Guy Hayward, the JWT chief executive kicked things off this morning. He introduced MediaLink chairman and chief executive Michael Kassan, whose theme covered the marriage of technology and marketing.
Wag the dog: why Silicon Valley will determine the future of marketing
Giving the opening keynote at Haymarket's BrandMAX conference in London on "why Silicon Valley will define the future of marketing", Kassan said that one of the most important concepts marketers should learn from California's Silicon Valley, the home of the digital and technology revolution, was "fail fast".
Silicon Valley was no longer a place but a collective mindset – "a set of principles built around execution, and so are marketing organisations," he argued.
Kassan said: "It's OK to make mistakes as long at they are recognised and rectified quickly. It's just another way to recognise how not to do something, as long as it is experiential and not reckless."
Best Job in the World: Tourism Queensland
Steve McRoberts, executive director of marketing at Tourism Queensland and Paul Bennett, country managing director of Sapient Nitro, gave a top presentation on their marketing strategy for the Australian state at the BrandMAX conference.
You must remember 'The Best Job in the World' campaign, where a Brit won the opportunity to be caretaker of an island on the Great Barrier Reef, on a salary of A$150k.
That was a couple of years ago. This morning the guys shared what they had learned from the campaign and how this influences the way they approach their entire communications.
They came up with five key questions to ask when setting out on defining a marketing strategy.
McRoberts and Bennett added that it’s no longer enough to think locally about campaigns.
"Everything you do for your brand is on the world stage so you need to make sure you’re building a world-class experience," said McRoberts.
Thinking out loud: the ultimate brand optimisation ingredient - integration
Charles Vallance, founding partner of VCCP also had five points to make, this time on integration.
The five criteria to aid integration:
Oiling the machine: bringing everyone together to build the brand
Amid the talk of how to shape the perfect brand, it fell to BMW's UK marketing director Richard Hudson to remind delegates that not all brands are in complete control of their destiny.
This article was first published on marketingmagazine.co.uk