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.

Makey Makey At Birmingham Made Me 2013

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No food was harmed during this session!

Makey Makey is an invention kit comprising of a small circuit board, some wires and crocodile clips that can connect to a variety of materials.  This allows you to turn everyday objects into interactive tools which can then be used to control games, make music and even train dogs!  

 

 

Makey Makey appeared at this years Birmingham Made Me Design Expo to give delegates an excuse to play with their food. 

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Getting creative with Makey Makey.

 

Future Media students Shreyas Joshi and John Seedhouse attended the event and have collated their live Tweets, Vines and Instagram photos from the day to take us inside the Makey Makey workshop.  See what they got up to on their Storify blog here.

 

Working on a live brief: Key Parker & Bridgestone Europe

OVERVIEW

Key Parker, a long established and successful midlands agency, work with Bridgestone across Europe and support them with their marketing on and offline. As the worlds largest tyre manufacturer Bridgestone are always looking to the lead the way not only in tyres but communications too.

With brand values such as Serving Society Through Superior Quality and the desire to reinforce the brand position of Toughness the Future Media team were briefed to deliver a full pitch around a number of events and occasions coming up in the Bridgestone marketing calendar.

 THE BRIEF

Bridgestone sponsors Valentino Rossi, the Superbike Rider, and a campaign has been created around The Yellow Man – Rossi’s new persona. How can this be driven across UK & Ireland and extended as a social campaign?

We also have a giant Ski Sculpture made from tyres, how can we best utilised this in the summer? We want to talk to females also, how would we do this in a non-intrusive environment? Promoting safety is key through all of this, what are the approaches we could take?

THE PROCESS

After an initial briefing meeting with Key Parker on the Bridgestone brand, the company philosophy, position within the market and the key company values the challenges were shared with the Future Media team. These challenges were formulated into a brief and the work started.

Desk based research around the competitors, the consumers and the products took place whilst at the same time research into the market from a digital perspective was undertaken too.

Armed with this information the Future Media team began to look at solutions and platforms that could deliver on the brief for Bridgestone.

A ‘tissue session’ was held at Key Parker with there Social Media Manager where the Future Media team shared all the concepts and ideas – some 15 or so! The meeting helped to trim down the ideas to workable solutions, combine certain ideas into campaigns and overall give a temperature check on the direction. The Future Media team was on the right track and hotting up!

With the insight from Key Parker the final ideas were worked up and visualised in to high-resolution images whilst alongside the pitch presentation for Bridgestone’s marketing team was developed. On the pitch day the Future Media team took the Bridgestone team and Key Parker through the history on the project, the ideas to date, the outputs of the ideas, the results that could be expected and ultimately how these ideas would benefit the brand, customers and meet the initial objectives of the brief.

THE OUTPUT

At the end of the pitch the Bridgestone team were very complimentary about the ideas, the thinking, the work that had been put into the concepts and relayed that they felt the background work by the team was also strong.

THE RESULT

The Future Media team have been asked to work with Key Parker to take the ideas to the next level and bring them to life from a design and feasibility point of view. The client’s want to see how everything would work in the context of the real world and how much investment they need to put towards.

The Future Media team will be working closely with Key Parker over the coming weeks and months to not only bring the ideas to life but to execute them and also go to the events and exhibitions where the team’s ideas will be delivered to the trade and public for the first time.

The Future Media Bridgestone Team

The Future Media Bridgestone Team:
Neil Horne, Julia Ivorra Harrison
and Richard Duffy

 

Exciting times for the team lie ahead!

 

Gray Dudek

Senior Lecturer in Digital Communication and Future Media

 

Mark Brill Q and A

1. What are you looking forward to most about the event?

This event is important in helping to address some current, crucial issues in digital media. Above all I’m looking forward to hearing from a really great line up of speakers. Rory Sutherland is always insightful and funny (go and watch his TED talks) and Aurasma are really pushing things forward in Augmented Reality technologies.

2. What particular opportunities in the Digital Revolution excite you the most?

I would say this, but it has to be the rapid uptake of smartphones. Their use is disrupting traditional and other digital media channels. Consumers are accessing brands through smart devices in almost every situation and location. Trends such as showrooming may be seen as a threat, but inevitably it creates some significant opportunities for really innovative, consumer-focussed engagement. The confluence of smartphones, social media and other trends such as Big Data has the potential to create a real meaningful impact on our lives.

3. What is the most unthinkable, unimaginable concept you can think of happening in the future with regards to the industry?

Our view of the future is as much a view of ourselves right now, so it’s hard to say what the unthinkable will be, but let me give it a go… 3D printing means that products become free. Think how the internet and has made information and much of our media largely free.Then imagine what will happen when 3D printers can work with almost any material and are cheap enough to have in your home. Printing your own spare parts for your washing machine or your car are obvious applications. It will be simple to do, as 3D files for just about every object will be distributed on the internet, for free of course. But what if you could also print food or clothes or even spare body parts? There is already a machine that prints with chocolate. Products will loose their value as objects and will essentially become free. That will have a massive, disruptive impact for many brands, particularly product brands. Old product brands will need to re-invent themselves and there will be new kinds of businesses to service our needs.

4. If you could have one super power to sort out all the problems you see, what would it be and how would you use it?

My superpower would be Photoshop. That’s real life Photoshop. If I had a rough night, I could use a bit of gaussian blur to smooth my eyes over in the morning, or add a tan. That’s a pretty obvious use, and women of course have make up that does that kind of job. I’d also like to be able to use my Photoshop superpower everywhere. The day’s looking a bit overcast? I’ll just paint in a blue sky. Better still, if I’m in the pub and there’s an annoying bloke opposite, I’ll just use the magic wand tool to select him and delete him form the picture.

Future Trends – Mark Brill, Lead Partner & Lecturer, Brand Emotivity & Future Media

Our very own Mark Brill will be closing the event with his talk on Future Trends. This will not only be the chance for Mark to share his knowledge and expertise into what the future holds for our industry, but also to share with people what the Future Media team do! Mark has worked in Digital Media since 1992 and Mobile Media since 2003. He works in Mobile strategy and innovation with brands and is also the Chair of the Direct Marketing Associations Mobile Council. Mark is also a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, where he is teaching all of us Future Media students about the industry we are about to embark on.  This session is also an opportunity for Mark to promote the course, what we are doing and how we are learning the jobs that don’t exist yet! Maybe we are being biased, but this could perhaps be the highlight of the event!

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Adventures in Transmedia Storytelling

At 10.30am, Adventures in Transmedia Storytelling will be next on the agenda, discussing the challenges, approaches and techniques used in delivering content across multiple platforms. With so many new channels available today, whether it is social media, mobile etc, new ways of ‘storytelling’ have been adapted since the Digital Revolution. Rob Hinchcliffe (TH_NK) and Hilary Perkins (Channel 4) will discuss how taking one story primarily designed for one medium, can be experienced across multiple channels, allowing for more audience participation whilst maintaining its clear message.

Change is as Good a Rest

At 9.45am, Change is as Good a Rest is the next topic, with insight coming from Justin Cooke (BIMA), Clare McDonald (Wonderful+Brilliant), Laura Jordan Bambach (Dare) and George Prest (R/GA). In this ever-changing industry that we are in, new ways of working are constantly being adapted in order to be successful and to move forward. Although the future constantly provides new, exciting technologies and different ways to communicate, these also bring new challenges. The 4 speakers will offer their knowledge and insight in to how we can turn potential challenges into opportunities.

Agenda

5th December, 2012

9.00am

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Steve Kemish, Managing Director & Chair, IDM Digital Marketing Council, Cyance

9.15am

Sh*t Happens

Justin Pearse, Head of Innovation, Bite Communications, Cyance

9.45am

Change is as Good a Rest

Justin Cooke, Chair, BIMA

Clare McDonald, Founder & MD , Wonderful+Brilliant

Laura Jordan Bambach, Creative Director, DareGeorge Prest, Executive Creative Director, R/GA

10.30am

Adventures in Transmedia Storytelling

Rob Hinchcliffe, Community Strategist , TH_NK

Hilary Perkins, Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, Drama & Film, Channel 4

11.00am

Making Mischief Connect the Content

Ken Robertson, Head of Mischief, Paddy Power

11.45am

Create Curiosity In the Information Age

Ian Cartwright, Director and Co-Founder, elevenfiftyfive

Danny Miller, Co-founder & CEO, Little White Lies

12.00pm

Keeping in Touch with your Human Side

Nick Morris, Founder, Canvas8

12.30pm

Anticipatory Mobile Computing

Mirco Musolesi, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham – School of Computer Science

12.45pm

Making Mobile the Star

Matt Mills, Head of Global Partnerships, Aurasma

Kelly Wearmouth, Global Head of Partnerships, Telefonica Digital

1.00pm

Bolt from the Blue

2.30pm

The Revolution will be Homemade

Nick Constantinou, CEO, Collective London

2.45pm

3D Remix Changes Everything

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Creative Technologist, Goldsmiths University of London

3.00pm

You’d Better Learn to Like it!

4.00pm

Agile Creativity

Hamish Nicklin, Head of Creative Agency Partnerships, Google

4.15pm

The Innovative Attitude

Dave Birss, Talker, Writer & Doer, GetAdditive.com

4.30pm

When Does the “Unthinkable” Become the Reality?

Jerome Wouters, Senior Product Innovation Manager, Samsung

4.45pm

Celebrating the Power of the Possible:

Melissa Sterry, Director/Head of Technology, Earth 2 Hub

5.15pm

NeuroMarketing:

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy Group UK

5.30pm

2045: Humanity 2.0

Russell Buckley, Man About Town, MobHappy

5.45pm

Future Trends

Mark Brill, Lead Partner & Lecturer, Brand Emotivity & Future Media

6.00pm

Closing Remarks

The Future Media Team!

We will all be at the event and we hope to see you there too!

Richard Duffy. Twitter – @rjjduffy  – Or view his LinkedIn Page

Julia Ivorra Harrison. Twitter – @julsivo  – Or view her LinkedIn Page

Shreyas Joshi. Twitter – @AdMadChey  – Or view his LinkedIn Page

Neil Horne. Twitter – @juva1 – Or view his LinkedIn Page

John Seedhouse. Twitter – @leftlung  – Or view his LinkedIn Page

 

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