Through hosting a variety of events focused on furthering the start-up, design and marketing space, Dallas’ digital community and influence is significantly growing. A wave of new technologies and business trends emerged in 2015 and many digital professionals relied on these educational opportunities to stay ahead of the curve.
Where did some of the city’s most visible digital leaders go to enhance their professional network and expand their knowledge? Again, we asked digital professionals in Dallas which events they thought were impactful. The stand-out events they found the most valuable this year are unveiled below.
Sr. Account Director, RadiumOne
I’ve enjoyed forums and discussions hosted by the DFW Interactive Marketing Association (DFWIMA), such as iHack and the Excellence in Interactive Marketing Awards (EIMA), as well as 4A's programmatic discussion.
Social Media Breakfast Dallas has consistently let me hear other practitioners in the industry discuss what is working and what is not working in digital marketing.
Director of Sales, Specific Media
* Congratulations to DFWIMA for making this list twice!
CEO & Co-Founder, BuzzShift
Typically this answer would be SXSW Interactive. But SXSW is changing and the corporate world is taking over. The scrappy tech start-ups are exploring new conferences for 2015. I attended or spoke at 10 conferences this year and must say that the iMedia Agency Summit in Scottsdale and Los Angeles were the most valuable when it came to networking/contacts. This exclusively curated 300 person conference brings together like-minded agency executives from across the industry and has proven to be the most fruitful relationship building event. Who said the best conferences had to be big?
* Congratulations to iMedia for making this list twice!
Business Development, Zeta Interactive
I found the TubeMogul Roadshow on programmatic TV to be beneficial. As someone who is not well versed in the world of TV, this was a great 101 on what TV buying looks like, the challenges, and what the future could look like.
Founder & CEO, LH & Co.
The 2015 State of Entrepreneurship, hosted by the DEC, brought out people interested in the start-up community that typically weren’t a part of this group.
Director of User Experience, projekt202
The Big Design Conference is always a great place to meet new people from Dallas and beyond. They have good content and speakers, and foster community in the area.
Founder, President and Chief Designer, InfoNewt
The Big Design Conference in Dallas was a great event in 2015! I met some fascinating people from companies I didn't even know were in Dallas as well as those who had flown in for the conference from all over the world. The design and UX community in DFW is already strong and growing!
Founder & CEO, Calamity Gym
The BBVA Investor Relations breakfast taught me about a fin-tech disruptor app called "Simple," used by BBVA to reach millennials, who I had no idea hate brick and mortar banks. This helped me because we now have meeting with the BBVA Global Marketing Director to see if Calamity Gym can help them reach millennials via fitness + philanthropy.
SVP, Business Development and Niche Products, The Dallas Morning News
The SEM/SEO seminars by Vertical Nerve this year taught me a great deal about search.
Publisher, LAUNCH DFW; CEO, Epic Playground
Front-end Drupal Developer, LevelTen Interactive; President, TechMill Denton
By drawing over 2,500 attendees to downtown Dallas, Dallas Startup Week enabled us to share our stories on the successes and failures of starting companies and learn from others as well as have the chance to cultivate new partnerships with other entrepreneurs we met.
* Congratulations to Dallas Startup Week for making this list twice!
Dir, Speakeasy Digital Marketing; Past Chairman and President, DFW Search Engine Marketing Association
I attended several Digital Dallas (editor's note: we swear this was not a plant :-) events this year. I learned more about new technologies and Dallas-based companies (e.g., Vinli) and made new contacts (such as with Universal Mind) at each gathering. Thanks for continuing to push the digital agenda!
Founder, DAN Fund/Dallas Angel Network; Managing Partner, Vela Keller
I thought the REVTECH Pitch Day at Southside was a great event. It was well attended, offered good networking, and had great pitches.
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