Digital Futures Conference 2018

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Catrin Finch Conference Centre

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Mold Road


LL11 2AW

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Digital Futures is a successful, annual conference which attracts around 100 business delegates per year. The event is now entering its third year, with keynote speakers from Google Garage Team and experts from Digital Leadership, Marketing and Branding incorporated into the programme.

9.30 – 10am Registration & Welcome

10 – 11am Introduction to Digital Advertising - Google Garage Team

Learn how to set up online advertising campaigns, while increasing your businesses visibility and engagement with customers across digital and social platforms. Social can be a highly effective way to grow your business, but knowing where to start can be tough. This course is designed to help small business owners or aspiring digital marketers understand how to use Search, Social and Display advertising using a simple, straightforward approach. You'll come away knowing not only how to develop an advertising plan for your business, but also have the skills to know whether it’s delivering results.

11 – 12 Digital Infrastructure Projects & Exploiting Superfast Broadband. Michael Groves, Welsh Government

Wales has undergone a paradigm shift in relation to its digital connectivity in recent years. Understand how the successes of Welsh Government Digital Infrastructure projects can positively affect your business and how you can benefit from the wealth of support available to assist your enterprise to understand, adopt and exploit the business technologies that access to digital infrastructure can provide.

Michael Groves is a Programme Director with the ICT infrastructure team within the Welsh Government Economic Infrastructure division.

12 – 1pm Networking and lunch

1 – 3pm LinkedIn – the overlooked social media platform? Teresa Carnall, TBC Marketing in partnership with Superfast Business Wales.

You don’t need to look very far to hear some great stories about businesses who owe their success to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. But what about the often overlooked platform LinkedIn? While it may not have the same number of users as the big boys, it definitely holds its own. In fact when it comes to conducting Business to Business LinkedIn is head and shoulders above the rest.

So, how does it work? What do you need to do to get a share of the business that crosses hands on LinkedIn?

Teresa Carnall, a self-confessed LinkedIn super fan shares her insights and gives practical advice on how to make the most of this business social media platform.

3 – 4pm Digital Futures Awards

The 5 categories are:

Best Digital Marketing Campaign – sponsored by NXT Web

Best Digital Marketing Company – sponsored by FSB, Federation of Small Business

Best Online Business – sponsored by NatWest Cymru

Most Successful Brand – sponsored by Wrexham Glyndwr University

Digital Young Person *under 25 – sponsored by M-SParc


2018 offers a great opportunity to enter the new Digital Futures Awards which will be presented to the winners during the conference.

Applications are open to individuals, students, companies and organisations who can provide clear evidence of digital innovation, impact and delivery for business or personal success in 2017 & 2018.

Applications are welcome from individuals and organisations who are based in Wales, Cheshire, Wirral or Shropshire.

There are 5 award categories in total and you can choose which category you prefer (subject to availability).

The categories are:

  • Digital Marketing Company - sponsored by FSB, Federation of Small Business

We want to hear from digital marketing companies that have undoubtedly seen growth for businesses and clients, evidence of a highly skilled team or individual and proven results for their clients.

  • Online Business – sponsored by NatWest Cymru

Celebrating online business ventures, this award looks at how a business has thrived online, it’s not just about great profits - has this business impacted on someone’s work/life balance, improvements made towards customer satisfaction and repeat sales?

  • Digital Young Person *under 25 - sponsored by M-SParc

This is an open category which is looking for a young individual who has used digital tools and media to enhance a project, hobby or business idea. It could be a blog, vlog, a twitter campaign, or even an app creation. We are looking to identify good enterprise skills and early digital leadership skills - not necessarily restricted to business start-up.

  • Digital Marketing Campaign - sponsored by NXT Web

We are looking for examples of innovative digital marketing campaigns. It may be a new product launch or perhaps a charity fundraising campaign? The judges are looking for creativity with a focus on timescales and impact.

  • Successful Brand - sponsored by Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Who’s used the power of digital media to really push their branding? We are looking for innovative examples of how brands have been exposed and gained attraction through the power of digital. We are particularly keen to hear from small, local brands as well as larger brands.

>>Click here to apply<<

Further details are available from Judith Alexander,

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