franchise marketing innovation and technology conference

Franchise Marketing Innovation & Technology Conference (MITcon)

Learn innovative and effective marketing and technology solutions to help you grow your brand – directly from experts in your field.
CFE Credits Available
Yes
October 23 - 25, 2019
|

Austin, TX
United States

Innovate. Integrate. Collaborate.

Registration now open!

Speakers

Speaker
Additional Speakers

Phillip Rather

Head of Local, Facebook

Kristen Pechacek, CFE

Director, Digital Marketing, Self Esteem Brands

Jennifer Anderson

VP, Marketing and Communications, Express Services, Inc.

Agenda

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

2:00 pm – 5:45 pm        

Registration Desk Open

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm        

Marketing and Innovation Committee Meeting

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm        

Masterclass – The Opportunity Cost of Not Changing 

We get it, changing your marketing and technology practices is a huge investment. While you might be saving money and time in the short term by not changing, you could end up paying later. This session is your opportunity to hear from peers in your field about how they implemented these changes, how they prioritized which updates to make first, and how they got CEO and Board buy-in. You’ll learn how to leverage potential vendors for thought leadership and powerful insights.

Moderator: Marina O’Rourke, VP, IT, Tropical Smoothie Café 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm        

Happy Hour

Join fellow MITcon attendees at local bar for a happy hour to get this year’s conference started on a high note!
 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:00 am – 5:00 pm         

Registration Desk Open
        
8:30 am – 9:00 am    

Networking and Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am – 10:15 am    

Welcome and Opening General Session 

Customer-centric Digital Transformation — Business Growth is Customer Growth

Every corporation wants to avoid missing something that could put them out of business. But why are some companies able to spot that “something” and some not? The most successful companies of the 21st Century are obsessed with their customers. Customer obsession is easier said than done. Tricia provides real world examples of how companies can become customer-centric and how they must understand the most important shift in marketing: the emergence of the Networked Customer — those who learn, grow, and make purchasing decisions along networks, the people, platforms, and communities that influence their day-to-day behaviors and decisions. It is impossible to reach the Networked Consumer using only mass-market advertising and traditional marketing communication tactics. Global technology ethnographer, Tricia Wang, outlines how companies must re-envision their digital marketing practices to meet the needs of the fast-moving Networked Customer.

Keynote Speaker: Tricia Wang, Global technology ethnographer; Co-Founder, Sudden Compass 

10:15 am – 10:45 am    

Networking Break 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm    

Table Exercise—Problem Solving

In order to prime your mind and set objectives for this conference, we start off with a group activity meant to add value to each of you by connecting you with seasoned franchisor and technology experts (“mentors”) in a problem-solving setting specific to one of two focus areas: marketing and technology. All participants should come prepared with a specific problem in their field they would like to find an innovative solution for. Each table has one mentor assigned. After a brief introduction, the mentor asks participants what their specific problem is and then other attendees at the table can offer relevant feedback and options based on experience.

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm      

Email Check Break 

12:20 pm – 1:35 pm  

Annual Franchise Marketing & Technology Awards Celebration Luncheon

The Franchise Marketing & Technology Awards recognize and feature best-in-class marketing campaigns that leverage technology platforms to create innovative programs that have helped franchise companies increase sales and enhance their brands. Winners are announced during this luncheon.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm    

Concurrent Learning Labs

1.    IoT Demystified

Using the Internet of Things (IoT) can make a huge difference for your brand and how it connects with its customers. You may have questions such as: Is it really needed? How can it be used most effectively for my brand? You’ll find out the answers to these questions, and common mistakes to avoid during this session. Experts explain the costs that you can expect, how deployments are done and best practices to give you a better understanding of IoT and understand real examples of its use that relate to your company.

Speaker: Naeem Zafar, Co-Founder & CEO, Telesense® 
 
2.    Increasing Franchisee Satisfaction with Marketing and Communications

When your franchisees succeed, your brand reaps the benefits. However, the more your brand grows, the more difficult it can be to balance national responsibilities and local engagement. Learn how to increase franchisee satisfaction through assessing problems and getting focused during this session, and you’ll bring back valuable takeaways. You’ll even hear a case study from a franchisor who increased their franchisee satisfaction from 77% to 95% through marketing!

Speakers: Jennifer Anderson, VP, Marketing and Communications, Express Services, Inc.; Kristen Pechacek, CFE, Director, Digital Marketing, Self Esteem Brands

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm      

Networking with Sponsors

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm        

Case Study and MITChat 

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm        

Networking Reception
 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

8:00 am – 1:00 pm        

Registration Desk Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am        

Roundtables with Continental Breakfast
(Breakfast available beginning at 8:00 am) 

Sit at a table with 8-10 of your fellow attendees and share ideas, challenges and solutions focused on a specific topic assigned to that table. This is an opportunity to have an open forum discussion with a small group of your peers and discuss mistakes, lessons learned and success stories. Everyone participates at the table to get the most out of the discussions which are led by franchise experts. 

10:00 am – 10:20 am        

MITChat

10:20 am – 10:45 am        

Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am        

Concurrent Learning Labs

1.    How Gamification is Changing Training 

Using games and technology for employee training can make a significant difference in how your employees learn and retain information. The benefits of training teams in a way that is fun, creates competition and uses the concept of struggle can create learning that lasts. In this session you gain a better understanding of the impact of using technology to train, how you can use AI to drive the right content to the right user and how the right solution can drive real business results. You’ll see how FASTSIGNS and many other major brands are leveraging gaming apps to deliver training to the front line.  


2.    Facebook Marketing Workshop

As a marketing leader, you know your brand’s Facebook campaigns have an impact on your brand awareness, your connection to your followers and your website traffic. In this learning lab, you’ll get the opportunity to have an industry expert review your brand’s campaigns and offer one-on-one solutions. Bring your laptop and have our team review your brand’s campaigns, advertisements, business manager accounts, pages, targeted audiences and anything else in your Facebook/Instagram accounts. You’ll be able to bring back their suggestions to your Facebook managers and implement advice that you won’t get anywhere else. This is an extremely interactive, innovative, hands-on approach to deliver you real value.

Speaker: Phillip Rather, Head of Local, Facebook 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        

General Session & Luncheon with Presentation 
(Buffet lunch available beginning at 11:45 am)

1:00 pm             

Conference Adjourns
 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

2:00 pm – 5:45 pm        

Registration Desk Open

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm        

Marketing and Innovation Committee Meeting

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm        

Masterclass – The Opportunity Cost of Not Changing 

We get it, changing your marketing and technology practices is a huge investment. While you might be saving money and time in the short term by not changing, you could end up paying later. This session is your opportunity to hear from peers in your field about how they implemented these changes, how they prioritized which updates to make first, and how they got CEO and Board buy-in. You’ll learn how to leverage potential vendors for thought leadership and powerful insights.

Moderator: Marina O’Rourke, VP, IT, Tropical Smoothie Café 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm        

Happy Hour

Join fellow MITcon attendees at local bar for a happy hour to get this year’s conference started on a high note!
 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:00 am – 5:00 pm         

Registration Desk Open
        
8:30 am – 9:00 am    

Networking and Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am – 10:15 am    

Welcome and Opening General Session 

Customer-centric Digital Transformation — Business Growth is Customer Growth

Every corporation wants to avoid missing something that could put them out of business. But why are some companies able to spot that “something” and some not? The most successful companies of the 21st Century are obsessed with their customers. Customer obsession is easier said than done. Tricia provides real world examples of how companies can become customer-centric and how they must understand the most important shift in marketing: the emergence of the Networked Customer — those who learn, grow, and make purchasing decisions along networks, the people, platforms, and communities that influence their day-to-day behaviors and decisions. It is impossible to reach the Networked Consumer using only mass-market advertising and traditional marketing communication tactics. Global technology ethnographer, Tricia Wang, outlines how companies must re-envision their digital marketing practices to meet the needs of the fast-moving Networked Customer.

Keynote Speaker: Tricia Wang, Global technology ethnographer; Co-Founder, Sudden Compass 

10:15 am – 10:45 am    

Networking Break 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm    

Table Exercise—Problem Solving

In order to prime your mind and set objectives for this conference, we start off with a group activity meant to add value to each of you by connecting you with seasoned franchisor and technology experts (“mentors”) in a problem-solving setting specific to one of two focus areas: marketing and technology. All participants should come prepared with a specific problem in their field they would like to find an innovative solution for. Each table has one mentor assigned. After a brief introduction, the mentor asks participants what their specific problem is and then other attendees at the table can offer relevant feedback and options based on experience.

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm      

Email Check Break 

12:20 pm – 1:35 pm  

Annual Franchise Marketing & Technology Awards Celebration Luncheon

The Franchise Marketing & Technology Awards recognize and feature best-in-class marketing campaigns that leverage technology platforms to create innovative programs that have helped franchise companies increase sales and enhance their brands. Winners are announced during this luncheon.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm    

Concurrent Learning Labs

1.    IoT Demystified

Using the Internet of Things (IoT) can make a huge difference for your brand and how it connects with its customers. You may have questions such as: Is it really needed? How can it be used most effectively for my brand? You’ll find out the answers to these questions, and common mistakes to avoid during this session. Experts explain the costs that you can expect, how deployments are done and best practices to give you a better understanding of IoT and understand real examples of its use that relate to your company.

Speaker: Naeem Zafar, Co-Founder & CEO, Telesense® 
 
2.    Increasing Franchisee Satisfaction with Marketing and Communications

When your franchisees succeed, your brand reaps the benefits. However, the more your brand grows, the more difficult it can be to balance national responsibilities and local engagement. Learn how to increase franchisee satisfaction through assessing problems and getting focused during this session, and you’ll bring back valuable takeaways. You’ll even hear a case study from a franchisor who increased their franchisee satisfaction from 77% to 95% through marketing!

Speakers: Jennifer Anderson, VP, Marketing and Communications, Express Services, Inc.; Kristen Pechacek, CFE, Director, Digital Marketing, Self Esteem Brands

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm      

Networking with Sponsors

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm        

Case Study and MITChat 

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm        

Networking Reception
 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

8:00 am – 1:00 pm        

Registration Desk Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am        

Roundtables with Continental Breakfast
(Breakfast available beginning at 8:00 am) 

Sit at a table with 8-10 of your fellow attendees and share ideas, challenges and solutions focused on a specific topic assigned to that table. This is an opportunity to have an open forum discussion with a small group of your peers and discuss mistakes, lessons learned and success stories. Everyone participates at the table to get the most out of the discussions which are led by franchise experts. 

10:00 am – 10:20 am        

MITChat

10:20 am – 10:45 am        

Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am        

Concurrent Learning Labs

1.    How Gamification is Changing Training 

Using games and technology for employee training can make a significant difference in how your employees learn and retain information. The benefits of training teams in a way that is fun, creates competition and uses the concept of struggle can create learning that lasts. In this session you gain a better understanding of the impact of using technology to train, how you can use AI to drive the right content to the right user and how the right solution can drive real business results. You’ll see how FASTSIGNS and many other major brands are leveraging gaming apps to deliver training to the front line.  


2.    Facebook Marketing Workshop

As a marketing leader, you know your brand’s Facebook campaigns have an impact on your brand awareness, your connection to your followers and your website traffic. In this learning lab, you’ll get the opportunity to have an industry expert review your brand’s campaigns and offer one-on-one solutions. Bring your laptop and have our team review your brand’s campaigns, advertisements, business manager accounts, pages, targeted audiences and anything else in your Facebook/Instagram accounts. You’ll be able to bring back their suggestions to your Facebook managers and implement advice that you won’t get anywhere else. This is an extremely interactive, innovative, hands-on approach to deliver you real value.

Speaker: Phillip Rather, Head of Local, Facebook 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        

General Session & Luncheon with Presentation 
(Buffet lunch available beginning at 11:45 am)

1:00 pm             

Conference Adjourns
 

IFA Member Franchisor
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IFA Member Franchisor BOGO 50% Off
275
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Non-Member Franchisor or Franchisee
975
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Location & Travel

MITcon 2019 will be held at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX; located in the heart of downtown Austin, only a block behind the famous 6th Street! IFA has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel for a rate of $256/night for a single or double standard room. You may reserve your hotel room by calling (512) 482-8000 and referencing IFA or clicking the link in the FAQ section below. The deadline for making a reservation is October 1, 2019, or when the IFA room block is filled, whichever is first. Once the room block is sold out, reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis at the group rate.

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FAQs

To contact the IFA Conferences Department, please email
events@franchise.org or call 202-662-0763.

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