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Merkle to Present at Advertising Week

September 17, 2013
Columbia, MD

Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), a leading customer relationship marketing (CRM) firm and the nation’s largest privately held agency, today announced that three leaders in its customer experience group will be speaking at Advertising Week’s 10th Anniversary conference. Mark Weninger, chief creative officer, Ed Illig, vice president, group creative director, and Bart Heird, interactive creative director, will lead sessions during the premier annual gathering of marketing, media and communications leaders. The event, being held September 23-27, 2013 in New York City, will focus on key business drivers which shape and influence the global industry.

Ed Illig and Bart Heird will kick off Advertising Week with an exciting workshop entitled, Don’t Choke On the Data: How to rise above the information layer when creating customer experiences, on Monday, September 23rd at 2:00p.m., at Lucille’s inside B.B. King Blues Club. The afternoon session will focus on the ability to use volumes of data to our advantage within the creative process, while also avoiding the pitfalls and roadblocks that come with our access to such abundant consumer knowledge.

On Thursday, September 26th at 1:00p.m., Mark Weninger will deliver a provocative session on the main stage at B.B. King Blues Club entitled, Big Data and The Death of The Big Idea. Weninger will present a unique point of view and moderate a panel of respected advertisers including:  Melissa Grady, vice president, eBusiness, MetLife; and Emily Culp, former director of social strategy and emerging platforms, Unilever. This session will survey the realities of managing and measuring the contributions of big data and big ideas in the marketing mix, and suggest a radically redefined definition for the advertising industry. Attendees will hear first-hand client accounts of whether functionality and measurability have combined to kill creativity, and where advertisers are placing their bets in today’s experienced economy.

To reserve a complimentary ticket to 1 or both of these exciting sessions, please register here

About Merkle

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 6,800 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 19 additional offices in the US and 33 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkleinc.com.

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