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Events : New look invite-only iMedia Summit, April 24 at BAFTA is reserved for the advertisers, agencies and media owners with the most clout

by on March 10, 2014

Dan Brain writes .. Conferences. You know the drill, right? You pay an hour or so of Wayne Rooney’s weekly salary to sit in a room of people talking in clichés and flogging their wares on stage or over a cup of insipid coffee in the lobby of a rubbish hotel?

Well that’s not the iMedia Summit experience. This year’s new look invite-only Summit on 24 April at BAFTA is reserved for the advertisers, agencies and media owners with the most clout.

Drawing on the success of the global iMedia format, the Summit provides a space for invited VIP’s to network informally, share ideas through round-table discussions or debate the big issues in the conference. It’s ‘Chatham House’ rules so discussion is open, frank and focused on collaborative learning (plus there’s no chance of getting stitched up in the press by saying something remotely controversial).

Click here to apply for a complimentary pass including the conference, dinner and all social activities.


Lisa Reiner of Omnicom-owned Beanstalk, talking about trends she saw at Brand Licensing Europe and the implications for marketers

by on October 25, 2013

Lisa Reiner, Managing Director of Beanstalk Europe and Asia Pacific writes ...

Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) is a pan-European conference that draws together retailers, licensees, manufacturers, and sales professionals. In 2012, there were over 6,800 attendees from 73 countries. This year, over 280 exhibitors displayed more than 2,200 brands.

As a long-time exhibitor at the show, we noticed five prominent trends this year: the explosive growth of digital properties; the expansion of food licensing; the emergence of 'boomerang licensing'; the battle for store space; and the continued importance of the younger generation.

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Serious mega deal – a total game-changer / The Publicis/Omnicom merger story continues to unfold / Keith Hunt, Results International

by on July 28, 2013

As the Publicis/Omnicom merger story continues to unfold Keith Hunt, managing partner, Results International – –predicts that reaction from Sir Martin Sorrell at WPP is going to be interesting to watch.


AURA ran their annual conference at the Insight Show – special video coverage

by on July 24, 2013

Andy from Vox Pops International writes .....

AURA, a key forum for market research clients, ran their annual conference at the recent Insight Show. We were their filming partners, pre-event and during the presentations. Watch the video to get a flavour of the event and what members gain from membership. Speakers included Insight professionals from Sky, Diageo, Asda & npower. [more…]

Digital job board installs LBI co-founder as Chairman

by on March 28, 2013

Barney Battles

The award-winning digital job advertising website has appointed business investor Mark “Barney” Battles as its Chairman, with immediate effect.

Battles, who co-founded London’s largest digital communications agency, LBI,  is well known within the digital marketing and advertising industry, having also held senior positions with companies including global advertising communications company, Omnicom.

As Chairman, Battles is tasked with leading the OnlyMarketingJobs Board as it begins the next phase of strategy implementation, which includes community development, new job board production and international exposure. [more…]

Guest Post : Big 4 ad network results – insight / Jim Houghton, Results International

by on March 1, 2013

Jim Houghton, (ex Omnicom), now partner at Results International (M&A advisers to the marketing comms and related technology industry) reads behind the numbers delivered by the big 4 networks – IPG, Omnicom, Publicis and WPP,

He comments:

What does the 2012 reporting season tell us about our world and the four dominant global players?


Omnicom’s digital strategy wobbles as it changes top managers at Organic

by on July 19, 2012

Digital is becoming a bit of an issue for the mighty Omnicom; the marcoms giant’s strategy of embedding digital skills in its its mainstream agencies is being questioned and it has just replaced CEO Marita Scarfi with former Wunderman man David Shulman (pictured) as head of Organic in the US, one of its few standalone digital agencies.

On top of that it’s weighing a $600m bid for indie digital conglomerate LBi, a big company by digital standards but not a brand on the scale of the slightly smaller (in financial terms) AKQA which was recently acquired by deadly rival WPP for $540m.