The Enterprise Event Marketing Blog for Data-Driven Marketers and Event Professionals

Thank You for Inspiring Us: 4 Customer Appreciation Tips

As we head into Thanksgiving, we want to thank you for inspiring us to create better products and helping us reach for a brighter future. We hope that all of our customers grow with us, that we provide outstanding customer experiences, and we want to wish you all a happy holiday.

How to Make Your Event Marketing Pay-Off

Brad Gillespie, VP of Global Marketing for SiriusDecisions, Discusses How Strong Teams Increase Customer Retention Interview #5 in the Making Rain with Events Series Whether you refer to them as …

How to Harness the Awesome Power of Brand Advocacy at Your Next Event

Just showing up isn’t enough if you’re looking to deliver phenomenal results from your event efforts. In our latest interview with Jim Williams, VP of Marketing at Influitive, you’ll hear real world stories of creative innovation harnessing brand advocacy that have really paid off at events like Dreamforce and SiriusDecisions.

Swipe Left to Enter the New Frontier in Events

Next time you’re planning an event with a spectacular location, speakers, and content, swipe left with Certain integrated event check-in.

Events: The New Starting Point of Customer Conversations

Events are so much more than a group of people being in the same place at the same time. The event experience often begins months before the physical gathering of people.

10 Hot Event Marketing Trends to Drive Attendee Engagement [SlideShare]

Our latest SlideShare highlights 10 hot marketing trends impacting attendee engagement today. It offers tips and tactics to help you delight your attendees and generate great results for your enterprise.

How CA Technologies Increased Event Attendance by 42% [Event Marketing Case Study]

Based upon the phenomenal results achieved with Certain at their CA World user conference, the company was awarded the highest marketing honor by Marketo—the Revvie award for the 2015 Marketing Team of the Year.

The #1 Reason People Attend Events: Thom Singer Addresses the ‘Elephant in the Room’

This Making Rain with Events interview features professional speaker, trainer, and consultant, Thom Singer, on designing events that create connections. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

Joe Pulizzi Shares the Secrets of Content Marketing World Success: Interview #1 in the Making Rain with Events Series

Scott Ingram connects with Joe Pulizzi, Founder and CEO of the Content Marketing Institute, just a few days after the big Content Marketing World event for a podcast interview. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

3 Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore if You’re a Marketer: Content Marketing World 2015 Recap

"You are either doing content or you are not marketing." Lynn Langmade shares 3 key trends from her experience at Content Marketing World 2015.

Making Rain with Events Book Now Available in Podcast Form

Take your event to the next level with tips from successful event marketers and industry leaders with Scott Ingram's Making Rain with Events podcast.

The Next Era Begins at Marketing Nation Online 2015 [Insider’s Guide]

Marketo’s Marketing Nation Online event, the largest online marketing conference in the world, promises to set the groundwork for the next era of marketing.

How to Reel In Event Sponsors Like a Pro: Advice from Two Industry Experts to Help You Rock Your Next Event

Chat with Certain: Get advice from two industry experts on reeling in more event sponsors and keeping them happy along the way.

Oops! What’s Missing from Your Marketing Automation Software?

Marketing automation is really great at helping marketers manage and qualify large quantities of leads, nurture leads with email and personalization, capture customer intelligence across channels, and analyze the results of cross-channel marketing. It’s helping us marketers become far more effective contributors to revenue in our organizations. But there’s something missing.

5 Secrets of Event Marketing Rockstars: How to Increase Attendee Engagement with Interactive Content

Marketing super-stardom is well within your reach when you know the 5 secrets to gathering attendee data and using personalized interactive content to nurture your event leads.

Using Interactive Content to Boost Event Results

Interactive content offers marketers a way to amplify their event activity, creating dialogues with attendees before, during, and after the event. Content formats such as quizzes, assessments, photo galleries, and ROI calculators facilitate natural and rewarding conversations that engage prospects on their terms. All the while, they capture valuable data for your marketing team – a win-win for you and your audience.

How to Build a Better Data-Driven Marketing Technology Stack

Unless you have managed to somehow find a way to run your marketing programs through one technology solution, you are like the rest of us--weaving together technologies and applications into a “marketing tech stack” that allows us to plan, execute, and measure our increasingly complex and interwoven marketing programs.

How to Make a “Big Bang”: Spark Engagement and Ignite Fireworks at Your Next Event

Get marketing and event planning tips to drive attendee engagement and maximize business value at your events. Download a new tip sheet.

The Chasm between Marketing and Events: What to Do About It

The single best way to close the chasm and bring the power of event data to your marketing programs is to connect event management and marketing automation through a seamless integration.

Personalization and Engagement and Lead Gen, Oh My!

This year’s Marketing Nation Summit (#MKTGnation) is about to kick off and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of this powerful marketing event.

What Your Sales People Want from Your Next Event

Sales is ultimately in charge of closing deals, they’re going to come at the event with that goal at the forefront but marketing needs to share that goal as well. With this in mind, consider these three sales “wants”:

What to Expect from Certain at Modern Marketing Experience #MME2015

Modern Marketing Experience 2015 is right around the corner! We’re excited to showcase our integration with Oracle Marketing App Cloud at the conference.

Certain and the Future of Marketing: Why I’m in.

This is my first blog as Chief Revenue Officer of Certain, so I thought I would talk through how I see the future of marketing and how that led me to join Certain. So why am I in?

5 Tips for Highly Engaging Event Experiences

Why is it that over 1.35 billion people in the world are drawn to Facebook? How could such a seemingly simple platform be a portal that people spend an average of 21 minutes a day on? One reason: Engagement.

10 Awesome Infographics About Event Management

Infographics can be a great way to learn because they blend images and facts and pare them down to a minimum. Here are some of our favorites related to event management.

The Changing Tide of Event Marketing

Along the buying process, customers expect to be met with messaging and offers tailored to their unique relationship with a brand. Making this happen is the challenge of today’s revenue-minded marketer.

10 Predictions for Marketing & Events 2015

As a new year rolls around so do the predictions for what this year will bring for event management and marketing. Here we present our thoughts on what’s coming this year.

How Technology is Changing the Way We Think About Event Management

Technology is geared to meet the needs of marketing and event professionals and that opens up a whole new way of thinking about event management.

“Content for Conversion” Recap: Why Events Need Content Marketing

In the webinar, Content for Conversion, Matt Heinz highlighted the importance of content marketing and exactly how you can leverage content before, during, and after each event.

Why Marketers Need a “Marketing-Centric” Event Management Platform

Today, marketers AND event planners can benefit from marketing-centric platforms that deliver planning-related functionality and marketing-oriented features for customer engagement and revenue generation.

The 5 Best Ways to Drive Attendee Engagement at Every Event

One of the biggest challenges event marketers face is attendee engagement. Here are five ways to help your event stand out and deliver clear value.

How to Make Sense of Attendee Data from Events

The attendee data generated from events can go a long way toward furthering your organization’s marketing and business goals. However, a hang up occurs when this data is improperly collected and fails to be put to use in the post-event sales and marketing follow up process.

Why Events Fail

While events can fail for many reasons, we contend that the main reason they most often fail is due to a one-size-fits-all approach. Various types of attendees participate in events. Yet many events deliver the same experience to all.

4 Big Reasons Attendees Fail to Return

While there is no doubt you aim to fulfill both your organization’s and attendees’ objectives, why is it that some attendees return to a conference or event year after year while others are never to be seen again?

Always October

For all of us involved in the event world it is “Always October”. We ended September with Oracle OpenWorld and the Oracle Marketing Cloud, and we’re starting off October with a bang.

Why Events are Left Out of the Integrated Marketing Mix

While events make up more than one-quarter of an organization’s total marketing spend, this channel is too often cast aside as standalone programs. Why is this happening when marketers have truly become experts at integration?

The #1 Outcome Your CMO Expects from Events

Organizations have many reasons for investing in events but according to a recent CMO Council and E2MA study, the bottom line is marketers view events as revenue-driving opportunities.

The #1 Key to a Successful Event App

There are many considerations to make when choosing a mobile app for your events. The challenge is identifying what your attendees will find valuable.

5 Must-Have Features of Event Management Technology for Marketers

As you explore options for event management that supports your marketing goals, consider these five essential event technology features.

Creating Powerful Event Experiences with Certain and Validar

Event professionals and marketers are coming together to recognize how best to use events to move attendees along their buying path.

How Events Fuel Lead Generation

Today’s event technology is helping companies capitalize on this attendee data by capturing it and feeding it into marketing automation help sales and marketing improve their demand gen results.

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