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  • 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 ,
  • Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts ,
  • All marketing arcs lead to membership. @Cannes_Lions,
  • Sharing = currency of communications. The system (social media) carries the currency and enables transactions . @Cannes_Lions,
  • Better never stops @Cannes_Lions,
  • Love the power of great brands + great artists + great institutions being drawn together by the artist ,
  • Yup ,
  • Unification of Unilever marketing org means better control over assets - less duplication/volume and more localization @Cannes_Lions,
  • Keith makes a fair point on reach - is about reaching those you haven't reached. @Cannes_Lions,
  • Creativity is last source of competitive advantage. Maybe... ,
  • Unstereotyped ads perform 25% better. a convenient number? but just the same a powerful point if even 5% better. @keithweed,
  • Brand safety and suitability go hand in hand. Some progress made but way to go. @keithweed,
  • Time to tackle the bots. Rip the ad fraud out. No such thing as cheap media. @Cannes_Lions,
  • Must count 100% of pixels as a view. Not 50% and not less. Need for 3rd party verification @Cannes_Lions,
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Positioning Matters…

Awhile back Yahoo! positioned itself as a “life engine” – it was a nice way of saying “we’re a portal”. I really liked the notion given all they do and the fact I rarely used them for search but did use them for email, finance, news and all kinds of other things.

Google, for me, equals search – something they seem to agree with. And therein is the problem as they launch all kinds of other services. I like Gmail for random storage of all kinds of things. But as far as email goes I have my own address and prefer the interface of the new Yahoo mail. I use Spotlight and MS Search on my respective notebooks for finding addresses and long-filed-away emails in a rush and deleted Google desktop sometime ago. Where Google wins is on stuff like Maps – but only due to the fact I really understand their maps – there is no stickiness for me.

All this points to the positioning challenge Google faces as it tries to become more things to more people. Nicholas Carr gets at this in a recent post.

Google has us trained to think of it as synonymous with “search.” That’s been good for the company up to now, but such a narrowly drawn identity may well be a hindrance as Google moves into ever more lines of business. Yahoo’s less well-defined identity has hurt it in competing for search traffic with Google, but it helps it in promoting a range of other services… You can’t be more than Mr. Spock if Mr. Spock is all you really want to be.

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