David Daniels Honored as EEC Thought Leader & Other News From Crescent City Conferences

C-17ZNzW0AAKLyMLast week The Relevancy Group and The Marketer Quarterly hit New Orleans for the Email Experience Council’s Email Evolution Conference. The sun was shining, the music was nonstop, and the email marketing brainstorming was lively.

The event kicked off with a big reveal. EEC showed its new stripes with a new logo and branding effort, a modern look reflecting the future of email.

The big news for The Relevancy Group came during the opening day luncheon. Our very own founder & CEO David Daniels was named EEC’s Thought Leader of the Year and was presented the trophy over wedge salad and rare steaks. IBM’s marketing evangelist and former award recipient Loren McDonald handed the award to David in a jovial manner, joking that David invented email, and accurately highlighting the fact that David coined the term ESP way back when. During his acceptance speech, David explained his own history with the medium: He sent his first email back in 1988 and has been emailing ever since. We’re so proud of his accomplishments and couldn’t think of a better person to hold the title.

Genevieve Longtin, director of email marketing and engagement of Sharecare, took home the Stefan Pollard Email Marketer of the Year Award. Aspen Dental won Best Makeover of an Existing Email Program. Alaska Airlines won Most Innovative use of Customer or Other Data, including Automation and Triggers. Nestle Waters North America won Best Subscriber Acquisition, Reactivation or Integration Program. Lysol Mommy Mail won Best Use of Humor, Personality, Content or Brand.

The EEC show had some compelling content. Shutterstock shared their beautiful interactive carousels inspired by children’s fashion plates. Justine Jordan’s Litmus busted some of emails biggest myths (spam words in subject lines will not land you in the spam folder). Kathryn Minshew, founder of The Muse, gave an inspiring talk on how tech has transformed the job search business. Her advice, HR needs to become employment marketers if companies want to find good candidates.

As if this wasn’t enough, Collision aka, “America’s fastest growing tech conference,” was taking place simultaneously at the New Orleans conference center next door. The event attracted leading tech companies, thought leaders and CMOs from the likes of GrubHub, WellsFargo and eBay. On stage, Suzy Deering, who is profiled in the latest issue of MQ, gave her advice: Think beyond email and know your customer.

YouTube used the show to reveal its push into the home entertainment market, and a desktop redesign with a black background (watch out Netflix). About.com rebranded to Dot Dash and has seen major increases in traffic.

You can’t go to New Orleans without digesting some music. You could find EEC and Collision goers all over town from Frenchman street to the French Quarter. A marching band even showed up at the Hilton and the entire EEC conference danced and marched along the river walk to the Steamboat Natchez where Adestra sponsored a night of good times on the Mississippi River.

The party didn’t stop at the New Orleans airport. Exhausted EEC attendees got off their feet and drank beer at the bar. My gate was decked out for Mari Gras, Dixieland jazz band, beads and all to celebrate Condor’s first direct flight between New Orleans and Europe. Passengers barely noticed the rain delays as the band played on.

The Relevancy Group Expands with the Addition of Tenured Analysts

Boston, March 16 2017

The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm, today announced the TRG Growsaddition of Ross Rubin and Joe Laszlo to its expanding business. Mr. Rubin and Mr. Laszlo bring a combined near 40 years of research and analyst experience to The Relevancy Group.

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ross and Joe when we worked together at Jupiter Research and am thrilled that we will be shaping the market with our research once again,” said David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group (TRG).

Ross Rubin will serve as Director of Research Development. Ross will affect our research instruments as well as author syndicated and custom research. Ross has been a technology industry analyst for over 20 years. In 2012, he founded Reticle Research, focusing on research product development and innovation. Prior to this, he was Executive Director and Principal Analyst at The NPD Group, and Vice President and Chief Research Fellow at Jupiter Research (acquired by Forrester Research in 2008).

“As client technologies grow to play a larger role in digital marketing, I’m delighted to be working with David and The Relevancy Group to develop actionable research that defines thought leadership,” said Ross Rubin. Learn more about Ross.

Joe Laszlo will serve as Research Director and Principal Analyst, primarily covering the mashup of Adtech and Martech, which TRG refers to as Madtech.  Joe brings almost two decades of experience researching and advising companies on the evolution of digital media and marketing.  Prior to TRG, Joe spent almost nine years at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, where he most recently managed all of IAB’s committee-and-council-driven programs and served as Director of Research. Joe started his career in digital media in 1999 as an analyst at Jupiter Research.

“As innovation continues to transform advertising and marketing, I’m excited to help TRG’s clients navigate this fast-changing technology landscape, finding the best ways to reach customers and prospects, wherever and whenever they happen to be,” said Joe Laszlo. Learn more about Joe.

Additionally, Claire Gallagher another Jupiter Research and Forrester alum has joined The Relevancy Group as Business Development Manager. Claire brings over 10 years of consultative sales experience in the market research, media, and digital marketing industries. Learn more about Claire.

The Relevancy Group provides buyer’s guides and research reports via their Research Subscriber Series as well as a collection of sponsored white papers and webinars that can be downloaded for free with registration. TRG also publishes a digital magazine The Marketer Quarterly. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon.