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Simply, Better

ballet shoesLast week, I went to the ballet and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I love the ballet. It is not about the grace (and it is graceful) or the beauty (and it is beautiful); it is the effortlessness with which the dancers execute moves of tremendous strength, often in synchrony with many other dancers. It never ceases to amaze or surprise me. Among my many hobbies, I am a yoga teacher in training. I know (or at least can guess) just how much effort must be going in to making that hard work effortless and into making the difficult look simple. But it is all the better for looking so simple and so effortless.

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Meme and the world memes with you?

Advertising often reflects the zeitgeist, when it isn’t helping to shape said zeitgeist. Thus it is that the advertising industry is no stranger to memes – both the creation of them and leveraging them for stand-out potential. So, although the Internet has caused a proliferation of memes, they’ve been around for a long time.

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Making magic

The Super Bowl was a couple of weeks ago now. Was it all that you hoped? Did you laugh your socks off? Do you even remember any of the ads? With all of the hype and the huge price tag attached, it’s not surprising that there’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not it’s worth it. So, is it worth it?

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New Year, new … everything?

2014_wishes_454031375Ah New Year, that festive time of regretting everything you ate and drank over the previous month. That time to set new targets and reinvent yourself as someone thinner, fitter, better at saving, in fact just generally better.

Cue the commercials showing slim people running and cycling.

But what about your brand and communications? Do they, too, have New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps they should, even if your planning cycle is long past.

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‘Thought Leadership’ is bullshit.

Nick Jefferson is the Managing Director of Gyro London

‘Thought leadership’. I’m sick of it. Along with ‘storytelling’ and ‘Big Data’, it has to rank as one of the most ubiquitous and annoying clichés of 2013. Every event, every written piece, every fatuous conference presentation – ‘thought leadership this, thought leadership that’.

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It’s not that I don’t believe in thought leadership. Far from it. I’m a passionate advocate for it. It’s just that, as with most things in life (true agency integration being one of them, by the way), if you’re talking about it, you’re probably not doing it.

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Teach yourself advertising

My parents were both primary school teachers. It’s a noble profession and teachers earn much less than doctors, lawyers and other professionals. I was a teacher once too. The lack of a decent salary was the main reason I left and decided to use my love of words and ideas in the somewhat less noble profession of marketing. I confess that I’ve never looked back particularly wistfully at my life in front of the whiteboard. Read more on Teach yourself advertising…

Please drink responsibly

If Darwin’s stages of evolution were to be revised the next figure would be rounder and visibly out of breath. Yes, our nation is getting fatter and recent studies  are damning: around 85% of girls and 73% of boys aged 13 do not do the recommended one hour of physical activity per day, while two in five 13-year olds drink a soft drink every day.

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Sponsored by… Not the Royal Baby

With all the interest in sponsoring key sporting events, it is good to see that brands are investing in the big screen from product placement through campaigns up the release date. It is not just big sporting events such as the Olympics that are receiving major interest from brands, Hollywood are getting in on the act too. Earlier this week, I was speaking with my colleague, Antony Collyer about sponsorship in all its shapes and forms. I’ve blogged about this before, but he had some great thoughts that I wanted to share with you.

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National No Bullshit Day

You’ve probably already seen the buzz online about the day of straight-talking and directness planned for next year.

A UK-based charity, The Campaign for Real Language (CARL) is helping businesses express ideas using words that won’t bewilder, bore, confuse or infuriate people – inside or outside of the organisation.

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Seeing the point

For the third weekend in a row, I’ll be settling down on the sofa on Saturday morning to watch some rugby. It’s the second British & Irish Lions test this weekend – I can’t wait. A lot of sponsorship has gone into making this tour happen, and I’ve definitely got a favourite: I am completely enamoured of the Specsavers sponsorship of the referees.

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