Each year final year BA (HONS) Marketing Communications students at Bournemouth University, (BU) deliver the Mike Warne Event. They are supported by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the CIM. They source a range of leading marketing speakers. Since the event launch in 2007, the lecture addresses topical marketing issues, and honours the memory of CIM Regional Director, Mike Warne,(in the photo above),who was a strong advocate of building relationships between aspiring marketing students and the CIM. The event now attracts over 200 attendees annually. After over a decade of success, the Mike Warne Event for BU and the CIM is a showcase of leading marketing speakers every year since it started in 2007. Here is the exciting story for you, with some of the top brands featured. You can book to see this year’s event for free if you are a student and for a small fee otherwise, and you do not have to be a member. It’s on the 28th February 2018 at Bournemouth University 6pm.
The Mike Warne event 2018 from BU and the CIM – the future of influencer marketing
Final year BA (Hons) Marketing Communications student volunteers from Bournemouth University (BU) in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) have put together an event highlighting the importance of influencers in marketing, held in the Fusion Building on BU’s Talbot Campus.
Among the speakers was Jamie Spafford, co-founder of YouTube cooking channel, SORTEDfood. Jamie’s unique business has seen him travel across the world with friends and co-founders Ben Ebbrell, Mike Huttlestone, and Barry Taylor, in search of original and unusual cuisine. The channel, which started in 2010, has seen its audience grow to nearly 2 million subscribers. Read more on the event.
About Mike Warne
Mike was a great friend of us in the Dorset Branch and supported the idea I came up with, that Colin Merrett, at BU then supported, several years ago for this annual lecture. The idea being to set the challenge for final year marketing students to stage a compelling marketing communications event with top rate speakers, then promote it within the university and to the business community.
Mike was the original “Madman” or “Adman” really, working in an advertising agency in the early ’60s. He was in sales and marketing all his life. He ran his own business before joining the CIM as Chair of the SE and SW where I had the pleasure to work alongside him in both regions. He died prematurely because of an accident on holiday. But having helped set up these events we renamed them in his memory. Sue Warne his wife, herself having worked in the creative industries is a fan of the events and joins us along with the family each year.
How The Event Works – The History
Dean Johnson – “Mr VR” from our 2017 event
Every year a group of volunteers from the final year marketing students choose a topic and speakers to do with marketing communications. Presenters have always been of the highest calibre including Directors and senior marketing names from the likes of Virgin, Microsoft, Warner Brothers and Merlin Entertainments. Some of the most insightful and innovative words have come from fast growing creative agencies such as Holler or Metail.
Last Year 2017- Immersive Technology The Future of Marketing
The game-changing potential of VR – read the Bournemouth Echo article. Dean Johnson, head of innovation at Brandwidth and a pundit on the BBC, said the potential of VR was “incredible” but many of the wider public had little idea about it. Cathy White, founder of CEW Communications, is described as one of the “rising stars” of the tech industry. She said Google was “making a big push to get something like a billion people using VR within the next couple of years”. Mike Mallia, innovation and lab manager at LV= told how the Dorset-based insurer was piloting several uses for the technology.
Mike Warne Event 2016 – 10th Anniversary on Sponsorship
Pics of Sainsburys and Barclays, Gaele Lalahy, Head of Brand and Communications Panasonic, Nathan Homer Barclays.
Peter Ward, Sponsorship Manager at Sainsbury’s spoke. He managed the company’s Active Kids scheme, and coordinated all the fundraising carried out as part of Sainsbury’s corporate partnership with Comic Relief and managed the relationship with the British Paralympic Association. more
Twitter feed 2016
Mike Warne Lecture 2015 – All about the brand
The 9th Annual Mike Warne Lecture was ‘all about the brand’ with speakers from Organix and Urban Guild sharing their insight on the importance of branding and how it helped their company to be a success. more
2015 Twitter Event Feed
Mike Warne Lecture 2014 – The Future of Marketing
Courtesy of The Daily Echo
Speakers in 2014 included Warner Bros Executive Vice President of European Film Marketing, Con Gornell, who headed up planning and implementation of marketing campaigns for all film releases. Mr Gornell believed marketers can learn important lessons from the film industry. He explained: “The media has historically always been in a state of change – in our business it’s about identifying and continuing practices that make you a successful marketer that’s important.”
Bournemouth University alumni Sarah Bulling, Product Communications Manager at Bournemouth based LV=, was responsible for marketing campaigns across a wide range of channels including TV, press and direct mail.
Ms Bulling described how the impact of the recession has resulted in LV= adapting its marketing strategy over previous five years and how it was now positioned to seize new marketing opportunities to strengthen its position as one of the UKs top car insurers.
Jonathan Fraser, Global Head of Strategy and Ideas at Holler. more
Mike Warne Lecture – 2013 Marketing Innovations
2013’s topic was ‘innovation’ and speakers from the three very different companies took the stand discussing what innovation meant to them and their business. Microsoft – Commercial Director, Lush – creative Team and founder of Metail. more
Mike Warne Lecture -2012 – successful sponsorship: leading the way in 2012
2012’s speakers were Jackie Fast, managing director of Slingshot Sponsorship, and Jeff Dodds, executive marketing director of brand and marketing communications at Virgin Media – more
Mike Warne Lecture -2011 – Microsoft Digital Strategy Head, Holler and Connect Advertising
The Mike Warne Annual Marketing Communications lecture, held on Wednesday 2nd March 2011. The event included guest speakers Allister Frost, Head of Digital Marketing Strategy at Microsoft, Paulo Nieddu, Senior Planner at Holler Digital and Iryna Kepych, Digital Strategist at Connect Advertising and Marketing. more
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) praises Bournemouth University Marketing Students. See CIM Site
Allister Frost FCIM
Subsequent to the event Allister has gone from strength to strength. Allister is a Fellow of the CIM. As Microsoft’s former Head of Digital Marketing Strategy, Allister has also managed marketing teams for brands including Kleenex, Huggies and Andrex. He is a Double Winner of the Lester Wunderman Award for Outstanding Creative Work and was awarded a Cannes Direct Lion for direct marketing campaigns at Microsoft. More on Allister
CIM and BU Marketing Communications Lecture -2010
T-Mobile continued the tradition of high profile brand speaker presentations.
Annual CIM Marketing Communications Lecture -2009
– Ryan DeCruz the Brand Content Manager for MediaCom
– Rob Healey the Head of European Marketing for Panasonic System Solutions
– Andy Le Duc the Brand Manager for Thorpe Park. more
Former graduates from Bournemouth University, Ryan D’Cruz, brand content manager for Mediacom and Andy Le Duc, brand manager for Thorpe Park, thrilled the audience will video clips and shared their experiences of marketing with the audience. It was important for the students to get successful graduates to present. Equally Ryan and Andy found it a rewarding experience to present to former tutors.
Rob Healey, European head of marketing at Panasonic System Solutions gave an insightful presentation into the challenges facing the giant corporation in 2009. He was able to produce very clear evidence of market challenges and show how focused Panasonic is with its marketing strategies.
The audience left instructed in the art of branded content from Mediacom: very creative use of entertainment and brand in a clear marketing strategy. Impatient for the opening of the new SAW ride at Thorpe Park! And confident that despite the current climate, with marketing organisations like Panasonic driving business, there will be opportunities for students.
Annual CIM Marketing Communications Lecture -2008
AQA – Any Question Answered
In 2003, Paul Cockerton our speaker, co-founder and Marketing Director presented on his novel AQA e idea – what if you could answer any question by text message? Four years, 1.2 million customers, and 10 million questions later, Paul shared some of his learnings (and mistakes) in taking an idea to market, developing and managing effective advertising, and providing enchantment for customers – in less than 160 characters.
Annual CIM Marketing Communications Lecture – 2007 INAUGURAL LECTURE
February 2007 first event Virgin Atlantic
Paul Charles, Director of Communications Virgin Atlantic thrilled the audience with his presentation. Paul now runs the highly respected PC Agency
Experts in travel and tourism PR, and have provided services in brand marketing and public relations over the years to numerous well-known brands.
After a decade of success the Mike Warne Event for BU and the CIM is a for showcase leading marketing speakers every year since it started in 2007. It’s been an exciting story with some of the top brands featured, and we are sure will continue to be featured.
Please note: this article is produced by Peter Eales, not the CIM. However Peter is an active supporter and volunteer working with the CIM as a Fellow and Chartered Marketer in Dorset area.
Peter Eales BA Hons Chartered Marketer FCIM FIDM
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