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Think Small.
The bigger, the better
BIG ideas
BIG audiences
Big isn’t working“In most categories, a brand’s market share isstationary”4 out of 5 categories seen as increasingly homog...
We’ve confused theend with the means
It’s time for small.
SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look likeHow to think, and make, small
SmallWhy small matters
1. Big problems don’t  need big solutions
2. ‘Small’ culture
"Square is elegant. The users flowthrough payment or application has beenreduced to the fewest possible steps; theapp has ...
In an increasingly well designed world, it’s small things thatmake the big difference
3. Small is good  for business
‘From suck to non-suck’                    Pixar
“The bigger you get, thesmaller you have to act”                 Andy Spade
SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look like
1. They’re in theservice of people
They build bridges
2. They remove    friction
Elegant solutionstrump elegant things
3. One of many
“Any idea is dangerous if it’s aperson’s only idea”A culture full of depth and complexityThe rule of 5%New economics
Google                                                                                                     Books          ...
“Like any company we require aprofit to stay in business. But it is not the reason we are in business. Thething that has n...
Photo: Andrew Hovells(aka Northern Planner)
Photo: Andrew Hovells(aka Northern Planner)
High frequency, low value,semi-predictable rewards
4. They do, don’t say
Stop communicating aproduct and start makingcommunication products
Stock Stock Stock Stock Stock Stock  Stock Stock Stock Stock Stock StockStock Stock Stock Stock Stock Stock   Stock Stock ...
5. Small ideasbuild long ideas
a ll id ea   G                                         Sm                        al                           l id ea   N ...
Veatrice                                 +127K                          FACEBOOK IMPRESSIONS              +307K           ...
Band       54K NAMES       SUBMITTED        IN 24HRS        OVER 1440         GOOGLE         RESULTS
Echo                                                                                                                      ...
The long campaignCo-creation and participationLots of small betsCoherenceIdeas you advertiseFirst iteration is the beginni...
SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look likeHow to think, and make, small
Build brands from  the bottom upnot the top down
Be useful,  entertaining, interesting and  playful in theservice of people
Make communication strategy learn from      UX design
Doing something leadsto something interesting
Make communication products,       not PowerPoint
Build a culture ofexperimentation  not planning
Communications    R&D
“The show doesn’tgo on because it’s ready; it goes onbecause it’s 1130”         Lorne Michaels
Be rewarded for good behavior
Break the tyranny of big
Embrace small
“If you don’t like change,    you’re going to like  irrelevance even less”               Gen. Eric Shinseki
Thank you     @garethk
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  1. 1. Think Small.
  2. 2. The bigger, the better
  3. 3. BIG ideas
  4. 4. BIG audiences
  5. 5. Big isn’t working“In most categories, a brand’s market share isstationary”4 out of 5 categories seen as increasingly homogeneousLess than 1 in 10 ads seen as different3 x $ spent on price cutting as on brand building in CPGSource: Andrew Ehrenberg; Copernicus Consulting; McKinsey
  6. 6. We’ve confused theend with the means
  7. 7. It’s time for small.
  8. 8. SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look likeHow to think, and make, small
  9. 9. SmallWhy small matters
  10. 10. 1. Big problems don’t need big solutions
  11. 11. 2. ‘Small’ culture
  12. 12. "Square is elegant. The users flowthrough payment or application has beenreduced to the fewest possible steps; theapp has minimal features. He espouses atremendously attractive belief that goodindustrial design wins customers trust bydisappearing."
  13. 13. In an increasingly well designed world, it’s small things thatmake the big difference
  14. 14. 3. Small is good for business
  15. 15. ‘From suck to non-suck’ Pixar
  16. 16. “The bigger you get, thesmaller you have to act” Andy Spade
  17. 17. SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look like
  18. 18. 1. They’re in theservice of people
  19. 19. They build bridges
  20. 20. 2. They remove friction
  21. 21. Elegant solutionstrump elegant things
  22. 22. 3. One of many
  23. 23. “Any idea is dangerous if it’s aperson’s only idea”A culture full of depth and complexityThe rule of 5%New economics
  24. 24. Google Books Blogspot Youtube Google Google Google Scholar 411 Search Google Docs Organize the world’s information Google and make it Shopping universally accessible and Google useful. labs Chrome Browser Google Maps Google.org Google sketch Fossil fuel ChallengeSource: John Grant, ‘The Brand Innovation Manifesto’
  25. 25. “Like any company we require aprofit to stay in business. But it is not the reason we are in business. Thething that has not changed from day one is the desire to make people think about the world we live in. This is, and always will be, why we are in business.” Dave Hieatt
  26. 26. Photo: Andrew Hovells(aka Northern Planner)
  27. 27. Photo: Andrew Hovells(aka Northern Planner)
  28. 28. High frequency, low value,semi-predictable rewards
  29. 29. 4. They do, don’t say
  30. 30. Stop communicating aproduct and start makingcommunication products
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  32. 32. 5. Small ideasbuild long ideas
  33. 33. a ll id ea G Sm al l id ea N S m a l li d ea O mLS
  34. 34. Veatrice +127K FACEBOOK IMPRESSIONS +307K Royals TEXTS, CALLS AND EMAILS
  35. 35. Band 54K NAMES SUBMITTED IN 24HRS OVER 1440 GOOGLE RESULTS
  36. 36. Echo !"#$"%$&()*+$,-(..+/+/0 ;@ABC !"#$!%&()()* ,".12$345/+00("$617+ D@ACE@9EC !"#$%&&$(#)* !"#$%"!&!()**)+,-. ,".12$ 345/+00("$ 617+@ !+,-$./01) 1.9MIL VIEWS D@ACE@9EC !#"/!0()**)+,-. TRENDING ON YOUTUBE !"#$"%$&()*+ ,-(..+/+/0@ ;@ABC !,233$&&450$ #&"&11()**)+,-. OVER 200 PARODIES & REMIXES 7.3MIL IMPRESSIONS !$*/$.-01-/ 2%"$#%()**)+,-. +,&-.$/(0&"0*$1"-23($/(()$4")$+"25-($+)(,3 F:: AE: ,-(..+/ A:: J1K+L""M 9E: 9:: ;E: ;:: E: : AG<5/ BG<5/ CG<5/ ;:G <5/ ;;G ;AG <5/ ;FG <5/ ;DG <5/ ;HG 9:G <5/ 9;G <5/ 9FG <5/ 9EG 9DG FG<5/ EG<5/ DG<5/ HG<5/ ;9G ;EG ;BG <5/ ;CG 99G 9AG <5/ 9BG <5/ 9HG 9CG A:G <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ <5/ ;G61I 9G61I
  37. 37. The long campaignCo-creation and participationLots of small betsCoherenceIdeas you advertiseFirst iteration is the beginning not endPaid media creates more media
  38. 38. SmallWhy small mattersWhat small ideas look likeHow to think, and make, small
  39. 39. Build brands from the bottom upnot the top down
  40. 40. Be useful, entertaining, interesting and playful in theservice of people
  41. 41. Make communication strategy learn from UX design
  42. 42. Doing something leadsto something interesting
  43. 43. Make communication products, not PowerPoint
  44. 44. Build a culture ofexperimentation not planning
  45. 45. Communications R&D
  46. 46. “The show doesn’tgo on because it’s ready; it goes onbecause it’s 1130” Lorne Michaels
  47. 47. Be rewarded for good behavior
  48. 48. Break the tyranny of big
  49. 49. Embrace small
  50. 50. “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less” Gen. Eric Shinseki
  51. 51. Thank you @garethk
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