‘Go the distance’ to captivate and engage your target audience online

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Social media is drastically changing the communications landscape, and organizations of all types—from small nonprofits to legacy media brands—must adapt to stay in the forefront of audiences’ minds and hearts.

In this fireside keynote, Terry Hurlbutt, vice president and general manager of digital for “Good Morning America,” will share lessons learned from relaunching the social media strategy for the No. 1 morning show. She’ll share how they’re reaching and interacting with their viewers through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, along with insights on the future for news brands and beyond—including targeting through data, content creation and more.

March 2019

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Terry Hurlbutt serves as vice president and general manager of digital for “Good Morning America.” In this position, she leads the No. 1 morning show’s rapid news and lifestyle-focused digital expansion, including content creation, distribution, opening of new revenue streams and identifying opportunities to expand audience reach. In 2018, Hurlbutt led the launch of GMA’s new website, a newsletter and a robust, original slate of video franchises and features. From spotlights on first generation college students, including a special message from former first lady Michelle Obama, and women running for office in the 2018 midterm elections to stars offering advice to their younger selves in “Take It From Me,” Hurlbutt’s content and distribution strategy has grown GMA’s target audience by 70 percent in less than a year. Prior to this role, Hurlbutt was responsible for audience development strategies across the Disney | ABC Television Group’s brand portfolio, including ABC Entertainment, Freeform and Disney Channel, and led ABC News’ first audience development team. She instituted a data-driven focus on content and distribution decisions that impact news alerts, live-streaming, mobile-first programming best practices and new initiatives including Google AMP, Facebook Instant Articles and Facebook Live. Hurlbutt joined ABC News from Google and YouTube, where she co-led North America partnerships for the launch of YouTube Kids, led the lifestyle vertical for the first wave of YouTube Originals, and managed strategy for media partnerships across Google.

Jake Jacobson is director of public relations at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, where he shares patients’ inspiring stories and physicians’ innovative care with an ever-growing audience through national editorial coverage, social media and community engagement. In nearly 20 years of experience in brand-side social media, media relations and daily journalism, Jake continues to hone his PR skills through immersion, experimentation and learning from his friends (and his mistakes).