It’s easy to forget that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. That for all the freedom we have to shape our businesses, that freedom exists within the confines not just of our immediate world, but within the limits of our Solar System, which orders everything we do. Does this sound too “far …

For organisations looking to withstand the test of time, being led by a purpose is critical to building the brand and ensuring that it delivers on its promises over time. Purpose is also important from an authenticity perspective, including a continuous internal evaluation on whether the brand’s positioning is aligned to purpose. In addition, results …

Globalization is under pressure in multiple ways and areas. It is under necessary transformation strategically and tactically speaking, which is unscripted for the most part. So is digital globalization, as the data-driven accelerator and preferred vehicle to expand and grow internationally. It shakes up conventional thinking and resets “Silk Roads” that have been prevailing for …

Customer experience is a top priority for executives – 89% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience, and by the year 2020 customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. And yet, many organizations don’t have a clear strategy for how to create a cohesive, robust …

As you read this, two or more people on your marketing team are probably at odds over some question – big or small – about the right way to do their jobs. Maybe it’s the right way to set goals or structure a campaign. Or allocate budget. Or utilize consumer insights. Maybe it’s something as …

Roger Federer is a hero in the world of tennis and is now unarguably the greatest Wimbledon champion of all time. He prevailed again this year with a characteristic and unparalleled mix of artistry, power, focus, and agility. While Federer’s achievements remain largely confined to the sports pages, there’s much to be learnt from him …

It all started so well. The contracts were signed and the champagne was flowing. But when once you saw yourselves as the next Unilever, capable of holding down those long-term agency relationships, now getting through the campaign you paid for will be an ask. Your agency has lost that spark from when you first met; …

Noisy, ugly, and dirty. Advertising has polluted cities, annoyed consumers and jeopardised its own existence. Beyond a mass-media cacophony, brand communications’ significant carbon footprint and runaway consumption are certainly contributing to what economists labelled as market failure. But contrary to Jerry Seinfeld’s 2014 infamous line at the Clio awards calling out the advertising sector to …

Corporations are building high-quality in-house design and advertising groups like never before. The In-House Agency Forum (IHAF), founded in 2005 to provide connections and community for in-house creative groups, now has over 250 member companies. Corporate in-house creative groups provide services internally and, in some cases, to external clients. Successfully nurturing talent inside giant corporations …

I’m fascinated by younger generations and just how different they are from generations prior. You should be too. Generations Y and Z (Millennials and Centennials) represent a dramatic “C” change where a new genre of “Connected” consumerism is forcing business as usual to cater to an always-on, accidentally narcissistic, empowered, informed, demanding, and counterintuitive generation. …