Raising the Bar, Driving Change and Being Disruptive in Youngstown, Ohio

By: Dennis Schiraldi

To say that I’m obsessed with making DOYO Live a world class marketing event right here in Youngstown, Ohio is an understatement. I live this 24x7x365. It’s not just happening on August 3, 2017, for me…It happens every minute of every day, into the wee hours of the night and first thing in the morning.

I am in constant pursuit of working to bring more value to the good people of the Youngstown Area. I know it’s not always perfect, but we are willing to try things that others normally wouldn’t attempt by pushing the boundaries of modern technology to be disruptive in a good way.

For me, it’s all about providing value all year around, for free, so that 1x per year you want to attend a conference to gain more knowledge from world-class speakers and network with other marketing professionals.

I love the idea of coming together with people that have a shared interest in marketing.

You may not know this but I’m an educator at heart…An undergraduate and master’s degree in education from a liberal arts university, which classifies me as a life-long learner on a journey of celebrating the process.

When I put DOYO Live together in my mind I wanted to do something good for the City of Youngstown. I was tired of being away from my true love and passion, my wife and my kids, attending marketing conferences, everywhere but here!!!

Setting out I wanted to accomplish something that would help to contribute to changing the game, setting the bar that would help improve the overall competency level of marketing, business, sales and design professionals through our conference, including my own!!!

Last year we had Joe Pulizzi, a top-50 influencer in the world of marketing deliver an amazing keynote. This year Debra Jasper, a veteran speaker of nationally respected conferences like PubCon, speaks all over the world and will keynote DOYO Live…That’s amazing!!!

What’s even more amazing is that our little conference will feature breakout session leaders that will be speaking at several of the most reputable marketing conferences in the country, including Marketo Marketing Nation Summit, HubSpot’s Inbound 17 (which attracts 20,000 people), Content Marketing World in Cleveland and PubCon.

These conferences on average cost $1,500 to attend, not counting travel and time out of work. You get to see, meet and interact with several of these speakers collectively in one spot for a fraction of the cost, literally early bird tickets for DOYO Live are $150 until May 31, 2017!

PLUS, you get to interact with other business and marketing professionals from the Youngstown area.

DOYO Live will attract attendees and speakers once again from all over the US and I guess you can say we are international because we do have friends coming from Canada again for the 2nd consecutive year.

Over the past year, I’ve made it my personal goal to try to meet everyone (on a 1×1 basis) that attended DOYO Live in 2017. Which was a challenge, considering there were over 200+ people and only 365-days in a year. I can honestly say that I got over 50% of the way there…If I missed you my apologies.

Meeting attendees, speakers, and sponsors over coffee, lunch, a casual encounter or an adult beverage.

I’ve listened, asked for feedback, what can we do better, what changes need to be made, how do we keep it fresh…

Some things I’m most proud of coming off 2016 is that a number of attendees gained more knowledge and implemented the strategy, others are doing business with each other, some increased their network and I know several people that got JOBS!!!

That’s pretty cool…I also found out what needed to be fixed. You’ve got to hug your haters and while we had very few, I’m a big believer in there’s always room for improvement. In fact, it was less than 24-hours after the conference last year that I already started thinking about things I wanted to fix.

So as we exit May and head into June, I want to invite each and every one of you to take full advantage of our early bird ticket pricing. I can assure you, that I dedicate each and every day, working into the late hours of the night on our social media strategy, messaging, preparing blogs just like this one, discussing logistics, smoothing over operations, just so we can deliver a world-class event that you deserve, right here in Youngstown, Ohio!

While I know it’s not the possible, I’d love for each and every one of you to attend DOYO Live in 2017. If you cannot make it be sure to take full advantage of our free content offerings on our blog, Facebook Live marketing show, free webinars and much much more.

If you could tell your friends, neighbors, college roomies about this event going on in the city that is home to the #1 ranked university technology incubator in the world, a city with one of the largest concentrations of 3D printing equipment in R&D, a top-notch university located and a vibrant downtown where people are living in historic buildings that are coming back to life, eating and drinking in our restaurants and attending concerts at our venues.

Thank-you for reading this, following, liking and sharing our content on social media and coming to DOYO Live, it means absolutely everything in the world to me!!! See you in August!!!



P.S. Get your $150 early bird ticket to DOYO Live 2017 today!



DOYO Live is a digital marketing and interactive design conference being held in Youngstown, Ohio on August 2–3, 2017.

DOYO Live is a digital marketing and interactive design conference in Youngstown, Ohio. This event will feature top marketing talent and business owners. It’s a great opportunity to learn, share and network!

DOYO Live will feature dynamic keynote speakers, breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics in marketing today, including digital marketing strategy, content marketing, social media, lead generation, social selling, branding, creative design and much more. This is a great event designed for B2B and B2C or better yet Business 2 People type of companies!

A wide variety of industries and various levels from Facebook 101 to more sophisticated topics on digital marketing strategy. Whether you are a business owner looking to get started in digital marketing or a seasoned veteran, you will find value at DOYO Live.

Our keynote speaker, Debra Jasper, Ph.D. and CEO of Mindset Digital delivers keynote presentations all over the world and has headed up some of the most recognizable digital marketing events in the country. She, like many of our speakers, has a tie back to the Youngstown area.

We will have over 20+ hours of content presented at DOYO Live, with 80% of the breakout session leaders living in Youngstown, Ohio.

DOYO Live is dedicated to the ongoing professional development of marketing, business, sales and design professionals through our online assets, in-person workshops and annual conference being held on August 2–3, 2017.

Attendees, sponsors and speakers will walk away with strategies that you will be able implement into your business and your teams. Our goal is to help inspire your marketing efforts, help create meaningful relationships and provide you with an amazing experience. Speakers have been added and we are updating their topics regularly! We’d love to see you at DOYO Live in 2017!


DOYO Live is dedicated to the ongoing professional development marketing, design, business and sales professionals on marketing strategy.

Goals & Objectives:

Our goal is to grow this into a world class event that will be an educational resource and create raving fans of DOYO Live. We will accomplish this through our online properties, in-person workshops, public talks, and our annual conference.

DOYO Live will help stimulate the economy of Youngstown, be a job creator and donate money to charitable organizations in the area, such as The Rich Center for Autism.

About DOYO Live Founder, Dennis Schiraldi:

Dennis is the founder and chair of DOYO Live. As an experienced, well-traveled marketing executive with expertise in digital marketing strategy.

Having grown up in Youngstown, Ohio, leaving 21+ years ago to live and work as a marketing professional in cities like Cleveland, New York City and Columbus, Ohio.

Dennis, his wife JoAnna and three children moved back to Youngstown, Ohio three years ago to make an impact on the community and help with the revitalization of this great city.

Which spawned the idea of DOYO Live — A digital marketing + interactive design conference dedicated to educating professionals in marketing, business, sales, and design professionals on new world marketing skills. Traveling the country attending conferences, trade shows and speaking at such events like the Mayo Clinic Social Media Healthcare, Dennis thought why not Youngstown.

Mr. Schiraldi has worked with small-to-mid-sized businesses and recognizable Fortune 500 companies on digital marketing and lead generation strategy.

Locally he’s worked with NYO Property Group, JuggerBot 3D and R. Kashmiry & Associates, Inc.

He’s has conducted a number of workshops on social media marketing, digital marketing strategy, executing webinars, social selling, etc. at such well-known places like the Youngstown Business Incubator and given energized talks at the Mayo Clinic Social Media Healthcare Summit, local American Marketing Association chapters, and TEDx Youngstown.

He’s an avid runner which he claims helps him to come up with the next great idea, mountain biker, very average golfer, a snowboarder and loves to cook. A self-proclaimed BBQ junkie, he will talk your ear off about pulled pork.