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AWeber Marks the Success of its First-Ever ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit

Event Attracts 230 Attendees and Becomes a Top 10 Trending Topic on Twitter

Chalfont, Pa. October 28, 2014 – On October 23rd and 24th, AWeber–the leading email service provider that helps small and medium sized businesses use email marketing to support business growth–hosted its first-ever ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit. Over 200 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and in-house marketing professionals gathered in Philadelphia for two days of digital marketing knowledge sharing, networking and fun.

CEO Tom Kulzer kicked-off ASCEND with an update on AWeber’s initiatives to further help businesses ascend to the next level with email marketing followed by the unveiling of AWeber’s newest team member and company mascot, Commander AJ. Summit attendees then dived into interactive presentations from the most recognized experts within the digital marketing industry. Twenty-two total presenters, panelists and speakers included author and Chief Content Officer at Marketing Profs Ann Handley; founder of HARO and ShankMinds Peter Shankman; Wil Reynolds founder of SEER Interactive; Robert Moore CEO and Co-Founder of RJMetrics; Stephanie Humphrey Tech Expert for Fox 29; and more.

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Feedback from attendees indicate the ASCEND summit was an overwhelming success. On day one of the conference, #ASCENDSUMMIT2014 became the 6th most used hashtag on Twitter in the U.S. Throughout the event, hundreds of tweets were shared and conveyed the success of the conference:

“Thanks to all of @aweber for an epic #AscendSummit2014 & many more!” – @jeremarketer

“@aweber 41 pages of handwritten notes (I write big) so it’s gonna take a while to debrief. Great stuff. Thank you. #ASCENDSUMMIT2014” – @suhaibamarie:

“Best #marketing conf been to in long time. Congrats on great event! #ASCENDSUMMIT2014” – @twmtalks

Above all, AWeber achieved its goal of providing summit goers with practical takeaways to enhance their businesses. “I enjoyed the energetic speakers and relevancy of recommendations to make improvements in our marketing efforts,” said one conference attendee. “Almost every presentation had something I can apply to my business,” said another.

“To say that we are pleased with the outcome of our first-ever ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit is an understatement,” said Erik Harbison, the Chief Marketing Officer at AWeber. “The feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re glad to have been the company to bring it to them. Look out for details on ASCEND 2015!”

ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit 2014 was made possible by the following corporate sponsors: AW ProTools, Digioh, LeadPages, heyo, Wistia, SumoMe, Content Launch, Progressive Gifts & Incentives and the following media sponsors: Philadelphia Business Journal, Social Media Examiner and Philly.

For more AWesome highlights from ASCEND, visit the AWeber blog.

About AWeber

AWeber, headquartered in Chalfont, Pa., helps more than 120,000 businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers increase sales and profits through its suite of web-based email marketing software. The privately held company was founded in 1998. For more information, visit, subscribe to the AWeber blog, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.