At the Drum event ‘4 Minute Warning’, held on 5th December 2012, speakers from the digital industry came together to discuss what the future holds for marketing and media agencies and challenged them to think the unthinkable.
Talks at this event looked at the digital revolution including augmented reality, 3D printing and the future of mobile.
Our very own Mark Brill discussed what he terms the ‘Disruptive Future’, this is broken down into four sections. Firstly he looked at how we create the skills for the jobs of the future that have not been invented yet? This state of Disruptive Employment is a growing challenge for the businesses of today as they need to try and anticipate the changes in the industry and prepare their staff for the future. Similarly universities must do the same to prepare their students for the jobs that they will eventually go in to.
Shopping also falls under this disruptive heading as brands use showrooming and behavioral targeting through image recognition to re-define the retail experience. Some brands are also using technology like augmented reality to alter the traditional shopping experience.
Health apps are on the increase and people are increasingly turning to their mobile phones to check their symptoms, rather than visiting the doctor. The future holds even more potential for this sector as devices that work with your smart phone are being developed to not only diagnose but also to help treat illnesses.
The final disruptive category is interactions. New screen technologies are rapidly evolving and multi-screen consumption is becoming more and more the norm. Soon the smart phone as we know it will cease to exist. How will these technologies impact on consumers and brand engagement?