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Death To Online: Language, the Internet & Advertising.

Sometimes the most interesting ideas are sparked by the most throw away of conversations. Just such a conversation became the evolution of this presentation: ‘Death To Online’ (a deliberately punchy title I’ll admit…) was conceived at one of the many, many portfolio nights that we have in and around the world of advertising. While not to give too much away, a seemingly throwaway line by one of the junior’s presenting their work, led to an exploration of where Advertising is going, and where it needs to head to keep Brands evolving and innovating. And, how the nature of our digital language is hindering this evolution.

When 75% of Agency CEO’s reporting that online ‘ads’ are more effective than traditional TV ads (when they are basically the same thing) it shows how far our digital language has helped deform and deny advertising’s need to work with the Internet as a tool, not just a channel.

One way of moving beyond the language of online is to delve into the vibrant arguments around ‘digital duality’. This debate is spinning back and forth between a series of cultural anthropologists with fervour and verve (and a smattering of pretension.) Their arguments are well worth the time to read and digest, for they form the backbone of what I’ve come to dub the ‘Semi-Internet State’ as it relates to Brands and Advertising/Marketing. It only takes a minute to look at the interest around Douglas Rushkoff’s most recent tome ‘Present Shock’ and the disquiet and debates around Google Glass to know that we are at a next significant stage of our relationship evolution with the internet. And the Semi Internet State is only getting more pronounced and difficult to penetrate. No matter how big, tagged, or trailered your ‘online ad’ is.

So… take a look, share and comment. I’m really interested in hearing people’s thoughts around this idea and the role of language in our industry.

THE POST RESUME, RESUME.


This is one of the smartest things I’ve seen recently, and, by proxy, one of the most inspiring. Ana Andjelic, a planner (and visual thinker – her words) based in NYC, recently scored a pretty plum gig at everyone’s super-cool-boutique-agency-not-named-Anomaly®, Droga5.

Now, Droga5 aren’t mugs, they probably get resume’s from dozens and dozens of people every day, touting there wares with varying degrees of zaniness and blandness. Cutting through that noise takes smarts. So how do you cut through?

Well, having a strong social presence is usually a good start, but more than that, you need to illustrate your value, and your point of view, in an interesting and compelling way. Ana got this spot on by presenting herself, her story and her work in a clear, and smart narrative. Her presentation lets you really get an understanding of not just what you are buying (skills), but also the personality behind those skills.

You might think this might sound like the most obvious thing in the world to do. And it is. But it’s so much harder to achieve in practice. It’s easy to get lost into a rabbit hole where the work we do defines us as people within the industry, whereas, the people we are, the influences we have, and things we do beyond the walls of work are actually as crucial, if not more important, because they help make the work better, because we embrace the very things that make us better at our jobs. Culture.

This presentation, helped me remember that. Offered clarity. Thanks Ana for your generosity, and good luck in your new role. (Sending something your way now…)

Via.