The New Future Media Team Pt 2

Here is the second part of our previous blogpost introducing the new Future Media students, The new team have been around for nearly a month now and are getting used to the various process and life in Birmingham.

Introducing……

Name: Michala Zapletajova

Michala Zapletajova
Place of birth: Martin Slovak republic
Area of speciality: marketing and advertising
Star Sign: Leo
1 word about you: sweet and communicative
Favourite social media platform: Instagram
Least favourite social media platform:
5 things that interest you: learning new things, exploring new places, spending time with family and friends, shopping, watching documentaries
Favourite movie: The Prestige
Favourite meal: Salmon with Potatoes
Favourite brand: River Island
Vodka or Whiskey/Cognac: Vodka
Last book you read: Inferno, Dan Brown
Most visited blog: Atlantic-Pacific (fashion blog)
Where would you like to be in the next 3-5 years? (in 160 characters) I would like to have a good job in marketing/advertising industry, developing my skills and making progress. Maybe I´ll try to have my own little advertising company.

Name: Matt Harrison

Matt Harrison

Matt Harrison

Place of Birth: North Wales, St Asaph
Area of Speciality: Web Design, Video Editing, Photography
Star Sign: Pisces
1 word about you: Perfectionist
Favourite social media platform: Vimeo
Least favourite social media platform: Google+
5 things that interest you: Creative Design, Epic Film + TV, Physics, Psychology, Health + Fitness
Favourite movie: Independence Day
Favourite meal: Jack Daniels Beef Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Favourite brand: Blur
Vodka or Whiskey/Cognac: Whiskey
Last book you read: The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Most visited blog: www.maddox.xmission.com
Where would you like to be in the next 3-5 years? (in 160 characters) Although at the time of writing I’m in the early stages of my Masters in Future Media, I would like to see myself working for a digital marketing company as a campaign coordinator or UX specialist. I feel as though I have a massive amount a creativity just waiting to burst out when working with the right project. Only time will tell.

Name: Lennon Andrew Ricardo Chandler.
Lennon Chandler
Place of birth: Bridgetown, Barbados.
Area of specialty: Creative direction/Conceptualization.
Star sign: Leo (rawr).
1 Word about you: Dreamer.
Favourite social media platform: It’s a tie between Instagram and Pinterest.
Least favourite social media platform: Google + hands down is my least favourite. Haven’t accessed it since 2012.
5 things that interests you: Aviation, music, illustration (comics and video games especially), modern architecture and food (cooking and eating).
Favourite movie: Shamefully, The Devil Wears Prada stands out.
Favourite meal: Lasagna, even though I’m not supposed to eat cheese. Aw well, #YOLO.
Favourite brand: An airline of all things is my favourite brand. jetBlue!
Vodka or Whiskey/Cognac: I’m more of a wine drinker. Hard liquor ends badly for me.
Last book you read: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. How profound of me…
Most visited blog: Not really a blog, but, www.airliners.net.
Where would you like to be in the next 3-5 years? (in 160 characters): Prospering, of course. A senior creative direction role within an agency or a brand. I’d love for my magazine, MUZE Caribbean to also take off spectacularly!

Name: Emmanuel
Emmanuel Ochoga
Place of birth: Otukpo Nigeria
Area of speciality: Interested in Branding
Star Sign: Capricorn
1 words about you: perfectionist
Favourite social media platform: Linkedln
Least favourite social media platform: Tumblr
5 things that interest you:
Watching News Tv station, Watching EPL, Listening to Gospel music, Playing with my wife and children, Travelling
Favourite movie: Coming to America
Favourite meal: Hmmm Basmati Rice and vegetable source
Favourite brand: Apple
Vodka or Whiskey/Cognac: Naaaa! Don’t do any
Last book you read: Advertisement for Dummies
Most visited blog: www.virgin.com/richard-branson
Where would you like to be in the next 3-5 years? (in 160 characters) I see myself as a top notch branding and marketing consultant, with a PhD in the related field. Could also be lecturing and preaching the gospel alongside.

Name: Mon
Monika Stepien
Place of birth: Poznan, Poland
Area of speciality: research, planning
Star Sign: Cancer
1 word about you: hard-working,
Favourite social media platform: Youtube
Least favourite social media platform: Google+
5 things that interest you: music, film, social media, literature, street fashion
Favourite movie: Pulp Fiction
Favourite meal: Dumplings made by my Dad
Favourite brand: Asos
Vodka or Whiskey/Cognac: Vodka (Absolut Vanilia)
Last book you read: Women by Charles Bukowski
Most visited blog: http://www.onlydeadfish.co.uk/only_dead_fish/
Where would you like to be in the next 3-5 years? (in 160 characters)
In the next 3-5 years I would like to be a successful woman with a happy family. I would love to work as a brand or media strategist. We spend 5 days a week at work, so obviously I would like to work in a place which would make me feel enthusiastic about getting up early in the morning and going to work… I want my job to be my pleasure. A perfect place would McCann or Asos.

The new bunch are heading off to London for various agency visit’s next week stay tuned to find out how they got on in the capital city.

New! Two-year BSc degree in Digital Marketing with Birmingham City University…

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Meet Interactive Entertainment, Birmingham City University’s hardcore, two-year undergraduate degrees – perfect for a career in digital marketing, games development or digital art.

Our employer partners in these industries want experience. We provide it. You get real studio experience working and studying 9am-5pm, all year-round over two years, on real projects with professional practitioners and tutors.

Digital Marketing:

Our Interactive Entertainment Digital Marketing course is a broader, undergraduate version of the popular Future Media: Pro course.

Brought to you by the people behind the industry-leading Future Media and Gamer Camp postgraduate courses, and taught by experienced industry professionals, Interactive Entertainment, Digital Marketing, BSc (Hons) provides professional, hands-on digital agency experience as a key part of your future career plan.

Your first agency role:

The same experience-led, educational journey we pride our postgraduate courses on is also at the heart of all our Interactive Entertainment courses.

So, unlike other courses, we treat this like your first creative industry job.

How? Well, you’ll study and work 9-5, Monday to Friday, for two years – including over the summer. Plus, you’ll also be given your own free laptop to work on (for the duration of the course).

By the time you graduate, a whole year before most students, you’ll have two years of tangible, digital marketing and production experience under your belt; ready to find your perfect job in the ever-growing digital industries.

Don’t forget, a two-year course also means only two years of course fees too!

Along the way, you’ll gain the theoretical and intellectual skills, mixed with the practical and team-working experience that digital and media employers are looking for.

Make yourself employable in a growing sector:

At key points within the Digital Marketing course you’ll join with our programming and art production students to work collaboratively on ‘live briefs’ and development projects from real clients.

Inter-disciplinary working is the industry norm throughout the creative and media production professions and so this is mirrored in the Interactive Entertainment courses at Birmingham City University.

Throughout the course you will devise strategic campaign proposals based on your own market insight and analysis and manage the production of interactive comics, brand tie-in video games and cross-platform entertainment solutions.

After graduating, you’ll be equipped with a unique mix of broad skills and deep level specialist know-how; making you hugely employable in the ever-growing creative economy.

 Laptop included:

All students on the programme will be issued with a laptop to use whilst on the course. Your computer will be preloaded with all the industry-standard software required to complete the ‘live-brief’ assignments and roles you’ll work on with your colleagues in a buzzing digital communications and production studio.

On the course, you’ll be taught by established industry professionals with a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm, who are experienced at recognising and responding to the rapidly changing demands within the industry.

 Agency studio and resources:

You’ll be based in an agency style studio right next door to your Digital Art and Digital Games Development colleagues where you’ll be working with state-of-the-art resources and like-minded talent to deliver digital marketing solutions to client briefs.

Together you’ll be developing and creating branded interactive content for audiences to engage with in multi-platform campaigns. The Digital Marketing course is configured to give your talent for communication the direction and experience required to work with brands, clients, creative teams and production resources to deliver truly interactive entertainment in digital marketing.

So, if this sounds like you, ask for a one-to-one conversation with us or apply online now:

www.bcu.ac.uk/pme/nti/interactive-entertainment 

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Planning interactive content for production.

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Working with clients and creative teams.

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Shooting content at Birmingham City University’s Parkside studios.

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Shooting content at Birmingham City University’s Parkside studios.

#5Reasons: MC Hammer is more of an Icon than PSY

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One hit wonders have existed since the inception of commercial music, from the likes of Afroman, Khia,Cheeky girls, T.A.T.U to mention a few, as part of the #5Reasons blogpost series we would compare who is more of an Icon and not a one hit wonder between McHammer and PSY.
Stanley Kirk Burrell, known professionally as M.C. Hammer, is an American rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s-Wikipedia

Park Jae-sang, hangul: 朴載相, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer and television personality-Wikipedia

I was given the brief to write this post after a group of students said they had no idea of whom MCHammer was but they knew who PSY was. I was quite shocked to be honest that they hadn’t heard of Hammer time! Basically this post is to highlight what makes MChammer more of an Icon than PSY!

1.Public Poll
The first step was to ask the question, who is the king of the genre they are both in, known as pop-rap. The question was asked on Polar which is an app created by Luke Wroblewski, Polar lets you create polls and makes it super quick and easy for your audience to tell you what they think. From the public poll on Polar out of 50 respondents 40 confirm that MC Hammer is the King of Pop-Rap.(see image above)

2. Commercial Revenue Success
Although MC hammer has been around for a longer period, number of released albums would still be used as a point to differentiate these two characters, MC hammer has released 12 albums to date compared to 6 albums released by PSY. PSY’s most successful album PSY6 (six rules) which contains hit single Gangnam style sold 106,594 copies in South Korea sales compared to 10 million copies sold in the US of “Please hammer don’t hurt them” which contains one of his most popular songs “U cant touch this- Hammertime” Okay he did get over a billion views on YouTube, which would have some financial benefit, but it was for one single not an album.

3. Real Talent
MC Hammer was able to switch genres going from pop-rap to gospel music, which led him to release a gospel album during his career. PSY is known as a controversial artist, although touching on thought provoking issues, which all artist do, but PSY was not clever enough in his interpretation of these issues which led to his music being banned in his main market, I haven’t read anywhere that any of MC Hammer’s music was banned. First rap artist to achieve diamond status- when a musician sells over 10million copies of an album.

4. Brand Endorsement
While carrying out research for this post, it was apparent that several brands saw value in both acts, and used both of these acts to gain some brand awareness and increase their TOMA scores. One of these acts was seen as more valuable to brands. MC Hammer endorsement deal at $138 million with British Knights compared with the $4.6 million PSY received from brands like Samsung and Wonderful pistachios just goes to show you who the brands believed in.

5. Awards
A Grammy Award (originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States have recognized MC Hammer on three occasions in 1991 for His most successful album, Hammer please doesn’t hurt them. He won 3 Grammy awards that year. Best music video, best RnB song and best rap solo performance. The song “U cant touch this-Hammertime” won two awards, last time I checked Gangnam style hadn’t received a nomination.

Finally what would a blogpost be without a video, now stop #Hammertime.

5 Interactive Ways – Brands are going to Talk to You.

Interactive Marketing has been around for quite sometime now, however with the cost of technology coming down and the freedom to do some amazing things through innovative and interesting means, a lot of brands want to do it more. Below are 6 Interactive ways through which Brands are going to talk to you.

Interactive Billboards

There is a huge surge in the number of interactive billboards that we are going to see. Below is an example of British Airways by Ogilvy

Interactive Floors & Tables

The use of physical space is going to be another area that will get a lot of attention. TheFunTheory.com wanted more people to take the stairs and this is what they did:

Interactive Windows

More and more stores are going to have interactive windows to hook the customer as they pass by. Below is a beautiful execution for Carte Noire – Intensity by AllOfUs which we had a chance to see during our agency week.

Carte Noire – Intensity from AllofUs™ on Vimeo.

Interactive Bus Shelters

When you are waiting for the bus, all people do is keep to their phones or just stare blankly at the road in hope that the bus arrives soon, which is why interactive bus stop ads are so effective.  Pepsi Max had a fun way to entertain people in a recent campaign:

Interactive Mirrors

Interactive Mirrors would greatly aid in the retail space. By mixing augmented reality the possibilities are endless. Puma used interactive mirrors in one of their stores a couple of years back:

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to witness some of these magical marketing.

Music with Seoul: 5 characteristics of K-pop music videos

For those of you who didn’t know, The Los Angeles Korean Pop Festival is happening this saturday in memory of the 111th anniversary of Korean American immigration. For many of you out there when thinking of K-pop, the Youtube sensation ‘Gangnam Style‘ will come to mind.

Nevertheless, nobody can argue against the fact that in recent years the Korean music scene has grown out of obscurity to become a recognised entity in the online world. Whether that be through cheesy music videos from bands you’ve never heard of, or through a flood of GIFs of pretty boy bands that seem more suited to a mid 90s cover of Smash Hits magazine.

Regardless of these thoughts, here is my list of 5 characteristics of K-pop music videos that make the genre so great!

 

1. OVERLY LARGE POP GROUPS

When it comes to the size of pop groups the word ‘small’ doesn’t seem to exist in Korean vocabulary. With the ever popular girls group Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) having nine members and the boy band Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) having twelve. The example below features the twelve member group EXO (엑소) and their hit ‘Growl’ which, even though it was shot in just one take has an awe inspiring 31 million hits on youtube.

EXO – Growl MV

 

2. CATCHY TUNES

The world of Korean pop is overflowing with catchy tunes. This one from the group Wonder Girls (원더걸스) is a classic from as far back as 2007 (that’s a long time ago in K-pop years), full of everything a great video needs..super heroes, flashers and funky dance moves.

Wonder Girls -Tell Me MV

 

3. SEXY DANCE MOVES

Ok ok..the horse dance in ‘Gangnam Style’ may not be the sexiest but believe it or not the hall of K-pop fame is full of them. This music video by 4Minute (포미닛) girl group member HyunA (현아) and BEAST (비스트)  member Hyunseung (장현승) is one of my favourites.

HyunA and Hyunseung – Troublemaker MV.

 

4. HIGH VALUE PRODUCTION

When it comes to high quality music videos nothing beats Korean pop. This music video is of Big Bang (빅뱅)’s ‘Fantastic Baby’ , one of the most popular K-pop groups of all time, winning the “Best Worldwide Act” award at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. This video alone has had over 100 million hits on youtube and is definitely worth a watch..

Big Bang – Fantastic Baby MV

 

5. CRAZY PLOTS

And of course Korean pop culture wouldn’t be Korean pop culture without mind-blowing plots and tear-jerking ballads. Beneath all of the glamour, beautiful tunes and gorgeous stars there is often a sad story waiting to break out and force you to reach for the tissues. This music video is from the Queens of ballads Davichi (다비치).

Davichi – Don’t Say Goodbye MV

There, that’s it. I hope this blog post has given you the confidence to explore K-pop and realise its true klout in the world of global pop music especially on the youtube scene. Even if it hasn’t gone that far, you’ll now realise that there is more to K-pop than seeing an estranged older relative doing the horse dance at a family disco. At least be thankful for that!

Ben White joined Future Media team in 2013 and has plagued us with his obsession for Korean pop music ever since. After discovering his love from first watching the Pops in Seoul television show over seven years ago Ben is determined to convince the western world of the allure of the K-pop brand.

 

London Agency Week 2014

Future Media - London Agency Week

The newest recruits at the Agency got to spend 96 Hours in London to gain insights into the digital marketing industry and network with like-minded professional. This is part of the induction into the agency, 6 of the top digital marketing agencies were visited during this period. The new recruits would share their experiences through the next series of blogposts.

To share the experience on social media the Hashtag #FMLDN2014 was created. A total of 80 tweets including pictures were recorded under the hashtag top influencers of the hashtag were:
@Jackg132-28mentions
@Ad340soye-25mentions
@Qrious85-20 mentions

There where noticeable strategic brand placements on products and service around London which would definitely increase TOMA (Top Of Mind Awareness) scores for the respective brands, the ones that stood out were MasterCard, with the branded plastics sleeves of the oyster card and Virgin who provided Wi-Fi during transit on the underground.

Here is a list of some of the apps that came in handy during the London visit.
Twitter, Google maps, Gmail, Tube map, Foursquare, Instagram, Tinder, Qr-code reader.
Embracing one of the trends of 2014 in digital marketing Social Mobile Location marketing (SoMoLo), we used location based social platform foursquare for check-ins and to get recommendations of places to visit in whichever area we where, we visited the Halcyon gallery on Bond street where we saw an original Andy Warhol “Mao-Zedong” and unlocked the Andy Warhol badge on Foursquare.

From the previous blogpost on the introduction to the new recruits there is a diverse cultural background and we got to experience a bit of each others culture we went to a halal restaurant for dinner and we all tried hummus- Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

We also had some home cooked Vietnamese meal courtesy of our personal chef- @ThanhHoaHoang

Stay tuned for next weeks post on The Rise of Social Video – Unruly & Social Partners.

The Rise of Social Video – Unruly & Social Partners

London Agency Week

Unruly

Unruly home of social video-Unruly is the leading global platform for social video marketing and works with top brands and their agencies to predict the emotional impact of their videos and get them watched, tracked and shared across paid, owned and earned media channels.

At Unruly there are specially designed software’s used to turn target audiences into engaged viewers and engaged viewers into customers and advocates.

Brands can predict shareability with Unruly Labs, activate the Open Web with Unruly Activate and prove social ROI with Unruly Analytics, a cloud-based dashboard providing real-time competitive benchmarks across 6 billion customizable data points.

@Mightybarnski also shared Dr. Karen Nelson-Fields 7 steps for social video success

  • Make it emotional- videos that elicit a strong emotional response either positive or negative are twice as likely to be shared, positive responses are 30% more likely to be shared.
  • Be positive.
  • Focus on personal triumphs and weather instead of cute cats and celebs.
  • Little branding.
  • Don’t under invest in distribution.
  • Exhilaration is the most successful trigger when recalling videos with 65% recall rate while hilarity is second at 51%.
  • Quality reach is key.

The group had the opportunity to use the unruly social lab to carry out a share rank test on the @PouPurrie Video which you can watch here:

In the Unruly social lab, videos are ranked on the level of various psychological responses such as(Exhilaration, Hilarity, disgust etc) and the level of social motivation such as(shared passion, shared emotional experience)

The famous viral video chart was created in 2006 by Unruly, the viral video chartis a list of the most successful social videos based on number of shares

While at Unruly we were informed that their employability skills are mainly behavioral and coded into the acronym PANDA (P=Passion) if you know the rest of the letters kindly leave the answers in the comment box.

After visiting Unruly media in shore ditch we walked through Brick Lane- where we saw some street art such as, Belgian artist ROA’s famous crane on Hansbury Street as well as other art installations.

We stopped at the famous Beigel shop- where we had a bite to eat and we can confirm that their bagels are pretty much one of the best.

Our final stop on Brick lane was the Spitalfields market, which wasn’t too busy because we were there on a Monday but we got an idea of what the place would feel like at the weekends.

Next stop was Social Partners

Social Partners- Grey London+ Gray EMEA

Located on a busy street and surrounded by sophisticated jewelry stores, The Social Partner is out next stop. Unlike Unruly that its office resembles a bee hive, The Social Partner building brings out the professional atmosphere with its elegant and beautiful office design. Welcoming us is an Asian guy named Kwai Chi – a representative for The Social Partner, and our journey was even more remarkable with another interesting experience.

We were taken part in a 3-hour presentation, in which a lot of information about the recent world’s trends was mentioned. However, the fantastic thing about The Social Partner was not its presentation, but the presenter himself. Imagine you’re sitting inside a 3D theater, putting the 3D glass on, and now enjoying our lively world from a totally different point of view.

What is the definition of social media in your opinion? Spending time hanging out with friends on Google Hangout, replying non-stop on you Facebook post, tweeting news that amuse you, or simply staring at your computer screen watching some dudes making vlogs on Youtube? All of them are drawn into a mere conclusion for normal social media definition: entertainment. However, the presenter Kwai Chi showed us a different definition for it: social media equals social marketing. Put it simple, making money.

Forget about wasting tons of trees, ink and especially money to produce brochures, forget about asking those sales for the quality of products since you clearly know they’re only telling how good they are and why you should buy their goods, it is Internet era, and we do things on the Internet.

Kwai Chi is one of the leading people taking advantage of those free social media platforms to build up their own brands. Starting making video about racism on Youtube, this Chinese guy soon recognized the power of video content thus he began making videos on reviewing household products, health gadgets, foods and quickly became well-known on the world’s biggest video channel. He criticized those companies for their products (according to his opinion) and then now ends up working for them. A huge number of products from various companies are now day by day sending straight to his home and his work is to making a review video for them. That’s how he makes money from what we called “entertainment”.

Curious already? Here is the introduction video of Kwai Chi

Furthermore, he analyzed the main trend of social media world nowadays, from Social Mobile messaging, Rise on mobile local (SoMoLo) to wearable hardwares (i.e: health monitor in an eraser’s size) and then introduced us other Youtube-er who also use social media for personal brand’s marketing strategy.

Pewdiepie – game reviewer, most subscribed channel on Youtube, and his work is to reviewing new games (of course) and swearing (sad but true). Yet the number one position on Youtube is him. This video is his review about the game Flappy Bird (this is a Vietnamese product, rise of the Asians!), you can have a look here:

Dude perfect – using social media for marketing. They combine interesting sports themed content with brand in order to promote them. Eating Pringles and doing a lot of nearly-unbelievable sports with Pringles box container and pingpong ball, Dude perfect has done a good job of increasing the sales of Pringles and polishing its brand name, along with Walmart (one small screen and that’s all, sad but true again). You can watch one typical video of them here:

Kwai Chi also mentioned about the rise of Asia. Heard about LINE? Yes, Japanese product, Brown the Bear and Cony the Rabbit. WeChat, Weibo? Here comes the Chinese. Asian countries are trying their best to catch up with their senior European countries in the technology competition. And those three products are the evidence of their efforts.

At the end of the day, we came back to our apartment with mixed feelings and opinions about what Kwai Chi presented, but we can assure one thing that if he can succeed with social marketing, we know we also can.

The New Future Media Team

From Arts to Business, from Science to Engineering we are here to go Digital. We are the New Future Media team and we are here to transform the world.

Having come from different cultural backgrounds, we are here with open minds to mould ourselves into the new generation of marketers harnessing the power of Digital and Social.

The New Future Media Team

The New Future Media Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Future Media program is like none other and gives a hands-on approach by simulating an agency environment to help build a better tomorrow. Join us in our adventure as we share our exploration right here on this blog. Be sure to subscribe now.

Here we are:

Thang Hoa Hang, Hanoi, Vietnam (Hoa)

Thang Hoa Hang

Thang Hoa Hang

Hoa graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam with the Bachelor of Arts in English for International Relations. She interned for 3 months at Radio the Voice of Vietnam and quality control supervisor in Step Up English Center. She also founded a start-up business with friends, specialized in wigs and handmade accessories for teenagers. Hoa has a passion for cosplaying and travelling, and a cat lover.  Hoa is currently attending the MA Future Media Pro to aim for experiences in media industry.

 

 

 

Jagadesswaran Ganesan, Tamilnadu – India (Jack) 

Jagadesswaran Ganesan

Jagadesswaran (Jack) Ganesan

Jack graduated in Mechatronics Engineering in 2007 and soon discovered his inclination towards the creative field. He worked as a creative visualizer for 6 years. He started his career as a Web designer and then expanded his boundary into various fields like Print medium, User experience, Branding, Creative works & eCommerce. He is currently pursuing MA Future Media to become a Creative Director & improve his Branding skills. In his free time he enjoys travelling, watching movies and reading history books. He has a passion for classic bikes and owns a 1984 Royal Enfield.

Adeyosoye Adegboyega, Lagos – Nigeria. (Deyo)

Adeyosoye Adegboyega

Adeyosoye Adegboyega

Deyo obtained a first degree in Marketing from the University of Lincoln and went on to gain work experience with a Multinational FCMG Organization in Nigeria (Heineken), where the need to create synergy between traditional media and digital media was apparent. He chose to study a MA in Future Media to learn how digital media is being integrated into the traditional marketing mix with the use of analytics, trends, culture, content, to plan create and implement creative and engaging strategies for brands, as a great WOM enthusiast you can find him on twitter spreading the word @Ad340soye, on his interests which include football, music, fashion, food, cars and beautiful people.

Stanley Mathew Mbiydzenyuy, Coventry – UK (Stanley)

Stanley Mathew Mbiydzenyuy

Stanley Mathew Mbiydzenyuy

Stanley Mathew Mbiydzenyuy is someone with a desire and passion for Web Analysis, education and learning. He got into Digital Marketing in 2006 and since then has undertaken numerous courses, related training initiatives, from Online Marketing at Business Link, Warwick University E-commerce to Google’s Digital Marketing Postgraduate Course. He is a dedicated and result driven learner, digital marketing practitioner with a core Interest in Analytics and Social Media. He has been opportune to work on some thriving digital marketing projects. He’s someone that thrives in highly pressurized and challenging environments without fear of “Discovery, Planning, Design, Development and deployment”. He has taken up MSc in Future Media and is geared at discovering, fostering and learning from the best in the industry. In his spare time, He enjoys researching the digital marketing landscape, being with kids, meeting people with diversified backgrounds, cultures and getting to learn about the world. He is also an avid scrabble player and enjoys table tennis, football, volleyball, clubbing and dancing.

Erica Singh, Delhi – India (Erica)

Erica Singh

Erica Singh

Erica pursued a Bachelor Degree in business administration in 2013 where she majored in marketing and sales. Interned at DSM N.V. Gurgaon, India for a period of 2 months in food safety and nutrition marketing. Worked as Finance manager at AZTEC India Pvt Ltd where she was in charge of providing and interpreting financial information and monitoring cash flow. She also worked as an Account Manager at Epistle Communications where she worked on SEO for clients, graphic design, content curation, PR and marketing. She is currently pursuing MSc Future Media, as she is keen on being a digital strategist in an advertising firm. She is avidly familiar with the trends online and is enthusiastic about music, gym, fashion, makeup and photography. She also likes French fries, Pokemon and penguins.

Siggy Simon, Tamilnadu – India (Siggy)

Siggy Simon

Siggy Simon

Siggy is a lover of Technology and even as a kid loved to break open gadgets to know how things work. It was this love for technology that led him to work in the digital space for over 7 years. Siggy started his career with J.W.T as an Account Representative and had an opportunity to work on a huge portfolio of brands including Reynolds, SRM Group, Shriram Properties, Tulsyan Steel and more. He was heading Online Marketing for India’s Leading Catalogue based retailer in India and improved the eCommerce business by 400% in a span of 6 months.  Born in a family of Academicians he decided to pursue MSc in Future Media to gain knowledge in eduTech and eLearning. He loves to Travel and meet new people, watching sports, listening to music (He used to be a DJ), and drinking whiskey.

Mobile Convention Brussels (MCB): Your chance to discover the mobile landscape (along with moules frites and chocolate).

Mobile Convention Brussels (MCB):
Your chance to discover the mobile landscape (along with moules frites and chocolate).

Why should we care about mobile?
The landscape is a rapidly changing one in technology and user behaviour. This creates both opportunities and challenges for brands. In this fast paced world, how do business keep up with these changes; and for that matter, as students, what is the best way for us to learn? Mobile Convention Brussels (MCB) offers the chance to understand and apply innovative mobile. And who best to learn from than veterans of the digital age?

With this in mind, two students from the Future Media team will be going to MCB on November 5th. After the success of 4 years of Mobile Convention Amsterdam, MCB has taken the show to Brussels and we couldn’t miss this big opportunity to get involved. Here at Future Media we believe mobile is now and the future, and who best to hear about this than from pioneering brands and digital companies such as Facebook, Microsoft and Layar, amongst others?

So what can you get from this event?
At MCB, attendee’s will hear from a range of speakers and attend workshops focusing on how mobile plays a role in marketing, payment, and service. Along with presentations from experts and innovators covering a range of industries, attendees will also have some excellent networking opportunities. Meeting other like-minded people is often as useful as the formal presentations. Coming from the UK, it is always good to hear a more European view on the potential of the mobile channel. For more information and for a full list of keynote speakers, visit http://www.mobileconventionbrussels.be/speakers.

How can you get involved?
If this sounds like the event for you, order tickets now while there is still time! We want to see you!

To order tickets visit:
http://www.mobileconventionbrussels.be/tickets

For those of you unable to make it, you can still stay informed about the conference via our twitter updates @myfuturemedia and blog posts on this site. Don’t feel scared to drop us a line to send us your thoughts about mobile and any questions that you want answered.
For further details visit the conference website here:
http://www.mobileconventionbrussels.be/

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Makey Makey Workshop and Playing with Video

by John Seedhouse

The Future Media team carried modelling clay, beans, fruit and tech to the Birmingham Made Me exhibition last week.  Lead by Mark Brill (Future Media Senior Lecturer) and Mei-Ju Yao (MA student) we were there to persuade a bunch of grown adults to get their hands dirty and techy with a little bit of kit called Makey Makey.

We have written about Makey Makey before but for the uninitiated it is a clever little PCB with a USB connector and a pack of wire and crocodile clips – imagine that bit from Lethal Weapon with the car battery and the wet sponge and we are probably in the right zone. The cool thing with this kit is that rather than electrocuting Mel Gibson the creative type can use the contents of the box to turn anything into a switch…

After a brief introduction to the contents of the box and the facilitators for the session we let loose 6 groups, with a Mac each, a table covered in the offspring of a Blue Peter demo and a last minute shopping trip to the 24 hour garage.

Having provided our delegates with the materials of mass chaos, a “responsible” support worker, a brief outline of the what, why’s and how’s of the kit and a team name related to social media channels (see the clever way we link this all together…) Mark set the challenge.

Each team had to use any or all of the items on the table (plus begged, borrowed or stolen additionals) and the Makey Makey to create an answer to one of the briefs:

#1 Being more active is fun
#2 Get kids to eat more fruit
#3 Help older people
#4 Better business networking
#5 Train a pet
#6 Help build a team

Perhaps wisely, Shrey and I decided that we would live-blog the event rather than risk the potential danger of electrified seats… Into our usual mix of Vine, Twitter and Storify we thought we could try filming and doing a live edit onsite and then showing the results at the end of the session. More on that later…

It says something for the concept of the tech that by halfway through the introductory session normally mature adults were devolving into giggles and making obscene things out of play-doh and pieces of wire.

As a kinaesthetic exercise it was interesting to see the way groups approached the problems from a 3D perspective. Cardboard houses and earthing strips of aluminium foil were the most visible and the air was filled with fruit drums playing alarm klaxons.

Whilst I was madly videoing bits and bobs on the iPad mini and wondering if I would be able to edit them all with the i-movie app, Shrey was busy making vines of the chaos and tweeting (he was alone in this as the groups seemed far too busy to start hash-tagging instagrams and tweets.)

So what was produced?

Team Instagram came up with a variation on the game controller for Pacman – a boisterous project that involved play-doh pads, metal carpets and a serious lack of vertical stability. The demo team of Jon Hickman and our own Neil Horne had clearly engaged in similar silliness previously…

COntrolling pacman with makey makey

Dance Mat Pac Man Controller

Team Facebook developed a Pavlovian approach to childrens diet with a fruit / audio reward system.

fruit based piano
Team Vine seemed to enjoy hitting fruit to produce strange and wonderful melodies.

the makey makey drum trigger

Drum machine triggers from Team Vine

Team Pinterest and Team Foursquare combined electrocution and pet care into a pair of Woodhousian behaviour training systems.

pavlov's dog

One of 2 differing dog training systems

Did we change the world with the event? Not really but it did prove that there is an innate element of creative solution building in all of us. Sometimes it is just fun to regress slightly and try solving problems without resorting to Microsoft Office products – and maybe this is where we need to think about re-focussing on how we learn with technology.

We made a Storify of the session.

 

 

Did the self contained video production system work? Watch below…