NI Digital Advertising and marketing Convention for Newry

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The Canal Court Hotel will be the venue for the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade’s first-ever NI Digital Marketing Conference next month.

The new event will take place on Thursday 24 February 2022 (8am to 1pm) and will include keynote speakers, case studies and an exhibition space.

The event is supported by principal sponsors Newry, Morne and Down District Council and Southern Regional College. It’s open to organizations of all sizes from across NI, not just the greater Newry area.

The conference features expert speakers from professional organizations and local employers who are winning online. Topics covered include educational programs, Google advertising, inbound marketing, TikTok, websites, influencer marketing, LinkedIn, social media and digital content.

Confirmed speakers include: Tracy Rice, Head of Business Engagement, Southern Regional College, Aedín O’Neill, Founder and Digital Advertising Director, Grow Web, Niall Parfitt, Founder, Atlanticus Digital, Niamh Donnelly, Marketing Executive, and Paul Vallely, Managing Director , Kukoon Rug, Peter Craven, Founder & Creative Director, BlueSky Video Marketing, Maeve Finnegan, Managing Director, MiTSO Marketing, Riki Neill, Founder & Client Director, RNN Communications, Jolene Kelly, Head of Services, Fetch Ireland, Deborah Loughran , Managing Director, King Communication, Declan Murtagh, Digital Marketing Consultant, Brilliant Red Digital, Gemma Murphy, Partner and Charlotte McAteer, Marketing Manager, Jack Murphy Jewelers and Darren McSharry, E-Commerce Specialist, SRC.

Tony McKeown, CEO of the Newry Chamber of Commerce said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of online sales. Many companies have benefited from this by upskilling their teams and expanding their digital offerings. More and more businesses are realizing that a strong online presence is vital to their overall brand. We are very grateful to our sponsors Newry, Morne and Down District Council and SRC. Without their support we could not host this unmissable conference.”

Oonagh Magennis, Vice-Chairman of Newry, Morne and Down Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to support the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Industry with this important initiative. As a council, one of our main goals is to support the development and growth of companies operating in this region. Digital Marketing Skills has been identified as an area where there is a skills shortage, so this conference aims to address that. We offer a wide range of other business support programs and would like to encourage local businesses to reach out to the Council.”

Tracy Rice, Head of Business Engagement, SRC, commented: “SRC is delighted to sponsor this important conference and to partner with the Newry Chamber of Commerce and the Newry Morne and Down Council to support local businesses. We are thrilled that employers in the Newry area are taking such a proactive approach. We work with many local companies and some of our digital marketing, advertising and higher level communications trainees are already making a difference with local employers.

The NI Digital Marketing Conference will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2022. To view the program of events, list of speakers and to book your place, please visit

The event is free for Newry Chamber members and £35 for non-members.