#DigitalSummitStoryTelling Trended Yesterday, So You Better Read This

Summit Media held its second digital convention for over 900 brand leaders on August 2. Here's a quick recap, straight from an insider.
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Our parent company, Summit Media, held its second digital convention on August 2, at SM Aura's Samsung Hall. The theme for this year's event was "Storytelling for Brands: Global Trends, Insights, and Best Practices In Content Marketing And Native Advertising."

Here's Cosmopolitan Philippines' Editorial Director Myrza Sison, who hosted the Digital Summit.

What's a digital event without it trending on social media? #DigitalSummitStoryTelling trended on Twitter, thanks to hundreds of brand leaders who posted about the event. Here's proof that the hashtag beat #JadineOnTeenVogue, LOL: 

So what exactly happens at a digital summit? Well, imagine a ginormous classroom with a bunch of digital geeks teaching you all the cool things they learned on the job.

Look at that crowd!

For this class, the teachers were from Summit Media—including our president, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, who delivered the opening remarks.

Summit Media's Print and Digital Publisher, Edna Belleza, kicked things off by explaining the digital publishing landscape, focusing on millennials (That's us!) who prefer their social media newsfeeds over email or search. 

Next up was Chris Guenther, Vice President for Business Operations at Cosmopolitan's US headquarters, Hearst Magazines International. He shared Hearst's best practices for native advertising, including reasons why it's the way to go if you want brand awareness. 

Here's Amina Rillo, Summit Media Director For Digital Strategy, talking about the power of using video content.

Iza Santos and Mikey Agulto from Summit Media's Creative Solutions Team gave a talk show-inspired presentation on what sets native content apart from other forms of advertising.

Iza and Mikey's presentation was followed by yours truly—I talked about how in digital publishing, there's no such thing as writer's block, because all you really need to do is look at your data (Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, etc.), and you're bound to find a story! 

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After Cosmo.ph's presentation, other Summit editors also shared their digital discoveries on the job:

Here's Preview magazine's editor-in-chief, Isha Valles, who announced that Stylebible.ph will be Preview.ph soon!

Spot.ph editor-in-chief Joanna Manalastas talked about the power of the listicle (List + Article):


Pep.ph's Managing Editor, Karen Pagsolingan, gave a very entertaining talk about how PEP is able to find multiple angles for one story topic. 

After the digital editors' talk, there was a brief Q&A:

The program closed with Summit Media Group Advertising Director, Flo Bienvenido, giving a recap of the event. 

Of course, this successful Digital Summit couldn't end without a group pic! 'Til next year! 

(From left) Jillian Gatcheco, Chris Guenther, Flo Bienvenido, Edna Belleza, Myrza Sison, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Amina Rillo, Iza Santos, Mikey Agulto, Jo-Anne Maglipon, Karen Pagsolingan, and Isha Valles.

For more photos from the Digital Summit, check the hashtag #DigitalSummitStoryTelling on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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