Attendees include HSBC, Getty Images, Philips, Pernod Ricard, Sony Computer Entertainment, Publicis, UM Worldwide, John Lewis, Channel 4, Harrods, Orange Labs, Exposure, D&AD, Portland Design, Brown-Forman, APR Communications, The Outnet, Boots, The Gild, COS, Publicis Conseil, Critical Mass, BBDO Europe, Marks & Spencer, Elmwood, Ketchum Pleon, YouGov, Opinion Matters, Opinium, HASSELL, Weber Shandwick, Marketing Week, Critical Mass, Pocket Marketing, Euro RSCG, Unilever, Checkland Kindleysides, Coley Porter Bell, Aubin & Wills, Stylesight, Dubai Department of Tourism Marketing, JWT, Estee Lauder, Kohler Mira Showers, Woolworths Food.
‘In Europe and the US, new models for retailing, designing and branding products are similarly re-inventing the way we trade and take goods to market.’‘In emerging markets, we are witnessing unprecedented levels of innovation, driven by the needs of the next billion consumers,’ says The Future Laboratory co-founder Martin Raymond.
Collectively, these forces – driven by necessity and invention on the one hand, and by social media and imagination on the other – are rewriting the rules of commerce in the 21st century.
Think co-opetition, co-selling, co-curating, co-marketing, co-sharing, even co-splicing fact with fiction (faction) to create new and more powerful brand, product and service categories.
Welcome to the Co-commerce Revolution, a world in which fact, fiction, fantasy and social creativity collaborate and collude to spectacular effect.
Event content :
We identify and explore the key trends and overarching themes of the day, from co-opetition and faction (fact + fiction) marketing to how and why emerging markets are the places businesses are looking to for inspiration and product pipelines.
Consumer Attitudes Audit
Our biannual look at what is new and next and driving consumer thinking from the Future Poll team.
‘Our audit enables us to identify and anticipate consumer thinking on a range of social, ethical, political, commercial and cultural topics,’ says head of sales and marketing Tiffany Arntson.
‘That way we can help our clients to frame debates, anticipate challenges and collaborate with consumers in setting and driving agendas.’
We look at the percentages underpinning these changes, and the real people setting tomorrow’s agendas.
How and why brands, products and retailers are space-sharing, co-collaborating and identity-squatting in competitor spaces to maximise profits, drive experience, share efficiencies and enter new market sectors.
‘This is about cooperation and collaboration of a different sort,’ says The Future Laboratory co-founder Chris Sanderson. ‘It is about one brand using another brand’s space, website, advertising campaign or consumer database to save money, fire innovation or kick-start change.
Think co-opetition, co-selling, squatter retail and parasitic marketing and you begin to get an idea of how this approach works. A cooperation too far, or the next big marketing initiative? We test the evidence for and against.
New Emerging Affluents
How the next billion consumers from emerging markets are forcing brands, businesses and manufacturers to rethink everything from how they create and sell products to the way they distribute and market them.
‘We have called these next billion our New Emerging Affluents,’ says LS:N Global editor James Wallman. ‘Traditionally unbanked, unserviced, uncredited and unregulated, their small but growing disposable household income now means they are a massive profit margin waiting to happen.’
As we reveal, however, their understanding of technology, coupled with the small amounts they earn individually, means they have to be targeted differently.
Here we look at m-commerce, micro-retailing, kin-networks, Jugaad innovation, sachet economics and mobile minute marketing.
Harnessing the power of stories made from fact, fiction and fantasy to entice, excite and engage your brand’s friends, fans and audience.
‘In a world saturated with authentic brands, a true story isn’t enough to cut through any more,’ says Tom Savigar, chief strategy officer.
‘To stand out and connect with tomorrow’s increasingly connected, transmedia-savvy consumers, smart brands will blend fact with fantasy, truth with tall stories and reality with clever, compelling make-believe.’
Here we ring the death knell for the Era of Authentic and, in an age of Amortality, Identity Sharding and Faction Films, we make the case for why your brand should be blending fact with fiction.
A short, sharp summary of how the trends and themes covered are set to affect consumer thinking, and their brand, retail and service needs for 2013.
LS:N Global Trend Briefing AW12 : Wednesday 10 October 2012
Morning session: 9:00am–1:00pm
Afternoon session: 2:00pm–6:00pm
Location : Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG
Tickets: £550 excluding vat (£500 if booked before 10 September)
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