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Event: Northern Conference 2018 highlights

18.05.2018

This week saw CIM host the Northern Conference at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa in Durham. Now in its eighth year, over 120 delegates from across the marketing sector attended to debate the hottest topics affecting the industry. 

The conference was once again hosted by TV and radio presenter Andy Crane and featured two keynote speakers with a choice of nine interactive workshop sessions, exploring the theme of ‘marketing horizons’.

Scott Allen, CMO of Microsoft UK and CIM member began proceedings with a thought provoking presentation on ‘digital transformation’, focusing on how he and his team have learnt to adapt and capitalise on the new digital climate. Delegates drawn from across both agency and in-house and from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors were challenged in streamed workshops.

For those starting out on their marketing career journeys, the conference also provided talks on how to increase productivity with tools such as Microsoft Office, geolocation and psychographics, whilst more experienced marketers were able to debate how AI and blockchain could be used in digital marketing campaigns.

Another key theme of the event was using marketing to drive exports post-Brexit, a key topic for marketers at the moment and one CIM recently discussed at the House of Commons in front of Lords, MPs and leading figures from industries. A research report on the topic from CIM and PwC can be seen by clicking here.        

David Low, Principal Evangelist for Alexa at Amazon, brought the day to a close with a sneak peak of the marketing potential in a new voice-driven frontier, both in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business environment.   

The event trended on social media with attendees sharing key takeaways and content. For more insight from the event, take a look at the social media highlights from the day:

 

 

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