Actionable ideas to help your brand grow

Actionable ideas to help your brand grow

Book Tickets
19th September 2019

What’s on your plate right now?

Planning for next year? Hitting those huge targets (and getting that bonus)? Developing your team? Broadening your network?

Sound familiar? We know. It's why we created this conference.

Marketers, media owners and provocateurs come together to share brilliantly simple ideas that you can action in the next 12 months to help your brand grow.

No fluff. Lots of fun.

Agenda - 19th September 2019

8:30 AM
Registration and refreshments
Caffeine and croissants. Is there a better way to start the day?
45 min

9:15 AM
Welcome & housekeeping
Martin Woolley and Parry Jones, CEO and COO at The Specialist Works
15 min

9:30 AM
Marketing's Room 101
From in-housing to purpose, from 'cagencies' to green media, marketing is awash in buzzword terms and phrases. Some have value. Some are mere snake-oil – and need to be consigned to Room 101. Journalist and industry commentator Dominic Mills picks five buzzwords to keep and five to bin.
Dominic Mills, industry commentator, Mediatel columnist and former Campaign editor
20 min

9:50 AM
Five principles of success
David will share the innovations that have helped AO.com stay ahead of the online curve.
David Lawson, Managing Director at AO.com
20 min

10:10 AM
How can you make your advertising more effective?
Ilaria will discuss the current trends in effective marketing, including themes from this year's Cannes Lions Creative Effectiveness winners.
Ilaria Pasquinelli, Brand and Marketing Director at WARC
20 min

10:30 AM
Not dead just different
Sam will show how a simple change of mindset, in this forever changing business, will have you high fiving your way through 2020.
– Sam Ball, Creative Consultant and co-founder of Lean Mean Fighting Machine
20 min

10:50 AM
Refreshments
Get that sweet sweet caffeine fix.
30 min

11:20 AM
Buzz Sessions
Three mistakes brands make when using influencers ~ Jason Freeman, Director of Consumer Law at the Competition and Markets Authority and Jessica Brennan, Influencer Marketing Manager at The Specialist Works
Jason and Jess will be discussing the biggest mistakes brands make when using influencers to promote their products. Discover the traps to avoid, what's important to remember (and what's not) and how to put your customer first.
Having a social purpose ~ Katie Kersen, Group Strategy Director at Hearst UK
As consumers increasingly choose to do business with companies that share their values, it’s more important than ever for brands to have a social purpose. Katie will be taking you through three of Hearst’s biggest editorially driven purpose initiatives; male mental health, body positivity and sustainability.
ATTENTION: the metric that matters ~ Seema Hope, Research and Insights Director at Dennis and Annett Peacher, Director at Emotional Logic
Eyeballs are important, but how can your brand leave a lasting impression? How can you ensure you stay front of mind with your consumers? Come and hear why attention is the metric we should be focusing on, and how print media can be used to deliver it. Be prepared for a live experiment or two!
Closing the reality gap ~ Mark Pingol and Kate Jacobs, VP and Associate Director at Savanta
In this session Matt and Kate will share how Dr. Martens used science to inspire behaviour change in their customers.
Can OOH drive response? ~ Rebecca Callaghan, Account Director at JCDecaux
This session will explore how to use out of home (OOH) advertising to drive response. What does good creative look like? What data do you need? Can it really drive customers online and get them to sign up? Hear the answers to these questions and real examples of OOH in action.
30 min

11:50 AM
Machine learning myth busting
What does Machine Learning actually mean, and why should brands care? Caroline will share how you can take advantage and realise some quick wins in 2020.
Caroline Worboys, Data Expert, Investor, Advisor, COO at Outra and Vice Chair of DMA Group
20 min

12:10 PM
Brands and TV sitting in a tree
We’re in a golden age of TV when we consider the amazing quality of content on our screens. But we’re also in a golden age of TV in terms of what’s possible for brands. Whether you want the nation to hear your brand’s story, or you need young people in Birmingham to go to your website, today’s TV can provide a tailored solution for all possibilities.
Sam Olive, Planning Controller, Thinkbox
20 min

12:30 PM
Lunch
1 hour 45 min

2:25 PM
Buzz Sessions
The power of storytelling ~ Sean O’Dwyer, founder and lead consultant – John Junior Consulting, former head of marketing at OVO Energy
Sean will share how he brought OVO Boost’s brand and performance marketing together through the power of great storytelling. In this session you’ll learn how to structure a funnel, define your USP and win customers’ hearts and minds.
The Art of Persuasion: How to accelerate marketing ROI with behavioural insight ~ James Sandberg, founder of Customer Devoted
The UK government use behavioural insight to maximise tax collections and the biggest brands in the world use it to drive the ROI of their marketing investments. Sounds out of reach? It's not if you understand the principles that drive decision making. By following the simple principles that James presents in his session, you’ll be able to increase the persuasiveness of your marketing.
Leave your opinions at the door: The power of data-driven creative ~ Andy Cooney, Commercial Director at Croud
Traditionally creative decisions have been largely opinion-based. But now, with machine learning-driven image recognition techniques, we can analyse creative features at scale and uncover what is really driving results. In this session, Andy will explore the tools available and the exciting opportunities this offer marketers looking to take a more data-driven creative approach.
Personalisation: How to get ahead in 2020 ~ Rhys Jackson, Chief technology innovation officer at RocketMill
It’s a hot topic for many businesses, but few can execute personalisation in ways that are truly meaningful and advantageous to their customers. In this session Rhys will show you five things to do now that will set you up for 2020.
There’s no such thing as loyalty, until you take it apart ~ Stuart Evans, Business strategy advisor at Rubicon Insight
Most brands know that keeping a good customer costs less than finding a new one. But understanding whether any ‘loyalty’ initiatives actually generate positive ROI is harder. In this session Stuart will break down ‘loyalty’ and help you create initiatives that motivate your customers to behave more profitably.
50 shades of grey ~ Row Draper, Head of Print Media at The Specialist Works
Brands are missing out on an untapped, engaged and affluent audience: people aged 50+. Why is this? Join Row for a session that dispels the myths surrounding this group and learn why you shouldn’t lump people who were born in the 60s in with those who were born in the 40s.
30 min

2:55 PM
Tech for Change: purpose driven marketing
With growing animosity towards tech companies, Alibaba Cloud wanted to show the world that tech can be a force for good. But how could they share this message when tech scandals were hitting headlines daily? Osagie will tell the story of how he and The Specialist Works’ creative team transformed Alibaba Cloud’s corporate and social initiatives into a purpose-led marketing campaign – and the jaw dropping results they achieved.
Osagie Samuel, Creative Director - The Specialist Works
20 min

3:15 PM
The empathy delusion
Humans are cognitive misers, driven by emotion and intuition. And marketers are only human. We're naturally good at empathy, right? Andrew will argue that the marketing industry has no special aptitude for understanding others, and share the steps you can take to reconnect with the mainstream.
Andrew Tenzer, Director of Group Insight at Reach
20 min

3:35 PM
Refreshments
Get that sweet sweet caffeine fix.
30 min

4:05 PM
Diversity of thought and its importance in media
There are more self-proclaimed progressive brands than ever before, and yet marketers still manage to create campaigns that don’t connect with the black community or it's intended audience. Through the lens of his successful 56 Black Men campaign, Cephas will explore why this is still happening and what steps you can take to stop it.
Cephas Williams, founder of 56 Black Men and Drummer Boy Studios
20 min

4:25 AM
Stop, look and listen
Our lives are driven by tech, and this has led to more business growth than ever before. But there’s a darker side. Our focus has been hijacked and our ability to manage emotions has dwindled. Tamara will share the true cost of tech, how you can use it more consciously and why our human qualities – curiosity, compassion and courage – can be the solution.
Dr Tamara Russell, Clinical Psychologist at Psyched Global and Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence
20 min

4:45 PM
Don’t be a lazy leader, build a Superteam
How can you and your team thrive in a world that isn't slowing down for anyone? Bestselling author Sophie Devonshire will share advice from 100 global leaders on how you can lead and build effective teams in a Superfast world.
Sophie Devonshire, CEO at Caffeine Partnership and author of Superfast: Lead at Speed
20 min

5:05 PM
Close
Martin Woolley, CEO - The Specialist Works
5 min

5:10 PM
Street feast and drinks
Food, booze and grooves.
2 Hour 10 min

7:30 PM
Finish
Carriages

Highlights from last year

Speakers

Sam Ball

Sam Ball

Creative Consultant and co-founder of Lean Mean Fighting Machine
Jessica Brennan

Jessica Brennan

Influencer Marketing Manager at The Specialist Works
Rebecca Callaghan

Rebecca Callaghan

Account Director at JCDecaux
Andy Cooney

Andy Cooney

Commercial Director at Croud
Sophie Devonshire

Sophie Devonshire

CEO at The Caffeine Partnership
Row Draper

Row Draper

Head of Print Media at The Specialist Works
Stuart Evans

Stuart Evans

Business strategy advisor at Rubicon Insight
– Jason Freeman

Jason Freeman

Director of Consumer Law at the Competition and Markets Authority
Seema Hope

Seema Hope

Research and Insights Director at Dennis
Rhys Jackson

Rhys Jackson

Chief technology innovation officer at RocketMill
Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs

Associate Director at Savanta
Katie Kersen

Katie Kersen

Group Strategy Director at Hearst UK
David Lawson

David Lawson

Managing Director at AO.com
Dominic Mills

Dominic Mills

Editor at Large and Mills on Monday columnist, Mediatel
Sean O’Dwyer

Sean O’Dwyer

Founder and lead consultant – John Junior Consulting
Sam Olive

Sam Olive

Planning Controller at Thinkbox
Ilaria Pasquinelli

Ilaria Pasquinelli FRSA

Global Brand & Marketing Director at WARC
Annett Pecher

Annett Pecher

Director at Emotional Logic
Mark Pingol

Mark Pingol

VP at Savanta
Dr Tamara Russell

Dr Tamara Russell

Clinical Psychologist at Psyched Global and Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence
Osagie Samuel

Osagie Samuel

Creative Director at The Specialist Works
James Sandberg

James Sandberg

Founder of Customer Devoted
Andrew Tenzer

Andrew Tenzer

Director of Group Insight at Reach plc
Cephas Williams

Cephas Williams

Founder - 56 Black Men
Caroline Worboys

Caroline Worboys

Data Expert, Investor, Advisor, COO at Outra

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Venue

Hawker House,
Canada Street,
SE16 7PJ

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Book Tickets
19th September 2019