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Directors’ drought  

Directors’ drought  

Anyone with a camera can now create films and videos, whilst the production industry is being squeezed by clients and agencies alike. Where now for those who make a living out of creating commercials, asks a freelance director  I write this article half an hour after receiving (yet another) email from (yet another) production house […]

Dubai Lynx 2015: Young Gun underlines difference between ‘branded content’ and branding

Dubai Lynx 2015: Young Gun underlines difference between ‘branded content’ and branding

Brands can do more than slap logos on screens, contends AMS Choueiri Group’s Sara Abu Zahra – armed with insights, ideas and stories that connect.

Dubai Lynx 2015: Young Gun urges industry to strengthen client-agency bond

Dubai Lynx 2015: Young Gun urges industry to strengthen client-agency bond

Both parties must state the values they commit to in the future relationship, says TBWA\Raad’s Jennifer Fischer.

The only safe haven from advertising: Mars

The only safe haven from advertising: Mars

Today advertising needs to rate on either entertainment or usefulness, says the author.

Evan’s blog: Simmering audiences into stupor

Evan’s blog: Simmering audiences into stupor

The Memac Ogilvy & Mather CSO argues that safe approaches to advertising are putting off audiences.

Dave Trott: We don't want what's good for us

Dave Trott: We don’t want what’s good for us

How ‘The Landlord’s Game’ became ‘Monopoly’. Henry George was an enlightened economist. Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, and Leo Tolstoy have quoted him. He proposed a third way, between capitalism and communism. His main principle was that a man should profit from his labour, but not profit from what […]

There’s value in the public announcement, if it doesn’t go like this…

There’s value in the public announcement, if it doesn’t go like this…

The author says that the invisible announcer is, for the duration of the message, a spokesperson for the brand. Layzangenmenwehavearrivindubailocaltimesevenclokntempeshurethirtysevdegrees is a sentence any seasoned flyer will recognise instantly. Yes, it is the blurb cabin attendants churn out when your plane lands, and which is often repeated in a similar fashion in a couple of […]

#CampaignSuperBowl: My TV gave me a concussion

#CampaignSuperBowl: My TV gave me a concussion

The CCO of Ogilvy North America combs Sunday’s field of Super Bowl ads, dodging ham-fisted lectures and seeking brand relevance.

Evan’s blog: Unique challenges in a region of transience

Evan’s blog: Unique challenges in a region of transience

There are only a handful of clients both willing and able to make brave advertising; but agencies don’t want to say it, writes Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai’s CSO.

The devil’s not in the detail; he is in retail

The devil’s not in the detail; he is in retail

The point of purchase is where judgement day awaits, says the author. As you emerged from the holiday season, brushed off the bits of turkey hanging on your clothes and tried to figure out what to remove from that stupidly optimistic new year resolutions list, there is one thing that should have hit you in the […]