Internet Marketing Association Presents Digital Assets, Fintech, Machine Learning for Military Applications and top Thought Leadership in its 10th Annual IMPACT 21 Conference Live-Streamed from WYNN Resort, Las Vegas

Internet Marketing Association Presents Digital Assets, Fintech, Machine Learning for Military Applications and top Thought Leadership in its 10th Annual IMPACT 21 Conference Live

Title sponsor Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman presents opening Keynote – Palmer Luckey, Rod Carew and over 100 global leaders attend virtual summit that had over 127,000 pre-registered professionals

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) held its IMPACT 21 virtual conference on Friday, October 1, 2021. This year’s theme was “Marketing to a New World,” with a 6 hour conference live streamed from Encore Resort, Las Vegas, focused on best practices and techniques to build market share and business growth, the latest tools and trends from the industry’s leading experts, and the roadmap for leveraging the power of internet marketing to benefit the masses.

“We had some of the most progressive new businesses break out at IMPACT this year, including iTrust Capital, which is America’s largest Crypto IRA investment platform. The company has scaled growth faster than any company I’m aware of in our network, and we have over 60,000 enterprises in the IMA,” said Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman of IMA. “We also had disruptive content presented by, Anduril Industries, DailyPay and INK Games to name a few.”

The goal of IMPACT 21 is to share information around how to market to a new world and how businesses should pivot in order to thrive in today’s environment. While the past year was weighted by complications, it was also a spark for innovation and creativity. Consumer behavior has completely shifted and generations are changing, new tools and platforms are thriving. This year, viewers learned how top marketers are building purpose with their brands, connecting with fans and tailoring their strategies around upcoming generations. The second half of  IMPACT 21 focused on Resurgence, Return to Work, Return to Life. Many business leaders and IMA board members touched on how they revamped corporate culture, adapted their hybrid work environments, hired and retained talent and their ideas on office evolution. Finally, the conference ended with the annual IMA Startup Pitch Challenge, IMPACT Awards and sponsor giveaways.

Highlights of the information-packed event included:

  • 33 expert Speakers
  • 7 non-profit Partners
  • 127,000+ Registrations
  • 21,500+ Engagements and growing
  • 12 sponsor giveaways totaling over $100,000

“This year’s IMPACT 21 conference was a success as the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary of hosting IMPACT in Las Vegas. The unforgettable and exclusive Chairman’s Dinner, followed by top-tier speakers in our virtual conference, wrapped up with a performance by the Chainsmokers made for a record experience at IMPACT experience. We are looking forward to IMPACT 22 in Park City, Utah.” said IMA Chairman Sinan Kanatsiz. “We are proud to share that the IMA will be turning a new leaf with a shift from Nevada to Utah and as such, will open our mission to larger, social issues starting with journalistic integrity, the impact of social media on society, and how we can get our world back to fact based content from our thought leaders and business professionals.”

IMA Startup Pitch Challenge


  • Ethr Music
  • Lightning Fit
  • Mustard
  • Togathre


  • Ethr Music


  • Palmer Luckey, Founder, Anduril Industries
  • Jeanniey Walden, Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer, DailyPay Inc.
  • Joe Megibow, CEO, Purple
  • Rod Carew, MLB Hall of Famer
  • Jay Symonds, Senior Manager, Amazon
  • Tarek El Moussa, HGTV’s Flip or Flop
  • Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas
  • Elizabeth Goodwin, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Sr. Director of Development, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Joshua Kreitzer, Founder & CEO, Channel Bakers
  • Jeff Volpe, President, ViewSonic Americas
  • Andrea Ward, CMO, VidMob
  • Dr. Jon Marashi, Celebrity Dentist
  • Victor Cho, CEO, Evite
  • Adam Doti, VP/ Principal Architect, Design, Salesforce
  • Bree Jacoby, Founder & CEO, BREE JACOBY, Inc.
  • Emily Washcovick, Senior Field Marketing Manager & Small Business Expert, Yelp Inc.
  • Cristina Gibson, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Management, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Brent Freeman, Founder & President, Stealth Venture Labs
  • Evan Padgett, COO, Stealth Venture Labs
  • Don DiCostanzo, Co-Founder & CEO Pedego Electric Bikes
  • Keith Moore, Founder & CEO, Boustead Securities
  • Rob Towles, Founder & CEO, INK Games
  • Anthony Bertolino, VP Growth, iTrustCapital
  • Sean Conrad, Principal Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants
  • Konrad Feldman, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantcast
  • Shawn Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Volonic
  • Lesley Brog, CEO, Wags & Walks
  • Bala Sriraghavan, Founder & CEO, Datanetiix Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, MD, President, Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center
  • Doug Frederick, CEO, Healthcues
  • Tim Shank, Owner, Shank & Associates Insurance Services
  • Carol Emert, Creative Strategy Senior Manager, Salesforce
  • Erin Levzow, VP of Marketing Technology, Del Taco Restaurants Inc.

Non-Profits Recognized:

  • California Love Drop
  • Caterina’s Club
  • The Literacy Project
  • Orange County United Way
  • S.T.E.A.M
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Wags & Walks

IMPACT Award Winners:

  • Agency of the Year: Channel Bakers
  • Bank of the Year: Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Best B2C App: Del Taco
  • Best App B2B2C: Indi
  • Best Luxury Developer: Primior
  • Best Content Innovation: EPIC Insurance
  • Best Content Innovation: ViewSonic
  • Best Crypto Investment Platform: iTrustCapital
  • Best Integrated Campaign Strategy: EPIC Insurance
  • Best IoT Indoor Air Quality Monitor: VizAeras
  • Best Non-Profit Campaign: Produce Marketing Association
  • Best SaaS Innovation: After, Inc. for QuickReg ®
  • Best SEO Campaign: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Best Social Media Campaign: ViewSonic
  • Best Social Presence: GoTurkiye TGA/BUKAFA
  • Best Use of Facebook: Earnin
  • Best Use of Linkedin: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Best Use of Video (Informational): VidMob
  • Best Website For Conversion: Intellimize
  • Best Website Functionality: GoTurkiye TGA/BUKAFA
  • Brand of the Year: Pedego Electric Bikes
  • Business Leader of the Year: Victor Cho, Evite
  • Business School of the Year: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • CEO of the Year: Joe Megibow, Purple
  • CMO of the Year: Andrea Ward, VidMob; Jeanniey Walden, DailyPay
  • Community Impact: California Love Drop,Caterina’s Club,The Literacy Project, Orange County United Way, S.T.E.A.M., Seneca Family of Agencies, Wags & Walks
  • CPG Company of the Year: Kadenwood Brands
  • CXO of the Year: Hope Frank
  • Developer of the Year: Datanetiix Solutions Inc
  • Disrupter of the Year: DailyPay
  • Education Disruptor of the Year: Learn Capital
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Robert Towles, INK Games; Joshua Kreitzer, Channel Bakers
  • Expo of the Year: Electrify
  • Financial Planning Company of the Year: Investment Banker
  • Future-Proofer of the Year: Ware Malcomb
  • Healthcare Leader of the Year: Healthcues
  • Hospitality Company of the Year: Montage Hotels & Resorts
  • IMA Member of the Year: Jay Symonds, Amazon
  • IMA MVP: John Christian
  • Innovative Sales Enablement Strategy: EPIC Insurance
  • Innovation of the Year: DailyPay
  • Innovator of the Year: Dr. Jon Marashi; EPIC Insurance; iTrustCapital
  • Insurance Provider of the Year: Keenan
  • Investment Bank of the Year: Boustead Securities, LLC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Rod Carew
  • Luxury Product of the Year: Volonic
  • Personal Stylist of the Year: Bree Jacoby
  • Platform of the Year: VidMob & Upstream
  • Professional Association of the Year: Building Industry Association of Southern California
  • Rheumatologist of the Year: Dr. Behnam Khaleghi
  • Supply Chain Management Company of the Year: Tompkins International
  • Venture Capital Firm of the Year: Calibrate
  • Women’s Leadership Award: Emily Washcovick, Yelp
  • 2021 Integrity in Business: DailyPay


  • A signed Oculus VR Goggle from Palmer Luckey
  • 10 Silver Bats Photo Print & Signed Signature from Rod Carew
  • Magnum Cabernet Aperture Wine signed by Jesse Katz
  • 2 GA tickets to the Chargers, NFL game
  • 1 Pedego Bike
  • 6 Ozobot
  • 2 Purple Plus Mattresses
  • 10 Purple Twincloud Pillow
  • 10 Purple Double Seat Cushion
  • 5 Purple Pajama Set
  • 2 x 55 inch ViewSonic Monitor
  • 6 Volonic Valet 3 charging devices
  • Del Taco Promo Code for FREE stuffed Quesadilla Taco for every IMPACT 21 attendee
  • Yelp Promo Code
  • Bree Jacoby Promo Code for $100 off your first appointment

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The IMA Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for the Largest Virtual Marketing Conference with IMPACT 20

The IMA Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for the Largest Virtual Marketing Conference with IMPACT 20 - Marketing professional development

From Sinan Kanatsiz, Founder & Chairman

In our two-decade history at the Internet Marketing Association (IMA), IMPACT 20 was by far the most thrilling, exciting, challenging, stressful yet epic outcome of an event EVER!

To cap off from this awesome event, I’m excited to announce we’ve set a Guinness World Records title for the largest attendance for a virtual marketing conference in one week!

Official Press Release on PR Newswire

Highlights of the information-packed event included:

  • 67 expert speakers
  • 14 non-profit partners
  • 117,670 registrations
  • 11,151 engagements
  • 1 Tesla Model 3 giveaway
  • 15 sponsor giveaways totaling over $200,000

Watch our full adjudication announcement here

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We Brought The IMPACT To You – The impactSHOW at Microsoft Stores

We Brought The IMPACT To You – The impactSHOW at Microsoft Stores - Digital marketing organization

By Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman, Internet Marketing Association

One of the IMA’s most ambitious projects featured our impactSHOW debuted on Nov 14, in more than 80 Microsoft Stores across the United States. The IMA team of content, social media, design, advertising and video specialists transformed a highly successful IMPACT19 (held just weeks earlier at Las Vegas’ Waldorf Astoria) from a 12-hour conference into a 90-minute video program filled with insights and highlights from many of its inspirational keynote speakers.

Microsoft Stores’ spotlight on the IMA would amplify the reach of its annual conference and the participation our impactSHOW lineup, which included Jeff Kearl, CEO of Stance, Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR & Anduril Technologies and the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. IMA’s content would add value by providing Microsoft Stores with exclusive original programming to engage business customers in a unique experience at its retail locations. Some powerful insights included:

–   Cultivating a brand

–   The importance of optimizing systems based on an understanding of risk

–   The principles of building an effective organization

–   The power of leveraging social media in a large organization

–   The value of a competitive edge, and finally

–   The strength of sheer determination and courage to achieve your dreams.

Facebook newsfeed of impactSHOW attendees

(Facebook newsfeed of impactSHOW attendees)

With just weeks before the event, our teams developed the necessary controls and structure to manage its implementation, complete with the core video presentation, online registration, marketing initiatives, and store framework for the program. The team’s efforts resulted in strong registration and attendance. One New York store alone had over 150 guests register!

A collection of Instagram posts from attendees from various Microsoft locations

(A collection of Instagram posts from attendees from various Microsoft locations)

An Instagram post by @Navahberg, winner of BOSE drawing

All of our attendees will be receive – our multipage IMPACT Report, free one-year IMA membership, and access to IMA’s brand-new Lightspeed virtual training content. The team also developed a value-proposition for attendance that included not only the presenters’ content, but also an opportunity drawing for Microsoft’s new Surface Go. A secondary selection focused on photo/video reviews serviced through Indi, with the prize being a pair of BOSE Sunglasses!

(To the right, an Instagram post by @Navahberg, winner of BOSE drawing)

Thank you to our IMA team for their invaluable work for producing this event, and our Microsoft partners, especially Bryan Schmidt and Sandra Andrews, for connecting us to their stores and making an IMPACT to their audience.


impactSHOW 2019 Recap

impactSHOW 2019 Recap - Internet Marketing group

By Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman, Internet Marketing Association 

Our latest conference, impactSHOW 2019, was a fantastic success! From content and performances, dining and gift bags, to exhibitors and networking opportunities, I’m proud to say this may have been our best IMPACT yet.

Here’s a general recap of key moments throughout the day. There are plenty to mention!

The morning featured breakfast in the dining hall, surrounded by exhibitor displays from Pepperdine, ViewSonic, UCI Biological Sciences, Caterina’s Club, Microsoft, Ntooitive Digital, Civic Financial Services and Salesforce. International Singer Maria Elena welcomed the audience to the main ballroom with various songs to uplift the morning.

The start of the event showcased an IMA Opening Video. Our new IMA Initiatives – such as the brand new IMA membership and IMA Virtual Training system – were showcased by Sean Conrad (IMA).

Following the opening remarks, the audience heard from several industry leaders including, Jeff Kearl (STANCE), Shawn Herrera and Charla Griffy-Brown (Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, Jay Symonds (Amazon), Vikas Khorana (Ntooitive), Timothy Hogan (CONVYR), Jeanniey Mullen (DailyPay, Inc.), Perry Evoniuk (Evite), Jay Calvert and Bruno Serato (Caterina’s Club).

Our whole afternoon session was jam-packed with content from thought leaders from different sectors. Afternoon speakers included, Mike Matuz (FMA Agency), Marty O’Connor (MOCA), the Salesforce panel featured bright thought leaders in the company – Heidi Reinfeld, Rick Munoz, Adriana Sesana, Yi Leng Lee, and Adam Doti, Jesse Walker and Sean Conrad (EPIC Insurance), Victor Cho (Evite), Andy Fathollahi (The Kanvas Co.), Yaniv Kotler (Honest Globe Inc.) and Nick Kovacevich (Kushco Holdings Inc.), Magician Kevin Li, Rene Rodriguez (Volentum), Jedidiah Collins (Brighton Jones), Christi Olson (Microsoft), Neel Grover (Indi), Randy Hetrick (TRX), Scott Mencken (Move Inc.), Tariq Kursheed (CSI), Richard Lumsden (SOCi), (Sport Clips Haircuts), Brad Lea (LightSpeed VT), Kevin Maloney (International Executive Council), David Latona (Tompkins International), Kendra Rommel (Civic Financial Services), Kamin Samuel, Matt Nicosia (Vivakor Inc), Don Donovan & Erik Leist (Baker Street), Brandon Dawson (Cardone Ventures), Dr. Frank LaFerla (UCI BioSci), Live via satellite, Dr. Oz, Palmer Luckey (Anduril & Oculus VR), Ken Berrick (Seneca Family of Agencies) and Cody Kearns (iComeUp Marketing).

After a full day of thought leadership, we jumped into our Startup Pitch Challenge which featured judges – Carey Ransom (Accelerate O), Brandon Dawson (Cardone Ventures), Shawn Dougherty (EXOIO & Mophie) & Sean Burke (Channelstars) – who asked various questions on the development of the startups who presented:

• Elixicure – Eyal Kotler
• BubblePOP – Theresa Vuong
• Akhan Semiconductor – Adam Khan
• Slidetown – Danielle Daly, Eric Lundbohm

At the end of the decision round, Elixicure was chosen as the winning startup for impactSHOW19.

The 2019 IMPACT Awards honored 39 final recipients in various product and service categories, and all recipients joined in for a solid group photo. The impactSHOW attendees were then welcomed to a fantastic multi-course fine dining experience held at the NoMad Restaurant with entertainment by Maria Elena and Nick Mardon carrying the vibe throughout the night.

There’s still plenty to unpack from this event! You can find a more detailed account in our upcoming full impactSHOW19 report, to be released within the coming weeks.

Check out our photo gallery here

Thank you for making this an awesome experience!

IMPACT19 Amazon delivers innovation and access

IMPACT19 Amazon delivers innovation and access - Marketing professional development

In the midst of a recent snowstorm, the Internet Marketing Association (IMA) powered through the weather to experience an incredible tour of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. IMA brought together leaders from all around the world, such as the International Executive Council (IEC) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), to obtain insiders knowledge about upcoming technology and enhancements that will be introduced to change the way people work, operate and live their lives.

On top of receiving a first-hand look into the ‘world of Amazon’, we made sure to show our guests the best things Seattle has to offer; which included gourmet dinners, wine tastings, site seeing, and more.

We also gave our guests a private tour of the captivating ‘Amazon Spheres’. The Spheres are an area designated for “Amazonians” to work, collaborate and relax. The lush greens, bonsai trees and towering waterfalls really fired up our group and gave us bigger thinking as it relates to modern workplace environments.

Following the Spheres, there were a series of consecutive presentations by Amazon executives and a special guest appearance by NFL great, Jed Collins, on “How to consistently stay ahead and maintain a Day 1 philosophy”, Amazon Alexa – “How voice Ai is changing the world”, Amazon is so much more than retail “Studios, Music, Planes”, It’s all in the cloud “How AWS is the true backbone of the web”, “How consumers think and act in 2019 – Leveraging consumer Search trends to understand what consumers are really think”.

Next everyone was directed to download the ‘Amazon Go’ app, which allowed us to get a look at the retail store of the future. Amazon’s classified camera technology is what enables this store to function the way it does. You simply walk in; pick up your items and then walk out. EASY!

Lastly, we all made our way to Woodinville Wine Country for an incredible wine tasting experience followed by dinner and a live performance from a local known artist. The perfect way to end a 3-day IMPACT event.

Amazon serves on the board of directors for the Internet Marketing Association. If you’d like access to their executives or learn more about the business feel free to message me and I’ll help you.

Mary’s place is a non-profit benefactor of our efforts and please take a moment to learn more about this local charity in Seattle. The organization backed by Amazon, provides a safe, warm place to stay the night for moms, dads, and kids in need within local communities.

Thank you to the CMO’s and leaders from Under Armor, William Lyon Homes, Amazon, the NFL and University of Washington’s Bothell School of business for collaboration at IMPACT19.

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IMPACT18 Recap & Official Report Release

IMPACT18 Recap & Official Report Release - internet marketing conference

Thank you to all who joined us at our Digital Marketing Recoded (DMR) by IMPACT18 Conference in Las Vegas. It was an awesome event and collaboration of the best-of-the-best – in a beautiful venue, the brand new Primrose Ballroom at ARIA.

I wanted to share our official 2018 IMPACT report with all of you. This is a culmination of the top-10 marketing initiatives that every organization should be concerned about in 2019. The content was woven together by 65 thought leaders from some of the top digital firms in the world. I hope you take the time to read through our report and take away some key items that will be beneficial to you and your organization.

Click + Download the Report »


Sinan Kanatsiz
Chairman, IMA

*Part of November 2018 newsletter

IMPACT18 Holland by Nolet ends with a bang!

IMPACT18 Holland by Nolet ends with a bang - digital marketing association

May 27, 2018- Netherlands, what an incredible country! Thank you so much for the 50+ leaders from all over the world that joined us in exploring The Hague and Amsterdam specifically the beautiful museums, canal tours and Nolet Spirits (Makers of Kettle One and Nolet Gin). A once in a life time experience, which was capped with announcements in Digital Marketing innovations and three new Botanical Lines of Ketel One Vodka.


Meeting with the 325 year old Nolet family, specifically Bob Nolet, the 11th generation, was a bonus. He gave us such a wonderful insider’s view on his family and the business. We were treated to a new documentary film about the Nolet Distilery which has won numerous film festival awards. We also learned about their marketing strategy, which is to roll out new product to the wine community instead of just the liquor community. A new and innovative marketing strategy that was implemented with the (3) new botanical spirits being distributed by Nolet, starting today. The demand has been so strong, the company is working overtime. The company’s proprietary supply chain is awe inspiring. We were treated to a first-hand view on how they can be the most efficient company in their industry.

Bill Eldien, CEO, was responsible for this strategy due to his experience in the industry and it is working beautifully. The Nolet family also decided that word of mouth would work better for their brand than direct, paid advertising. This means to take your time and not to rush – we are calling it “patience marketing”. After an informative day visiting the distillery and the IMPACT conference, we were treated to a wonderful evening at Bob Nolet’s dinner and cocktail venue “Bob’s Garage” – which has only been used a handful of times in the history of the company. 

Included in our experience was the IMPACT conference which brought innovative ideas on how we can use our different talents and skills to strengthen our own business models. Our guest speakers were Jason McDowall who spoke about opportunities in the Bahamas, John Cain who touched on marketing strategies such as the impact of quality of photographs and videos in real estate, Mike Moran who explained how cameras and film are continuing to focus towards mobile phones specifically making better quality on mobiles, Lee Constantine who touched on his company Publishizer which connects independent authors with publishers and readers, Mark Samuel who spoke about how to make corrective changes in your work place to always keep a healthy environment, Marco Scheele who reviewed a case study supporting Mark Samuel’s suggestions on a healthy work environment and Mark Maier who gave insight on finding yourself and leadership.


Below is a link to the photos from our trip! Please click on the link and take a look:  


Our goal for this trip was to put together a cultural, culinary and business insight strategy experience which was delivered in spades. Next year’s IMPACT19 Bahamas will be taking place in Nassau with a 3-day, immersive experience on the tropical island destination.

IMPACT17 Truly Rises Above the Noise – Conference Summary

IMPACT17 Truly Rises Above the Noise – Conference Summary -IMA

IMPACT17 was a resounding success once again, showing why this conference is called the best marketing conference anywhere. Marketing professionals from around the globe descended on Las Vegas to interact and celebrate the state of digital marketing. This year, the event was hosted by Wynn/Encore and held at Enclave. Every year, IMPACT works with the best resorts and conference facilities to execute a top-notch conference.

The event kicked off with a session at the beautiful Intrigue nightclub at Wynn. In this setting anchored by a five-story waterfall, a series of presentations and fascinating perspectives were shared with conference attendees. Marcie Merriman, Executive Director for Ernst & Young, started the festivities with an overview of Gen Z, the newest and most interesting cohort of like-minded consumers. If we aren’t seeing this group already as a marketing target, we soon will.IMG_8812

Jason Neubauer, founder of The Santa Claus Affect, then discussed his company’s work with influencers to spur viral awareness. Once again, reaching Gen Z with content was his focus. Alex Grey of Skylight Global brought the focus back to the world of the IMA.

Claudio Ludovisi, Head of Strategy for Disney ABC Television Group, discussed making “fans” of every generation with specific content via television and shared several clips from ABC shows. He was followed by John Costello from Microsemi, who just wrote a book about his experiences with his father being part of the Chicago Outfit. John’s story was fascinating and scary at the same time.

Dr. Bruce Hensel, formerly with NBC-TV and now Chief Medical Officer of Cloudbreak, brought us up to date on his company. He also moderated a panel that included Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer of eHealth, and Charlotte Doepker, VP of Marketing for Keenan. The evening’s program ended with a send-off from Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman of the IMA.IMG_0398

IMPACT’s second day started in fine fashion. The honor guard from Welcome Home Troops kicked off the full day’s activities, complete with bagpipes. Sue Rebar, Founder and President of Welcome Home Troops, showed an emotional video about the WHT Post 9-11 Memorial.

Andrea Ward, Chief Marketing Officer of Magento, gave an awesome keynote on using data and technology. She shared a case study of a customer that is using virtual reality to replicate the in-office eyeglasses purchase. Kevin Maloney was on stage next, covering the IMA International Execute Council, of which Kevin is CEO. He shared the vision for IEC and went over the benefits of the program that is gaining traction very quickly.IMG_0356

The “Rock Star CMO” panel was next, focusing on digital transformation. Moderated by Tim Moran, CEO of the CMO100 Network, the panel including Andrea Ward, CMO of Magento; Jeanniey Mullen, CMO of Mercer; David McKillips, SVP In-Park Services for Six Flags; and Akbar Jaffer, CMO of ZorroSign Inc. When you get this many high-powered CMOs together on one panel, ideas and creativity abound. And this panel did not disappoint!

The conference then turned to cybersecurity. Eric Lundbohm, IMA CMO Lead and cybersecurity CMO, discussed a set of concerns and tips for improving marketing department cybersecurity. He was followed by Peter Lopez, Cloud Solutions Architect for Microsoft, who went through various issues and concerns the digital movement has created. Perry Viscounty from Latham and Watkins, LLP then presented 10 tips important for digital marketers who work with influencers and particularly paid endorsers, a very on-point topic.IMG_0468

An excellent panel on MarTech focusing on “Global Customer Experience” followed. Bryan Rand from TransPerfect moderated the panel which included Michelle Frank, Senior Manager of Global E-Commerce for Harmon; Jeff Hassemer, Chief Strategy Officer for Alterian; and Michael Aburas, Integrated Media Director for MGM Resorts International. Panel participants shared their road to building out consumer experiences on a global basis. One of the common themes was “mass personalization” of the website experience by delivering content based on who the user is.

Cammie Croft from shared the background and goals of that advocacy organization, with a focus on DACA and the coming changes to that law.

After an awesome lunch prepared by the Enclave staff, the group was treated to a stunning presentation from mentalist Kevin Viner. Most attendees left completely amazed by what they saw from Kevin.IMG_0755

The conference continued its momentum after lunch with Victor Cho, CEO of Evite, covering how his company has dealt with diversity in the workplace. He was followed by Hope Frank and Jeanniey Mullen from Mercer, sharing the results of programs they have executed including an internal marketing campaign for engaging the company’s 20,000 employees.

Jeanniey also moderated an impressive panel of women leaders that included Alma Derricks, CMO, El Rey Network; Lindsey Germono, President, Germono Advertising Company; Ruth Brajevich, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Ware Malcomb; Lindsey Carnett, CEO, Marketing Maven; Isabelle Bart, Marketing Communications Director, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; and Mariam Ayoade, Product Team Lead, Digital Services, digitXplus. They shared myriad stories on the challenges and triumphs of being women executives in today’s world.IMG_1086

Alma Derricks shared a bit more of her story launching El Rey and showed a great video reel from the network. She was able to tie it all in to marketing and the impact of diverse ethnic groups on American culture.

Amazon is well-recognized as a highly innovative company, and Jay Symonds, Senior Account Executive, shared an overview of that innovation a day after Amazon introduced six new Echo devices. Jay then moderated a fascinating panel of innovators in data and analysis. Included on the panel were Perry Evoniuk, CTO, Evite; Tracy Morgan, Senior Director, Engineering & Data Science, nContext; Tamara Gaffney, Principal Analyst, Adobe; Ryan Miyaki, Founder, Comped Marketing; and Vitaly Pecharsky, Head of IT Operations, Slickdeals. This panel shared some very innovative and forward-looking accomplishments, largely using big data and machine learning techniques.

Yves Le Sieur, Senior Director, VDS, lead the group through the next section of IMPACT, setting the stage for a discussion on innovation in education. His panelists included Helen Norris, VP, CIO, Chapman University; David May, VP, Web & Digital Media, Chapman University; and Dr. Stephane Muller, Business Programs Department Director, University of California, Irvine. This esteemed panel discussed the leadership qualities needed to innovate, including how to avoid organizational silos and apply new technologies.

Justin Andresen, Head of Sales for Drips, shared his presentation titled “Conversations Matter.” His company has deeply looked at the conversations that happen throughout the marketing process and determined the differing forms and timing on which communication takes place. They seek to talk to users, not at them.

Aaron Hillegass, CEO, Big Nerd Ranch, moderated a panel on “Technologies and Modern Day Tools” with a look at the myriad of tools marketers can use to execute campaigns and get detailed feedback. The panel included Josh Decker, CEO, Tagboard; Susan Akbarpour, CEO, Mavatar; Adam Hua, VP Partnerships, CitizenNet; Thomas Bartke, Ecom Convert; and Tyler Holliday, Director of Marketing, Ytel. The tools discussed tended to be social media related, and the panel offered several case studies on the topic.

Johnathan McGowan, CEO of Takenote Global, shared his company’s experience competing at a past start-up battlefield at IMPACT. They won that competition, which helped them reach out and gather more advisors to help fuel growth.

His remarks were followed by this year’s edition of the IMA Startup and Pitch Challenge. Three companies competed for this honor: Hykso, dubbed the Pelton for boxing, showing a great video about their product; Blue Matador, a predictive analytics company focused on reducing downtime; and Bob’s Repair, a service that connects skilled contractors with customers in need of those skills. Each company shared its plans and products and answered questions from a panel of judges. When the judging was completed, the prize went to Blue Matador in the form of a $25,000 package of marketing and PR support.IMG_1376

IMPAQ CEO Mark Samuel was next, and he focused on “Rising Above the Noise – Transforming Your Organization and Yourself.” His State Transformation Process is an excellent model for understanding transformation from an organizational perspective. The capstone of the day’s speakers fell to Bill Eldien, CEO of Ketel One Vodka. Bob shared the fascinating story of Ketel One, and his presentation was followed by a vodka tasting session.

The conference ended with a gala celebration at the amazing XS Nightclub at Encore with recording artist, DJ and producer David Guetta. The celebration went far into the night, and what happened there must stay in Vegas. IMPACT17 was a great success, and we all look forward to next year!

IMPACT17 Attendees Soak Up Internet Marketing and Innovation Intel under the Bright Cayman Sun

IMPACT17 Attendees Soak Up Internet Marketing and Innovation Intel under the Bright Cayman Sun

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) held its IMPACT17 Cayman event April 26-28, 2017, at the gorgeous Kimpton Seafire Resort on Grand Cayman. Aside from the fine dining and catamaran sail, attendees were served a wealth of Internet marketing and innovation intelligence and best practices. IMPACT17 Cayman brought together marketing thought leaders, business leaders and elected officials, all motivated to learn about the application of cutting-edge technologies and innovative marketing techniques few have tried.

“The Internet continues to transform every business, every consumer around the globe,” said IMA Chairman and CEO Sinan Kanatsiz. “And everyone who attends an IMPACT event comes away with the knowledge and motivation they need to take the Internet to the next level and redefine marketing in a technology-centric world.”

Here are some key highlights of the experience from among the over 40 distinguished speakers and legends in digital marketing:

  • Cayman Premier, the Honorable Alden McLaughlin, highlighted Cayman’s suitability to host the innovation of the IMA and pointed to developments like the Kimpton as evidence of robust growth on the islands.
  • Tamara Gaffney, Principal Analyst, Adobe Inc., shared her company’s vision of what the future may bring. For example, she noted that “as people are moving over to mobile devices, we’re not seeing growth in e-commerce” because mobile users spend less time on websites and are less likely to purchase.
  • Jeff Marcoux, CMO Lead for of Microsoft, addressed “The Science of Relationships” and how the brain receives information.
  • Vincent Walden, partner with Ernst & Young, outlined “Governance Best Practices for Digital Marketers.”
  • Victor Cho, CEO of Evite, gave a stirring presentation on the importance of face-to-face communication, particularly in a digital-centric world.
  • Eric Riviello, Director of Business Development for Cision’s PR Newswire, offered findings from the Cision annual survey of marketing professionals in a presentation titled “No More Excuses: From Business Expense to Business Driver.”

In addition, Audi spoke about their autonomous vehicle. And Ketel One Vodka showed an informative brand video on their history and background. During the conference, speakers also reported on several IMA initiatives, including the Women Leadership Group and IMA.EDU education effort.

“Positioning the Cayman business community around tech and innovation is a primary focus for Cayman Enterprise City,” said CEO Charles Kirkconnell. “Thanks in part to IMA and their global tech partners, we continue to achieve our desired outcome.”

The impressive roster of IMPACT17 Cayman speakers also included:

  • Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch, CEO
  • Akbar Jaffer, IMA, San Francisco Group Chairman
  • Alex Gray, IMA Canada, Chairman
  • Bill Eldien, Ketel One Vodka, CEO
  • Brian Wong, Kiip, CEO
  • Charlie Kirkconnell, Cayman Enterprise City, CEO
  • Don Simpson, MarketLinc, CEO
  • Eileen Keens, Yello, Marketing Manager
  • Faquiry Diaz, mxHero, Chairman
  • Hope Frank, Kiosked, CMO
  • Jaime Ford,, Digital Marketing Analyst
  • Jeanniey Mullen, Mercer, Global CMO
  • Jeff Montejano, KCOMM, President
  • John Costello, Microsemi, VP Business Development
  • Kamin Samuel, Kamin Samuel Consulting, Business and Life Coach
  • Keiran Hutchinson, Ernst & Young, Partner
  • Keith Miller, Saffron Consultants, VP North America
  • Natalie Urquhart, Cayman National Gallery, Director
  • Reggie Judah, TV Liquidator, CEO
  • Rob McNabb, Logic Communications Cayman, CEO
  • Steve McIntosh, CML Offshore Recruitment, CEO
  • Thomas Bartke, EcomConvert, Founder
  • Tracy Morgan, nContext, Senior Director
  • Winston Conolly, Lainston, CEO
  • Yves Le Sieur, VDS Los Angeles, Head of Digital Marketing

The Startup Business Faceoff is also one of the most anticipated events at an IMA IMPACT event. And this year’s competition more than lived up to expectations. Selected to make their pitches were Feello, a new paradigm in real estate for matching buyers, sellers and agents; SALT Technology Group, a technology innovation and implementation firm; Scripsense, a platform facilitating philanthropy through everyday shopping; and TakeNote Global, a developer of a solution that allows students to notate and mark up books that they have rented.

Judges for the Startup Faceoff were Faquiry Diaz, Chairman, mxHero; Aaron Hillegass, CEO, Big Nerd Ranch; and Brian Wong, CEO, Kiip. The winners were Feello in the Professional category and TakeNote Global in the Student category.

Host sponsor for IMPACT17 Cayman was Cayman Enterprise City. The event was presented by Adobe, Cayman Media Park, the Internet Marketing Association, KCOMM, Kiip and Skylight Global. Partners included Arch Automotive, Berman Fisher, Big Nerd Ranch, Britcay, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman National, Cision, CML, Ernst & Young, Evite, Island Air, Isofruit, Jet, Ketel One Vodka, Lainston, LinkedIn, Logic, MarketLinc, Mercer, Microsoft, mxHero, nContext, Pinnacle Media, Saffron, Trident Properties, TV Liquidator, VDS and Yello.

The next major Internet Marketing Association event on the horizon is the annual IMPACT conference in Las Vegas set for Sept. 28-30, 2017. For information on that event and the association, visit

About the Internet Marketing Association
The IMA is one of the most established Internet marketing professional groups in the world, with members in fields including sales, marketing, business leadership, programming, and creative development. The IMA provides a platform where proven Internet marketing strategies are demonstrated and shared to increase members’ value to their independent organizations.

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The breakout sessions at this year’s IMPACT event covered many of the most important and discussed issues in Internet marketing. The breakouts allow a bit more attention to be paid to a particular angle, and the IMA assembled a top-notch group of subject matter experts. This year a dozen sessions, all focused on internet marketing thought leadership, brought us more than 50 speakers and moderators. As past attendees will tell you, great stuff happens in the breakout sessions. The narrower focus allows a deeper dive into topics like “Financial Technology and Internet Marketing” and “Content Trends in 2017 and Beyond.”

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Jo-Ann Bloch’s excellent presentation on the collaborative economy kicked off day 2. She focused on the Kardashians and their “collaborative economy” as an example, creating an indelible impression that supported her presentation.

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IMA Vice Chairman Matt Langie took over the keynote stage and presented some important aspects of the IMA to the membership. Matt shared the development of the Certified Internet Marketer program that the IMA has developed and partnered with several large corporations, such as Microsoft.

Symantec Director of EMEA CRM Matt Zumwalt sat down with Langie to discuss the importance of human engagement in the digital sales process. He presented human engagement as the “next marketing evolution,” quoting stats and experience from Symantec’s use of human interaction to build longer term customers and increase customer satisfaction.

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The IMA gets involved in many issues that affect its members, and that led to a discussion with Todd Schulte, CEO of, about the issues revolving around immigration and its effect on firms trying to obtain the right skill sets while building teams. Todd also introduced us to Sarahi Salamanca, who told a very uplifting story of her own walk through the immigration process.

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The “Startup Battlefield” segment started with a success story: a presentation from Joe Manning of Shipt. Joe shared aspects of Shipt’s growth and how it all took place. The case study of a successfully growing business set the stage well for the next round of battlefield competitors.

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One of the most interesting parts of the IMPACT conference is the predictions made by our many thought leaders. Some of the predictions for marketing technology included:

• Real-language queries of analytics, demonstrated by IBM Watson

• Machine generated content: e.g., feed in data and statistics to create a video giving an analysis of the data

• Increased use of podcast and streaming audio for the delivery of targeted content

• Greater granularity of content: creating more and more targeted content aimed at the type of prospect and the stage in the sales journey

• An ever increasing effort to engage customers with Internet marketing: new tools and ways of delivering content to help reach larger audiences with your message

The event was aptly wrapped up with a great concert and dinner featuring No Doubt tribute band “No Duh” and an amazing meal supplied by “The Halal Guys,” who have recently expanded into Las Vegas. Fitting end to a great conference.

Thank you for your attention and interests in advancing our industry.

Sinan Kanatsiz, CIM

Chairman, Internet Marketing Association (IMA),

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