11:30 am — 1:15 pm
Horseshoe Casino
1000 Broadway Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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Signature Speaker Series

Topic: Welcome to a Brave New World!
Presenter: Geno Church, Brains on Fire
Eventbrite - Signature Speaker Series - January 15, 2016

Luncheon & Program from 11:30AM to 1:15 pm

Welcome to a Brave New World!

The new world of marketing is personal. It’s not about technology platforms or social media doodads–it’s about real relationships, real passion and real people. After all, at the end of the day, we’re all in the people business.

There’s no such thing as a magical marketing bullet. There’s no fixed formula or social media script for success. Every organization is made up of people – and building strong brands and organization begins with us.

Today, success takes more than a transaction. Every dollar is a declaration, and people want to do business with companies who are doing well by doing good. This is a journey that starts from within. Understanding passion provides actionable insights that empower marketers to authentically connect with the people who love their brands. These relationships and conversations lead to sharing because they put people, not the brand, first.

In this session, Geno Church, Lead Strategist and Passion Pirate at Brains on Fire, will share lessons from his book, The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing, exploring how passion compels brands to go above and beyond and inspires customers to talk, share and connect. Come prepared for a hefty dose of social research, a few real-world case studies…and a little bit of brand “commutiny.”

Key Take-Aways:

  • Find out why love and passion belong in the marketing world – and how the most successful brands have made them the core of their practice and purpose.
  • Explore how uncovering your personal wants and passions can help you better connect with your customers, foster community and spark word of mouth.
  • Find out what the newest and greatest word of mouth marketing research has to say – and how it can help your business.
  • Learn how to identify the three motivational triggers that spark authentic word of mouth – and why they matter.

There will be a book signing immediately following the luncheon.

Optional – Workshop from 2:00PM to 4:00PM

The Passion Conversation: Let’s Get Dirty

In this optional workshop Geno Church, Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer at Brains on Fire, will lead an immersive session exploring your brand values and beliefs, as well as the “why” behind what your organization does and how you do it. Utilizing the same exercises the agency uses internally with their creative team and clients, Geno will facilitate a Brains on Fire-style experience that digs into the functional, social and emotional aspects of your brand, a passion exploration, a community roundtable and a brand storytelling activity. This is an optional workshop for those who are willing to get their hands dirty and do some deep digging. Bring your team and come prepared to work hard and walk away with new insights, knowledge and tactics to implement when you head back home.

A few questions explored during this session:

  • What do you do?
  • What is your brand struggle?
  • What injustice does your brand fight against or for?
  • What are your brand values and beliefs?
  • What is your brand story?
  • Who are your customers? What is important to them?
  • How are you different/better than your competitors?
  • Why do you get out of bed each day?
  • Why do you do what you do?

Real Live Case Stories:

Speaker’s Bio:

Geno Church is the Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer at Brains on Fire, but he considers himself more of a “WOM Cupid” and a pathfinder for our clients. Geno shines at uncovering the DNA of sustainable word of mouth movements, and has walked the path with brands and organizations including Fiskars Brands, the National Center for Families Learning, Anytime Fitness, Love146 and The Environmental Defense Fund.

Geno is also a highly sought-after speaker, and relishes the opportunity to share his thoughts and spark conversation with brands and organizations of all sizes.

He has been a presenter and a workshop facilitator at events hosted by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Blackbaud BBCON (Australia), Influence Session Sydney and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, to name a few. He is widely quoted in blogs and co-author of two books, Brains On Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable Word of Mouth Movements and The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing. Geno is quoted in print on a regular basis, and thanks to his southern charm, is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

All attendees will receive the book, The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking, and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing by Robbin Phillips, Greg Cordell, Geno Church, John Moore.

Friday, January 15, 2016



1000 Broadway
Cincinnati, OH 45202

11:30AM – 1:15PM – Luncheon
1:15PM – 2:00 PM – Book Signing
2:00PM – 4:00PM – Workshop

Register by January 12 for Early Bird Pricing

SSS: $40 (includes the book: The Passion Conversation)
SSS + Workshop: $55

SSS: $50 (includes the book: The Passion Conversation)
SSS + Workshop: $65

Student Members:
SSS + Workshop: $25 (includes the book: The Passion Conversation)

Student Guests:
SSS + Workshop: $30 (includes the book: The Passion Conversation)

Menu choices:

Roast Pork Loin with Dried Cranberry Jus Lie and Yukon Mash, Key Lime Tart.

Vegetarian Meal: Portabella Raviolis with Creamy Marinara and Rosemary Green Beans

Eventbrite - Signature Speaker Series - January 15, 2016

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January 15, 2016
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