“If you’re looking at your comms and media plan and it looks suspiciously like the one you had ten years ago, then you’re probably building for where people were,” says Facebook’s chief creative officer Mark D’Arcy, who was recently in town to speak to the crowds at ad:tech and at AUT’s Project Connect. And he reckons the only way to change this is by breaking down the legacy structures and strategies that have until now determined how marketers and advertisers do their jobs.
Browsing: Mark D’Arcy
Kiwi-born Mark D’Arcy, the chief creative officer at Facebook, has spent the last week in Cannes attending a series of meetings with the advertising community that has converged at the French Riviera. As a veritable Facebook evangelist, his objective has been to encourage creatives to continue experimenting with the platform to see how far it can be pushed.
Facebook is a big believer in the hack mentality; in “putting a bunch of ridiculously talented people in ridiculously small quarters under ridiculous time pressure and building cool stuff”. From time to time it employs this approach to come up with big ideas for big clients or charities in some of its larger markets, but last week, the hack came to New Zealand, when around 40 digital and creative folk from the likes of Contagion, Colenso BBDO, Rapp Tribal, DMD, Gladeye, DraftFCB, Saatchi & Saatchi and Young & Shand put aside their rivalries and gathered in the Contagion offices in Auckland to come up with ideas that would help cement the legacy of Sir Peter Blake and spread the word about the work of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
…as overachieving Kiwi expat Mark D’Arcy hops on the Facebook bandwagon; DraftFCB’s Matt Scott sits down as chair of the Direct Marketing Network; Tony Clewett is named as New Zealand’s Caples ambassador; Pacific Micromarketing announces a new business development consultant; and EYE Shop announces its new Aussie/NZ overlord.
Somewhat surprisingly, for a man who’s the president and chief creative officer of the massive behemoth that is the Time Warner Global Media Group (oh, and he’s also the senior vice president of Time Warner), Mark D’Arcy exudes calm and charm. And, with a silver tongue and a penchant for strange magazines like this, he seems like your quintessential creative director. The strange thing is he’s actually working for a media company and he’s at the forefront of what he sees as a move towards media-led creativity in marketing.