Digital Strategy and Analytics - 2017 - Clearwater, FL

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
100 Coronado Dr., Clearwater, FL 33767
2/23/2017 8:30 AM - 2/24/2017 4:00 PM
Register before 1/27/2017 12:00 AM for early registration fee

This course delivers a solid understanding of new digital technologies and digital strategy development.  It shows how digital strategies can be effectively integrated across an organization, and provides analytical techniques to use in measuring the success of digital strategies and programs.



  • You will learn a basic definition of digital and how to identify, shape and execute digital opportunities in order to increase your organization’s competitive advantage.
  • You will learn how to develop a cohesive digital strategy and how to measure its effectiveness.
  • You will become familiar with a range of key concepts such as audience 
  • segmentation, customer journey, pathways to conversion, the differences between a paid, owned and earned approach across the consumer decision journey, destinations (websites and apps), communications (advertising, social, email and search) and optimizations (analytics and testing).
  • We’ll review best in class examples how digital content can fulfill the consumers’ desire for information, utility and entertainment at specific cross-hairs of their typical day or week – resulting in better performing marketing campaigns.


  • Digital Strategy development process and tools
  • Practical understanding of how to use new digital technologies
  • Specific analytical tools to measure the effectiveness of digital strategies and programs.
  • Examples of best practice digital strategies and analytical tools
  • High comfort level in working with digital concepts and practices

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"I feel like I earned a bachelor's degree in digital strategy and marketing from Shane and Jon and can't wait to put some of the strategies outlined into practice."

"This was a great training. It did a great job of bridging concepts into action."


Shane JohnstonExecutive Vice President, Director of Client Development, Capstrat

Shane is charged with developing marketing strategies and integrated communications plans for Capstrat clients. His 25-year career spans client and agency marketing in B2C and B2B environments. His expertise in campaign development and marketing implementation delivers results for clients like Lenovo, VMware, Teleflex, MWV and UNC-Chapel Hill. Shane’s client side experience includes stops at Sprint, Mutual of Omaha, Methodist Health Systems and Nortel Networks. Before Capstrat, he led client strategy at Brooks Bell Interactive, working with Chase Bank, AARP, The Wall Street Journal and Clearwire. Shane served as 2010 president of the Triangle American Marketing Association. He earned his BSBA and MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Todd CoatsChief Creative Officer, Capstrat

​Todd is responsible for making sure Capstrat’s creative and digital work is not only compelling but strategically sound. His previous roles include managing creative for GlaxoSmithKline and at a number of previous agencies. His clients included the Cartoon Network, the Country Music Association and Hanes. Todd’s insightful work has been recognized by the ADDYs, the Tellys, AIGA Graphic Design USA – and many more. Todd earned a BFA in communication arts from East Carolina University and a master’s in advertising design from Syracuse University.​


If you are a marketing leader currently involved in driving digital strategy in your organization, or soon will be, this course is for you. The session is beneficial for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, service- and product-oriented businesses and companies operating in B-to-B and B-to-C channels of distribution. ​

Digital Strategy and Analytics – 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 February 9, 2017. 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. Please note: Any hotel room booked outside the AMA negotiated block of rooms will not be reimbursed for expenses, including the need to cancel the event. Registration for or participation in this training program constitutes an agreement by the registrant to permit the AMA to the use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image and/or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities. For questions or concerns, please call 800.262.1150 or email

Digital Strategy and Analytics Agenda

Day One
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Program (includes Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Break)


  • Introduction of instructors and participants

The audience is listening, or is it.

  • Understanding your audience
    • ​Audience research and persona development
    • The role of digital in the consumer decision journey
    • Positioning and messaging
    • Using data to make more informed decisions

Exercise: Persona and creative positioning

How to easily define digital.

  • The breakdown: destinations, communications and optimizations

Part 1: Destinations: Websites, platforms and apps, oh my.

  • Content first
  • Creative considerations
  • Web development
  • Rapid prototyping

Exercise: Mash-up innovation 90

Part 2: Communications: Driving to the destination.

  • A paid, owned and earned approach
  • Display and search
  • Social
  • CRM and marketing automation

Exercise: Reversing the funnel

Daily Recap

Day Two
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Program (includes Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Break)

Recap of Day 1

Part 3: Optimizations: Because measurement doesn’t rhyme.

  • Analytics
  • Testing and optimization
  • Making better decisions with data

Exercise: Data science techniques

Bonus Section: Emerging technology.

  • Mobile, wearables beacons
  • IOT
  • Cloud services/APIs
  • Growth hacking

Exercise: Future trends

Digital Strategy: Pulling it all together.

  • Structuring the master plan
  • Insights and analysis
  • Digital framework
  • Digital scope

Execution and governance

Break out groups: Build and present a digital strategy.

Full recap and Q&A with instructors

Registration is not available at this time.

​Training Series Location

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
100 Coronado Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33767
Telephone: +1.727.281.9500

Room Rates: $229.00 Single occupancy
(plus applicable state and local taxes, currently 13%. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.)
Rates are based on availability.
Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of AMA special rates available.

An additional discounted Resort Services Fee of $20.00 (subject to change) per room per day will be mandatory for all guest rooms. This includes:
High speed internet access (hardwire and wireless) in guestrooms
Use of the Fitness Center
Local/1-800 Calls
Two (2) Bottles of Water per stay
Pool Towels
In-room coffee

Please call +1.800.996.3426 and reference American Marketing Association to make reservations. The cut-off date for reservations is Tuesday, January 31, 2017. After January 31, 2017, 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 within 72 hours prior to 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 will be assessed an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax. Upon check in, guests will be asked to verify their departure date. At that time, scheduled departure dates may be altered.

Please note: Any hotel room booked outside the AMA negotiated block of rooms will not be reimbursed for expenses, including the need to cancel the event.

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Area Attractions & Events
Please see Visit Tampa Bay or Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater for area 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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From Airport (TPA) Approx. 20 miles: Exit Tampa International Airport, get on FL-60 W from George J Bean Pkwy, follow Fl-60 W to Coronado Dr/S Gulfview Blvd in Clearwater, destination is on the right.

From North: Take I-75 S to FL-60 W in Tampa, follow FL- 60 W to Coronado Dr./S. Gulfview Blvd in Clearwater, destination is on the right.

From South: Take I-75 N to FL-60 W in Tampa, follow FL- 60 W to Coronado Dr./S. Gulfview Blvd in Clearwater, destination is on the right.

From East: Take I-4 West to FL-60 W in Tampa, follow FL- 60 W to Coronado Dr./S. Gulfview Blvd in Clearwater, destination is on the right.

Taxis are available at the Tampa International Airport. The average fare from the airport to the hotel is approx. $50.00 one-way.

Uber is also available at the Tampa International Airport.

Parking at the Hotel
Valet parking is available at the hotel at a rate of $25.00 plus tax per day (rate subject to changes).

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