Presentation in ADCR Campus on Digital Communication (Art Director Club Russia), May 2, 2010Account planning in digital age v0.3 (Beta) Zigurds Zakis Strategic Planning and digital director INSTINCT (BBDO Group, Russia) BLOG: http://zz.typepad.com/engl
Ad agency Creative competencesClient Accountservice Planning/competences Strategy competences
Account Planning: 1960s-2000s Understanding customerUnderstanding Understanding creativity business
With networking economy Understanding the social aspect of every activity becomes customer and society increasingly important. UnderstandingUnderstanding economy creativity Economy in a broader sense - business is to narrow. We have to think whole picture, including also economy of client and its stakeholders, economy of household etc. Behavioral economics - new source of inspiration and knowledge.
Understanding customer and society UnderstandingUnderstanding economy creativity Understanding technology what it enables rather than what is possible to do by it? what does it mean to people, society and culture? What does it change in our lives, culture, society and economy?
Competences • Understanding consumer (incl. ﬂexible use of research tools) • Understanding creativity and creative Creative processes • Understanding communication Account • Understanding channels (media) and Planning platforms • Understanding cultureClient • Understanding clients business • Understanding economy, marketing and strategy in broader sense
Don’t focus on technology. Focus oncustomer needs, wants and behavior Focus on trends and changesin society, culture and consumption
What technology doesto people, society, culture and economy rather thanwhat technology can or can’t do
Before creative briefSimplifying and refocusing client brief to focus and inspire creative team: What are speciﬁc business goals? Where the business will come from? What is the role of marketing communication? Who are customers associated with growth? A: What do they do (think/feel/do) today? B: What do we want them to do (think/feel/do)?What experience do they need to move from A to B?
“THE ESSENCE OF A GREAT BRIEF IS SACRIFICE” “OUR JOB IS TO SIMPLIFY” BILL BERNBACH
The Convergent Planner(Advertising Man!) should have:1) Intellect of the brand architect2) Financial acumen of the management consultant3) Geekiness of the hacker 4) Curiosity of the social psychologistMark HancockAMV BBDOhttp://holycow.typepad.com/
“People that are T-shaped: Broad and Deep”. Broad in their skills and interests and able to work with wide range or people. Deep in their knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines.” www.IDEO.com 2000
Reading“Read. Feed your Head. Think about what it means to you personally. Discuss with others.” (Merry Baskins) “Reading is for awesome people” (Faris Yakobs)
People skills,rather than technology knowledge
The border between Planning andCreative is disappearing:Alex BoguskyMDCChief Creative Insurgent“An insurgent is deﬁned assomeone who challenges thestatus quo. My job is to questionthe very deﬁnition of marketing andcommunications and corporatestructure”.