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On Thursday 19 March, we stared into the crystal ball at TV’s future, explored the changes we are seeing and what they all mean for the future of brands on TV. There was a lot of ground to cover; the future’s a big place, so we had leading industry experts join us to talk us through it. These included: Sue Unerman from MediaCom; Simon Daglish from ITV; Paul Lee from Deloitte; Jeremy Tester from Sky Media; Lucy Jameson from Grey London and Nigel Walley from Decipher; Nigel Sharrocks from BARB and Margo Swadley from Kantar Media; Rebecca Moody, Chief Strategy Officer, Ogilvy & Mather; Haydn Williams, General Manager at Universal Music TV. If you missed the live stream then you may want to catch up ondemand, right here.
‘The Anatomy of Humbug: how to think differently about advertising’ by Paul Feldwick has been called genuinely original, fascinating and ‘required reading’ by some of the advertising industry’s leading thinkers. Here you can find more about the book, read some of the reviews, link through to get your hands on a copy and view photographs from the book’s launch event.
This two hour interactive training workshop is designed to give new starters to the media industry an overview of what television has to offer advertisers and how the TV advertising market works. It is primarily aimed at trainee media planners and buyers or junior marketing personnel. The course looks at the many and varied strengths of television as a communications vehicle and examines the different roles that TV can play. It also demystifies the sometimes confusing jargon that surrounds TV planning and buying.
This hour and a half training workshop will update participants on the latest developments in TV technology and what they mean for advertisers. Subjects include digital TV recorders, HDTV, 4K, mobile devices, tablets and the rise of apps. It will also explore how multi-screening has enhanced the TV experience for some and how this has changed viewing behaviour.
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On Thursday 12 February at the Soho Hotel, we brought together some of the brightest media brains to answer your questions about the art and science of media planning. The line-up included: Phil Georgiadis, Chairman, Walker Media; Nick Manning, Chief Strategy Officer, Ebiquity; Jenny Biggam, Founder, The7Stars; Andy Sloan, CEO, All Response Media; Jonathan Allan, Sales Director, Channel 4; Neil Burling, Media Director, PHD; Alexandra Lewis, VP & Director of Marketing, Warner Bros; Kim Gilroy, Account Sales Manager, ITV; Sarah Leach, Coca-Cola and Andy Jones, IPG Mediabrands. Catch-up on all the action right here.
On Thursday 13 November, at the Soho Hotel, we assembled a stunning cast of the UK’s leading commercial directors, including the directors of the most talked about Christmas ads of the year - John Lewis and Sainsbury’s. They lifted the lid on conjuring TV advertising magic. We also heard from three senior brand guardians responsible for commissioning and nurturing great TV creative. Our line-up included: Dougal Wilson from Blink; Ringan Ledwidge from Rattling Stick; James Rouse from Outsider and Siri Bunford from Knucklehead
On Wednesday 8 October at BAFTA, Thinkbox launched the third instalment in its award-winning Screen Life series of research studies. Commissioned from Craft research, Screen Life 3 will look at emerging TV technologies and behaviours. We heard from the experts including: Prof Sean Nixon; Prof Andrew Canessa; Dr Alain Samson; Oliver Robertson from Thinkbox and Craft’s Alex Charlton, Konrad Collao and Aileen Dennis.
Thursday 3rd July was a morning full of stimulation, provocation and inspiration, with a stellar line-up of leading industry gurus talking about some of the hottest topics for brands, marketing and media. If you weren’t able to come along or access our live webcast, you can catch up with all the action by watching the event on demand, right here.
Clearcast is responsible for pre-clearing TV ads for the UK’s six largest commercial broadcasters to make sure they don’t mislead, cause harm or offend. To ensure that TV ad clearances are as smooth as possible Clearcast offer a comprehensive training programme. Their core course; the Clearcast Certificate, is available to a range of audiences and is highly recommended for Agencies and Advertisers. The Certificate Courses have all been externally accredited by the CPD service (Continuing Personal or Professional Development) and are supported by the IPA, the UK's leading trade and professional body for advertising agencies. In the sessions Clearcast share hints and tips to help avoid common pitfalls and they explain the vital roles that Agencies and Advertisers should play in getting their ads approved. The courses cost £99+VAT, for a full day’s training and lunch. Click the title for more information and to book online.
Clearcast is responsible for pre-clearing TV ads to make sure they don’t mislead, cause harm, or offend. It works with advertisers and agencies on behalf of the UK’s largest commercial broadcasters to get advertising to air as smoothly as possible. It runs a comprehensive training programme for advertisers, agencies and broadcasters, which in April won gold at the EASA Best Practice Awards. If you’ve ever wondered what you can and can’t do with your ads in other countries Clearcast has just the ticket: The International Certificate, a new training course to de-mystify advertising regulation across all media in Europe & the US and, for the first time, address the global picture. This is a must for advertisers working on global campaigns and anyone needing a greater understanding of international regulations. Clearcast is offering a discount to anyone who books both afternoons together.
Events & training
Thinkbox hosts a rolling programme of inspirational events, all designed to help people understand how to get the best of TV. Here you can find out what’s coming up next and also view presentations, films and on-demand streams from our previous events. You can also find out about free training workshops and modular presentations.
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We want everybody, from agencies to advertisers to use us for help and advice and facts. So, we've put together a collection of fact-packed and thought-provoking presentations that explore the effectiveness of TV and the different ways that advertisers can maximise its many benefits. Each presentation is based around a theme and provides an overview of the subject as well as some key insights from major research projects. If you'd like to find out more, or book a presentation for you and your colleagues, there's a full list of potential subjects here and all the contact details you need.
Sometimes our events are oversubscribed and not a seat is to be had. Other times, you may be thinking "that looks really interesting, but The Soho Hotel is a considerable distance away from my desk". These are both reasons why we've started to stream as many of our events as possible, live via our website, so you can watch them from the comfort of your office. We also make them available a bit later, on-demand. It's not as good as being there, of course, but it's the next best thing. Here are some FAQs about our streaming, and some handy links to previous events you can watch on-demand.