May 18-20, 2015 Cambridge, MA
 
Expert speakers
Hands-on workshops
Social events
Sarah Green Senior Associate Editor at Harvard Business Review
Under her tenure as the host of HBR’s IdeaCast, the podcast has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award and routinely tops lists of the most popular business and management podcasts. Sarah also manages daily content for HBR.org, edits articles for the website and magazine, edits books and ebooks, and manages the video program.
Ann Handley Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs
Ann Handley is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the world’s first Chief Content Officer. Ann speaks and writes about how you can rethink your business's marketing strategy. She is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education company with the largest community of marketers in its category.
Justine Jordan Marketing Director at Litmus
In addition to being an email critic, cat lover, and explain-a-holic, Justine is also marketing director at Litmus. You can find her organizing the world's only conference for people who make email, editing Litmus' latest blog post, or speaking at industry events. She’s strangely passionate about email, hates being called a spammer, and isn't scared to belch on camera.
Phil Nottingham Senior Consultant at Distilled
Phil is the in-house video marketing expert and chief meme generator at Distilled. Coming from an eclectic background in theatre dramaturgy, broadcast technology, video design, stage-combat, and social media, Phil now combines marketing prognostication with ranting both in the written and spoken forms.
Wil Reynolds Founder of SEER Interactive
Wil got his start in internet marketing in '99, when he joined a web marketing agency and began spearheading SEO strategies for Fortune 500 clients. He is passionate about driving traffic to sites by doing what he terms "RCS" and analyzing the impact that traffic has on the company's bottom line.
Chris Savage CEO at Wistia
In an era before Wistia, Chris worked in video production, where he helped produce and bring to theaters an Emmy Award–winning feature-length documentary. Chris gets amped up talking about entrepreneurship, marketing, video, company building, and behavioral economics.
Brendan Schwartz CTO at Wistia
At Wistia, Brendan relentlessly pursues simplicity in the product, technology, and design. He thinks a backend service should be less like a Swiss Army knife and more like, you know, a single knife that’s really, really good at the one job it has to do. Talk to him about self-driving cars, fly fishing, or bizarre hypothetical questions, and he'll get really riled up.
Connect with others who care about the same things you do! Workshops at WistiaFest are a unique opportunity to share personal experiences and learn in a small group. Attendees will choose two of the following tracks:
Video Production
Get your fill of beginner-intermediate production tips, including helping people feel comfortable on camera and making your low-budget video look professional.
Post-Production and Editing
Get advice on choosing the right editing software for your needs, basic editing concepts and tricks, and advanced techniques like color correction and motion graphics.
Pre-Production and Concepting
Learn how to effectively plan for each video you make, including idea generation and scripting. It can be trickier than it seems, but it’s super important!
Using Video Across Your Business
Hear from audience-building experts on how to use video consistently in your content strategy and as a tool to scale communication.
Marketing with Wistia
Make video work harder for your business with these tips on integrating video strategy with site metrics, lead generation, and – wait for it – social and YouTube!
Running a Video Business
Video is your business! You’ve got videography down pat, but here, you’ll learn from experts about running your business, working with clients, and proving the value of video to others.
Building a Brand with Video
Think your industry is too boring for great video? We’ll convince you otherwise. Learn how even the biggest B2C brands are realizing the importance of humanizing your brand, and get takeaways on how to start putting a human face on your own business.
Monday, May 18th
Wistia HQ
6 PM
Welcome Reception
Royal Sonesta Hotel
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9 - 12 PM
Talks
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Discussion
2 - 5 PM
Workshop Track 1
5 - 6 PM
Happy Hour
Various Boston Locations
6 PM ONWARD
After-Hours Adventures
Royal Sonesta Hotel
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9 - 12 PM
Talks
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Discussion
2 - 5 PM
Workshop Track 2
Wistia HQ
5 - 8 PM
Closing Party
After-Hours Adventures
Various Boston Locations, 6 PM, Tuesday, May 19th
We've got a bunch of fun activities planned to give you a true taste of Boston in the summer! Each attendee will choose either a boat tour of the Charles River or a Red Sox game at Fenway, all included in the price of your WistiaFest ticket.
Wondering what it will be like?
Watch a recap of last year’s WistiaFest.
Ready for WistiaFest 2015?
We can't wait to see you.
Who is Wistiafest For?
Last year, video innovators in a wide variety of roles gathered from all over the world to represent the future of video marketing. WistiaFest is for:
CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs
Takeaways: how to build your brand with video, where video fits in your business strategy, and which production options are right for your company.

14
Percent of last year's attendees
Marketing directors and content strategists
Takeaways: how to integrate video with your existing marketing strategy and tools, tips on coming up with consistent content, when video is the most effective medium, and how to measure the success of your efforts.
44
Percent of last year's attendees
Videographers, designers, and art directors
Takeaways: the latest trends in business video production and gear, strategies for proving the value of video to clients or in-house collaborators, and authentic storytelling for brands.
31
Percent of last year's attendees
Customer success leaders and training managers
Takeaways: how to scale communication effectively with video, pre-production tips for clearly conveying a message to your audience, and when to use video for customer training or internal use.
12
Percent of last year's attendees
  • Max Anderson, Nextiva
    WistiaFest provides information and hands on experience that is extremely useful for both beginners to video and experts alike. It was amazing to get an insight into how other attendees use video in their own industry and then apply those techniques to my own work.
  • Victoria Araj, Quicken Loans Blog Team Leader
    WistiaFest offers a comfortable setting with peers who are seeking the same goals. Want to be better at marketing using video? Want to engage your audience and broaden it? Want to quantify and measure its success? Come to WistiaFest and make it happen.
  • Ben McCormack, Fog Creek/Trello
    When I decide to take time away for a conference, I want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. There was no time wasted at WistiaFest, which was packed end-to-end with incredibly valuable content and constant opportunities to get to know great people.
  • Elijah Tiegs, Moz
    The variety of expertise between the speakers and fellow attendees make Wistiafest a great place to learn and problem-solve. I came away with a dozen new ideas for how to improve our video processes.
  • Jared Serfozo, Accrisoft
    The perfect mix of learning and cocktail hours, WistiaFest is like a house party with hundreds of your friends; but these friends all like talking about online video. Learn what equipment everyone else is using and the secrets Wistia uses. Also, there was a dunk tank... and dunk tanks are awesome.
Need help convincing your boss?
We’ve got you covered.
Ready for WistiaFest 2015?
We can't wait to see you.
Travel
Getting here
Fly into Logan Airport and take a short cab ride or the subway—called the T—to the Lechmere stop on the green line.
Staying here
Wistia has arranged for a limited number of discounted hotel rates ($275/night) at the Royal Sonesta Hotel , which is the venue for speakers and workshops on the 19th and 20th.
FAQ
Can I apply to be a speaker? Can I suggest someone as a speaker?
We have most of our slots nailed down, but we do have a few other opportunities to get involved with WistiaFest. Feel free to shoot us a note at events@wistia.com.
Can I get a refund on my ticket?
We’ll miss you, but we’ll definitely try! Email us, and we’ll see what we can do.
Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?
Sure, but we’d appreciate some notice, so that we can update our registration info. Please email us for any ticketing changes.
Why do I get an error message when I try to book a hotel room?
The discounted hotel room blocks are only available for the evenings of May 18, 19, and 20. If you want to book additional nights before or after WistiaFest, you’ll need to do that separately, through the regular Royal Sonesta site.
View the WistiaFest Code of Conduct

In light of recent public conversations spurred by behavior at other conferences, and in the spirit of being both proactive and inclusive, it's important for us to communicate our commitment to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment or exclusionary behavior in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

We want WistiaFest to be a comfortable, positive experience for everyone, and we want to foster a welcoming, considerate atmosphere. We ask that everyone conduct themselves in a polite, respectful manner, even if disagreements occur; we're all here to learn from one another!

If you experience or witness anything that makes you uncomfortable, online or offline, please alert a Wistia employee or send an email to community manager Elise Ramsay at elise@wistia.com. We welcome your feedback, and thank you for working with us to make WistiaFest a safe, enjoyable, and welcoming experience for everyone!

Sponsors
Sponsorship of WistiaFest is all about making the event more accessible for people who want to attend. If you’re interested in sponsoring attendees this year, please reach out to events@wistia.com.
Each WistiaFest ticket includes all of the keynote talks, 2 hands-on workshop tracks (6 sessions total), 3 social events, and 1 off-site Boston sightseeing adventure.