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- Work in film marketing?
- Want to learn how to collect, analyse and act on data to get big audiences?
We are looking for cinemas, film festivals and distributors who want to save money and time on their marketing. On this intensive three-day course, you will learn how to use data to make informed decisions that lead to big results.
This course will show you:
- How to find and target new audiences for ambitious projects
- Where you should be spending your marketing money online (and where you’re wasting it!)
- The marketing approaches top cultural organisations are using
- What data you NEED to be collecting from your audiences
This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries.
About the course
You will leave this course with a clear idea about what data you should be measuring, what marketing approaches will bring more people to see your films and how you can achieve bigger and more engaged audiences, whatever the film.
Among many other practical topics, we will cover:
- How to turn website traffic into sales
- How to gather data without being intrusive
- The implications of GDPR for how you collect and store data
- Making more of your databases and box office systems
- How to improve advance sales
- Making the most of your social media channels
- The value of cinema loyalty and membership schemes
Who is this course taught by?
The course is taught by experts in digital marketing and audience analytics; experts from within the film industry who will be able to give you genuine case studies of approaches that work (and help you find them too), as well as figures from across the arts who will share exciting developments that you can use.
The course leaders are the Independent Cinema Office’s David Sin and Catharine Des Forges, both of whom have decades of knowledge in what makes a difference in venue marketing.
Sessions and speakers confirmed so far include:
- From data to insight – some principles
Sarah Boiling, Independent Audience Consultant
- Getting the most from your box office data and GDPR: Where are we now?
Oliver Mantell, Director of Policy Research, The Audience Agency
- Case study – How venues use data to inform marketing
Stewart Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications, Broadway
- How is audience behaviour changing? The national picture
Sean Perkins, Freelance Research Consultant
- How distributors use data to inform their marketing strategies
Jamie McHale, Head of Theatrical Marketing, StudioCanal and Martin Ash, Senior Client Director, Metrixlab
- Data and theatrical forecasting
Delphine Lievens, Box Office Analyst, Gower Street Analytics
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Katy Raines, Partner, Indigo
- Digital and social analytics
Katie Moffat, Head of Digital, The Audience Agency
Who is this course for?
We are looking for marketing team members at cinemas, film festivals and distribution companies who are excited about finding new approaches to reach audiences. You should be in a position to drive real change in your organisation and be making decisions about the way marketing budgets are spent.
How is the course taught?
The course is split between taught sessions designed to increase your knowledge of approaches to analytics and digital marketing, and workshops where you can learn how to identify, find and use data to help you improve your marketing and reach more audiences.
When and where will the course run?
The course will run at the Phoenix in Leicester over three days, from 10am – 6pm starting Tuesday 21 January, ending Thursday 23 January 2020.
This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions
How to apply
Apply for a place
The deadline for applications is 10am Monday 16 December 2019.
Successful candidates will be notified by 5PM Friday 20th December 2019
Once you have formally accepted your place on the course you will become liable to pay your fees. If your application is successful you will receive information on how to pay your course fees (£900). Places will only be confirmed when we have received your payment. Course fees must be paid before the course starts. Deadline for payment of course fees: Friday 10th January 2020.
This course is devised for people that work in marketing and audience development for independent cinemas, film festivals and distribution companies across the UK. You should be in a position to drive real change in your organisation and be making decisions about the way marketing budgets are spent.
There are a limited number of bursaries of up to £600 available to individuals working for not-for-profit organisations (priority will be given to venues with an annual turnover of less than £400,000) to help cover fees, travel, accommodation and childcare costs. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the form which is attached to the application form above. If you are successful, you will need to pay the remaining fees to confirm your place, so please ensure you have funds in place.
BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) support
Please note that many of the FAN Hub Lead Organisations are able to offer exhibitors bursary support for training. Please contact your local HLO to apply for relevant bursary support in advance of your application to this course: bfi.org.uk/film-audience-network/about-film-hub-lead-organisations
- Once you have formally accepted your place on the course you will become liable to pay your fees.
- If your application is successful you will receive information on how to pay your course fees (£900). Places will only be confirmed when we have received your payment. Course fees must be paid before course starts. Deadline for payment of course fees: Friday 10th January 2020.