Think Hard


Want your new work shared?
I was recently asked to become a contributor to Allmediascotland’s brand new blog.
My wife took  a swanky new portrait of me to support it…
MG Head shot Jan 2013 copy
Here’s my first piece.
The owner, Mike Wilson is trying to establish a platform to critique Scottish creativity (advertising firstly, but it encompasses design and digital too).
I think we need all the help we can get as our windows for publicly sharing our work through traditional media channels contracts on the one hand but on the other hand digital channels (like this one and AMS) proliferate and create new opportunity for profile building.
Mike has a big following now, and not just in Scotland so there is potential value in using his platform, and of course it will be free.
So, if you have new work and you want some sort of critique of it AND you’re willing to trust my judgement send it to me and I’ll see what I can do.


The taxonomy of agency names

Oh man, I love this instagram by Rob and Joe, whom I don’t know; but they are summed up thus…

Rob and Joe are more than a team.
Rob and Joe are nothing if not a team.
Rob and Joe are not afraid of the dark.
Rob and Joe did not exist before April 2012.
Rob and Joe are a spiritual experience.
There will be no sequel to Rob and Joe.
Rob and Joe contain all religions.
Rob and Joe are brutal and tender.
Rob and Joe are learning to swim.

Rob and Joe have lovingly crafted this instagram of great beauty and much cleverness.  I even worked at one of the agencies featured in it – The Leith Agency. (Shame 1576 never made it to the numbers blob)

A mega enjoy for all you advertising geeks like me out there.  Thanks to John Appleton for sending it to me.

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Glastonbury Browser wars
October 7, 2012, 9:53 am
Filed under: web2.0 | Tags: , , , , ,

So, this morning turned into an interesting web browser experiment.  I finally got my Glastonbury tickets but only after refreshing Chrome, Safari and Firefox website browsers which all failed to connect to the See Tickets site fr 40 minutes or s.  Always at least 10 of each on the go at any one time.

Anyway, all of a sudden I was through, on Firefox, then again, on Firefox, and again, on Firefox and again and again and again and again and agian and again and again.  All on Firefox.

Guess what my favourite web browser is?

Well done Mozilla!



An interesting take on how social media works

From the website http://www.breakingcopy.com/.

Made me smile.



Is online advertising facing its demise?

“What was once digital advertising’s dirty little secret is now its big, ugly problem. Online ad performance figures are dismal…” Adweek, 8/24/11

I think the Ad Contrarian occassionally makes really good insights (all negative of course) into the world of digital communication.  This extract is one of his best.  Thanks to Will Atkinson for furnishing me with it…

Just when you thought banner ads couldn’t get any less effective, oops, click-through rates dropped another 10% last year.

Mashable reports that a Google study, seen as the “the industry standard” reported recently that click-through rates dropped from .1% to .09% in 2010. That means that CTRs dropped from 1 in a thousand to 9 in ten thousand.

So, Mr. Online Advertiser, for every 10,000 times your online ad appeared, you got a solid 9 clicks. Good job.

If you were a shortstop, you’d be batting .0009 

Oh, and by the way, the 9 people who clicked are no more likely to buy your product than the 9,991 people who didn’t.

“A click means nothing, earns no revenue and creates no brand equity.” says Starcom USA SVP/Director, Research & Analytics John Lowell.

Which, I’m afraid, is not a terribly encouraging statement about the value of “interactivity.” 

Meanwhile, undeterred, the advertising industry continues selling clients more and more display ads. In June, eMarketer doubled its projection for online ad spending in 2011. 

You may be asking yourself how display ads — with such “dismal” performance — can continue to provide large income to online publishers? This, my friend, may go down as one of the greatcon sales jobs in advertising history. The logic, again from Mashable, goes like this:

“…banners work like most advertising, which is to say in a fairly complex manner.

For instance, click-through is actually a poor measure of performance. It’s impossible to click through a billboard ad, for example, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective…

The same is true for TV ads…”

Oh, I see. The now famous “nobody ever clicked on a TV spot” defense. 

So here’s what has really happened. Online ad hustlers experts told us that banner ads were much more effective than traditional advertising because they were so “measurable” and “interactive.” Then the facts started rolling in and they shit their pants refined their message. 

Now the story goes like this: Banner ads really aren’t any more measurable or interactive than traditional advertising. In fact, the erstwhile key metric — the click — don’t mean shit. Now, we are told, banner ads work just like traditional advertising, in a “fairly complex” manner. 

The only trouble with this baloney new story is that you have to be both blind and delusional to believe that some invisible ad on your Facebook page is as conspicuous as a TV spot or a billboard. In fact, while your average TV spot or billboard is an annoying, intrusive pain in the ass, nobody ever complains about Facebook ads. Which is just another way of saying nobody notices the darn things.

It seems that the worse online advertising performs the more of it we can sell. C’mon gang, if we can just get the click-through rate down to zero, we’ll all be rich



Best use of Youtube (Facebook connect) I’ve seen so far.
April 7, 2011, 11:57 pm
Filed under: brands, creativity, marketing, web2.0 | Tags: ,

http://www.youtube.com/desperados?ref=nf



Great water viral from New York

Created by an agency called Kraftworks.  They get my vote just for their fantastic name…

Jenny proves she’s still got it.  And so do Kraftworks because it has had 5m hits on youtube.



Marketing to the youth. Thanks to PHD for illuminating us all
February 23, 2011, 10:01 am
Filed under: advertising, brands, business, marketing, web2.0 | Tags: , ,

Thanks more especially to The Ad Contriarian and will Atkinson for bringing this piece of utter codswollop to my attention.

Listen to what these horrible little brats are saying.

“Don’t worry, you’ll offset the costs by selling the leads onto those data aggregator type companies.”  Whaaaatttttt?  Just like my 16 year olds talk.

Honestly it’s the funniest script I have EVER heard in my life, but it’s meant to be serious.

Oh man, I feel so, like, out of touch now.

Must get down to see those connected dudes at PHD.

Do you think they are connected with Ogilvy in any way?



This little peach captured my imagination last week

I had a meeting with one of the developers behind this brilliant social marketing tool.  It’s called Sodash from an Artificial intelligence agency in Edinburgh called Winterwell Associates.

It’s a tool that allows brands and businesses to monitor what’s being said about them online (so far so Google Alerts).

This is where the clever bit starts.

By creating a bespoke social dashboard (see where the name comes from?) of predetemined topics that the user wants to monitor and then marrying those topics to predetermined and tailored interventions the user can immediately respond when something is being discussed about their brand.

From a reputational management point of view Sodash can help users respond to criticism.

Say you were RBS and someone facebooked that you were daylight robbers you could directly intervene in such a way that you might be able to limit the damage.  I’ll leave it your imagination as to how you’d personally do that.

On a more positive front, say you were a scarf manufacturer and someone Facebooked that they were freezing cold (using freezing cold as the trigger) you could intervene and offer them a 10% on your lovely range of scarves.

I love it.  I love the fact that suddenly social media monitoring has the opportunity to create a dialogue as opposed to just opening a window on the world.

Now it’s a door, that opens both ways.

Cool.



The year’s first genuinely thought provoking campaign
January 11, 2011, 9:35 pm
Filed under: creativity, marketing, web2.0 | Tags: , ,

Pisstake?  Moi?

Enjoy…

http://www.stimulantonline.ca/stimulus/2199/pink_ponies.html




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