What an event this was! The speakers, the panels, the incredible amount of information offered to our 300+ attendees.
ThinkLA's Cannabis Marketing 2019: From Bud to Bloom provided the SoCal advertising community the latest information about the dynamic cannabis industry. With the legalization of hemp in 2018 and overall increasing acceptance, the cannabis market represents a huge opportunity for advertisers, agencies, and the marketing/media community; and California is leading the way.
Brand marketers, publishers, agency professionals, and ad tech executives learned about the latest industry rules and regulations, how this is impacting wellness, what's working and what's not working for marketers, and how brands are building new, innovative marketing programs.
We had a great day of insight and information. Thank you for being there, and thank you to our speakers and sponsors!
Jim Baudino, President, MERRY JANE Media
Kerrigan Behrens, CEO, Sagely Natural
Matt Barnes, SWISH
Luis Camano, Chief Creative Officer, Key Activations
David H. Dancer, Chief Marketing Officer
Eugenio Garcia, CEO, Cannabis Now
Shawn Gold, CEO, Pilgrim Soul
Laurel Gregory, Creative Director, The Hybrid Creative
It was a great summer evening in the offices of Horizon Media where our panel discussed how to sell yourself, interviewing and resume tips, resume critique, and navigation through the job search process.
Spanning three evenings, ThinkLA's Intern Summit in L.A. gives interns the opportunity to connect with their fellow young professionals over snacks and beverages while learning insider tips and tricks from seasoned ad pros, all designed to help them survive their first years in advertising.
The Intern Summit's emerging advertising professionals find inspiration from industry experts across different disciplines, talents, races, genders, career paths, and more, and gain a deeper understanding of the advertising industry’s business practices and corporate culture.
The ultimate reward of the Intern Summit is the opportunity for attendees to have résumés critiqued by top industry recruiters and HR professionals before applying for their first job in advertising.Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this three night series!
Josh Huang, Talent/Culture Coordinator, David & Goliath
Chad Macrae, Global Talent Acquisition, Tinder Inc.
Tania Paul, Associate Media Director, Horizon Media
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2019
What an event this was! The speakers, the panels, the 900+ attendees...the L.A. traffic! We had a jam-packed morning of insight and impact. Thank you for being there, and thank you to our speakers!
Dino Bernacchi, CMO, Mazda, N.A Operations
Steve Arhancet, Co-CEO and Owner, Team Liquid
Jerry Beers, Managing Director, Central Agency Analytics, Saatchi & Saatchi LA
Marc Bland, VP, Diversity and Inclusion, IHS Markit
Brian Diamond, VP, Group Media Director, Canvas Worldwide
Drew Breunig, SVP, Strategy, Place IQ
Mindy Hamilton, SVP, Partnership, Marvel
Phil Hruska, Manager, Media, Honda
Ryan Johnson, SVP, Group Director, RPA
Mary Jane Kroll, Media manager, Lexus
Raj Register, Head of Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Marketing , Ford Motors Co.
Chris Yeo, Brand Partnerships , Reddit
AUTO BREAKFAST VIDEOS courtesy of Google
CONGRATULATIONS to our raffle winners!
From Place IQ, Apple Watch | Winner - Alice Abousleiman, RPA
From Teads, Porsche Driving Experience | Winner - Rebecca Kline, Canvas Worldwide
From Twitter, Bluetooth Headset | Winner - Lindsay Yu, RPA
From IHS Markit, Dash Camera | Winner - Mya Le, RPA
From U.S. News, Apple Air Pods | Winner< - Andrew Barton, Innocean Worldwide
From Spectrum, iPad Mini | Winner - Gresia Franco, RPA
From Cox Automotive, $200 Car Detailing | Winner - Kellen Laker, Team One
What a great day of volunteering at the LA Regional Food Bank in Commerce! The ThinkLA community joined forces with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank as a community of LA-based advertising, marketing and technology professionals to help provide food for thousands in need in the greater-LA area.
Thanks to the 75+ ThinkLA and AMA-Los Angelesvolunteers, we made 3,696 meal kits for seniors in the LA area!
More than 175 marketers, publishers, agency and ad tech executives attended the first-ever educational event, Cannabis Marketing: Making the Agency Connection. This sold-out event brought together a diverse mix of people interested in learning more about how the cannabis industry is having an impact on the advertising and marketing community. Speakers and attendees included experts in the fields of legalization, marketing, and cannabis policy to discuss the state of the market and the potential for (literal) growth.
The cannabis market represents a huge opportunity for advertisers, agencies, and the marketing/media community. However, there are specific challenges that marketers and advertisers need to keep in mind when promoting a product with so many rules and regulations.
“As the largest cannabis market in California, if not the world, it is important for the ThinkLA community to be educated on how the cannabis industry can impact them personally and professionally,” said Jim Baudino, VP Marketing & Business Development, Merry Jane Media. “It is refreshing to see ThinkLA having events like the Cannabis Marketing event to keep their members informed of the latest trends."
Key takeaways included discussions about the state of the cannabis industry while attendees learned about the implications of Prop 64 and Measure XX. Panel members explored explore current/future trends in cannabis marketing and discussed how California legalization of recreational cannabis would impact marketing and the culture of the state.
Panelists included Abdullah Saeed, Producer/Host of Bong Appetite on VICE Media; Ariel Clark, Partner at Clark Neubert LLP; Ruben Honig, Executive Director, LA Task Force; Robin Abcarian, Columnist, Los Angeles Times; and Kate Denton, CMO, Med Men, among others. “I was thrilled with the quality of the panelists, the diversity of the audience and most of all, the willingness of ThinkLA to host an event covering the cannabis industry and its impact on the advertising community," said Baudino.
Robin Abcarian, Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Jim Baudino, VP Marketing & Business Development, Merry Jane Media
We are still reveling from Trends Breakfast: Cultural Resurgence, special thanks to all those who atended and a VERY BIG thank you to our inspiring speakers: All Def Digital's Russell Simmons and Josh Mandel, Reddit's Alexis Ohanian, & OZY's Carlos Watson, and to our sponsors OZY Media and Viant Technology.
We have heard lots of positive feedback from attendees and our takeaways about creating authentic content, the role that both the minority-majority millennial generation has to play in the future of content, and the short mediation session led by Russell will certainly stay with us!
On Thursday, December 3rd, we held our annual holiday party; a white winter wonderland benefiting Toys for Tots. Complete with Santa, live music, & Marines, over 800 advertising professionals celebrated the holiday season! And of course, each guest brought a toy for the annual toy drive, resulting in over 2,000 toys for LA children in need. #thinkWINTER
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
On 11/19, we met for the first time at the LA Auto Show for our annual Motor City West and took a deep dive into the current and future market trends of auto shoppers, new automotive design and technologies that will ultimately reshape the automotive landscape. What were some of the highlights?
According to UTA Brand Studios' Brand Dependence Index, Audi came out on top with the highest brand attachment.
We chatted about the democratization of the luxury car market as well as marketing engagement in car development. Goal should be to understand the customer, invite the costumer in and be a part of the customer's life.
Toyota's Ed La Rocque and Honda's Steve Center went head to head on fuel cells and alternative technologies. Be on the lookout for their hydrogen cars!
According to Guvenc Ozel from IDEAS-UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, we need to move from design thinking to spatial thinking.
Karl Brauer of KBB said the average daily commute is 51 minutes, which means a lot of in-car marketing opportunities! 80% of cars have infotainment systems.
Congratulations to the raffle winners: Jim Lorden, Dailey - Chromecast and $100 Gift Card courtesy of Kelley Blue Book Roger Greene, Garage Team Mazda - Beats by Dre courtesy of Quantcast Cristina Chow, Initiative - Movi Powerstation courtesy of Thinknear Danya Diaz, Dailey - GoPro courtesy of Axciom Steven Hurley, Garage Team Mazda - 6 month Club W membership courtesy of Giant Media
Thank you to our speakers, Karl Brauer, Senior Director of Industry Insights, Kelley Blue Book Steven CenterVP, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. Mark Dipko, Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Hyundai Motor America Ed La Rocque, National Marketing Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Philippe Martinez, Senior Creative Consultant, 3DXCITE Phillip McDonnell, Client Director, Strategy, Initiative Güvenç Özel, Technology Director, IDEAS-UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Larry Vincent, Co-Founder & Chief Branding Officer, UTA Brand Studio
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
On July 17, 2014, over 500+ guests attended our 2014 Entertainment Marketing Breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to discuss marketing trends in the millennial age. Here are three takeaways from our speakers:
Millennials reach millennials. This generation is eager to share knowledge with their friends and go beyond the ordinary means of seeking information- they want an authentic and personalized message that they can depend on. – George Strompolos, Fullscreen
Advertising is not the problem, bad advertising is. Millennials like to access information from their peers, trusted friends and close network. With constant overflow of advertising, they filter the most useful and practical advice for their everyday lives. "If you want to shape the future, then talk to it". – Kent Rees, Pivot TV
The "Barney Affect" effect not only symbolizes a popular purple dinosaur show that most millennials grew up watching, but how those values of equality and justice still hold true for them today. Companies and brands should mirror their social responsibility in order to attract this generation to their products. Millennials expect brands to take note of their feedback and engage them in interactive communication. – Warren Wright, EVP of LifeCourse Associates.
Thalia Doherty, Tru TV - Kindle Fire/Amazon TV, courtesy of The Los Angeles Times Kevin Ford, OMD - PS4, courtesy of Twitch Sara Leverty-Lavoie, Rouge Beauty- Xbox One, courtesy of Curse Carolyn Loo, UM - iPad Air, courtesy of Session M
Thank you to our speakers:
Warren Wright, Executive Vice President - Lifecourse Associates Kent Rees, Executive Vice President, Pivot TV
Kevin Winston, Founder, Digital LA George Strompolos, CEO and Founder, Fullscreen