Author Simon Lendrum

Opinion
Has advertising found its manners?
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A few weeks ago I left agency land for a dip into the real world. It’s been a refreshing combination of digital cold turkey, road trips back and forth between Auckland and Northland, and the peace, calm and tranquility of being underwater. As I came up for air last week I realised that back in agency land it was Cannes week. While I’m sure there was a lot of back-slapping for ideas well made in France, I encountered a couple of ideas closer to home that made me take notice—despite all attempts to continue my advertising detox—and deserve a nod of approval.

Opinion
Advertising is alive and well—just with fewer horses and bayonets
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Countless articles pronounce the end of advertising, the death of marketing, and a gloomy outlook for all involved. From the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, or pretty much every marketing and advertising conference, the headlines shout that we’re in serious trouble. There’s only one problem, says JWT’s Simon Lendrum. It’s all bollocks.