By: Dennis Schiraldi

To say that I’m obsessed with making DOYO Live a world class marketing event right here in Youngstown, Ohio is an understatement. I live this 24x7x365. It’s not just happening on August 3, 2017, for me…It happens every minute of every day, into the wee hours of the night and first thing in the morning.

I am in constant pursuit of working to bring more value to the good people of the Youngstown Area. I know it’s not always perfect, but we are willing to try things that others normally wouldn’t attempt by pushing the boundaries of modern technology to be disruptive in a good way.

For me, it’s all about providing value all year around, for free, so that 1x per year you want to attend a conference to gain more knowledge from world-class speakers and network with other marketing professionals.

I love the idea of coming together with people that have a shared interest in marketing.

You may not know this but I’m an educator at heart…An undergraduate and master’s degree in education from a liberal arts university, which classifies me as a life-long learner on a journey of celebrating the process.

When I put DOYO Live together in my mind I wanted to do something good for the City of Youngstown. I was tired of being away from my true love and passion, my wife and my kids, attending marketing conferences, everywhere but here!!!

Setting out I wanted to accomplish something that would help to contribute to changing the game, setting the bar that would help improve the overall competency level of marketing, business, sales and design professionals through our conference, including my own!!!

Last year we had Joe Pulizzi, a top-50 influencer in the world of marketing deliver an amazing keynote. This year Debra Jasper, a veteran speaker of nationally respected conferences like PubCon, speaks all over the world and will keynote DOYO Live…That’s amazing!!!

What’s even more amazing is that our little conference will feature breakout session leaders that will be speaking at several of the most reputable marketing conferences in the country, including Marketo Marketing Nation Summit, HubSpot’s Inbound 17 (which attracts 20,000 people), Content Marketing World in Cleveland and PubCon.

These conferences on average cost $1,500 to attend, not counting travel and time out of work. You get to see, meet and interact with several of these speakers collectively in one spot for a fraction of the cost, literally early bird tickets for DOYO Live are $150 until May 31, 2017!

PLUS, you get to interact with other business and marketing professionals from the Youngstown area.

DOYO Live will attract attendees and speakers once again from all over the US and I guess you can say we are international because we do have friends coming from Canada again for the 2nd consecutive year.

Over the past year, I’ve made it my personal goal to try to meet everyone (on a 1×1 basis) that attended DOYO Live in 2017. Which was a challenge, considering there were over 200+ people and only 365-days in a year. I can honestly say that I got over 50% of the way there…If I missed you my apologies.

Meeting attendees, speakers, and sponsors over coffee, lunch, a casual encounter or an adult beverage.

I’ve listened, asked for feedback, what can we do better, what changes need to be made, how do we keep it fresh…

Some things I’m most proud of coming off 2016 is that a number of attendees gained more knowledge and implemented the strategy, others are doing business with each other, some increased their network and I know several people that got JOBS!!!

That’s pretty cool…I also found out what needed to be fixed. You’ve got to hug your haters and while we had very few, I’m a big believer in there’s always room for improvement. In fact, it was less than 24-hours after the conference last year that I already started thinking about things I wanted to fix.

So as we exit May and head into June, I want to invite each and every one of you to take full-advantage of our early bird ticket pricing. I can assure you, that I dedicate each and every day, working into the late hours of the night on our social media strategy, messaging, preparing blogs just like this one, discussing logistics, smoothing over operations, just so we can deliver a world-class event that you deserve, right here in Youngstown, Ohio!

While I know it’s not the possible, I’d love for each and every one of you to attend DOYO Live in 2017. If you cannot make it be sure to take full advantage of our free content offerings on our blogFacebook Live marketing show, free webinars and much much more.

If you could tell your friends, neighbors, college roomies about this event going on in the city that is home to the #1 ranked university technology incubator in the world, a city with one of the largest concentrations of 3D printing equipment in R&D, a top-notch university located and a vibrant downtown where people are living in historic buildings that are coming back to life, eating and drinking in our restaurants and attending concerts at our venues.

Thank-you for reading this, following, liking and sharing our content on social media and coming to DOYO Live, it means absolutely everything in the world to me!!! See you in August!!!