This Saturday I was lucky enough to attend AMA’s Northeast Regional conference at Pace University with a few other members of TCNJ’s chapter of the American Marketing Association. This annual conference is a great opportunity for students from all over the Northeast to come together and learn from leaders in the industry about the latest marketing trends and to gain valuable professional experience.

The day was set to begin at 6:20 in the morning. Rise and shine! Funny thing is…I didn’t wake up to the alarm that I set for 5 o’clock and instead was jolted awake at 6:40 when our chapter’s vice president called asking where I was. Who needs coffee when you can run on adrenaline, right?! Right. So in 17 minutes I went from pajamas to professional…that has to be a record!

So at 7:00am we started our trip into Manhattan. From TCNJ to Harrison by car, from Harrison to 33rd Street by Path train, from 33rd Street to Cortlandt Station by Subway, and from Cortlandt Station to Pace University by foot…in the rain. But we made it!

Just a bit of fog!

Just a bit of fog!

 

When we arrived at Pace, we were welcomed by the President and Vice President of Pace University Marketing Association, more commonly referred to as PUMA. Very clever. They handed us raffle tickets and showed us to our seats for a nice breakfast and introduction. The theme for this year’s conference was Entertainment Marketing, perhaps because it was held the day before the entertainment industry’s most favorite event of the entire year: The Oscars.

Next up were the keynote speakers. First was Peter Stern, President of Strategic Agency, a marketing firm based in New York City with a focus on finding the newest ways of bringing brands into the 21st century and beyond. He introduced the group to the idea of constant innovation in the workplace. Brainstorm. Be creative. Learn from your mistakes. It isn’t about how much experience you have, it’s about how well you can adapt to the situation you’ve been given.

The final speaker of the day was Howard Homonoff, lawyer, managing consultant, media/communications/entertainment executive. The list goes on. His takeaway for us was that the way to be successful is through effective communication. Now this means Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs (like this one!) and whatever else it takes to get your message out there to as many people as possible. The more we communicate, the more likely we are to succeed. He makes a great point!

To wrap up the day we had a friendly marketing case competition. We were handed an object to sell to the room in a 30 to 60 second pitch. Too easy, right? What’s the catch? You had to sell the item without saying what it was. This increased the difficulty by, oh I don’t know, 1,000%!!! Our team had to sell AMC Movie Theater Tickets…so naturally we decided to act out a film! I think the judges liked our production of The Karate Kid, because we received first place in the conference! Definitely a fun way to end a productive and educational day!

WE GOT TROPHIES!

WE GOT TROPHIES!

 

So that was my Pace Conference experience! An awesome way to get together with other marketing students and learn all about the industry.

Later this week I’ll tell you all about Peter Stern’s latest business venture in New Orleans! But until then…

Cheers,

Liz

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