inspired; they want to be part of the action; they want to be part of an authentic experience. Tough Mudder has built a global tribe by being in the business of mud and experiences for nearly a decade, and it's now disrupting the active lifestyle industry. Donna Goldsmith, SVP of Consumer Products, Partnership Marketing, International Event Licensing & Corporate Sales at Tough Mudder, Inc. will provide insights into how the company activates a global audience on and off the course, pivoting from an events company to a leading active lifestyle brand. Goldsmith will also discuss how the brand engages and activates with some of the world's leading brands and media companies to give consumers an engaging experience along the entire journey, while owning its next-level approach to influencer and content marketing.

Donna Goldsmith
Senior Vice President, Consumer Products and Partnership Marketing Tough Mudder Inc.
5:00pm End of General Session

5:15pm Networking Reception

6:30pm Dinner on your own

Friday, April 21, 2017
7:30am Breakfast  

8:30am General Session

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE: 365 DAYS TO A NEW BRAND

Just over a year ago, Hewlett Packard Enterprise separated from HP, in the largest corporate separation in history. In just one year, the $52B “startup” and its agency teams built an entire brand from scratch, and executed the change in every aspect of the company from signage to advertising, and web, digital, events, and social presence, showing up everywhere from TV and Twitter to SXSW and the latest Star Trek movie. Hear how HPE brought employees, partners, and customers along on the journey, while setting itself up for growth and earning recognition as one of the best global brands. 

Susan Popper
Senior Vice President, Experience Marketing Hewlett Packard Enterprise

DOS EQUIS AND THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF...THINGS GOT INTERESTING!

With a strong heritage of the Most Interesting Man in the World Campaign as the Dos Equis’ brands calling card, Dos Equis was looking to expand its share of new drinking occasions -- and with that, new fans.  As the first ever beer sponsor of the College Football Playoff, Dos Equis brought its own lens to the grand tradition of college football with humorous advertising and a strong call to action for consumers to “Go for Gameday Greatness.” VP, Andrew Katz will share how the brand was able to harness media, shopper and digital touchpoints, in order to bring new fans into the franchise and get them to drink Dos Equis during their favorite game day ritual: tailgating.

Andrew Katz
Vice President, Marketing, Dos Equis Heineken
10:30am Networking Coffee Break

11:00am General Session

PROCTER & GAMBLE'S GOLDEN ROAD TO RIO

Every four years the greatest athletes on Earth come together to compete for the gold at the Summer Olympics. Leading up to the games, the world's greatest marketers compete to activate their multi-million dollar Olympic sponsorships trying to capture a greater share of voice.  Come learn how Procter & Gamble broke though the crowded marketing landscape by utilizing traditional and emerging best practices to successfully gain consumers' interest in the time leading up the games. Needing to drive to incremental sales, as one of a handful of Worldwide Olympic sponsors, P&G activated its ownable message by engaging retailers across a variety of channels and inspiring shoppers with social and influencer messaging and custom virtual reality content.  The result was “Marketing Gold” and made its impact – and ultimately drove true sales growth.

Carrie Birth
Brand Manager - Regional Team/Military & ISC Procter & Gamble

EVOLUTION OF SPORTS AND SPONSORSHIPS: HOW AT&T BRINGS THE GAME TO THE FANS

As a constant state of disruption continues to incite change throughout the media industry, live sports still represents one of the highest classes of premium media and sponsorship. As consumer consumption behavior continues to change, content providers like AT&T will be endemic to sports sponsorships, providing connectivity and access to exclusive content – in the stands and at home. From mobile to TVs to venue sponsorships, we are where the action is and are connecting fans to their passions in new and innovative ways.

Ryan Luckey
Assistant Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship AT&T
12:00pm Conference Adjournment


Cancellation Policy and Notes

Single ANA member and non-member conference registrations can be cancelled in writing only via email (registration@ana.net). Phone cancellations are not accepted. A 50% refund will be granted, if written request for cancellation is received by email 60 calendar days before the conference start date. No refunds will be granted for any cancellations received after the conference start date or for 'no shows.' Corporate packages are not eligible for cancelation. Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. ANA will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. A $125 processing fee will be assessed to change the name on a registration. Hotel room cancellations must be sent directly to the hotel. Please contact the hotel for further details.

Miscellaneous:
     1. The conference agenda is subject to change.
     2. A portion of your guest room rate will be used to offset conference costs.
     3. ANA accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.
     4. Registrations received after two weeks prior to the conference may not be included in the attendee list.