Andy on Twitter

  • Great orgs are built on inspired talent that is difficult to manage, sometimes large in confidence and ego, strong: Kraft at @Cannes_Lions,
  • The best tend to be the most creative - and tend to be the most difficult. As a leader you must learn to live with that. Kraft @Cannes_Lions,
  • Cannes debate underway.,
  • Thanks for a great session and for the beautiful and inspiring work. @Cannes_Lions,
  • Profit of 8 pounds for every 1 spent - rallies employees in critical trading period - emotion pays @johnlewisretail,
  • 30+ media channels sustaining reach and supporting 40% of profits generated in 5 week window @johnlewisretail,
  • Started at 3m views now <45m and 85k parodies of Xmas ads - tease idea 2-3weeks in advance with bloggers @Cannes_Lions,
  • Entire agency works on the creative - team you least expect cracks it @Cannes_Lions,
  • Immense pressure when the country is waiting for your creative. JL on its creative process @Cannes_Lions,
  • Testing would have killed best creative - instead trust your smarts @Cannes_Lions,
  • Didn't realise John Lewis was a partnership @Cannes_Lions,
  • Massive effects of emotion and creative over time - would love to see awards for long running campaigns… ,
  • How do you do emotional priming in your campaigns? lessons from John Lewis,
  • Publicis prioritizing investment is super smart. Nothing to be gained from investing in Cannes. Way over priced ,
  • Cannes this year is both shallow and disappointing. Some ok content but overly commercial and no CMO agenda ,

Archive for May, 2016

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A High Mean and Median of Zero

Loved this piece on and from my friend Paul D’Arcy.

“… he aims for a high mean and a median of zero, meaning he anticipates more than half of his team’s ideas will fail” 

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CMO Tenure Increasing

I’m not seeing it in Australia – and the lazy approach brands in crisis are taking to CMO recruitment is staggering. Nevertheless – interesting comments from the WPP crew:

“If you are running a legacy business, as many of our clients are, you face disrupters like Uber and Airbnb at one end of the spectrum, zero-based cost budgeters like 3G and Coty at the other end, with seemingly short-term focused activist investors in the middle, like Nelson Peltz, Bill Ackman and Dan Loeb,” WPP added.

“There is, therefore, considerable pressure in the system. Moreover, the average managerial life expectancy of a United States CEO is currently 6-7 years, a CFO 5-6 years and a CMO two years, although the latter has improved from 18 months recently.”

Interesting story also on rebirth of financial PR. I’ve been developing a view that PR needs to get back to PR as its core function – a new PR – PR 4.0. It got distracted chasing social, content and more. We need hardcore PR help in our businesses to engage through new media.

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Augmented Is Coming

Thrilled to have Augmented hitting the streets over the coming weeks. A collaboration between Brett King, Alex Lightman, JP Rangaswami and myself, we take a hard look at the road to virtual and augmented reality – and where its going. Its been incredible to watch VR generate so much attention over even the last month – makes the book seem very right for the times. You can read more about it here and watch the trailer over here.

Brett has done a ton of work getting Augmented to this point – I’m very grateful to have had the chance to collaborate with him on it.