Another C3 is in the books – and it was our biggest, best organic marketing conference yet. From May 6-8, 2019, hundreds of top digital marketers from leading brands around the world gathered in New York City for three days of inspiration, innovation, connection, and fun.

Here are the highlights from C3 2019:

Big Ideas, Inspiring Speakers: Keynotes and Sessions

We come together at C3 every year to learn and grow first and foremost. So this year, we featured some of our best speakers and most exciting ideas ever. There’s no way we could cover all of the great content from all of the keynotes here, so what follows are a few notable callouts:

Our very own Seth Besmertnik, CEO & Founder of Conductor, kicked off the conference by reminding us all of our mission as marketers: to humanize marketing by helping people.

Friend of the blog Rand Fishkin, Founder of SparkToro, was dapper as ever (let’s talk colorways, my guy!) breaking down the state of digital marketing in 2019 and how search marketers, social marketers, content marketers and advertisers can react to recent changes.

Crowd favorite Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO & Co-Founder of VaynerMedia brought the heat and challenged all of us to work harder and smarter. He doled out more the insights he’s discovered at the cutting edge of attention and culture.

And branding icon Julie Rice, Partner at WeWork & Co-Founder of SoulCycle, sat down for a wide-ranging talk with Seth Besmertnik, inspiring us all with her story, drive, and brilliance.

Meanwhile, the sessions at C3 2019 covered everything from customer experience to SEO automation to voice search and featured exciting marketing leaders from all different kinds of backgrounds.

Next-Level Product Reveals: Conductor Searchlight Feature Announcements

C3 is always a special opportunity for us to share our vision for the future of marketing technology. And this year, we made a host of huge Conductor Searchlight product announcements.

One of the biggest: our platform now serves social media insights alongside search insights in Explorer in Conductor Searchlight to give you the most holistic understanding of your customers you’ve ever had. We’re so excited to be working with our new partner Talkwalker to pair the best social listening data around with our best-in-class search data.

We also announced our new smart content briefs. No more cobbling together briefs by pulling insights from spreadsheets and emailing them to your content writers or manually uploading them to your project management platform.

Now, you can create content briefs right in Explorer, automatically populate them with our search, social, and demographic insights, and use Conductor Actions to send them directly to your project management platform. This is how easy your workflow should always be.

And we dropped our new multi-channel content measurement capabilities. See all of your analytics from paid, organic, social, email and more in one place to get a complete picture of the ROI of your content.

You can read more about all of the features we revealed at C3 2019 here. Everyone on the floor at C3 seemed pretty excited about where we’re going next!

Bonus: New Services Through Conductor Orchestra

We also made a huge announcement about expanded digital marketing strategic services – introducing Conductor Orchestra. Now, with Orchestra, every company can find the right level of content and SEO support from our experts.

Read more about how Conductor Orchestra works here.

Party Time: Opening Reception and Afterparty

If there’s one thing we know people love about C3, it’s the parties. We make sure to put on a good time for the digital marketing community, and this year, we worked hard to outdo ourselves.

We kicked off the conference with a rooftop tiki party – and, thankfully, the NYC weather cooperated for a beautiful evening.

Then, after Day 1 of programming, we threw the latest edition of the legendary C3 bash. Drinks, food, live music, and the best company in marketing – what more can you ask for?

(Thanks to unofficial C3 photographer Garth O’Brien of GoDaddy for snapping pics!)

Of course, marketers work hard and play hard, so we were glad to see everyone back in action the next morning.

And the Winner Is: The 2019 Searchie Awards

Every year, we recognize the best in digital marketing at C3 with the Searchie Awards. We had another great batch of winners at C3 2019 – see the full list of Searchies winners here. 

Thanks to our very own Joe Taylor and Mergim Selimaj for hosting. They displayed incredible comedic chemistry, and I’m sure we’re all interested to see what these two talented young men do next.

Humanizing Marketing Together: The C3 2019 Slack Channel

During his keynote, our CEO Seth Besmertnik launched, a free Slack channel that provides a place for everyone at C3 to help each other and stay in touch. Join the community here:

Honorable Mention

Last but not least in this rundown of C3 2019 highlights: who could forget the massive double chocolate chip cookies we had during the afternoon coffee break on Tuesday, May 7th?

I didn’t manage to get a picture of the cookies before I scarfed mine down (I think I blacked out), but they looked a little something like this:

In awe at the size of these lads. Absolute units.

Thanks to everyone who attended C3 for making it a conference to remember!

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