September 18-20, 2022 | Atlanta, GA
Welcome to
Accelerate 2022!
Connecting in the Modern World

Accelerate showcases valuable stories and ideas and allows marketers to collaborate. Learn how to forge strong customer relationships with innovative, data-driven marketing and discover how to develop marketing strategies that will deliver lasting success.

Sponsored by
Accelerate 2022

Accelerate is MessageGears’ annual showcase of valuable, informative success stories and brilliant ideas from customers and a curated group of peers. We’ll be taking full advantage of being in person to create an experience that’s memorable, educational, and inspiring. 

Welcome Reception

7pm • Outdoor Garden

We’ll be gathering in the Waldorf Astoria’s beautiful outdoor garden for drinks, light bites, games, and conversation! Put names to faces and chat with fellow MessageGears customers, partners, and team members.


7:30am • Astor Ballroom Lobby

Keynote: The Future of Customer Engagement is Connectivity

8:35am • Astor Ballroom

A lot has changed in the 25 years since some of the first commercial “cross-channel” marketing solutions came into existence. In this session from MessageGears’ CEO Roger Barnette, we’ll explore how modern businesses are rebuilding their tech stacks (and reshaping what’s possible when it comes to customer engagement) by putting customer data at the center of everything.

Achieving Your Goals During Economic Uncertainty: The Customer-Centric Game Plan

9:15am • Astor Ballroom

Presented by Movable Ink

Transformative Connections: A Fireside Chat w/ Soundcloud’s Rohit Agarwal

9:35am • Astor Ballroom

Drawing from decades of experience leading digital transformation for companies like HSBC, AOL, and CNN, Soundcloud’s Chief Product Officer Rohit Agarwal has a unique perspective on how to foster deeper connections between brands and consumers. Roger Barnette sits with Rohit to talk about commonalities and lessons learned that are universal, regardless of industry or vertical.

Connected Conversations: Breakout Roundtables

10:20am • Gardenia, Dogwood, and Wisteria Rooms

Here’s your chance to share and learn from other brands how their tackling day-to-day challenges to remain at the top of their game from a customer engagement standpoint. Attendees will break into small groups and rotate between three breakout rooms (so nobody missed out on a topic):


Uncovering Insights to Understand Customer Behavior (moderated by Snowplow)What assumptions about your customers have you made that were later either confirmed or disproved? What did these learnings change about how you operate your marketing programs? Did it shift organizational goals or objectives? This roundtable will focus on how your organization seeks to understand customer behaviors and how you apply those learnings to your marketing strategy.

How to Make SmarTech Investments: Asking the Right Questions Throughout Your Purchasing Journey (moderated by Ansira) – In this session, we’ll discuss fails, wins, and everything in between when it comes to brands making tech investments because of a new, flashy tool or someone’s passion project. How has your organization learned to make sure the tech they’re investing in works for everyone?

Click With Your Customers Through Experimentation (moderated by Phrasee) – In this session, we’ll discuss ideas and tips on testing and experimentation to ensure you cut through the noise and click with your customers. What are your experiences and top tips on experimenting with your marketing to make sure you cut through the noise? How do you ensure you’re using data to empower your decisions, and not relying on gut instinct? How do you test, learn and share insights with your wider team to scale and ensure your communications across your digital channels are consistent?


12pm • Astor Ballroom

Reaching the Inbox: The State of Deliverability (and How We Help)

1pm • Astor Ballroom

MessageGears’ resident deliverability guru (Director of Deliverability Brad Gurley) talks through trends he’s seeing (such as the effects of MPP) and how MessageGears works to keep your messages in the inbox.

Customer Panel: Getting the Most Out of Peak Season

1:30pm • Azalea Ballroom

Every business has a peak season and an offseason. In this panel, we’ll hear from Best Buy, Party City, and Blue Nile (three brands with three different peak seasons) about how they plan, adapt, and execute at a high level to get the most out of the peaks and pits they encounter each year.

Afternoon Excursions

2:30pm • Atlanta

Details of each will be a fun surprise that you’ll discover once arriving at Accelerate! There are two experiences to choose from (and space for each is limited):

  • Foodie Fun – For the food and drink obsessed
  • The King of Atlanta – For those who want to dive into ATL history

Vans will depart Waldorf Astoria Buckhead at 2:30pm and will arrive back no later than 5:30 so you have time to relax, check email, call home, and shower before dinner.

Dinner: Sponsored by Ansira

7pm • Del Frisco’s

Our friends at Ansira will treat attendees to a private dining experience at Del Frisco’s Grille overlooking Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Rd in the heart of Buckhead.

After Party / Cocktails

9pm • Brassica

Continue the conversation at Brassica’s Peacock Alley cocktail lounge in the Waldorf.


8:15am • Astor Ballroom Lobby

Product Showcase: Using Blueprints for Better Personalization at Scale

9:15am • Astor Ballroom

Forging Deeper Connections: The MessageGears Product Roadmap

9:45am • Astor Ballroom

iPad Giveaway from Sageflo

10:45am • Astor Ballroom

The Future is Now: Closing Remarks

11am • Astor Ballroom
Attending brands
Accelerate 2022
Additional Info

The safety and health of our guests is a top priority. We are operating in accordance with local and state CDC guidelines in order to safeguard you, our guest and welcome you to Atlanta with care.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive within one week of the gathering, we ask that you stay at home. The city of Atlanta’s indoor mask mandate has been lifted and masks are optional while onsite.


If you’re traveling to and from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, use this code to get $20 off your Uber ride. 


If you prefer public transit, take MARTA’s red line from Hartsfield Jackson to the Buckhead MARTA Station. This station is about .2 miles from the hotel.

The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. 

MessageGears will cover the cost of your hotel room (including tax). Room upgrades, extra charges or incidentals will be your responsibility. Please reach out to if you plan to stay with us and have not received your room confirmation from Waldorf Astoria.

Bring comfy shoes for your afternoon activity, since some walking will be involved. Details will be revealed upon your arrival to Atlanta. 

You may pick up your badge outside of the garden entrance at the Waldorf Astoria on Sunday between 5 – 7 p.m. Badges will also be available for pick up Monday morning on the 2nd floor.

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