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5 Reasons to Speak at Activate

5 Reasons Why You Should Speak at Activate

Activate, Iterable’s annual conference series focused on marketing strategies and execution, is returning in April. While we can design the theme and tracks, fill swag bags with fun goodies, and host ancillary networking events, the speakers are what really bring Activate to life. With about six months until Activate ‘23, we are looking for speakers like you to bring your knowledge and know-how to the Activate stage.

Top 5 Reasons to Speak at Activate

What’s in it for you? We’re glad you asked. We’re going to share the top five reasons why you should enter a submission to speak at Activate.

1. Get Your Name Out There

We don’t stuff our schedule with huge headliners and celebrities. Sure, we have stellar keynotes, but we want the majority of our sessions to be presented by marketing superstars who are in the trenches every day.

Activate provides a platform for you to have your voice heard. Get your name out to thousands of fellow marketers while sharing your knowledge and unique experiences. Plus, to promote your session at Activate, we’ll put your name in lights. Well, all over our website and social networks, but it’s just as effective as a name in lights. We’ll tag you and provide opportunities to share posts, so you can bump up your followers on social accounts while letting them know you’ll be at Activate.

2. Develop Soft Skills

Public speaking can feel daunting and terrifying, but we’re hoping Activate—and the preparation process—can be a safe space for you to hone your craft. Our content and customer marketing teams have been working events for years and know from attendee feedback what works and what doesn’t. Before Activate, our teams work with you to develop presentations and practice dry-runs to ensure every session makes an impact and even the newest speakers are comfortable while presenting.

Trust us, we know it can be scary, but because we want to elevate all voices, we’re here to help every step of the way.

“Iterable communicates the timelines quite well and provides extensive templating and feedback on your presentation, so you can feel confident that you’ll be putting the best presentation of your work out there.”

– Nate Casimiro, Sr. Marketing Operations Specialist @ StreetEasy

3. Make Meaningful Connections

Participating as a speaker at Activate not only gives you exposure, but it gives you the opportunity to connect with people in your field. Once you step off the stage, you have the chance to mingle with other like-minded marketers and hear their experiences. They’ll get to ask questions about your session, but you’ll also get to understand other perspectives.

Plus, you’ll get to connect with people from near and far. So, while you may bump into San Francisco locals, you could also network with people from across the globe. In fact, many speakers share their contact information or LinkedIn profiles in their presentations to keep the dialogue going well after Activate has ended.

4. Build Brand Presence

As a speaker at Activate you not only represent yourself, but you’re representing the company you work for. Dazzle your coworkers (they’ll want to see you speak!) and audience members alike by sharing examples of the work the team has done and why it sets your brand apart.

People come to Activate to learn, so don’t be shy about showing your brand’s success (or missteps) and what your team was able to take away from it.

“I joked about taking credit for my teammate’s work on stage during my session, but at the end of the day it was a true delight for the team to see their work highlighted in front of an audience who understands and appreciates the creative strategies we employ to millions of consumers.”

– Nate Casimiro, Sr. Marketing Operations Specialist @ StreetEasy

5. Have Some Good, Clean Fun

We can sometimes forget that we’re people and not just “marketers.” We like to have fun with the best of them and Activate certainly delivers in the fun department. We don’t need presentations to be buttoned up and stiff. We welcome outside-the-box thinking, jokes, and even the occasional pun. By removing presentation guardrails, our goal is for all sessions at Activate to be insightful and entertaining.

Plus, like we mentioned before, we do always aim to have killer keynote speakers that shed a different light on the broader Activate theme and help us gain new perspectives outside of the marketing bubble. You won’t want to miss them.

Show Us What You’ve Got

We design Activate so Dreamers, Builders, and Makers can showcase their individualized experiences and help others succeed while learning from fellow marketers. It’s an environment created to spark innovation and collaboration and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Bring your story to the Activate stage and make your name known.

The call for speakers is now open, so if you’re interested in bringing your expertise to Activate, please send over your submission!

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