Category: advertising

THE STUPIDITY OF SAMENESS AND THE VALUE OF DIFFERENCE.

Tom Roach, BBH London’s Head of Effectiveness, discusses the importance of difference in business, marketing and creativity and shares some key data to help you avoid drowning in the ‘sea of sameness’. Sameness is commercial suicide – whether your chosen way of being different is differentiation or distinctiveness[1] or like me you’re a cakeist and would ideally want both. Yet...

FORGET MAKING ADS. WE’VE MADE A REALITY SHOW TO SELL BRAND PARTNERSHIPS.

In a fragmented media world, we’re experimenting with a new model – creating an agency owned Entertainment IP that can be monetised through brand partnerships, is this the new frontier? Asks Jet Wong, Strategy Director at BBH Shanghai Gen Z, or more accurately, the ‘Post-95’ generation, have the fastest growing spending power in China. They are also immersed in a...

FAME FACTORY: STRATEGY IS TIMELESS BUT EXECUTION MUST BE TIMELY.

Earlier this year I went to Bucharest to attend the tech conference icee.fest. I saw some fairly breathtaking presentations from production companies Happy Finish and Hammerhead, on the capabilities of VR, AR and AI. If you want to see how this tech is impacting creativity (as opposed to just hear these buzzwords being thrown around the ad industry…) I’d recommend you go...

UNLEARNING ‘ME.’ JAMES SOWDEN’S 10 YEARS AT BBH SINGAPORE.

Most Western thinking ignores the fact that 70% of the world’s population live in collective societies, writes James Sowden, reflecting on his tenure as Managing Partner at BBH Singapore. Last week was my ten year anniversary at BBH Singapore. I should write a book about what I’ve learned, but I probably won’t. Instead I’ve sketched out a few lessons that I’ve learned...