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Neil Hoyne | Author of Converted | Chief Measurement Strategist at Google | Senior Fellow at Wharton
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Too many companies have a short-term strategy when it comes to data: focusing on the point-of-purchase moment with a customer, rather than building their business around long-term relationships. A Senior Fellow at Wharton and Google’s Chief Measurement Strategist, Neil Hoyne has led over 2,500 engagements with the world’s biggest advertisers—helping them acquire millions of customers, improve conversion rates by over 400 percent, and generate billions in incremental revenue. In his book Converted, Neil shows us how to sharpen our long-term marketing strategy and unleash true value.


“I've been waiting twenty years for this book! Converted explores how to use data the right way to win customers' hearts. This book is simply a must-read.”

— Martin Lindstrom, New York Times bestselling author of Buyology

Pressure for quick results, combined with fierce marketplace competition, has boxed too many companies into a limited marketing strategy—often letting their long hours, countless experiments, and warehouses of data go to waste in the process. But in his first book Converted, world-renowned expert in digital marketing Neil Hoyne shows us another way. Rather than chasing a quick sale with every potential customer (using margin-crushing discounts and relentless advertising to boot), Hoyne shows us how we can build relationships that last a lifetime, generate more value over time, and strengthen our organizations from the inside out.


Neil’s simple, research-backed playbook will help leaders, marketers, and organizations of every stripe ask the guiding questions that will anticipate their customers’ needs better than the competition. Instead of collecting more and more data from third-party sources, Hoyne advises companies on how they can move to prediction-based tactics that capitalize on the data they already have, as well as build stronger, more direct relationships with their customers. It’s a method that reduces risk and creates a stronger, more emotional link between a company and the real person on the other end of a transaction.


The book has already received early praise from leaders in the field.  Peter Fader, a professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, calls it “A wonderful guidebook on building profitable customer relationships. Whether you’re just getting started or consider yourself an experienced practitioner, this book is invaluable.” Jay Baer, New York Times bestselling author of Youtility says that Converted is “The most useful field guide ever written on how to drive desirable customer behavior online.”


In talks, Hoyne brings his experience as an analyst and researcher to life, captivating audiences with his stunning expertise on topics such as digital transformation, customer relationships, behavioral science, marketing attribution, product development, machine learning, and many more. He’s been a witness to, and participant in, both billion-dollar successes and instructive failures, using them as tools to build indestructible customer relationships. After earning degrees from Purdue University and UCLA, Hoyne returned to academia in 2018 as a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



“The event turned out excellent and Neil was such an awesome speaker and a pleasure to work with. He has a very engaging personality, which is great for speaking engagements such as ours. I have been in contact with him after the event and he has offered to answer any questions from the Q&A that we didn't have time to answer and supply links to some resources that were discussed in the Q&A. He is great.”

The Sobey School of Business

Speech Topics

Converted The Data-Driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts
The marketing approach of most businesses is short-sighted—focusing too heavily on the point-of-purchase, and trying too hard to understand what everyone likes, rather than identifying and serving their best customers. But success doesn’t come from trying to appeal to everyone; in fact, 80% of revenue comes from cultivating 20% of the customer base. When it comes to driving profitable growth in the long-term, customer lifetime value can no longer be ignored.
In his debut book Converted, Neil Hoyne asks: what if you establish your business around long-term relationships with customers, using data to understand who the best customers are and what they want to buy, and then building around them? This accompanying talk shows you how to do just that, starting by shifting away from a transactional mindset to a relationship-based one. With a new mindset, you can begin to gather, interpret, and use data to grow the bottom line in a different way, says Hoyne.

Clear, non-technical, and filled with sharp insights gleaned from Hoyne’s decades of work in the field, this presentation is for anyone looking for a growth strategy that will propel their business forward with unambiguous results.