You may have heard about our Digital Experience conference taking place in Washington DC, April 29 – 30, followed by workshops on May 1, 2019. And if you’ve been a regular attendee at our Boston conference and are wondering why we are returning to DC, There is a reason, aside from the fact that late April is a great time to visit DC.
Since our first conference on content management in 2002, we have covered requirements and strategies for integrating content management with other front and back end enterprise systems. The technology and practical experiences in deployment have allowed organizations to make tremendous progress over the years. But the demand for new channels, new audiences, improved digital experiences, the explosion of marketing technology software, all combined with emerging technologies, make earlier integration challenges seem tame. Technology and process integration remain the most difficult and costly implementation issues for digital experience and digital transformation initiatives.
Moving to DC allows us to expand our ability to help organizations with some of the most common integration challenges by co-locating with three other events that focus on key components of digital experience strategies: CRM Evolution, Smart Customer Service, and SpeechTek. There are passes available for our Digital Experience conference attendees to also attend sessions in each of the other events, and there is a combined technology showcase.
Gilbane’s Digital Experience conference continues to provide the same highly-curated vendor-neutral program focused on content and digital experience strategies, technologies, and practices for marketing and the workplace, that we have in the past. Please see our new Digital Experience Conference site for information about the program tracks, schedule, venue, and partner events.
And if you have an idea for a presentation, our call for speakers is open until October 12th.
We love Boston, but it’s been awhile since we’ve had an event in DC and we miss it. We’ll be at the Renaissance Washington DC hotel with three especially relevant special events to partner with. The conference is April 29 – 30, 2019, followed by workshops on May 1. It may seem a long way away, but it’s never too early submit your proposal!
To submit a speaking proposal, please review the track descriptions below and submit your proposal. Additionally, answers to the most common questions about speaking at the Digital Experience Conference can be found in the Speaker Guidelines. If you have questions not answered in the guidelines email us at email@example.com.
We are especially interested in hearing from organizations that have implemented or are planning on adopting, new technologies or practices in support of digital experience strategies or digital transformation initiatives.
Main Conference Tracks
The conference tracks are organized primarily by role/function as described below. We encourage proposals on all relevant topics.
Digital Experience Technologies for Customers and the Workplace
Focused on what you need to know about evolving, and potentially disrupting, content and digital experience technologies for marketing and the workplace. We’ll be looking at what web and data analysis technologies are effective today. We’ll also examine what is practical and should be considered today or in the near future regarding deep learning, AR, and blockchain applications.
Designed for technology strategists and executives focused on near-term and future software for creating, analyzing, managing, and delivering compelling digital experiences across platforms, channels, and form factors.
Digital Experience Practices for Customers and the Workplace
Focused on how to overcome challenges and implement successful digital experience strategies and practices to reach, engage, and retain customers, employees, and partners. We’ll be looking at strategies for inter- and intra- departmental collaboration that support customer-facing and internal operations that are a necessary part of the foundation for a consistently high quality digital experience.
Designed for digital transformation leaders, marketing, business, and workplace executives, information managers, content strategists, and UX professionals.
Keep in mind our audience is a combination of marketers, technologists, and content strategists and managers.
Of the almost 300 speaker proposals we will be able to include less than 100 so we welcome additional proposals on the topics above. Note that we will be notifying proposed speakers slowly over the next 2-3 weeks.
Marketing technologists are no longer rare birds, though they are often found in unfamiliar environments with less than obvious plumage. There are marketing technologists in many of our sessions this year, but we have selected a few to look at the two toughest challenges they, and their organizations, face in building modern digital strategies: support for consistent current and future multichannel experiences, and the necessary integration of data from multiple enterprise systems.
Join us Tuesday, December, 2: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Gilbane Conference to learn more.
As we did last year we’ve posed some of our attendees’ most frequently asked questions to speakers who will be at this year’s Gilbane Conference. Today we’re spotlighting Pawan Deshpande, Founder & CEO, Curata. You can see all Speaker Spotlights from our upcoming conference as well as last year’s event.
Given that there are more smartphones than PCs on the planet and both will be important for the foreseeable future, how should organization’s content delivery priorities and technologies change? How is yours changing?
Mobile forces simplicity and succinctness, for two reasons, limited screen real estate and limited attention spans, because content is often consumed in a casual setting with other interruptions. It’s forcing us to boil our content, and messages down to the minimum and shed all the excess.
Marketing is the most talked about discipline that needs to take on more responsibility for technology to be effective. What can other departments learn from the discussion around marketing technology and marketing technologists.
There is so much discussion about technology for marketing these days because marketing in many ways is the last one to resist technology. Other disciplines have already learned and rely heavily on technology. For example, sales has salesforce, customer support has well-adopted ticketing systems, engineering has source control and bug tracking systems. All of these provide in-depth accountability, management transparency and organization. Marketing is still, however, struggling to adopt CMSs and marketing automation largely because of diverse needs, and the resulting vendor fragmentation. If anything, marketing can learn about technology adoption from other disciplines.
Although sometimes used interchangeably ‘content strategy’ and ‘content marketing’ refer to very different though often connected disciplines. How and where should these activities be organized?
Content marketing and content strategy are different but often overlap. My diagram below is my perspective on where the responsibilities differ and are shared.
Does the ‘internet of things’ have an immediate or near-term impact on your organization’s information or collaboration infrastructure? How so?
Working in B2B setting, it does not have an immediate impact on us. Just like we are setting website personalization have the first impact on B2C, I expect it to trickle down to B2B companies from a content standpoint years from now.
Catch up with Pawan at the Gilbane Conference:
Track C: Content, Marketing, and the Customer Experience
Workshop A. Insiders Guide to Building Digital Marketing Technology Toolkit
Speaker:Theresa Regli, Principal Analyst and Managing Partner, Real Story Group
Thursday, December, 4: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Marketing practitioners multitask just about every minute of every day. There are ongoing email, web, mobile, and marketing strategies to organize, plan and execute. Each of these areas used to include a range of technologies that was purchased and implemented separately such as web content management, campaign management, analytics, digital asset management, and others. Now, there are new suites of tools that can manage all of these processes. But how do you select the right one that will help you to accomplish your marketing objectives?
Specifically, the session will provide a methodology for mapping business needs to technology alternatives, as well as a road map for evaluating digital marketing technology vendors. We will provide critical and hard-hitting reviews of the available digital marketing technologies. Don’t be surprised after-the-fact. Find out the real strengths and weaknesses of these tools before you purchase them.
Digital marketing trends and emerging architectures
Hints and tips on selecting a digital marketing product for your organization
Overcoming the daunting prospect of selection – how to narrow down your list of vendors to evaluate.
A critical, high-level overview of digital marketing solution providers
Workshop B. Foundations for Best-Fit WCM Service Provider Selections
Speaker:Cathy McKnight, Partner and Principal Analyst, Digital Clarity Group
Thursday, December, 4: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Evaluating and selecting technology and service partners is intimidating. And without proper guidance, it’s easy to take the wrong path. This workshop focuses on selection readiness. It is designed to point your organization in the right direction before you even start the journey to new solutions for web content and experience management. You will learn how to create a plan of action for getting your organization ready for a successful selection program – one that results in real business benefits as the direct result of implementing the right solutions with the right technology and service partners. We explore the fundamentals of selection preparation, covering four key areas of readiness:
Articulating the business case,
Identifying the stakeholder landscape,
Managing requirements gatherings, and
Developing realistic budgets.
We provide a step-by-step overview of an efficient, results-driven selection program, and we show you how to build a messaging and communications plan that will help you shape internal conversations about it. With this approach, you can set expectations, educate reluctant stakeholders, and get your company thinking about change management, which is often an afterthought but shouldn’t be. The selection process is all about aligning business goals with the “best-fit” solution for your organization’s needs. And finding that fit is about way more than just matching features to requirements. Armed with the outcomes of this workshop, you will be ready to move forward with confidence.
Modern intranets are steadily becoming more “social” and “collaborative”, but this can mean many things. Some recent intranets put social at the heart of everything (including the homepage), while others supplement existing sites with simpler features, such as commenting. While this is still a rapidly evolving space, intranet teams in the real world need to make concrete decisions with confidence.
This interactive workshop will cover four key steps for social intranets:
Explore the opportunities. Looking at social intranet examples around the globe, we will explore the reasons, benefits and business cases for social.
Understand your organisational landscape. Every organisation is different, and this has a big impact on the what, where, when and how of social intranets.
Choose what to launch. Where to start, what to launch and for who: there are multiple options to choose from, depending on your strategy and organisational context.
Make social a success. There are a growing list of best practices to draw on, relating to design, launch, adoption and governance.
This inspirational and practical workshop will mix plenty of screenshots and examples with discussions and workshop activities. While not every question will be answered, participants will walk away with a greater sense of confidence and knowledge about social intranets.
Thank you all for the Gilbane Conference speaker proposals. We received a record number again this year. We are now busy evaluating, organizing, and mapping proposals to the topic areas our audience needs to hear the most about.
If you have submitted a proposal you can expect to hear from us over the next 6-7 weeks. With over 300 submissions we’ll have to make some difficult choices and we will be contacting many of you for further discussion.
Miss the deadline?
For all of you who missed the deadline to submit proposals for this year’s conference, our policy is that we always accept proposals – in fact we accept them all year long if you use our submission form – however, proposals received after the deadline for each conference miss the first review by the program committee and some of the early decisions. If we have two good proposals on the same topic the on-time proposal gets preference. Also, decisions are largely made on a rolling basis once the deadline passes, so if you have missed the deadline it is still a good idea to submit as soon as possible.
If there is a particular topic we need more proposals for we will post about it on this blog, so stay tuned.
A New Brand of Marketing “… frames the epic collaboration underway between marketers and technologists…” – note the use of ‘collaboration’ rather than ‘battle’. Scott is not only a supreme example of a marketing technologist who knows the details, but may be the most facile communicator (and diplomat, in the most positive sense) of the marketing technology big picture.
A New Brand of Marketing is a must read for CMOs and CIOs, but all senior executives should read it to understand the dramatic changes underway in marketing or to get some pointers on how to communicate the changes to colleagues.
Just a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
Fact: everything digital is powered by software.
Companies don’t just compete for who can provide the most helpful content. They compete for who can provide the most helpful services.
When you’re skydiving, you should know how to pull your parachute.