Category: transformational change

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Part 3: Advertising is Dead, Long Live Advertising

This is the third post in a series based upon our submission to Wharton’s Advertising 2020 initiative. The structure we’re loosely following here: 8 years, 8 potential future opportunities, 8 things to do now. Previous instalments in the series are available here: Part 1 and Part 2. The final instalment will follow tomorrow. *** #5 Content Marketing: brands as content owners &...

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Part 2: Advertising is Dead, Long Live Advertising

This is the second post in a series based upon our submission to Wharton’s Advertising 2020 initiative. The first, introductory post in the series was published yesterday, here. The structure we’re loosely following: 8 years, 8 potential future opportunities, 8 things to do now. Subsequent instalments to follow over the next day or so. *** #2 Everything is Connected: The Rise...

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Interview With Smithery Founder Mr John V Willshire: Part II

After Part I last Friday, which foraged largely outside the parameters of brands and marketing, this post – the final and second part of our interview with John Willshire (@willsh), founder of Smithery – comes back closer to home to discuss the future of advertising, what’s stopping brands universally adopting better marketing practices and ‘Real Marketing’ … along the way...

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Why Our Misuse Of Metrics May Be A Cultural Issue

We’ve discussed “wind tunnel marketing” quite a bit recently. As a result, we’ve been thinking more and more about one particular facet of the issue: the misuse of metrics and data. Few industries more regularly confuse their objectives and metrics than marketing. I’m referring to when marketers take digital proxy indicators of progress, and make them the destination, even when they’re...

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Making Digital Work: Voices from Boulder

Boulder Digital Works recently put on a two-day Executive Workshop around the theme of ‘Making Digital Work’. Industry leaders – who on paper are ‘rivals’ – came together for an intensive, collaborative and interactive program around evolving agencies and agency talent in readiness for the emerging landscape (there’s a bunch more detail about the Executive Workshops right here). In this...