Brands Flocking To Jake Sasseville…Wanna Meet Him?

Jake SassevilleAdAge.com’s Madison & Vine ran a story about how Ypulse College Mashup speaker Jake Sasseville has managed to attract big name sponsors like Ford, Dunkin’ Donuts and Overstock.com late yesterday afternoon. After speaking to Jake about moderating our college panel, I can assure you this will be not be your ordinary conference panel—he’s going to do it “his way,” which I’m hoping will make it funny, irreverent and LIVELY. Well worth staying until the end of the day Friday to watch him in action.

More from the Madison & Vine piece:

His advertisers sound convinced that Mr. Sasseville is on to something.

“He’s right there speaking to the 19- to 30-year-old and doing something that’s never been done,” Stormy Simon, senior VP-customer care and branding at Overstock.com, said of Mr. Sasseville’s off-the-cuff, show-within-a-show hodgepodge. “We thought if someone was going to pull it off, it would be Jake. Not a lot of people would have the energy and tenacity to pull off like Jake does.” seville for his “The Edge with Jake Sasseville” made sense for the automaker, allowing it to “connect with younger buyers in a way that goes beyond traditional advertising,” as well as giving it the “opportunity to partner with this dynamic individual and be a part of the show from the ground up.”

Meet Jake in person next Friday…there’s still time to register!

 

 
 

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