Thinking Visually or Visual Thinking?

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I became very interested in this when moving from lunch/ free lunch to ‘Global Agency of the Year’ BBDO. The opportunity to work on Marketing and Business Challenges for great brands with some of the very best creative minds in the industry was part of the attraction.

Bounding into a ‘creative’ meeting to explore/explain ideas with my Tinderbox mind map you can imagine my excitement. Read the rest of this entry »


Every day is like Sunday…

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Some colleagues and I began trying to build a ‘one good idea a month with an obvious sponsor” web group that was to support/become ‘Free lunch’ as detailed elsewhere. One of the first ideas we came up with was “8008′ which was to use the current vogue for the 80’s and its songs in a way that was very Web 2.0 and demonstrated the new type of communication ideas. Read the rest of this entry »


Nomad, Glyph and Spoof

The sister perspective to V3
Completed in the same timeframe and largely met with the same response and fate (!) This time it seeks to show the various levels at which brands and consumers can interact. Read the rest of this entry »


V3 – Volition, Viral and Virtual


Something I put together at Bates141 then worked on and refined whilst at ‘lunch’. It’s point may seem a little obvious now but not so when it was first created 8 years ago. The majority of clients and prospects to whom it was presented didn’t really understand it – its not all that clear unless you already think that way, so it mostly ended up being used internally as a way of thinking about Consumers.
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Brands – 18-35 or 1875?

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A really short entry this time – keeping to one a week since the middle of the year!

The very first brands were introduced for mass produced packaged goods. Industrialisation moved production from local communities to centralised factories. The manufacturers needed to convince the distrustful market that they could trust the non-local product.

Above (from the UK) two of the oldest ‘brands’ in the world:

Tate & Lyle golden syrup – according the Guinness Book of records is Britain’s oldest brand

Bass a beer – “The Bass Red Triangle is one of the world’s oldest logos and was the first trademark to be registered in Britain. The 1875 Trademarks Registration Act came into effect on 1 January 1876 and that New Year’s Eve, a Bass employee waited overnight outside the registrar’s office, in order to be the first in the queue to register a trademark the next morning. In fact, Bass got the first two registrations, the first being the Bass Red Triangle for their pale ale and the second the Bass Red Diamond for their strong ale.”

So in 1875: a very sceptical audience in highly localised pockets who didn’t trust centralisation. They needed something to signify trust and reliability in their purchase choices, in short something that stood for something they could trust.

Move forward 133 years – the most desired and difficult market segment is that aged 18 – 35 which sounds very like the description of 1875. In this case their trust is gained from a brand which gives them a great and reliable product experience but also understands them, does things with them and not to them and gives them stories. Enough has been written about Jones Soda to prove it.

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