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Friday and Saturday saw industry big-hitters become as prevalent in the online conversation stakes as their celebrity counterparts. While Bono took the crown following a discussion around RED, the likes of Apple designer Jon Ive and WPP chief Sir Martin Sorrell sparked significant buzz online as they shared their expertise on all things advertising and design. Only Bono’s 2,328 mentions could stop Jon Ive from reaching the top spot after featuring in 1,200 conversations.
A debate between Sorrell, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo, and Viacom’s Phillipe Dauman was the major cause for this rise of the industry experts. The three talked about everything from Twitter’s e-commerce plans, to the future of mobile advertising and the growing trend of more data-driven ‘programmatic’ approaches. This resulted in over 2,100 mentions combined for the three brands as the social sphere sought to discuss the experts’ insights.
Bono’s presence was also boosted as he was awarded the first everCannes Lionheart Award. The power of celebrity has been omnipresent all week during Cannes Lions as the likes of Kanye West and Sir Patrick Stewart helped to drive conversations, but Bono’s award sought to recognise the value that a celebrity can have in building a humanitarian brand or campaign that can “achieve greater good for humankind”. Bono founded RED in 2006 in an attempt to get both businesses and consumers to unite in the fight against AIDS, and was on stage to raise awareness further. RED was also the second most mentioned brand during the closing days of Cannes Lions 2014, gaining 1,169 mentions and only being trumped by Ogilvy, which rounded off the week on a high with over 5,000 mentions, owing to its continually well-executed social strategy and mass pick-up of the #OgilvyCannes hashtag.