Interact Conference


The health and wellbeing of our attendees and community is still our number one priority. So, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Interact Conference, previously rescheduled for May 2021, due to COVID-19. For now, we have ruled out hosting a virtual event in 2021 in order to maintain the interactive experience of our event. Our new dates are Wednesday-Thursday, May 18-19, 2022.


We'd love to have you plan to join us next May! If you already have a ticket, you may hold onto it for the 2022 conference. (Any extra free ticket codes you may have will also stay valid for next year's event if you choose to keep your ticket). But if you'd prefer, you may request a full refund for your ticket via the contact info on our Eventbrite ticket purchase page. Our full speaker lineup has committed to stay on board with us for May 2022, including Ann Handley, Will Leach, AJ Wilcox, Jessica Best and the rest of our fantastic roster. And you can be sure we'll be using this extra time to create an even better conference next year!


Thank you, we wish you the best during this difficult time.

-The interact20 Team




Columbus, Ohio. Interact happens in The Ohio Union on the campus of THE Ohio State University. 

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Conference Day

May 18, 2022 @9am-4pm

Soak up all the awesomeness with hundreds of your (soon-to-be) closest marketing friends as you learn and laugh with some of the industry’s biggest brains and brightest stars.


Workshop Day

May 19, 2022 @ 9am-3pm

Regroup with your Interact family for an exciting day of discovery filled with intimate idea-sharing and skill-sharpening sessions led by super-smart digital marketing pros.

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Ann is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author who speaks worldwide about how businesses can escape marketing mediocrity to ignite tangible results. IBM named her one of the 7 people shaping modern marketing. She is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs; a LinkedIn Influencer; a keynote speaker, mom, dog person, and writer.


Will is the founder of TriggerPoint, which helps today's largest brands understand and change consumer behavior through Behavioral Research and Design. He's the author of the bestselling book "Marketing to MindStates: The Practical Field Guide to Applying Behavioral Design to Marketing" and also a 2-time winner of the EXPLOR Award for behavioral science research innovation.


Jessica, massive email marketing nerd and permission-marketing evangelist, is VP of Data-Driven Marketing for Barkley. She's worked to lift ROI in customer- and data-driven marketing for brands like Dairy Queen, Spirit Airlines, Winnebago, Planet Fitness, Beauty Brands, Hostess,, Farmland Foods, Hallmark Baby, At Home, Banfield Pet Hospitals, SelectQuote, Boulevard Brewing Company, and more.


Lianna Patch is a conversion copywriter and comedian whose greatest dream is to make your customers pause, smile, and click (in that order). Conquer campaigns with her at Punchline Conversion Copywriting, or get quick copy jobs done at SNAP Copy.


AJ Wilcox is a LinkedIn Ads pro who founded, a LinkedIn Ads-specific ad agency, in 2014. As official LinkedIn partners, they manage some of the world's most sophisticated global advertising accounts. He's a ginger and a triathlete. He and his wife live in Utah, with their four kids, and his company car is a wicked-fast go-kart.


Douglas Burdett is Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY, a manufacturing marketing agency, and is the host of The Marketing Book Podcast, which was named by LinkedIn as one of "10 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Marketer" and by Forbes as one of "11 Smart Podcasts That Will Keep You In The Know."

In lieu of a mid-life crisis, Douglas started performing standup comedy. He's all better now, thanks.


Brooke B. Sellas is the CEO & Founder of B Squared Media, an award-winning, done-for-you social media management, advertising, and customer care agency. She recently joined Mark Schaefer as the new co-host on the top-rated Marketing Companion podcast. Brooke's marketing mantra is "Think Conversation, Not Campaign" so be sure to give her a shout on Twitter.


John Fimiani is CEO and co-founding Partner at Upward Brand Interactions. With over 30 years of marketing experience, he has a proven track record in building successful businesses, brands and products in a diverse range of industries such as B2B, healthcare and consumer packaged goods.


Chris Askew is the founder of TILT!, a marketing & branding agency and the host of TAG!, a sales & marketing podcast. Chris is passionate about sales enablement. He coaches businesses on how they can build their bottom line by getting their sales & marketing teams on the same page. Chris is an avid learner and he loves photography. You can usually find him with a book or a camera in his hand.


Jordan Link is a Sales Optimization Manager at IGS Energy in Dublin, OH. A self-professed Excel nerd, he preaches that analytics should be exciting and actionable, not boring and predictable. Jordan has a background in Marketing and Finance with expertise in both online and offline data analytics.


Maggie Babuder, advertising and analytics aficionado and all-around people person, manages paid search for Cleveland Clinic worldwide. She is responsible for campaign development, execution and measurement across multiple institutes, conditions and locations. She is proud to be Cleveland born and bred and will likely show you pictures of her dog whether you ask or not.


David Kragel is the Vice President of Performance Marketing at Upward Brand Interactions and has over a decade of experience in planning, executing and optimizing successful digital marketing programs. David is passionate about developing customized marketing campaigns that convert prospects into qualified leads across virtually every industry.


Kristen Kaltenstein is Client Strategy Director at Upward Brand Interactions. By action, Kristen is a customer-obsessed, client-thrilling, performance-driving, Google Sheets-ninja-ing cross-channel marketing savant. If you're ever in a pinch for a karaoke partner, give her a call.



  • Each year, the Interact Conference provides the fuel needed to make an impact on our business... We soak up as much as possible, then come back ready to incorporate all of the key tactics and strategies we have learned. It is an invaluable experience in every way - and gets better every year.

  • Interact brings inspiration and passion to marketers of all levels. It provides knowledge and new perspectives to challenge marketers to grow their thinking and feel passionate about their influence in the world.

  • I have attended the Interact conference for two years now and each time I have walked away with valuable insight into how to more effectively reach our digital marketing goals. The speakers are knowledgeable and the attendees are eager to learn and network.

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