Three Dynamic Sessions at GIS 2018 You Won’t Want to Miss!

by Vi Paynich on Feb 21, 2018 11:18:32 AM Great Ideas Summit, DRTV, Retail

If you’re attending the Great Ideas Summit 2018, be sure to set aside room in your schedule for education. This year, the Electronic Retailing Association will present three Dynamic Knowledge Sessions on Tuesday, February 27, in the Mona Lisa room of the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. 

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Friday Forecast: The Marketing Tactic That Works Everywhere, Every Time

by Colleen Ferrier and Rick Petry on Mar 3, 2017 2:50:18 PM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing, Brand Marketing

According to Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the seminal marketing treatise, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, there is one weapon of influence that works in every culture and in every corner of the globe. What is it you may wonder? Reciprocity. 

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Great Ideas Recap: A First-Timer’s Perspective

by Keith Lovgren on Mar 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit

The Great Ideas Summit 2016 was an event that will go down as a conference that brought some vendors and a lot of existing and new clients together.

Smaller and less hectic than the annual Las Vegas conference, The Great Ideas Summit is a more intimidate and relaxing environment that helped strengthen past relationships, as well as create new ones.
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The Great Ideas Summit: Relive Orlando!

by Bethany Adams on Mar 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit

Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees The Great Ideas Summit 2016 was a success! Even though the networking, education, and fun has come to an end you can relive it by checking out our Facebook album or through the pictures below. Plus if you played in the first ERA Inaugural Golf Tournament you have to check out the photos here. Don't forget to tag you and your friends!
We can't wait to see you all in 2017 in Puerto Rico.
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Forbes Riley Promotes Great Ideas Summit on Orlando Morning Show

by Steve Syatt on Mar 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit

ERA is pleased to salute Forbes Riley, who took time out of her busy schedule at The Great Ideas Summit to be featured as an in-studio guest for the morning show on Orlando Fox television station WOFL-TV. Forbes (as only she can) promoted our association and Great Ideas magnificently, helping to create an energetic, fun, and informative industry segment. Take a look!

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Day 3: And That’s a Wrap!

by Bethany Adams on Feb 25, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, ERA News

The final day of The Great Ideas Summit brought thunderstorms to Orlando, but that didn’t stop the Deal-Makers inside. As the conference winded down, the networking and education continued.

The morning began in the Deal-Makers Club, as we have been calling the show floor this week. Many exhibitors continued to hold meetings within their booths and make deals before the show floor drew to a close at 3 p.m.

Wednesday also brought two additional education sessions on interesting new topics that are vital to our industry’s success. The first session, “Multi-touch Attribution Insights for Digital Marketing,” was presented by Adrian Vender of Internet Marketing, Inc.
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Day 2: Things Got STiKi at Great Ideas

by Vi Paynich and Bethany Adams on Feb 24, 2016 12:50:04 AM Great Ideas Summit

The second day of Great Ideas was feature-packed with plenty of networking opportunities along with valuable educational content. Among the many highlights was the Keynote by STiKi Founder and CEO Robin Shapiro. During his presentation entitled, “Ring in the New: Engaging Consumers in the Smartphone Age,” Shapiro explained that in order to reach consumers who use their mobile devices to learn and take action, marketers must deploy cost-effective smartphone strategies, including interactive text messaging, geofencing, 2D barcode incorporation, and digital coupon distribution. He said, “Properly utilized, consumer-initiated texting technology will take marketers’ prospects directly to the cash register.”

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Day 1: Great Ideas Summit Tees Off in Orlando

by Vi Paynich on Feb 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit

This year’s Great Ideas Summit began at sunrise with ERA’s Inaugural Golf Tournament. Players enjoyed a perfect Monday on the greens, combining a little networking with much-needed tee time. Congratulations to tournament winners Kingstar's Ed Crain (pictured middle left), Bluewater Media's Brian Fasulo (pictured far right), and their team! Thank you to sponsors Humboldt Merchant Services and Tristar Products for sponsoring this year's tournament.

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Download the Great Ideas Mobile App Today!

by Vi Paynich on Feb 22, 2016 3:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, ERA News

The Great Ideas Summit mobile app is now live. Visit the App Store and search for “ERA Events” to download the app to your smartphone. Access the Schedule At A Glance, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Education Sessions, and Speakers—all from your touchscreen.

Here are some of the events happening on Monday, February 22…

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Planning Your Great Ideas Schedule

by Bethany Adams and Vi Paynich on Feb 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, ERA News, Digital Marketing, DRTV

The Great Ideas Summit 2016 is fast approaching, and you’re probably finalizing your schedule for the week. Here is a quick refresher on all the great things you can take advantage of onsite.

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Engage the Voice of the Consumer to Win in Reputation Management

by Garret Nagle on Feb 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing, Masters Series

Leading brands can suffer reputation damage if they’re not participating in the consumer discussion about their brand. While high-profile PR disasters like “Exxon-Valdez” show us how dangerous it can be at a macro level to delay in responding to negative attention, in the world of consumer products, effective reputation management should begin at the micro level and can’t be ignored. How so?

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Mobile Messaging Innovator Robin Shapiro to Keynote at Great Ideas Summit

by Bethany Adams on Feb 2, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, ERA News, Digital Marketing

As the industry advances into the Digital era, we continue to provide direct response marketers with the most up-to-date strategies and technology advancements. With that said, ERA is proud to announce founder and CEO of STiKi, Robin Shapiro, as the keynote speaker for The Great Ideas Summit 2016. The industry’s premier midwinter conference will take place February 22-24 at The Hyatt Grand Regency Cypress Hotel.

Shapiro, a mobile text messaging industry innovator, will ring in the new with smart strategies and great ideas for today’s smartphone world in his keynote presentation. He will be addressing attendees on Tuesday, February 23, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Grand Cypress D.

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[Session Spotlight] The Membership Economy and Direct Response

by Vi Paynich on Jan 29, 2016 3:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing, DRTV, Masters Series

On Tuesday, February 23, author and consultant Robbie Kellman Baxter will present the Masters Series session, “The Membership Economy and Direct Response,” during The Great Ideas Summit 2016. Kellman Baxter is the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue. ERA recently spoke with Kellman Baxter about her upcoming session and what attendees can expect from her presentation.

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Being a Diamond Partner Is More Than Your Name on a List

by Allison Givens on Jan 27, 2016 12:00:00 AM D2C Convention, Great Ideas Summit, ERA News

All healthy relationships are give and take. This means knowing when to support, when to be supported and, most importantly, showing appreciation for the support given. This extends to the relationships between ERA and the companies it oversees. The Diamond Partner Program is ERA’s way of showing gratitude to its most loyal customers.

Williams Worldwide Television has been a Diamond Partner since 2013. Being recognized by ERA for our support and commitment by having our name listed alongside other top companies in the industry has tremendous value in itself but it goes beyond that.

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[Session Spotlight] Mobile vs. Desktop Advertising: Cost, Reach and ROI

by Vi Paynich on Jan 22, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing, Masters Series

Despite the incredible growth of mobile traffic, mobile advertising is still lagging far behind when it comes to spend. As a result, the advertisers that have cracked the code are reaping the rewards because costs on mobile are far less than Desktop, ROI is higher, and the reach is far greater.

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[SESSION SPOTLIGHT] Matching Claims to the Evidence: Brainstorming With the Experts

by Vi Paynich on Jan 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM Great Ideas Summit, Advocacy, DRTV

Do you have a question or two about the product claims made in your DR creative? Are you worried about any potential red flags? If so, then we highly recommend attending the Masters Series session, “Matching Claims to the Evidence: Brainstorming With the Experts,” on Tuesday, February 23 at The Great Ideas Summit 2016.

Spend an hour with our presenters and have your questions answered by seasoned legal professionals Randy Shaheen (Venable LLP) and Ivan Wasserman (Manatt).

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How Industry Partnerships Are Driving Our Growth

by Anat Freed on Jan 5, 2016 3:00:00 PM Great Ideas Summit, ERA News

Immersed in a fast-changing marketing environment we are accustomed to finding creative ways to reach our target audiences. We always strive to balance creative strategy with ROI to ensure our investments are aligned with our business goals. It is this method of thinking that appeals to our clients—and the reason why many remain long-term partners. We regularly ask ourselves, are we doing enough to stay engaged, relevant, and competitive?

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[Great Ideas Summit] New Session Added to 2016 Masters Series Lineup

by Vi Paynich on Jan 5, 2016 2:52:00 PM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing, Masters Series

ERA is excited to announce that a new session has been added to the education lineup at The Great Ideas Summit 2016. Adrian Vender of Internet Marketing, Inc., will present the Masters Series session, “Multi-Touch Attribution Insights for Digital Marketing” on Wednesday, February 24.

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Great Ideas Summit: Masters Series Sessions Revealed

by Vi Paynich on Jan 5, 2016 2:50:00 PM Great Ideas Summit

ERA has announced the lineup of Masters Series sessions that will be presented at The Great Ideas Summit 2016 set for February 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando. Be sure to make room in your schedule for Great Ideas education.

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Great Ideas Summit: A Perfect Mix of Business and Leisure

by Bethany Adams on Dec 2, 2015 5:30:00 PM Great Ideas Summit

Golf is said to be much more than just a leisure sport, especially when it is mixed with business. A game of golf has become the modern day business lunch and the perfect venue for deal-making. That’s why ERA is bringing a golf tournament to the deal-makers at The Great Ideas Summit 2016.

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Great Ideas Summit: What’s in store for the Deal-Makers?

by Bethany Adams on Nov 24, 2015 8:00:00 PM Great Ideas Summit

There’s an exclusive group coming to Orlando in 2016 and you can be a part of it. The Great Ideas Summit will be home to the deal-makers of the direct response industry for three action-packed days in February. This intimate conference gives attendees the opportunity to rub elbows, shake hands, and build relationships with DR leaders and influencers.

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Great Ideas Summit: A Place to Get Business Done While Basking in the Sun!

by Vi Paynich on Nov 17, 2015 10:00:00 PM Great Ideas Summit

The Great Ideas Summit is the perfect place to conduct business, while enjoying the warm weather. This coming February, put away your winter coat and head to Orlando, where the direct response industry’s most influential leaders will be holding high-powered meetings, closing global deals, and gaining new insights into effective digital marketing strategies.

Need more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you need to attend this year’s Great Ideas Summit…

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[Video] Great Ideas Summit 2016: A Beautiful Resort

by David Martin on Aug 20, 2015 2:02:15 PM Great Ideas Summit

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is unique among resorts in Orlando. Both a luxury hotel and a spectacular meeting facility, the hotel offers attendees the best of everything: a secluded and beautiful setting, superior service, diverse dining options, exclusive amenities and great golf.

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The Great Ideas Summit Heads to New Location

by David Martin on Jun 17, 2015 7:00:00 PM Great Ideas Summit

The Great Ideas Summit is heading to sunny Orlando, Florida in 2016. Everybody loves Miami but I think you’ll find that Orlando, the show and the hotel all offer great opportunities for business development, deal-making and fun.

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Becky Bui Brings The Power of Facebook to Great Ideas

by Megan Becker on Jan 27, 2015 7:51:37 PM Great Ideas Summit, Digital Marketing

Facebook executive Becky Bui wow'd Great Ideas attendees with new ways of reaching targeted audiences in her keynote presentation From Social to Shopping - Using Facebook to Drive Conversions. She provided four tools that direct response marketers can use on the powerful social media platform to engage their customers in a more targeted way than ever before. 

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