Tag Archives: invention

Why do we do that, anyway?

http://www.gulsanpolimer.com/?hs=csx-customer-list-nightlife There’s a memorable scene in the second season of Mad Men, where Don Draper admits, “No one knows why people do what they do.” Among other ironies, this comes from a man who seems to have an intuitive understanding of exactly why people do what they do. That’s not much different that advertising now. We […]

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Research.

raspberry pi hat eagle Market research has always been one of those elements in the creative process that fall between a necessary evil and an indecipherable treasure map. You need it, you can’t deny its critical role in identifying human insights, but you never really know if the insights are the best, or if the people (yourself included) responsible […]

#2. Invest in invention.

At Transformation, Lori Senecal and Ed Brojerdi of kbs+ pointed out the overuse of the term innovation. They prefer to invent. Innovation implies theory, whereas invention implies action. kbs+ invests in projects and experimental teams, in order to — as mentioned in the previous post — just try stuff. While many agencies and studios make […]

#1. Try something. Anything.

From the initial days of the dot-com era to social media, mobile apps, convergence, integration and so on, ad agencies and media companies have been trying to “crack the code.” As if there was a system or formula to connect brands with customers in the digital age. Transformation was another affirmation that all brands, all […]

Three Takeaways: Transformation 2013

Last week the 4A’s hosted their annual Transformation Conference. It was a well-produced affair at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a keynote and musical entertainment included the legendary Irma Thomas. The conference started with an agency forum on Sunday, limited to 4A’s members, which thankfully includes my agency. While the […]