Anthem’s executive director Vincent Heeringa provides his thoughts and insights on what was shared at SXSW about redeeming the digital revolution.
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Like me, I’m sure you read a lot for your work. But no one reads as much as Rohit Bhargava. The former advertising executive scans thousands of articles, books, social media and academic journals every year to assemble his best-selling Non-Obvious trends report. He’s like a living Evernote. His office is stacked with piles of print-outs and torn magazine pages, labelled and categorised with Sticky Notes, curated into themes and then bundled like lawyer’s evidence that support his case for declaring a non-obvious trend. He could really do with some AI.
Austin is a city of beige buildings and brown coloured brick, but the South by Southwest festival is a celebration of colour and creativity unlike any other. Anthemites Sarah Geel and Vincent Heeringa have thrown themselves into the fray of queues, speakers and bad coffee to find out what’s new in the world of marketing and media. Here’s their first five impressions from 24 hours on the ground.
Vincent Heeringa buckles his seatbelt before he heads off to the conference mothership, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas next week. The annual film, interactive media and music conference has been the industry’s platform for launching careers or guaranteeing the success of movies since 1987.
Narrative’s Vincent Heeringa on why shares, clicks and likes are bad yardsticks for marketers and how social sharing is the equivalent of casual sex.
It’s ‘War of the Worlds’ job edition and as this cheat sheet explains, in the face of robots we should embrace our human nature.
This month Idealog magazine published its 60th edition. A decade in publishing is an achievement worth celebrating—especially this decade—but co-founder Vincent Heeringa knows things need to keep changing if it’s to last another ten. Here’s his manifesto for the next ten years—and he believes the rules also apply to media in general.
While Google messes about with a self-driving car, BMW is bringing the digital world to the driver in its newly released Connected Drive system. Already available in many parts of the globe, the onboard internet and SOS service comes standard with all new beemers in New Zealand, with optional subscriber services such as a 24/7 concierge phone service and a series of apps for integrating the car with your phone and home computer. But, um, why? Many of the features, such as GPS navigation, phone, internet and digital radio are available on all smart phones. So are AA, tow trucks and ambulances. So why not just bluetooth your brick and flick on the hands free?