The changing art of persuasion in a downturn

This article, by Laura James, WARC Online’s Media Editor, summarises the WARC Creativity in Advertising Conference 2009.

The changing art of persuasion in a downturn

Laura James

Now, more than ever, creativity matters. Advertisers are under increasing pressure as budgets are tightened and agencies are expected to do more but often for less.

At the recent WARC Creativity in Advertising Conference, Chairman Rory Sutherland, Executive Creative Director and Vice-Chairman, OgilvyOne London, warned us of the dangers of allowing the creative industry to be ruled by the calculator and the spreadsheet.

In these harsh economic times there is an inherent bias against the generation of creativity - brilliant ideas can be born of an afternoon and...

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