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Adland needs to start attracting talent at younger ages
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Adland needs to start attracting talent at younger ages

"Our industry stars need to make an effort to mentor the next generation."

The changing face of the US Hispanic: Enter Latinx

The changing face of the US Hispanic: Enter Latinx

At 59 million and counting, the Latinx population is one of the largest multicultural groups in our country.

The ad industry's identity crisis and 3 ways to fix it

The ad industry's identity crisis and 3 ways to fix it

"Between the incursion of consultancies into the creative world to marketers taking their ad duties in-house, an agency exec could get pretty downtrodden."

Where are all the innovative women? At DMEXCO.

Where are all the innovative women? At DMEXCO.

On the heels of Forbes' list of 99 innovative men (and one woman), the global digital marketing conference proved there are plenty of groundbreaking female leaders--but we need to adjust our biases (and our algorithms) to find them.

Betting on us: The behind-the-scenes story of Have Her Back
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Betting on us: The behind-the-scenes story of Have Her Back

"So I swallowed the imposter syndrome that occupies the minds of so many women, and walked into the big conference room to pitch Michael Roth and IPG..."

I was sexually harassed on creative placement at a top London agency
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I was sexually harassed on creative placement at a top London agency

In the first edition of Untold Stories, a creative shares her experience of being harassed and advice for others in the same position.

Adland needs to interrogate its recruitment strategies
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Adland needs to interrogate its recruitment strategies

"We need to be conscious of tokenism."

What would Bowie say?
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What would Bowie say?

Havas NY's CCO gives his review of Mekanism CEO Jason Harris' new book, "The Soulful Art of Persuasion."

Cross-generational office culture: Clash or crockpot?
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Cross-generational office culture: Clash or crockpot?

"We'd all do well to remember that a company is better served when people have different opinions and perspectives."

China - where the consumer is the boss and brands are at a loss
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China - where the consumer is the boss and brands are at a loss

Ecommerce platforms, low fulfillment costs, and VC funded startups put consumers in control.

Project Worldwide's Motive absorbs sibling shop Pitch

Project Worldwide's Motive absorbs sibling shop Pitch

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The newly expanded creative agency will now work with Burger King, KeVita and more.

Direct to Home: The new marketing model

Direct to Home: The new marketing model

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Marketing must shift from being a frequently unwanted intrusion in the home to a service to consumers and the home itself.

How e-commerce is changing the human experience of back-to-school

How e-commerce is changing the human experience of back-to-school

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It isn't just a consumer moment; it's also a human moment.

VSCO girls: Tweens are boosting an unlikely family of brands

VSCO girls: Tweens are boosting an unlikely family of brands

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Gen Z isn't intimidated by emerging tech the same way their millennial predecessors were.

'I want to level the playing field': Wolff Olins' first female CEO

'I want to level the playing field': Wolff Olins' first female CEO

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'I'd like to see the intensity of public debate and scrutiny continue. While it may be uncomfortable, it will ultimately fuel our progress.'

Is VR ready for your retired in-laws?

Is VR ready for your retired in-laws?

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A devoted son-in-law talks about why his mother-in-law and other retirees deserve a great VR experience, and what VR needs to do to meet their needs.

Location data is improving OOH ads in starkly different ways

Location data is improving OOH ads in starkly different ways

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McDonalds and REI show modern roadmaps to billboard success.

The nonexpert's guide to corporate responsibility jargon

The nonexpert's guide to corporate responsibility jargon

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AHA's Brent Wilson explains three ways to avoid CR nonsense traps.

Brands

What is black girl magic, and why should brands care?
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What is black girl magic, and why should brands care?

Brands are missing out by completely missing the point, says Lisa.

The 'un-marketing' of the Olympics and how brands can do better next time
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The 'un-marketing' of the Olympics and how brands can do better next time

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang were a marketing fail, says Organic's VP of client services.

Leapfrog past the competition with purpose
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Leapfrog past the competition with purpose

What audiences say about a brand is more important than what the brand says about itself, says AHA's executive creative director.

Creativity

We're measuring experiential all wrong
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We're measuring experiential all wrong

The executive creative director at SET says social shares, event attendance and email sign-ups are redundant metrics.

Digital 40 over 40 celebrates diversity of thought
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Digital 40 over 40 celebrates diversity of thought

Experienced talent is a necessary part of the management equation for digital agencies, the says CEO & President of The ADVERTISING Club of New York.

Why investing in indie filmmakers could get your brand an Oscar
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Why investing in indie filmmakers could get your brand an Oscar

Brands can play an essential role in the dreams and successes of young filmmakers, says the VP of global client engagement at Branded Entertainment Network.

Culture

Here's how to nail authenticity in the workplace
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Here's how to nail authenticity in the workplace

The Starcom president recognizes the irony in his advice, having worked in an industry that once put glue in bowls of cereal to make milk look creamier.

#TimesUp isn't going anywhere anytime soon
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#TimesUp isn't going anywhere anytime soon

Here's what we've learned at SXSW so far, says Cogeco Peer 1's VP and GM for the US and Latin America.

Melinda Gates reveals 'aggressive,' male-dominated life at Microsoft as she calls on all of us to redesign the workplace
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Melinda Gates reveals 'aggressive,' male-dominated life at Microsoft as she calls on all of us to redesign the workplace

We need to tear up the blueprint that created "The Old Boys' Club."

Media

Eight-year overnight ratings low for Super Bowl LII on NBC
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Eight-year overnight ratings low for Super Bowl LII on NBC

The Big Game's ratings were down 3 percent from last year.

Expectations, or lack thereof, for the 2018 Big Game
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Expectations, or lack thereof, for the 2018 Big Game

This year's Super Bowl will see few risk-takers, says RPA's Jason Sperling.

A 'Super' experience on the old linear broadcast model
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A 'Super' experience on the old linear broadcast model

Those declaring the death of broadcast must always contend with the 100+ million viewers that flock to their TV sets every Super Bowl.

People

Why working moms shouldn't play by the rules
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Why working moms shouldn't play by the rules

Pumping milk in a grim closet three times a day (maybe crying, maybe on conference calls) is a working mom's reality, says Green Stone's CXO.

A case for rebranding the older worker
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A case for rebranding the older worker

The industry doesn't seem to have room for many over 40. But once we reach that milestone, invisible can't be the new normal, says Havas PR's Marian Salzman.

CES and women: It's about contribution
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CES and women: It's about contribution

The conference was a very different place in one important way: I wasn't outnumbered on the showroom floor like I have been in the past, says a managing partner at Collins.

Technology

Building technology for the greater good
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Building technology for the greater good

How innovation continues to build trust in a world of savvy consumers.

How creative storytelling can expand in a world of 1s and 0s
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How creative storytelling can expand in a world of 1s and 0s

Google's head of creative agency development asks how we can translate the right data points into springboards for richer, more relevant creative stories.

5 emerging tech trends at SXSW that will shape 2018
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5 emerging tech trends at SXSW that will shape 2018

Blockchain, bio-hacking and AR are just a few chewy topics adland is tackling this year.

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