In VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) times, marketers, often under pressure to deliver results, veer towards short-term tactics for quick gains. The effectiveness imbalance between brand building and activation means that brands are in danger of being eroded, affecting their profitability and shareholder value. How can we as an industry work together to champion the power of brands to deliver long-term value and combat short-termist thinking?
Ongoing transparency issues, digital disruption, the new breed of advertiser who is taking control of his own data, the rise of the consultancies and the effect of Brexit…media agencies are under more pressure than ever to reinvent their value proposition. Our panel will look at the agency model from all sides and try to find a clear path ahead for reinvention.
In 2017 P&G’s Marc Pritchard blew the lid off the issue of digital transparency and a quarter of global marketers found their ads appearing next to extremist content, throwing the industry into turmoil. A year on, how much has been done to improve brand safety and viewability, and has digital media reached a level of maturity where it can now be trusted?
The rise in digital culture means that the passive consumer has become the active participant, expecting frictionless, personalised, on-demand gratification. Reaching this empowered audience is no longer as simple as grabbing that prime-time 30-second spot. How are advertisers, agencies and media owners reimaginings their offerings to satisfy increasing consumer demands?
Despite a major drive to tackle the industry’s diversity problem, there is still a long way to go, especially when it comes to physical and learning disabilities. In a world where it has been proved beyond doubt that difference leads to improved business performance, why are the creative industries still an impenetrable space for all too many, and how can we tackle bias and preconceptions to achieve greater inclusion?
The parameters of creativity are being redefined. Technological advances are ushering in a new wave of possibilities for brands, enabling greater connection with customers and the world around them. But these shiny new tools are only as good as the humans operating them. Could this “renaissance in creativity” by hindered by human resistance and negativity bias – and with good reason?
What is the economic outlook, and how should this affect our planning? How are brands, media owners and agencies preparing for the impact of Brexit? Will new immigration rules pose a real threat to the UK’s position as the world’s leading global advertising hub, and what are the opportunities for growth in a new UK-EU relationship?