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Podcast: Creating Authentic Brand Experiences in a Tech-Driven Age (Episode 127)

CSM LeadDog's Dan Mannix shares his rules for effective sponsorships, dealing with superfans, evoking attendee emotions, and more.

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Photo: Courtesy of CSM LeadDog

Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik
Guest: Dan Mannix

In this episode of GatherGeeks, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, and Beth Kormanik, editor in chief of BizBash, sit down with Dan Mannix, president and C.E.O. of New York-based marketing agency CSM LeadDog. Mannix gives a comprehensive look at his event philosophy, discussing the difference between "events" and "experiences," why he hires people with diverse backgrounds, when to avoid using technology, and why traditional sponsorships don't work anymore. He shares recent examples from his own events for the likes of NBC and Oprah, plus ways to deal with superfans, how to celebrate a win, and more.

Sponsored by Go West and Hilton Meetings & Events.
Running time 44:33.

Roundtable Discussion: why authentic brand experiences are more important than ever; ways to achieve both quality and quantity/scale at events; how live experiences can evoke emotions; behind the scenes of their recent partnership with CSM

Further Reading

Coming Soon to GatherGeeks

  • Interviews with the teams behind Convene, Convers(ate), and Acute Inflections

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