California-based Social Media Expert Comes To Central Nebraska

This article was originally published by NREA Rural Electric Magazine.

In a tradition of bringing nationally-acclaimed experts to central Nebraska, GROW Nebraska is proud to announce that the 2018 MarkeTech Conference will feature Instagram guru Jenn Herman from San Diego. The MarkeTech Conference, Nebraska’s premier conference on marketing and technology for businesses, will be on March 15, 2018 in Kearney, Nebraska. MarkeTech strives to make national expertise affordable and available to Nebraska’s business owners, as well as those from surrounding states.

“In today’s business world, you can’t talk about marketing without talking about technology. With all the ways new technology and tools will impact the marketing industry in 2018, there’s only one conference that really gives you both of those in one place: MarkeTech! I’m so excited to be a part of this conference and to be able to indulge in the tech talk, marketing speech, and conference networking throughout this whole event.” Herman said.

Jenn is a social media consultant, speaker, and globally recognized Instagram expert. She is the forefront blogger on Instagram marketing and her blog, Jenn’s Trends, has won the title of a Top 10 Social Media Blog in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Through her blog, consulting, and speaking Jenn provides tips, resources, and training for small to medium sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies.

Jenn has been featured in Inc., Fox News, Yahoo Finance, and numerous other podcasts and publications. She has spoken at Social Media Marketing World multiple times, Social Media Day San Diego multiple times, as well as for various organizations. She is the author of “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram” and “Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy”.

Now, Jenn is coming to Nebraska to share her expertise with our business owners. “We brought in Luria Petrucci last year and Brian Fanzo the year before. We’re thrilled to offer a conference in central Nebraska that brings in the best minds year after year. We want to give Nebraska businesses the tools they need to reach the global marketplace and be successful,” said Janell Anderson Ehrke, CEO of GROW Nebraska.

The 2018 MarkeTech Conference will feature two presentations from Jenn Herman on Instagram and Facebook. Breakout sessions will feature passionate, successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and resource providers who integrate marketing and technology. Topics include social media strategies, the latest sales tools, and how to use big data and analytics. Every session will have key takeaways that business owners can implement immediately.

The one-day conference is full of useful information. “The last few years, I’ve just concentrated on taking away one or two points so it’s not so overwhelming. I’ll have a whole list of them, I’ll narrow them down, and I’ll say ‘okay, I’m going to do those.’ And that I can handle. And they’ve always been very beneficial for me. It’s been an important part of helping my business grow.” said John Marquis, owner of Ogallala Bay Rum and the Ogallala Cream Can Supper Company.

Lindsay Buechler from Kearney Physical Therapy attended the 2017 MarkeTech Conference and appreciated the cutting edge information presented there.  “I just like seeing the new marketing trends from 2017. Live video is obviously huge, so I really like that that was the focus point for this year’s conference. And I think it also gives me a little confidence for when I go back to my supervisors to kind of let them know I do know what I’m doing,” said Buechler.

For the last nine years, MarkeTech has grown rapidly. With over 250 business owners and resource providers expected to attend in 2018, networking also plays a large role in the value of this conference. “My favorite part of MarkeTech is connecting with everyone that is here, connecting with the vendors, other entrepreneurs. You just get encouragement with how to move your business forward. I’ve already learned how we can use our story to further our business and show our quality in the story, and that’s what will move us forward.” said Sierra Forrest from Simply Sunflower.

This conference on technology and marketing for small business owners and entrepreneurs will be held March 15, 2018 at the Younes Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Registration opens January 1, 2018 at, with an early bird special rate of $149 before February 28 and a full rate of $199. Members of GROW Nebraska receive a discount to attend, with early bird pricing of $49 and a full rate of $99. For information on sponsorship opportunities or exhibitor booths, please contact [email protected]

The MarkeTech Conference is a program of GROW Nebraska made possible with the support of amazing partners like AIM, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and Nebraska Public Power District.  For more information on the conference, please visit after January 1, 2018. To learn more about GROW Nebraska, please visit If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 308.962.6767.