Symposium Scottsdale 2017

We're heading back to Scottsdale for 2017!

Symposium Scottsdale will take place on February 1-2, 2017 at the luxurious JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The event will bring over 500 attendees together to experience education, business planning and most importantly networking!  You can view photos from last year's event here!

Our Symposium events are your opportunity to see our network come to life!


Symposium Scottsdale 2017

Event Details

  • February 1-2, 2017
  • 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 12/5/2016. $675 thereafter.
Agency Registration Fee: $399/pass

Registration includes full access on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2.

Note: Attendance to Advertiser University on Wednesday, February 1 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 1, 2017
  • 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
    Jumpstart Networking + Registration
  • For first time attendees or anyone looking for a refresher on how to make the most of their time at Symposium.

  • 6:00 PM—8:00 PM
    Welcome Event
Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 8:00 AM—9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
  • 9:00 AM—9:45 AM
    Executive Remarks
    Salons A-G
  • Drawing from his unique personal experiences from the blackjack table to consulting with professional sports teams, Ma talks about innovative metrics in a way that will make you reevaluate how your group accesses talent, finds undervalued assets, and measures the true worth of your business. By eschewing emotion and honing in on hard facts and results, Ma has helped usher in what Newsweek calls "a new age of numbers in corporate America."

    Speaker: Jeff Ma, infamous member of the MIT Blackjack Team

  • 10:30 AM—10:45 AM
  • Customer data tells retailers and publishers a lot. They know, in a high level of detail, how they performed relative to 2015.  They know which products and categories broke out and which suffered.  They may have a sense for the customer segments that thrived and those that came up short.  But what's the story here? By scrutinizing the details, there is risk that we can lose the narrative.

    In this session, Slice’s Principal Analyst, Ken Cassar, will provide a retrospective on 2016, providing attendees with benchmarks for their categories and customer segments that will help contextualize their own data.  Ken will also talk to the broad e-commerce trends that began to emerge during 2016 that will shape 2017 and the years ahead.

    Speaker: Ken Cassar, Principal Analyst, Slice

  • Reserved lunch tables for 10 guests are available for purchase for $500. Contact for more details.

  • 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.    

    Featured Publishers: BorderX Lab, Honey, RedBarrel, Spring Marketplace and Saveit by Sorenson Media! 

  • Influencer marketing has quickly become one of the most prominent ways to reach potential customers, and is suggested to be a multi-billion dollar industry (and growing!) by eMarketer. But there are as many questions about this method as there is excitement. In this Strategy Session, learn everything you need to know about influencer marketing: what defines an influencer, the benefits and challenges, and how new trends in content has empowered influencers. You’ll also hear from a panel of experts on how influencers can help build your brand.

  • Test your compliance knowledge!  Your audience participation is needed in this session to help identify whether these everyday scenarios for retail, ecommerce and banking are compliant or in violation. Then, hear from our panel of experts on why these scenarios are in or out of compliance, and learn steps you can take to protect your brand.



  • 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


JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

The room block is now sold out!

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!

Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsor, Dorco! 

Dorco - Rakuten Marketing Symposium Scottsdale Diamond Sponsor

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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 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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