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2024: the year of the what?

Agency Leaders Debate and Agencies

Join industry experts as they unravel the trends shaping 2024, from the rise of long-form content to the pivotal role of collaboration in experiential marketing. Discover insights on building trust, authenticity, and engaging experiences that resonate with diverse audiences. Our experts share their predictions on the impact of social media on politics, the evolution of brand partnerships, and the shift towards an experience-led future.
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