Burn, baby, burn!

Hitting the reset button on the ad industry The self-proclaimed “creative industry” is shaking at its foundation. Everything is changing around them, but the advertising agencies themselves seem to refuse to take any part in the transformation that is going on. Clients are challenging them to be more efficient, more accountable and more creative – not just with messaging, but with the entire approach to marketing. Unfortunately, advertising is one of the most… Read More

Less reports, more problem solving ideas

Many people and companies get a bit uncomfortable with the ideas of management consultants and other business development consultancies. It’s understandable. I mean, most consultants produce reports, not actual solutions. That may have been a great thing in the last millennium, but in the current age, we don’t need just analysis and potential scenarios. We need actual business solutions. My personal interest has always been to see things that could be improved,… Read More

Continuous Transformation

Written and published for Mediamixx 2017’s printed magazine. If you work in traditional media, you’ve had a tough 20 years, with constant changes and the looming industry death hanging over your head. And if you work in digital media, you’ve had a pretty spectacular run the past 20 years – not without ups and downs, of course, but the changes we’ve seen since Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web has been… Read More

The 6 Pillars of Innovation

Innovation is quickly becoming the most overused word in the English language, a trend that has not escaped the satirical masterminds over at The Onion, who claimed that the word “innovate” was used 8.2 timers per second at SxSW 2017. But as much as we can dismiss the use of buzzwords, it is a fact that with the huge changes happening in the business world today, being innovative is key to finding the right… Read More

Why I Left Advertising

A couple of days ago, my friend Matt Eastwood, who is the Global Chief Creative Officer at J Walter Thompson (you can’t get much higher than that in creative roles in advertising), was interviewed by Indian website Live Mint. In the interview, he proclaimed that “it is the best time to be working in advertising”, because “now, you can invent a new product” [instead of just doing “advertising”]. So basically, he is… Read More

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