During the 2010 BCAIM Contagious Conference, Concerto Marketing conducted a real-time survey of delegates using handheld electronic devices. Over 200 attendees took part in this survey about key issues, trends and topics impacting marketing professionals and our industry today.
More and more, marketing today is about connecting thedots. Whether it is developing real 1:1 relationships,integrating brand communications across multiple channelsor leveraging social networks, the job of marketers is tounderstand, experience and connect.And so it was with the 2010 BCAIM Contagious Conference.By bringing together the brightest minds in marketing for aday of insights and sharing, we at Concerto saw theopportunity to leverage this brain trust for everyone’s benefit.Throughout the conference we asked delegates topical About Contagiousquestions about the state of marketing today, gathering those BCAIM’s Contagious Conference 2010 brought together our generation’sinsights electronically in real-time. most powerful marketing minds and trendsetters in one venue on November 19th, 2010 in Vancouver. This one-of-a-kind conference aimedThis Contagious Conference report is a compilation of those to provide the most innovative, compelling and talked about content. Thesurvey interactions; taking the pulse of the Contagious sharing of ideas and points of view was not only encouraged, but embraced.participants. Intentionally graphic in nature, we trust you willfind the dots we’ve connected to be both interesting andthought provoking. About ConcertoEnjoy the read. Learn from the insights. Share the results. Concerto Marketing Group is the first firm in North America to perform market research, strategy development and brand communications together with one outcome in mind – market certainty. Concerto’s deeperPerhaps with a little more certainty about your industry, your insights drive measurable marketing results.peers and your opportunities, you will have some inspirationto connect the dots for your own brand. con + certo = with + certainty Rob Dawson, Partner About this report Concerto Marketing Group Inc. Concerto conducted a real-time survey of delegates using handheld electronic devices during the 2010 BCAIM Contagious Conference in Vancouver. Over 200 attendees took part in this survey about key issues, trends and topics impacting marketing professionals and our industry today. Participation was voluntary and results should not be extrapolated beyond the walls of the 2010 Contagious Conference.
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