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Brand Leaders and New Features Boost Ad:tech London Marketplace

Magazine article Marketing

Brand Leaders and New Features Boost Ad:tech London Marketplace

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ad:tech has been a key industry fixture in the UK for brands, agencies and publishers for nearly a decade. As the final preparations are put in place for ad:tech London - the sole European event in the global series - organiser dmg is promising an extended programme of world-class speakers and a new-look marketplace.

Industry leaders such as Heineken global head of digital Paul Smailes, Unilever senior vice-president global media Luis Di Como and Bacardi global brand communications and creative director Heide Cohu will join senior figures from international brands including Kellogg, Tesco, McDonald's, Lego, Boots, easyJet, Sports Direct and Karen Millen for a two-day examination of the latest shifts in digital marketing, media and technology at this year's ad:tech London show on 11-12 September.

WPP Digital chief executive Mark Read, AKQA co-founder James Hilton and Blue State Digital political director Matthew McGregor (Obama's 'digital attack dog' in 2012) are among the agency elite to speak, while top executives from Sky, News UK, Spotify, Forbes, Facebook, Twitter, Vevo and Yelp fly the flag for media-owners.

'We have listened carefully to the industry to create an environment where buyers and sellers of interactive media can gain facetime and hear directly from the companies changing the face of marketing, communications and commerce,' says James Drake-Brockman, who will make his debut as head of ad:tech in EMEA.

Increased digital spend

The show will feature eight summits tackling key issues such as multichannel, native advertising, social media, data strategies and programmatic buying, 50 free seminar sessions and a 7000-strong exhibition for sourcing suppliers and networking.

'Recent research by iMedia and Martini Media showed that 95% of budget holders in our community plan to increase their digital spend by an average of 22% in the coming year, making the show the perfect platform to inform strategic decision-making, benchmark and do business,' adds Drake-Brockman. 'With 150 suppliers under one roof, ad:tech is a convenient, cost-effective tool for digital marketing and media decision-makers to keep up to date and ensure they are not left behind.'

AD:TECH BRAND FOCUS 1

How can brands perfect content marketing?

Heide Cohu Global brand communications and creative director, Bacardi Global Brands

During a seven-year stint as Red Bull's global brand director, Heide Cohu played a pivotal role in the company's transition from an energy-drinks firm to a stratosphere-breaking content-creator and rights-holder, through initiatives such as Red Bull Stratos and Air Race. Now Bacardi's global brand communications and creative director, Cohu's remit is to build Bacardi's first digital team and drive experiential content for brands such as Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose and Martini. Drawing on experiences at Red Bull and Bacardi, Cohu's session in ad:tech's Content & Social Summit will examine how brands can use their content assets to leverage loyalty and sales.

AD:TECH BRAND FOCUS 2

Forecasting the future for FMCG: how is digital change transforming global media buying?

Luis Di Como Senior vice-president global media, Unilever

Strong performance in emerging markets helped it to post double-digit sales growth last year, but what is a global FMCG player like Unilever doing to navigate the shifting sands of consumer and digital change across a culturally diverse range of markets? …

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