Indian Gaming

Thank you to our sponsors

Raving’s 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference
January 29 – 31, 2018
Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK

A unique learning experience pertinent to tribal casinos today:

Our long-running, signature conference is specifically designed for tribal gaming executives. Hundreds of casinos in U.S. and Canada have sent their marketing teams, GMs and tribal decision makers for courses in casino marketing strategies that work for tribal casinos.

The conference, encompasses three days of relevant presentations, hands-on workshops, signature networking events and tradeshow.

Starting Monday, we kick off with a new, full-day event, Raving's NEXT Conference and then welcome everyone to Raving’s 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference that evening. Most folks attend both, the topics complement each other.

The topics are personally developed by our team who works with our tribal gaming clients out in the field – to make sure we’re hitting the subjects that are pertinent to you, today, on your gaming floor. And we know that “Marketing” encompasses a lot more than it did just a few years ago. That’s why we cover everything from technology, electronic marketing, database and player tracking, to sales skills, player development, direct marketing and promotions. Got questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Learning the Raving way!

Traditional conferences go like this: a subject matter expert teaches from the podium to the masses. The flow is from one to many, in one direction. This is how it’s been done since elementary school and worked for half of us, and the other half of us got bored. Then, we preach that learning from your peers is critical. Plus, we expect you to connect with that fellow marketing director (who just bought the system that you’re researching) during networking breaks. Yeah, that’s nearly impossible. This year we are committed to more organized interaction between you and your peers as well as designing a more interactive classroom. In addition to our popular small group workshops, we’ve added tools like interactive polling, an attendee engagement app and roundtables. After all, not everyone learns in the same way, and we want you to get the most out of your time with us.

Do you have a specific goal for attending this conference and want to make sure that you return to your property with a good understanding of that topic? Book a one-on-one coaching session with a presenter prior to the show! Learn more

News about the only conference dedicated to tribal casino marketing and analytics:

CALL 775-329-7864 or email conference@ravingconsulting.com for more information.

October 26, 2017 - Raving Keynote Speaker Honored Dr. John B. Herrington, Ph.D. confirmed honoree at this year's International Air & Space Induction Celebration

October 20, 2017 - Nike N7 Visionary to speak at Raving's 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics and Marketing Conference. View the Press Release here.

September 5, 2017 - Are you a supervisor working within a talented and motivated tribal member who will be a future leader in your gaming operation? Find out about Raving's 2018 Tribal Scholarship and Mentorship Program by clicking the Information Sheet here.

September 1, 2017 - Check out the 2018 Agenda of our new Raving NEXT Conference and Raving's 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics and Marketing Conference. Click the AGENDA button. Registration will open soon. Interested in Raving NEXT? Read our press release here.

March 8, 2017 - Congratulations to Natalie Bessios, CO, for participating in our follow- up attendee conference survey. She was randomly selected and will be attending our 20th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference, compliments of Raving!

Just don’t take our word for it:

RAVING NEXT

Innovative Strategies that Drive Profit

Raving’s NEXT Conference: New One-Day Program for 2018!

This new, one-day event, Raving Next, will tackle six critical topics pertinent to Tribal Council, General Managers, CFOs, CEOs, and Directors. What makes this event stand-out amongst the many gaming tradeshows across the country, is Raving’s expertise for gathering industry leaders, encouraging straightforward and relevant conversations, and providing intimate networking opportunities, specific to tribal gaming. Attendees will leave with a roadmap to address the most pressing issues facing Indian gaming today including labor challenges, capital reinvestment strategy, and new technology. Read our press release here.

Raving Next Sponsors

 

Spotlight: Keynote Speaker

What we can learn from the first Native American Astronaut

Retired United States Naval Aviator and Astronaut, Dr. John B. Herrington, Ph.D., Chickasaw, the first Native American in space, will be providing the luncheon keynote.

Join us for this motivating story of a man who has always asked, “What’s Next?” Who has devoted his life, after space travel, to understand the motivating factors behind why some Native American students are successful at pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who have overcome incredible odds to achieve their dream of an education. Be reminded of how every day we have the power to attain our own impossible dream. Read more

Raving Keynote Speaker Honored Dr. John B. Herrington, Ph.D. confirmed honoree at this year's International Air & Space Induction Celebration.

Tribal Spirit of Giving Celebration

Celebrating Organizations That Give Back

The Tribal Spirit Of Giving Celebration

 

Tribal governments have a history of uncommon generosity and support in their communities. However, most often, few outside these communities are aware of these success stories and the valuable work that is being accomplished. This is your time to share your organization's story. We'll celebrate all entries at a special luncheon at Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant during Raving's 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference.

Submissions are now open for the 4th Annual Tribal Spirit of Giving Celebration! We've listened to your feedback, dropped the entry fee, and designed a new submission platform, making it easier than ever to share your local acts of giving with a global community. Let the inspiration begin!

To prep ahead, here is a list of the questions you will be asked: Tribal Spirit Questions.pdf

Thank you to all organizations that participated in our 2016/2017 program. View the Tribal Spirit Awards Presentation in PDF and the Tribal Spirit Submission Photos in PDF. Read our feature article and view photos from the January 2017 and January 2016 events.

Questions, please call 775-329-7864 or email Gency@ravingconsulting.com

Spotlight: Keynote Speaker

Inspiring words from Nike N7 Visionary 

Sam McCracken, grew up on the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux reservation in northeastern Montana got his start in Nike’s Wilsonville warehouse in 1997. Thirteen years later, in 2000, Sam’s had a big vision: the idea to sell Nike products directly to Native American tribes to support health promotion and disease prevention programs. He called it N7.

He pitched a Fortune 500 Company, the biggest sports company in the world, to help his community. He will share his story with conference attendees and Tribal Spirit of Giving Program participants. He will remind us that our roles in the tribal gaming community extend so much farther than the numbers on our spreadsheets. Read more

Special Programs

Get Some One-On-One Time With our Expert Presenters

Our motto has always been "Best Presenters. Best Topics. Straight Talk." Our  presenters are selected each year for their experience, prior conference evaluations and most of all, for their ability to share game-changing ideas and tools. You'll find our presenters available before and after sessions. Some of the best information is shared when you meet them over a cocktail or morning coffee. Have some specific questions you really want guidance on? Or as Amy H would say, "Got a pebble in your shoe?" and would like some dedicated face time with one of our experts? Half-hour and full-hour consultations can be be booked ahead of time. Please contact Amy Hergenrother at amy@ravingconsulting.com or call her at 775-329-7864 for more information.

Tribal Scholarship and Mentorship Program 2018

It is critical that Tribal members are engaged in discussions about the future of this competitive and complex industry. As a native-owned business, we want to ensure there are opportunities for future leaders to have a seat at the table.

Raving is offering the opportunity for up to five eligible tribal members to attend at no cost Indian country’s largest and longest running conference, Raving’s 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics and Marketing Conference, as well as the groundbreaking one-day program, Raving NEXT: Innovative Strategies That Drive Profit. Email deanascott@ravingconsulting.com or Download the Information Sheet.

Raving’s Engagement Laboratory

Sponsored by Engaged Nation

We coach our casino clients to “engage” with their patrons more and more. It’s the 21st century after all, right? Build loyalty on the floor, off the floor, as well as off -property. But what does this really mean? At this year’s conference, we will create our own “engagement laboratory” for our conference attendees by using software that is available to your casino right now – compliments of gamified marketing leaders and Raving Partner, Engaged
Nation.

Before and during the conference, you’ll get to know the attendees, presenters, and exhibitors through interactive and fun social games and quizzes. You will earn points towards valuable coupons from our host property that you can use while you’re on-site, as well as earn entries into our final drawing for amazing CASH and prizes at the last session
of the conference.

We’re ready to walk the walk and show you what Raving’s version of “engagement” is – giving you inspiration to take back to your casino. Sound interesting? Stay tuned for more!

Travel for 2018

CHOCTAW CASINO RESORT, DURANT, OK

To stay at our host property, please call Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK no later than January 14, 2018. After this date, room rate and availability is not guaranteed. Saturday rooms are very limited.

Group Code: "Raving" or "1801RAVING"

Rate: $89 per night if booked by January 14, 2018

Reservations: 1-800-788-2464 or if you are calling from Canada 1-580-920-0160

The nearest airport is Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) or Dallas Love Field (DAL). Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK will provide free limited bus service with a reservation from DFW. Plan on a 75 to 90 minute drive during non-commute hours.

TO MAKE A SHUTTLE RESERVATION:

Choctaw Casino Resort is providing free roundtrip bus transportation between Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Choctaw Casino Durant. This is not a shuttle service; Choctaw is sending their bus down to accommodate our attendees. This is a limited schedule so please review the times below prior to making your airline reservations. The other option is to rent a car.

There are two airports in Dallas (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). Transportation is being offered only from DFW.

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Choctaw Casino
Sunday, 1/28/2018 - Pick Up 12 noon, 2 pm, 5 pm
Monday, 1/29/2018 - Pick Up 12 noon, 2 pm, 5 pm

Choctaw Casino to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
Wednesday, 1/31/2018 - Departs Casino 5 pm
Thursday, 2/1/2018 - Departs Casino 5 am, 8 am, 11 am

Call 580.931.2715 or e-mail Sarah.Moore@choctawcasinos.com by January 20th to make your shuttle reservation. All pick ups will happen at Terminal D. An email confirmation will be sent with detailed instructions.

Sponsor and Exhibitors

INTERESTED IN A BOOTH OR SPONSORSHIP FOR 2018? There are several unique sponsorship opportunities at this conference, including traditional booth space (we always sell out). For more information on exhibiting at the event or being a sponsor, please contact Amy Hergenrother, VP of Business Development, Raving Consulting Company, 775-329-7864, amy@ravingconsulting.com. For more information, view the Online Booth Order Form, Sponsor Information Sheet 2018 and the latest Exhibit Hall Layout. Also, here are detailed Shipping Instructions for the 2018 event.

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