September 30, 2005
Stan Stalnaker asked us to remind you guys to join Hub Culture in New York City on Saturday 1 October for the launch of their new DVD video art in conjunction with Forward Motion Theater and Aerostatic. Catch the global preview launch at:
Knitting Factory, Main Performance Space @ Taps Bar, 74 Leonard Street, New York City , NY 10013. RSVP Here
By Marc of Noticed Trends
With search-engine queries yielding countless often irrelevant results, specific keywords which both narrow-down the number of search results, and even discern emerging social & business trends are valued.
The key here is to infer “unintended messages” through spotting anomalies; a process called “inferential scanning,” which a few consultants specialize in applying for trend-spotting. For example, if authors of content subconsciously mention the words “lately and noticed” within the same brief sentence, the reader may infer an anomaly– the unintended message which may signal emerging trends.
After hearing a very educational lecture given by Method’s Eric Ryan about the power of the brand, I found the approach of Google’s Head of Innovation, described in Business Week magazine, a little disconcerting.
The Business Week article paints Google’s Head of Innovation as a rather hard nose business woman. Marissa Mayer grew up as one of those high school super stars in Milwaukee and entered Google as their twentieth employee.
Kevin Dugan has a very stimulating piece on his blog on Consumer Generated Marketing intended for the Global PR Blog Week. In it he describes the significant impact this movement will have on marketers:
It’s called everything from Consumer-Generated Marketing (CGMkt) and Brand Democratization to D-I-Y Marketing and Consumer Controlled Branding. Regardless of what we call it, CGMkt represents the ultimate in authenticity.
Ad veteran Carl Johnson runs a marketing agency in New York that all others are watching. Within 12 months, they work with CocaCola and the New York Times. That doesn’t stop them: Anomaly is down to the last four agencies pitching for the BMW USA business. IF sat with Carl to talk about why he returned to the agency world and why the major brands are attracted to this new model of agency.
Tell us about the Anomaly. Having taken a break from the agency world, why did you come back and start this?
Before I left New York for the glorious beaches of Sydney and after working non stop for 20 years starting, selling, buying and merging agencies, it was harder and harder to be passionate about what I was doing every day. Then after 9/11 and with the luxury of enough money from my own London agency sale to Omnicom I decided it no longer added up to a worthwhile way of life.
September 29, 2005
Many of you may now be familiar with Chris Anderson’s Longtail (you sure will be by the time his book comes out in 6 months). The Longtail theory argues that the steep reduction in production, distribution and marketing cost allows profits to be made from products way after their launch, or initial ‘hit’.
Howard Rheingold’s speech at the Influx M-Squared conference reminded us to suggest that everyone read his book. We are increasingly noticing brand-consumer collaboration and consumer-consumer collaboration. Rheingold believes that new forms of cooperation create new forms of wealth.
Last weekend, Union Square served as a launching point for the sixth annual New Yorker Magazine. This year Volkswagen was a key sponsor and set up a small display in front of Barnes and Noble books which served as the headquarters. There were two new Beetles decked out in graphics, free hot dogs and VW info and gear, and shuttles to nearly two dozen venues. Sadly VW opted to use small buses instead of a fleet of these.
Using cars as a promotional canvas is nothing new…we recently showed you Esprit in Soho using the idea as well on IF. Things could change quickly though for marketing with cars considering the near future of gas prices.
"Demographics doesn’t matter anymore. Saying urban once meant black or Latino. Although I grew up listening to hip-hop I now turn to different music for the mood I’m in. Yeah, I still listen to hip hop but I also need a bit of punk form time to time and even rock. You can’t use demographics – you use attitude and culture."
Karl Carter, VP of Marketing for Current TV, speaking at the Influx M-Squared Conference Sept 27 2005 San Francisco.
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We thought this might be of interest to someone out there: At the Influx M-Squared conference yesterday, Eric Ryan told the audience that he was llooking for a senior brand manager. Cool, no?
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A geek dinner for the ladies will be held in London. The Wiki shows that the details are still being finalised but we recommend it.
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