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Why thousands of marketers are gathered in San Diego this week

By Ashtyn Douglas on Oct 26, 2014

If this were a regular week, over thousands of marketers would be confined to their cubicle as normal, analyzing campaigns, monitoring social media mentions and trying to decipher a confusing bundle of customer data. But this week is different. Marketing enthusiasts will be gathered at the San Diego Convention Center from Oct. 25-30 to attend the 2014 DMA Annual Conference and Exhibition, a global data-driven marketing summit offering over 150 case-study sessions and 250 advanced solution providers on the exhibit floor. Attendance reasons are diverse. Some need to refine their rusty skills. Others are repeats attenders. And many need to understand where and how they can use data to target customers. Beth Cooper, a first-time attendee and online marketing coordinator for the City of Virgini

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