2017 ANA Media Conference Presented by Quantcast

What can the artist Salvador Dalí and IBM Watson teach us about media?  Find out at the ANA Media Conference.

This is the conference where the transparency issue burst into the spotlight in 2015.  Now in its fifth year, the 2017 ANA Media Conference will feature important issues and perspective from industry leaders. Plus, the networking will be fabulous.

See the post from an attendee at last year’s conference, “Why ANA Media Is Arguably the Best Conference in Advertising.”

Issues to be covered include programmatic media buying, content marketing, transparency, data, VR, owned media, influencer marketing, media agency reviews, product integration on broadcast television, and digital media trends.

The conference hashtag is #ANAMedia


Michael Kelly (@Michael_Irie)
Senior Influencer Program and Social Media Manager
Plantronics, Inc.


Start: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:00pm

End: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00pm


JW Marriott Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32819

The ANA has negotiated a special room rate of $329/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, February 15 2017, after which prevailing rates apply.

Registration Pricing

ANA BAA/BMA Gold BAA/BMA Silver BMA Individual Non Member
Conference Registration ANA $995 BAA/BMA Gold $995 BAA/BMA Silver $1,295 BMA Individual $1,395 Non Member $1,395

ANA Members & BMA/BAA Gold Members may take advantage of special corporate pricing of $1,595 for up to two members from the same company. Non-Members may also take advantage of special corporate pricing for $1,995 for up to two 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 BMA/BAA member and here at http://www.ana.net/members/list to see if your company is an ANA member.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
2:00pm Registration Opens

3:00pm Pre-Conference


The issue of media transparency burst on to the scene following a presentation at the 2015 ANA Media Conference and has probably been the biggest story in the advertising industry since then. The ANA was recently honored to be recognized by Advertising Age on its 2016 year-end Marketer A-List for our work on transparency.This session will recap the current state of the transparency discussion with a focus on practical action steps and solutions. 

Bill Duggan (@BillDuggan)
Group Executive Vice President ANA


The past two years have seen an unprecedented number of media agency reviews. There are many reasons for this surge in reviews: a rapidly evolving digital media environment (e.g., programmatic buying and content marketing), the need for a sophisticated approach to data management, and the desire to cut costs to help make media dollars go farther. This session will feature a client, media agency, and consultant providing perspective on how pitches are changing, exploring issues including the requests major advertisers are making in media pitches, how agencies are changing the way they differentiate themselves, new compensation models, unlocking the best strategic talent within a media agency, and becoming a priority client.

Jack Myers (@MyersBizNet)
Chairman, MyersBizNet Publisher, MediaVillage.com
Kathleen Brookbanks
Chief Operating Officer Hearts & Science
Tom Denford (@denfordtom)
Chief Strategy Officer ID Comms
5:00pm Pre-Conference Adjourned

6:00pm Reception  

7:00pm Dinner  

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:30am Breakfast  

8:30am General Session


Bob Liodice
Chief Executive Officer ANA


Marc Pritchard, P&G’s chief brand officer, will discuss how the world’s largest advertiser continues to raise the bar on creativity to develop advertising that’s a force for growth and good, and the steps P&G is taking to build a transparent media supply chain. With 65 leading brands across 10 product categories, P&G has a long history of building successful global brands by innovating in advertising and media. Over the last several years, Mr. Prichard has been reinforcing the importance of creativity in brand-building. He has challenged the creative community to elevate our craft to create the best advertising in the world because it's good for brands and makes our industry a positive economic and social force. As ANA Chair, Mr. Pritchard has called for a transparent media supply chain to enable marketers and agencies to get the time and money to invest in better advertising. In this keynote, he will discuss the imperative of achieving the highest standards of creativity on our brands and offer practical steps to clean up the Media supply chain so we can all focus on our craft and growth. 

Marc S. Pritchard (@ProcterGamble)
Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble Chair, ANA Board of Directors


David Verklin was one of the pioneers in the creation of the free-standing media agency business in the United States, as CEO of Aegis Media Americas. Mr. Verklin now believes that media and creative should come back together. In this new model, data will be the glue that bonds media and creative and help shape better work. Mr. Verklin has a unique perspective via his current roles as a senior advisor with The Boston Consulting Group, operating partner with private equity company Calera Capital, and angel investor with VFL Investments & Advisory.

David Verklin
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; Executive Partner, Calera Capital; Partner, VFL Investments & Advisory LLC


In the era of multiple marketing channels, including social media, video, and television, PepsiCo opened an in-house content studio to efficiently reach its consumers via multiple channels. Creating content in its own studio gives PepsiCo better control over its creative output, which can be tailored to suit the requirements of multiple media channels. While creating content in-house can be cost-effective, trimming the marketing budget, it can also create an additional revenue stream for the company.  The studio is representative of PepsiCo’s commitment to innovation and the ability to foster deeper connections with consumers through content creation and real-time publishing.  In this session, the chief marketing officer of PEPSI at PepsiCo will share the vision, learnings, successes, and challenges of the content studio and how it fits into PepsiCo’s overall media strategy.

Kristin Patrick (@pepsi)
Chief Marketing Officer, PEPSI PepsiCo
11:15am Networking Coffee Break

11:40am General Session (cont.)


Digital advertising, while growing strongly and being promising on many fronts, is suffering from significant challenges, from transparency and fraud to supply chain fragmentation. Terry Kawaja, founder and CEO of strategic advisory firm, LUMA Partners, and creator of the ubiquitous LUMAscapes, will address these ecosystem issues and discuss digital media trends and their impact on marketers.

Terence Kawaja (@tkawaja)
Founder and CEO LUMA Partners


Watson is a cognitive technology from IBM that can think like a human. Several years ago Watson competed on Jeopardy!, beating two of the program’s greatest champions. Today, IBM is using Watson to maximize the ROI of its programmatic advertising. Watson uses advanced analytics to create efficiencies in the programmatic bidding process by ingesting massive amounts of data and assigning value to potential target consumers based on various criteria. Watson has driven performance increases of more than 30 percent to date versus a best-in-class agency model. In this session, the vice president of marketing analytics for IBM will share the Watson programmatic story, with tips for attendees to improve the effectiveness of their programmatic advertising.

Ari Sheinkin (@AriSheinkin)
Vice President, Marketing Analytics IBM Corporation
1:00pm Luncheon  

2:00pm General Session (cont.)


Electronic Arts, also known as EA Games, is a developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of video games. Recently, the company began using programmatic ad buying in real time to streamline its media-buying operations using the best of internal and agency resources.  In this session, hear from the global director of media for EA on how the company utilizes fewer, better, and faster ecosystems via custom content, influencers, social extensions, private exchanges, and guaranteed inventory.

Julie Kim (@EA)
Director, Global Media Electronic Arts, Inc.


Salvador Dalí is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, shares an unparalleled collection of Dalí works from every period and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Museum leveraged the rapidly growing virtual reality platform to connect viewers with Dalí in a mesmerizing experience called “Dreams of Dalí,” which lets viewers and visitors go inside — and beyond — one of Dali’s famous works. "Dreams of Dalí" has received numerous global awards, including the prestigious 2016 Cannes Lions Cyber Lion Gold and a 2016 Webby Winner People's Voice, and was recognized by Creativity, a sibling of Advertising Age, as one of the “10 VR Ideas Creativity Loved.” The Museum’s chief marketing officer will take us behind the scenes of this work, including why virtual reality was used and the results from this experience.

Kathy Greif (@TheDali)
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer The Dalí Museum
3:15pm Networking Coffee Break

3:45pm General Session (cont.)


YETI, founded in 2006 and named for the abominable snowman, today is the premium cooler and drinkware of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, pros, tailgaters, and backyard barbecue kings. A smart mix of traditional and digital media has helped build the brand. At its start, YETI sponsored hunting and fishing programming and ran ads in enthusiast magazines. Today, the company has a robust content strategy which includes YouTube videos, short films, and a branded content partnership with A+E Network’s History Channel. YETI also has 600,000 Facebook followers and 650,000 followers on Instagram.

Corey Maynard (@YETICoolers)
Vice President, Marketing YETI


In June 2016, K2 Intelligence issued a report, commissioned by the ANA, called, "An Independent Study of Media Transparency in the U.S. Advertising Industry." A key finding was that there is a fundamental disconnect in the industry about the basic nature of the advertiser/agency relationship with many agency executives believing that that their relationship to advertisers was solely defined by the contract between the two parties. K2 Intelligence found evidence of situations where some media agencies sought to avoid explicit contract language in order to preserve their ability to retain various types of incentives.

Given this and the fact that the contract defines the commercial relationship between advertiser and agency, the ANA, in conjunction with its general counsel, Reed Smith, has developed a media agency Master Media Planning & Buying Services Agreement, which can be used by advertisers in developing their own agency agreement. This workshop will cover key issues in the advertiser/agency contract, including agent versus principal status, audit rights, and contract governance.

Keri Bruce (@kerisbruce)
Partner Reed Smith LLP
Nick Manning (@EbiquityGlobal)
Chief Strategy Officer Ebiquity Plc
5:30pm End of General Session

6:00pm Reception  

7:00pm Dinner On Your Own

Friday, March 3, 2017
7:30am Breakfast

8:30am General Session


Session Details to Come

John Nitti
Chief Media Officer Verizon Communications


General Mills has five centrally managed owned publishing platforms that get more than 400 million visits a year, including iconic websites Betty Crocker.com and Pillsbury.com. As director of digital media for owned media, Amy Halford is responsible for strategy, content, monetization, and delivering a world-class customer experience across these digital platforms. This integrated effort behind owned media includes social, apps, search, and email, building the lifetime value of registered members. In this session, Amy will share how using consumer-first, always-on content, leveraging personalization and targeting, drives growth and consumer relationships across the General Mills portfolio of brands.

Amy Halford (@jammama)
Director, Digital Media General Mills
10:10am Networking Coffee Break

10:30am General Session (cont.)


As content marketing and social care continue to grow as robust media channels of communication for consumers, organizations are finding it challenging to bridge the growing communication gap between content marketing, social marketing, social support, and the overall customer experience. In this session, the senior lead of social media and content marketing for Microsoft’s Consumer Software division will discuss ways for organizations to effectively utilize content marketing to bridge media gaps and close internal silos. She will explore key trends in content marketing and social care, what customers want from brands, and key internal players who affect social media and how to partner strategically with them.

Miri Rodriguez (@MiriRod)
Senior Lead Social Media and Content Marketing, Consumer Software Microsoft Corporation
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.

     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.