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BREAKING NEWS

“We’re just not sure what that news is”  “Extra! Extra! Read all about it”! That is how the iconic paperboy would announce ‘breaking news’ in years gone by. It signaled that the newspaper had news so important and timely that they printed an ‘extra’ edition to keep their audience up to date. The papers were […]

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The Message is the Message

Over the past ten years I’ve been fortunate to be able to attend the Cannes International Festival of Creativity six times. In those years we’ve seen some amazing changes in technology and the responses to those changes from marketers and creative professionals. In this past decade new technology has literally changed the lives of millions. […]

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Atom Ant

In his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Byson proclaimed “The world belongs to the very small”. On the final night of the 60th Cannes Lions Festival, we saw two winners that proved that the ‘very small’ are now starring in creative executions. And I mean VERY small.  IBM’s Atom Boy execution demonstrated […]

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Let the Festival Begin!

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is underway. It is a BIG year. Over 12,000 delegates all jostling to see the best the world has to offer at Seminars, Workshops, Forums and events. Celebrating its 60th year, the Festival remains a great place to see the best work, to meet colleagues and to be inspired. […]

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Cannes before the Storm

Cannes is a city of Festivals. From the famous film festival to the not so famous, though very large, MIPIM event. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Lions Festival and it promises to be a great one. We arrived today (Friday) and were able to see some of the work that goes […]

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C’est Magnifique!

  We are in the last days of preparation for our upcoming trip to the Cannes Festival and are looking forward to a week filled with inspiring ideas. Cannes is a wonderful event for marketers, agencies and others. It offers a break from the day-to-day and reminds us of the power of creativity. The power of […]

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mUmBRELLA 360

Mumbrella360 is the biggest marketing and media event in Australia, with an audited total attendance of 1020 last year. This year it topped those numbers! The conference is designed for everyone in the business of media, marketing and entertainment. With curated sessions put forward by Mumbrella readers, as well as keynotes from Australia’s most influential […]

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FAME! Shanghai

In 2013, The Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness offered a group of carefully selected young planners an exclusive learning opportunity, as part of the Festival of Asia Marketing Effectiveness. I had the pleasure of acting as Tutor/Mentor to a group of talented, diverse and energetic young Agency Planners. The inaugural Academy presented a unique, bespoke […]

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Upside Down Business Plan

There is an often-used expression in business seminars and courses; “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. I’ve never been a fan of this axiom, since some of the biggest successes in history have come from situations where there was no plan in sight. As Sir Alexander Flemming wrote “When I woke up just […]

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CIRCUS 2013

I had the pleasure of acting as the MC for The Communication Council’s CIRCUS, at which seven international leaders took to the stage to share their insights from years at the cutting edge; The Coca Cola Company’s Jonathan Mildenhall, Saatchi & Saatchi X’s Doug Van Andel, Farrah Bostic from The Difference Engine, Sydney Theatre Company’s […]

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