Global Speaker – International Keynote Performer
⇣ About Miel Van Opstal
You can hire Miel as a speaker, moderator or keynote presenter for your corporate and business events, industry summits, conferences and conventions or professional networking symposiums. Miel will not disappoint you and will energize and inspire the participants with his unique, ardent and intense no-nonsense storytelling style.
As a marketing facilitator, Miel has helped, inspired, coached, consulted and transformed many companies, advertising agencies and governmental institutions. He has created and implemented countless successful and future-ready strategies.
Merging the technological background from his years as a Consumer Technology Evangelist for Microsoft EMEA with the insights and experience cumulated during more than a decade of assignments as a brand strategist and corporate consultant, he builds bridges between technology, marketing, production and execution.
Miel delivers his content with the goals of the event organizers in mind and tries to meet the expectations of the audience attending the event as well. Within the limitations of his personal knowledge, Miel is always ready to tackle the immediate challenges and obstacles the event participants are facing.
⇣ Vision & Context
Miel believes that the future of marketing isn’t intrinsically marketing. It’s a discovery journey of contextual, highly-personalized, immersive, additive and meaningful information, delivered by intelligent and smart technology. It’s an experience – an intimate connection – regardless the device, medium, time or location.
As a passionate storyteller and invigorating keynote speaker on how future technologies and artificial intelligent interfaces are already changing our lives and cultures, Miel has the ability to amplify sharp visions of the future and magnify the numerous business opportunities ahead.
Evaluating and clarifying the driving contextual forces behind the trends enables his audiences to distill a fascinating presumption of what lies ahead.
Miel is also an enthusiastic and entertaining lecturer at colleges, international business schools and universities where he teaches about strategies for android contextual digital marketing, behavioral audience targeting and psychographic consumer profiling. The key findings and fundamental conclusions of these courses and lectures are consolidated in his keynotes, presentations, workshops and seminars.
Miel is continuously learning and fine-tuning his vision and ideas, enhancing his typical compelling narrative with elements to empower and motivate attendees to understand the emerging challenges and leverage actionable business insights.
⇣ Suggested Formats of Arrangements
Miel’s fees are based on different tiers of engagement
- An elevating, insightful vision talk without visual content support (least costly)
- An existing topic, with some simple industry- or niche-specific content adaptation
- An existing topic, but with unique and tailored media, images and examples
- A new topic that is designed from the bottom up, audience- and industry-specific (most costly)
Miel’s fees are also based on different tiers of delivery requirements
- A brief (30- to 40-minute) contemporary discourse
- A one-hour inspirational keynote (with optional q&A)
- A one-hour live virtual performance via video conference
- A one-hour pre-recorded virtual performance
- A lengthy, compelling performance (2 to 3 hours, with optional break, Q&A)
- A panel discussion with other significant fellow-thinkers
- An interview-style session or conversation with a professional moderator or host
The most productive networking sessions happen when an energetic and motivated storyteller leaves the attendees hungry and inspired.
Miel is multiple profiles in one person. He’s creative but also a strategist. He has long term vision but also knows how to deal with short term objectives.
He’s a strong asset.
Young & Rubicam Group
Miel manages to inspire marketers and businesses with examples and real cases of how to embed digital technology in our roadmaps and day-to-day activities. I would describe him as a pragmatic and customer-centric futurologist.
Digital Commerce & Transformation
Colruyt Group / DCoE
Miel was a great moderator on our yearly e-Commerce event eTrade Summit. He has very good insights in the online and e-commerce branche. Miel knows how to lead and keep an audience alive. Hire Miel and you’ll like his style and results.
Founder & CEO
⇣ Speaker Style & Content Delivery Valuation
⇣ Signature Presentation Themes
– Android Contextual Marketing Strategy
– Algorithmic Audience Engagement
– Future of the Retail Experience
– Future of the Financial Service Industry
– The Consumer Lifecycle & Emotion-Focused CRM
– The Era of Liquid Content Consumption
– Social Amplification & Brand Advocacy
– Geo-Local & Contextual Mobile Commerce
– The Connected Customer Journey
⇣ Video: Future of Consumer Content Catering
(In Dutch) Recorded at VLCM’s Community Event – 02|2016
⇣ Most Recent Presentation Slides
From the Strategic Marketing Day Conference – 02|2017
⇣ Performance Arrangements Reference Archive
⇣ Humble Achievements From A Once Influential Blogger (2003-2009)
Former Content Contributor
Coolz0r Marketing Thoughts
⇣ Miel in The Digital Press
The Pokémon Hype
15/07/2016 – DeTijd, about the Pokémon Go hype and its marketing opportunities
The Connected Generation
13/11/2014 – Bart P., about the impact of social media on youngsters
21/11/2013 – 21Bis, about mobile culture & the selfie generation
30/10/2013 – Express, about mobile culture & the selfie generation
The Jobhunt Viral
02/06/2009 – JobAt, about my ‘One Day For Free’ jobhunt viral campaign
31/05/2009 – Gazet Van Antwerpen, about my ‘One Day For Free’ jobhunt viral campaign
30/05/2009 – DeStandaard, about my ‘One Day For Free’ jobhunt viral campaign
30/05/2009 – Het Nieuwsblad, about my ‘One Day For Free’ jobhunt viral campaign
Work-related Microsoft Stuff
24/09/2008 – ArsTechnica, about Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor
23/09/2008 – Softpedia, about Microsoft’s Retail Experience Center
22/08/2008 – Softpedia, about Microsoft Research AutoCollage
29/02/2008 – Softpedia, about Windows Client Software Factory 2.0
Windows Vista Launch in SecondLife
14/04/2007 – DeTijd, about marketing campaigns in SecondLife, an online virtual universe
14/02/2007 – C|Net, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
06/02/2007 – DigiMedia, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
30/01/2007 – MSDN, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
30/01/2007 – 3PointD, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
30/01/2007 – Neville Hobson, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
28/01/2007 – MSDN, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
24/01/2007 – iBert, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
20/01/2007 – DeStandaard, about launching Windows Vista in SecondLife and live-streaming a Praga Khan concert
Joining Microsoft Corp. as a Technology Evangelist for EMEA
22/12/2006 – Jeff Sandquist, about Miel switching jobs from Boondoggle to MSFT
22/12/2006 – InsideMicrosoft, about Miel switching jobs from Boondoggle to MSFT
05/12/2006 – HansOnExperience, about Miel switching jobs from Boondoggle to MSFT
28/04/2006 – DeTijd, about generating income from professional blogging
⇣ Video: TV Interview about SecondLife
(In Dutch) Koppen Magazine on VRT – 01|2007 (more)
⇣ Epic Adventures in SecondLife
Coolz0r Courier, Resident & 3D Virtual World Explorer