Google Firestarters : Intellect trumps intellectual property.

Process increasingly gets in the way of problem solving. Thus spake John Willshire, Chief Innovation Officer at PHD, at last night’s excellent Firestarters event. The event was generously hosted by Google and masterfully curated by Neil Perkin. John will no doubt post his slides in due course, and I’ll link …

Learn from Bart Simpson’s mistake before “going social”.

Trying to be something you’re not is too much like hard work. It’s usually stressful and almost always unsustainable. Even if it is with the best intentions. Just ask Bart Simpson, who radically alters his behaviour to impress a virtuous girl called Jenny (voiced by Anne Hathaway no less) in …

Brand management is anti-social.

There’s a fine line between healthy cynicism and bonfire pissing. And it’s a fine line that the experienced creative industry practitioner has to tread carefully. Especially when she or he is dealing with the fresh-faced envangelism of a young, thrusting brand manager. Marketing can be a ridiculously up itself business …

Show me a “proud” sponsor and I’ll show you a lazy one.

For proud read lazy when it comes to sponsorship. As in “proud sponsors of”. You can tell they’re lazy. It takes no effort to describe your relationship with a sponsored entity as “proud sponsors of”. And if you put no effort into describing your relationship it’s a safe bet that …

Going going gone. Social media opportunity knocks.

No names no pack drill in this post. I looked on yesterday as opportunity knocked. Opportunity knocked to create some high credibility, high visibility, on-brand noise for one of our clients. Trouble was that the opportunity in question was of the social media variety. Also known as the serendipitous, unforeseen, …

Passion, belief and sincerity. Magic ingredients for brands in social spaces.

1) PASSION for or about something is inherently attractive. Genuine passion is highly attractive. You’ll know this if you’ve ever interviewed someone for a job. The stand-out candidates are often those who, either by luck or by design, end up talking about something about which they have a real passion. …