6 Ways We're Enhancing Your MAD//Fest Experience

A venue that's twice the size of last year, a central check-in hub, and live streamed content on the big outdoor screen are just some of the ways we have reconfigured MAD//Fest London in 2024.

Eddie Izzard Fireside Chat: Is Purpose BS?

Can purposeful brands make a positive contribution to humanity? Join Eddie Izzard for an interview to help us understand if purpose should be celebrated consigned to the scrapheap of brand marketing, at MAD//Fest London on 3 July.

VisuAIse Futures: the AI-powered creative experience coming to MAD//Fest 2024.

You'll hear a lot of people talking about AI at this year's MAD/Fest. But we're also excited to get our audience actually using AI to create things – in the moment, together.

High Attention Metrics Reduce CPC; Here’s How to Capture Attention, Then Triple It!

A recent study has revealed a startling decline in the average human attention span over the last 2 decades. mCanvas says this highlights the challenge of capturing, and retaining, attention

Rory Sutherland: McDonald’s and why we need behavioural science

This week in Cannes, McDonald's CFO said that marketing is a critically important investment to drive growth. Here's how behavioural science can make us better at communicating the value of marketing.


They say it can be lonely at the top, but since becoming Joint Managing Directors, Laice Gregory (now Jackson) and Alison Rattary-Clarke have been so grateful to have each other to share the huge load that comes with running Fall Off The Wall.

How AI is helping P&G ensure its packaging is reusable or recyclable

Procter & Gamble is integrating AI to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency through enhancing its manufacturing operations. Dragonfly AI tells us how.

A Shot in The Dark: A World Without Pre-Testing

Imagine a scenario where a $674 billion industry left everything to chance. It sounds utterly absurd, doesn't it? Yet, the advertising world still entertains the idea of taking unnecessary risks. System1 makes the case for testing, testing, testing.

Essential Checklist: Important Info For MAD//Fest-ival Goers

Registered for MAD//Fest? Here's what you need to know about your app ticket, key timings, how to get lunch and more.

Adapt Your Social Media Ads for Native in 5 Easy Steps

Is your brand over-reliant on social media advertising? If so, you’re not alone. Claire Mullarkey, Enterprise Advertising Sales Director UK for Taboola gives us 5 steps to transform your native social ads.


This year, 60% of business leaders are increasing their budgets in this area, aiming to enhance customer experiences in the high-speed world of eCommerce. However, only 25% of marketers have their customer journeys fully automated. Mapp argue the case for full automation.

5 Ways Attention Metrics Positively Impact Digital Advertising

We all know that more and more advertisers are looking to attention metrics. However, better performance isn’t the only reason we should consider attention - it also yields positive knock-on effects for the entire ecosystem, say Adelaide Metrics.

Gipsy Hill Brewery create MAD//Fest's own Festival lager

Official beer partner for MAD//Fest 2024, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, has brewed a lager especially for this July’s event. As they themselves state: “A festival so great, it deserves a beer named after it!”

Creativity x AI: What brands can do now to prepare for the future

Creatives have now spent more than a year in the company of Generative AI. DEPT® sought to find out how the technology has changed the craft.

5 Tips to Engage LGBTQ+ Customers in a Privacy-First World

Today, businesses must balance engagement and user privacy. This is especially true, and challenging, when marketing to the LGBTQ+ community. Here are five tips to effectively engage your LGBTQ+ customers whilst striving to respect their privacy, say OUT loud agency.

Paddy Power, Co-op, and Mars to kick off MAD//Fest in Fortune Favours The Bold panel

Being bold is easy in theory but much harder in practice. Paddy Power, Co-op, and Mars will discuss how to cut through and what being bold means in practice for the modern day marketer.

Why weird works

Jeff Bowerman, VP Creative at DEPT® thinks weird is relative but, generally speaking, weird is all things unusual, bizarre, or unexpected and it works!

Back to the future: why the past is securing advertising’s future

Digital moves fast but is cyclical. Technologies, regulations, and walled gardens are changing the advertising landscape, but is what’s emerging to support this new reality? Elliott Clayton, Managing Director, Sales International at Epsilon powers up the flux capacitor to see the future of advertising – in the past.

Changing the World using an AI-Powered Research Platform and a Small Bin

The effects of climate change and the cost-of-living crisis are issues which dominate the global discourse. An environmental NGO, wanted to understand daily household interactions with food waste caddies and turned to Bilendi Discuss to find the answers.

MAD//Men Era vs AI Revolution: A New Golden Age for Advertising?

Mad Men reminds us of a time where our industry was driven by creativity, intuition, and charisma. Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves in a landscape dominated by data, technology, and (of course) AI.

Mars Senior Director: Marketing hasn't changed that much since ‘Don Draper’

In this month's Little Grey Cells interview, Sorin Patilinet, Senior Director Marketing Effectiveness, Mars, walks us through his career, champions the value careful recruitment and then building great relationships with his team and explains how younger marketers should get as much real life marketing experience as possible before everything is automated.

Have you confirmed your MAD//Fest ticket?

It’s not long now until MAD//Fest opens its doors on 2-4 July - here’s how to confirm your ticket or amend your booking.

AI averse or an AI Adventurer - we need you 🫵

Find out how you stack up in the UK AI Landscape, exclusively at MAD//Fest Take the Plain: AI audit and make this session relevant for you today.

Failing to be bold means you’re bound to fail

In our world of cognitive overload and bombardment being bold is the only option. But disruption without meaning is not enough believes Kantar Marketplace's Head of Creative Excellence, Lynne Deason

How AI and Attention Will Spur a Flight to Media Quality

Creative content producers will use AI to create high-quality content at scale, and much of it will be indistinguishable from the content authors and artists once crafted slowly without AI, argues Marc Guldimann, CEO and Founder, of Adelaide

Philips Marketing Director: Using Consumer Data to Drive Healthcare Behaviour Change

Knowing how to work with data isn’t just useful for driving marketing results - according to Philips’ Leandro Chique, it can also help influence positive consumer behaviour change and improve people’s health. Listen as he talks to Tom Ollerton, in this week's MAD//Fest partner podcast Shiny New Object.

Nestlé: Milking AI for All It's Got

Dragonfly AI outline how Nestlé is a great example of how CPG brands can use AI for good to support more sustainable environmental practices.

Making Brands Magnetic

BrandOpus have been exploring what magnetism might be in the case of brands. The rules of attraction, in life or science, can feel opaque. We’re drawn to people with certain qualities, often difficult to define, but undeniably magnetic. Find out more.

Sir Martin Sorrell To Deliver Election Day Special Keynote

S4 Executive Chairman Sir Martin Sorrell will open MAD//Fest London on 4 July with a keynote focused on growth prospects, AI, and regulatory needs. To Sponsor MAD//Fest Tech Talent Tickets and MAD//Fest have agreed to make 20 MAD//Fest London tickets available to people who have been affected by redundancies in adtech.

Lucky Saint, Liquid Death, Purple Bricks + Who Gives A Crap To Shake Things Up at MAD//Fest

MAD//Fest has always been the home for the disruptors who like to shake things up and challenge the status quo. Find out about four great challenger brands who’ll be speaking this July.

DJs Smokin Jo, Brandon Block and Pete Heller To Headline MAD//Fest Closing Party

Legendary DJs Smokin Jo, Brandon Block, Pete Heller, Gordon Mac and Mark Myers will headline MAD//Fest's closing party on 4 July at the Old Truman Brewery.

Want To See Our New Layout, Book meetings And Get Your E-Ticket? You Need Our App

You need the MAD//Fest app to access the show as it contains your QR code ticket, essential networking tools, and a handy map so you can explore our new layout.

It’s MAD//Fest, But Not As You Know It - Check Out Our 2024 Site Map

You’ll see a very different show this July with more content, spaces and activations across the Old Truman Brewery Estate.

Check Out Our New Live Streaming Stages In Ely’s Yard

Want to network, catch the content, do some work, have something to eat and drink, and see the action from Wimbledon and EURO ‘24? Then you’ll love what we have planned for Ely’s Yard.

MAD//Fest London Preview: Hannnah Fry, Eddie Izzard And L’Oréal CDMO to Headline This Summer’s Biggest Brand Event

Mathematician/Broadcaster Professor Hannah Fry, Actor/Activist Eddie Izzard, and L’Oréal CDMO Laetitia Raoust are among the headline acts speaking at MAD//Fest London on 2-4 July at The Old Truman Brewery.

A Snapshot of Cookieless Testing

The long farewell of third-party cookies continues but as RTB House can confirm, they have had their day. Are you prepared?

Rory Sutherland: AI Isn’t your biggest threat. You are!

This week Rory Sutherland takes an optimist approach and argues that AI is not the danger we make it out to be and that through behavioural science and experimentation, marketers can successfully embrace uncertainty.

Mindful Heroes: Unveiling the Human Narratives of Young Ukrainians Using an AI-Powered Research Platform

It’s often said that young people are the future. So how about Ukraine’s youth today? Bilendi & respondi followed the journeys of 24 young Ukrainians for 4 years for the UNITY programme and IREX.

Innovation to In-Market Success: Maximising Product Strategy for Commercial Gain

Innovation is a vital tool for brands wanting to stay ahead of the pack yet System1 state that an alarming 95% of product innovations fail, which amounts to a huge waste of $6.4 billion. Find out how you can test your innovation.

Last Four Categories Open for Entry in The Independent Agency Awards

There is only one week to enter The Independent Agency awards. Check out the last four categories!

Everything, Everywhere All At Once. Is our obsession with measuring everything getting the better of us?

In his latest column for MAD//Insight, Tony Miller, CMO and marketing consultant, former Disney and Weight Watchers, asks whether marketing’s obsession with measurement is helping brands grow.

‘It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top’

Earlier this month saw the third Little Grey Cells gathering of senior marketers in London. Tim Healey, founder and curator of Little Grey Cells Club, explains the thinking behind his Little Grey cells Club events and reviews the key takeouts from his latest breakfast briefing on Market Orientation.

Four Steps for Foolproofing Attribution in a Cookieless World

Is your strategy prepared for the third-party cookieless future? Vibhor Kapoor, President of AdRoll and Chief Business Officer, NextRolll, shares the important role attribution will play in future-proofing your performance, and 4 tips for strengthening your strategy.

The bigger the brand, the bigger the opportunity to do good. Check out how Unilever leans on AI to make a positive environmental difference.

There are many ethical worries around AI, yet Dragonfly AI takes a positive outlook and argues from predicting storms to improved sourcing of key minerals, that it can make a real positive environmental difference.

Mattel Director of Consumer Products: We strike a balance between boldness and consumer appetite

Mattel’s Director of Consumer Products and MAD//Fest speaker, Ruth Henriquez, talks about the alchemy that has been Mattel’s marketing in the past year, why Liquid Death, (another MAD//Fest speaking brand), are the brand to keep an eye on, and what she’ll be talking about in July on the Hexagon Stage.

Nudgestock, the world’s biggest Behavioural Science festival, returns.

This summer Ogilvy and MAD//Master’s UK’s Rory Sutherland hosts the world’s top marketing psychologists, neuroscientists and behavourial economists, including Jonathan Haidt, live on stage talking Time

PromoVeritas: Take The Be Bold Ice Cream Challenge

PromoVeritas, global prize promotion specialists are asking you to be bold and in return you could win your office FREE ice-cream for the summer!

Bloom & Wild Chief Customer Officer: Your Product Is The Most Important Marketing Tool You Have

In her debut column for MAD//Insight, Charlotte Langley, Bloom & Wild's CCO, writes about how maternity leave led her to realise that brands should spend more time creating a great product or service and talking to customers in a language they understand.

Bayer Global Head Data Driven Marketing: Connecting The Dots Between Media & Creative

Bayer’s Emre Acikel, Global Head of Data Driven Marketing, believes he has discovered a winning recipe for marketing effectiveness: combining media and creative analysis and optimisation to improve ROI by up to 15%. Listen as he talks to Tom Ollerton in the latest episode of MAD//Fest's partner podcast, Shiny New Object.

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