On 17-19 June 2019 at the excellent Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage, California, the US edition of our CMO Digital Insight Summit will bring together senior decision-makers and business leaders from across the digital spectrum to discuss current industry challenges and opportunities, how to get the most out of them – and where the solutions lie for today’s digital marketers.

Key themes under discussion include: Creating a Customer Centric Culture… Building a Community: The Future Digital Consumer… Where to Find the Connected Spender; The Next Generation Marketing Executive: Skills, tools and mindsets for success

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organizations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Aaron Shaffer
VP Analytics & Insights
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Gustavo Alvarado
Sr. Director Global Media
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David Buxbaum
VP Global eCommerce & Amazon Marketing
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Kim Bartley
White Castle
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Joyce Szudzik
VP Digital & Social Media
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Ryan Nathan
VP eCommerce
Weight Watchers International
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Frank Sottosanti
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Stephen Lamb
Sr. Director, Digital Marketing and Media
Chico's FAS
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Dan Cruz
VP Digital Media and Integrated Partnerships
Marvel Entertainment
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Michail Takach
Chief Digital Officer
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Leo Griffin
VP Digital Strategy
VF Corporation
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Michael Dellatte
SVP Global Digital Channels

6 Challenges in Digital Marketing

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To use data effectively to drive personalized experiences and meet rising customer expectation.
  • To understand how to close the loop between brand and performance marketing.
  • To develop a credible, authentic, consistent voice across myriad customer touchpoints and channels.
  • To prove the value of digital marketing efforts through effective metrics and measurement.
  • To create assets at the required volume to feed the content marketing machine.
  • To activate cultural networks, tapping into tribes and harnessing the power of community.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday June 17, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening panel
3:30pm - 4:30pm

We live in an overwhelmingly digital world: technology has become ubiquitous, connectivity likewise. It is embedded in how we interact as consumers, as professionals, as human beings. Expectations have changed to the extent that we now feel entitled to access digital tools, services and experiences. Businesses need to respond to that dynamic. So what does that mean for marketing? More specifically, what does it mean for digital marketing?

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Audience engagement: creating more personalised experiences
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Content and conversion: moving the needle on your efforts
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: The future of marketing: skills, tools and mindsets for success
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Detail to Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Aman Grewal
Chief Digital Officer - Wilson Sporting Goods

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Tuesday June 18, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:35am
Keynote address: Marketing threats: where is the next disruption coming from?
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Versus: Experience & Performance.
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Justin Cohen
Sr. Director / GM eCommerce - ALDO Group
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: Reaching Consumers Where and When Receptive
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Laston Charriez
CMO - Pilgrims
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Doing personalisation at scale: a best practice guide
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: 2019 – Where are we going next? Navigating the marketing minefield.
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Joyce Szudzik
VP Digital & Social Media - AEG
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: How do you successfully monetise your content marketing?
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch Keynote Address
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: Amplifying your marketing spend through automation
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: Attributing your conversions more effectively
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: Building an engaged community: a brand case study
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: Creating marketing impact: my most valuable digital lessons
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00am

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday June 19, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: Is marketing about driving greater engagement or more sales?
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: How is artificial intelligence a game-changer for marketing?
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Delivering on customer experience: a brand case study
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable discussions
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: Becoming truly mobile-first: looking beyond the channel
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14: The state of marketing in 2018: where we’ve been and where we’re going next
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15
Closing panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, California

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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