Marketing Local Companies Through Technology

Marketing Local Companies Through Technology

The 2022 MarkeTech conference will be held on June 21-22 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Readers of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association can receive a $50.00 discount by entering the code NREA22 at GROW Nebraska will bring in expert speakers, vendors, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, and businesses alike for the 12th annual MarkeTech Conference. The conference will be packed with hand-ons workshops and sessions geared to help business owners learn to grow, scale, and develop their business through marketing and technology. Keeping true to the purpose of MarkeTech, this conference will allow Nebraska’s business owners and surrounding states to have access to expert speakers at an affordable price, making it a national experience unlike no other. 


To kick off MarkeTech, Maria Elena Duron will return to Nebraska for the first time since 2018 to bring her wealth of knowledge in all aspects of digital initiatives for any sized business. Duron is a digital marketing professional with over 18 years of experience. She works to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online. Duron helps both small and large businesses recognize where their customers spend time, how they make decisions, and how to identify best practices for customer conversions


As an experienced speaker, Duron also has been awarded the Excellence in Small Business Award and Person of Vision award for the state of Texas by the Texas Governor’s office. Duron is recognized by the Grow with Google Program and certified to speak professionally with Google. 


“We are so excited to welcome Maria Elena Duron back to Nebraska to share her digital marketing expertise with Nebraska business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to host a conference with big speakers that can share their experiences with our local communities across the state,” commented GROW Nebraska Founder and CEO, Janell Anderson Ehrke. 


During the keynote session, attendees will hear from Duron on how zero party data works with personalization, and why the concept is important for engaging customers. 


“If people don’t know you exist, they can’t do business with you,” comments Duron. A key point in her keynote session titled, “Market in Moments.” 


Attendees will also learn how to produce the best customer experiences to nurture conversions and analyze trends in customer engagement. Duron will also cover several other topics in sessions throughout the conference including Connections that Convert and Get your Local Business on Google Search and Maps. 


Other speakers from all over Nebraska will be in attendance offering their expertise in the industry including: Marty Jarvis of Russ’s Market stores, Donald Everett Jr. of Runza, Lori Cody of Inspirata, David Lano of Control Yours, and many more experienced marketing and technology professionals. 


Conference attendees can not only expect to gain the expert advice from speakers in marketing and technology, but also an experience like no other. MarkeTech is the only conference of its kind being offered in Nebraska, bringing in experienced individuals while staying local. Attendees will learn how to get into big box retailers like Whole Foods and Russ’s Market, benefit from networking opportunities, and have the ability to discover new vendors, as the exhibit hall will be jam-packed with goods and services for business owners and entrepreneurs to explore.


For more information about MarkeTech 2022 or to register, visit


Article as seen on Nebraska Magazine by Alyssa Wyant

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