Digital Britain 2019: Manchester


The IAB laid the foundations for digital advertising in London, now, we're coming to Manchester for our annual Digital Britain conference. Sessions will include inspirational stories of digital advertising, an interactive view from the publisher group and food for thought on what brands really think of digital advertising . This event is sold out, to join the waiting list contact

Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
IAB Members: N/A
Agency: FREE
Advertiser: N/A
IAB Non-members: N/A


Welcome to Digital Britain
9:50 - 10:00
Tim Elkington,
Building a sustainable future for digital advertising
10:00 - 10:10

Introduction to the day from our CEO, Jon Mew

Jon Mew,
The ambient era of advertising
10:10 - 10:30

The way brands communicate is changing. The rise of ambient technology in the home has created new ways for brands to connect with audiences. But if brands are going to be successful in the home, they need to understand how relationships with consumers are changing. With examples from the world-famous Unruly Home, Nicola Spooner presents a glimpse of what advertising will look like in the future, and shares some examples of brands who are pioneers in the new ambient era of advertising. 

Nicola Spooner,
Vice President of Strategy,
Advertiser Session
10:30 - 11:00

Hear from 3 fantastic brands, Aviva, Mondelēz and Mind who will talk about what they love about advertising, what's not so hot and what advice they can give the industry on the best uses for it.

Matt Stockbridge & Hannah Stenton & Emma Dalby Bowler,

Mondelēz & Aviva & Mind
Unproblematic Programmatic!
11:00 - 11:20

5 top tips to get you thinking and acting differently in the wonderful world of programmatic. By understanding more about the way programmatic can be enhanced, and the right questions to ask when evaluating it on your marketing plan, we can make the most of this incredibly powerful medium!

Joanna Parnell,
Managing Partner,
Data Roundtable
11:25 - 11:55

How can we shift the conversation around data away from being defensive about the use of data to being more positive about the benefits data offers?

Tina Lakhani,
Ad Tech and Standards Manager,
How inclusive creativity will increase your profitability
12:05 - 12:25

What is the impact of diversity? And how can it drive award-winning creative work, high performance teams and shape up your bottom line? This talk explores the work that's made headlines and why inclusion is at the heart of it. More importantly, we think about the teams that shape these ideas. 

Ali Hanan,
Creative Equals
How to take control through collaboration
12:25 - 12:45

The presentation will provide an overview of The Ozone Project's journey and what they learnt along the way. 

Craig Tuck,
Managing Director, Ozone Audience,
The Ozone Project
Become the Editor
12:45 - 13:15

Every day news brand and magazine editors take thousands of critical decisions that contribute towards quality editorial products that are read by millions across the UK. This session aims to take you behind the scenes and show you how and why these decisions are made – whether it’s how products are reviewed, which stories are run or which photos are published. In this highly interactive session you’ll also get the chance to vote on whether or not you would publish content and take part in a live taste test! Featuring speakers from The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Bauer, Hearst and Mail Online.

The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph,
Good Housekeeping and Mail Online
Media Owner Roundtable
13:30 - 14:00

How can media owners work together more effectively to highlight opportunities, share best practice or to collaborate around key topics?

Jon Mew,
What all great storytelling has in common.
14:10 -14:45

Drama producer and author John Yorke argues that story structure is hardwired into human perception: all stories are essentially the same because they reflect the way in which we make sense of the world. John explores the similar narrative structure of all great stories, and what this means for brands looking to make their brand stories stand out. Presented by Verizon Media and their Director of Video and Studios.

Geoff Goodwin & John Yorke,
Senior Director & TV Producer and Author,
Verizon Media
Public trust in UK advertising
14:45 - 15:05

Public trust in and favourability towards UK advertising has dropped to its lowest levels in recent years.  New research from Credos, the advertising industry’s think tank takes an in-depth look at what is causing this decline. It asks what can the industry do to win back the hearts and minds of the British people? This talk will look at the changing attitudes to advertising, the key factors driving people’s attitudes and how we can all work together to change perceptions of our industry for the better.

Tom Dennett,
Senior Analyst,
The Internet is Broken; “The days of advertising as we know it today are numbered."
15:05 - 15:25

Is the current ad experience driving us to a world of no ads, as per Marc Pritchard’s prophecy?  What has led us to this, and what is the IAB — along with a number of industry leaders — doing to make sure we don’t fulfil the prophecy.

Rowly Bourne,
Agency Roundtable Sponsored by Teads
15:30 - 16:00

How can we improve recruitment, retention and development of talent in the digital advertising industry?

James Chandler & Guy Jackson,
CMO & Regional Director UK,
IAB UK & Teads
Live Pitch
16:10 - 16:30

This exciting session brings something slightly different to the Digital Britain agenda. On April 3, just one day before the conference, five teams of rising star talent were given a campaign brief to tackle, set by the IAB, and will be pitching their ideas on stage – with an audience vote crowning the winning team…So sit back, relax, and enjoy the pitches!

Get in the head of Gen Z
16:30 - 16:50

Why is TikTok so great? Are four screens better than two? Does anyone actually watch live TV anymore? Gen Zs are notoriously hard to reach, but we’ve gathered a group of them from UCLAN  to let you get in their heads. Tweet your questions with #IABGenZ to get the inside track on the world of 16-22 year olds.

Host: Lee Shaughnessy,
Regional Account Director,
TI Media
Close and Networking Drinks
17:00 - 19:00

Join us for a well deserved drink at Lock 91, just a 5-minute walk from your venue...

9 Century St, Manchester M3 4QL


John Yorke, TV Producer and Author
John Yorke
TV Producer and Author
Rebecca Holman, Grazia
Rebecca Holman
Hannah Stenton, Aviva
Hannah Stenton
Craig Tuck, The Ozone Project
Craig Tuck
The Ozone Project
Laura Cohen
Laura Cohen
Good Housekeeping
Joanna Parnell
Matt Stockbridge, Mondelēz
Matt Stockbridge
Rowly Bourne
Ali Hanan, Creative Equals
Ali Hanan
Creative Equals
Tina Lakhani, IAB UK
Tina Lakhani
Nick Hewat, The Guardian
Nick Hewat
The Guardian
Emily Winter, Mail Metro
Emily Winter
Mail Metro
Tim Elkington, IAB UK
Tim Elkington
Geoff Goodwin, Verizon Media
Geoff Goodwin
Verizon Media
Nicola Spooner, Unruly
Nicola Spooner
James Chandler, IAB UK
James Chandler
Dan Wilks

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