The Future of Media to shine the light on digital media technology
Issued by: Samantha PughOn behalf of:Trevor Ormerod, GM Group Sales & Marketing, Times Media - Jul 7th 2016, 15:19
Johannesburg, Thursday, 07 July 2016 : “Before the 2016 Future of Media Conference has even kicked off, it’s clear that the South African market is champing at the bit in anticipation of the opinions and insights of industry leaders operating in the digital environment,” says Trevor Ormerod, GM Group Sales & Marketing at Times Media, ahead of the annual Future of Media Conference being held in Sandton on 21 July.
The Future of Media Conference, being hosted by multimedia company Times Media, is directed towards the media, advertising and marketing sectors - where media platforms provide the vehicles for brands to reach and engage with increasingly tech-savvy and discerning audiences.
The conference line-up indicates that the exploitation of digital technology will be dominating conversations, guiding the evolution of the media landscape in South Africa, and aiming to deliver a greater understanding of programmatic buying, gamification, digital migration, virtual reality, social media, branding, big data and the value of partnerships.
Times Media has been actively reinvigorating its multi-platform assets, and is committed to innovation. As such, the Group engaged leading international figure Juan Senor, Partner at Innovation Media Consultants, to deliver the opening presentation at the Conference. Senor has global experience in working with media brands ‘to reinvent their editorial models, strategies, products, design, newsrooms, workflows and narratives for the digital age.’
The variety of speakers and panellists represents diverse expertise and includes: Alon Lits (Uber), Gil Sperling (Popimedia), Joshin Raghubar (iKineo), Michael Balkind (Content Bar), Kyle Hauptfleisch and Hendri Lategan(Barbarossa Media), Patrick Conroy (OpenView), Donald Clarke (Lucky Bean Media), Elias Sikazwe (Snapscan), Nic Harambolous (Nicsocks), Simon Hartley (WumDrop), Craig Page-Lee (d-cifr), Marc du Plessis (Spark Media), David Sidenberg (BMI), Doug Place (Nando’s), Geoff Cohen (Delv Media), Ryan Jamieson (Karabina Solutions), Chris Wiggett (Brighthouse), Hazel Chimhandamba (Standard Bank), Kelly Jackson (Contiki Tours), Duncan McLeod (TechCentral), Yavi Madurai (Black Box Theory), Theresa Lotter (Media Tenor), Glenn Gillis (Sea Monster), as well as Riaan Wolmarans (HO Digital Audience Development at Times Media).
The panel discussions will be moderated by Pepsi Pokane (Managing Director, Bonngoe TV), Toby Shapshak (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Stuff) and Jeremy Maggs (Presenter, eNCA & Power FM, Contributor, Financial Mail).
Partners who are hosting activations alongside Times Media include Everlytic, GfK South Africa, TimeOneGroup, BrandsEye, TNS, Mortimer Harvey, Millward Brown, and Kena Outdoor.
Ormerod says, “We’re no longer waiting for the digital dawn, but rather standing in its midday sun. Every facet of media, communication and advertising is being touched by the opportunities that advanced technology presents. Exploring new technologies and processes to steer the SA media environment forward successfully is what the Future of Media Conference is all about.”
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