The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

Your toolkit for success

18-21 October 2021

Festival will bring together the brightest and most innovative minds in marketing and beyond to deliver actionable insight and inspiration to help you tackle the most immediate challenges in the industry and in your career.

Taking place over four days, this virtual event will be mix of best practice content, debate, workshops and interactive sessions, which will provide learning, development and essential insight.

Save £50 on your Virtual Pass by taking advantage of our Early Bird discount. Discover everything that's included with a Virtual Pass by downloading the Delegate Pack - plus see some of the fantastic speakers that will be sharing their expertise this October 


Introducing the four days of Festival

Day 1


Powered by Marketing Week

Reflecting Marketing Week’s fourth quarter editorial campaign, we will bring together some of the marketing’s most prominent and respected thought leaders and celebrated brands to highlight what good looks like, and what marketers can learn from it.

Day 2:


We will deliver fresh perspective on the challenge of identifying and satisfying customers’ needs to marketers planning for the future. We will bring together experts, marketers and thought leaders to offer insight into the economic, customer, technological trends that will shape the year ahead and how to tackle them.

Day 3:


Powered by Econsultancy

Whether it’s cracking the challenge of personalisation, completing the quest for more meaningful data, aligning company and customer metrics or innovation in experience, we will offer a complete picture to better serve your customers, and company. 

Day 4:


Powered by Creative Review

We will offer insight and best practice in employing creative solutions, boosting the effectiveness of creativity, and developing more productive relationships with partners. Creativity is said to be an asset for successful brands, we will explore what marketers can do to encourage, foster and exploit this.

October’s speaker line-up is already very impressive 

Plus, there are plenty more to be announced 



What can you gain from attending the Festival of Marketing?


To think forwards after 15 months of survival.


Into how innovative marketing organisations are preparing.


To plan for the medium term challenges your brand, team and career will face.


Of what will, and won’t change in the years ahead, and how it will affect you and your brand.


Of innovative practice and lessons from the past from seriously impressive brand speakers.


Of important macro and micro trends.

Explore some of the topics

Day 1


Strategic fundamentals

Realising growth opportunities

Marketing Week's fourth quarter editorial campaign

What good looks like and how marketers can learn from it

Day 2


Delivering fresh perspectives

Identifying and satisfying customers' needs

Planning for the year ahead

Economic, customer and technological trends

Day 3


Delivering better products, service and experience for customers

The challenge of personalisation

The quest for more meaningful data

Aligning company and customer metrics 

Day 4


Employing creative solutions

Boosting effectiveness within creativity

Developing productive relationships with partners

What can marketers do to encourage, foster and exploit creativity

How will sessions be delivered?

More with less

Ask me anything

Success stories

The Festival of Marketing in 2021

Fast Forward

7-10 June 2021 | Available on demand

Helping you see beyond the year with confidence.

Gain insight, inspiration and confidence. This four day virtual event asked and answered the big questions on the future of your brand, your job and the way you work.


The Bottom Line

23-25 March 2021 | Available on demand

Empowering you to make better decisions.

This virtual event helped marketers determine what to focus their time and money on and how to measure the success of the decisions they make.


  • “Great way to get insights/tips of how a variety of businesses are reacting to the current market. Which has never been more useful due to the time we currently find ourselves in.”
  • “A must attend show for any marketer”
    Marketing Manager
  • “Always stimulating. Always interesting. Always worth diary locking time out.”
    Ex VP Marketing Effectiveness
    Formerly at The Economist Newspaper Ltd
  • "It's a fantastic event if you would like to hear from the very best in marketing, on great topics and to learn how you can improve in your marketing career. It's the very best out there!"
    Customer Marketing Manager
    8x8 UK
  • “All the great content you'd expect from the Festival of Marketing, but from the comfort of your own home.”
  • “Make time to listen and learn from the FOM speakers - they condense years of expertise into enough lightbulb moments to be seen from the moon!”
    Marketing Manager

Festival of Marketing

The Year Ahead | 18-21 October 2021

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