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THE MARKETING FORUM is now celebrating it’s 25th year. Held annually on board a P&O cruise ship, this year it’s the Arcadia, it attracts senior UK marketers, agencies as well as  leading industry figures. 

CONFERENCE THEME FOR 2017: Our 2017 conference programme will focus on key issues of concern to marketing professionals in today’s fast moving and often disrupted business world.

Through a combination of case-studies, seminars, interactive workshops and peer-led discussion groups, the forum will help marketers share information, views and experiences on how to keep up to date with latest trends and align thinking to the needs of their brand.

We aim to provide you with the knowhow to deliver strategies which deliver lasting impact on your customers and brand as well as engaging and empowering your multi-generational workforce, your senior leaders and key stakeholders.

New speakers and sessions will be added over the coming weeks.

For further information please contact Hilary Fenwick

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Take part in the programme

If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please email Hilary Fenwick or call on +44 (0) 20 8487 2244.

    We will again be using the masterclass structure, where delegates can choose to either focus on one key area or join groups from across the whole programme.

    Each masterclass will be delivered through a series of seminars, workshops and roundtables.

    Workshops focusing on the personal skills required to succeed in senior management.

    Conference sessions focusing on how marketing  can drive the wider ambitions of the business.

    A series of case studies and workshops that provide practical learning to enhance your brand.

    Celebrating our 25 years at the heart of the industry applying key insights to today’s world.


  • Mars One -It’s out of this world!

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One

    Mars One invites you to learn more about the next giant leap for humankind!

    The mission goal is to establish a human settlement on Mars as the stepping stone for the human race on its voyage into the universe!  As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible and anything can be achieved.

    Bas Lansdorp has never been one to let bold ventures intimidate him. A born entrepreneur, he sees potential and opportunity where others shy away. Gifted with an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm, he moves people with his passion for science and the human mission to Mars.

    Since starting Mars One in March 2011, this project has received support from scientists, engineers, businessmen and –women and aerospace companies from all over the world and applicants are queuing to take part in the astronaut selection programme.

    To prepare for this settlement the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2020. Crews will depart for their one-way journey to Mars starting in 2031; subsequent crews will depart every 26 months. Mars One is a global initiative aiming to make this everyone's mission, including yours.  Everyone is invited to join Mars One’s efforts to make mankind a multiplanetary species.

    Join Bas to hear his inspiring story!

    Bas Landorp is CEO and co-founder of Mars One, a not for profit foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars.
    Bas is responsible, among other things, for investor relations, public outreach and for initial contacts with potential suppliers, sponsors and partners. He is an entrepreneur with an engineering background, interested in visionary technological business cases.


  • Understand your mind, change your world

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    This keynote is about you. Tim proposes that you have two stories inside your head: one is about your life and the other is controlling your life. The one that is controlling your life is your Inner Story. This keynote will be about how your mind creates your Inner Story and how changing it can be the fast way to a better you. It will also help you to understand how powerful your mind is in directing how you think, feel and behave. You will be able to take away learnings that you can instantly apply to your personal and professional life.

    Please see a video about Tim's keynote session below.


    Tim O’Brien is a psychologist who has received awards for his pioneering work in the field of emotional and behavioural change. . He has been a performance consultant to teams in a range of global businesses across a variety of sectors. He has been Club Psychologist for three English Premier League football teams including over ten years with Arsenal FC and has designed and delivered leadership programmes for companies such as Nike and Red Bull and has coached individuals from President and CEO to emerging leader level.

    Tim is Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at the world-leading UCL Institute of Education. His latest book, Inner Story’, is endorsed by Sir Elton John and Arsene Wenger.


  • Brand partnerships – bringing your brand to life and making the customer care.

    Matthew Leopold
    If you love something, you will crave it. If you care, you’ll buy it.
    Brand partnerships are unique in the world of marketing – you have access to something that is hugely valuable. Customer emotion. Yes, the customer actually cares! They will listen to you. They will pay attention to your message. They might even change their purchasing habits.
    Done well, brand partnerships can be a hugely valuable tool for all brands and organisations – big and small, B2B or B2C. And they don’t need to be expensive. Brand partnerships are widely misunderstood and poorly delivered. The old-fashioned world of sponsorship slapping big logos on things has created a poor image for this brilliant discipline.
    Matthew will break down the marketing basics behind WHY brand partnerships work and HOW they can be effective. He’ll cover all sorts of partnerships - from big sponsorships to small sponsorships, from commercial partnerships to relationships with charities and schools. Come and learn from his mistakes and discover how to make your customers care.
    Matthew Leopold has a background in PR and branding and has been involved in shaping and implementing partnerships for most of his career – latterly heading up Sponsorship and Partnerships at British Gas. He is a board director of the European Sponsorship Association, charged with helping the industry better demonstrate the impact of sponsorships on business results. Through various activations and campaigns, he has learned how to build consumer trust and improve corporate reputation through sponsorship.
    Primarily leading the sponsorship of British Swimming and its subsidiaries, Matthew has been able to focus on making swimming’s assets work hard for British Gas and deliver value for the brand. As a non-Olympic sponsor of an Olympic sport, Matthew oversaw BG’s hugely successful 2012 campaign which drove a huge brand uplift for British Gas.
    Matthew is an advocate for the often-forgotten audience of sponsorship – employees. Under his leadership, British Gas employees were given unrivalled access and opportunity to the sponsorship. Participation in sport significantly increased, sickness dropped and employee pride hit and all-time high.

  • How inventing your own brand properties can grow your business faster in the connected economy

    Jamal Benmiloud, former marketing leader at Red Bull and Monster Energy, co-author of 'Brand Love’, Founder of EARN Studios

    “In pure financial terms, our brand properties are not yet profitable, but in value terms, they are. The total editorial media value plus the media assets created around them are superior to pure advertising expenditures.” Dietrich Mateschitz, Founder & CEO of Red Bull.

    During this session Jamal will discuss:

    • Which brands have developed a pioneering brand property approach to marketing?
    • How can you replicate their success formula to create your own marketing team of millions?
    • Case studies for B2C include Red Bull, Monster Energy, Xiaomi, Lego, Castrol & EE. 
    • Case studies for B2B include Qualcomm, Red Bull, Castrol, Brewdog.

    Jamal Benmiloud, is a straight-talking thought leader, with a reputation as one of the world’s most disruptive thinkers in marketing. His experience working for global brands coupled with his vision for the future of marketing is both informative and inspiring.


  • Growth through self-disruption – the convergence of content and commerce.

    Michel Koch, Chief Marketing Officer, Time Inc. (UK) Ltd

    • Disrupting existing business models - How to grow in adjacent markets and reinvent your business when your core model is in decline.
    • Leveraging data to put customer at the heart of your strategy
    • Exploring new revenue streams
    • Self-disruption: using digital to hack growth and extend brand reach.

    In this session, Michel will illustrate with case-study examples how TIME Inc. is growing through creating new business models and leveraging brand equity and content.

    Michel Koch is a digital and e-commerce pioneer and veteran. He started as head of new media at Sony Music in the early 90’s, and has since filled several senior executive positions with international B2C and B2B multichannel companies (including Bertelsmann, Manutan, Quelle, Conrad, Camaïeu).

    Michel relocated to the UK to join Marks & Spencer where he grew their international online sales, and more recently supported the omni-channel strategy of electronics retailer Maplin as eCommerce Director. In 2015, he joined TIME Inc. UK to drive new business growth initiatives, and as a CMO led a company-wide customer marketing transformation program.

  • Understanding the psychology of higher performing teams: what’s really going on?

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    Whereas Tim’s keynote address was focussed on individuals this session is all about teams. Every team that Tim has worked with - in business and in sport - identifies and develops its Inner Story as it is the most important lever for performance. In this practical session Tim will help you to analyse the Inner Story of your team and offer advice on how to change it in order to create a culture of high performance.

    Join Tim to find out what is really going on in your team, explore the challenges that you face and identify real solutions that you can apply in your own workplace.


  • How your mind can make you more successful

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    Defining what success means and looks like for you is critical if you want to succeed. However, controlling what is going on inside your head is even more critical in getting you to where you want to be. Successful people are focused – but do you know the one thing that everyone must focus on to be successful? Successful people are motivated – but are you aware why motivation is not enough?  We are told that setting goals is essential to success – but are you are aware that forgetting them could be even more essential? Join Tim for this interactive session and identify how understanding your conscious and unconscious mind can increase the inevitability of achieving success on your terms.


  • Networking agenda


    In addition to the main conference programme, delegates have many other opportunities to spend time with peers; learn from them, help others who are facing the issues that they have successfully overcome and extend personal networks.

    ‘Extra-curricular’ activities and entertainment
    We know that delegates like to have some ‘down time’ at the event and to make full use of the ship’s facilities we will be offering some downtime activities for delegates to take part in:-
    - Wine and cheese tasting
    - Galley visits and other 'behind the scenes' ship tours
    - Casino lessons
    - Football tournament
    - Aerobics
    - Spa and salon
    - After-dinner entertainment (comedian, quiz, karaoke, shows)

    Informal networking
    There are countless opportunities to informally network with all forum attendees – speed meetings on the first night are a great ice-breaker, relax with a coffee in one of the ship’s many lounges during free time and the after-dinner entertainment offers some light relief after a busy day. 


  • 2017

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