Two weeks ago, I was asked to be part of "The Landscape Panel" at the iMedia Agency Summit in Austin. It was called the Landscape Panel because they had representatives from the brand side (Kristi Karens from Mondelez), publisher side (Nicki Purcell from Dallas Morning News), media side (Shenan Reed from MEC) and me, representing the creative side of our industry. The theme of this year's summit was "the future of data-driven creativity."
This morning I wrote a post in Ad Age on why the collapse of the merger between industry giants Omnicom and Publicis is great for small agencies. This was a follow up to another story I wrote nine months ago on why the merger itself was great for small agencies.
Clearly there's a trend here. No matter what the big guys do, it's good for us. Because they are clueless.
"Duh," you might say.
That the "Zen Master" Phil Jackson intuitively gets the principles of tai chi for business I've been discussing may seem like a no brainer. He's the zen guy after all, the man that taught Jordan, Shaq and Kobe to meditate. The guy who zenned his way to a mind-blowing eleven NBA championships.
Nonetheless, I just read Coach Jackson's book, Eleven Rings, and was struck by how closely the stories he told reinforced some of the ideas I've been trying to convey.
I was recently struck by a post in my Facebook feed from Sandra Lopez, who runs global marketing at Intel and has been a leader in Intel's push into fashion and wearables. Here's the post:
Sitting with 2,500 predominate female group trying to change females in corp America. Male friends - male dads with daughters and soon to be male dads of daughters - I CHALLENGE ALL OF YOU TO STEP UP AND DRIVE THE CONVERSATION!!!!!! I want a male to be the person driving the conversation. #men4womanequality
The Accountability Gap is the space between what clients think is possible and what agencies can deliver in terms of measurable digital marketing results. Can offline sales be directly linked to a given campaign? If so, how far can one break down the data? To the level of specific given impressions and engagements? If so, how actionable is that information?
All empires must end. And if living through the last 20 years has proved anything it's that the rise and fall of tech empires are escalating at an alarming rate. This is no more evident than in the world of social media and mobile applications.
Last weekend I attended a 5-1/2 hour tai chi intensive and walked away with a renewed sense of vigor for taking on writing my book about Tai Chi for Business.
The theme of this lesson was listening.
Recent rulings on net neutrality - the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally - are shaping up to have a heavy impact on both bandwidth-heavy internet services and their advertisers. But what does this really mean for the marketing industry?
Everyone in San Francisco is buzzing about how much they hate Richard Sherman for his impulsive, egomaniacal outburst at the end of the Seahawks-49ers game. But was it really an impulsive outburst?
If 2013 was the year of native advertising and big data, will 2014 be the year of media and creative agency integration?