In 2013, JWT Worldwide CEO and Chairman Bob Jeffrey sat down with thought leaders around the world to discuss perspectives on marketing, advertising, and innovation in Worldmakers. In the third installment of the series, which aired exclusively on LinkedIn, Bob and his guests spoke about the importance of cultural understanding and how technology impacts consumers. We’ve rounded up some of the top Worldmakers episodes, featuring President of Unilever Asia, Alan Jope; CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner; fashion designer, Vega Wang; CMO of Starbucks China, Marie Han Silloway; and world-famous Chef, Marcus Samuelsson. (more…)
The word ‘GIF’ conjures up memories of distracting, seizure-inducing, blinged out MySpace templates and flashbacks to Web 1.0. Historically, the use of looping low-res GIF art on the web was an eyesore at best, and the clearest mark of poor website design. But over the last few years, these graphic vermin have found new footing, and have been embraced by artists, bloggers and brands alike for their compatibility, simplicity and ability to relay a clear and concise message. (more…)
There are three platforms that dominate the time people spend online and their names are no surprise – Google, Facebook and Twitter. They have become the backbone of the digital experience and smart brands go where their audience is – so is this the future of advertising? (more…)
Branded content and entertainment should be simple: produce a content property inspired by a brand, and delight an audience with its entertainment value or usefulness. It works for brands like Red Bull and Unilever, just as it works for Netflix or ESPN.
Since the recent rise in the popularity of cell phones, it has become commonplace to hear a ringtone or text message notification during a movie or concert, interrupting the experience. To combat this noisy problem, JWT Mexico and Nokia used the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico to create the world’s first “Ringphonic Orchestra.” Nokia's "Ringphonic Orchestra" encouraged audiences to turn off their phones during performances by combining a live action advertising stunt with the orchestra’s usual performance.
Yesterday Facebook announced that it was simplifying its ad units choices and dropping Sponsored Stories.
Simplifying ad choices makes great sense. We've all been spending the last few years educating our clients on the importance of Facebook and the subtleties of social marketing, and having 27 ad formats hasn't helped. Focusing on lightweight publishing and broadening the use of the page post to handle offers and questions works. (more…)
JWT Intelligence Trend Strategist, Will Palley reports from the "Contagious" magazine Now/Next/Why conference in New York City and discusses the next big thing: alternative currency.
At Contagious magazine’s Now/Next/Why daylong conference in New York yesterday, the emergence of alternative currencies was a hot topic. The dramatic rise and fall of Bitcoin has highlighted the fact that consumer confidence is shifting away from traditional institutions like governments and central banks in favor of smaller, more independent alternatives. According to a recent study by Contagious, 21% of Americans and 15% of Britons would be comfortable with abandoning traditional sovereign currencies for currencies not tied to a major banking institution. (more…)
Kicking off the 2013 awards season, creatives throughout the world gathered in the sunshine state for the 92nd ADC Awards Gala, an award show honoring creative excellence and innovation by the industry’s longest standing organization championing the visual arts, the Art Director’s Club. (more…)
Social media, as the name might suggest, is all about being social with others—and what’s more social than a party? “The social space is one huge party where everyone in the world shows up everyday,” explained Jeff Greenspan, chief creative officer at Buzzfeed. During a Social Media Week presentation with Mike Lacher, Buzzfeed creative director, they explained why tapping into the “LOL” and “OMG” lingo of Internet culture were among the things that make Buzzfeed’s content inherently relatable and shareable. (more…)
Each Friday we package up the top trends, reports, articles and news bursts from the week. Our trends this week include the rise of peer-to-peer economy, the growing popularity of graphene ("the world's strongest material"), and the top 20 emerging markets according to Bloomberg Busienssweek. Read about these trends and more on JWT Intelligence.