— On Comms Design. From London

Based on The Verge Live Blog

Google is building official fingerprint reader support right into Android

Doze

New apps coming to Wear (or coming with new features): Uber, Foursquare, CityMapper

Project Brillo

“Weave” is the IoT communications layer

Showing how Inbox can theoretically make stuff like TripIt unnecessary, because it puts everything you need for your trip in there

Google Now shows actions and info from apps inside Google Now. You can order an Uber or play Pandora or reorder groceries from Instacart

Listening to a Skrillex song in Spotify. He says “Ok Google, what’s his real name?” and, um, Google knows the answer. He didn’t say “Skrillex’s real name,” he said “his real name.” So Google knew what was on the screen. Inside that other app.

New product: Google Photos

Offline maps coming “later this year.”

TO BE CONTINUED

That is the question: are you selfie-ing yourself out of jobs?

I distinctly remember, a while back, one major TV station in Ro reporting on how social media profiles were becoming the number 1 go-to for HR specialists in their attempt to evaluate the suitability of candidates. The report went on to warn people about posting everything that went on in their lives on their social media profiles, with special emphasis on those late night party headshots or, worse yet, the sexy pics meant to attract attention from potential social suitors. Naturally, I can think of worse things once could post to detract attention from one’s professional accomplishments: liking pages of disreputable organizations, racial slurs or trolling are, to my mind, worse reasons to un-consider a candidate but the point I am trying to make below is that HR specialists should not look to social profiles for insight TO BEGIN WITH. Read More

I just came back from a Masterclass in Effectiveness at local IPA where I was fortunate to hear 4 smart people present 4 smart campaigns. What stayed with me, though, was the realization that we need to be very precise with the terminology we employ when we discuss the role and effects of communication.

Someone in the panel used the word fame as an way of thinking about the outcome of the campaigns we make, and soon that one word descended into multiple interpretations from the audience among which “something viral”, “something everyone talks about”, “something cool”, “something on brand”, “something useful, meaningful”, to the point where someone felt the need to ask but what if being famous is not in our brand’s DNA. One of the speakers then casually dropped this into the mix “we all know that fame quadruples the effects of a campaign” which further confused everyone as to what was being discussed.

It only goes to show how we should be very precise in describing what the point of a campaign is. Ultimately, as service providers, we are held by the objectives and metrics of our clients. If they leave it to us to set objectives, these should be intrinsically linked to sales and brand and any word we use to describe any step in between our work and sales or brand results had better be clear.

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and Seth Godin has the solution

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About 2 weeks ago, I got really upset at seeing this ad and posted a heartfelt “fuck you” to the advertiser behind it. My original post is here and includes a share of an article in the Guardian that, at that time, 2 weeks back, was smugly noticing that we have given in to advertising messages but forgotten to take a stand. The article said “Feminists may fondly recall the Fiat advert – slogan: “if it were a lady, it would get its bottom pinched” – that one clever woman vandalised with the words “if this lady was a car she’d run you down”. You rarely see such things these days, but the art of subvertising is alive and well on the internet.”

I didn’t particularly like the article  mostly because it takes that defeatist, “if we could make the perfect world we would, but unfortunately socialism is dead” stance that I really really hate from neo-socialists, but at the time it was the only thing being shared on the sheer ugliness that the ad was.

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I have been having this issue with people quoting articles I wrote 4-5 years ago.

Now, surprisingly, I have not always been this wise :D.

5 years ago, some things were just starting and I was making assumption about some things. Some of them may have turned out wrong. What am I supposed to do about the old articles where I was not 100% current and wise? Is it part of the blogging business to go back and rewrite things?

 

Have you heard this? I have. Several times in several agencies I was working at one time or the other. The client does not like strategy so let’s not do any “strategy slides”. The client does not like strategy, he/she likes to evaluate creative and guess the strategy. The client does not like strategy so let’s not discuss metrics, brand tracking, wider objectives and focus on the creative.

When I was starting as a planner, I got all paranoid when hearing this and thought the client lead was trying to keep me from client-facing time. Later, I thought clients had the prerogative of being so in charge of their strategy that they did not need to be reminded of what it was.

It seems to me now, however, that a more insidious thing is happening and it’s not the client’s fault and not the planner’s fault and most certainly not strategy’s fault.  We are effectively misunderstanding the role of strategists.

When clients’ give off the vibe of “not liking strategy” what they do not like

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Elevate-Suggestions

Today LinkedIn has publicly announced a new curation and sharing tool called Elevate. Read the blog post about this here. This is an interesting development from the social network, which rests on some daring assumptions about why people use LinkedIn and how easy it is to turn your staff into your ambassadors but also meets the increased demand for branded content distribution (mostly after Facebook organic reach for branded pages fell off the cliff last year).

To start with, I think it’s interesting that LinkedIn is refraining from using the more widely spread term of “social brand ambassador” in favor of something a bit more neutral – “social professional”, a term which implies benefits for both the employer and the employee. The implication here is that employees will be trained to be more social media savvy, while the companies will have more “buzz agents” for lack of a better term. Having read and re-read the posting, I wonder if this use of a neutral term is actually an easy way to not get embroiled in the conversation about making employees your brand ambassadors online, a feat which only few companies have managed to pull to date. Read More

Read a HUGE rant I tried to submit as an entry for the AdMap award. They said no and suggested that I keep trying with this actual line “last year’s winner submitted three times before she won”. LOLOL. I guess the idea of writing about something because you care as opposed to writing to win an award is lost on these people :)

 

The advertising world routinely goes through incomprehensible scares, where “stuff” happening outside of what it defines to be its core business seeps in and, allegedly, affects operations, business modelling, staff structures and, more importantly, the very heart of what we sell, the creative product.

In the paragraphs below, I argue that seismic change has occurred before, that the digital age brings only opportunity with it, and we need to understand that, at the end of it all, it is the human element that will always make the fundamental difference.

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I was watching the last episode of Mad Men season 7 and something struck me. All of those people sitting in their living rooms, hotel rooms, any room really, watching the first man land on the moon.

We’ve been lucky to live in a time where some amazing scientific accomplishments have happened already. The LHC came online only a couple of years back. We put a rover on Mars and another one on a comet.

How many of us were perched on the edge of our seats watching this live as it was happening and NOT playing Candy Crush on our phones?

Not many, I promise you.

OMG! Read this article please! It’s so damned comforting to find such simple truth expressed in such simple and persuasive words! Yes, the tech industry’s ability to solve problems, any problems, has been faultily enhanced by the deluge of money from financing firms looking to get rich fast. But that does not mean than they know any better and examples like Uber messing up big time at everything from basic HR, management, crisis management to Snapchat being unable to put the reins on a misogynistic, childish CEO only go to prove as much.

So why would we assume that Facebook will be able to deliver news and content? Dave Pell is right when he says that:

“But building a really successful app or site does not mean you know more about education than educators. Disrupting the photo-sharing space does not qualify you to disrupt higher education. Or to understand the health system better than doctors. Or to understand the woes of urban poverty better than those who have spent a career on those corners.”

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