Archive for iunie 2007

What's is the biggest creativity killer?

"Fear. The prevailing corporate climate is one of fear. There is a difference between fear and being afraid. It makes sense to be afraid because it can guide you to do the right thing. Maybe if you're lucky it pushes you into action because you are afraid to be mediocre. Fear, on the other hand, creates paralysis. And to be successful you have to have the courage to act." - Alex Bogusky, Chief Creative Officer, CRISPIN PORTER + BOGUSKY

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Communication Summer School

This is a slideshow from a workshop at the Communication Summer School, oraganized by local AIESEC branch for their members and other students from marketing and communication disciplines.
I've been invited to talk about brand communication, ideas and the briefing process. I gave them some work to based on a brief. I've had a lot of fun, in spite of the heat. I like their enthusiasm, even though I expected them to have more courage and initiative.
All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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Marketing 2.0

M A R K16 E tt I N G 2 Period zero

If Marketing 1.0 was mostly about print collateral, then Marketing 1.5 moved to the web brochure, and Marketing 2.0 is about the entire online experience. In Marketing 2.0, you no longer have tight control of a polished, coherent message stream.

In effect, marketing is turning into a myriad of interlocking conversations between people inside and outside the company. Blogs and online communities give individuals a loud voice in conversations about products and brands, while keyword-based marketing is changing the way corporations disseminate their messages.

In truth, the conversations were always out there, in coffee shops, book club meetings, over the garden fence, at the corner store; millions of conversations are going on about hundreds of topics relevant to your company every day. The extraordinary thing today is that you can literally watch these conversations as they unfold online.

The attitude of Marketing 2.0 is one of openness, authenticity, trust, and responsiveness. This attitude is powered by a set of manipulable dials and switches that connect an organization's conversations about its products and its brand directly to the market, and to sales. The bottom line for marketers: evolve or fail, because consumer behavior is changing.

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Parental Guidance Suggested

Online Dating

Wow. According to this little script, my blog contains material that may not be suitable for children. Proceed with caution! :)

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Watch out, fashion commentators, journalists and copywriters!!!

This an ad from Women's Wear Daily. It's a scathing letter from Chanel warning people of misusing the Chanel name or logo in any way. So watch your language! Their lawyers mean business.


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Fun anyone?

This is a video made in Connected Ventures, a company that develops and maintains Vimeo, busted tees, Defunker, College Humor and Crazewire. Brilliant!


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Information overload

"You're going to have so many versions of ads, and you're going to have so many media decisions to make with the fragmentation of the media. How is a human going to be able to process that amount of information?"
- Mark Read, director of strategy for WPP Group

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What people are doing online

According to the data collected by Forrester, there are more "spectators" and "joiners" then "creators" on the internet. The web looks very young, the most active age groups are those between 18 and 26.

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Why is Red the International Color for Stop?

Originally uploaded by David R Munson

Some colors become huge successes early on and then fade off into obscurity… while other colors go the distance and become international icons. Here we look at 11 of the great color legends… Stop Sign Red, Horny Green M&Ms, Black Death, Blue Sky.

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Starcom wins the first ever Lion for Romania

This pretty cool news! Just found out that Starcom Bucharest won a Silver Lion for their campaign "1 in 8 women - Breast Cancer Crusade" for Avon.
Congratulations guys! Well done! Especially if you think that Starcom is a media agency. Now let's see how this will affect the Romanian advertising. Hopefully will we have more innovative, inspiring and creative ideas.

Update: Second Lion for Romania. Bronze for Mandra milk, "The Note - 2". Excellent use of media. Well done GMP!

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Slow Food

"Business managers seem to believe that, once they've clicked through a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their conclusions, they've successfully communicated their ideas. What they've done is share data."

- Chip Heath & Dan Heath, authors of „Made To Stick”

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Apparently I have good copy writing skills. That's according to Advanced Marketing Institute's headline analyzer.
They say that "Sparking Curious Mind" appeals equally to people's intellectual and empathetic spheres. I didn't know that I have such abilities :)


Honda - Carousel

Precious little ad for Honda Motorcycles.
Directed by Alex Laubscher, and produced by Independent

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Idea Forum 2007

I've just got back from the Idea Forum, a 2 days event about innovative theories in marketing, advertising, digital and media. Thanks to Cristi, I've had the opportunity to listen to the likes of Faris Yakob, Russell Davies, Iain Tait, Keith Lewin and Chris Jackson. Also there where a bunch of Romanian advertising professionals talking about their view on the shift happening right now on the way brands communicate. Or should, at least.

This was, probably, the best conference I've been in Romania so far. There were less PR presentations and lots of little things that inspired me a great lot. A wonderful experience!

At the conference I've got the chance to meet some bloggers I've already knew and meet knew ones which blogs I read but didn't get the chance to meet offline. A very fresh and pleasant experience. I will come back later with some notes from the event.

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Evolution of man

The emergence of the new 'ubersexual' man presents a potential goldmine for global manufacturers and marketers according to the latest research from Euromonitor International.

Cosmetics companies, health clubs, retailers and travel companies all look set to profit from the changing male image, as men become more image-conscious. The ubersexual man is defined by Euromonitor International as 'more complex, more thoughtful, more culinary and better groomed than macho man, but more traditionally masculine than the metrosexual'. They are, therefore, more likely to prepare and research meals, buy cosmetics and toiletries, and join health clubs.


Shaving, hair care products

Skin consciousness

Moisturising lotions, face masks

Fitness seekers

Health clubs, home gym equipment

Gourmet cook

Cookery books, video


Image brands of consumer electronics

Fashion follower

Fashion clothing, home furnishing

Hedonist traveller

Food and wine tourism

The Ubersexual man is a more complex and thoughtful Generation Y male, essentially a more masculine version of the metrosexual with a wider set of interests. This label creates a role model in terms of lifestyle, appearance and buying habits, which men are willing to aspire to. As the boundaries between genders continue to be broken down, global companies are expected to find increasingly innovative ways to profit from the evolving characteristics of the male consumer.

Who fits the bill? Advertising agency JWT, says the Top Ten ubersexuals are Jon Stewart, Guy Ritchie, Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, George Glooney and — at No. 1 — U2 rock star and world peace activist Bono.

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Romanul s-a nascut poet

Intra pe gala societatii civile si afla si tu cat talent ai

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694 Million People Use the Internet Worldwide

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comScore Networks today announced the launch of comScore World Metrix, the first true estimate of global online audience size and behavior based on activity from the world’s largest online behavioral research panel. The comScore World Metrix panel has active representation from countries that comprise 99 percent of the global Internet population. In launching comScore World Metrix, the company announced that 694 million people, age 15+, used the Internet worldwide from all locations in March 2006, representing 14 percent of the world’s total population within this age group. This number marks the first worldwide universe estimate based on a consistent methodology across all countries.

Israel, Finland and South Korea Lead the World in Online Engagement

comScore also released the top 15 countries ranked by average hours spent online per visitor for March 2006, as a measure of engagement. Israel led the list, with the average user spending 57.5 hours online during the month – twice as much time compared to the average person in the U.S, which did not rank in the top 15 countries. Rounding out the top 5 were Finland, South Korea, the Netherlands and Taiwan – all countries with high broadband penetration.

Until now, we've had to rely on Alexa for worldwide numbers. Now we've got numbers with some real work and QA behind them. Internet users outside the U.S. now account for 80 percent of the world's online population, with rapidly developing countries experiencing double-digit growth rates year-over- year.

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New to blogging? Or you're doing it for some time, now? Still don't understand what is RSS and hot it works? Watch this simple video explanation.

I can see clearly now.......!!!!!

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Graphic Designer wanted

Agency ONE cauta grafic designer. Daca esti interesat, vezi datele de contact in layout sau suna la 0232/214 500.

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