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Super Bowl or super waste? Thoughts from a 4-time big game advertiser
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Super Bowl or super waste? Thoughts from a 4-time big game advertiser

Ted Gilvar is the former marketing leader of Vonage.

2020: Setting a vision for the year ahead

2020: Setting a vision for the year ahead

"In 2020, we can't afford to have blurry vision or squint through change."

In 2020, content diversification will be brands' top challenge and opportunity

In 2020, content diversification will be brands' top challenge and opportunity

Lack of order and predictability in how content is consumed is reaching new scale; budgets are shifting to reflect it.

Grueling pitch conditions to stay until marketers shift disrespectful power dynamic

Grueling pitch conditions to stay until marketers shift disrespectful power dynamic

The fact of the matter is the clients hold all the cards. They always have.

Sense and sensibility: A better way to engage consumers
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Sense and sensibility: A better way to engage consumers

Mastecard's CMO unpacks the brand's successful marketing pivot.

45 flat whites: How to break into advertising
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45 flat whites: How to break into advertising

This passionate strategist shares some job-searching tips for college grads heading into adland.

Open letter: JohnXHannes winds down, Alto stands up
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Open letter: JohnXHannes winds down, Alto stands up

"Lucky for us, our future will bring the best of the past with us."

That's what advertising is now
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That's what advertising is now

'I don't know a single consumer sitting around waiting for the next great print ad.'

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
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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.

Ad of the Week: Google's 'Find your Scene' proves in-housing creativity works

Ad of the Week: Google's 'Find your Scene' proves in-housing creativity works

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User-generated content makes this a spot for the people, by the people.

Love in the time of the pitch process

Love in the time of the pitch process

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RFP: Possibly the worst introduction for a blind date a person could imagine.

Remote work will save advertising from itself

Remote work will save advertising from itself

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I am calling for all brand marketing teams, advertising agencies and in-house agencies to reconsider their talent approach.

Why does society continue to overlook diverse work?

Why does society continue to overlook diverse work?

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"We're certainly making progress in identifying the problem, creating a solution and executing on it - but it only works if we bring active allies with us."

'I've never felt more understood': Parent on Oscar-banned Frida Mom ad

'I've never felt more understood': Parent on Oscar-banned Frida Mom ad

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'We shouldn't spread stigma and shame, we should be informing and empowering.'

Advertising: It's a beautiful day

Advertising: It's a beautiful day

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Huge's one and only with a large dollop of optimism.

Why retailers are getting experiential wrong (especially for holiday shoppers)

Why retailers are getting experiential wrong (especially for holiday shoppers)

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To truly transform relationships with consumers, retailers have to create experiences that actually help consumers solve problems and expand their perspectives.

Production company MD calls out 'dismissive attitude towards female clients'

Production company MD calls out 'dismissive attitude towards female clients'

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'Commenting that their notes might be too 'nitpicky,' or that their suggestions are motivated by the need to please their boss, who always seems to be male in this assumed scenario.'

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

Where are all the innovative women? At DMEXCO.
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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.

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.

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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