AIPH Annual Congress

Jul 21, 2022
AIPH Plans World Ornamental Horticulture Summit

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is organizing the second World Horticulture Summit for Sept. 28 in Almere, the Netherlands, as part of the 74th AIPH Annual Congress. The inaugural World Ornamental Horticulture Summit took place in 2019 in Beijing.

With a theme of “Influencing change in a digital world,” the 2022 Summit will bring together experts from the horticultural industry to discuss how new media and digital marketing can be utilized to drive sales, how social media can influence the supply chain, and how the industry can prepare for a new world of consumer power.

Keynote speaker Domingo Iucide, CEO of Brainpull Digital Agency in Italy, will give a talk on “Marketing in the digital era.” In this talk, he will explore how digital communications and technology can be used to create value and increase profitability, finding new ways to sell B2B and new ways to influence the end consumer.

Additionally, the summit will hear from social media influencers, including Darryl Cheng (@HousePlantJournal) and Michael Perry (@mr_plantgeek). These influencers will offer their perspective on the power of social media, how to maintain the audience’s interest, and how growers can benefit from working with digital professionals.

Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

  • Domingo Iucide, CEO of Brainpull Digital Agency, Italy
  • Jan van Dam, CEO of Dutch Flower Group, the Netherlands
  • Justin Hancock, brand marketing, Costa Farms, USA
  • Darryl Cheng, social media influencer, USA
  • Michael Perry (aka Mr Plant Geek), social media influencer, UK
  • Dr. Tosca Ferber-Koevoets, research director at Dümmen Orange, the Netherlands
  • Marco van der Sar, chairman of the Flower Council, the Netherlands
  • Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, the Netherlands

Commenting on the summit, AIPH secretary general, Tim Briercliffe said: “With this summit we are attempting to see how the digital world is going to change the ornamental horticulture industry. How will we market our products in 2032, how will we interact with customer and what can we do now to make sure our products have their rightful place in the lives of the customers of tomorrow.”

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