Content Marketing - 2015 - Austin

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
1/1/0001 12:00 AM - 1/1/0001 12:00 AM
Register before 1/1/0001 12:00 AM for early registration fee

Content Marketing Training Workshop - Austin

Harnessing the Power of Content to Fuel Your Brand

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Modern Marketing Equals Social Engagement

Content marketing is one of the hottest topics for B-to-B and B-to-C marketers today. It is the new currency that drives brand engagement in a world of empowered consumers. It is about sharing information, rather than pitching products. Great content fuels marketers’ efforts to reach and engage buyers at every stage in the buying process—whether that content is a helpful how-to video, a sleek infographic or a well-crafted blog post. Learn how to build an effective brand content marketing strategy by harnessing the power of storytelling.

This workshop will focus on how to create and leverage the myriad forms of content to promote businesses, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places, and in a way that is specifically mapped to your audience’s information needs and buying stages. Studies indicate that companies that provide valuable content can generate more leads with higher ROI. Through this course, marketers will learn how to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces business results.  

Content Marketing - Learning Objectives

  • What is content marketing? What’s different and why is it critical today?
  • Learn to develop a powerful content strategy to enhance delivery of effective and synergistic messages across all brand touch points and channels.
  • Learn the seven phases of content marketing success and leverage personas, content types and marketing channels that fit the buying cycle.
  • How can storytelling and other big ideas boost your brand?
  • Get started by performing a successful content audit and fill your marketing toolbox with useful content marketing how-to templates.
  • How do you gather insights, set goals, implement tactics and test for success?
  • Create compelling content that drives business results using the 80/20 content rule. Balance thought leadership and product-focused content.
  • Create the content team. How do you organize to produce results?
  • Learn recommended content development, publishing and editorial calendar processes. Develop repeatable processes that work.
  • Learn how to measure content marketing success. What’s the ROI?

Content Marketing - Who Should Attend

This program is designed for mid- to upper-level managers, directors, executives of teams of business professionals working in marketing communications, marketing, content development/creative services, advertising, branding, copywriting, social media, PR, sales and traditional or interactive/digital marketing agencies. The workshop is for B-to-B and B-to-C companies.

Content Marketing – Cancellation Policy

All Training Series cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted to the AMA via email to Cancellations received four weeks prior to the event start date will receive a refund minus a $150 early cancellation fee. Cancellations received after that date will receive a refund minus a $300 late cancellation fee.

Registrants wishing to cancel may send someone to take their place without penalty if they send a written request with the replacement person’s name to at least two weeks prior to the event start date. No refunds will be given after January 22, 2015.

A conference registration may not be shared by two or more individuals. Space is limited and on-site registration cannot be guaranteed. Separate cancellation policies may exist for pre-conference programs, tutorials, and other associated events. Hotel and transportation reservation cancellations must be handled by the individual registrant directly with the hotel, airline and/or other company.

Content Marketing - About the Instructor

Content Marketing - Agenda
Day 1

8:00 to 8:30am. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 5:00pm. Program (includes lunch, morning and afternoon breaks)

Course Overview + Introductions + Goals

Setup teams by B-to-B and B-to-C Attendees

Our Changing Marketing Landscape

  • Media Fragmentation + Generation Flux = Content marketing opportunity.
  • The new customer journey is the new content opportunity.

Start Me Up - What is content marketing?

  • Content marketing fundamentals.

Content Marketing Challenges (and Solutions)

  • What is the content marketing pain point you came here to resolve?
  • How do I create enough (quality) content to feed the channels?


How do you Develop a Powerful Content Marketing Strategy?

  • Big picture approach to brand value proposition planning.
  • Content marketing’s seven key phases and how to leverage.
  • Use social media to maximize content marketing and build trust.
  • The power of personas to build content strategy for competitive advantage.


  • Who are the best brands at storytelling?
  • Lessons from Coca-Cola’s new content marketing strategy.

How to Develop Quality (remarkable) Content

  • Content: The most powerful tool in marketing
  • Focus on identifying the most popular content types to improve sales and marketing effectiveness: e.g., social media, articles, e-newsletters, white papers, blogs, cases, videos and many more.
  • Audit existing content: set criteria for review of existing content for reuse/repurpose.

Day 2

8:00 to 8:30am. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 5:00pm. Program (includes lunch, morning and afternoon breaks)

Storytelling and Other Big Ideas

  • Prospecting for big ideas. Learning the process.
  • What’s the core story at the heart of your brand?
  • How the process works from story platform > Narratives > Publish >

Syndicate & Share

  • Where can you go for great content (think crowdsourcing)?

New Content Rules, Guidelines and Processes

  • The new 80/20 rule for content development: gaining balance. Content marketing is not about pitching products. The new focus.
  • Guidelines for content creation, refresh and frequency.


Content Marketing Process - How to make it all work

  • Creation > Curation > Distribution > Editorial calendars
  • SEO implications: Keywords and more.

Time Out for Brainstorming Content Ideas

  • B-to-B and B-to-C teams brainstorm content ideas for blogs, Twitter, Facebook and beyond.


Building the Content Team

  • The best way to organize your content marketing function.
  • From in-house editorial teams to crowdsourcing: new alternatives.

Content Marketing Best Practices

  • Brand value proposition and key messages.
  • Personas, content types, buying cycle phases, types of marketing channels.
  • Mapping content to business goals, buying phases and across channels.
  • What’s the ROI? Metrics checklist. Measuring content marketing success.

Final Thoughts: Integrated Marketing Communications

  • The importance of integration. What is brand choreography?
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Training Series Location 
Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown
300 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 1 512.236.8008

Adjacent to the Austin Convention Center and within walking distance of the 6th Street music scene and one-of-a-kind places to eat and shop, the newly renovated Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center is a premier choice among Austin Convention Center hotels. At the doorstep of the Courtyard Austin Downtown are the State Capitol, the University of Texas, the flagship store of Whole Foods Market, and the trendy Warehouse District. Enjoy the on-site Champions Restaurant & Bar, Starbucks, and updated guest rooms offering panoramic views of the city, ergonomic workspace, and floor-to-ceiling, soundproof windows. 

Room Rates:
$269.00 Single Occupancy (plus applicable state & local taxes, currently 15.81% per room per night, subject to change without notice)
Room rate includes complimentary in-room high speed internet access.

Rates are based on availability.
Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of AMA special rates available.


Or call Marriott Reservations at 1 800.321.2211 and ask for the AMA Content Marketing room block. The cut-off date for reservations is January 14, 2015. After January 14, 2015, reservations will be accepted based on availability and at the prevailing rate.

In order to confirm a reservation, the hotel will require a credit card or deposit in the amount of (1) one night’s room & tax for each confirmed room. Cancellations made after 6:00 p.m. hotel time on the day of arrival & no-shows will forfeit the initial deposit. If you fail to arrive on your confirmed arrival date, your entire reservation will be cancelled and your credit card will be charged for one night’s room and tax.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m., and check out is at 11:00 a.m. Anyone arriving earlier than 4:00 p.m. will be checked in as soon as a room(s) becomes available. Guests checking out early may be assessed an early departure fee. Upon check in, guests will be asked to verify their departure date. At that time, scheduled departure dates may be altered.

Area Attractions, Events and Tourism
Please visit the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau for additional city information.

The AMA is committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all attendees. If you are an attendee with a disability and require program accommodations, please contact the AMA Meeting Services Department, and a member of our staff will ensure that appropriate access arrangements are made. If you have specific disability related needs for your hotel sleeping room, please be sure to communicate those directly to the hotel when you make your reservation. In an effort to provide the highest quality of service to all attendees, we require that details of all access requests be communicated to our office at least 14 days in advance of the beginning of the meeting. 

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Tower Travel will proactively research airfares on ALL airline carriers to ensure that the lowest available fares are offered to all attendees. They are dedicated to providing superior customer service and hassle-free travel arrangements. Please note that fees, restrictions and cancellation penalties will apply.

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Area Airport
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – AUS (approx. 8 miles)
Driving directions:
Follow Highway 71 West. Exit to Interstate 35 North, turning right onto IH-35. Exit Cesar Chavez St. Turn left on Cesar Chavez St. Follow to Red River St. Turn right onto Red River St. Follow to 4th St. Turn left onto 4th St. 

Taxi Cabs
Taxis are readily available at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Rates are approximately $30.00 one-way (rates are subject to change without notice).

Airport Shuttle Service (Operated by SuperShuttle)
SuperShuttle provides airport transportation to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Please visit SuperShuttle​ for more information or call 1 800.258.3826 (1 800 BLUE VAN).
Approximate fare: $16.50 one-way (subject to change without notice)

Parking at the Hotel
Valet parking overnight - $33.00
Self-parking overnight - $27.00
Self-parking daily - $17.00
Parking rates do not include tax (currently 8.25%) and are subject to change without notice.

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