Brand Spanking director and creative strategist Mark Pickering and Z Energy creative technologist Spencer Willis wrap up their SXSW experience with what’s on the rise, what was impressive, things that need to stop and things marketers need to do more of.
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Brand Spanking director and creative strategist Mark Pickering shares his experience at SXSW and what he’s learned from sessions and seminars as well as the people he’s met. To round off the week, he and Z Energy creative technologist Spencer Willis share five takeaways.
For years brands have been at ‘arms length’ and somewhat out of touch with the reality of the customer experience, says Jenene Crossan. But influencer marketing, which is driven by brands shifting away from push-style ads towards ‘an enhanced word of mouth strategy’, has the ability to change that.
…because Colmar Brunton’s resident yoof expert has moved up the ladder, Porter Novelli is hailing its new leaders, Alice Moros has traded Mango for a Haystac, BNZ and Duco have signed up Richard Branson to spread his entrepreneurial gospel in New Zealand, Coca-Cola has appointed a new general manager for Oceania, PPR has a new account manager and Getty Images has added few more snaps to its arsenal after the acquisition of Photolibray.
Colmar Brunton’s latest study into the mysterious yoof realm has put 20 somethings under the microscope and some of the results show why marketers shouldn’t be treating those aged between 15 –30 as one group.
Colmar Brunton is in the midst of launching its new Youth division, bringing in Spencer Willis of 18 and 18tracker fame to spearhead the initiative. And it looks like he’s brought one of his old habits with him, because he’s started producing free reports on youth culture for general consumption and entertainment. And the first of many out of the newly named CByouth camp is ‘Baby Boomer Dad’s and Gen Y Sons’.
Global trends, macro forces, cool websites and articles that get forwarded around the office and don’t pertain to new-born babies birthed by the chick in accounts generally tend to refer to the latest, coolest and, if the authors are to believed, ‘will change the face of marketing/retail/research/strategic thinking/toasting bread’ theme. But the issue with these wonderful insights is the relevancy to us here in New Zealand.
It’s been a long summer. And thank God it’s officially over, because I now don’t have to attend another event where Midnight Youth are playing. Talking of God, the big man’s disciples have been out in force during this summer of 09/10, with one of the big marketing revelations being the Parachute festival.