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Upcoming Lunch Event: Tues, October 8, 2013

Driving Digital Euphoria

Featuring Marcelo “Cello” Vergara, Co-Founder & John Kreicbergs, General Manager, Propaganda3 (P3)

Attend the October 2013 KCDMA meeting to get a bird’s eye view of emerging digital trends from a local team working on the national scene. P3’s team of developers, designers and producers will share their expertise gained from a decade of experience in digital innovation.

You’ll learn:

·     Emerging trends in website and digital design
·     How to evaluate performance in the digital space
·     Keys to responsive design and why it matters now 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
11:15 – 11:45 Registration
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch & program


Past Events:


KCDMA April 2013 Luncheon


Tuesday, April 9, 2012


KCDMA February 2013

Twitter for Marketers
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Top 10 Tricks for Sales Lead Generation
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

KCDMA October 2012 Luncheon

Join KCDMA and AFP For a Special Joint Presentation Sponsored by Merrigan & Co.

Hear about Boys Town’s direct mail fundraising program and get a behind-the-
scenes look at the strategies that have made the organization successful, even
during the recession.

Join us Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 7:30 A.M.!

KCDMA August 2012 Luncheon

Local, Mobile, Social- How Google is incorporating each in search marketing

How seismic shifts in social media, local search, and mobile marketing are shaking up search marketing. Are you prepared with a cohesive plan across all three spheres?

KCDMA June 2012 Luncheon

The Power of Precognitive Marketing

Uncovering unique audience insights that generate game-changing marketing results.

KCDMA May 2012 Luncheon

Inside the AMBITS, winnhe 2012 Aers from tMBIT awards share their secrets to winning direct marketing.

KCDMA April 2012 Luncheon

Marco Ilardi, Chief Strategy Officer, Adknowledge discused how web based display advertising is expected to grow 25% over the next year!

KCDMA March 2012 Luncheon

Andy Tretiak from Sporting KC shared the story of the team's rebranding in 2011 and how marketing played a key role in driving affinity for the new brand. Tretiak provided insights into the club's marketing strategy and creative execution, with special emphasis on CRM and social media efforts. He also provided a sneak peek into the team's plans for 2012 and beyond.

KCDMA January 2012 Luncheon

Jonathan Margulies, Winterberry Group, will introduce and describe some of the major forces shaping the practice of direct and digital marketing-and spotlight the emerging trends presenting growth opportunities for shrewd marketers and service providers.

KCDMA November Luncheon

The Future is Here ... and It's Mobile (Mobile Trends)
Presented by Alex Campbell, Co-Founder and CEO, of Vibes

KCDMA October Luncheon

"Survive and Thrive" How an 80-year old mailing list company transformed itself
for the new world of digital marketing!
Presented by Peter Long, CEO of MCH Strategic Data

KCDMA September Luncheon

Choose Your Own Email Adventure
Presented by TOM SATHER of Return Path(Sponsored by emfluence)

KCDMA August Luncheon

Data Analytics and Modeling
Presented by Brian Patera, Client Services Director;
Rod Irwin, Business Development Executive
and Clint Sesow, Director of Sales with Experian

KCDMA June Luncheon

What every marketer should know in 2011
Presented by Gina Valentino, President of Hemisphere Marketing

KCDMA May Luncheon

Inside the Ambits
Behind-the-scenes case studies spotlight three of
Kansas City's best direct marketing campaigns:

Best of Show AMBIT
"Hallmark Hall of Fame - A Dog Named Christmas"
Presented by Chad Milam, Interactive Director, and Leah Mountain, Account Director,
Muller Bressler Brown

Most Innovative Solution AMBIT
"KVC Tree Gala: Light up the Night"
Presented by Clifton Alexander, Owner, REACTOR // Design Studio

Gold AMBIT, Consumer Integrated Marketing
"AFI/Rehabbing with the Troops Season One"
Presented by Sally Staab, VP/Account Group Leader, BKV



KCDMA April Luncheon

QR Codes: Connecting People, Print & Mobile

Presented by Mike Craig, Partner & Vice President of Marketing
Ruxter Mobile, Kansas City, MO

KCDMA January Luncheon

Direct Marketing Trends for 2011
Lawrence Kimmel, CEO, Direct Marketing Association, New York

KCDMA October Social Event / Networking with BMA

Joel Book, principal and director at ExactTarget, to present B-to-B and B-to-C case studies.
Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Raglan Road in the Power & Light District

KCDMA October Luncheon

How to market effectively tothe rapidly growing Hispanic market
Presented by Rob Ayala-Flores & Steve Wood



KCDMA September Luncheon: Marketing to Women (Nine essential ways to engage her in your brand)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sylvester Powell Community Center, Mission, KS
Presented by: Betsy Perez Vice President, Ms. Smith) and Katie Kemerling Director, Ms. Smith)

13th Annual KCDMA Golf Classic (more info)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Prairie Highlands Golf Course

August Luncheon: DO YOU MATTER? - How to keep your brand relevant in turbulent times.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Figlio Tower, The Plaza Room, Country Club Plaza
With Brent Niemuth : Creative Director / Brand Strategist, J. Schmid & Assoc, Inc.

June Luncheon: DATABASE DISASTERS: Build a Better Marketing Database with Proven Success Strategies

With Bernice Grossman, DMRS Group, Inc.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

May Luncheon: Leveraging the Power of Print on Demand to Speak Directly to your Customers

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Matt Ross Community Center

April Luncheon: Panel of 2010 AMBIT Winners

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Figlio Tower, The Country Club Plaza

The 2010 AMBIT Awards
Magical Results

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sheraton Overland Park

DM Days 2010: Session 3
Mobile, Engagement & Affordablue

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus
with Michael Ahearn, Craig Wood & Ron Rowe

DM Days 2010: Session 2
B2B, Triggered Email & Creative

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus
with John Coe, Larry Kavanagh & Jeff Chase

DM Days 2010: Direct Marketing Essentials

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus
with Pat Friesen and Rob Murry

January Luncheon: Fast Future: Emerging Trends of 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Matt Ross Community Center
with Terry Berggren, Director of Destination Marketing at RUF Strategic Solutions

November Luncheon: Managing through Hard Times

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Figlio Tower | Country Club Plaza
with panelists Dean Doria, Vice President of Marketing, Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, Margaret Horan, Senior Direct Marketing Strategist, Kuhn & Wittenborn Advertising, and Peter Long, CEO, MCH Inc.

October Luncheon: A Look into the Future of Direct Marketing

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Figlio Tower | Country Club Plaza
Presented by Hallie Mummert, Editor in Chief of Target Marketing magazine

September Luncheon: USPS Case Studies and Direct Marketing Integration

Tuesday, Septemeber 15, 2009
Matt Ross Community Center
Presented by Bob Eide, Mail Solutions Specialist

August Luncheon: Navigating the Social Media Terrain

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Figlio Tower | Country Club Plaza
with Whitney Mathews and Kelly Kearney from Sprial 16

12th Annual - 2009 KCDMA Golf Tournament

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Deer Creek
7000 W. 133rd St.
Overland Park, KS 66209

May Luncheon: Panel of AMBITS Winners

Tuesday, May 12 | 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Empire Room



April Luncheon: Going Green

Tuesday, April 14  |  11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
The announcement and installment of the 2009-2010 KCDMA Board!

The 2009 AMBIT Awards
Weird Science

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sheraton Overland Park

DM Days 2009: Advanced, Day 2 (the PM session)
The Science of Interactive Marketing

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sheraton Overland Park
with Ken Robbins, Angela Ridpath, Pamela Sandler and David Cacioppo

DM Days 2009: Advanced, Day 1 (the AM session)
The Science of Multi-Channel Marketing

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus
with Ron Park, Terry Berggren, Bob Frohoff, John January and Tug McTighe

DM Days 2009: The Basics of Direct Marketing

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus
with Pat Friesen and Alan Weber

January Luncheon: Fostering Growth in Turbulent Times

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Assurant Employee Benefits
with Larry Kimmel, Chairman & CEO of G2 Direct & Digital

November Luncheon: How to Generate a Sales Surge

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty, Overland Park, KS 66204
Catering by Dean & Deluca

Rising Star Luncheon

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
*Special discounted rate for Rising Stars

September Luncheon: Direct Gets Social

September 9, 2008
Kansas City Downtown Public Library
14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Catering by Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

11th Annual - 2008 KCDMA Golf Tournament

August 27, 2008
Iron Horse Golf Club
15400 Mission Rd.
Leawood, KS 66224

August Luncheon: Direct Marketing 2.0

August 12, 2008
Figlio Tower
Country Club Plaza
209 West 46th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64112

June Luncheon: Walking the Legal Line for Direct Marketers

June 10, 2008
Kansas City Public Library
14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO

May Luncheon: Do You Have What It Takes to Be #1 on Google?

May 13, 2008
Kansas City Public Library
14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO

April Luncheon: Tracking theTrends

April 8, 2008
Kansas City Public Library
14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO