At a time when advertising has been rated below politics as a trustworthy profession and when, according to a recent survey, 77% of brands wouldn’t be missed if they disappeared overnight, can brands still prosper?

“Right now, both marketing and its servant, advertising, are in trouble with 800 million people reported to have installed ad blockers on their devices” says author and speaker Patrick Collister, who’ll be presenting the closing presentation at the Nedbank IMC 2020 taking place at The Galleria in Sandton on 19 March. The theme of the conference is Marketing Works. Work it.

“But it’s not all doom and gloom” he continues, “with purposeful creativity, brands can still be relevant and valued”. Patrick has been Creative Director of Ogilvy EMEA, Creative Director of EHS Brann Europe and, most recently, led Google’s creative think-tank, The Zoo. 

Patrick believes there are seven specific actions marketers can take to ensure that their brands not only survive, but thrive. Not least of which are being mobile, insightful and agile. “In addition, brands need to be social, collaborative and innovative too. And, of course, being purposeful always tops the list” he says.

As the second international speaker of the day – the first being, Keynote speaker Fernando Machado, Global CMO for Burger King – Patrick will be elaborating on these actions in his presentation. He will also be facilitating a workshop the day after the conference for African members of thenetworkone – the world’s largest network of independent advertising agencies.

“We are delighted to have two such internationally renowned speakers in our line-up of 18 speakers”, says IMC CEO, Dale Hefer.

The IMC is supported by Nedbank, presented in association with MASA and endorsed by the IAB.

Book your spot at the Nedbank IMC 2020 with early bird tickets available right now.


Dale Hefer, founder of leading agency Chillibush (which she sold in 2014) is the owner and CEO at the IMC Academy (Pty) Ltd. She is author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed From Witblits to Vuvuzela’s: Marketing in the New South Africa and former Businesswoman of the Year. The Integrated Marketing Conference has grown from its 2010 start in Cape Town to its position as Africa’s leading marketing conference. Whatever your industry, you’ll want to work up a sweat at the Marketing Works conference on 19 March 2020 at The Galleria, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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