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Agency leaders, brand marketers and tech specialists will speak at the Creative Transformation Festival

The Drum’s upcoming virtual event is all about creativity, the thing that elevates a good idea and transforms a great campaign. Find out more about this year’s speakers, who represent household name brands and top-ranked agencies from around the world.

Running from June 14-18, the Creative Transformation Festival is a virtual event that’s almost entirely free to attend, with two exclusive sessions for members of The Drum Plus. With five days of content divided into four big themes, creatives, marketers and agency leaders can watch sessions on creative trends, process and production, media and tech, and ideas and inspiration.

Supporting this international event are speakers from agencies big and small, hailing from Peru, Thailand, Singapore, New York and more, and senior figures from a wide range of brands – from Mondelēz International to Absolut Vodka, Dickies to SK-II.

Frank conversations with creative leaders

Despite working amid a pandemic for well over a year, creative agencies are continuing to make great work that will surely leave a lasting cultural impact. To make sense of the journey and glean some useful lessons, The Drum will have in-depth conversations with creative leaders from agencies in Tokyo, LA and London.

Join any of the three sessions to uncover some pandemic-era wisdom:

  • The first will feature Yasu Sasaki, head of digital and executive creative director at Dentsu Tokyo, an inventor in the field of next-generation communications through writing, digital design and coding. This session is exclusively for members of The Drum Plus.

  • The second is a conversation with Matt Murphy, co-chief creative officer and partner at 72andSunny, whose passion for partnership has produced unlikely collaborations, like rallying millions of girls to code holiday trees on the White House’s lawn and promoting a fake athlete to be a company’s ‘MFCEO’. This session is exclusively for members of The Drum Plus.

  • Completing the series are Nadja Lossgott and Nick Hulley, executive creative directors at AMV BBDO – the minds behind the influential Guinness Sapeurs film, known for creating visually-striking, groundbreaking work with serious cultural impact.

Other award-winning creatives in attendance include Bow and Arrow; the head of design at RAPP; chief executive officer of TBWA; the creative solutions managers at Talon Outdoor; and the creative director of The Chase.

Go behind the scenes of the biggest brand campaigns

Whether it’s to clinch a new client account, or get tips from the industry’s most successful brand-agency partnerships, hearing directly from brand marketers is useful for anyone making creative work. Here are a few you’ll hear from at the festival:

  • Anamika Gupta is head of customer marketing at Fujitsu America Inc, a leader in B2B who helps organizations drive revenue by strategically delivering value to clients. She was recently recognized as an honoree in the 2020 Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards program and The Most Admired Women Leaders 2021 by CioLook.

  • Senior global brand director Yoegin Chan and senior brand communications director Shuqi Fu represent the P&G-owned SK-II. One of Asia’s biggest beauty brands, known for running cinematic and strategic campaigns, it has recently launched a new film studio and run a major Olympics sponsorship campaign.

  • Shavonne M Clark, senior manager of marketing at The Home Depot, currently leads the planning, development and implementation of all Rental marketing strategies, marketing communications and public relations activities. She’ll be uncovering how this household name brand is building consumer love with the help of data.

Other brand-side experts you can expect to hear from include Xavier White, CSR and innovation marketing manager at Verizon; the Singapore Tourism Board’s assistant chief executive of marketing; Jerry Daykin, EMEA senior media director at GSK; director global connections at Dickies; and the chief marketing officer of Pomelo Fashion.

Master the latest tech and media platforms – with the experts

To help creatives harness all that data and tech at their fingertips, The Drum has brought together speakers from companies that streamline the creative process. After all, crafting a successful campaign is easier with the support of the right tools and channels – for teamwork, social, video campaigns and more.

In a session that examines the ways the pandemic has transformed collaboration, Andy Wilson, director of media at Dropbox, will be speaking to brand and agency partners. They will explore the pros and cons of remote working, and the aspects that are here to stay, and uncover new tools for working together.

Videos are everywhere, but they don’t always land with the customer. To help agencies craft effective and meaningful video campaigns, Unruly’s vice-president of insights and solutions Rebecca Waring will be sharing ways to test video content, identify the most engaging scenes, and use data craft messaging that achieves campaign goals.

To utilize platforms like Facebook Shops, Instagram Shoppable Posts and TikTok Social Shopping Tools, learn from the experts. Liz Stone, co-founder of social media specialists OK Cool, and Elise Ngobi, director of international growth at leading visual marketing platform Dash Hudson, will discuss ways brands can creatively harness the power of social to drive sales.

Hear from the speakers you don’t want to miss

To see the full list of speakers, visit the festival website. Attendees can create a custom agenda by registering for individual sessions, and get a reminder when the content goes live.