Modern Media Summit 25 - 27 October 2023
Lake Taupō | New Zealand

2023 Agenda

Modern Media Summit New Zealand 



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Day 1

25 October 2023

9:00AM - 1:30PM
Welcome Lounge
9:30AM - 11:30AM
Delegate Registration
11:30AM - 1:30PM
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Networkers Briefing light lunch
Light lunch is provided for all networkers. Learn how to make the most of your time at iMedia and ensure all meetings are scheduled in for Business Connect.
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Free Time

Delegates can use this time to refresh, check-in with work and explore the surroundings. 

2:30PM - 2:40PM
2:40PM - 5:50PM
Business Connect
Hailed as one of the most rewarding parts of the summit, business connect involves 10 x 10 minute meetings designed to start relationships and share topline objectives. Delegates are required to request and confirm these meetings prior to the summit.
5:50PM - 6:55PM
Free Time
7:00PM - 7:40PM
AI & the Metaverse: incredible yet risky!

In this presentation, Dr Catriona Wallace, AI & Metaverse expert, will discuss the current status of AI and the Metaverse, including the rise of Generative AI. Catriona will share the great benefits that these technologies will bring to all types of media and to our lives in general and she will also discuss the significant risks these unregulated platforms bring to individuals, organisations and humanity. Dr Wallace will share a model for Responsible and Ethical technology and show us how to step into being Ethical Leaders.

Founder of Responsible Metaverse Alliance
7:40PM - 9:30PM
Opening Dinner
The official Welcome Dinner & networking reception held on the first night is the perfect way to build relationships with key conference delegates, speakers, and sponsors in a more relaxed atmosphere. 

Day 2

26 October 2023

6:30AM - 8:25AM
Barista coffee and breakfast is served.
8:25AM - 8:30AM
8:30AM - 9:05AM
Mastering the Art of Effective Communication

James is an advertising effectiveness expert from New Zealand, with extensive experience in researching, publishing, practicing, and teaching advertising effectiveness. He previously worked as a strategic planner at Colenso BBDO and served as the Managing Director of Y&R New Zealand before founding the innovation studio Previously Unavailable.
Throughout his career, James' advertising work has received recognition with over 50 local and international marketing effectiveness awards, including gold Effies, Effectiveness Agency of the Year awards, a Cannes Creative Effectiveness Lion, and the Asian Marketing Effectiveness Awards Platinum award.
In this session, James shares his research views on what makes effective modern communications.

Founder/Co-founder of Previously Unavailable, Tracksuit, AF Drinks and Toothcrush
9:05AM - 9:30AM
9:30AM - 9:55AM
9:55AM - 10:05AM
10:05AM - 10:35AM
Coffee Break
10:35AM - 10:55AM
AI in Media: Pioneering the Future or Losing Our Humanity?
As we journey into the uncharted territory of AI in media, a pivotal question arises: are we pioneering the future of storytelling or risking the essence of our humanity? In this session, we'll navigate this profound query and delve into the transformative power of AI within the media sector. Explore how AI quietly reshapes content creation, transforms audience engagement, and streamlines media distribution. While we unlock the possibilities, we'll also confront the ethical considerations and unique challenges that lie ahead. Join us for an in-depth exploration of AI's role in media.
11:00AM - 11:20AM
Maximizing the Value of Your Existing Data: Strategies for Efficient Data Utilization
Within the realm of marketing, the focus shifts towards the effective utilization of your current data assets. Marketing teams often utilize a variety of separate platforms, each serving specific purposes. During this session, we will unveil how to seamlessly integrate data from social media, search engines, and market research. This integration empowers you to meet a wide range of business needs and objectives. Join us to explore innovative strategies that unlock the full potential of your existing data, turning it into a versatile resource that can drive success across your organization.
11:25AM - 11:45AM
Thriving in Adversity: How Media and Advertising Can Win the Talent War
Join us as we dive into the critical issue of talent scarcity within the Media and Advertising industry. Our expert speaker will explore the intricacies of the talent shortage and present innovative strategies to not only overcome this challenge but also thrive in the face of adversity. Uncover the secrets to transforming your organization into a magnet for top-tier talent, ensuring you stay ahead in the competitive landscape.

This session promises to be a source of inspiration, providing actionable insights on how the Media and Advertising industry can redefine recruitment practices and lead the way in building a sustainable talent pipeline. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the solution to one of the industry's most pressing problems.
11:50AM - 12:15PM
12:15PM - 12:25PM
Consumer Behavior Unleashed: Adapting Your Advertising Strategies
How are shifting consumer behaviors reshaping advertising strategies? Join us in this session to unravel the answers and gain practical insights on adapting to these changes. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the evolving advertising landscape.
12:25PM - 12:50AM
The Fusion of Creativity and Tech: Revolutionizing Client Performance
In an era where traditional media alone won't cut it, agencies are at a crossroads, seeking innovative solutions to ace client performance. Join us for a session that explores the artful marriage of AdTech and MarTech to craft communication strategies that truly shine. Discover the key takeaways that will empower agencies to unleash their creative potential and harness the full power of technology for compelling client outcomes. It's time to redefine the playbook and create killer strategies that set your agency apart in a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape.
12:50PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM - 5:00PM
Boat Cruise
Relax on a 2 ½ hour scenic cruise on Lake Taupo on the Cruise Cat, enjoying cruising the bays of Lake Taupo, taking in the stunning scenery of this magical caldera. You will have the opportunity of fishing or clay bird shooting. Drinks and light food provided for the duration of the cruise.
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Free Time
6:30PM - 9:30PM

Day 3

27 October 2023

7:00AM - 8:45AM
8:45AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 9:35AM
Independent Opening Keynote | In the Palm of Your Hand: Marketing to a Mobile-First Consumer
The world has gone mobile. Gaming, shopping, eating, and banking - all happen from the palm of your hand. Kiwi consumers live mobile-first lives, spending 5 hours each day on their favorite apps. How do you reach the mobile consumer? Why is mobile the key?
Head of Insights
9:35AM - 10:00AM
10:00AM - 10:10AM
10:10AM - 10:45AM
Client led round tables
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Coffee Break
11:15AM - 11:40AM
Sailing the Changing Tides: Navigating Media in Evolving Society
To stay afloat in a world where society's currents are always shifting, the media landscape must adapt. The demographics of New Zealand are changing, and people are interacting with media in unique ways. Brands that want to stay relevant are actively seeking insights into these shifting dynamics. Join us for a discussion about changing media experiences and the critical role they play in brand engagements. Learn why recognising this transition is critical for staying connected with your audience.
11:40AM - 12:15PM
Independent Keynote | Lessons in Badassery

Modern media doesn’t have the time for superficiality. For safe. For comfortable. Because it’s never been worth your time to pursue bland, boring, or already been done.

Shelly Davies has been described as the popping candy of the corporate training world: Sweet, exhilarating, and effervescent. In a bite me kind of way! She’s known internationally for her unconventional and irresistible work in the field of plain language and clear communications.

Part rockstar, part wordsmith, 100% badass, Shelly teaches us how to break all the rules and give ourselves the permission to live our wildest dreams.

Trust us, this won’t be your average keynote.

Rockstar Writer-Trainer & Joyful Badass
Shelly Davies
12:15PM - 12:30PM
Closing Remarks & Ultimate Networker Prize
12:30PM - 1:30PM

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