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The Future of Creativity - People's Insights
ABOUT PEOPLE’S INSIGHTS –
THE VOICE OF SPRINT
The Future of Creativity is part of MSLGROUP's People's
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15 drivers for engaging creatively in 2015
4. Six Steps to
Planning Success
Benjamin Koe
MSLGROUP Asia (Singapore)
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Foreword
by Olivier Fleurot,
CEO, MSLGROUP
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What making our
clients' voice matter
actually means
by Pascal Beucler,
SVP & Chief Strategy
Officer, MSLGROUP
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Creativity in a
technology enabled
world
by Rishad Tobaccowala,
Chief Strategist,
Publicis Groupe
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INDEX
8. Have the
Smarts for It
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Narendra Nag
MSLGROUP India
12. Riding the
Flow of Fluidity
Surya Kundu
MSLGROUP India
45 Bonus! 15 Tips for
PR Professionals to
Unlock the Creativity
in PR
Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani,
MSLGROUP
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1. Capturing the
Spark
Sachin Karle
MSLGROUP India
15 5. Intimacy of
Insights
Dominic Payling
MSLGROUP UK
26 9. Purpose + People
for Performance
Penny Baxter
Salterbaxter MSLGROUP (UK)
13. Is it Worth a
Tweet?
Patricia Albuquerque
MSLGROUP Espalhe (Brazil)
36 48
Renee Wilson
MSLGROUP
3. Creation Via
Constraint
21 7. Relevance is
of the Essence
Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani
MSLGROUP
31 11. Fuel for
Ideas
Ben Therrien
MSLGROUP North America
15. Measurement
is your Best Ally
Allan Dib
MSLGROUP North America
42 56
2. Train your
Creativity Muscle
Oana Bulexa
MSLGROUP The Practice
(Romania)
18 6. Custodians of
Collaboration
Kim Piquet
MSLGROUP Italy
28 10. For Mobile,
By Mobile
Alice Hu
MSLGROUP Asia
(China)
14. Organising for
Real-Time
Jean-Philippe Martzel
DigitasLBi France
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The Future of Creativity | FOREWORD
FOREWORD
Olivier Fleurot
CEO, MSLGROUP
@fleurot5
Creativity is a topic that comes up frequently at PR conferences –
especially at Cannes. As a lot of PR awards still go to traditional
advertising agencies and creative houses, we collectively wonder…
what else should we be doing to win these awards? True, some of the
work we do, during a crisis or when preparing an important transaction
for a client, can’t be publicly discussed. Are we too shy when it comes
to packaging and talking about our creativity? Or, is creativity
something that has only recently become more important in strategic
communications?
New digital and social platforms have given brands new ways to
engage with communities. Any individual can be a “journalist” and
reach hundreds of thousands of followers. To break through the noise
that has accompanied this shift, it has become more important for us
to engage creatively to help make our clients’ voice matter. This
applies to nearly all brands, corporations and organisations when they
try to truly engage with their various stakeholders – consumers,
employees, investors, journalists, regulators, governments and so on.
At MSLGROUP, we recently tweaked our own brand vision to reflect
this new priority, to become creative storytellers. Creativity is also the
main focus of our latest People’s Insights report.
In The Future of Creativity, fifteen experts from MSLGROUP and two
from our larger Publicis Groupe family share their thoughts on
making our clients' voice matter. From re-defining what it means to
be creative, to commenting on new developments and highlighting
15 key drivers of creativity, this report is designed to inspire more
creativity in PR. As technology is becoming a strong ally of PR,
we also need to use it creatively.
We hope this report will trigger great debates about the new role and
the new meaning of creativity. We invite you to start a conversation
with us, and hope that together, we may make 2015 the year of
creativity in strategic communications.
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The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "
Pascal Beucler
SVP & Chief Strategy
Officer, MSLGROUP
@pbeucler
Our PR industry is confronted by its most serious
disruption ever, as digitalization and disintermediation
profoundly change the rules of the game.
Big data, smart
ideas: it's a data-
driven world
Yes, time is of the
essence, real-time PR
is the new norm.
Context-driven
Conversations are
the way to go
Relevance has a
deadline: it's now,
or never
WHAT "MAKING OUR
CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER"
ACTUALLY MEANS
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Context-driven
Conversations are
the way to go
The insights today come from the
conversations that thousands or millions
of people have now, which we need to take
advantage of within minutes. It could be
called Contextual Conversation.
Relevance has a deadline:
it's now, or never
In computing sciences, the concept of real-time relates to a system
in which input data is processed within milliseconds, so that it is
available virtually immediately as feedback (like an airline booking
system, for instance).
We're not up to milliseconds yet, in the world of PR, although it
might come sooner than we think! But clearly, the more it goes, the
more our time unit is minutes, not hours, and surely not days.
And, just like for computing sciences, it all starts with data, big data.
Big data, smart ideas:
it's a data-driven world
Our clients ask us for only ideas driven by
data and backed with rich insights and
foresights, because this is the only way to
engage successfully with people and
communities. We need to develop a
culture of mining and applying insights,
to be able to deliver on these criteria.
Yes, time is of the essence, real-time PR is the new norm.
People are always-on. Brands are always-on. How can PR agencies
not be always-on?
The new name of what we do – or should do in PR – is Real-Time Engagement: the
classical campaign format, nurtured by insights that three people came up with, is
gone, not to mention the good old press release.
PR today can be everything – like crowdsourced content, a smartphone app, a viral
video, an experiential point of sale, a crowdfunding initiative or a social gaming
component. If you can combine experiential and social, you're hitting the sweet
spot: the power of a live experience + its social amplification.
The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "
DIGITALIZATION & DISINTERMEDIATION CHANGE THE
RULES OF THE PR GAME
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These are major shifts, risks or opportunities, which
we need to address if we wish to survive in a very
tough, highly competitive environment.
It should therefore be no surprise for us, that the
demands to be creative have never been higher.
Brands and organizations are under enormous
pressure from audiences to be authentic,
meaningful and quick in their engagement. Clients
in turn demand the same from us.
Gone are the days when 'creativity' meant a singular,
linear campaign – a series of posters, a short film, a
stand-alone press release. Audiences want to be
more involved as co-creators of the message and
want to engage with brands they are proud to be
associated with.
As the playing field becomes more crowded with
more brands fighting for the limited space on
people's timelines, creativity is crucial to cut
through the clutter.
Fundamentally, this is not too far from
what our industry does best: engaging stakeholders
in conversation on their preferred channels. But as
an industry,
we are not currently recognized as being creative.
It's not just the lack of awards at the Cannes creative
festival which pushes us to reflect on our creative
performance. It's what our clients are saying too, as
the reveals:
only 18% of clients are consistently happy with their
PR agency's creativity.
The Holmes Creativity in PR study 2014
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CREATIVITY IS WHAT HELPS EMERGE FROM THE NOISE AROUND
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CREATIVITY RE-DEFINED FOR THE CONVERSATION ECONOMY
Relevance: its power
is boundless.
If you’re not on people’s timeline, all through the
key moments of their day, if you don’t know
what’s in their life and mind, how can you help
your clients be part of their conversation?
But if you’re there, it’s magic. The power of
relevance is boundless, and it’s opening very
fruitful collaboration and co-creation with your
client’s audience.
We also need to realize that people are changing
too. Economic, geopolitical, technological and
social factors are no doubt influencing people’s
values and behaviors. We must be well versed in
these differences: what stereotypes and rituals
have changed? What are the new norms and
expectations of the different generations?
Fluidity: it has to be a fully
seamless process
The way you contact people, how you actually
connect with them, and the nature of the content
you share with them: that's what gives you a voice
in the conversation.
For this to happen, we need to have an intimate
understanding of how people access
information, how they make up their mind, how
they ultimately make their decisions and how
they go about their purchases.
We must understand that the whole traditional,
vertical, pyramidal, top-down system with its
gate-keepers and little circle of key influencers is
upside down. And that this is true on the
Corporate side of the business as well as on the
Consumer side. There is no difference.
In a nutshell, the next gen PR agency needs to cross all traditional boundaries, from strategy to activation, from marketing
to communications, from developing apps to telling stories that matter.
Before we march to become more creative, let's re-define what
it means to be creative in the Conversation Economy.
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Empathy: the ability to understand
people's feelings, beliefs and
needs.
Again, the traditional advocacy system is gone.
In today’s peer-to-peer culture, people are far
more important than brands. Like a young
Millennial put it up recently:
“If I speak of your brand to my friends, it’s not
because I like your brand, it’s because I like my
friends.”
From a creative standpoint, our task is much
more complex than it used to be, as we must
deal with several ‘levels’: longer-term narrative,
short-term centres of interest, real-world
context, and deep knowledge of the key
conversation drivers in real-time.
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CREATIVITY IN THE WORLD OF
PEOPLE RELATIONS (PR)
Publicis Groupe's mantra of IQ, EQ, TQ and BQ
applies to PR as well. In addition to the necessary
intelligence and emotional quotients, and the
now crucial technology quotient, we must be
bloody quick!
What does it mean for us?
We need to accelerate our Digital re-invention,
and do it from a 100% people-centric
perspective: brands belong to people.
We must be more
aware
of the impact of
technology on
everything from culture
to society and business.
We must be
smarter
and back our ideas with
strong insights and data
points.
We must be
quicker
in delivering
meaningful, relevant
Ideas, stories, content,
campaigns and
experiences.
We must be more
responsive
to all stakeholders,
involving them in the
brand’s initiatives and
shaping the initiative in
response to their
feedback - whether they
share it with us or not.
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We see this as a challenging, but exciting game to play.
Let's win it, by Making Our Clients' Voice Matter. This is our Purpose at MSLGROUP: this is the way we define what we stand for as a global
organization, why we exist, what our raison d'être is and why it creates a tangible value for our clients and for all our stakeholders. And by the way,
let's never forget that “Purpose” and “Propose” have the same etymology: a relevant Purpose needs to translate into a consistent value
proposition for all, internally and externally.
MATTER:
if it matters, it has to be of
importance, it is influential.
And it therefore needs to have
significance, sense and
meaning for the audience. This
is so important today, in a world
where the quest for meaning is
a pressing reality, particularly
for the numerous and crucial
Millennials' Generation.
VOICE:
it means we help our
clients have a voice in the
always-on conversation,
raise it when needed, be
heard and listened to. For
this to happen, we help them
generate the appropriate
content and spread it to
creatively engage with the
people and communities
that matter to them. And
creatively is not “just” an
adverb here: it's a
commitment.
We, MSLGROUP, are creating value for our clients by linking the power to make
oneself heard (through engagement) with the power to convince (through relevance).
The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "
CREATIVITY IS A COMMITMENT, NOT A FANTASY
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The Future of Creativity | CREATIVITY IN A TECHNOLOGY ENABLED WORLD
CREATIVITY IN A
TECHNOLOGY
ENABLED WORLD
Rishad Tobaccowala
Chief Strategist,
Publicis Groupe
@rishad
Blaise Pascal the French philosopher
stated it best when he said:
people choose with their
hearts and they then
use numbers to justify
what they did.
Creativity is the lifeblood of Brands.
Yes technology and data increasingly matter
but people are carbon based life forms and
not silicon avatars. We have emotions and
moods and feelings.
We move people with relevant stories.
And the best stories are driven by creativity.
While there are many definitions of
creativity, I define creativity as connecting
dots in new ways that resonate with
consumers, culture and brands.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY,
NEW DOTS
Traditionally the “dots” that
Brands have used to deliver
creative messages have combined
audio, videos, images and words.
These essential elements still
matter a great deal, but due to
advances in technology, we now
have three new dots.
These new dots are those of:
a) Mobility
b) Participation
c) API - the ability to create and build
messages utilizing application protocol
interface, such as linking to Instagram
photos or Google trend data
The key change that these new dots bring
about in Creativity is that they leverage
movement and motion on the part of the
consumer.
Participation
Similarly, due to the “People’s Network” that social platforms make
possible, we can now be part of a Brand’s story in that we can
contribute to it, adapt it and pass it along. Today Facebook is the
largest distributor of not just people’s stories but professional
content driving more traffic to global content owners all around the
world. Increasingly, our Brand Stories are both influenced by and
distributed by people across social platforms. More and more
brands integrate consumer responses such as tweets into our
marketing materials.
API
Finally, APIs (Application Protocol Interfaces) allow for continuous
access to relevant data within our stories. Today we can tell a story
about Jazz and link to historic videos on YouTube or poems about
Jazz at and much more. There are layers within layers
within layers in story telling made possible by links and APIs.
Poetry.com
Mobility
Mobility allows for place-based relevance. Where we are is as
important as whom we are for ensuring relevant messages and
conversations. New companies that Publicis Groupe has invested in,
like , can reveal where people are before and after a sale.Place IQ
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CONNECTING THE DOTS
A data-driven approach to social content: All Things Hair by Razorfish
The challenge for Brands, Marketers,
Agencies and Media companies is how
to best leverage this new fast moving
or “Kinetic” creativity in ways that can
scale and be cost effective. How can a
marketing team and its message
become agile? How can they better
leverage the data that comes from
these social and mobile and API
platforms?
The solution is likely a combination of
organizational and process re-design
in a company, new talent and training,
and finally utilization of new tools,
technologies and platforms.
The future of creativity, story telling
and Brand building has been put into
motion.
All of us need to transform ourselves
and the ways we think about creativity,
if we are to truly facilitate the next
generation of story telling.
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The Future of Creativity | 15 DRIVERS TO ENGAGE CREATIVELY IN 2015
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15 DRIVERS TO
ENGAGE CREATIVELY
IN 2015A collection of views from
our experts in the field.
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Ideas can come to anyone, anytime
and anywhere, says 19 year creativity
veteran Sachin Karle. What's
important is being prepared to
receive it.
CAPTURING THE
SPARK
“Necessity is the mother of invention” they say.
And that’s so true.
India’s legendary industrialist Ratan Tata was once
travelling in his car on a rainy day. He saw a family
of four riding on a scooter. Seeing this he was
concerned and told his driver to drive carefully and
give way to them as the roads would be slippery.
This triggered an idea in Mr. Tata’s mind: I must
make a car which these families can afford, so that
they don’t have to ride on a scooter and risk their
lives. And that’s how the world’s cheapest car, the
Tata Nano was born.
Sachin Karle Executive Creative Director at MSLGROUP
India, where he heads the creative teams at MSLGROUP
Creative+ and SocialHive. With 19 years of experience in
mainstream and digital advertising, Sachin has worked on
some of the biggest Indian and MNC brands, across a broad
range of categories. His interests lie in photography,
illustration and film making.
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The Future of Creativity | 1. CAPTURING THE SPARK|
In today's fast moving world
where everything is time-
bound one can't really wait
forever to get an idea. So
certain methods or tools
have been evolved over time
that can help one create the
right context, get into the
right state of mind, and catch
these sparks as often as
possible in an organized way.
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The Future of Creativity | 1. CAPTURING THE SPARK
Ideas can come to anyone, anytime and anywhere. All you need is to be
completely prepared to receive it. This means:
• immersion in the right context
• being in the right state of mind
• being open to any trigger that may spark the idea
Here, Mr. Tata's natural concern for fellow-beings was the context, and as
a prolific businessman, the constant seeking for newer ideas for his
businesses was the state of mind that he always was in. The situation of a
family of four riding a tiny scooter in heavy rains was the trigger that
sparked off the idea.
No matter what your profession may be, this is a common phenomenon.
These sparks are always around us.
It can be a particular picture, a song, a place, a movie scene or anything
that's part of our everyday life. Triggering the spark is up to an individual's
state of mind at that particular moment and it is contextual. It's
impossible to predict that you'll get an idea in certain time. Getting an
idea is like a happy accident. Because you don't know what you are going
to come up with till that spark actually hits you. And when you get the first
germ of an idea, the joy is indescribable. No matter how big or small the
idea you get, it is always special.
When you are working on brands, whether on the client's side or the
agency's side, clearly defining the problem or opportunity forms the right
context; immersion, brainstorming and other mind hacks get you into a
resourceful state of mind, while insights gleaned out of research, focus
groups and Big Data help you spot the right creative trigger that sparks off
the ideation process. At a brainstorming session, if you've got the correct
insights and are in the right state of mind, then you can crack ideas much
faster, much more effortlessly. The ideas borne out of this methodology
tend to greatly appeal to the end consumer.
So next time don't wait for an idea to strike you. It doesn't matter whether
you are asked to come up with ideas for PR, Advertising, Digital or
experiential. Define your context, get into the right state of mind and
open yourself to all the idea-sparks that are floating around you.
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THE CONTEXT:
THE STATE OF MIND:
THE INSIGHT:
Reckitt Benckiser wanted bright young MBA students to
join them. Everyone is holding case study competitions,
so how do we stand out? Especially when the youth
preferred other big FMCG companies.How do we get RB
on par with the competition and get students to think of
us as a preferred employer?
The subject for the case study challenge was Durex.
Talking openly about Sex is considered taboo in India.
So how could we use condoms in an interesting manner
without making it look vulgar?
‘Youth connects with the people who talk their
language.’ Check out the integrated campaign that we
created here.
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Making of RB Mavericks
Spark in action: RB Mavericks Case Challenge
The RB Mavericks Case Challenge, a prospective employee engagement
campaign created by us at MSLGROUP SocialHive India is one such example.
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Creativity must be something you
work on each and every day. Oana
Bulexa, managing director of the
most awarded PR agency in
Romania, shares some
training rules.
Oana Bulexa Managing Director at MSLGROUP The
Practice, in Romania. Over 13 years, she has coordinated
multiple-awarded campaigns for over 50 clients, has been
a juror for creativity competitions (Eurobest, Stevie
Awards, ADC*Ro Awards, Romanian PR Award), and has
been a speaker/trainer on creative thinking. Oana believes
creativity should be the perpetual state of mind of every
communications professional. Tweet her at @OanaBulexa
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TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY
MUSCLE
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Creativity is a main ingredient,
not a spice!
Creativity is often considered an extra in
communication. When we (agency, client) want
something special, we say "this time we should do
something creative." Which is both wrong and
restrictive.
Creativity is not an optional spice that you use only
when you want some extra taste. It is a mandatory
that you use all the time, if you want the recipe to
turn into a tasty dish. It means a smart, special, new
perspective on every piece of communication.
The Future of Creativity | 2. TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE|
Of all communication
disciplines, PR probably
needs creativity the most. It’s
our daily routine and high
sense of spotting risk at
every corner that makes us
too down-to-earth, too afraid
to take chances.
Creativity doesn't always mean the big idea of the campaign, but also the small
ideas in each and every step of the campaign. It’s in how you approach
journalists differently than ever before, how you engage opinion leaders and
consumers in an exceptional way, how you approach a media pitching
differently than before. We mustn't be afraid of small creativity if we want to
reach the big creativity.
Of all communication disciplines, PR probably needs creativity the most. It’s
our daily routine and high sense of spotting risk at every corner that makes us
too down-to-earth, too afraid to take chances. But creativity is indeed about
taking chances, not about taking risks! So don’t be afraid of creativity!
5 Rules to Train your Creative Muscle
Here are the 5 rules we apply each day at MSLGROUP The Practice, because
each and every day we must train our creativity muscle:
1. Don’t be pleased with the first idea.
2. Know other cultures, domains, professions.
3. Research, research, research.
4. Don’t rush into criticizing ideas.
5. Don’t forget to connect creativity with the brand and the audience.
Creativity should lead to results
For many, creativity still means crazy ideas with no other purpose than to
shock. No matter how suited an idea is, if it brings buzz and reactions from the
public, then we should adopt it! Wrong again. We mustn’t confuse creative with
sensational. There are so many unfortunate ways to mistake one for another:
Misleading mass media. Lack of connection between a wow-teaser and a
completely disconnected revelation. Using risky pranks as creative gimmicks.
PR stunts/ events with no connection to the brand or the brief objectives.
Wrong endorsement, just to piggy-back on the hot star of the moment.
Everyone knows at least a few examples from above and everyone knows it
doesn’t always end well for the brand.
At MSLGROUP The Practice, we believe in “Results through Creativity,” which
is both our motto and our mantra ever since the agency was founded. This is
what made us the most awarded PR agency in Romania. It is also what makes
us work on creativity each and every single day.
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Being creative
No matter what your role in your organisation, keep
in mind a few things that will make everything
much easier and more rewarding:
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• Creativity can be learned and nurtured, it is not
necessarily a gift you are born with.
• In order to be creative you must want to be
creative in the first place.
• Creativity doesn’t come out of the blue, it is
based on keen observations, clever research
and thorough documentation.
• A good, creative idea can come from anyone, so
trust people.
• But a good, creative idea cannot be spotted by
anybody. For this you need practice and good
communication knowledge.
• Never give up on being creative. It’s the most
rewarding role you have, it’s the one that will
always keep you alert and enthusiastic.
• Don’t throw away ideas, even if they are not
suited for the brief. They can always be worthy
for a future one.
MSLGROUP The Practice's work for Ikea, Gold Corporation
and snack brand Gusto Pufuleti. (see full size images )here
The Future of Creativity | 2. TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE|
Creative breakthroughs
are often a byproduct of
limitation. Embrace
your Constraints says
Renee Wilson
Renee Wilson Chief Client Officer at MSLGROUP and was
also the PR jury president at the Cannes Lions International
Festival of Creativity in 2014. Tweet her at @reneew
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CREATION VIA
CONSTRAINT
Today, common sense might say that having larger
budgets, bigger resources, and increased time, will
enable us to improve our creative excellence.
However, I suggest that creative breakthroughs are
more often a byproduct of constraining these
factors.
There is this romantic notion that an amazingly
powerful idea can simply happen, without
boundaries or rules… Paul McCartney tells the
story that one morning he woke up with the melody
to the world’s most recorded song, “Yesterday,” in
his head – he didn’t have the lyrics figured out, so
he hummed the tune to the words “scrambled egg.”
To which John Lennon added at a later point,
“yesterday.”
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The Future of Creativity | 3. CREATION VIA CONSTRAINT|
The 1930s brought in the
Great Depression during
which women desired
affordable fashion as fine
clothing but the means to
make clothes such as this
were not as possible. Chanel
said, “Thanks to me they
(non-wealthy) can walk
around like millionaires.”
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When recalling a big creative moment, the story will often be oversimplified
when actually there were many constraints that were overcome. In this case,
Lennon & McCartney were working on a Beatles album, they were under
pressure from the record company to deliver more three-minute hits and they
were on a tight deadline. Too much freedom can be creatively paralyzing,
constraint actually can be liberating, as it was in this case.
This theory that constraints enable creativity, probably will be challenged by
many. The majority may feel the climate of creativity can be crushed by setting
restrictions and limitations. No one wants to be told by a manager or a client
that they “can’t focus on a particular area as the company/brand team doesn’t
like XYZ,” or “don’t focus on this as we’re not supporting that area of
development,” or “don’t consider putting resource here as our budgets won’t
allow that” etc. Isn’t it tougher, they may argue, to work within all of these
pronounced constraints? After all, that might be the reason why we are not
coming up with the proverbial ‘big idea,’ right?
Actually, that’s probably not right. Studies and history show that the best ideas
are, more often than not, born out of constraints. Limitations can provide
opportunity and inspiration for courage.
Take for example, the great fashion designer Coco Chanel and her creation the
Little Black Dress (LBD). The popularity of the LBD can be attributed to the
limitations of the era at which it was introduced. The 1930s brought in the
Great Depression during which women desired affordable fashion as fine
clothing but the means to make clothes such as this were not as possible.
Chanel said, “Thanks to me they (non-wealthy) can walk around like
millionaires.” The dress was fashionable, yet comfortable and practical because
it was stripped of all excess. This classic fashion icon was created through fiscal
constraint.
Constraints give us a starting point to work with—a problem to solve,
a challenge to overcome, or a client to please. The world is filled with
amazing possibilities derived from limited resources. Consider the fact that
every color in nature comes from just red, yellow and blue. Every pop song,
symphony and jingle starts with just twelve notes. In classic French cooking,
Chef Larousse taught us that the mirepoix is the basis for hundreds of sauces,
soups, stews and stocks and it’s made up of three simple vegetables: celery,
carrots, and onions. Constraints? Sure, but they’re a starting point for
seemingly endless creativity and possibility.
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Embrace Your Constraints
Here are some simple tips to help you.
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1. Two Pizza Teams
Take a cue from Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who
coined the “ ” rule: if the number of
people in a brainstorming team can’t be fed with two
pizzas, the team is too big. Adding more people is one
of the most common productivity traps that you can
fall into.
2. Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity
Get your client brief, that is, what you need to do, down
to a headline. The more simplistic you can make your
‘ask,’ the more laser-like your focus will be and your
creative ideation should flourish.
3. Set time constraints
Pressurize the thinking within a time goal. Short bursts
of time constrained activity with fresh stimulus can
often yield better results than hours mulling over the
problem in a windowless meeting room.
4. Find your own personal way to unlock your
individual creativity
Find your creative muse, who gets your creative sparks
flying? For big ideas, personalize the constraints of the
creative process. Give yourself the clarity and freedom
of the tight brief and disciplined process.
two pizza teams
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Planning is crucial to developing
strategy. Ben Koe shares an
overview of MLSGROUP Asia’s
six-step planning methodology.
Benjamin Koe is Regional Director,
Strategic Insight and Impact, Asia,
based in Singapore. Tweet him at @benkoe
SIX STEPS TO PLANNING
SUCCESS
MSLGROUP Asia’s iQube
methodology is based on our three
guiding principles – Insights,
Integration, and Impact. This planning
methodology is developed to help our
offices create real impact in a hyper-
accelerated world where change is the
only constant.
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MSLGROUP Asia's iQube Planning Framework
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Intimacy helps build and convey
trust. Get to the intimate insight
to change behavior, recommends
Dominic Payling.
Dominic Payling heads the strategic planning, insight
and measurement team at MSLGROUP UK. He has 20
years of experience in in-house marketing, market
research and agency-side planning, across global
corporate and consumer brands.
INTIMACY OF
INSIGHTS
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I once had a boss who used to lean forwards,
over his third pint and, glancing left and right, and
then over my shoulder say “have you heard..?” pause
and then say “you mustn’t tell anyone….well only one
person at a time…” And then he’d let rip with some
scurrilous and treasured nugget of scuttlebutt.
I loved those moments. They connected with me.
One-on-one. All-encompassing. A secret shared.
Often humorous, always intimate. And down the pub
too – what’s not to like!
It was also a great lesson in communications skills.
Absolute focus, heightened emotion, content that
was worth spreading and with a clear and motivating
call to action – ‘tell only one person at a time.’ But it
was the intimacy of the moment that mattered,
that framed and defined the event.
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A reduction in uncertainty
helps us to predict the
other's behaviour and
likely actions. This is
crucial to the development
of any relationship, and to
the success of the
communication. We trust
the person first then we buy
their message. We don’t
buy the message first then
trust the person.
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If I’d been sat in the audience of a conference and the same information had been
broadcast to me and my fellow delegates the speaker would have been lucky if I’d
even noticed their presentation. It’s why PR as a discipline has always been such a
powerful tool of communications – building and conveying trust – delivered
through the medium of relationships, usually painted in words, not in pictures.
Intimacy matters in communications for a very good reason. According to the
(Charles Berger and Richard Calabrese, 1975),
if communications are to be successful then we must understand the other party,
before the communication takes place. Doing this reduces uncertainty.
A reduction in uncertainty helps us to predict the other's behaviour and likely
actions. This is crucial to the development of any relationship, and to the success
of the communication. We trust the person first then we buy their message.
We don’t buy the message first then trust the person.
This makes sense. Trust helps land communications. Relationships develop trust.
And understanding helps relationships to flourish. Trust/relationships/
understanding – all synonymous with intimacy.
Berger and Calabrese phased these interactions. Each phase acted as a bridge
into greater intimacy. As personal disclosure increases with an exploration of one
another's attitudes and beliefs then so does emotional involvement – and a
degree of intimacy can flourish.
It is why online daters have to follow such powerful uncertainty reduction
strategies if they are to be successful. In the case of more short-term encounter
based services – think Grindr and Tinder – you need an even more extreme
uncertainty reduction strategy. Often super intimate, to help elicit the desired
response. Intimacy begets intimacy if you like.
The big question for communications agencies such as ourselves is how do we
best get to the intimate insights that will change behaviour?
With the recent advances in behavioural science that have begun to see off the
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rational decision-making of Homo Economicus there is a way forward. As an
industry we must be less reliant on self-reported, increasingly commoditised
omnibus sources of statistical ambiguity and more reliant on close-hand,
ethnographic approaches that reveal true natural behaviours and influences.
As I said before, intimacy begets intimacy. And then behaviour change.
Uncertainty Reduction Theory
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For more on Homo Economicus see andWikipedia Google News
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Collaboration with audiences can
lead to stronger messages, proud
influencers and better creativity,
shares Kim Piquet.
Kim Piquet is Executive Strategic Planner at MSLGROUP
Italy. A terrible soccer player, his dad once advised him to
"Get a ball and practice free kicks at a wall every day."
Creativity is his ball. Tweet him at @kimpk
CUSTODIANS OF
COLLABORATION
Collaboration is everywhere…
Jeremy Rifkin, one of the most respected economists
of today, has just the end of capitalism as
we know it within the next 50 years. It will evolve into
a new “sharing economy”.
We share rides with strangers we just met online,
co-fund projects we are excited about, sleep on
foreign couches for free to have a more local
experience and share open work spaces with fellow
freelancers.
On our business side, there is a boom of online
crowdsourcing platforms that we at MSLGROUP Italy
use to supply content to some of our clients’ events,
with great success.
predicted
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Let’s do a quick exercise:
think of the last time you
executed an idea for a client
that was 100% yours.
Chances are, you can’t
remember. Ideas, at least the
really good and strong ones,
are the fruits of brainstorms
and collective insights.
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It’s a new way to do things. And it impacts every aspect of our society.
Including the way we work.
Let’s do a quick exercise: think of the last time you executed an idea
for a client that was 100% yours. Chances are, you can’t remember.
Ideas, at least the really good and strong ones, are the fruits of
brainstorms and collective insights.
But internal brainstorms are not enough anymore, because more and
more often, these ideas are subject to external interpretation. In
reality people have always interpreted ideas and formulated their own
opinion about it, but with the exponential growth of social media,
these opinions are now posted and discussed online and influence
varying degrees of positive and negative outcomes.
So how can we make sure our ideas are correctly communicated?
Before, the answer was to work with influencers to ensure our
message would hit the right target and generate the least amount of
negative scenarios possible.
Within this new collaborative scenario, it’s all about bringing to the
fold people that share a common ground with the brand and can
participate and share their input on the elaboration and
communication of the brand’s ideas. Think of them as partners of the
brand’s ideas, influencers that collaborate to create and produce the
messages that they will then help spread.
Here at MSLGROUP Italy, we’ve already started implementing this
philosophy.
Co-creating the brand’s messaging
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Workshop at a Chicco store with celebrity guest Francesca Valla
and a group of mum bloggers.
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Take as an example our work for Chicco, an Italian baby
care brand that promotes happiness and strong bonds
with their target: Mums. To better amplify their
messages of happiness and early child development we
identified an active mummy blogger network and
partnered with them to better understand their
behaviour; crowdsourcing, in a way, ideas that would
later be used by our client and proudly amplified by the
same mums we collaborated with.
The results were great. Influencers were happy to be
listened to, and proud to communicate the brand’s
messages, because they felt they were an active part of
Chicco’s planning and communication process. For the
brand, this approach ensured less communication-
noise, longer-living messages and stronger bonds with
the target.
In the near future, our plan is to start collaborating more
with our key influencers. After all, we are all creative
beings and we can all help create a better future for
creativity.
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Break through the clutter
with stories that matter.
Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani is Director of Research and
Insights at MSLGROUP, based in Dubai. She tracks digital
consumer trends for People’s Insights and is community
manager of MSLGROUP’s insights community SPRINT.
Tweet her at @nidhimakhija
RELEVANCE IS OF
THE ESSENCE
In today’s digital world, people often find that they’re
awfully busy. Busy making overwhelming to-do lists
on their latest productivity app. Busy trying to get
their inbox down to zero. Busy checking all those
notifications on WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn,
Twitter, Instagram, reading the news at NYTimes
and The Guardian… phew!
What’s a brand got to do to stand out amongst the
constant flood of chats, news, pop gossip and
advertising in today’s cluttered content-driven world?
Spamming timelines is obviously not the answer.
Neither is holding back cold turkey from social media.
How about building relevance by telling stories that
are meaningful. Stories that matter.
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Photo Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com
It’s far more meaningful to
link communications back to
an aspect of the brand – the
promise, programs, stories
about its people – or values
that the brand shares with its
audience. Less frequent and
more thoughtful
communications can help
your brand stand out.
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1. Stick to your Values – both those of your
brand’s and of your audience’s
Brand values can be easy to forget in the age of social media,
where a constant churn of content used to be the main objective.
Take for example posts from brands simply wishing people
happy holidays (from Diwali, Eid, Christmas to Independence
Day, Children’s Day etc etc). These posts get likes – sometimes
more than average – which makes them oh so tempting. But
what’s the impact? How does it tie back to the brand and
contribute to a stronger affinity, association or recall?
It’s far more meaningful to link communications back to an
aspect of the brand – the promise, programs, stories about
its people – or values that the brand shares with its audience.
Less frequent and more thoughtful communications can
help your brand stand out. At the least, it can help prevent
that are increasingly common as some
brands race blindly to use the latest trending hashtags.
2. Prepare for Real-Time engagement
When done right, real-time engagement impresses people
because of the amount of thought that has gone into it and the
sheer speed of turning around a branded message. Indeed, it
does take a lot of time, effort, planning and process to produce
such content: scanning calendars of cultural events, identifying
ones relevant to your brand, preparing content strategies for
multiple outcomes, and building a process to get quick
approvals.
Essentially, it’s about building modern newsrooms for your
brand, and reaping the benefits (buzz, reach, engagement)
if your content hits the right spot.
social media gaffes
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personalized mini-statues for
500 participants, on a first come
first serve basis. Asics also
provided them with location-
tracking RFID chips and asked
for permission to post photos to
their Facebook profiles. Behind-
the-scenes, Asics photographed
each of the statues at three
points along the course. Then on
race day, Asics posted these
photos on their Facebook
profiles in real-time, when the
marathoners passed the actual
locations.
Now that’s relevance on all four
counts: connecting the brand
with audience values, at the
right time and location, and
kickstarting social conversations!
Relevance doesn’t have to be
that complicated of course. But it
does demand that we be a lot
more thoughtful.
minimarathoner.com
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3. Join the Social Conversation
At the other end of the planned real-time
spectrum is spontaneity: being tuned in to
social conversations about your brand, and
responding when required. It’s not just about
managing crisis, it’s also about spotting
cultural trends which your brand should be a
part of.
A good example would be napkin brand
Bounty’s quick move to partner with daddy-
blogger ‘Napkin Notes Dad’ to help raise
funds for his cause ( ).
Napkins and family-values are core to the
brand, and the audience of parent-bloggers
couldn’t be more spot on.
#Napkins4Emma
4. Tie in Location
As location-based services improve and
proliferate, location-based engagement is a
growing area where brands can engage
creatively.
People are constantly connected on multiple
devices – laptops, mobile phones, wearable
tech, smart home appliances and so on.
Brands that can identify the right moment
and place to target people with the right
message, create opportunities to win. Asics’
recent “ ” campaign is a
brilliant example. A sponsor of the NYC
Marathon, Asics used 3D printing to create
We are Marathoners
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Smartness is dynamic. Smart ideas
come from minds that recognize
change and accept it, writes digital
expert Narendra Nag.
Narendra Nag leads Digital and Social for
MSLGROUP Asia and is based in India. Tweet him
at @narendranag
HAVE THE SMARTS
FOR IT
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The Future of Creativity | 8. HAVE THE SMARTS FOR IT
What Makes An Idea Smart?
As Archimedes ran naked through the
streets of Syracuse in Ancient Greece, he was
driven by a moment of illumination. Getting into
a bathtub, he had figured out how to measure
the volume of funnily shaped objects.
He celebrated because he had connected the
dots to arrive at a deeper, more meaningful,
understanding of the universe.
A smart idea isn’t just witty, or funny, or
emotionally touching, or surprising —a smart
idea is special. And behind every smart idea is a
tale of a messy journey with an epic hero who’s
willing to challenge convention and upend
notions of how things are and how they will be.
Eureka!
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In a recent , Paul Graham — the storied
investor and founder of Y Combinator, perhaps the
world’s best startup incubator (think Dropbox,
Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit) — talks about how to spot a
good startup. He says, “Most really good startup
ideas look like bad ideas at first, and many of those
look bad specifically because some change in the
world just switched them from bad to good.”
As professional communicators, we live at the
crossroads of culture, technology and commerce.
All three seem to be changing faster than any of us
can keep up with. Predicting this change is best
left to academics who can afford to get it wrong
and pass it off as a learning experience.
essay A smart idea doesn’t need an expert. It isn’t the
province of either youth or experience. But it does
need a special kind of person — a smart person.
A smart idea is born in a mind that consciously
believes the world changes overnight, every
night. This can be an emotionally taxing state for
the sort of people who look for stability and
certainty in their lives. In our business, a smart
person embraces uncertainty and rides chaos,
without getting too excited about the whole thing.
A smart idea does need a starting point. It can be a
brief, but more often than not it begins when a
brief is deconstructed and we find the right
question. Asking that question gifts us fresh eyes.
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The right question often
challenges things that we took
for granted when we turned in for
the night.
The smart idea emerges when we
find an insight. A non-obvious
truth that helps us make sense
of this new world that we find
ourselves in. At it’s very best, it
feels like suddenly finding a
glowing path when lost in a haze
of uncertainty and broken
assumptions.
Walking that path is exciting.
Smart idea starts to take form,
and the creative juices start to
flow. Art, code and copy come
together and the hard,
unforgiving lines between the
three start to blur. The dots
connect themselves, and then
the audience joins this journey,
helping us complete it as you
respond.
And we are left slightly different
from when we started — our
brains rewired, our worldview
shifted, our lives richer and more
meaningful.
And when night falls, and we go
to sleep, we know we will wake to
a changed world.
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Purpose and Creativity share a
mutually beneficial relationship,
our sustainability expert Penny
Baxter reveals.
Penny Baxter is Managing Director at Salterbaxter
MSLGROUP and is based in London. She’s an expert on
sustainability and a former creative director.
Tweet her at @pennybaxter
PURPOSE+PEOPLE
FOR PERFORMANCE
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We think purpose matters full stop - to creativity, to
ideas, to being authentic and delivering the right kind
of progress. What does it really mean? It means
having a reason for being here beyond making and
selling more stuff – having a positive role in the world
while contributing to sustainable economic and social
development. In the context of a brand, it’s the most
valuable strand of DNA to decode, for with it comes
relevance, trust and longevity.
So when it comes to purpose and creativity, we have
the perfect storm – a force for good supported by a
force for change. For that’s what creative thinking can
deliver – new ideas and solutions to questions that
weren’t even asked. Place that powerful force around
businesses and brands that are willing to step up and
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Creativity with purpose also
opens up new ways of
working – the
democratization of ideas and
IP through co-creation and
open source thinking is a
revolution. When these
methods are adopted by
brands, their role and impact
is transformed.
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change the way we live, think and work, and we may just make it to the
year 3000.
Focusing creative minds on solving problems of real substance brings
a risk-taking dimension to the solution. Stepping into the creative
realm of the improbable and impossible, we can define new business
models, find progressive ways of creating and consuming, and
connect businesses, brands and consumers to change.
Creativity with purpose also opens up new ways of working – the
democratization of ideas and IP through co-creation and open
source thinking is a revolution. When these methods are adopted by
brands, their role and impact is transformed. Brands like Nike and
SONY have embraced this approach and discovered new ideas for
themselves as well as unlocked progress for others. And it’s well-
known that BMW’s breakthrough technology came from their
incubator unit that was given a creative vacuum outside of the
constraints of the core business, with the purpose of redesigning the
future of mobility. Efficient Dynamics was born and has already
delivered 30% emission reduction in five years.
A Force for Good
An interesting thing to consider is how to harness the collective force
of designers and creatives who are amongst the most untamed and
unmanaged group of professionals in the world. We don’t collectively
answer to an ethical code or submit to rules of creative engagement.
How much more impact could we make if we organized around a
common goal of challenging all businesses and brands to act with
integrity and find advantage in a positive purpose? Would it tame the
very spirit of the creative beast, or would it make us even more
powerful? Can creativity save the world? At Salterbaxter MSLGROUP
we certainly think so.
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Authenticity is Key
But with purpose and creativity comes the
need for authenticity. Brands cannot hide
from the always-on connected world, and
cannot afford to misjudge where they
have permission to tread or overstate their
motives. We expect responsibility and
credibility from brands and will punish
those who don't deliver on their promises.
Our Creative Director, Nina Pickup, sums
up the role of purpose in creativity with
the following:
“Our role as purpose-led creatives is to
magnify the good and turn a starting intent
into an organising philosophy – always
daring to think big and make business
better. I’d sum this up by approaching every
creative challenge with the following:
• Make it sustainable and desirable
• Be authentic
Coca-Cola Enterprise’s leading sustainability programme – inspiring employees,
partners and consumers to create a sustainable future
PVH:Having a positive impact across the
entire value chain
Launching Lego’s new values,
focused on social purpose
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The intersection of form factor
and mobile user experience opens
new avenues for creativity, notes
mobile expert Alice Hu. Alice Hu is Deputy Asia Digital Lead at MSLGROUP Asia,
based in Shanghai. She has authored several
notable pieces on mobile trends, including
The Rise of Asia’s Mobile Messengers.
Tweet her at @alicehu
FOR MOBILE,
BY MOBILE
What it means to be creative
in a mobile-first world
Working in Asia, the world’s most mobile-savvy
region, one can’t ignore the importance of mobile.
At a global level, mobile usage is also rising. Mobile
phones have nearly as many users as televisions. It’s
only natural then that mobile should have a large
influence on creativity.
Mobile, like social media and digital, is a term that is
broad and often interpreted and used in different
ways. For brands, what matters is that mobile is the
primary medium on which most of your audiences
will be viewing the content you’ve spent countless
hours creating and revising… on a computer. And
therein lies the problem.
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Photo Credit: Lewis Tse Pui Lung / Shutterstock.com
Instead of resizing PC
content for mobile,
we must start to explore
creativity within the mobile
space to truly create better
content.
We must think about the user
experience on a smartphone
or another mobile device.
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From the start, our creative ideas, strategy, stories and content are
being formulated through the PC medium for a mobile viewership.
Instead of resizing PC content for mobile,
we must start to explore creativity within the mobile space to truly
create better content.
We must think about the user experience on a smartphone or another
mobile device.
Consider the mobile versions of webpages, and social networking
apps – all are different with their own user experience (UX). For
instance, Ikea can highlight its new spring 2015 catalog products on
Facebook, Weibo, WeChat and Instagram in the same way: posting a
photo with relevant text. But each specific platform has its own
unique features and UX; that’s where things can get interesting
and creativity can take off. So, on Weibo you can separate one visual
into nine to fit the platform’s 3x3 photo upload rule, to create an
interesting photo-collage-style Weibo post. You can even go one step
further, and add a GIF element to each of the nine photos.
Creative opportunities expand when content strategies move
beyond adjusting to the mobile form-factor and are tailored
for specific mobile webpages or apps.
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A real-world example: Earlier
this year, Ikea in Russia used
Instagram to create a digital
catalog for its .
The PS 2014 account on
Instagram published a nine-part
advertisement, with each image
featuring a product, each with its
own individual Instagram account.
Users were also able to tag
products, using Instagram’s
tagging feature, to showcase how
they placed the products in their
own homes.
To explore new creative
possibilities, you must first
understand the medium.
For mobile, this means
understanding the mobile touch
point (whether it’s a mobile
webpage, Snapchat or something
else) and then figuring out how
that information is presented in
that ecosystem. The result is a
novel, exciting mobile experience
instead of a frustrating or dull one.
PS 2014 collection
Ikea’s PS 2014 catalog on Instagram, and a glimpse of one of the nine tiles.
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Curiosity and courage are key to
great thinking, says our creative
expert Ben Therrien.
Ben Therrien is Vice President of Creative
Programming at MSLGROUP North America.
FUEL FOR IDEAS
Idea Fuel - Curiosity + Courage
The big idea is dead. Feel free to take a moment
and rejoice, as you’ll never have to sit down in front
of a blank screen, fresh piece of paper or poorly
attended brainstorm hunting for the elusive “big
idea” again.
Hyperbole aside, the days of being limited to
creating programs centered on big splashy events
or stunts, which lived solely to drive earned media
are long gone.
Today our avenues for sharing our client’s message
have expanded dramatically (social platforms,
content marketing, influencers etc.) creating a world
where earned media is extremely important, but not
our only measure of success.
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As a creative, I often hear
that good ideas come from
creative people, but that’s
just not true. I believe that
great thinking comes from
two places… curiosity and
courage.
Instead of big ideas, I’d like to propose that we should be in search of
greatness. The good news for you and everyone else in our industry is
that greatness comes in many many forms.
But where does it start? Where does greatness come from? As a
creative, I often hear that good ideas come from creative people, but
that’s just not true. I believe that great thinking comes from two
places… curiosity and courage.
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• Curiosity
Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talents. I’m only passionately
curious.”
While he may have been downplaying his abilities ever so slightly,
he’s completely correct in that those abilities would have
generated nothing without an insatiable curiosity.
Curiosity causes us to question the brief, question the consumer
segment, and question everything we know about a project or
problem until we believe it, because it’s only when we have fully
bought in that greatness can begin.
• Courage
Courage is a simple trait, but it takes work. Courage is the difficult
path. Courage is late hours and uncomfortable conversations.
Without courage, great thinking is just that…a thought. It is
courage that puts the approach on paper, courage that brings it
before the client with passion and confidence, and courage that
brings it to life in all of its fantastic glory. We could all stand to be a
bit more courageous.
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Greatness
As I said, great thinking can be brought to life in an
infinite number of forms.
With technology and consumer consumption habits
changing, so are our abilities and options to bring great
thinking to life. From content to influencers to
emerging social platforms, where we plant the seed of
our great idea is just as important as the idea itself.
As the lines between marketing disciplines blur, we’re
amazingly well positioned to take our inherent
understanding of earned message delivery, specifically
the ability to craft a story that people will want to hear
versus be forced to hear, and use that to develop
vibrant work that’s as interesting as it is entertaining.
Greatness is waiting for us.
It’s out there in the ether ready to be harnessed and
brought to life. All we need is a little curiosity and a
dash of courage…
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The Future of Creativity | 11. FUEL FOR IDEAS|
Agencies must evolve, become more
fluid, to deliver on whole ideas,
writes Surya.
Suryasen Kundu is Digital Planning Director at
MSLGROUP India. He’s also the 2014 winner of
MSLGROUP’s Michael Sullivan Creative Leadership Award
and shares learnings from his experience at Cannes and the
Berlin School of Creativity. Tweet him at @suryasenk
RIDING THE FLOW
OF FLUIDITY
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Never bring a Knife to a Gun Fight
Gone are the days of when one great idea and a
compelling script with a celebrity in a 30 second TV
spot was enough to get attention to your brand. Today,
brands need to think of the idea ecosystem or the
whole idea: how does it live across channels, devices,
location and geographies? How does it involve people
and react to them?
To deliver on the whole idea, agencies have to wear
multiple hats. Rather than reinvent, let’s look at
what’s working best across the field.
• Identify value streams in a shifting
consumer journey.
The concept of value streams is not new in the
world of consulting. Take the consumer journey
and map out all the catchment areas through
The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
As the consumer journey has
changed, and especially
since we program for a world
that is mobile-first, there are
two additional competencies
that have a role to play:
technology: driving
interaction, and data:
unearthing insights.
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which the consumer could feel a sense of fulfillment. How do you
give the consumer an excuse to keep coming back to you, wanting
more?
As the consumer journey has changed, and especially since we
program for a world that is mobile-first, there are two additional
competencies that have a role to play: technology: driving interaction,
and data: unearthing insights.
• Act like a start-up: Innovate. Iterate
Consulting and technology companies contribute different skill sets
to the next gen agency’s genome. Think about the innovation in
measurement and data. Proxy metrics like TRP rating of TV
programming is OUT – length of most watched videos on YouTube
channel is IN. Primetime is OUT. Videos on-demand, on tablets and
mobile, are IN. Brands are increasingly demanding new kinds of
insights about their connected prospects and customers. And they’re
looking to us to identify new areas in which they can help provide
value to consumers.
Learn from tech startups, who are leading the change. Be lean and
fast moving. Fail fast. Be agile. Iterate. Responsiveness is key.
• Plot the premise, but don’t stop there.
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because
of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
That’s the plot for almost every Pixar blockbuster. That’s the plot that
every brand wants to crack. Dana Anderson, SVP MarComms, Kraft
Foods NA, contends that the core challenge is that brands are very
clear about their plot but they fail to provide premise to an engaging
story.
That’s where agencies come in. Contextualize the story and then go
further.
The big idea is no longer the lynchpin of a successful marketing
program. Instead, it’s the big integration. The telling of the story
must involve the audiences. By being provocative and evocative, the
brand must ensure that the idea thrives and takes a life of its own
among people.
The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
Explore the Sony Alpha Community at
alphacommunity.sony.co.in/stories
From Big idea to Whole idea
Make the idea Whole – give consumers and prospects the opportunity to become part of your brand story.
For example, 7/11 is selling coffee in democrats and republican coffee cups? Put up a massive interactive signboard on Times Square with a live
count of coffee cups sold on Election Day for each party! Throw in drones and augmented reality into the mix in a meaningful, experiential way to
boot. This possibility for interaction transforms the big idea to the whole idea.
Stories that are rooted in insights, contextualized and delivered through an interactive experience allows for a strong, positive customer
experience. The trick lies in breaking the silos in our thinking and in our doing.
Sony Alpha Community
A community for photographers developed by
MSLGROUP SocialHive India
was conceived with a very specific
insight. Sony was innovating its Alpha line of cameras at an
incredible pace, but most people were unaware of the
cameras and the kind of photos that could be taken with
them. Sure, there were glossy brochures with
professionally taken photographs in a foreign land, but…
was that truly how it would seem if I started using one?
Taking the workshops and tutorials online was a no brainer.
Beyond that, we wanted every photograph to become a
shareable asset –a place where people could see photos
from real photographers using Sony’s range of cameras.
The incentive for photographers to upload photos? A place
to share their work and get feedback from experts.
Alpha Community
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The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
It’s all about creating stories that
people want to share, says content
expert Patricia Albuquerque.
Patrícia Albuquerque is a partner and content director at
MSLGROUP Espalhe in Sao Paulo, where she oversees
content production and digital/social presences for brands
like Trident, Halls, Cargill's Pomarola, Mexico's Tourism
Council and Ambev - part of ABInbev. A journalist for over
20 years, she has worked in some of the most important
newsrooms in Brazil. Tweet her at @patialbuc
IS IT WORTH A
TWEET?
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Sharing – the currency of the
internet
Since the changes in Facebook’s algorithm started
to challenge branded content’s organic reach, we
can see that the platform has become a media
outlet on which results are very dependent on the
amount of money available to promote posts. In
fact, more than ever, strategy needs to combine
earned, owned and paid media efforts… though, in
the context of share-ability, it’s worth remembering
that paid media will deliver your content to more
people, while not necessarily make them click,
comment or share. So, what can guarantee that? In
one word? Nothing.
The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
In a conversation between
two people, what guarantees
that one will understand
exactly what the other said –
and more importantly,
respond in the way in which
the other wants them to?
There’s no 100% certainty.
Forget digital and think about our offline lives for a moment: in a
conversation between two people, what guarantees that one will
understand exactly what the other said – and more importantly,
respond in the way in which the other wants them to? There’s no 100%
certainty. If it doesn’t occur in a personal interaction, face-to-face, how
can we expect it to be true through a computer or smartphone screen?
To increase the chances of success, we can work on a combination of
passion and process.
There are different ways to achieve this. Through monitoring and
learning, we understand that it’s not about creating an idea and then
working on a strategy to spread it. It’s about developing concepts that
have in and of themselves the potential to be shared.
Let’s “read the classics”: the MacBook air launch, for example. If the
story was about technological features and beautiful design, it wouldn’t
have had half the appeal. In fact, the gadget was deprived of its hard
drive – what may seem obvious today, but probably wasn’t during its
development – in order to make it the ‘world’s thinnest notebook.’ It was
not a product, it was a headline. PR intelligence was evident from the
beginning. Apple relied on uniqueness, boldness and creativity as the
subjects of conversation – instead of relying on forgettable press
releases, tactic activations and paid media waves.
Creating stories that are share-worthy
We won’t always have big projects in our hands, but the question is
equally relevant, to both million-dollar campaigns and social media
posts: Would I tweet about it? Would I pass it forward? If we think
specifically about timelines, some items stand out. Yes, identifying is
easier than applying them. Execution will ask for commitment, attention
and rituals.
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The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
Building buzz around the World Cup 2014 ball:
brazuca babies by adidas/MSLGROUP Espalhe
Honoring the end of social network Orkut:
Fim do Orkut by Halls XS/MSLGROUP Espalhe
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Once the story is defined, it’s time to understand where
and in which formats it’s going to be developed. How each
social network is related (or not) to the brand’s goals? Is it
really necessarily and feasible to establish a relevant
presence in this platform at the moment? The landscape
is fragmented and complex, but this is an opportunity,
not a problem. It’s an opportunity to customize messages
and, by doing that, increase relevance. Humor, a business
model that helps to achieve consistency, agility and timing
are also part of the equation, as we know.
Even when designing content to be shared, the goal
remains the same: win people’s preference. Interruptions
are not the way to get there anymore. The brand
message will always be present, but, to leverage
conversation, it’s important to understand that we need to
focus less on what we want to say and more on what
people want to hear. How can we identify this? Well, a
good option is to start listening.
In the end, the question goes beyond just being share-
worthy – there are more than enough cats and babies out
there. Rather, it’s about transforming brands into subjects
of conversation. So, make the conversation part of a story
you would like to hear – or would be proud to tell.
The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
People have come to expect instant
creativity from brands. But there’s nothing
instant about real-time, DigitasLBi’s
Jean-Philippe Martzel reveals.
Jean-Philippe Martzel is Deputy General
Manager and Head of Strategic Planning,
DigitasLBi France. Tweet him at @jpmartzel
ORGANISING FOR
REAL-TIME
Welcome to the age of Real-
Time Brands.
Tide and Oreo are well-known as real-time
communication precursors. This “live” brand
behavior was far from being a trial run. Both
brands had already taken steps with the
intention of interacting with current events.
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The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
Oreo's famous real-time tweet
Tide had been publicly recognized several
months earlier following a minor accident
during the NASCAR motor race, when
television images revealed that after the
accident, the petrol spilt over the track was
cleaned up with Tide washing powder. A case of
involuntary product placement which triggered
a flurry of activity on social networks to Tide’s
benefit; then quickly utilized by the brand in
the form of a promotional film with the simple
tagline: “You keep inventing stains, we’ll keep
inventing ways to get them out.”
Everybody knows Oreo’s “Daily Twist”: a 100-
day campaign celebrating its 100th birthday.
Each day, the brand produced a message
echoing current events and broadcast it on
social networks. A fine display of real-time
communication which resulted in a 110%
increase in conversations between the brand
and its fans over social networks.
Tide - Nascar
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The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
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These actions correspond to the main reasons
that people follow brands on social networks.
Not for promotions, discounts and other
freebies, but for “fun and entertainment”
(reason cited by 87% of Twitter users in a study
conducted by Twitter) and for access to
exclusive content (79%).
This close link between content and social
networks proves that content is what keeps
the relationship between a brand and its
audience on social networks going. “Brand
content” and “social networks” should
therefore no longer be seen as two distinct
fields; but as being complementary to one
another.
Oreo's Daily Twist
The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
Here’s an example of BrandLive,
DigitasLBi’s real-time marketing service, for Nissan.
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Organising for Real-Time
But this approach integrating content and social
networks entails a prerequisite: organizing the
conditions for having a permanent ear on the
social network activity of a brand’s audience in
order to identify the topics and content which
people are already talking about.
In fact, listening processes which were until
now reserved for “crisis communication”
are on the way to becoming essential
communication techniques for brands on
social networks. No longer to respond to a
crisis, but in order to pounce on a topic which
could enhance conversation with its audience.
Social networks have greatly advanced the
notion of immediacy and have thereby equally
reduced the timeframe within which we have to
react to events. Brand communication is subject
to the same acceleration, as success is
determined by the “freshness” and relevance of
the response provided.
Tide is among the brands which have
implemented listening and reaction processes
on social networks through news rooms. The
aim is to identify the topic which could be
snapped up by the brand with an eye to reacting
in the form of content. For the first time,
listening, design, content production and the
validation process by a brand are united in time
and place.
The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
(image credit: )Ramon de Leon
Ramon de Leon shares his experience at LeWeb Paris
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Domino’s Pizza may not have a newsroom, but it
does have the full human commitment of its
social network director, Ramon De Leon, who
treats social networks as one could say Bourdieu
treated sociology: like a combat sport.
Ramon De Leon spends his time “in the field”, at
universities, neighborhood events, etc., in contact
with Domino’s Pizza customers. Decked out with
smartphones, spare batteries and external hard
drives, he produces content and broadcasts it live
on the brand’s social networks. Describing
himself as “the face behind the logo,” De Leon
reacts immediately to any conversation. Recently,
during the New York marathon, Domino’s Pizza
stationed itself on the edge of the course in order
to supply one runner, who had tweeted one hour
earlier to say that their earphones were broken,
with a pair of earphones… Sometime before,
Ramon De Leon accompanied Domino’s Pizza
delivery people on the streets of Chicago during a
snowstorm which immobilized the entire city.
This shift to real-time communication changes a
number of things. The way in which brands
communicate, of course, but also the way in
which brands work with their PR agency. Finally,
and above all, the organization of the validation
process within the brand is examined in order to
allow educated, real-time decision making. This
requires both close proximity and a high degree
of maturity all round. This kind of approach will
be the result of a thorough and well-thought-out
work process.
In short, improvisation will be real-time brands’
worst enemy.
The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
Don’t be afraid of measuring the impact of
your creative work. Use the right metrics
and win, says Allan Dib.
Allan Dib is SVP Planning and Analytics at MSLGROUP
North America, where he works with clients to understand
objectives and develop measurement plans. He has spent
20 years working in marketing effectives roles within
market research companies and media buying agencies.
Tweet him at @diballan
MEASUREMENT IS
YOUR BEST ALLY
I have always been fascinated by the look on
people’s faces when I mention a measurement plan
in a communications agency. Is that fear I see? It
makes me reflect on times in my life when I have
feared measurement – getting on the scale to weigh
myself after Christmas… my history exam results in
my 2nd year of high school when I didn’t study for the
test. I did not so much fear the measuring part itself
but more the results part of measurement.
Why do we fear measurement at
communications agencies?
I don’t believe
agency folks fear measurement because they think
their work isn’t good, but there is this fear they are
going to “fail.”
Lack of clear measurable objectives.
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The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY|
57
We need to work closer with
our clients to clearly
understand the objectives
and make sure that we
understand what we are
being measured against,
before we start working on a
client project.
I think this fear of failure is either due
being measured against, or that the objectives change between the
briefing and the time they are measured.
How many times have we heard the client ask for something (e.g. a fun
video that will generate some buzz about our brand) only to measure us
against something completely different (e.g. increase in sales)?
We need to work closer with our clients to clearly understand the objectives
and make sure that we understand what we are being measured against,
before we start working on a client project.
How do we take fear out of the measurement process?
The definition we
use for “insight” is “a fundamental truth about our target that we can
leverage to drive growth.” More often than not, practically speaking, the
idea isn’t born out of the insight. Instead, the insight is used to validate
the creative idea.
Research has often
been used by clients to evaluate creativity (think go/no go) but I have
always said this is a waste of time and money. Research should be used
in the process early enough as a diagnostic tool, i.e. to improve an idea.
Why should we embrace measurement and not fear it?
If we do not measure our work, how will we know if we have
done a good job? I recently completed a marketing effectiveness project
for a client and they were more than happy when they saw the results.
If we can prove the
effectiveness of our work, this will lead to increased confidence from
clients who will invest more than they have in the past. This is imperative
when trying to grow traditional PR budgets from other departments in
marketing (that have been proving effectiveness for years!). I first saw this
happen when we were able to provide a dollar value to a client for a
Facebook “like.”
to the lack of clarity in what they are
• Make sure the creative idea is born out of an insight.
• Use research early and use it for the right reason.
• We should change our perspective on measurement from fear to
excitement.
• Proving our effectiveness can drive greater budget.
The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY|
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What metrics should we use to
measure our work?
Every
measurement plan is tailored to the objectives
that we have agreed to with the client. Every
measurement plan should address three parts.
• The metrics that address the objectives.
Measurement should not be something we run
away from. It should be something we run
towards because the right idea and the right
measurement plan can help us achieve our
clients’ business objectives, win us awards and
win us more clients. Win! Win! Win!
The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY|
Did it change
how they feel/
think about us?
Did it achieve
the desired
objective?
Did the target
see/ hear the
tactics?
OutcomeEfficiency
Exposure Engagement
Impressions
Eyeballs
Coverage
Traffic sources
Click through
Opens
Downloads
Call center calls
Sales calls
Effectiveness
Attitudinal Changes
• Awareness
Consideration
Purchase Intent
Perception Changes
Reputation
New business proposals
•
•
•
Behavior
Sales
Share price
Reputation
Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani
Director – Research & Insights,
MSLGROUP
@nidhimakhija
The Future of Creativity | BONUS! 15 TIPS FOR PR PROFESSIONALS TO UNLOCK THE CREATIVITY IN PR
BONUS! 15 TIPS FOR PR
PROFESSIONALS TO UNLOCK
THE CREATIVITY IN PR
Creativity in the world of PR is not, by any means,
beyond our reach. In The Future of Creativity, our
experts point to a future where creativity is a natural
evolution of our role as storytellers. We are already
embracing the other challenges that
disintermediation and the digital revolution are
throwing at us. Why not this one?
So how do we unlock this creativity that is inherent to
what we are already doing?
Here are 15 tips, based on the essays featured in this
report and Maurice Lévy's recent at the Berlin
School of Creative Leadership.
lecture
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Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO,
Publicis Groupe at the Berlin School
|
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Push yourself
beyond dull,
beyond ordinary.
Strive for
extraordinary.
Great stories need to relate to
people. Preserve the emotional
connect throughout the story.
This is what advertising does
best, and where PR was found
lacking at Cannes.
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BECURIOUS.Keep learning, from your own
industry and other industries; your
inspiration can come from
anywhere. And keep asking
questions about the project at
hand until you’ve uncovered
enough to fuel your idea.
BeDaring.
BeDifferent.Be
Human.
BE PROUD.
FOR PR PROFESSIONALS
TO UNLOCK
THE CREATIVITY IN PR
15 TIPS Have the courage
to take risks and
dream big.
be inventive.If you can't find
solutions, make them.
But remember, you will
need to sell them too.
Talk about your
creative work.
Publicize it.
The one thing this industry needs more than anything else is
good PR about its creative success.
Have we missed out on something? Tell us on Twitter, with the
hashtag #mslcreativity2015 or by mentioning @PeoplesLab
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Be Present.
You can’t win if you don’t even try. Don’t checkmate yourself.
Things are changing. Embrace change and new approaches.
Sparks of ideas and trends are all around us. Become bloody
quick at making connections and acting on them.
The ideas and approaches you need to come up with probably
haven’t been done before. Present them anyway.
You don’t always have to wait for the brief. Share your ideas
and solutions, even when none were asked for.
Be Open.
Be Alert.
Be Pioneering.
Be Presumptuous.
Be Agile.
Change requires new ways of doing things. Work around the
way things are to get to the way things should be.
Raise your hand, share your thoughts, stand by your idea. If
you believe in yourself, others will too.
Navigate through the feedback. Learn when to stick to your
original idea and when to shape it along the way.
We are experimenting with new technology, data and
communications in a diverse connected world. Respect the
people you are engaging with. Make sure it shows.
Be Confident.
Be Persistent.
Be Respectful.
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Write to us to start a conversation on how we can help
you distill actionable insights and foresights from
conversations and communities:
Pascal Beucler,
SVP & Chief Strategy Officer
(pascal.beucler@mslgroup.com)
Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani
Director - Research & Insights
(nidhi.makhija-chimnani@mslgroup.com)
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The Future of Creativity - People's Insights

  • 2. ABOUT PEOPLE’S INSIGHTS – THE VOICE OF SPRINT The Future of Creativity is part of MSLGROUP's People's Insights project. People’s Insights is a collection of inspiring initiatives, insights and foresights shared by MSLGROUP’s SPRINTers – our global team of 100 strategic planners, researchers and insights experts. We feature the best of these initiatives as People’s Insights monthly briefs, and original insights and foresights from our SPRINTers and other MSLGROUP experts in our People’s Insights reports. We share these reports on our social platforms and distribute them freely to inspire more engaging campaigns. The Future of Creativity is the latest in our “future of…” series, which also includes , and, recently, . People’s Insights is available as a , a series of easy-to- read and , and , a and even an . Follow us on Twitter or to our newsletter to receive our monthly briefs and quarterly reports. The Future of Employee (Re)Engagement The Future of Reputation The Future of Business Citizenship blog powerpoint decks infographics white papers reports Kindle eBook iPad app @PeoplesLab subscribe Big ideas that are rooted in strong insights and foresights have never been as important, and conversations and communities have become the most important sources of insights. Quick Tip: Click on the Twitter icons throughout this report to tweet the quote highlighted. A link to the article will be tweeted as well. Now&Next iPad App Insights Reports People’s Insights Monthly Briefs
  • 3. 15 drivers for engaging creatively in 2015 4. Six Steps to Planning Success Benjamin Koe MSLGROUP Asia (Singapore) 24 Foreword by Olivier Fleurot, CEO, MSLGROUP 04 What making our clients' voice matter actually means by Pascal Beucler, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP '' '' 05 Creativity in a technology enabled world by Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Strategist, Publicis Groupe 11 INDEX 8. Have the Smarts for It 34 Narendra Nag MSLGROUP India 12. Riding the Flow of Fluidity Surya Kundu MSLGROUP India 45 Bonus! 15 Tips for PR Professionals to Unlock the Creativity in PR Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani, MSLGROUP 59 1. Capturing the Spark Sachin Karle MSLGROUP India 15 5. Intimacy of Insights Dominic Payling MSLGROUP UK 26 9. Purpose + People for Performance Penny Baxter Salterbaxter MSLGROUP (UK) 13. Is it Worth a Tweet? Patricia Albuquerque MSLGROUP Espalhe (Brazil) 36 48 Renee Wilson MSLGROUP 3. Creation Via Constraint 21 7. Relevance is of the Essence Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani MSLGROUP 31 11. Fuel for Ideas Ben Therrien MSLGROUP North America 15. Measurement is your Best Ally Allan Dib MSLGROUP North America 42 56 2. Train your Creativity Muscle Oana Bulexa MSLGROUP The Practice (Romania) 18 6. Custodians of Collaboration Kim Piquet MSLGROUP Italy 28 10. For Mobile, By Mobile Alice Hu MSLGROUP Asia (China) 14. Organising for Real-Time Jean-Philippe Martzel DigitasLBi France 39 51
  • 4. 04 The Future of Creativity | FOREWORD FOREWORD Olivier Fleurot CEO, MSLGROUP @fleurot5 Creativity is a topic that comes up frequently at PR conferences – especially at Cannes. As a lot of PR awards still go to traditional advertising agencies and creative houses, we collectively wonder… what else should we be doing to win these awards? True, some of the work we do, during a crisis or when preparing an important transaction for a client, can’t be publicly discussed. Are we too shy when it comes to packaging and talking about our creativity? Or, is creativity something that has only recently become more important in strategic communications? New digital and social platforms have given brands new ways to engage with communities. Any individual can be a “journalist” and reach hundreds of thousands of followers. To break through the noise that has accompanied this shift, it has become more important for us to engage creatively to help make our clients’ voice matter. This applies to nearly all brands, corporations and organisations when they try to truly engage with their various stakeholders – consumers, employees, investors, journalists, regulators, governments and so on. At MSLGROUP, we recently tweaked our own brand vision to reflect this new priority, to become creative storytellers. Creativity is also the main focus of our latest People’s Insights report. In The Future of Creativity, fifteen experts from MSLGROUP and two from our larger Publicis Groupe family share their thoughts on making our clients' voice matter. From re-defining what it means to be creative, to commenting on new developments and highlighting 15 key drivers of creativity, this report is designed to inspire more creativity in PR. As technology is becoming a strong ally of PR, we also need to use it creatively. We hope this report will trigger great debates about the new role and the new meaning of creativity. We invite you to start a conversation with us, and hope that together, we may make 2015 the year of creativity in strategic communications. |
  • 5. 05 The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" " Pascal Beucler SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP @pbeucler Our PR industry is confronted by its most serious disruption ever, as digitalization and disintermediation profoundly change the rules of the game. Big data, smart ideas: it's a data- driven world Yes, time is of the essence, real-time PR is the new norm. Context-driven Conversations are the way to go Relevance has a deadline: it's now, or never WHAT "MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER" ACTUALLY MEANS |
  • 6. 06 Context-driven Conversations are the way to go The insights today come from the conversations that thousands or millions of people have now, which we need to take advantage of within minutes. It could be called Contextual Conversation. Relevance has a deadline: it's now, or never In computing sciences, the concept of real-time relates to a system in which input data is processed within milliseconds, so that it is available virtually immediately as feedback (like an airline booking system, for instance). We're not up to milliseconds yet, in the world of PR, although it might come sooner than we think! But clearly, the more it goes, the more our time unit is minutes, not hours, and surely not days. And, just like for computing sciences, it all starts with data, big data. Big data, smart ideas: it's a data-driven world Our clients ask us for only ideas driven by data and backed with rich insights and foresights, because this is the only way to engage successfully with people and communities. We need to develop a culture of mining and applying insights, to be able to deliver on these criteria. Yes, time is of the essence, real-time PR is the new norm. People are always-on. Brands are always-on. How can PR agencies not be always-on? The new name of what we do – or should do in PR – is Real-Time Engagement: the classical campaign format, nurtured by insights that three people came up with, is gone, not to mention the good old press release. PR today can be everything – like crowdsourced content, a smartphone app, a viral video, an experiential point of sale, a crowdfunding initiative or a social gaming component. If you can combine experiential and social, you're hitting the sweet spot: the power of a live experience + its social amplification. The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" " DIGITALIZATION & DISINTERMEDIATION CHANGE THE RULES OF THE PR GAME 06 The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "|
  • 7. These are major shifts, risks or opportunities, which we need to address if we wish to survive in a very tough, highly competitive environment. It should therefore be no surprise for us, that the demands to be creative have never been higher. Brands and organizations are under enormous pressure from audiences to be authentic, meaningful and quick in their engagement. Clients in turn demand the same from us. Gone are the days when 'creativity' meant a singular, linear campaign – a series of posters, a short film, a stand-alone press release. Audiences want to be more involved as co-creators of the message and want to engage with brands they are proud to be associated with. As the playing field becomes more crowded with more brands fighting for the limited space on people's timelines, creativity is crucial to cut through the clutter. Fundamentally, this is not too far from what our industry does best: engaging stakeholders in conversation on their preferred channels. But as an industry, we are not currently recognized as being creative. It's not just the lack of awards at the Cannes creative festival which pushes us to reflect on our creative performance. It's what our clients are saying too, as the reveals: only 18% of clients are consistently happy with their PR agency's creativity. The Holmes Creativity in PR study 2014 07 The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" " CREATIVITY IS WHAT HELPS EMERGE FROM THE NOISE AROUND |
  • 8. CREATIVITY RE-DEFINED FOR THE CONVERSATION ECONOMY Relevance: its power is boundless. If you’re not on people’s timeline, all through the key moments of their day, if you don’t know what’s in their life and mind, how can you help your clients be part of their conversation? But if you’re there, it’s magic. The power of relevance is boundless, and it’s opening very fruitful collaboration and co-creation with your client’s audience. We also need to realize that people are changing too. Economic, geopolitical, technological and social factors are no doubt influencing people’s values and behaviors. We must be well versed in these differences: what stereotypes and rituals have changed? What are the new norms and expectations of the different generations? Fluidity: it has to be a fully seamless process The way you contact people, how you actually connect with them, and the nature of the content you share with them: that's what gives you a voice in the conversation. For this to happen, we need to have an intimate understanding of how people access information, how they make up their mind, how they ultimately make their decisions and how they go about their purchases. We must understand that the whole traditional, vertical, pyramidal, top-down system with its gate-keepers and little circle of key influencers is upside down. And that this is true on the Corporate side of the business as well as on the Consumer side. There is no difference. In a nutshell, the next gen PR agency needs to cross all traditional boundaries, from strategy to activation, from marketing to communications, from developing apps to telling stories that matter. Before we march to become more creative, let's re-define what it means to be creative in the Conversation Economy. 08 Empathy: the ability to understand people's feelings, beliefs and needs. Again, the traditional advocacy system is gone. In today’s peer-to-peer culture, people are far more important than brands. Like a young Millennial put it up recently: “If I speak of your brand to my friends, it’s not because I like your brand, it’s because I like my friends.” From a creative standpoint, our task is much more complex than it used to be, as we must deal with several ‘levels’: longer-term narrative, short-term centres of interest, real-world context, and deep knowledge of the key conversation drivers in real-time. The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "|
  • 9. 09 CREATIVITY IN THE WORLD OF PEOPLE RELATIONS (PR) Publicis Groupe's mantra of IQ, EQ, TQ and BQ applies to PR as well. In addition to the necessary intelligence and emotional quotients, and the now crucial technology quotient, we must be bloody quick! What does it mean for us? We need to accelerate our Digital re-invention, and do it from a 100% people-centric perspective: brands belong to people. We must be more aware of the impact of technology on everything from culture to society and business. We must be smarter and back our ideas with strong insights and data points. We must be quicker in delivering meaningful, relevant Ideas, stories, content, campaigns and experiences. We must be more responsive to all stakeholders, involving them in the brand’s initiatives and shaping the initiative in response to their feedback - whether they share it with us or not. The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" "|
  • 10. 10 We see this as a challenging, but exciting game to play. Let's win it, by Making Our Clients' Voice Matter. This is our Purpose at MSLGROUP: this is the way we define what we stand for as a global organization, why we exist, what our raison d'être is and why it creates a tangible value for our clients and for all our stakeholders. And by the way, let's never forget that “Purpose” and “Propose” have the same etymology: a relevant Purpose needs to translate into a consistent value proposition for all, internally and externally. MATTER: if it matters, it has to be of importance, it is influential. And it therefore needs to have significance, sense and meaning for the audience. This is so important today, in a world where the quest for meaning is a pressing reality, particularly for the numerous and crucial Millennials' Generation. VOICE: it means we help our clients have a voice in the always-on conversation, raise it when needed, be heard and listened to. For this to happen, we help them generate the appropriate content and spread it to creatively engage with the people and communities that matter to them. And creatively is not “just” an adverb here: it's a commitment. We, MSLGROUP, are creating value for our clients by linking the power to make oneself heard (through engagement) with the power to convince (through relevance). The Future of Creativity | WHAT MAKING OUR CLIENTS' VOICE MATTER ACTUALLY MEANS" " CREATIVITY IS A COMMITMENT, NOT A FANTASY |
  • 11. The Future of Creativity | CREATIVITY IN A TECHNOLOGY ENABLED WORLD CREATIVITY IN A TECHNOLOGY ENABLED WORLD Rishad Tobaccowala Chief Strategist, Publicis Groupe @rishad Blaise Pascal the French philosopher stated it best when he said: people choose with their hearts and they then use numbers to justify what they did. Creativity is the lifeblood of Brands. Yes technology and data increasingly matter but people are carbon based life forms and not silicon avatars. We have emotions and moods and feelings. We move people with relevant stories. And the best stories are driven by creativity. While there are many definitions of creativity, I define creativity as connecting dots in new ways that resonate with consumers, culture and brands. 11 |
  • 12. NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW DOTS Traditionally the “dots” that Brands have used to deliver creative messages have combined audio, videos, images and words. These essential elements still matter a great deal, but due to advances in technology, we now have three new dots. These new dots are those of: a) Mobility b) Participation c) API - the ability to create and build messages utilizing application protocol interface, such as linking to Instagram photos or Google trend data The key change that these new dots bring about in Creativity is that they leverage movement and motion on the part of the consumer. Participation Similarly, due to the “People’s Network” that social platforms make possible, we can now be part of a Brand’s story in that we can contribute to it, adapt it and pass it along. Today Facebook is the largest distributor of not just people’s stories but professional content driving more traffic to global content owners all around the world. Increasingly, our Brand Stories are both influenced by and distributed by people across social platforms. More and more brands integrate consumer responses such as tweets into our marketing materials. API Finally, APIs (Application Protocol Interfaces) allow for continuous access to relevant data within our stories. Today we can tell a story about Jazz and link to historic videos on YouTube or poems about Jazz at and much more. There are layers within layers within layers in story telling made possible by links and APIs. Poetry.com Mobility Mobility allows for place-based relevance. Where we are is as important as whom we are for ensuring relevant messages and conversations. New companies that Publicis Groupe has invested in, like , can reveal where people are before and after a sale.Place IQ 12 The Future of Creativity | CREATIVITY IN A TECHNOLOGY ENABLED WORLD|
  • 13. CONNECTING THE DOTS A data-driven approach to social content: All Things Hair by Razorfish The challenge for Brands, Marketers, Agencies and Media companies is how to best leverage this new fast moving or “Kinetic” creativity in ways that can scale and be cost effective. How can a marketing team and its message become agile? How can they better leverage the data that comes from these social and mobile and API platforms? The solution is likely a combination of organizational and process re-design in a company, new talent and training, and finally utilization of new tools, technologies and platforms. The future of creativity, story telling and Brand building has been put into motion. All of us need to transform ourselves and the ways we think about creativity, if we are to truly facilitate the next generation of story telling. The Future of Creativity | CREATIVITY IN A TECHNOLOGY ENABLED WORLD 13 |
  • 14. The Future of Creativity | 15 DRIVERS TO ENGAGE CREATIVELY IN 2015 14 15 DRIVERS TO ENGAGE CREATIVELY IN 2015A collection of views from our experts in the field. |
  • 15. Ideas can come to anyone, anytime and anywhere, says 19 year creativity veteran Sachin Karle. What's important is being prepared to receive it. CAPTURING THE SPARK “Necessity is the mother of invention” they say. And that’s so true. India’s legendary industrialist Ratan Tata was once travelling in his car on a rainy day. He saw a family of four riding on a scooter. Seeing this he was concerned and told his driver to drive carefully and give way to them as the roads would be slippery. This triggered an idea in Mr. Tata’s mind: I must make a car which these families can afford, so that they don’t have to ride on a scooter and risk their lives. And that’s how the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano was born. Sachin Karle Executive Creative Director at MSLGROUP India, where he heads the creative teams at MSLGROUP Creative+ and SocialHive. With 19 years of experience in mainstream and digital advertising, Sachin has worked on some of the biggest Indian and MNC brands, across a broad range of categories. His interests lie in photography, illustration and film making. is 15 The Future of Creativity | 1. CAPTURING THE SPARK|
  • 16. In today's fast moving world where everything is time- bound one can't really wait forever to get an idea. So certain methods or tools have been evolved over time that can help one create the right context, get into the right state of mind, and catch these sparks as often as possible in an organized way. 16 The Future of Creativity | 1. CAPTURING THE SPARK Ideas can come to anyone, anytime and anywhere. All you need is to be completely prepared to receive it. This means: • immersion in the right context • being in the right state of mind • being open to any trigger that may spark the idea Here, Mr. Tata's natural concern for fellow-beings was the context, and as a prolific businessman, the constant seeking for newer ideas for his businesses was the state of mind that he always was in. The situation of a family of four riding a tiny scooter in heavy rains was the trigger that sparked off the idea. No matter what your profession may be, this is a common phenomenon. These sparks are always around us. It can be a particular picture, a song, a place, a movie scene or anything that's part of our everyday life. Triggering the spark is up to an individual's state of mind at that particular moment and it is contextual. It's impossible to predict that you'll get an idea in certain time. Getting an idea is like a happy accident. Because you don't know what you are going to come up with till that spark actually hits you. And when you get the first germ of an idea, the joy is indescribable. No matter how big or small the idea you get, it is always special. When you are working on brands, whether on the client's side or the agency's side, clearly defining the problem or opportunity forms the right context; immersion, brainstorming and other mind hacks get you into a resourceful state of mind, while insights gleaned out of research, focus groups and Big Data help you spot the right creative trigger that sparks off the ideation process. At a brainstorming session, if you've got the correct insights and are in the right state of mind, then you can crack ideas much faster, much more effortlessly. The ideas borne out of this methodology tend to greatly appeal to the end consumer. So next time don't wait for an idea to strike you. It doesn't matter whether you are asked to come up with ideas for PR, Advertising, Digital or experiential. Define your context, get into the right state of mind and open yourself to all the idea-sparks that are floating around you. |
  • 17. THE CONTEXT: THE STATE OF MIND: THE INSIGHT: Reckitt Benckiser wanted bright young MBA students to join them. Everyone is holding case study competitions, so how do we stand out? Especially when the youth preferred other big FMCG companies.How do we get RB on par with the competition and get students to think of us as a preferred employer? The subject for the case study challenge was Durex. Talking openly about Sex is considered taboo in India. So how could we use condoms in an interesting manner without making it look vulgar? ‘Youth connects with the people who talk their language.’ Check out the integrated campaign that we created here. 17 Making of RB Mavericks Spark in action: RB Mavericks Case Challenge The RB Mavericks Case Challenge, a prospective employee engagement campaign created by us at MSLGROUP SocialHive India is one such example. The Future of Creativity | 1. CAPTURING THE SPARK|
  • 18. Creativity must be something you work on each and every day. Oana Bulexa, managing director of the most awarded PR agency in Romania, shares some training rules. Oana Bulexa Managing Director at MSLGROUP The Practice, in Romania. Over 13 years, she has coordinated multiple-awarded campaigns for over 50 clients, has been a juror for creativity competitions (Eurobest, Stevie Awards, ADC*Ro Awards, Romanian PR Award), and has been a speaker/trainer on creative thinking. Oana believes creativity should be the perpetual state of mind of every communications professional. Tweet her at @OanaBulexa is TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE 18 Creativity is a main ingredient, not a spice! Creativity is often considered an extra in communication. When we (agency, client) want something special, we say "this time we should do something creative." Which is both wrong and restrictive. Creativity is not an optional spice that you use only when you want some extra taste. It is a mandatory that you use all the time, if you want the recipe to turn into a tasty dish. It means a smart, special, new perspective on every piece of communication. The Future of Creativity | 2. TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE|
  • 19. Of all communication disciplines, PR probably needs creativity the most. It’s our daily routine and high sense of spotting risk at every corner that makes us too down-to-earth, too afraid to take chances. Creativity doesn't always mean the big idea of the campaign, but also the small ideas in each and every step of the campaign. It’s in how you approach journalists differently than ever before, how you engage opinion leaders and consumers in an exceptional way, how you approach a media pitching differently than before. We mustn't be afraid of small creativity if we want to reach the big creativity. Of all communication disciplines, PR probably needs creativity the most. It’s our daily routine and high sense of spotting risk at every corner that makes us too down-to-earth, too afraid to take chances. But creativity is indeed about taking chances, not about taking risks! So don’t be afraid of creativity! 5 Rules to Train your Creative Muscle Here are the 5 rules we apply each day at MSLGROUP The Practice, because each and every day we must train our creativity muscle: 1. Don’t be pleased with the first idea. 2. Know other cultures, domains, professions. 3. Research, research, research. 4. Don’t rush into criticizing ideas. 5. Don’t forget to connect creativity with the brand and the audience. Creativity should lead to results For many, creativity still means crazy ideas with no other purpose than to shock. No matter how suited an idea is, if it brings buzz and reactions from the public, then we should adopt it! Wrong again. We mustn’t confuse creative with sensational. There are so many unfortunate ways to mistake one for another: Misleading mass media. Lack of connection between a wow-teaser and a completely disconnected revelation. Using risky pranks as creative gimmicks. PR stunts/ events with no connection to the brand or the brief objectives. Wrong endorsement, just to piggy-back on the hot star of the moment. Everyone knows at least a few examples from above and everyone knows it doesn’t always end well for the brand. At MSLGROUP The Practice, we believe in “Results through Creativity,” which is both our motto and our mantra ever since the agency was founded. This is what made us the most awarded PR agency in Romania. It is also what makes us work on creativity each and every single day. 19 The Future of Creativity | 2. TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE|
  • 20. Being creative No matter what your role in your organisation, keep in mind a few things that will make everything much easier and more rewarding: 20 • Creativity can be learned and nurtured, it is not necessarily a gift you are born with. • In order to be creative you must want to be creative in the first place. • Creativity doesn’t come out of the blue, it is based on keen observations, clever research and thorough documentation. • A good, creative idea can come from anyone, so trust people. • But a good, creative idea cannot be spotted by anybody. For this you need practice and good communication knowledge. • Never give up on being creative. It’s the most rewarding role you have, it’s the one that will always keep you alert and enthusiastic. • Don’t throw away ideas, even if they are not suited for the brief. They can always be worthy for a future one. MSLGROUP The Practice's work for Ikea, Gold Corporation and snack brand Gusto Pufuleti. (see full size images )here The Future of Creativity | 2. TRAIN YOUR CREATIVITY MUSCLE|
  • 21. Creative breakthroughs are often a byproduct of limitation. Embrace your Constraints says Renee Wilson Renee Wilson Chief Client Officer at MSLGROUP and was also the PR jury president at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2014. Tweet her at @reneew is CREATION VIA CONSTRAINT Today, common sense might say that having larger budgets, bigger resources, and increased time, will enable us to improve our creative excellence. However, I suggest that creative breakthroughs are more often a byproduct of constraining these factors. There is this romantic notion that an amazingly powerful idea can simply happen, without boundaries or rules… Paul McCartney tells the story that one morning he woke up with the melody to the world’s most recorded song, “Yesterday,” in his head – he didn’t have the lyrics figured out, so he hummed the tune to the words “scrambled egg.” To which John Lennon added at a later point, “yesterday.” 21 The Future of Creativity | 3. CREATION VIA CONSTRAINT|
  • 22. The 1930s brought in the Great Depression during which women desired affordable fashion as fine clothing but the means to make clothes such as this were not as possible. Chanel said, “Thanks to me they (non-wealthy) can walk around like millionaires.” 22 When recalling a big creative moment, the story will often be oversimplified when actually there were many constraints that were overcome. In this case, Lennon & McCartney were working on a Beatles album, they were under pressure from the record company to deliver more three-minute hits and they were on a tight deadline. Too much freedom can be creatively paralyzing, constraint actually can be liberating, as it was in this case. This theory that constraints enable creativity, probably will be challenged by many. The majority may feel the climate of creativity can be crushed by setting restrictions and limitations. No one wants to be told by a manager or a client that they “can’t focus on a particular area as the company/brand team doesn’t like XYZ,” or “don’t focus on this as we’re not supporting that area of development,” or “don’t consider putting resource here as our budgets won’t allow that” etc. Isn’t it tougher, they may argue, to work within all of these pronounced constraints? After all, that might be the reason why we are not coming up with the proverbial ‘big idea,’ right? Actually, that’s probably not right. Studies and history show that the best ideas are, more often than not, born out of constraints. Limitations can provide opportunity and inspiration for courage. Take for example, the great fashion designer Coco Chanel and her creation the Little Black Dress (LBD). The popularity of the LBD can be attributed to the limitations of the era at which it was introduced. The 1930s brought in the Great Depression during which women desired affordable fashion as fine clothing but the means to make clothes such as this were not as possible. Chanel said, “Thanks to me they (non-wealthy) can walk around like millionaires.” The dress was fashionable, yet comfortable and practical because it was stripped of all excess. This classic fashion icon was created through fiscal constraint. Constraints give us a starting point to work with—a problem to solve, a challenge to overcome, or a client to please. The world is filled with amazing possibilities derived from limited resources. Consider the fact that every color in nature comes from just red, yellow and blue. Every pop song, symphony and jingle starts with just twelve notes. In classic French cooking, Chef Larousse taught us that the mirepoix is the basis for hundreds of sauces, soups, stews and stocks and it’s made up of three simple vegetables: celery, carrots, and onions. Constraints? Sure, but they’re a starting point for seemingly endless creativity and possibility. The Future of Creativity | 3. CREATION VIA CONSTRAINT|
  • 23. 23 Embrace Your Constraints Here are some simple tips to help you. 1 1. Two Pizza Teams Take a cue from Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who coined the “ ” rule: if the number of people in a brainstorming team can’t be fed with two pizzas, the team is too big. Adding more people is one of the most common productivity traps that you can fall into. 2. Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity Get your client brief, that is, what you need to do, down to a headline. The more simplistic you can make your ‘ask,’ the more laser-like your focus will be and your creative ideation should flourish. 3. Set time constraints Pressurize the thinking within a time goal. Short bursts of time constrained activity with fresh stimulus can often yield better results than hours mulling over the problem in a windowless meeting room. 4. Find your own personal way to unlock your individual creativity Find your creative muse, who gets your creative sparks flying? For big ideas, personalize the constraints of the creative process. Give yourself the clarity and freedom of the tight brief and disciplined process. two pizza teams 1 *BufferSocial blog The Future of Creativity | 3. CREATION VIA CONSTRAINT|
  • 24. Planning is crucial to developing strategy. Ben Koe shares an overview of MLSGROUP Asia’s six-step planning methodology. Benjamin Koe is Regional Director, Strategic Insight and Impact, Asia, based in Singapore. Tweet him at @benkoe SIX STEPS TO PLANNING SUCCESS MSLGROUP Asia’s iQube methodology is based on our three guiding principles – Insights, Integration, and Impact. This planning methodology is developed to help our offices create real impact in a hyper- accelerated world where change is the only constant. 24 The Future of Creativity | 4. SIX STEPS TO PLANNING SUCCESS|
  • 25. 25 MSLGROUP Asia's iQube Planning Framework The Future of Creativity | 4. SIX STEPS TO PLANNING SUCCESS|
  • 26. Intimacy helps build and convey trust. Get to the intimate insight to change behavior, recommends Dominic Payling. Dominic Payling heads the strategic planning, insight and measurement team at MSLGROUP UK. He has 20 years of experience in in-house marketing, market research and agency-side planning, across global corporate and consumer brands. INTIMACY OF INSIGHTS 26 I once had a boss who used to lean forwards, over his third pint and, glancing left and right, and then over my shoulder say “have you heard..?” pause and then say “you mustn’t tell anyone….well only one person at a time…” And then he’d let rip with some scurrilous and treasured nugget of scuttlebutt. I loved those moments. They connected with me. One-on-one. All-encompassing. A secret shared. Often humorous, always intimate. And down the pub too – what’s not to like! It was also a great lesson in communications skills. Absolute focus, heightened emotion, content that was worth spreading and with a clear and motivating call to action – ‘tell only one person at a time.’ But it was the intimacy of the moment that mattered, that framed and defined the event. The Future of Creativity | 5. INTIMACY OF INSIGHTS|
  • 27. A reduction in uncertainty helps us to predict the other's behaviour and likely actions. This is crucial to the development of any relationship, and to the success of the communication. We trust the person first then we buy their message. We don’t buy the message first then trust the person. 27 If I’d been sat in the audience of a conference and the same information had been broadcast to me and my fellow delegates the speaker would have been lucky if I’d even noticed their presentation. It’s why PR as a discipline has always been such a powerful tool of communications – building and conveying trust – delivered through the medium of relationships, usually painted in words, not in pictures. Intimacy matters in communications for a very good reason. According to the (Charles Berger and Richard Calabrese, 1975), if communications are to be successful then we must understand the other party, before the communication takes place. Doing this reduces uncertainty. A reduction in uncertainty helps us to predict the other's behaviour and likely actions. This is crucial to the development of any relationship, and to the success of the communication. We trust the person first then we buy their message. We don’t buy the message first then trust the person. This makes sense. Trust helps land communications. Relationships develop trust. And understanding helps relationships to flourish. Trust/relationships/ understanding – all synonymous with intimacy. Berger and Calabrese phased these interactions. Each phase acted as a bridge into greater intimacy. As personal disclosure increases with an exploration of one another's attitudes and beliefs then so does emotional involvement – and a degree of intimacy can flourish. It is why online daters have to follow such powerful uncertainty reduction strategies if they are to be successful. In the case of more short-term encounter based services – think Grindr and Tinder – you need an even more extreme uncertainty reduction strategy. Often super intimate, to help elicit the desired response. Intimacy begets intimacy if you like. The big question for communications agencies such as ourselves is how do we best get to the intimate insights that will change behaviour? With the recent advances in behavioural science that have begun to see off the 1 rational decision-making of Homo Economicus there is a way forward. As an industry we must be less reliant on self-reported, increasingly commoditised omnibus sources of statistical ambiguity and more reliant on close-hand, ethnographic approaches that reveal true natural behaviours and influences. As I said before, intimacy begets intimacy. And then behaviour change. Uncertainty Reduction Theory 1 For more on Homo Economicus see andWikipedia Google News The Future of Creativity | 5. INTIMACY OF INSIGHTS|
  • 28. Collaboration with audiences can lead to stronger messages, proud influencers and better creativity, shares Kim Piquet. Kim Piquet is Executive Strategic Planner at MSLGROUP Italy. A terrible soccer player, his dad once advised him to "Get a ball and practice free kicks at a wall every day." Creativity is his ball. Tweet him at @kimpk CUSTODIANS OF COLLABORATION Collaboration is everywhere… Jeremy Rifkin, one of the most respected economists of today, has just the end of capitalism as we know it within the next 50 years. It will evolve into a new “sharing economy”. We share rides with strangers we just met online, co-fund projects we are excited about, sleep on foreign couches for free to have a more local experience and share open work spaces with fellow freelancers. On our business side, there is a boom of online crowdsourcing platforms that we at MSLGROUP Italy use to supply content to some of our clients’ events, with great success. predicted 28 The Future of Creativity | 6. CUSTODIANS OF COLLABORATION|
  • 29. Let’s do a quick exercise: think of the last time you executed an idea for a client that was 100% yours. Chances are, you can’t remember. Ideas, at least the really good and strong ones, are the fruits of brainstorms and collective insights. 29 It’s a new way to do things. And it impacts every aspect of our society. Including the way we work. Let’s do a quick exercise: think of the last time you executed an idea for a client that was 100% yours. Chances are, you can’t remember. Ideas, at least the really good and strong ones, are the fruits of brainstorms and collective insights. But internal brainstorms are not enough anymore, because more and more often, these ideas are subject to external interpretation. In reality people have always interpreted ideas and formulated their own opinion about it, but with the exponential growth of social media, these opinions are now posted and discussed online and influence varying degrees of positive and negative outcomes. So how can we make sure our ideas are correctly communicated? Before, the answer was to work with influencers to ensure our message would hit the right target and generate the least amount of negative scenarios possible. Within this new collaborative scenario, it’s all about bringing to the fold people that share a common ground with the brand and can participate and share their input on the elaboration and communication of the brand’s ideas. Think of them as partners of the brand’s ideas, influencers that collaborate to create and produce the messages that they will then help spread. Here at MSLGROUP Italy, we’ve already started implementing this philosophy. Co-creating the brand’s messaging The Future of Creativity | 6. CUSTODIANS OF COLLABORATION|
  • 30. Workshop at a Chicco store with celebrity guest Francesca Valla and a group of mum bloggers. 30 Take as an example our work for Chicco, an Italian baby care brand that promotes happiness and strong bonds with their target: Mums. To better amplify their messages of happiness and early child development we identified an active mummy blogger network and partnered with them to better understand their behaviour; crowdsourcing, in a way, ideas that would later be used by our client and proudly amplified by the same mums we collaborated with. The results were great. Influencers were happy to be listened to, and proud to communicate the brand’s messages, because they felt they were an active part of Chicco’s planning and communication process. For the brand, this approach ensured less communication- noise, longer-living messages and stronger bonds with the target. In the near future, our plan is to start collaborating more with our key influencers. After all, we are all creative beings and we can all help create a better future for creativity. The Future of Creativity | 6. CUSTODIANS OF COLLABORATION|
  • 31. Break through the clutter with stories that matter. Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani is Director of Research and Insights at MSLGROUP, based in Dubai. She tracks digital consumer trends for People’s Insights and is community manager of MSLGROUP’s insights community SPRINT. Tweet her at @nidhimakhija RELEVANCE IS OF THE ESSENCE In today’s digital world, people often find that they’re awfully busy. Busy making overwhelming to-do lists on their latest productivity app. Busy trying to get their inbox down to zero. Busy checking all those notifications on WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, reading the news at NYTimes and The Guardian… phew! What’s a brand got to do to stand out amongst the constant flood of chats, news, pop gossip and advertising in today’s cluttered content-driven world? Spamming timelines is obviously not the answer. Neither is holding back cold turkey from social media. How about building relevance by telling stories that are meaningful. Stories that matter. 31 The Future of Creativity | 7. RELEVANCE IS OF THE ESSENCE| Photo Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com
  • 32. It’s far more meaningful to link communications back to an aspect of the brand – the promise, programs, stories about its people – or values that the brand shares with its audience. Less frequent and more thoughtful communications can help your brand stand out. 32 1. Stick to your Values – both those of your brand’s and of your audience’s Brand values can be easy to forget in the age of social media, where a constant churn of content used to be the main objective. Take for example posts from brands simply wishing people happy holidays (from Diwali, Eid, Christmas to Independence Day, Children’s Day etc etc). These posts get likes – sometimes more than average – which makes them oh so tempting. But what’s the impact? How does it tie back to the brand and contribute to a stronger affinity, association or recall? It’s far more meaningful to link communications back to an aspect of the brand – the promise, programs, stories about its people – or values that the brand shares with its audience. Less frequent and more thoughtful communications can help your brand stand out. At the least, it can help prevent that are increasingly common as some brands race blindly to use the latest trending hashtags. 2. Prepare for Real-Time engagement When done right, real-time engagement impresses people because of the amount of thought that has gone into it and the sheer speed of turning around a branded message. Indeed, it does take a lot of time, effort, planning and process to produce such content: scanning calendars of cultural events, identifying ones relevant to your brand, preparing content strategies for multiple outcomes, and building a process to get quick approvals. Essentially, it’s about building modern newsrooms for your brand, and reaping the benefits (buzz, reach, engagement) if your content hits the right spot. social media gaffes The Future of Creativity | 7. RELEVANCE IS OF THE ESSENCE|
  • 33. personalized mini-statues for 500 participants, on a first come first serve basis. Asics also provided them with location- tracking RFID chips and asked for permission to post photos to their Facebook profiles. Behind- the-scenes, Asics photographed each of the statues at three points along the course. Then on race day, Asics posted these photos on their Facebook profiles in real-time, when the marathoners passed the actual locations. Now that’s relevance on all four counts: connecting the brand with audience values, at the right time and location, and kickstarting social conversations! Relevance doesn’t have to be that complicated of course. But it does demand that we be a lot more thoughtful. minimarathoner.com 33 3. Join the Social Conversation At the other end of the planned real-time spectrum is spontaneity: being tuned in to social conversations about your brand, and responding when required. It’s not just about managing crisis, it’s also about spotting cultural trends which your brand should be a part of. A good example would be napkin brand Bounty’s quick move to partner with daddy- blogger ‘Napkin Notes Dad’ to help raise funds for his cause ( ). Napkins and family-values are core to the brand, and the audience of parent-bloggers couldn’t be more spot on. #Napkins4Emma 4. Tie in Location As location-based services improve and proliferate, location-based engagement is a growing area where brands can engage creatively. People are constantly connected on multiple devices – laptops, mobile phones, wearable tech, smart home appliances and so on. Brands that can identify the right moment and place to target people with the right message, create opportunities to win. Asics’ recent “ ” campaign is a brilliant example. A sponsor of the NYC Marathon, Asics used 3D printing to create We are Marathoners The Future of Creativity | 7. RELEVANCE IS OF THE ESSENCE|
  • 34. Smartness is dynamic. Smart ideas come from minds that recognize change and accept it, writes digital expert Narendra Nag. Narendra Nag leads Digital and Social for MSLGROUP Asia and is based in India. Tweet him at @narendranag HAVE THE SMARTS FOR IT 34 The Future of Creativity | 8. HAVE THE SMARTS FOR IT What Makes An Idea Smart? As Archimedes ran naked through the streets of Syracuse in Ancient Greece, he was driven by a moment of illumination. Getting into a bathtub, he had figured out how to measure the volume of funnily shaped objects. He celebrated because he had connected the dots to arrive at a deeper, more meaningful, understanding of the universe. A smart idea isn’t just witty, or funny, or emotionally touching, or surprising —a smart idea is special. And behind every smart idea is a tale of a messy journey with an epic hero who’s willing to challenge convention and upend notions of how things are and how they will be. Eureka! |
  • 35. In a recent , Paul Graham — the storied investor and founder of Y Combinator, perhaps the world’s best startup incubator (think Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit) — talks about how to spot a good startup. He says, “Most really good startup ideas look like bad ideas at first, and many of those look bad specifically because some change in the world just switched them from bad to good.” As professional communicators, we live at the crossroads of culture, technology and commerce. All three seem to be changing faster than any of us can keep up with. Predicting this change is best left to academics who can afford to get it wrong and pass it off as a learning experience. essay A smart idea doesn’t need an expert. It isn’t the province of either youth or experience. But it does need a special kind of person — a smart person. A smart idea is born in a mind that consciously believes the world changes overnight, every night. This can be an emotionally taxing state for the sort of people who look for stability and certainty in their lives. In our business, a smart person embraces uncertainty and rides chaos, without getting too excited about the whole thing. A smart idea does need a starting point. It can be a brief, but more often than not it begins when a brief is deconstructed and we find the right question. Asking that question gifts us fresh eyes. 35 The right question often challenges things that we took for granted when we turned in for the night. The smart idea emerges when we find an insight. A non-obvious truth that helps us make sense of this new world that we find ourselves in. At it’s very best, it feels like suddenly finding a glowing path when lost in a haze of uncertainty and broken assumptions. Walking that path is exciting. Smart idea starts to take form, and the creative juices start to flow. Art, code and copy come together and the hard, unforgiving lines between the three start to blur. The dots connect themselves, and then the audience joins this journey, helping us complete it as you respond. And we are left slightly different from when we started — our brains rewired, our worldview shifted, our lives richer and more meaningful. And when night falls, and we go to sleep, we know we will wake to a changed world. The Future of Creativity | 8. HAVE THE SMARTS FOR IT|
  • 36. Purpose and Creativity share a mutually beneficial relationship, our sustainability expert Penny Baxter reveals. Penny Baxter is Managing Director at Salterbaxter MSLGROUP and is based in London. She’s an expert on sustainability and a former creative director. Tweet her at @pennybaxter PURPOSE+PEOPLE FOR PERFORMANCE 36 We think purpose matters full stop - to creativity, to ideas, to being authentic and delivering the right kind of progress. What does it really mean? It means having a reason for being here beyond making and selling more stuff – having a positive role in the world while contributing to sustainable economic and social development. In the context of a brand, it’s the most valuable strand of DNA to decode, for with it comes relevance, trust and longevity. So when it comes to purpose and creativity, we have the perfect storm – a force for good supported by a force for change. For that’s what creative thinking can deliver – new ideas and solutions to questions that weren’t even asked. Place that powerful force around businesses and brands that are willing to step up and The Future of Creativity | 9. PURPOSE+PEOPLE FOR PERFORMANCE|
  • 37. Creativity with purpose also opens up new ways of working – the democratization of ideas and IP through co-creation and open source thinking is a revolution. When these methods are adopted by brands, their role and impact is transformed. 37 change the way we live, think and work, and we may just make it to the year 3000. Focusing creative minds on solving problems of real substance brings a risk-taking dimension to the solution. Stepping into the creative realm of the improbable and impossible, we can define new business models, find progressive ways of creating and consuming, and connect businesses, brands and consumers to change. Creativity with purpose also opens up new ways of working – the democratization of ideas and IP through co-creation and open source thinking is a revolution. When these methods are adopted by brands, their role and impact is transformed. Brands like Nike and SONY have embraced this approach and discovered new ideas for themselves as well as unlocked progress for others. And it’s well- known that BMW’s breakthrough technology came from their incubator unit that was given a creative vacuum outside of the constraints of the core business, with the purpose of redesigning the future of mobility. Efficient Dynamics was born and has already delivered 30% emission reduction in five years. A Force for Good An interesting thing to consider is how to harness the collective force of designers and creatives who are amongst the most untamed and unmanaged group of professionals in the world. We don’t collectively answer to an ethical code or submit to rules of creative engagement. How much more impact could we make if we organized around a common goal of challenging all businesses and brands to act with integrity and find advantage in a positive purpose? Would it tame the very spirit of the creative beast, or would it make us even more powerful? Can creativity save the world? At Salterbaxter MSLGROUP we certainly think so. The Future of Creativity | 9. PURPOSE+PEOPLE FOR PERFORMANCE|
  • 38. Authenticity is Key But with purpose and creativity comes the need for authenticity. Brands cannot hide from the always-on connected world, and cannot afford to misjudge where they have permission to tread or overstate their motives. We expect responsibility and credibility from brands and will punish those who don't deliver on their promises. Our Creative Director, Nina Pickup, sums up the role of purpose in creativity with the following: “Our role as purpose-led creatives is to magnify the good and turn a starting intent into an organising philosophy – always daring to think big and make business better. I’d sum this up by approaching every creative challenge with the following: • Make it sustainable and desirable • Be authentic Coca-Cola Enterprise’s leading sustainability programme – inspiring employees, partners and consumers to create a sustainable future PVH:Having a positive impact across the entire value chain Launching Lego’s new values, focused on social purpose 38 The Future of Creativity | 9. PURPOSE+PEOPLE FOR PERFORMANCE|
  • 39. The intersection of form factor and mobile user experience opens new avenues for creativity, notes mobile expert Alice Hu. Alice Hu is Deputy Asia Digital Lead at MSLGROUP Asia, based in Shanghai. She has authored several notable pieces on mobile trends, including The Rise of Asia’s Mobile Messengers. Tweet her at @alicehu FOR MOBILE, BY MOBILE What it means to be creative in a mobile-first world Working in Asia, the world’s most mobile-savvy region, one can’t ignore the importance of mobile. At a global level, mobile usage is also rising. Mobile phones have nearly as many users as televisions. It’s only natural then that mobile should have a large influence on creativity. Mobile, like social media and digital, is a term that is broad and often interpreted and used in different ways. For brands, what matters is that mobile is the primary medium on which most of your audiences will be viewing the content you’ve spent countless hours creating and revising… on a computer. And therein lies the problem. 39 The Future of Creativity | 10. FOR MOBILE, BY MOBILE| Photo Credit: Lewis Tse Pui Lung / Shutterstock.com
  • 40. Instead of resizing PC content for mobile, we must start to explore creativity within the mobile space to truly create better content. We must think about the user experience on a smartphone or another mobile device. 40 From the start, our creative ideas, strategy, stories and content are being formulated through the PC medium for a mobile viewership. Instead of resizing PC content for mobile, we must start to explore creativity within the mobile space to truly create better content. We must think about the user experience on a smartphone or another mobile device. Consider the mobile versions of webpages, and social networking apps – all are different with their own user experience (UX). For instance, Ikea can highlight its new spring 2015 catalog products on Facebook, Weibo, WeChat and Instagram in the same way: posting a photo with relevant text. But each specific platform has its own unique features and UX; that’s where things can get interesting and creativity can take off. So, on Weibo you can separate one visual into nine to fit the platform’s 3x3 photo upload rule, to create an interesting photo-collage-style Weibo post. You can even go one step further, and add a GIF element to each of the nine photos. Creative opportunities expand when content strategies move beyond adjusting to the mobile form-factor and are tailored for specific mobile webpages or apps. The Future of Creativity | 10. FOR MOBILE, BY MOBILE|
  • 41. A real-world example: Earlier this year, Ikea in Russia used Instagram to create a digital catalog for its . The PS 2014 account on Instagram published a nine-part advertisement, with each image featuring a product, each with its own individual Instagram account. Users were also able to tag products, using Instagram’s tagging feature, to showcase how they placed the products in their own homes. To explore new creative possibilities, you must first understand the medium. For mobile, this means understanding the mobile touch point (whether it’s a mobile webpage, Snapchat or something else) and then figuring out how that information is presented in that ecosystem. The result is a novel, exciting mobile experience instead of a frustrating or dull one. PS 2014 collection Ikea’s PS 2014 catalog on Instagram, and a glimpse of one of the nine tiles. 41 The Future of Creativity | 10. FOR MOBILE, BY MOBILE|
  • 42. Curiosity and courage are key to great thinking, says our creative expert Ben Therrien. Ben Therrien is Vice President of Creative Programming at MSLGROUP North America. FUEL FOR IDEAS Idea Fuel - Curiosity + Courage The big idea is dead. Feel free to take a moment and rejoice, as you’ll never have to sit down in front of a blank screen, fresh piece of paper or poorly attended brainstorm hunting for the elusive “big idea” again. Hyperbole aside, the days of being limited to creating programs centered on big splashy events or stunts, which lived solely to drive earned media are long gone. Today our avenues for sharing our client’s message have expanded dramatically (social platforms, content marketing, influencers etc.) creating a world where earned media is extremely important, but not our only measure of success. 42 The Future of Creativity | 11. FUEL FOR IDEAS|
  • 43. As a creative, I often hear that good ideas come from creative people, but that’s just not true. I believe that great thinking comes from two places… curiosity and courage. Instead of big ideas, I’d like to propose that we should be in search of greatness. The good news for you and everyone else in our industry is that greatness comes in many many forms. But where does it start? Where does greatness come from? As a creative, I often hear that good ideas come from creative people, but that’s just not true. I believe that great thinking comes from two places… curiosity and courage. 43 • Curiosity Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talents. I’m only passionately curious.” While he may have been downplaying his abilities ever so slightly, he’s completely correct in that those abilities would have generated nothing without an insatiable curiosity. Curiosity causes us to question the brief, question the consumer segment, and question everything we know about a project or problem until we believe it, because it’s only when we have fully bought in that greatness can begin. • Courage Courage is a simple trait, but it takes work. Courage is the difficult path. Courage is late hours and uncomfortable conversations. Without courage, great thinking is just that…a thought. It is courage that puts the approach on paper, courage that brings it before the client with passion and confidence, and courage that brings it to life in all of its fantastic glory. We could all stand to be a bit more courageous. The Future of Creativity | 11. FUEL FOR IDEAS|
  • 44. Greatness As I said, great thinking can be brought to life in an infinite number of forms. With technology and consumer consumption habits changing, so are our abilities and options to bring great thinking to life. From content to influencers to emerging social platforms, where we plant the seed of our great idea is just as important as the idea itself. As the lines between marketing disciplines blur, we’re amazingly well positioned to take our inherent understanding of earned message delivery, specifically the ability to craft a story that people will want to hear versus be forced to hear, and use that to develop vibrant work that’s as interesting as it is entertaining. Greatness is waiting for us. It’s out there in the ether ready to be harnessed and brought to life. All we need is a little curiosity and a dash of courage… 44 The Future of Creativity | 11. FUEL FOR IDEAS|
  • 45. Agencies must evolve, become more fluid, to deliver on whole ideas, writes Surya. Suryasen Kundu is Digital Planning Director at MSLGROUP India. He’s also the 2014 winner of MSLGROUP’s Michael Sullivan Creative Leadership Award and shares learnings from his experience at Cannes and the Berlin School of Creativity. Tweet him at @suryasenk RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY 45 Never bring a Knife to a Gun Fight Gone are the days of when one great idea and a compelling script with a celebrity in a 30 second TV spot was enough to get attention to your brand. Today, brands need to think of the idea ecosystem or the whole idea: how does it live across channels, devices, location and geographies? How does it involve people and react to them? To deliver on the whole idea, agencies have to wear multiple hats. Rather than reinvent, let’s look at what’s working best across the field. • Identify value streams in a shifting consumer journey. The concept of value streams is not new in the world of consulting. Take the consumer journey and map out all the catchment areas through The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
  • 46. As the consumer journey has changed, and especially since we program for a world that is mobile-first, there are two additional competencies that have a role to play: technology: driving interaction, and data: unearthing insights. 46 which the consumer could feel a sense of fulfillment. How do you give the consumer an excuse to keep coming back to you, wanting more? As the consumer journey has changed, and especially since we program for a world that is mobile-first, there are two additional competencies that have a role to play: technology: driving interaction, and data: unearthing insights. • Act like a start-up: Innovate. Iterate Consulting and technology companies contribute different skill sets to the next gen agency’s genome. Think about the innovation in measurement and data. Proxy metrics like TRP rating of TV programming is OUT – length of most watched videos on YouTube channel is IN. Primetime is OUT. Videos on-demand, on tablets and mobile, are IN. Brands are increasingly demanding new kinds of insights about their connected prospects and customers. And they’re looking to us to identify new areas in which they can help provide value to consumers. Learn from tech startups, who are leading the change. Be lean and fast moving. Fail fast. Be agile. Iterate. Responsiveness is key. • Plot the premise, but don’t stop there. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___. That’s the plot for almost every Pixar blockbuster. That’s the plot that every brand wants to crack. Dana Anderson, SVP MarComms, Kraft Foods NA, contends that the core challenge is that brands are very clear about their plot but they fail to provide premise to an engaging story. That’s where agencies come in. Contextualize the story and then go further. The big idea is no longer the lynchpin of a successful marketing program. Instead, it’s the big integration. The telling of the story must involve the audiences. By being provocative and evocative, the brand must ensure that the idea thrives and takes a life of its own among people. The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
  • 47. Explore the Sony Alpha Community at alphacommunity.sony.co.in/stories From Big idea to Whole idea Make the idea Whole – give consumers and prospects the opportunity to become part of your brand story. For example, 7/11 is selling coffee in democrats and republican coffee cups? Put up a massive interactive signboard on Times Square with a live count of coffee cups sold on Election Day for each party! Throw in drones and augmented reality into the mix in a meaningful, experiential way to boot. This possibility for interaction transforms the big idea to the whole idea. Stories that are rooted in insights, contextualized and delivered through an interactive experience allows for a strong, positive customer experience. The trick lies in breaking the silos in our thinking and in our doing. Sony Alpha Community A community for photographers developed by MSLGROUP SocialHive India was conceived with a very specific insight. Sony was innovating its Alpha line of cameras at an incredible pace, but most people were unaware of the cameras and the kind of photos that could be taken with them. Sure, there were glossy brochures with professionally taken photographs in a foreign land, but… was that truly how it would seem if I started using one? Taking the workshops and tutorials online was a no brainer. Beyond that, we wanted every photograph to become a shareable asset –a place where people could see photos from real photographers using Sony’s range of cameras. The incentive for photographers to upload photos? A place to share their work and get feedback from experts. Alpha Community 47 The Future of Creativity | 12. RIDING THE FLOW OF FLUIDITY|
  • 48. It’s all about creating stories that people want to share, says content expert Patricia Albuquerque. Patrícia Albuquerque is a partner and content director at MSLGROUP Espalhe in Sao Paulo, where she oversees content production and digital/social presences for brands like Trident, Halls, Cargill's Pomarola, Mexico's Tourism Council and Ambev - part of ABInbev. A journalist for over 20 years, she has worked in some of the most important newsrooms in Brazil. Tweet her at @patialbuc IS IT WORTH A TWEET? 48 Sharing – the currency of the internet Since the changes in Facebook’s algorithm started to challenge branded content’s organic reach, we can see that the platform has become a media outlet on which results are very dependent on the amount of money available to promote posts. In fact, more than ever, strategy needs to combine earned, owned and paid media efforts… though, in the context of share-ability, it’s worth remembering that paid media will deliver your content to more people, while not necessarily make them click, comment or share. So, what can guarantee that? In one word? Nothing. The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
  • 49. In a conversation between two people, what guarantees that one will understand exactly what the other said – and more importantly, respond in the way in which the other wants them to? There’s no 100% certainty. Forget digital and think about our offline lives for a moment: in a conversation between two people, what guarantees that one will understand exactly what the other said – and more importantly, respond in the way in which the other wants them to? There’s no 100% certainty. If it doesn’t occur in a personal interaction, face-to-face, how can we expect it to be true through a computer or smartphone screen? To increase the chances of success, we can work on a combination of passion and process. There are different ways to achieve this. Through monitoring and learning, we understand that it’s not about creating an idea and then working on a strategy to spread it. It’s about developing concepts that have in and of themselves the potential to be shared. Let’s “read the classics”: the MacBook air launch, for example. If the story was about technological features and beautiful design, it wouldn’t have had half the appeal. In fact, the gadget was deprived of its hard drive – what may seem obvious today, but probably wasn’t during its development – in order to make it the ‘world’s thinnest notebook.’ It was not a product, it was a headline. PR intelligence was evident from the beginning. Apple relied on uniqueness, boldness and creativity as the subjects of conversation – instead of relying on forgettable press releases, tactic activations and paid media waves. Creating stories that are share-worthy We won’t always have big projects in our hands, but the question is equally relevant, to both million-dollar campaigns and social media posts: Would I tweet about it? Would I pass it forward? If we think specifically about timelines, some items stand out. Yes, identifying is easier than applying them. Execution will ask for commitment, attention and rituals. 49 The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
  • 50. Building buzz around the World Cup 2014 ball: brazuca babies by adidas/MSLGROUP Espalhe Honoring the end of social network Orkut: Fim do Orkut by Halls XS/MSLGROUP Espalhe 50 Once the story is defined, it’s time to understand where and in which formats it’s going to be developed. How each social network is related (or not) to the brand’s goals? Is it really necessarily and feasible to establish a relevant presence in this platform at the moment? The landscape is fragmented and complex, but this is an opportunity, not a problem. It’s an opportunity to customize messages and, by doing that, increase relevance. Humor, a business model that helps to achieve consistency, agility and timing are also part of the equation, as we know. Even when designing content to be shared, the goal remains the same: win people’s preference. Interruptions are not the way to get there anymore. The brand message will always be present, but, to leverage conversation, it’s important to understand that we need to focus less on what we want to say and more on what people want to hear. How can we identify this? Well, a good option is to start listening. In the end, the question goes beyond just being share- worthy – there are more than enough cats and babies out there. Rather, it’s about transforming brands into subjects of conversation. So, make the conversation part of a story you would like to hear – or would be proud to tell. The Future of Creativity | 13. IS IT WORTH A TWEET?|
  • 51. People have come to expect instant creativity from brands. But there’s nothing instant about real-time, DigitasLBi’s Jean-Philippe Martzel reveals. Jean-Philippe Martzel is Deputy General Manager and Head of Strategic Planning, DigitasLBi France. Tweet him at @jpmartzel ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME Welcome to the age of Real- Time Brands. Tide and Oreo are well-known as real-time communication precursors. This “live” brand behavior was far from being a trial run. Both brands had already taken steps with the intention of interacting with current events. 51 The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
  • 52. Oreo's famous real-time tweet Tide had been publicly recognized several months earlier following a minor accident during the NASCAR motor race, when television images revealed that after the accident, the petrol spilt over the track was cleaned up with Tide washing powder. A case of involuntary product placement which triggered a flurry of activity on social networks to Tide’s benefit; then quickly utilized by the brand in the form of a promotional film with the simple tagline: “You keep inventing stains, we’ll keep inventing ways to get them out.” Everybody knows Oreo’s “Daily Twist”: a 100- day campaign celebrating its 100th birthday. Each day, the brand produced a message echoing current events and broadcast it on social networks. A fine display of real-time communication which resulted in a 110% increase in conversations between the brand and its fans over social networks. Tide - Nascar 52 The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
  • 53. 53 These actions correspond to the main reasons that people follow brands on social networks. Not for promotions, discounts and other freebies, but for “fun and entertainment” (reason cited by 87% of Twitter users in a study conducted by Twitter) and for access to exclusive content (79%). This close link between content and social networks proves that content is what keeps the relationship between a brand and its audience on social networks going. “Brand content” and “social networks” should therefore no longer be seen as two distinct fields; but as being complementary to one another. Oreo's Daily Twist The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
  • 54. Here’s an example of BrandLive, DigitasLBi’s real-time marketing service, for Nissan. 54 Organising for Real-Time But this approach integrating content and social networks entails a prerequisite: organizing the conditions for having a permanent ear on the social network activity of a brand’s audience in order to identify the topics and content which people are already talking about. In fact, listening processes which were until now reserved for “crisis communication” are on the way to becoming essential communication techniques for brands on social networks. No longer to respond to a crisis, but in order to pounce on a topic which could enhance conversation with its audience. Social networks have greatly advanced the notion of immediacy and have thereby equally reduced the timeframe within which we have to react to events. Brand communication is subject to the same acceleration, as success is determined by the “freshness” and relevance of the response provided. Tide is among the brands which have implemented listening and reaction processes on social networks through news rooms. The aim is to identify the topic which could be snapped up by the brand with an eye to reacting in the form of content. For the first time, listening, design, content production and the validation process by a brand are united in time and place. The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
  • 55. (image credit: )Ramon de Leon Ramon de Leon shares his experience at LeWeb Paris 55 Domino’s Pizza may not have a newsroom, but it does have the full human commitment of its social network director, Ramon De Leon, who treats social networks as one could say Bourdieu treated sociology: like a combat sport. Ramon De Leon spends his time “in the field”, at universities, neighborhood events, etc., in contact with Domino’s Pizza customers. Decked out with smartphones, spare batteries and external hard drives, he produces content and broadcasts it live on the brand’s social networks. Describing himself as “the face behind the logo,” De Leon reacts immediately to any conversation. Recently, during the New York marathon, Domino’s Pizza stationed itself on the edge of the course in order to supply one runner, who had tweeted one hour earlier to say that their earphones were broken, with a pair of earphones… Sometime before, Ramon De Leon accompanied Domino’s Pizza delivery people on the streets of Chicago during a snowstorm which immobilized the entire city. This shift to real-time communication changes a number of things. The way in which brands communicate, of course, but also the way in which brands work with their PR agency. Finally, and above all, the organization of the validation process within the brand is examined in order to allow educated, real-time decision making. This requires both close proximity and a high degree of maturity all round. This kind of approach will be the result of a thorough and well-thought-out work process. In short, improvisation will be real-time brands’ worst enemy. The Future of Creativity | 14. ORGANISING FOR REAL-TIME|
  • 56. Don’t be afraid of measuring the impact of your creative work. Use the right metrics and win, says Allan Dib. Allan Dib is SVP Planning and Analytics at MSLGROUP North America, where he works with clients to understand objectives and develop measurement plans. He has spent 20 years working in marketing effectives roles within market research companies and media buying agencies. Tweet him at @diballan MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY I have always been fascinated by the look on people’s faces when I mention a measurement plan in a communications agency. Is that fear I see? It makes me reflect on times in my life when I have feared measurement – getting on the scale to weigh myself after Christmas… my history exam results in my 2nd year of high school when I didn’t study for the test. I did not so much fear the measuring part itself but more the results part of measurement. Why do we fear measurement at communications agencies? I don’t believe agency folks fear measurement because they think their work isn’t good, but there is this fear they are going to “fail.” Lack of clear measurable objectives. 56 The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY|
  • 57. 57 We need to work closer with our clients to clearly understand the objectives and make sure that we understand what we are being measured against, before we start working on a client project. I think this fear of failure is either due being measured against, or that the objectives change between the briefing and the time they are measured. How many times have we heard the client ask for something (e.g. a fun video that will generate some buzz about our brand) only to measure us against something completely different (e.g. increase in sales)? We need to work closer with our clients to clearly understand the objectives and make sure that we understand what we are being measured against, before we start working on a client project. How do we take fear out of the measurement process? The definition we use for “insight” is “a fundamental truth about our target that we can leverage to drive growth.” More often than not, practically speaking, the idea isn’t born out of the insight. Instead, the insight is used to validate the creative idea. Research has often been used by clients to evaluate creativity (think go/no go) but I have always said this is a waste of time and money. Research should be used in the process early enough as a diagnostic tool, i.e. to improve an idea. Why should we embrace measurement and not fear it? If we do not measure our work, how will we know if we have done a good job? I recently completed a marketing effectiveness project for a client and they were more than happy when they saw the results. If we can prove the effectiveness of our work, this will lead to increased confidence from clients who will invest more than they have in the past. This is imperative when trying to grow traditional PR budgets from other departments in marketing (that have been proving effectiveness for years!). I first saw this happen when we were able to provide a dollar value to a client for a Facebook “like.” to the lack of clarity in what they are • Make sure the creative idea is born out of an insight. • Use research early and use it for the right reason. • We should change our perspective on measurement from fear to excitement. • Proving our effectiveness can drive greater budget. The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY|
  • 58. 58 What metrics should we use to measure our work? Every measurement plan is tailored to the objectives that we have agreed to with the client. Every measurement plan should address three parts. • The metrics that address the objectives. Measurement should not be something we run away from. It should be something we run towards because the right idea and the right measurement plan can help us achieve our clients’ business objectives, win us awards and win us more clients. Win! Win! Win! The Future of Creativity | 15. MEASUREMENT IS YOUR BEST ALLY| Did it change how they feel/ think about us? Did it achieve the desired objective? Did the target see/ hear the tactics? OutcomeEfficiency Exposure Engagement Impressions Eyeballs Coverage Traffic sources Click through Opens Downloads Call center calls Sales calls Effectiveness Attitudinal Changes • Awareness Consideration Purchase Intent Perception Changes Reputation New business proposals • • • Behavior Sales Share price Reputation
  • 59. Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani Director – Research & Insights, MSLGROUP @nidhimakhija The Future of Creativity | BONUS! 15 TIPS FOR PR PROFESSIONALS TO UNLOCK THE CREATIVITY IN PR BONUS! 15 TIPS FOR PR PROFESSIONALS TO UNLOCK THE CREATIVITY IN PR Creativity in the world of PR is not, by any means, beyond our reach. In The Future of Creativity, our experts point to a future where creativity is a natural evolution of our role as storytellers. We are already embracing the other challenges that disintermediation and the digital revolution are throwing at us. Why not this one? So how do we unlock this creativity that is inherent to what we are already doing? Here are 15 tips, based on the essays featured in this report and Maurice Lévy's recent at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. lecture 59 Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe at the Berlin School |
  • 60. 60 Push yourself beyond dull, beyond ordinary. Strive for extraordinary. Great stories need to relate to people. Preserve the emotional connect throughout the story. This is what advertising does best, and where PR was found lacking at Cannes. 1 2 4 3 6 5 BECURIOUS.Keep learning, from your own industry and other industries; your inspiration can come from anywhere. And keep asking questions about the project at hand until you’ve uncovered enough to fuel your idea. BeDaring. BeDifferent.Be Human. BE PROUD. FOR PR PROFESSIONALS TO UNLOCK THE CREATIVITY IN PR 15 TIPS Have the courage to take risks and dream big. be inventive.If you can't find solutions, make them. But remember, you will need to sell them too. Talk about your creative work. Publicize it.
  • 61. The one thing this industry needs more than anything else is good PR about its creative success. Have we missed out on something? Tell us on Twitter, with the hashtag #mslcreativity2015 or by mentioning @PeoplesLab 61 Be Present. You can’t win if you don’t even try. Don’t checkmate yourself. Things are changing. Embrace change and new approaches. Sparks of ideas and trends are all around us. Become bloody quick at making connections and acting on them. The ideas and approaches you need to come up with probably haven’t been done before. Present them anyway. You don’t always have to wait for the brief. Share your ideas and solutions, even when none were asked for. Be Open. Be Alert. Be Pioneering. Be Presumptuous. Be Agile. Change requires new ways of doing things. Work around the way things are to get to the way things should be. Raise your hand, share your thoughts, stand by your idea. If you believe in yourself, others will too. Navigate through the feedback. Learn when to stick to your original idea and when to shape it along the way. We are experimenting with new technology, data and communications in a diverse connected world. Respect the people you are engaging with. Make sure it shows. Be Confident. Be Persistent. Be Respectful. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • 62. Write to us to start a conversation on how we can help you distill actionable insights and foresights from conversations and communities: Pascal Beucler, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer (pascal.beucler@mslgroup.com) Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani Director - Research & Insights (nidhi.makhija-chimnani@mslgroup.com) Did you enjoy reading this report? Share it! http://ctt.ec/K2JS7? http://tinyurl.com/lqjxwv5 http://tinyurl.com/p48x8j6? http://tinyurl.com/pr8vtmo?