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Lena Roland

The  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to be implemented across the European Union today, 25 May 2018.
The conversation around data privacy has changed as a result of revelations surrounding a British data analysis company’s alleged misuse of Facebook users’ personal data for political targeting.
With the disruptions of Amazon and other platform companies, marketing is shifting away from communications and advertising, and toward the design of experience.
Recent issues around media transparency, fake ads and brand safety issues have put a strain on client-agency relationships.
"Data protection is rising up the public, political and media agenda", according to Rob Luke, deputy information commissioner (ICO), the UK’s independent authority that regulates the Freedom of Information Act.
Tom Goodwin, Head of Innovation at Zenith, speaking at a recent NewsCred event, noted that as the media and technological landscape evolves, consumers are no longer actively searching out content; in a "post-digital age", he said, content will increasingly come to consumers.
The AME Awards went live on Warc this morning. The AME Awards for advertising and marketing effectiveness honour work that demonstrates ground-breaking solutions to marketing problems.
The CASSIES (Canadian Advertising Success Stories) are now ready for subscribers to read! The CASSIES recognise and reward the business effectiveness of Canadian advertising.
The DMA International ECHO Awards 2015 went live on last week. The awards are given to campaigns that have the power to change business.
Who owns your data? Who has access to it? How is it being used? Can it, will it, ever be used against you? How is data being managed? And can data ever discriminate? These were some of the important questions raised at a recent debate hosted in London by The Foundation, an independent growth and innovation consultancy.
The Warc Prize for Connection Strategy Awards went live on last week. These awards focus on channel ideas that deliver brand advantage.
The Warc Prize for Asian Strategy Awards went live on last week. These awards recognise and reward great strategic thinking in marketing in the region.
Alexandra Curley, Insights Director at Spinnaker, a digital marketing agency based in London, shared findings from its new report, Defining Foodies, at a breakfast event held in central London last week.
The APG Creative Strategy Awards went live on today. These awards recognise the central role of planning and are dedicated to inspiring the exchange of ideas and expertise on how business can benefit from creative thinking.  This Girl Can, a campaign devised by FCB Inferno for Sport England, won the Grand Prix and I've dug deep into the 60-strong case studies to showcase campaigns that demonstrate how to overcome a variety of marketing challenges.
The Jay Chiat Awards went live on today. The global 4A's Jay Chiat Awards recognise the best strategic thinking in the industry.
The MMA Smarties went live on this week. The Mobile Marketing Association Smarties Global Awards are presented to campaigns that use innovation and creativity to successfully push the boundaries of mobile marketing.
The Atticus Awards went live on today. They are a selection of winning papers which are open exclusively to professionals working in WPP companies.
The Warc Prize for Social Strategy shortlist  features 32 entries which Warc subscribers can  view here .
The DMA UK Awards 2014 were recently published on The Direct Marketing Association recognises campaigns that demonstrate how brilliant strategic thought and creative ideas drive outstanding results.
Recently, I've been looking at some prominent trends in marketing. I've explored the  power of partnerships  and the increasing use of  'occasion marketing'  strategies.
The CASSIES (Canadian Advertising Success Stories) were published on last week. These awards recognise and reward the business effectiveness of advertising.
A couple of weeks ago I discussed how partnerships can be a powerful strategy in a marketer’s toolkit.
The DBA Awards were published on earlier this month. These awards recognise design projects that are creatively and commercially effective.
Tomorrow marks the start of Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations when people all over Asia, and Chinese communities throughout the world, will be welcoming in the year of the sheep/goat.
As Warc’s Knowledge Officer I’ve observed some notable trends that stood out in the marcomms industry in 2014 and that will continue to play an important role in brand communications in 2015.