Conquer the Digital Marketing Landscape

Where industry innovators, experts and thought leaders come together to create successful, results-driven marketing strategies.
Are you ready to learn what it takes to become the ultimate digital marketer?

All Things Content

Create epic content that converts. Turn your blog into a revenue generating machine.

Conversion Optimization

Amp up your SEO game. Master responsive design (without being a designer).

Networking

Connect with industry insiders and experts. Build relationships with digital marketers from across the globe.

Inspiration

Is your business prepared for what's next? Future-proof your business to plan for the road ahead.

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Speakers

We've carefully curated our selection of talks, full of practical insights and inspiring anecdotes.

You'll walk away with the skills you need to build a better business.

Peter Shankman

Founder, Shankminds Business Masterminds

@petershankman

Peter Shankman is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He's a world traveler by design and necessity. He's an Ironman Triathlete, a NASA Advisor, a Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence, board member, advisory board member, TEDx speaker, and cat father who blames ADHD for most of his success. He is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO), the social media website that redefined how journalism and PR works by connecting millions of sources with journalists around the world each day, for free.

Chris Ducker

Owner, ChrisDucker.com

@chrisducker

Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of the bestselling book, Virtual Freedom. Originally from the UK, Chris has lived in the Philippines for 15-years, where he has founded several businesses and currently employs over 300 full-time team members. He is also a popular business blogger and podcaster at ChrisDucker.com.

Gene Marks

President and CEO, The Marks Group PC

@genemarks

Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and small business owner. He writes daily for The Washington Post on small business and public policy, a weekly technology column for Forbes and weekly business management columns for Inc., The Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.com. He has written 6 best selling books on business management. Nationally, he frequently appears on FOX News and MSNBC, discussing matters affecting the business community.

Jason Falls

Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy, Elasticity

@jasonfalls

Jason Falls is one of the most widely read and respected voices in the digital marketing and social media industries. He leads digital strategy for Elasticity and shares his no-nonsense ideas regularly at JasonFalls.com. He loves Louisville, sports and bourbon.

Ardath Albee

CEO and B2B Marketing Strategist, Marketing Interactions Inc.

@ardath421

Ardath Albee is a B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions, Inc. She helps companies with complex sales use persona-driven digital content strategies to turn prospects into buyers and convince customers to stay. She's the author of Digital Relevance: Developing Marketing Content and Strategies that Drive Results and has been voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales and Lead Management for the past four years and a 2014 Woman to Watch in B2B Marketing by FierceCMO.

Andy Crestodina

Co-Founder and Strategic Director, Orbit Media

@crestodina

Andy Crestodina is co-founder and Strategic Director of Orbit Media, an award-winning web design company in Chicago. A top-rated speaker and writer, he has provided web strategy and advice to more than a thousand businesses over the past 15 years. He has written hundreds of articles on content marketing for dozens of blogs and media websites, including content strategy, search engine optimization, social media and analytics. He authored Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing.

Oli Gardner

Co-Founder, Unbounce

@oligardner

Unbounce Co-Founder Oli Gardner has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet. He coined the term "Conversion Centered Design", developing the theory behind its 7 principles. When not trying to rewire conversion methodology, Oli spends his time mulling over ideas like legally changing his name to "Landing Page" to garner extra SEO love from his guest post bio. He was recently named the "The 2015 Marketer to Watch" in the under 43 category, by his mother.

Justine Jordan

Marketing Director, Litmus

@meladorri

Justine Jordan is an email critic and popular industry speaker. After mastering table-based HTML in college, she fell in love with the art of email design, helping some of the world's biggest brands build their email campaigns. A designer masquerading as a marketer, Justine directs all things marketing at Litmus. The recipient of the 2015 EEV Email Marketing Thought Leader of the Year award, you'll find her organizing The Email Design Conference or editing Litmus' latest blog post.

Noah Kagan

Chief Sumo, SumoMe

@noahkagan

Noah Kagan was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint and is the Chief Sumo at SumoMe.com, which are free tools to help grow your website traffic. He's also a top-rated taco connoisseur.

Brian Meece

Founder, RocketHub

@rockethub

Brian Meece is the founder of RocketHub, a crowdfunding platform that's partnered with A&E Networks. The collaboration is called Project Startup and is taking crowdfunding to a wide television audience. Brian earned his Master of Science from Columbia University and has an extensive background in technology and media. He has lectured on the topic of crowdfunding at SXSW, Fulbright, TEDx, White House Roundtables, Maker Faire and other institutions. Brian is also a filmmaker, a surfer and plays the ukulele.

Jason Miller

Sr. Content Marketing Manager, LinkedIn

@jasonmillerca

Jason Miller is author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller Welcome to the Funnel and leads global content marketing for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Previously, he was the Sr. Manager of Social Media Strategy at Marketo and spent ten years at Sony developing and executing marketing campaigns around the biggest names in music. Jason contributes to Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Marketing Profs and Copyblogger, and has presented at numerous industry conferences.

Jerod Morris

VP of Marketing, Copyblogger Media

@jerodmorris

Jerod Morris is the VP of Marketing for Copyblogger Media. He also hosts The Lede, Copyblogger's bi-weekly podcast about content marketing, copywriting and conversion optimization. Jerod was a featured presenter at Authority Intensive 2014 and speaks regularly throughout the country about content strategy.

Andrea Vahl

Social Media Consultant and Speaker, Andrea Vahl, Inc.

@andreavahl

Andrea Vahl is a Social Media Consultant and Speaker and is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She was the Community Manager for Social Media Examiner for over 2 years and was named 50 Favorite Online Influencers of 2014 on Entrepreneur.com. She also uses her improv comedy skills to blog as a slightly cranky character, Grandma Mary - Social Media Edutainer, on her site at www.AndreaVahl.com.

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Agenda

Our one-track agenda ensures you don't miss any of the action.

Sunday, October 18th

05:00 - 07:00 PM

Registration and Welcome Reception


Mary Cassatt Lounge, The Rittenhouse Hotel

Monday, October 19th

08:00 - 09:00 AM

Breakfast


09:00 - 09:15 AM

Opening Remarks


Tom Kulzer

09:15 - 10:15 AM

Ain't No Customer Like a Zombie Customer


Peter Shankman

10:15 - 11:00 AM

How to Achieve Face-Melting Content Marketing ROI


Jason Miller

Break

11:15 - 12:00 PM

From Content to Conversion: Content Strategy that Moves the Needle


Ardath Albee

Lunch

01:00 - 01:45 PM

Crowdfunding Fuels "Big Change"


Brian Meece

01:45 - 02:30 PM

The Landing Page Manifesto


Oli Gardner

Break

03:00 - 03:45 PM

Mobile Email Best Practices: Optimizing for Conversion


Justine Jordan

03:45 - 04:45 PM

Better Business Bootcamp: Avoid the BS and Build an Online Business to be Proud Of!


Chris Ducker

Networking Event

Tuesday, October 20th

08:00 - 09:00 AM

Breakfast


09:00 - 09:45 AM

5 Enormous Sales and Marketing Technology Trends that are Changing the Way SMBs Do Business


Gene Marks

09:45 - 10:15 AM

How to Create and Excute a Successful Blog Strategy


Jerod Morris

10:15 - 10:45 AM

How I Got 50,000 Email Subscribers in 8 Months


Noah Kagan

Break

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Content Hubs: 5 Ways to Dominate in Search and Social Media with Interconnected Content


Andy Crestodina

Lunch

01:00 - 01:30 PM

Opt-In Optimization


TBA

01:30 - 02:00 PM

All Things Content


TBA

Break

02:30 - 03:00 PM

Succeeding with Social Media Marketing


Andrea Vahl

03:00 - 04:00 PM

There is No Fresh Broccoli: A No-Nonsense Blueprint for Digital Marketing Success


Jason Falls

04:00 - 04:10 PM

Closing Remarks


Tom Kulzer
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The Venue

The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 546-9000

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Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, you're walking distance from major museums, cultural attractions, world-class shopping and more. It's no surprise that The New York Times ranked Philly the 3rd best place to travel in the world this year.

We've reserved a limited amount of rooms at a special rate of $299/night. To reserve your room, please call The Rittenhouse Hotel and mention "ASCEND" to receive the special rate. This offer ends Friday, September 18, 2015.

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Your ticket includes:

Admission to ASCEND including all of the keynotes, sessions and networking events

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and an unlimited supply of coffee

One-on-one time with AWeber's email experts, live product demos and more

Conference bag and the ASCEND 2015 video package

  • John Langan, Penn Emblem Company

    "The conference attendees were the cream of the crop... The networking opportunities were fantastic. Few conferences give this much bang for the buck... Can't wait until my expectations are exceeded again next year."

  • Jenni Glenn, Slice Communications

    "[We] learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to designing email newsletters, tips for better email deliverability and a whole host of great strategies that every digital marketer should know... namely, not to miss this summit when it comes around next year!"

  • Stephanie Vermillion, Wordsworth Communications

    "I found myself avoiding every bodily need (e.g. bathroom breaks) to make sure I didn't miss a single minute of the top-notch speakers and valuable takeaways."

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