It's one of the most-awarded - and most talked-about - campaigns of this year's Cannes Lions. 'The Next Rembrandt', a project for Dutch bank ING from JWT Amsterdam, used a great insight, machine learning and 3D printing to make an all-new painting from the 17th century old master, Rembrandt van Rijn. And the work picked up two Grands Prix at the Palais des Festivals last month.
This is the title of a new discussion paper recently published by The Alliance for Useful Evidence. The principle underlying the paper is that simply providing access to evidence does not mean that it will be used.
We take great pride as an industry in our ability to solve problems. It's how we tend to frame our capabilities to clients. It's how we describe what we do to our non-industry friends. It's how we award (and reward) ourselves across strategy and creative awards.
Yet, when you think about it, problem solving is a horrible way to think about what any of us do. It is reactive.
This guest post is written by Maria Vardy, Brand Comms MD at Jaywing
The brand marketing landscape is in a constant state of evolution. It's not easy for the modern marketer to appear swan-like - calm on the surface, legs frantically paddling underneath. Keeping up with the latest technology, trends and audience demands can seem impossible. However, there are brands doing exactly this and they demonstrate true grit and determination, traits that other brands can learn from.
"Avoid politics and religion" is normally good advice when talking to clients or colleagues, but in the fall-out from the EU referendum, I feel impelled to break that rule. Yet, despite a rash of resignations and three party leadership contests, it's not the political effect that most interests me; it's actually the impact on our culture and values.
Four out of the 30 shortlisted papers for this year's Warc Prize for Social Strategy were from financial services brands. For a sector renowned for uninspiring advertising, that's a pretty good result. Perhaps what's more surprising is that the four campaigns could not be more different, incorporating an insight-driven database, a content-rich campaign designed to simplify finance, a push for student accounts and a nudge to get thinking about your retirement years.
If I were to suggest that almost every conversation you have about brands is influenced by the thinking of a Viennese psychologist, you'd probably think I was talking about Sigmund Freud. You'd be almost right, but not quite. Actually, I'm referring to the man who was sometimes known as the 'Sigmund Freud of the supermarket age' - a certain Ernest Dichter.
Welsh people don't often get much to cheer about. And yet we do - often. It's a small country, but a noisy one.
After England's early exit from the Euros, patriotic sports fans have turned their attention to Wimbledon. Britain still have strong representation in the form of the Murray brothers. While Andy gets most of the attention, it's actually Jamie who has the higher ranking: currently doubles world number 1. Perhaps part of his strength is due to a natural advantage. He's left-handed.
In 2014, my friends at Admap asked me to write a piece about the impact of Big Data on creativity, to promote their annual essay contest on the same. I looked at Big Data and couldn't find anything that anyone had done with it except retarget banners more invasively, in a way that I felt would drive greater rejection of digital advertising (which it did, as evinced by the meteoric rise of ad blocking over the past two years).