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How I discovered to cease worrying and love the Lion: some ideas on Cannes — The Goat Farm



If you happen to’ve observed that your favorite swanky Auckland restaurant has been a bit gentle on promoting lovelies this week (particularly center aged male artistic administrators), there’s motive for it. This week marks the annual celebration of promoting creativity at Cannes, within the South of France. Every year, hundreds of advert folks (and hundreds extra attempting to promote them stuff) get collectively to first decide, then award one another’s work, drink themselves foolish and keep in a number of the costliest motels you’ll discover anyplace.

Cannes is a hoot, and the one time I used to be invited to guage, my bag was packed earlier than I’d put down the cellphone.

It’s additionally a bit flawed. This 12 months, the unofficial theme has been sexism, with first Kiwi James Hurman then wine and social media trade darling Gary Vaynerchuck referred to as out by #changetheratio crusader Cindy Gallop. (Each have since apologised, as coated off within the hyperlinks.)

It’s a fear. What used to fret me much more, although, was that the adverts that gained at Cannes have been virtually by no means something just like the adverts most purchasers purchased and ran to assist promote their services. An enormous chunk of them existed extra to win awards than to, you recognize, promote stuff. It’s not shocking. Promoting individuals don’t normally get promoted on whether or not their adverts work. They get promoted on whether or not their adverts win awards. (I believe it’s what economists name a perverse incentive.)

An excellent instance this 12 months was an app out of multinational Gray’s Singapore workplace. It makes use of crowd-sourced picture evaluation to assist discover refugee boats within the Mediterranean. It’s a cool concept. It gained A Gold Lion at Cannes. The one downside is it’s a pretend and doesn’t really work. (Soz, drowned refugee youngsters!)

Stuff like this used to irk me. Over time, although, I’ve modified my place. I nonetheless assume chasing awards for their very own sake is at greatest a waste of company time and at worst a betrayal of the purchasers who pay our wages. The award-winning work, although, serves a helpful objective. For me, it’s like high-end catwalk style. It doesn’t should be commercially viable. It doesn’t matter if nobody apart from Girl Gaga will ever put on your costume constructed from meat, or your 15 inch heels or no matter. However once you push these boundaries, strive new issues, possibly inform some lies about how actual your shopper or temporary or media placement was, you break new floor. And subsequent 12 months in Glasson’s you see echoes of that catwalk craziness from Paris, or New York. And the world is a extra attention-grabbing place for it.

Two nice examples awarded at Cannes this 12 months have been The Swedish Quantity – a brilliant easy however highly effective marketing campaign that permits anybody on the earth to name a Swede (critically) and Y&R New Zealand’s McWhopper. Will they drive extra tourism or promote extra burgers? The jury is out. Do they problem entrepreneurs to assume in a different way and do higher work? You guess.

I don’t know if I’ll enter or attend Cannes once more (each begin trying tremendous costly when it’s your individual cash). However I’ll learn the blogs, comply with the scandals and admire the work – and check out to not fear an excessive amount of about what’s actual and what’s simply inspiring.

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