Symposium Scottsdale 2016

Thank you for your interest in Symposium Scottsdale!

The event took place on February 10 - 11, 2016 at the luxurious JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over 500 attendees joined us to experience education, business planning and most importantly networking.  You can view photos from the event here.

Our Symposium events are your opportunity to see the Rakuten Marketing Network come to life! 

Symposium Scottsdale 2016

Event Details

When & Where
  • February 10 -  11, 2016
  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
    5402 East Lincoln Drive
    Scottsdale, AZ 85253
    p. +1-480-948-1700
    view map

General Registration Fee: $599/pass if registered by 12/4/2015. $675 thereafter.
Agency Registration Fee: $399/pass

Registration includes full access on Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11. 

Note: Attendance to Advertiser University on Wednesday, February 10 is not included in the registration fee and costs $499 to attend. Please select to add a pass to this session during the registration process if you plan to attend.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • For both new and experienced Rakuten Affiliate Network Advertisers: Learn what it takes to manage a successful affiliate marketing program. This full-day session includes updated lectures, Publisher panel discussion, hands-on training, break-out sessions, templates and action plans to take with you. Meet and learn from top Rakuten Affiliate Network program managers and Publishers. Click here for more details.

    (Cost $499 online/$599 at the door)

  • 9:00 AM—8:00 PM
  • Join other attendees and Rakuten Marketing team members for cocktails and heavy hors d'ouevres from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • 8:00 AM—9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
  • For first time attendees or anyone looking for a refresher on how to make the most of their time at Symposium.

  • 9:00 AM—9:45 AM
    Executive Remarks
  • Keynote Session will follow executive remarks.

    Unlocking Your Inner Greatness for Affiliate Marketing Success
    Speaker: Lewis Howes

    Are you ready to unlock your inner greatness to achieve even more success? Lewis Howes’ original dream growing up was to be a professional athlete and be an Olympian.  After getting injured while playing professional football, he immediately thought about how to achieve the next dream. This new dream was achieved via the power of affiliate marketing, connecting with others, and taking hold of the moment. Lewis will share his story, his affiliate marketing successes and failures, and give you tools to make the most of your time at Symposium. The keynote presentation will be followed by a workshop to help you create connections throughout your time at the event, as the key to powerful affiliate marketing is all about the relationships you form.

  • Join us for lunch and break up the busy day with fellow event attendees and Rakuten Marketing staff. 

  • Publisher Showcase will highlight five thriving Publishers in the Rakuten Affiliate Network. Each Publisher will take the stage for 10 minutes to present on what they do, the opportunities within their platform, and how they can partner with Advertisers. This session is a tremendous opportunity for Advertisers looking to explore new relationships or expand on existing relationships. For Publishers, it is a chance to learn more about what is happening within the space.

    Speakers: BillAway, Buzztala, InfoLinks, Okanjo, and Ziff Davis

  • Three exciting and relevant educational sessions. Session 1 and 3 to be announced soon. 

    • Session #1: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

      Advertisers and Publishers Evolve as Industry Shifts

      Built on great customer experience and interest in brands, the affiliate marketing space has matured into a significant channel for driving sales for advertisers of all sizes, and will continue to grow. In this session, we will review the key takeaways from the new research, including tips to improve your program.


      Cristy Ebert, Senior Director Marketing, Rakuten Affiliate Network
      Alex Czurylo, VP, Operations, Rakuten Affiliate Network

    • Session #2 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm

      Practices in Two Hot Trends – Personalization and Mobile

      Industry leader Dynamic Yield is transforming consumer shopping by delivering the personalized
      experience. Come join us to learn more about how your business can leverage the best practices and trends being shared on personalization.

    • Session #3 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

      SEO Best Practices and Other Ways to Be a Better Web Citizen

      In the post Panda and Penguin World, SEO is more important and more difficult than it has ever been for both Advertisers and Publishers. In this session, you will learn basic and advanced tips to ensure your website is in good shape for search engines. We will touch on on-page optimization, video and content marketing strategies and the importance of email lists.


      Ivan Pena, Senior Manager, Client Services, Rakuten Affiliate Network

  • Rakuten Marketing's famous DealMaker! This block of time allows attendees to meet with current and future business partners in the DealMaker room. There will be 50+ DealMaker tables representing both Advertisers and Publishers. Rakuten Marketing clients are all eligible to purchase a Rakuten Marketing DealMaker sponsorship to highlight your participation during this popular networking segment at Symposium Scottsdale.

  • 7:00 PM—10:00 PM
    After Party



JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5302 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
p. +1 480-948-1700
view map

Vibrant and serene, bold and enchanting, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa offers guests a luxurious retreat in the middle of the stunning Sonoran Desert. The spectacular Scottsdale resort features a full-service spa, two meticulously maintained golf courses and seven celebrated restaurants serving everything from prime steaks to handmade flatbreads to sizzling fajitas. Indulge in a luxurious and unforgettable experience at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
p. +1 480-627-3200
view map

The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is located just under a mile from the JW Marriott, a short 15 minute walk or 5 minute ride. 

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

A discounted rate of $309 USD per night plus tax (currently 13.17%) will be available until January 19, 2016 or until sold out. Reservations can be made by calling 480-948-1700 or through the designated booking site. Be sure to identify that you are booking under the group name "Rakuten Marketing." All reservation requests will require a credit card and a deposit for one (1) room night. Deposits will be refunded for rooms cancelled more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival. Name changes to room reservations may be made up to seven (7) days prior to arrival at no charge. 

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

A discounted rate of $319 USD per night plus tax (currently 13.17%) will be available until sold out. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-627-3010. Be sure to identify that you are booking under the group name "Rakuten Marketing."

  • Airport Information
    All major domestic and international airlines serve Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
  • Ground Transportation Information
    The estimated taxi fare for transportation to the resort is $40 USD.

About the Attendees

Rakuten Marketing Symposium events are the premier gathering place for online performance marketing leaders. Attendees have included hundreds of executives from top companies doing business online, representatives from leading and innovative publisher websites, and online marketers from Rakuten Marketing's client base of over 600 advertisers.



Make the most of your time at the event by creating extra exposure for your brand by being a sponsor! The best way to increase your revenue is to meet with your online marketing partners face to face. By being front and center at the event as a sponsor, you won't miss an opportunity.

We offer a variety of sponsorship packages that provide a range of participation and brand exposure opportunities the event. Our custom Affiliate Marketing sponsorships are designed to achieve your goals!

Contact events with inquiries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the purpose of this event?

    This is a networking event for Advertisers and Publishers in the Rakuten Affiliate Network where meetings take place related to driving sales for Advertisers and driving commissions for Publishers. It is also an opportunity to learn about the Rakuten Affiliate Network and about the industry in general.

  • What is the conference dress code?

    Attire for Symposium Scottsdale is business casual.

  • How do I obtain a press pass?

    To inquire about a press pass, please contact us at

  • What is Pathable?

    Pathable is a private online community open exclusively to Symposium Scottsdale attendees to network with fellow attendees prior to the event. The community will launch in November. Once launched, all registered attendees will receive an invitation to join the community directly from Pathable within 24 hours of registering for the event. If you do not receive the invitation please contact

  • What is DealMaker?

    DealMaker is a session at every Rakuten Marketing Symposium event where attendees have the opportunity to network with Advertisers and Publishers who have purchased a DealMaker sponsorship. Sponsors display their collateral and giveaways at their table. It is a great way for sponsors to gain exposure at the event and for attendees to have meaningful conversations with potential partners. 

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