June 8 - 9, 2020
Virtual Event

Connecting With Your Customer

Search behaviors are the barometer of change. So, when Covid-19 struck and lockdowns commenced, the entire query economy, across search, e-commerce and social, was upended. Keyword, content and conversion strategies had to respond to searchers driven by need rather than desire.

MediaPost’s virtual edition of the long-running Search and Performance Insider Summit gathers some of the leading brands and media buyers that had to pivot quickly and rethink their SEO/SEM, Amazon, social and performance media approaches.

We will explore

  • How did the crisis shift performance tactics for categories most impacted by the crisis?
  • How pricing and user behaviors on social and performance channels reshuffled the media mix
  • How a WFH economy redefines performance video and messaging 
  • As Amazon became the default store in Shelter-at-Home America, how are marketers adjusting to that new ecosystem?

All performance marketers are taking a crash course in adaptability. At the (Virtual) Search & Performance Insider Summit we take a snap quiz on what has been learned so far.

For complimentary Brand Marketer or buy-side Agency VIP pass consideration, please contact Kevin Massa at massa@mediapost.com

The Search & Performance Insider Summit is brought to you by the MediaPost journalists and editors that produce Search & Performance Marketing Daily and Inside Performance - important sources of news and commentary for the search and performance marketing community.

Conference Content Programmers:

Steve Smith, VP, Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost

Lisa Singer, Event Editorial Manager, MediaPost

Advisory Board:

Kerry Curran, Executive Director, Marketing, GroupM
Clayton McLaughlin, SVP, Director of Media Investments, iCrossing
Jonathan Kagan, VP, Search, Cogniscient Media

Search and Performance Insider Summit 2020 Attendees Include

Reasons and Benefits of Attending

  • Unparalleled access and knowledge sharing with the leading minds in the Industry
  • Be part of driving the Search Channel forward as a key component of marketing campaigns, within your company and the industry
  • Unlimited access to stay in touch with the office: WiFi enabled conference room and quiet office area; opportunities in morning to stay up to date at the office; afternoon five hour break in order to stay on top of duties
  • Congenial, relaxed experience. Attendees are working together to move the industry forward
  • Enhance your Search initiatives with new solutions learned and partnerships gained

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Monday, 06/08

Day 1 - Action In Time of a Crisis Why going dark during a crisis isn't the answer. We open the spring SPIS drilling into strategies that worked, didn't work and what was learned in the process as we move forward during this uncertain time.
12:30 PM
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks – Adjusting to the New Normal
Lisa Singer, Event Editorial Manager, MediaPost 
12:40 PM
Keynote Q&A: Staying Fluid During a Crisis
As COVID-19 shifted human behavior to social distancing and restricted living, many businesses have had to re-think their campaigns, pivot their message, and even temporally go dark to get through this crisis.
1:00 PM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
1:10 PM
Group Stretch/Yoga
1:15 PM
Panel: The Performance Marketing Stress Test: Adjusting to Consumer Need
The crisis radically changed how (and how much) our consumers used the Internet and searched across engines, e-commerce and social. We gather performance marketers to share what they have seen and how their cross-channel strategies changed. How did they adjust to new pricing, keyword shifts, budget adjustments, creative changes? learned. What have we learned from stress-testing the performance media economy?
Sichia Bell, Sr. Manager, Growth Marketing, Tonal 
Genna Mordaga, Bayer Manager, Search (Paid & Organic), Bayer 
Eric Moretti, Performance Digital Marketing Manager, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 
1:40 PM
Search and Performance Insider Trivia
Over 15 years, the Search & Performance Insider Summit family has grown to include many industry legends. How well do you know them?
1:50 PM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
2:00 PM
Breakout Roundtables
- Crisis Fallout: Lessons Learned & Moving Forward -  Shane Jennings, Sr. Manager Innovation Strategy, ArcBest 
- Is the Keyword Really Dead? Slava Rybalka, Director of SEO, Arteza
- Decreased Ad Budget? How to Engage Like a Start-Up - Derrick Brent, Marketing Consultant, Cut Golf
- Integrating Search and Social

Virtual Roundtables will kick off with a brief Q&A between MediaPost editors and a special Summit VIP guest on the topic at hand. The discussion will then open up to the "room" for shared perspectives, questions & debate.
2:30 PM
Afternoon Activities
- Sponsor Breakout Room Visit
- Event Swag Scavenger Hunt

So many conferences, so much swag and branded tchotchkes. We ask attendees to unearth that one piece of swag from a past event they somehow have retained all of these years. On Day 2 we will share entries and pronounce a Summit Swag King or Queen.

Tuesday, 06/09

Day 2 - Outside the Box Thinking During a Crisis & Beyond
12:30 PM
Welcome Back, Attendee Survey
12:40 PM
And Now a Word From Alexa: A Voice Search Mini-Case
Kevin Scholl, Digital Marketing, Red Roof 
12:50 PM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
1:00 PM
Survey Results and Trivia
Is the keyword really dead? What is your biggest recovery challenge? When will ad budgets rebound? Who has been the most loyal attendee over 15 years of SPIS? Atendees weigh in.
1:05 PM
Panel: Amazon Squared: Lessons From The Crisis Engine
Amazon became America’s go-to market for everyday supplies in recent months. But this also impacted all marketers working within and around Big-A’s multi-faceted ad, affiliate, fulfillment and marketing economy. How have partners experienced and adjusted these changes to every part of the world’s largest e-commerce engine? And how does the crisis change the Amazon environment for good?
Eloy Yndigoyen, COO/CFO, Spread The Love 
1:25 PM
Swag King or Queen Crowned
What were the coolest, wierdest, most notable pieces of event swag lurking about our Insiders' WFH offices?
1:30 PM
Panel: Lights, Camera, Action: Performance Video
Video is expected to surpass all content forms for consumers in 2020. Marketers no longer look at video just as a branding tool but for performance as well. But how do you measure performance across a diverse marketing mix? What metrics do you track to measure your campaign's success? How do you optimize video to meet search engine standards, improve performance across all channels and achieve positive ROI?
1:50 PM
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
2:00 PM
Breakout Roundtables

- Voice SEO Strategy - Mike Dobbs, SVP, Content Discovery, 360i
- Video SEO Strategies & Best Practices
- What is an Amazon Strategy Now?
- A Cookieless Future

Featured Speakers

Sichia Bell

Sr. Manager, Growth Marketing

Genna Mordaga

Bayer Manager, Search (Paid & Organic)

Eric Moretti

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Performance Digital Marketing Manager

Kevin Scholl

Red Roof
Digital Marketing

Lisa Singer

Event Editorial Manager

Steve Smith

VP, Editorial Director, Events

Eloy Yndigoyen

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For questions about or to apply to the VIP Program please contact Kevin Massa, Manager of Brand & Agency Relations at massa@mediapost.com.

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MediaPost strives for excellence in its coverage of media, marketing and advertising. Our mission is to critically engage key questions for brand marketers, media buyers, sellers and emerging platforms. We choose speakers exclusively for their ability to bring perspective and insight to our stage. All conferences are programmed by proven, expert, unbiased journalists. MediaPost has never and will never engage in "pay to play" conferencing.