LONDON, September 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Many brands are still figuring out their digital strategies and assessing which technologies and trends are just passing fads, and which are truly applicable. And perhaps that's the best argument for attending this year's content-rich ad:tech 2010. Find out how to increase your reach and save money with free workshops and seminars.

Forget DJs, the power and reach of digital is a business reality for SMEs. Big brands have long been converted to the wonderful world of digital. The fat cats have an equally rotund budget plus the all-important resources to pour into this 'experimental' area. But businesses no longer need to take an expensive shot in the dark. Facebook, Twitter et al are here to stay and there are thousands more equally affordable initiatives are hot on their heels.

Burning queries will be addressed on a variety of digital topics, from search to social, mobile to ad exchanges, in sessions that are free to visitors. All of these are sessions are free to attend and will give small business the digital edge it's been searching for.

1. How can I boost my brand's reach using social media?

Social media is an established channel, yet not all marketers are relishing the opportunities that social marketing presents. From Twitter to Facebook, the latest networks, blogging, UGC and integrating it all together, what is the best way to engage with your audience? How should you use social? In this seminar, dotCommerce will present practical advice and guidance, alongside real-world examples from clients, ensuring you come away brimming with quick-to-implement ideas to add value, sales and increase reach in your social and online marketing.

What A practical guide to increasing reach in your social and online marketing When Tuesday 21 September 2010, 11.50-12.20 Speaker Simon Bird, managing director, dotCommerce

2. How can I optimise my Facebook ad campaigns?

With more than 500 million users worldwide and unprecedented targeting capabilities, Facebook provides a unique opportunity to efficiently connect with customers before they even search for your products. If you're a past or current advertiser, get up to speed on the latest insights and case studies at this seminar, where you'll receive optimisation tips and best practices designed to help you make the most of your Facebook advertising efforts.

What Optimising your Facebook ad campaigns When Wednesday 22 September 2010, 15.10-15.40 Speaker Kirby Koo, team lead, online sales operations, Facebook

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3. Will I be able to tell the social media wheat from the chaff?

Social media has disrupted the conventional marketing model. People are now just one click away from the perfect job, the ideal product, a damning video diary or a five-star review. But it's not about blindly rolling out the latest marketing tactics just for the sake of it. Brands need to develop their social strategy in line with their business objectives. In this seminar, digital agency Five by Five will examine the power of social media in the marketing mix and demonstrate how 'socialised' brands can deliver success. Case studies include Activision, BQ and Sony PlayStation.

What Social media: Disrupting the conventional marketing model When Wednesday 22 September 2010, 11.50-12.20 Speaker Chris Buckley, head of planning, Five by Five

4. Is tone of voice important in the online space?

Good e-commerce copy has to be scannable at speed, optimised for search, with clear calls to action. But how do you ensure that your web copy is also 'on brand' and works alongside SEO? In the worst-case scenario, e-commerce sites can swing wildly from brand-led marketing material to search-led product pages that can confuse customers and cause distrust. Founder and chief executive of digital copywriting agency Sticky Content Catherine Toole argues the case for investing in an online tone of voice. She will show you how it can result in an uplift in completed transactions, email sign-up and use of online self-help.

What How to build a brand tone of voice online (because it is worth it) When Tuesday 21 September 2010, 15.50-16.20 Speaker Catherine Toole, chief executive, StickyContent

5. Does my business really need an app?

Guiding you through the whole apps journey, the Apps Zone will give you a complete view of how apps are created, distributed and can play a part in a broader mobile strategy. Speak to those involved in the development and distribution of apps and find out how this will benefit your business.

As one of the fastest-growing areas in marketing, all attendees should visit this theatre to equip themselves with the latest tools and strategies to engage with consumers on the move. Attendees will also receive mobile updates and developments over the two days of ad:tech 2010. No matter what the mobile platform - Android, iPad, iPhone - delegates will learn how to commercialise their mobile activity.

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Notes to Editors:

ad:tech London 2010 is taking place at Olympia National, London, 21-22 September 2010.

About ad:tech

ad:tech London, part of the Daily Mail Group and in its sixth year, is firmly established as the premier UK Exhibition and Conference exclusively dedicated to the online advertising and marketing industry.

ad:tech provides a meeting point for 8,000 marketers and advertisers. It comprises of a paid-for conference, free exhibition and free educational seminars.

ad:tech aims to address the dynamic digital marketplace and the issues facing advertising and marketing functions as they look to stand out from the crowd and discover the next generation of opportunities.

This year, brands, agencies, publishers and solution providers include: Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Coca Cola, Louis Vuitton, Dell, BT, Moshi Monsters, WPP, Microsoft, AKQA, Lush, BBC, 20th Century Fox, King of Shaves, Publicis Group, Daily Mail and General Trust, Mirror, Neo@Ogilvy and MindShare.

The show originates from the USA, where for 15 years it has been showcasing. Underpinned by the support of industry leaders, key associations, governmental organisations and academic experts, ad:tech London's reach extends to every marketing decision maker throughout Europe.

ad:tech conferences currently take place in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing. ad:tech will continue to expand globally in order to provide online marketing communities with great opportunities to network, share best practices and ideas everywhere in the world.

About dmg :: events

dmg :: events is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the UK. dmg :: events was founded in 1989 and in 20 years has managed exhibitions, conferences and online platforms for many industries in 25 countries. dmg :: events produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports. dmg :: events employs more than 700 people and maintains a worldwide presence through more than 30 offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the United Arab Emirates, India, China and Australia. For more information on dmg events please visit

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