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Graham Bower

CEO Taglab, Author

June 2009

Graham BowerBy day, he’s chief executive of a funky London agency called Taglab. They’re famous for a decade of building websites and online campaigns for global brands. But away from the web, Graham has been developing ideas around a new business principle – Secondomics. Drawing on psychology, biology, economics and game theory, he’s uncovered why often the real winners in the race are not the people who burn all their energy in being first to blaze a new trail, but those guys who coast in second; following the model and using half the effort. There’s certainly nothing of a coaster in Graham, but when he shared an early draft of his next book, we spotted a new Digital Thought Leader. Here’s what he told us…

03/06/2009  |  Full story...

Michael Brandtner

Brand Strategist

May 2009

Michael BrandtnerWe caught up with Michael at the Styria Digital Congress in Austria where he was talking about the changing nature of branding. Brandtner is a leading thinker on brand strategy (and lives in Rohrbach, Austria). He’s an Associate of Ries & Ries (www.ries.com) and a vocational lecturer at the Graz University of Applied Sciences (Campus 02). He consults with national and international companies such as Dr. Schwabe, Neuburger, Internorm, Kodak, Müller-Milch, Wagner Pizza/Nestle or Unger Steel. We also enjoyed his book “Brandtner on Branding” that applies Darwin`s theory of evolution to the world of marketing and branding. Beside his consulting work he is a frequent speaker on the topics of branding and positioning. His website: www.michaelbrandtner.com.

03/05/2009  |  Full story...

Stephen Haynes

UK Sales Director, Facebook

February 2009

Stephen Haines was appointed Sales Director of Facebook in November 2007, bringing with him more than a decade of sales experience to the team. His skills in both creating and developing profitable commercial relationships are strategic in his role at Facebook.

Prior to starting at Facebook, Stephen spent four years at Yahoo! UK & Ireland as Head of Agency Strategy, generating consistent year on year double digit revenue growth. Having lead large sales teams over the years, Stephen has a wide experience of managing and harnessing the power of teams operationally and commercially and commands huge credibility for troubleshooting both internally and client-side.

20/02/2009

Pete Clifton

Head of Editorial Development, BBC

February 2009

Pete CliftonPete Clifton, 46, is the BBC’s Head of Editorial Development, Multi-Media Journalism - one of the longest job titles in the organisation which puts him in charge of on demand developments across News, Sport and Weather. Before this he was Head of BBC News Interactive, the department responsible for the main News site, plus news to mobile phones, text on TV, interactive TV and outdoor spaces.

Before joining the BBC Pete was a news reporter on the Chronicle and Echo evening newspaper in Northampton, and later their cricket correspondent, covering a wide range of Northamptonshire defeats across the country. He went on to be a sports reporter at the Extel national news agency, before becoming the chief sub on the sports desk at the Press Association.

Away from work Pete likes exchanging dubious stories in bars, wine, playing the piano, attempting bad card tricks, bike riding, walking, golf, entertaining his four children, and occasionally his wife.

What is the next big challenge for the online news industry?
Said on: www.journalism.co.uk Oct 2005
How to make content available on different platforms. Beyond whatever website you are publishing on, how will the news be personalised? In what format? How will users want to receive their news? What about new ways of presenting content? The technical infrastructure? We will have to meet the on-demand age and be extremely nimble so that we can deliver whatever is needed, wherever it is needed

10/02/2009

Tim Faircliff

General Manager, Reuters Media

January 2009

From May 2005 has been general manager for consumer news at Reuters.co.uk, overseeing multimedia services for the internet, interactive TV and mobiles. His role involves product development, third party content deals and sales and marketing.

Mr Faircliff has worked for Telegraph.co.uk for seven years, most recently as general manager. He is also a board member of the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) and the IDM/IAB Digital Marketing Council.

30/01/2009

Bruce Daisley

Industry Leader, YouTube

January 2009

Bruce Daisley really wanted to write sitcoms. Too many hours spent beaming in front of programmes like 'Cheers', 'One Foot in the Grave', and 'Blackadder' gave him a ludicrously happy upbringing. The low standard of most other sitcoms gave him the misguided belief that he could do better.

Parallel with this dream he started his working career in 1993 at Media Sales & Marketing - part of Capital Radio. Shortly later he formed part of the start-up team of Emap On Air, with the ambition to change the way that radio was sold. His subsequent Emap career has been focussed on periods in radio - and five years building internet sales teams.

In 2001, a terse letter from the BBC suggested that 'Nowhere Slowly' his latest attempt at a sitcom 'lacked both comic wit and originality'. With that he laid down his pen and focussed on his media career. It was some consolation that his teams won Media Week Sales Team of the Year in 2005, and Campaign Sales Team of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

He moved across to join Google UK as Agency Leader in September 2008.

These days Bruce still considers himself a sitcom connoisseur; Flight of the Conchords, The Mighty Boosh, Peep Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm remind him how good the standard really can be.

Other achievements:

  • Chairman of Association of Online Publishers Commercial Group
  • Winner / presenter Media Week Sales Team of the Year 2005
  • Winner Campaign Sales Team of Year 2005, 2006
  • UK Representative - Cannes Lions Festival
  • Emap Advertising Digital team soars up the league table: In the IPA top 20 sales points EA have moved from 17th position (of 20), that Bruce inherited to 7th position this time round.

Bruce Daisley’s Specialties:

Building award-winning, market-beating sales teams.

20/01/2009

Alex Wright

Alex Wright, Agency.com

November 2008

Alex is a fan of Brands 2.0, eagerly talking about how people value brands and brands value people. Chatting with him at the regional internet congress in Zagreb, his passions about where brands are vs where they should be come through.

25/11/2008  |  Full story...

Emerson Calegaretti

Vice-President and General Manager, MySpace Brazil

October 2008

Emerson CalegarettiWhen we interviewed Emerson Calegaretti in Caracas on the eve of their launch in Venezuela, it was clear why Latin America is so compelling. Social media has been big in Latin America since YouTube opened up the market and showed people how to connect social networks with media assets. The passion and enthusiasm for social networking accelerated early, and the region has some of the highest volumes of social media activity anywhere in the world. MySpace pioneered making personal home pages easy to build and fun to connect through, opening up access to personal publishing and changing the model for consumer engagement with the web. MySpace sets itself out as supporting people’s lives in three ways: self-expression, discovery and connection and the resulting behaviour playing out on their pages typifies the sharable and tearable content of Web 2.0 digital assets.

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27/10/2008  |  Full story...

Mariate Arnal

MSN Mexico

September 2008

Mariate ArnalEight years ago Mariate left the world of management consultancy and joined the team of just over a dozen people at MSN in Mexico City. She has played an instrumental role in helping to expand the role of commercial media on the internet in Mexico, growing the scope of online marketing in the country and raising advertiser confidence. Today the team at MSN is over 50 people and the scope of the website is a hundred times greater than back in 2000. Along the way Mariate co-founded the industry trade association and has helped accelerate the migration of marketers’ focus to online. In this interview she talks about the role of reach in media planning, why high-end demographic audiences have switched to the web, and why many brand managers still don’t understand what online is about.

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24/09/2008  |  Full story...

Ben Saunders

Polar explorer, Motivational speaker

August 2008

Ben SaundersBen Saunders is a record-breaking polar explorer and by his own admission an "extreme blogger". From the North Pole he wrote to millions using his blog, a PDA, a matchstick and a satellite phone. While becoming the youngest person in history to walk solo to the North Pole, Ben was able to keep us up to date with the progress.

Blogs are the most diverse of digital publishing platforms. They can be harnessed by anyone, anywhere for almost any publishing reason. Ben's blogs demonstrate their power both to amplify an offline event and to make intimate connections with millions.

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25/08/2008  |  Full story...

Peter Ashman

Publishing Director, British Medical Journal

March 2008

Peter AshmanPeter Ashman leads the strategic, commercial and operational development of BMJ Journals and has business responsibility for the Group’s flagship journal, the weekly British Medical Journal (BMJ). He was previously from Nature Publishing Group, where he successfully led the Group's strategic launch into medical publishing. Prior to that, he was publisher of the British Dental Journal and successfully negotiated the acquisition of the British Dental Association's entire journal portfolio. Earlier in his career, Peter worked for The Lancet, both in the UK and North America.

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01/04/2008

Digital Thought Leaders Discussion: Martin Oxley & Danny Meadows-Klue

February 2008

When it comes to helping businesses accelerate, the web is one of the most powerful of tools. In this discussion, Martin Oxley, CEO of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, talks with Danny Meadows-Klue about how firms can harness online marketing without breaking their budgets. What puzzles him is why so many international businesses fail to get it right…

Read the discussion and post your questions to Digital’s moderator.

20/02/2008  |  Full story...

Bob Cauthorn, President at CityTools

Is the newspaper industry stuck in the wrong advertising model?

January 2008

Newspapers are still fishing for advertising in the wrong place. That’s the conclusion of newspaper veteran Bob Cauthorn in looking at how the advertising model has failed to adapt in spite of the massive leaps in content. His argument is that hyper-local is the way forward.

26/01/2008  |  Full story...

Peter Cowie, Managing partner at FitchLive

December 2007

Peter’s background includes JWT and WPP, but on the day he set up Oystercatchers we asked him about how the marketing and advertising industry is likely to evolve over the next few years with the growth of digital. He’s clear that the models for reward need to change: “It’s not just about paying for the hours people put in, it’s about rewarding them based on the performance they create. Overall its about working with the right talent; that’s what clients want. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have a roster of agencies all with the same structure of account directors, creatives and planners”. For Peter, the implication is that the scale of change will be personal and internalised as well as a macro re-structure of how the ad industry works. “This probably means more plural lives for individuals, potentially a growth in the freelance market, and a more flexible and fluid marketing industry. Maybe this means a smaller industry, with people paid better, and a greater search for the link between investment and effectiveness.

15/12/2007

Matt Brittin

Country director for advertiser sales, Google UK

November 2007

DTL_Matt-Brittin.jpgIt’s been another amazing month or two for the folks at Google as it emerged in the UK they had topped ITV1 in revenues, as well as plucking the prize for world’s most recognised brand, and now one of the US top five firms by market cap. Google’s Matt Brittin is clear that the market is still changing fast and so is marketing. In this type of world why would we even talk about targeting a demographic. With search taking over 8% of all UK adspend, it’s well established as a media channel in its own right, and yet the pace of development remains daunting.

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25/11/2007

Matthew Mayes, Executive Creative Director at MRM Worldwide

November 2007

Talking about the changes in the advertising industry, Matthew Mayes is clear that this “calls for a different form of advertising to populate this new space. People choosing to spend lots more time in this landscape.” On the changes in channels Mays may be a digital evangelist, but is no advocate of analogue rejection: “Newspaper and TV brands have a great future, they’ve just going to be watched and read very differently”. However Mayes is convinced that all is not well in the model of how advertising is created. Is ‘the big idea’ happening in the wrong place? “Why do you try to define the ‘big idea’ in the least important channel? This means you have to force it below the line and the model doesn’t necessarily work?”

15/11/2007  |  Full story...

Emma Barnes, Snowbooks CEO

Smart digital marketing by reaching customers online

October 2007

Over the last few weeks we’ve been preparing a new edition of the Digital Viral Marketing Academy; one focussed on the entertainment sector and in particular the challenges facing book publishers. Along the way I’ve learned heaps about how Harry Potter fans used their own magic on the web, how political diarists levered their influence and how unknown authors have shot to stardom. The folks at Book-Trailers.net have begun exploring Hollywood-style approach to selling movies, authors are now buying into creating their own sites, and Penguin Classics have created the cutest RSS buttons imaginable.

While ambling between the sites of the big sisters of publishing, I was lucky enough to stumble into the home of tiny Snowbooks, and find a small publisher that’s pulled off some big web coups.

Snowbooks.com | Snowblog | Snowbooks.com on YouTube | Books-Trailers.net | Training in viral marketing | Tips in viral marketing | Web 2.0 training and strategies

17/10/2007  |  Full story...

Alison Wheeler, UK CEO, Wikimedia

UK CEO, Wikimedia

October 2007

Digital Thought Leaders | By Danny Meadows-Klue

The Wikipedia model has revolutionised knowledge classification and the linkages between content. Google pretty much anything and chances are that a wiki listing will be bubbling up on the results page. Clearly Wikipedia will remain a permanent fixture of the landscape, and we should all cherish the fact it’s a foundation. “But the problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice, in theory it would never work”, explains Alison Wheeler, Wikimedia’s UK chief executive. It’s a conundrum: after all, why should people want to dedicate their time to updating and managing entries on a public encyclopaedia?

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03/10/2007  |  Full story...

Joseph Jaffe

Author and President of Crayon

August 2007

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Joseph Jaffe is a passionate digital marketing thinker who puts massive energy into transforming traditional and new businesses. He feels that the whole marketing process needs a rebuild to capture the changes in consumer attitudes and online challenges for brands. In his ten points about the dramatic shift in the relations between consumers and marketers he indicates a path businesses should take.

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24/08/2007

Professor Joel de Rosnay

CEO Biotics International

July 2007

Joel de Rosnay is the rare visionary who uncloaks the future with the richest of insights. He describes the internet as a relationship technology and is fascinated by the new structures of relationships that are emerging. His books chart the history and the future of our relationships with technology and the Agor Vox online newspaper he helped build in France has pioneered the publishing models of citizen journalism. While the media industry is focussed on Web 2.0, he’s unravelling Web 3.0. PDFDownload the article (right-click and select save/download) MailJoin the news service so you hear about future reports (include your company details and areas of interest)

17/07/2007

Simon Caulkin

Simon Caulkin in his weekly column for The Observer on 26th November 2006 summed up one of the fundamental drivers of current web innovation:

"It's not established companies that have pioneered the key businesses of the second-generation internet but geeks and customers who scorn the commercial offerings pushed at them by industry leaders and instead create new ones to meet quite different demands of interchange and self-expression."

26/11/2006

Antoine Clement

General Manager for Digital Media, Elle.fr

May 2006

For sixty years Elle's magazines have been media icons. With a new enthusiasm they're embracing the web, and they're taking on board the new models of publishing. With 39 editions and 20 websites, Clement's brands have come a long way from a single media proposition. But only continued innovation will let them succeed in an increasingly challenging online market.

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20/05/2006

Vince Broady

Founder, GameSpot.com

May 2006

Vince Broady is a legend in the world of online game playing. He set up the GameSpot.com network ten years ago that unites computer games fans worldwide. We caught up with him in London at the launch of their UK site and discovered how the early adopters in the online games industry are setting a blueprint for much wider digital publishing and marketing.

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19/05/2006

Joi Ito

The veteran business columnist's remarks echo those in a recent post from VC and entrepreneur Joi Ito:
"I personally think that people are trying to build Bubble 2.0 on top of Web 2.0. Instead of becoming a platform for the future of the Web, it's possible that Web 2.0 is becoming the platform for the short-term future of greedy people. However, I do think that it is important to understand that the recent success and surge in innovation on the Web is due to a semi-new set of principles. Part of the principles are a return to fundamental principles. The innovation on the Web and the Internet is driven by what David Weinberger has called "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" - a network created by small groups working together around open standards. It is and was a community of people and projects trying to connect to each other."

19/05/2006

Jim Sterne

CEO Target Marketing

April 2006

Jim Sterne has been exploring online marketing for more than a decade. His new-found passion for web optimization has seen him dubbed "the godfather of web analytics". Now he's on a crusade for effective web marketing that delves into the heart of the firm itself. Analytics unlock the full benefits from all existing website investment, yet many businesses are only scratching the surface, and most are yet to start.

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20/04/2006

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