November 17, 2021
Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Story: Automakers Mark Return To Events

Newly vaccinated consumers are showing cautious optimism in categories like travel (let’s road trip!) and some experts say it will carry over to automotive (let’s buy a vehicle in order to road trip!) There were so many lessons learned during the pandemic, including how to quickly pivot marketing plans away from in-person to social and digital. What will we take with us going forward? Will social media retain its increased importance? How will automakers ease back into event marketing like auto shows and sponsorships? 

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Wednesday, 11/17

9:15 AM
Registration & Check-In
9:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
Steve Smith, VP, Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost 
10:00 AM
Nissan Execs Discuss DEI Efforts
DEI efforts at the automakers have taken on newfound urgency and meaningfulness in light of the police killings and ensuing protests. Nissan North America is upping its game with a “DEI Disruption Day.” There are many other synergies between the Marketing Communications and DEI teams that will be explored in this session.
Yetunde Faparusi, Director, Brand, Marketing & Performance Strategy, Nissan North America 
Keri Kelly, Head of DEI, Nissan North America 
10:30 AM
Q&A: Why Honda Still Believes in 'The Power of Dreams'
American Honda Motor Co. Inc., which includes both the Honda and Acura brands, consistently places high in rankings for most valuable brand and top-regarded companies. It's innovative and imaginative marketing is a large part of the equation. How does the company continue to keep it fresh and interesting?
Ed Beadle, Assistant Vice President of Auto Marketing, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. 
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
11:00 AM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
11:15 AM
Coffee Break
11:35 AM
Keynote Interview: MediaPost’s Automotive Marketer of the Year
Matt VanDyke, CEO, Ford Direct 
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
12:05 PM
Panel Discussion: Automakers Accelerate Connectivity
Automakers are taking the connected experience to the next level by increasing ways to connect with consumers via in-vehicle 5G and voice-activated capabilities. The result is improved in-car shopping, entertainment and service experiences. 
12:40 PM
Sponsor Lunch Presentation
A marketers guide: Driving sales and brand value in a constrained market
Presenter:  Adam Lobelson, Executive Director, Polk Automotive Solutions, IHS Markit
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2:00 PM
Case Study: How MINI Pivoted Its Events During The Pandemic
MINI Takes The States is one of the largest and most popular customer loyalty events in the automotive industry. The pandemic has prompted the cancellation of the event two years running, but MINI has found ways to stay connected to consumers with other forms of experiential marketing.  
Caryn Grun, Manager, Experiential Marketing, MINI USA 
Steve Smith, VP, Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost 
2:30 PM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
2:40 PM
Coffee Break
3:05 PM
Keynote: Before It Can Change The World, It Has To Change Yours
With the ID.4 all electric SUV ushering in a new era of EV’s for the masses, hear how Volkswagen is connecting across a broad spectrum of EV interest levels with innovative partnerships (TikTok, Reddit, NBCU and more) and influencer content to deliver a campaign for the next gen of auto shopping experiences.
Kimberley Gardiner, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
5:00 PM
LA Auto Show Floor Visit
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