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How the pandemic and #BLM could change fatherhood forever

How the pandemic and #BLM could change fatherhood forever

"I talked to a couple of fathers, including my husband, to see how they're feeling during this turbulent time."

How to lead through crisis: 7 lessons from execs whose COVID-19 responses made headlines

How to lead through crisis: 7 lessons from execs whose COVID-19 responses made headlines

"We will all be watching and listening."

How we create: Will your brand be the first with firsts?

How we create: Will your brand be the first with firsts?

"Eventually, there will be a first day back at school. A first non-virtual Hinge date. A first zoom-less beer at a bar. A first professional haircut."

COVID-19 Production Playbook: Insights from one of the first companies to return to onset shoots

COVID-19 Production Playbook: Insights from one of the first companies to return to onset shoots

"The safest thing we can do for our industry is to accumulate our experience. Our sets affect each other, so it's in all of our best interests to share our best practices."

Magic in the margins: What algorithms and RuPaul can teach marketers

Magic in the margins: What algorithms and RuPaul can teach marketers

According to Nielsen, streaming to TVs soared 85% in the U.S. in the first three weeks of March.

From Ego to Empathy: A CEO's Perspective for Industry Transformation

From Ego to Empathy: A CEO's Perspective for Industry Transformation

"The truth is, somewhere along the way, we have all experienced its solo agenda."

It's time to align the TV upfront marketplace with the calendar

It's time to align the TV upfront marketplace with the calendar

"Buying television time for a period between this coming October and next September misaligns with that fiscal timing."

It's time for brands to put their money - and their people - where their mouth is

It's time for brands to put their money - and their people - where their mouth is

Marketers should be champions of social justice benefits.

Why I signed a letter to rewrite the future of advertising

Why I signed a letter to rewrite the future of advertising

"Having a daughter who's just entering the industry, I want her to have a different experience."

Working on hard mode: Being black in corporate America

Working on hard mode: Being black in corporate America

"I'm climbing up a corporate ladder that was designed by people who dehumanized and antagonized people with my skin color."

The state of advertising has still never been better

The state of advertising has still never been better

I'm leaving Campaign US with the same sentiment I shared upon arrival.

Dear white people in advertising from a fellow white person in advertising

Dear white people in advertising from a fellow white person in advertising

"We need to take an in-depth look at our business and its terrible track record on hiring and promoting black Americans."

While many live sports are still paused, your sports strategy shouldn't be

While many live sports are still paused, your sports strategy shouldn't be

"Historically in times of crisis, sports have played a vital role in healing and unifying our country."

How brands and ad agencies in Brazil are treating crisis with creativity

How brands and ad agencies in Brazil are treating crisis with creativity

"Creativity lies in delivering not only the right words but also the right action."

Unity and accountability are the way forward

Unity and accountability are the way forward

"When you hear black Americans say they're tired, we truly are."

MTV, ViacomCBS' Entertainment & Youth Group go dark for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd

MTV, ViacomCBS' Entertainment & Youth Group go dark for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd

"The last few weeks have brought to the surface long standing racism, videos of unspeakable behavior and the harsh reality of inequality many in our community deal with on a regular and daily basis."

Coming out: How brands should adapt Pride strategies during the pandemic
Will DTC actually change post-COVID retail forever?

Will DTC actually change post-COVID retail forever?

"Your brand will need to remain smart (or get smart if you are lagging behind) concerning your ecommerce business unit."

Brands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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