Cork City Hall, Thursday May 24th

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Registration & Breakfast Networking


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Host Welcome

Founder & Host of the conference, Sarah Dineen, will open the conference and present the agenda and event app.


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The Evolution of Social Media - People, Platforms and Performance

Cian Corbett / Managing Director of Leading Social

Cian’s Session will detail how to match quality content with acute targeting.

Cian Corbett is a Social Media Strategist having started working in Social Media before the term was even coined, Cian’s first campaigns on “New Media” were conducted on Forums, Bebo and MySpace. Following 6 years working with some of Ireland’s biggest brands including Three, AIB and Toyota, last year Cian took up the reins as MD of Leading Social.


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Create a clearer strategy for your digital transformation

Stephen Ryan / CIT Digital Marketing Lecturer & Head of Marketing REDFM

From your social media to your website, creating a digital strategy keeps you from throwing ideas on the wall and crossing your fingers that they stick. With a digital strategy, you can connect your business objectives to measure your successes and failures.

Stephen’s Session will detail how to align business goals, utilising digital assets and being data driven.

He is the head of Marketing for RedFM helping the station to win Cork Digital Marketing Award for best Digital Strategy.


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How to track & capitalise on consumers' behaviour online

Conor Barron / Digital Commnications Manager, Bord Gais Energy

The huge assortment of marketing channels means that your potential customers could be anywhere and you need to be where they are. As the number of potential channels grows , designing multi-channel marketing campaigns will continue to be key.

Conor’s session will detail what channels work well together, how to increase touch points in your marketing funnel and draw on successful Bord Gais case studies.

He is responsible for all aspects of Digital Communication for Bord Gáis Energy including online PR, online advertising, social media marketing and search engine marketing.


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Reactive Marketing and Creating Everyday

Brendan Keary & Eoin Derham / Kearys Motors

How do you communicate instantly with consumers online and join the conversation about a new development in fashion, sports, or the trending news?

Marketing in real-time isn’t easy – we have witnessed recently a number of Irish brands who sparked a social media firestorm for their reactive marketing efforts to a trial # trending.

Brendan and Eoin will show you how to understand your brands’ voice, react to trends online and how to move on these opportunities to make for genuine successful content. They recently turned a standard test drive video into a ‘granny edition’ reaching over 500k online.



Live Tweet Q&A and Coffee


Exciting speaker to be announced



Create killer content that creates dialogue

Josh Powell / Head of International Brand Engagement, Paddy Power

Public Relations has undergone a digital transformation. Journalists are now using Twitter and Google to research stories so your brand needs to appear when subjects relating to your sector are searched.

Josh will share some of  Paddy Power’s successful digital PR case studies and leave you with new perspectives on how to approach your next digital PR campaign.

He is responsible for Betfair’s PR, Editorial, Social content and Sponsorship activity across international markets.


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Reach highly engaged audiences through Native Advertising

Gary Quinn / Editor, Irish Times Content Studio

As ad blockers, and other consumer habits begin to infringe on the impact of banner adverts, native advertising (ads online that mimic content) is powering ahead. Consumers are 25% more likely to look at an native advert than they are a banner and  53% more likely to engage.

The Irish Times Content Studio was created to engage with the global shift from advertisers towards the rapidly growing branded content sector. Creating high-quality, editorially driven stories, the studio has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, bringing their brand values directly to Irish Times readers. The unit has won multiple awards, including a Global Media Award for Best Native Campaign for its work with Audi.

In this session, Gary will use the top 20 most read stories published by the studio in 2017 to show what works, why and how readily readers engage with brand storytelling when it’s created honestly and with passion.


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Retarget & Convert

Beth Quigley / Senior Client Lead, Wolfgang Digital

Rob Beirne - PPC Specialist & Client Lead, Wolfgang Digital

In this session, Beth and Rob will discuss retargeting case studies from National brands they have worked with, to help you improve your own facebook and Google remarketing efforts to increase conversions.

Beth and Rob are digital marketeer with Ireland’s No.1 digital agency – Wolfgang. Beth’s campaigns have been nominated for numerous awards including Best Use of Social in a Search Campaign award at the European Search Awards in Paris. Rob is an engineer turned digital marketer. He has worked on a variety of PPC campaigns from brand awareness to lead generation to e-commerce. Rob’s campaigns have won awards in Ireland and internationally.



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The 3 T's of Successful Video Marketing

Greg Fry / Lecturer for the Digital Marketing Institute & Co founder of Content Plan

CONSUMERS PREFER VIDEO… We all know video content is rampant, consumption is on the rise and successful marketers need to get out in front of it. Especially with 72% of people would rather use video to learn about a product or service.

Greg was one of our most energetic and engaging speaker of 2017. He will discuss the trends, tactics or techniques to succeed in video marketing.

He is a Lecturer for the Digital Marketing Institute and Co founder of Content Plan.


Live Tweet Q&A


Lunch Break & Speed Networking Tables



10 Commandments of Consent under GDPR

Marie Murphy / Co Founder & Data Protection Officer of Fort Privacy Partners

Why did JD Wetherspoons delete its entire email database? Will GDPR really spell the death for email marketing?

Marie Murphy, will go behind the headlines and get you the real story.

There are rules for handling consent under the GDPR and Marie will give attendees an overview of these rules in an engaging and whirlwind tour of the “10 Commandments of Consent under GDPR”. Marie will examine the circumstances under which marketers will need to rely on consent as their legal basis for processing personal data and what this means in practical terms for marketing activities. Using e-receipts as an example, Marie will examine the dos and the don’ts for managing your marketing databases. What are the rights and wrongs of email marketing? How can you get your marketing databases GDPR compliant?


KEYNOTE to be announced...


6 Masterclasses

To make the most of your learning on the day, we have included 6 practical masterclasses for you to choose 3, perhaps send a colleague to the alternative masterclasses so as not to miss a thing!


SEO or Influencer Marketing Masterclass

10 things to do right now to improve your SEO

Sandra Hennessey / SEO Trainer & Lecturer

Best place to hide a dead body ? On the 2nd page of Google…Sandra’s masterclass will detail how to rise in the ranks to the top of search-engine results.

She is the founder of Be Dynamic and her clients include Digital Marketing Institute, IIA, Irish Times Training, LEO’s, Enterprise Ireland, and Fáilte Ireland.


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5 ways to use influencers to gain new customers

Sinead Carroll / Founder Irish Blogger Agency

In a survey by eMarketer, 84% of marketers said they would launch at least 1 influencer campaign within the next 12 months. Using influencers in your marketing strategy can often seem daunting and expensive, with no guarantee of success. Sinead’s masterclass will explore this prominent trend, what we can learn from it, and how best it can be implemented for 2018.


Ecommerce or Digital Selling Masterclass

Leveraging the Online Opportunity. Driving eCommerce sales

Aoife Rigney - Digital Experience Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

Aoife’s masterclass will examine the key elements of eCommerce to deliver sales growth, enhance the end to end customer experience and drive loyalty for your brand.

She is one of Ireland’s leading Digital Marketing experts, and is the Digital Experience Manager for both SuperValu and Centra brands.

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Learn the Art of Digital Selling

Exciting Speaker from Linkedin to be Announced...


Exciting Masterclasses to be announced...


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Conference Closed

Founder & Host of the conference, Sarah Dineen, will close the conference and answer any questions.