Centaur Media, the team behind London’s annual Festival of Marketing, and Market Research Society (MRS), the world’s leading research association, announce a partnership that will see the two organisations collaborate at this year’s festival – taking place 10-11th October at Tobacco Docks.
MRS will run an event, open to their 5,000 strong membership base, on the opening morning of the Festival of Marketing. MRS members will be able to purchase reduced-price tickets for the festival – gaining them exclusive access to MRS sessions as well as the remaining two-day content extravaganza, including Sir Martin Sorrell’s headline session on day two. MRS will also deliver a session to the main festival audience on viewing consumer behaviour through a new lens and applying VR for the insight generation.
In 2017 the Festival of Marketing attracted over 4,000 delegates, over half of which were from senior management positions and almost 70% of which were brand-side marketers. There are 73,000 professionals working in research and insight within a UK sector that is worth £4.8 billion, ensuring this will be a major focus at the festival this year.
Jane Frost CBE, CEO of MRS, comments: “This partnership between MRS and the Festival of Marketing marks the strengthening of a long-term relationship. The value of research within the marketing process cannot be underestimated while insight is critical to creating intelligent organisations – underpinning crucial decision making and generating growth.
“The two sectors are highly interdependent, and the event will be a fantastic opportunity for members from both to leverage the other’s knowledge while networking and finding new ways to work together.”
Andria Vidler, CEO, Centaur Media PLC said; “This partnership represents an important strategic step in the development of our large scale events. It is the first time since the launch of the Festival of Marketing in 2013 that we have welcomed a co-located event and is a great example of how we are developing our marketing offering to inspire and enable marketing professionals to excel at what they do. This partnership will allow senior industry leaders within the market research space the opportunity to experience not only the excellent content offered by the MRS, but also to gain access to the expert speakers, solution partners and renowned headliners that make up the Festival of Marketing. We are confident that this partnership will add real value for our customers and enhance an already strong event proposition.”