Adobe Training Services

In Adobe Marketing Cloud, there’s are numerous solutions from Analytics to Target to Experience Manager to Campaign to name a few. To help you make the most out of these solutions for your business and its specific needs, we have a number of Adobe Training Services taking place at Summit this year.

One-day courses are available for $700 and two-day sessions $1,400. If you have training dollars in a contract, you may be able to use those funds for these courses at Summit. Check in with your account rep to see if you have this as part of your contract. If you do have training funds available, these courses will be great to either tack on to your planned trip to Summit or a wonderful added bonus to convincing your boss to get you out to Salt Lake City with us…just saying.

Adobe Summit Preconference Training

Don’t Miss Out on Early-bird Pricing

Early Bird Blog

We’re just a couple of months away from Summit. Yes, it’s next year. And yes, you’re probably just thinking about trying to wrap up 2013, but if you’re a Summit devotee or even a newbie who already knows you’ll be joining us in Salt Lake City, definitely move on our early bird pricing. If you register before Friday, December 13, you’ll save $400 – and if you’re one of many on your team that’ll be going, that’s quite the savings!

On the fence and can’t quite get manager approval yet? We did some of the legwork for you. Use our convince-your-boss letter to lay out your objectives and benefits of going to Summit 2014. It even includes costs for consideration. If you want to rundown key event highlights for your boss too, go here and copy/paste!

How has online holiday shopping fared so far?

Our Adobe Digital Index team made some pretty significant predictions for the online holiday shopping season. Analysis of 450 billion visits to more than 2,000 retail web sites over the past seven years, including a survey of 1,000 consumers around the world, led to the 2013 online shopping forecast published in early November. The highlights:

  • Cyber Monday would be big
  • Thanksgiving Day could become the “new Black Friday”

US Online Sales Prediction 2013

The Results
Starting “Turkey Day” here in the States into the 5-day shopping spree that followed, the numbers are in and it appears that retailers – who are facing the shortest holiday shopping season since 2002 – can breathe easier. Thursday and Friday were dual-billion dollar days with Thanksgiving online sales breaking the billion-dollar mark and Black Friday up more than 30% year over year.

Black Friday Online Sales 2013

As predicted, Cyber Monday stole the show surpassing $2 billion. Mobile and social played a larger role this year, influencing shopping decisions and sales contributions. The report also shows how specific states shopped and contributed to online holiday sales.

Cyber Monday 2013 Sales

While there is still Green Monday – and of course the rest of the holiday season – we’re hoping many of you marketers can breathe a little easier about hitting your quarter and/or year-end numbers.

Need more of a reprieve between the holiday marketing and sales craze? Join us on Twitter this Friday, December 6 at 10am PT for #MarketingTherapy: Holiday Edition. Chat with those of us who went through this grueling spending peak. Let’s see what worked and what didn’t, and what you were all measuring this year!

Where should you focus your marketing efforts?

Marketing has changed more in the past 2 years than the last 50, or so say the 1,000 marketers we spoke to for our recent Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night study. The pace of change in our industry has been incredible thanks to the digital explosion. While the digital era offers marketers more avenues than ever to reach customers, it makes it so much harder. So the question is, where to focus your energies as you look ahead? Do you double down on display ads? Do you hire more social media managers? Do you focus more on personalization? How important is your cross-channel campaign management now that all the marketing segments want attribution for their particular efforts?

We get it. In a time where a customer’s digital journey has multiple touch points, it’s ALL important. Yet, it doesn’t make our jobs any easier! With Summit this year, we’re looking to alleviate the strain on marketers. Need to get ahead and simply know about social media marketing? There’s a dedicated track with a number of confirmed sessions on that, with more to come. Personalization and targeting? We have a bunch of sessions around that too.

Check out all our tracks and view the full session catalog to customize the experience to your needs, interests and experience level.

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Summit 2014: Yes, It’s (Almost) That Time Again

Adobe Summit - The Digital Marketing ConferenceYes it’s still 2013 but we couldn’t wait to kickoff the Summit 2014 talk – so welcome to our first “official” blog post! Planning is in full force for next year’s March event and this is the place to stay up to date digitally with all things Summit.

Between now and Summit day one, March 23, besides sharing all the latest news and developments, we thought we’d shake things up a bit and bring you something new:

Summit comes together through an amazing events team that spends months producing the “experience” for attendees. So this year we are going to open up the kimono and show the work we’re doing to get a week-long event for thousands of people up and running. Plus we’ll offer up sneak peeks into some of the fun stuff. For all of you event marketers and planners, there may be a few ideas you can steal. Stay tuned!

Adobe Summit day two: digital marketers need to be risk takers

The past two days, Adobe Summit has had more than 12,000 mentions on social media. Attendees were busy tweeting their favourite quotes, inspirations and sessions throughout the conference.

Adobe Summit art by @kercal

Adobe VP Strategy and Business Development, John Mellor, kicked off day two highlighting the big social stats from the first day, including more than 6,000 tweets from day one alone, with the official hashtag trending in the UK throughout both days. Mellor called out the top influencers who were helping to get the #AdobeSummit word out:

Top influencers at Adobe Summit London

The session gave attendees the chance to hear how a B2B operation has adapted to the impact of mobile uptake for their website. SAP’s Shawn Burns talked about regular testing and not forgetting that in B2B you’re not selling to a glass building, you’re still selling to people.

We then turned the spotlight on ourselves with an “Adobe on Adobe” panel focusing on how we use Adobe Marketing Cloud to make a better Adobe.com.

BBC’s Phil Fearnley gave attendees an in-depth look behind the London 2012 “digital Olympics.” They found that 90.7% of the UK watched the Olympics on BBC, compared to about of 60% for other events like the Royal Wedding.

The keynote session closed with the morning’s highlight, a talk with Felix Baumgartner, the man who fell from 39km above the earth and broke the sound barrier. In his inspirational dialogue with John Mellor, he talked of dealing with unproductive meetings, developing a professionalism that his peers did not have, his level of confidence in having a vision and taking risks, and of course that jump. You can read more about Felix’s talk at the Live Orange Blog.

Felix Baumgartner at Adobe Summit London

The lesson learned from Felix? To work in digital marketing you have to be a bit of a risk taker, just like him.

The day’s breakouts covered everything from net promoter scores to digital gardening, with sessions filling to capacity leaving room to only stand.

Hybris Software helped end Summit with CEO Ariel Luedi taking the stage to talk about how their “plumbing” together with Marketing Cloud solutions can help make the customer king.

The day ended with a sneak peek at the latest developments from Adobe Labs. Hosted by the hilarious Nina Conti and Monk, sneaks started with an impromptu “human ventriloquist doll” act, featuring two attendees. Monk and Nina kept the laughs coming rewarding attendees with iPad mini’s for their funny tweets. 10 sneaks had four minutes each to sell their idea to attendees in an effort to win votes via twitter hashtags.

Adobe Summit may be over for this year, but the learning will continue. What were your highlights from Summit? Tweet @AdobeSummit and share your thoughts.

See you in 2014!

The Adobe Summit Team

Adobe Summit kicks off in London! Day one recap

Adobe Summit hit London today with over 2,500 digital marketers, partners, agencies, analysts and journalists from 38 countries representing every continent.  This year, our European Summit is bigger than ever, having doubled in size from just two years ago. So far today Adobe Summit has had over 5,000 social mentions.

Adobe Summit 2013, London

We made two big announcements today at Summit: predictive publishing for Adobe Social and our new global partnership with SapientNitro.

Adobe SVP Brad Rencher opened Summit with his keynote, “The Last Millisecond,” where he spoke about that decisive moment between an action – a click, tap or swipe – and the experience. His tips for the last millisecond: listen, predict, assemble and deliver.

Joining Brad were Philippe Baumlin, an IT Program Director within the global IT department of Chanel and Alessandro Colafranceschi, UniCredit Group’s Global Head of Online & Mobile Banking. Both spoke to their unique brands’ use of digital marketing to reach and engage customers.

The day continued with breakouts over the six different tracks. From social, to analytics, marketing and tech, attendees had their pick of a wide variety of sessions hosted by industry leaders.

The final session of the day, with Adobe President of EMEA, Mark Zablan, spoke about ‘Marketers as the custodians of digital’. He gave marketers 3 mandates:

1) Engage everywhere

2) Embrace rocket science

3) Connect the dots

Royston Seaward from Deloitte and Nissan’s Bastien Schupp took the stage to speak to their brands position in digital marketing with more and more users going digital and the automotive industry playing catch up.

Nike’s Stefan Olander and AKQA founder Ajaz Ahmed talked about ‘having the balls to make the calls’ when decisions need to be made. They even wowed the audience with an exclusive showing of a prototype image of the original Nike Fuel Band.

They left Summit attendees with one thought: “The most powerful force in the universe isn’t technology. It’s imagination.” A profound way to end day one.

And Jessie J killed it at the Adobe Summit party!

Jessie J at Adobe Summit 2013
Photo credit: Ugo Cei

Tomorrow we’re taking the leap with John Mellor, Adobe VP of Strategy for Digital Marketing, who will be joined onstage by Felix Baumgartner!

Don’t forget to join in on the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #AdobeSummit

Welcome to Summit!

A few tips on maximising your Summit experience

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This week we kick off our largest ever Summit in Europe.  We expect about 2,500 marketers from 38 countries.  Summit has doubled in size every two years and has got so big, that we’ve had to move it to an Olympic venue, the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre. We’ve also increased the number of session tracks and breakout sessions (more than 60) as well as the number of customers presenting, giving you even more opportunities to learn from your peers.

Summit has become the industry’s premier digital marketing conference because we strive to ensure that attendees derive significant value from the show.  If you have registered and are attending this week, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Summit experience:

Attend the keynotes and general sessions

We have four main stage sessions across the two days of Summit.  These sessions are meant to inform, inspire and entertain.  And they will!  You will hear from top thinkers, business leaders, innovators and marketers who continue to push the boundaries to be more successful.  Some of these presenters include:

Felix Baumgartner, record-breaking daredevil and skydiver who become the first man to free fall from space.  Space!

Stefan Olander, Vice President, Digital Sport at Nike and Ajaz Ahmed, CEO of AKQA will talk about Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital, the book they have written together

Phil Fearnley, General Manager News & Knowledge, Future Media at the BBC, will talk about how digital coverage of  Olympics was as transformational to the BBC as the invention of colour TV

Award-winning comedian Nina Conti joining us for Summit Sneaks

Join the conversation

We are using the hashtag #AdobeSummit before, during and after the show.  We hope you will participate with us and your peers as we discuss the keynotes, breakouts and, of course, the fun of Summit!

Download the Summit App

This app will give you easy access to the full event schedule, speaker and sponsor listings, social conversations, event information and more. Plus, you can create your own personalised agenda and connect directly with your fellow delegates. The app is available to download for iPhone/iPad and Android (search for ‘Adobe Summit’ on iTunes or Google Play) and there’s a mobile web version for other devices. Direct links follow:

iPhone/iPad
Android
Mobile

Take the time to plan your agenda

We have lots of valuable information being shared across seven tracks of breakout sessions this year.  Almost every session in the first five tracks includes at least one customer presenter.  The breakout tracks are:

Digital Analytics (making online, social, mobile, video and customer analytics data actionable)
Web Experience Management (creating relevant brand and commerce experiences)
Digital Advertising (focusing resources on the most salient and impactful solutions in order to compete in this aggressive advertising landscape)
Targeting & Optimisation (accurate and effective data-driven targeting and on-going, disciplined optimisation)
Social Marketing (the latest trends, challenges, and how leading social marketers are using social media to improve ROI and extend relationships with their customers)
Marketing Innovations (luminaries and innovators share their expertise, vision and experience on how to take digital marketing to the next level)
Tech Labs (Adobe’s top technologists share innovative approaches to measurement, optimisation and targeting across all your digital marketing activities)

HAVE FUN!

Please plan to attend the cocktail reception on Wednesday 24 April at 17:30, which is directly after the closing of the general session.  This reception will be held in the Community Pavilion and is a great way to unwind and prepare for the Summit Party.

The Summit Party is Wednesday 24 April at 19:30.  This is our way showing you how much we appreciate your support and attendance. This year’s party will feature amazing entertainment from pop sensation Jessie J, great food and drinks, and a few surprises!

Download the Summit app

Enhance your experience at Summit by downloading the mobile app. Get easy access to the full event schedule, speaker and sponsor listings, social conversations, event information and more. Plus, create your own personalised agenda and connect directly with fellow delegates. Simply search for “Adobe Summit EMEA” on iTunes/App Store or Google Play, or use the links below including the mobile site for non iOS or Android users:
iOS ›
Android ›
Mobile Site ›

You will need your registration code to access all the great features on the app.

You can also use the visitor portal to plan your visit to Summit from your desktop. Your selected preferences will automatically be made available to you when you log in to the app.
Summit Visitor Portal ›

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Top comedian for Summit Sneaks

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Summit starts next week in London and we are pleased to say we have award-winning comedian Nina Conti joining us for Summit Sneaks. We will be showing what’s being developed within Adobe labs as a direct result of what we hear from our customers about their most pressing digital needs. You’ll see live demonstrations that touch on everything from social marketing to predictive modeling. And Nina Conti will be on hand to ensure things stay lively.