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Globalshop Top Retail Brands Coverage Roundup


Now that everything is wrapped up from our stellar trip to Las Vegas and the Globalshop Expo, we’ve put it all together for you in an easy-to-navigate post. Read on for links to our coverage.

&#151 Top US Retail Brands of 2009 link

&#151 Brand Differentiation: Do Your Brands Hold Up? link

&#151 InterbrandDesignForum CEOs Explain How Business-centric Branding Works link

&#151 Liveblogging Globalshop: InterbrandDesignForum Pres. Bruce Dybvad Talks Shop link

&#151 The Globalshop Liveblog link

&#151 Liveblogging the Most Valuable Retail Brands Session link

Want more info on how the top retail brands are selected? Want to be in the know for the upcoming selection of the top global retail brands? Click here.

PSFK Conference New York, See You There


On Thursday, April 2 we’ll be heading to Battery Park for PSFK Conference New York &#151 an all day event that “celebrates the most creative ideas and inspirational organizations emerging from the city.” We’re just there to watch and learn, since we’re not the creative type, but if you’re planning to attend let us know.

Click here for more info and to see who’ll be speaking.

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Austin Under Siege


For those of us who were not lucky enough to be down in Austin for the 2009 SXSW Interactive Conference, David Bryant, head of digital at StrawberryFrog in NYC and a 2009 One Show Judge, has kindly filled us in on what we missed. Without further ado…

“Austin, Texas is under siege this week. Already a remote outpost of liberalism in a desert of guntotin’ buttfuckery, Austin was groaning under the weight of the SXSW interactive, film and music conference this weekend.

stubbsaustinchili.jpgFood was the first thing to run out. Over the weekend Stubbs ran out of ribs and chilli. Imagine. I had to have the pulled pork. Which tasted exactly like a pig does when put in a blender. Then we ran out of internet at my hotel. Then bizarrely AT&T ran out of cellphone signals.

Given 50% of the iPhone owning population must have been in Austin over the weekend, it’s fairly unforgivable. It was pretty much the topic on conversation for the first few days, even if that conversation was restricted to the non-telephonic variety. And a bit of a corporate disaster for AT&T which made the blogs and then the mainstream almost immediately.

SWSX is the perfect storm of music, film and interactive. Despite much talk of convergence in these areas, there’s not much evidence of it. The music industry attendees are easy to spot – they’re all over 50 and wear leather. The film people are all over 30 and wear specs. The interactive people are all over 18 and wear each other down.

heatherssnaark.jpgSeriously. The level of general snarkiness in the interactive conference has to be experienced. Curiously, my journalist friends tell me it’s just not that way with the music and film conferences. Perhaps the music and film conferences are more about selling your film or artists. The Interactive lot definitely seems to have more of the ‘go on – impress me’ about them.

I blame social media. There. I’ve said it. It’s the scourge of real time commentary. The Interactive conference is effectively two conferences – the real life one where people talk. And the meta-conference where people are…

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Kicking Off Dubai Lynx


Advertising festival Dubai Lynx has begun. Presented by the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and regional partners, this is the second year for festival whose attendance has seen a marked increase. Bob Isherwood, ex-Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, kicked off the event with a speech titled, “The ore that gold comes from.” No idea where he took that title, but according to reports, Isherwood was well received. They festival also named their advertising person of the year: Tanvir Kanji, head of Inca Tanvir, an independent integrated communications company.

Also, the first twenty-one students have been selected from 8 countries in the Middle East for Leo Burnett’s Dubai Lynx Academy. The academy, which launched this year is an industry initiative to support the future of advertising. The students come from Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE and three of these people will be offered an internship with Leo Burnett.

Raja Trad, CEO of Leo Burnett Middle East added: “In these difficult economic times our focus can become otherwise distracted but we must continue to invest in the future of the industry and make sure there is no dearth of talent in the years to come.”

Isn’t that the truth?

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Oh Faris! Where For Art Thou?


All you Faris Yakob fans should get pumped. The winner of the President’s Prize from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and McCann Erickson’s new digital guru will be hosting a cozy discussion tonight. The topics to be covered include: The new idea consumer; the form and function of brands; brand content within a larger social content ecosystem and some other advertising mumbo-jumbo. The event is hosted by The Advertising Club’s, Young Professionals at 6:00pm at 622 Third Avenue, 26th floor. Get even more details here.

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This World And SXSW Was Made For All Men


Who is going to SXSW? Raise your hands, so I can be totally jealous.

This year, Ogilvy has put together the first ever Blacks in Technology Meetup at SXSW. Moderated by Jeffrey Bowman, a partner within the Marketing Strategy practice at Ogilvy North America, the event will host social media experts such as Baratunde Thurston, Denise Jacobs, and Nichelle Stephens.

The event will take place on Friday, March 13 from from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center (1165 Angelina Street). The event is open to new media professionals, as well as those who are hoping to break into this industry. Why, why, why am I not going to SXSW? Oh that’s right… I have to work. Damn.

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“Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! – PSFK New York


The PSFK Conference that began in New York has gone global. Hello Singapore! Now, Piers Fawkes and his crack team have circled back to New York City. On April 2, 2009, all the cool kids will be down in Battery Park listening to experts speak on everything from sustainable design to the open source community and the need for IP. Want to go? Get more details and tickets here.

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What Corporate America Still Misunderstands About Black People

Everyone wants to talk about race these days and thank heavens. Radio One is sponsoring an event at the One Club in New York titled – “Urban Legends: What Corporate America Still Misunderstands About Black People.” They don’t mince words. Panelists include Catherine L. Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One; Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation; Najoh Tita-Reid, director of multi-cultural and African American marketing at Proctor & Gamble; and Julius Dunn, program director for The One Club’s Adversity Program. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am.

I tell you what – I might just go to see Steve Stoute. Remember that video we posted of him talking about Janet Jackson’s, Nipplegate? He’s got a dry humor that might be even better enjoyed live. Check out a much more staid version of Steve from his induction video into the AAF’s Hall Of Achievement.

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Calling All Planners And Creatives: Here’s A Good Idea


Ideas can be hard to come by and in a marketplace that is demanding the freshest, coolest campaigns, you might need a little help.

From Tuesday November 18 through to the holidays, consumer insights consultancy, PSFK, will run a series of breakfast discussions in New York City. The Good Idea Salons will run twice a week and present different topics that will get your brain kicking.

The Good Ideas Salon is part of a larger campaign by PSFK to inject a bit of positivity in what is these days, frowning advertising industry. The sessions are really a conversation between PSFK, experts in a topic and attendees. Back and forth. Give and take. Sweet. Best part? It’s super cheap at $40. Get all the info here, but check out the schedule below:

Good Ideas In Mobile – Tuesday, November 18
Good Ideas In Design – Thursday, November 20
Good Ideas in Collaboration – Tuesday, November 25
Good Ideas In Digital – Tuesday, December 2 (details to follow)
Good Ideas In Social Media – Thursday, December 4 (details to follow)
Good Ideas In Brand Experience – Tuesday, December 9 (details to follow)
Good Ideas In Design II – Thursday, December 11 (details to follow)
Good Ideas In Collaboration II – Tuesday, December 16 (details to follow)
Good Ideas For The Future – Thursday, December 18 (details to follow)

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Dubai Lynx: Register Now


The 2nd Dubai International Advertising Festival will take place from 15-17 March 2009. Who wants in?

The key note speakers: Bob Isherwood (Worldwide Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi), PJ Pereira (partner, Pereira & O’Dell) and Scott Goodson (CEO of StrawberryFrog).

Yeah, so they’ll be blabbering. They’ll be exhibitions and drinks, blah, blah. Here’s the thing – if you attend, you’ll be in Dubai, dude. It’s the closest you’re ever going to get to a real world version of Fantasia.
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