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Annual Conference 2018 - book the date!

Our 2018 conference will take place on Monday 26th November, with the FE First Awards for marketing excellence being held in the evening at our Gala Dinner & Awards event. More information to be published here soon....

Meanwhile if you are interested in supporting the conference or awards in 2018, get in touch at office@m-network.org to find out more. Sponsors in 2017 included:

  • AoC
  • FEmarketing
  • Lesniak Swann
  • Forward & Thinking
  • i-vent
  • Collabco
  • Hotcourses Group
  • Immedia Creative
  • Net Natives

30th Annual Conference 2017

Our 30th Annual Conference was held on Monday 27 November at the Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon. Our theme for the conference was GROWTH - looking forward at how marketing supports college development in a challenging and ever-changing environment.

What our delegates said:

  • "This is by far the most relevant, informative and useful conference for college marketing professionals I attend each year.""
  • "The conference was very well organised, with a range of speakers that related to our industry."
  • "The conference was a great chance to think about my college’s marketing, away from the office, and pick up lots of tips and best practice from other colleges."
  • "The conference is a great way to discuss current issues with those in the same situation. It allows you to take a step back and think."
  • "Excellent content and structure – well worth attending. Great networking opportunity too!"

Our speakers included:

  • Ian Pryce CBE, Principal & CEO, Bedford College Group
  • Robert Masson, CEO, The DPO Centre Ltd
  • Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing & Communications, Lewisham Southgate College
  • Michael Bennett, Head of Student Recruitment, London Metropolitan University
  • Lee Parker, Head of Marketing & Anna Clarke, Head of Apprenticeships, Milton Keynes College
  • Ben Verinder, Managing Director, Chalkstream Communications
  • June Cory, Owner, My Mustard
  • Simon Connor, Director, FEmarketing
  • Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing, Stoke on Trent College
  • Daniel Falls, Director of Consulting & Implementation, EMEA,Hobsons
  • Ben Norman, Head of Marketing & Communications, Exeter College
  • Sarah Baxter, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Bedford College Group
  • Kathy McCormack, Marketing Manager, Petroc
  • Michelle Blake, Marketing Manager, The College of West Anglia
  • Emma Evans, Marketing Manager, City of Wolverhampton College
  • James Brown, Account Director, Net Natives

Topics we covered included:

  • Overview of GDPR for marketers
  • Growing HE in FE
  • Using intelligent research for growth
  • Marketing strategy for growth
  • Maximising conversion through CRM/admissions strategies
  • Growing social engagement
  • Google analytics growth strategies
  • Marketing apprenticeships for growth
  • Growing enrolments through effective CRM
  • Merger communications - growing the reputation of "new" colleges
  • and much more.....

Thank you to all our speakers, delegates and exhibitors - Lesniak Swann, Forward & Thinking, i-vent, Collabco, Hotcourses Group and Immedia Creative - for making it such a great day - looking forward now to 2018! Book the date - Monday November 26th. More information coming soon....