Past Digital Breakfasts

Native Advertising – 14th Feb 2018

Consumer tolerance for online advertising is going down fast, with the rise of adblocking, ad fraud bots, fake news sites and more. Native Advertising offers brands the opportunity to place relevant content in the best possible content to attract and engage an audience. As such it’s spearheading the next generation of advertising in digital media.

At this session we’ll look at how you can initiate and develop powerful Native Advertising campaigns. We’ll look at the creative approaches that work, how you can measure success, and the important issues around trust and authority.


Timothy Armoo, CEO, Fanbytes

Timothy Armoo is the 22 year old CEO of Fanbytes, a mobile video advertising platform helping brands like Warner, Universal, and Sony reach teens on Snapchat. Fanbytes manages a number of big channels on Snapchat and thus creates content for them on a daily basis.

Tim will share some of the processes and principles that they use to keep an audience of over 1 million viewers engaged every single day!

Chelsea Blacker, Managing Director, BlueGlass

Chelsea Blacker, co-founder and MD of SEO & content marketing agency BlueGlass will discuss how to measure the ROI for your content.  Brands invest in creating beautiful content which frequently “flops” once uploaded to the internet.  But it doesn’t have to be like this, and Chelsea will show a few ways to measure the true value of what your brand has created. 

Dale Lovell, Co-Founder & Chief Digital Officer, ADYOULIKE

Dale is the UK MD and Chief Digital Officer at ADYOULIKE, a worldwide leader in native advertising. He has worked in journalism, digital publishing, content strategy and creative content marketing for over 15 years. Prior to ADYOULIKE, Dale was co-founder of Content Amp, a content distribution service that he helped to build from scratch which then merged with ADYOULIKE in March 2014. In 2015 he was listed as a BIMA Hot 100, and Dale also sits on the The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK’s content & native advertising council.

Sustaining Super Engagement Through Content Marketing – 8th November 2017

Speakers for this breakfast will discuss how to use specific, niche, personalised content that builds and maintains a relationship with your audience.


Clare Chadburn, Head of Development, Wisebuddah

Clare Chadburn is Head of Development at Wisebuddah, having previously been a producer at Radio 1, initially across the station’s multi-platform and podcast content but ultimately producing Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens.

Founded in 1994 by ex-Radio 1 DJ Mark Goodier, Wisebuddah is now one of Britain’s longest-established and most successful audio production companies – and has this year produced Beyond Reasonable Doubt, the BBC Radio 5 Live true-crime podcast which debuted at Number 1 in the UK Podcast Chart. Further productions this year have included The Sun’s celebrity podcast, Bizarre Life, with the UK’s best known Showbiz Columnist Dan Wooton, and Attitude Heroes, the landmark podcast series from Attitude magazine celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Alex Vaidya, CEO & Co-Founder, StoryStream

Digital marketing & branding specialist with a proven track record of creating innovative digital strategies and developing digital products.

Alex is the CEO and Co Founder of StoryStream, a leading content marketing platform helping global brands to deliver the content most likely to engage and convert customers across every digital channel.

Previously, Alex headed up the digital function at Porsche where he developed a number of pioneering projects. This included Porsche Experience TV, a dedicated web video series with over 4 million views and Porsche Origin, the automotive industry’s first brand experience content hub designed for brand advocates to share content across the web. Prior to this, Alex worked in product management and market research at Porsche.

Stefano Marrone, Managing Director, NuccoBrain 

Currently, Stefano runs the visual storytelling studio Nucco Brain in London, working in the VR, animation, illustration, visual development and motion graphics field, creating high-quality cross-media content for brands and agencies alike.

Seth Jackson, CEO, Landmrk

Seth is a brand and technology specialist with a passion for connecting clever people together to make interesting things happen. He began in mobile, wears the scars of the music industry with pride and is now trying to revolutionise the way brands utilise creative technology.

Landmrk is a location-based experiences platform – the Pokémon GO for branded content – powering branded, global campaigns for companies including Sony Music, Showtime Networks and CeX.

ROI Content Effectiveness – 4th October 2017

Speakers for this breakfast will discuss how to measure the success of your content marketing, choosing the right key performance indicators for your organisation & clarifying the business case for content marketing


Lance Concannon, Director of Marketing, Europe at Sysomos

Lance has 20+ years’ combined experience as a journalist and tech marketer, with a strong focus on digital and social media. Currently in-house at social media intelligence platform, Sysomos, he previously spent a decade agency-side. His experience is primarily with B2B/B2C technology brands, but also some other businesses, including: IBM, Sony Electronics, Oracle, Fujitsu, AMD, Vodafone, Nokia, Accor, BP, American Express, Greene King, and Sky.

Debbie Zaman, Founder & MD, Withpr

Withpr is an award-winning B2B communications agency with deep expertise and industry leading clients in fintech, adtech and retail tech. Withpr focuses on multi-market technology businesses, so Debbie’s knowledge of and insight into the European market is unparalleled. An expert in B2B communications with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Debbie has led the communications for some of the biggest names in technology.

Outside of her agency work, she is part of the advisory board at Diversity In Marketing & Advertising and is a member of the Tech London Advocates group. She is also an experienced and engaging speaker regularly featuring at the Festival of Marketing as well as other technology events.

Jules Lund, Founder, Tribe

Jules Lund’s versatility across Television, Radio & Digital has rewarded him with a wealth of experience. With a background in Graphic Design, Photography and Film, Jules quickly became obsessed with social media. In 2013, he led ‘The Fifi & Jules’ Facebook Page to become the most engaged brand-page in the entire country. As a true content generator, Jules writes, directs, performs and pesters his editors until his imagination comes to life. Delivering clients everything from animation to a day-in-the-life, shot on his iPhone. Jules’ social insights have since made him a unique asset, being invited around the country to present to Australia’s biggest agencies on the power of Social Influencer Marketing. In 2015 Emma Freedman joined Jules Lund as co-host of the new national nightly Scoopla show from 6pm on SCA’s Hit Network, covering the fickle world of entertainment. Jules is continuing to push the boundaries of Digital Content, working with Australia’s leading brands and Influencers to bring a more authentic marketing experience for all.

Short-form Video – 6th September 2017

Speakers for this breakfast will be discussing how to use short video formats to attract, engage and drive loyalty. The role of video in social media content strategy and optimising short video to make ‘thumb-stoppable’ content.


Jani Guest, Managing Director, Independent Films

Award-winning Independent Films formed Indy8 in 2013, as a division of the company solely focused on producing online branded content.  Jani Guest, Managing Director of Independent/Indy8 will be sharing the company’s experience on the evolution of producing short form content as a reflection of shifting trends in brand needs over the last few years.

Jani will share some case studies, including its BAFTA-winning Bombay Sapphire Series of shorts, that highlight the power of simple ideas, the advantages and effectiveness of creative trust and freedom, and the benefits of a streamlined production process.

Ben Uttley, Managing Director, Stamp Productions

Ben is a filmmaker and storyteller. He founded Stamp Productions in 2008, a film production company that creates branded content and documentaries with a speciality in the sports industry.

Ben founded Stamp to bring great storytelling and technical skill together in order to connect audiences emotionally and authentically with a narrative. Acting credits include The Four Feathers, Captain America, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Skins and TV comedy My Family.

At Stamp, Ben produces, writes and directs inspiring content with a team of experts for global brands, agencies and rights holders including Honda, Land Rover, and The British & Irish Lions. The company’s short form content reaches tens of millions of people around the world each year.

Stamp is the official film supplier for all branded content to The British & Irish Lions which includes the upcoming feature-length documentary of the Lions tour to New Zealand 2017

Joivan Wade, Dee Kaate, Percelle Ascott, Founders, Wall of Comedy

Launched just two years ago, The Wall of Comedy produces original content for digital and TV platforms. They license content and distribute across TWOC’s social media channels to their audience over four million, generating over 300 million views per month on content, resulting in over 3.6 billion views annually. The company also work with brands to produce content campaigns that helps get across their key messages to their target demographic and will publish and promote the content via their affiliate network of influencers.

They will be discussing how they’re using short-form video to create engaging content on social media for brands and millennials.

Jose de Cabo, Co-founder, Olapic

Based in Olapic’s European headquarters in London, Cabo is spearheading the company’s global expansion. Drawing on his extensive global consulting background, Cabo and his team successfully introduced Olapic’s earned content technology to the European market and have secured client partners including AllSaints, Karen Millen, L’Óreal, Pepe Jeans, and Tag Heuer. Born in Madrid, Cabo holds undergraduate degrees from Dublin City University and ICADE University and an MBA from the Columbia School of Business in New York City, where he and his co-founders received recognition and capital from the Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund. He previously worked as a management consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, leading technology innovation, marketing and sales projects for large, multi-national corporations. Cabo has been featured extensively in the press and is a seasoned speaker at trade conferences.

B2B Marketing Challenges – 2nd August

The speakers will be discussing the role of content in marketing to other businesses, creating exciting content in ‘boring’ industries and leveraging the impact of market sector influencers to build a platform for thought leadership strategies.


Giuseppe Caltabiano, Head of Content Marketing Advisory Services, NewsCred

Giuseppe has +20 years of experience in the fields of IT, Software, Industry, Energy. He is a B2B content marketing speaker, author and writer. Guiseppe is Head of Content Marketing Advisory Services at NewsCred, the world’s leading enterprise content marketing company; he advises global top B2B and B2C brands to build effective content marketing strategy.

Kobi Omenaka, Google Certified Digital Marketing Consultant, Teacher & Speaker

Kobi is a Google Adwords Certified Social Media and Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker, Podcaster and Trainer and offer bespoke in-house training, online training courses and consultations.

Sam Gallagher, Client Services Director at Progressive Content

Sam is Client Services Director at Progressive Content and is responsible for the strategic development and successful delivery of all client work across the agency and Content Cloud platform. He and his team oversee the digital development and multimedia content delivery for some biggest global B2B brands including RBS, KPMG, Sage and ICAEW.

Progressive is now the UK’s largest specialist B2B content agency, with services ranging from one-off campaigns to the creation of end-to-end enterprise content platforms for major blue-chip firms. Its Content Cloud® and Knowledge Bank digital solutions allow businesses to connect with customers at speed and at scale.

Mike Baxter, Product and Content Lead, Goal Atlas

Since 2001, Mike has advised c-suite, senior leadership and heads of teams of global B2B and B2C companies on major business transformation projects.  This has included content strategy, content governance and content audits for clients in a variety of industry sectors. Mike is a psychologist by training and has had successful careers as a research scientist, trawlerman, product designer, government advisor, author, professor of design and communication, before becoming a consultant.

In his talk, Mike will present Goal Atlas’s best practice framework for B2B content strategy, rooted in core principles of social psychology. Based on this framework, Mike will use examples from his own consultancy work to define a systematic approach to content strategy development, content strategy deployment and standard operating procedures for managing B2B content in a scaleable business-as-usual way.

Content of the Future – 5th July

The speakers will be discussing how content of the future will be semantically-rich, structured content pieces that are human-readable and machine-process-able – we look at why (and how to do it right).


Stephen Kenwright, Director of Search, Branded3

Stephen is director of search at St. Ives Group-owned Branded3 – the best large SEO agency in Europe according to the 2016 judges of the EU Search Awards – and is responsible for owned media, including search, analytics and marketing.

Writing weekly for the Drum Magazine, Stephen has presented at more than 100 industry events since joining B3 in 2012 and now organises the SearchLeeds conference, hosting thousands of marketers from around Europe every year.

Intelligence in content is about accessibility – how can we make sure the right content surfaces itself at the moment when a customer wants to see it? We’ll never really know how good content is unless we can test the reaction of the exact people who need to see it – so how can we use testing this to create better content?

Stephen will cover:

  • How conversational UX – chatbots, voice search etc. – are making content accessible in different ways and what we need to do about this
  • Is AI realistic for most brands in the near future?
  • How do we take our first steps towards this?
  • Why Amazon is the ultimate intelligent content engine and how to compete


Nicola Fleming, VP Head of Digital Content Strategy, Barclays

The way we consume content is evolving at a relentless pace, leaving some businesses struggling to keep up.

Nicola Fleming, digital strategist and former Head of Digital Content Strategy for Barclays, explains why implementing structured content today can help organisations prepare for the devices and behaviours of tomorrow.

Noz Urbina, Content Strategist and Founder, Urbina Consulting


Noz Urbina is a globally recognised content strategist and modeller. He’s well known as a pioneer in customer journey mapping and adaptive content modelling to support personalised, contextually relevant content for omnichannel experiences.  He is also co-author of the book “Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits“.

Noz will be talking about:

Using Adaptive Content to Create Topical and Evergreen Deliverables from the Same Source

After a strong reception from the  audience at the Content Marketing Institute’s international Intelligent Content Conference (4.8 stars) in Las Vegas, Noz Urbina presents on one of his most in-demand topics.

A core challenge of content marketing is being able to create topical content and evergreen content, at a high level of quality, and at scale. Using examples from enterprise clients, we’ll see how adaptive, intelligent content can bridge the divide between content that’s about the latest hot topics and content that’s useful and interesting to our audience over the longer term.

  • Learn how organisations have rethought their content to allow assets to nurture leads with up-to-the-minute fresh content, while still making those same assets deliver longer-term ROI
  • Learn to break out of the struggle of justifying creating content that goes through a short commission-publish-forget cycle
  • Get practical tips for getting started today
Brands as Broadcasters – 7th June

Simon - emailSimon Shelley, Head of Industry News at ITN Productions

Simon has scaled the Industry News unit from inception to a global business operating in three regions, having produced content for over a 1000 brands and organisations across most sectors and professions in our society.


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Cháyya is an award winning, Forbes listed Broadcast Journalist with seven years’ experience working across print, digital, broadcast, video and radio from London, UK.

She currently works on a live news programme at the BBC, is a Schools Speaker for Amnesty International, is a Huffington Post blogger and goes to schools and colleges across London to discuss careers, responsible journalism and tech.

Content creation is a buzzword in Marketing but where do you start? What’s more effective? Chayya discusses blogs, vlogs, Snapchat, Instagram stories and why more and more brands are trying to be like broadcasters.

Rob Molloy, Director of Global TV Content & Sales , Guinness World Records

Rob joined Guinness World Records in 2003 and is responsible for the development and global distribution of GWR’s broadcast content, overseeing productions in numerous territories including UK, China, Japan and the US.

He also manages distribution of GWR’s online content and lead the launch of the company’s two YouTube channels which boast over 2 million subscribers combined with over 400m video views.

More recently Rob has overseen the brand’s presence on Facebook Live, producing 24+ broadcasts a month for GWR’s audience of 12m+ Facebook fans.

Rob will be discussing Embracing Disruption: How to Remodel a Legacy Brand for the Modern Age

Guinness World Records had to embrace disruption to survive and has remodelled its brand strategy to appeal to a whole new audience, growing from a single best-selling book to a multi-platform, global IP brand. In this session Guinness World Records will share its strategic journey, the record highs and lows, and reveal how the company now helps brands to use the unique power of record-breaking to amplify their message and create campaigns that are ‘Officially Amazing’.

Using interactive content to create higher engagement – 3rd May

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Marvyn Harrison, Content and Services Manager at Samsung Business UK

Marvyn Harrison is a passionate and experienced content and technology professional with experience across content creation, distribution, strategy and licensing. Having seen how content has become essential to most businesses he is excited about being a part of Samsung’s place in the VR ecosystem in UK&I. Marvyn will be discussing the Samsung VR content platform and the role content plays in the Samsung product ecosystem.

Paul email imagePaul Archer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Duel

Duel is founded by UK based Paul Archer-technologist, Best-selling Author and World Record-breaking Adventurer. Paul initially launched Duel the app – a photo challenge game. But it soon became clear that the gamification and crowdsourcing of content for retailers and brands was vastly untapped – heavily reliant on scraping social networks for content.  Paul set out with co-founder, Panagiotis ‘Naio’ Tsarouchis, and a team of game developers and brand veterans to build a platform that could place customers and their content at the heart of every retail, advertising and marketing channel.

Paul has spoken at TEDx, SXSW, festival of media, Cannes Lions 2016, Social Media Week and numerous other conferences and events around the world. He’s currently researching his next book on the impact of innovation on the future of the global retail brand experience.

Devices and platforms are evolving at a breath-taking rate, and we should definitely be swept away by what this means for the future of content. But ultimately, success for retail brands comes down to how consumers choose to engage with interactive content and its ability to drive sales. Paul Archer, technologist and founder of Duel, talks about how the impetus for brands to be more authentic in their marketing continues to escalate, and how emerging technology means that customers will be front and centre of brands’ best performing content.

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Roy Murphy, Founder, BAM Mobile

Founder of mobile innovation agency BAM and Chatbot & Voice service Helping clients and partners profit from emerging technology in the mobile economy – messaging, chatbots, ai, voice, social, apps, web, AR & VR. Delivering strategy, experience, development and commerce.

BAM works with some great clients and partners in a variety of sectors from Finance, Leisure, Automotive, Entertainment and Education. The common theme is helping thier clients understand new technology and delivering work that makes a difference to their customers.

Roy is currently working with some fantastic new and established businesses and partners in varied sectors – music, publishing, Travel, IoT, banking, leisure, education, healthcare and visual products.

Distributing Content Through Paid, Owned and Earned Media – 5th April 2017

The speakers for this breakfast discussed the smart ways to get your content to the right audience, driving organic traffic growth and amplification through paid channels.


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Alec McCrindle, Creative Director at Yahoo Studio EMEA

Alec oversees the content and creative team for Yahoo Storytellers. The team is responsible for custom content creation and consulting for clients across Yahoo and Tumblr – across EMEA and internationally. He led Yahoo’s first EU-wide content marketing program in 2007, its first influencer programs in 2008, and two years ago he merged the visual content and editorial content functions in anticipation of the social content trend. He’s currently working on data led storytelling and bringing unique content creators to the fore.

Alec has had various creative leadership roles in the UK and South Africa since he left art school to get involved in this new internet in the 90’s. He’s still amused that it’s gone full circle on GIFs.

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Neilson has been working in performance media for nearly 10 years. In this time he has consistently innovated and developed new products, driven huge incremental revenue for clients and agencies alike and become a respected thought leader through appearances on main stream television, radio and prominent conferences worldwide.

His commercial marketing background allows him to deliver integrated performance solutions across some of the world’s largest brands in a variety of verticals, these include: British Gas, Amex, Direct Line, Thomas Cook, SDG group, Adidas, GM, Apple, Compare the Market, Dell and Arcadia.

Neilson will be discussing how to build a POE (Paid, Owned and Earned) model while also touching on  a flexible POE model that sits with both the agency and client. Neilson will consider the cross functional backbone of all content distribution and how tools and technology affects it. Successful distribution strategies will be explored using real life case studies in a number of verticals.


Vincent Haywood, Digital Strategist, Social Media & Content Marketing Trainer and Speaker

Vincent has been doing this digital thing for nearly 20 years now, looking after clients like Harry Potter globally, WWE, COS, City Jet, Jaguar, Land Rover, Xbox, Nike, Adidas, Chivas regal, Agent Provocateur and many more. His passion lies in Social Media and Content Marketing, and he will be talking about how to use social media to distribute content effectively.

Content Marketing Throughout the Purchase Funnel – 1st March 2017

The speakers for this breakfast will be discussing how to plan content strategies that deliver value throughout the funnel, as well as content objectives, from raising awareness to driving loyalty.



Abi Morrish, Digital Engagement Business Director, MEC Wavemaker

Abi has over 9 years’ experience working in social and digital content across multiple markets leading brands and currently heads up the Digital Engagement team at MEC Wavemaker.

In 2016 she was awarded Media Week’s Rising Star award and was placed in Media Week’s top 30 under 30. She is dedicated to closing the loop between social content and business objectives, and helping brands make audience first content.

AdamAdam Lewis, B2B Strategist: Content Marketing, Inbound & Social

Topic: The truth about B2B content marketing. 

Many B2B businesses claim they are doing content marketing. Most of them are lying. They are still pushing out ads and product-focused content like they always did but now its in the form of social posts, video and infographics!  In his talk Adam shares how to create a full-funnel content strategy that blends content, social advertising and marketing automation to deliver results.

Adam is a freelance B2B content strategist. He works with B2B businesses and agencies to create compelling content that drives marketing qualified leads. He uses a data-driven planning process to meticulously map out content that attracts and converts prospects.  He has done award winning work for global brands such as IBM, Thomson Reuters, Box, Symantec, Visa, Bacardi and Sony to name a few. Prior to being independent, Adam was Managing Director of social media consultancy, immediate future, Global Digital Director for Burson Marsteller, part of WPP and a public affairs and crisis communications consultant for a city PR firm. Adam’s current clients are KCOM, VISA, Box, Symantec & Haven.

StephenStephen Bateman, Digital Changemaker and Content Marketing Strategy Expert

Topic: Why and how to turn your content planning strategy on its head for optimum ROI

Most businesses claim to be doing some form of content marketing, albeit poorly and without demonstrable ROI. This is because the majority of marketers are not following best practice content marketing planning, preferring to fill their funnels, rather than shore up their bucket.

Most marketers today plan their content top down, rather than bottom up, using expensive resources to fill their top of funnel content activity without securing the middle funnels and bottom bucket. This results are extreme waste and poor, if any ROI.

In his talk Stephen shares a model for bottom and mid funnel content strategy that reduces waste through the funnel, to deliver markedly higher ROI and improved content marketing results.

Stephen is the UK’s leading content marketing strategy expert focused on supporting the customer journey with great content and improving content’s ROI. He works closely with Dave Chaffey at Smart Insights, Oxford Innovation, Bryony Thomas (Watertight Marketing,) Peninsula Enterprise, Heart of the South West, Innovate 2 Succeed and Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet (ISDI) to deliver best-in-class strategic content marketing training and support to marketing professionals everywhere.

Content marketing success factors for 2017 -1st February 2017

For this breakfast the speakers will be covering how to deliver true business value through content marketing, measuring return on objectives and return on investment as well as learning from those who are creating successful content marketing.



Gina Balarin, Founder and CEO, Verballistics

Content 2017: storytelling, authenticity, and how to find the ‘golden moment. 

What are the key issues for content marketers in 2017? It’s about cutting through the noise and reaching your audience with an authentic message. Gina will discuss how this is made possible through storytelling and identifying your brand’s ‘golden moment’.  Gina is the founder of Verbalistics, a bespoke marketing consultancy that focuses on finding the truth of your core messaging. With more than a dozen years of experience under her belt, she has helped companies across three continents find the essence of their business and amplify the stories they tell in a way that reaches, and influences, their target audiences and delivers results.


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Nick Hajdu, Co-Founder, Navigate Video

Ensuring your content ‘works’

In the world of post-truth and an ever more sceptical customer, content marketing has become an essential part of the way brands communicate. However, what use is content marketing if it’s not measurable and doesn’t offer return on investment? Nick will be addressing these issues and looking particularly at how video, as the core of any content marketing strategy, can offer real business value and help drive business goals.

Nick is co-founder of Navigate Video, video specialists advising brands on content marketing and helping them make their video content ‘work’. Over a 20-year career in digital media, Nick has worked with some of the biggest brands in the country from M&S and British Airways to HSBC and AXA, advising them on use of video content to drive goals.


Dan Biddle, Director of Strategic Innovation, Twitter

Realtime marketing and the role of video in social media

Previously Dan worked with all UK Broadcasters and Productions to support and develop outstanding integrations of Twitter in TV and Radio. Part platform evangelist, part creative agency – dedicated to working with broadcasters and productions to ensure the most compelling, imaginative and engaging use of Twitter that works best for both TV shows AND their audiences.

With over six years’ experience supporting and managing online communities, Dan was Social Media Producer for the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning multiplatform production Virtual Revolution.

Passionate about social media and digital media, Dan hosted and produced Off The Wall Post – a podcast about digital media in the real world. He also runs training courses and presentations on social media / digital transformation across Europe.