March 27, 2012

April 2 update: Barry Judge, Best Buy CMO kicks off CATFOA 2012

UPDATED:  The video of our April 2 session with Barry Judge is embedded at the end of this post.

The fifth season of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising kicks off Monday, April 2, 2012 as we welcome Best Buy's CMO, Barry Judge.

In this session, Barry will discuss a range of topics, including the future of brands and agencies and their roles in creating products, design, content marketing, and advertising in the era of empowered consumers

We're also excited to host this special event at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design! So be sure to carve out some extra time the evening of April 2 to survey all the student portfolio work while you're on campus.

Event details:

CATFOA with Barry Judge
Monday, April 2, 2012
Minneapolis College of Art and Design2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Conversation starts at 6:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required, with grateful thanks to MCAD and MIMA for their ongoing sponsorship.

Bio:

Barry Judge is executive vice president, chief marketing officer for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this role, Judge provides overall vision and leadership to all areas of marketing for the enterprise, including brand management, customer research and development, trend, promotions, advertising, marketing communications, internal communications and public affairs. Judge also holds a leadership role in Best Buy’s overall strategy and development in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He began his career at The Direct Marketing Group and has held positions ranging from marketing assistant to product group manager with Young & Rubicam, Coca Cola USA, The Quaker Oats Company and the Pillsbury Company. He also served as vice president of marketing for Caribou Coffee Company. Judge has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in marketing from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

November 1, 2011

2012

Welcome to the 5th season of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising (CATFOA), co-sponsored by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. Specific dates and speakers are being organized and will be announced here.

Many thanks to our amazing audiences and 20 outstanding speakers from the past four years (see below). We look forward to bringing even more awesome to the Twin Cities in 2012. Stay tuned.

May 2, 2011

Monday, May 2 update: Dennis Ryan and Jim Cuene

Life happens.

So we're calling an audible, as Matt Howell can't make it to Minneapolis tonight.

Instead, we're very fortunate to close out the 2011 edition of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising with two very insightful gentlemen (L to R): Dennis Ryan, the new Chief Creative Officer at Olson and Jim Cuene (@jcuene), Director - Interactive Marketing for General Mills.

Tonight promises to be vibrant and new—just the kind of energy we need to get spring moving.

Please join us at 6:00 p.m. (doors at 5:15 p.m.) at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 North First Avenue, Minneapolis. No reservations, and it's free because CATFOA is generously sponsored by MCAD + MIMA.


April 25, 2011

Monday, May 2: Matt Howell - "Agencies: Welcome to the Software Business"

Please join us for the fourth and final episode of the 2011 edition of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising on Monday, May 2 when we welcome Matt Howell (@mrhowell), newly minted Managing Partner, Global Chief Digital Officer at Arnold Worldwide.

Whether they like it or not, ad agencies are getting into the software business. And this means change. The structures and processes that guided us for the past 50 years won't work for the next five. Matt will discuss how agencies can change to keep pace with consumers and technology.

Matt has built his career at the intersection between marketing and technology. As Managing Partner, Global Chief Digital Officer at Arnold, Matt leads digital teams across the agency's global network. He arrived at Arnold from years at Modernista!, where he left as President. While there, he managed the agency's transition from a focus on traditional to interactive media and technology. Previously, Matt spent seven years at R/GA. In his last four years at R/GA, he ran the Nike engagement and oversaw award-winning work on products such as Nike+, NikeiD and the Nike Online Store. He was also a part of the agency's expansion into Stockholm, Sweden. Matt began his career in traditional advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in London before transitioning to digital marketing in 1996. Since this time, he has overseen work for clients ranging from AT&T to Sony to Cadillac to Prada. Over his career, Matt’s work has taken top honors at Cannes, the One Show, the Clios, and others, and has been featured regularly in Communication Arts and Creativity. He also sits on the Board of Directors at Boulder Digital Works at the University of Colorado, where he is a frequent lecturer.

This event is free. No RSVP required. Just show up!

Like our previous 18 speakers, Matt will appear at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Avenue North in Minneapolis.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Matt's presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.

Many thanks to MIMA and MCAD for their generous sponsorship!

(Maybe you're asking yourself, "Hey, wasn't Andrew Keller supposed to close the 2011 CATFOA series? He was. But he had to cancel. And so it goes. We're thrilled Matt was able to fit us into his schedule.)


March 10, 2011

Monday, April 4: Anders Sjostedt - "F*CK DIGITAL"

UPDATE: Video from Anders' presentation is embedded at the end of this article.
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Join us for the third session of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising on Monday, April 4, 2011 when we welcome Hyper Island USA Managing Director Anders Sjostedt (@anderssjostedt).

Based on Hyper Island's very recent experience counseling marketing and ad agency executives, it's easy to understand why agencies express worries their digital efforts aren’t sufficient. In fact, whole floors of agency executives hope to retire—without really having to care about all that new technology stuff. The sentimentally inclined lament the loss of art and beauty in their work, often laying the blame on data, measurements and Facebook chats.

Meanwhile, CMOs are equally worried they’re not able to ask the right questions when being presented with Google search optimization strategies, that they don’t know how to trust the increasing flurry of agencies that advise them through more fragmented channels.

What most agency and marketing leaders have in common is that they really just want the whole digital thing to go away.

But there is still room for beauty and enchantment, argues Sjostedt. Everything doesn’t have to be squeezed into 140 characters. Digital is not the message.

What digital does is change the way societies, humans, and consumers interact. We have to build our organizations accordingly. Creativity doesn’t have to suffer, but be sure, both you and your organization will have to get ready for a serious digital, uhm, f*ck.

Based in Sweden, Hyper Island is a global leader in training within the digital/interactive field. As the Managing Director of Hyper Island USA, Anders Sjostedt is in charge of building and expanding the organization throughout the US and heading the company’s Global Business Development. Previously, Anders was Director at Swedish Creative Industries and CEO of Sweden's largest business incubator, Minc.

This event is free. No RSVP required. Just show up!

Like our previous 17 speakers, Anders will appear at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Avenue North in Minneapolis.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Ander's presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.

Many thanks to MIMA and MCAD for their generous sponsorship!

February 9, 2011

Monday, February 28: Julie Roehm - "Fearless in the Face of Marketing Complexity"

UPDATE: Video of Julie's presentation is embedded down below.
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In the digital age, successful marketing organizations embrace and leverage the complexity wrought by interactive technologies—they're fearless in the face of empowered consumers and ever-changing media. On Monday, February 28, our second CATFOA speaker, Julie Roehm (@jaroehm), will bring decades of global marketing experience to the Twin Cities to discuss the advantages of her fearless approach.

Julie spent six years as a brand manager at Ford, before serving as Director of Marketing Communications for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, overseeing $2.1 Billion in marketing investment—earning praise from Brandweek as its 2004 Automotive Marketer of the Year. Also in 2004, Julie was inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement for outstanding performance in the field of marketing and advertising to executives under 40 years old. She then moved to Wal-Mart, as Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications, with responsibilities for its $800M marketing budget. Julie currently serves as a marketing advisor and consultant through /Meta LLC for start ups, media companies and corporations including Sports Illustrated, Time, Credit Suisse and ADP. She is an official AOL blogger and commentator for Fox Business News.

This event is free. No RSVP required. Just show up!

Just like our previous 16 speakers, Julie Roehm will appear at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Avenue North in Minneapolis.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Julie's presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.

Many thanks to MIMA and MCAD for their generous sponsorship!

January 27, 2011

Monday, January 31: Ana Andjelic - “Do We Need a New Definition of Creativity?”

UPDATE (Feb 10): Video of Ana's presentation available at the end of this post.
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Join on Monday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m. for the inauguration of the fourth season of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising, co-sponsored by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, when we discuss rewriting the creative dictionary with Ana Andjelic (@andjelicaaa), Senior Planner at HUGE, Inc.

The creative of the digital world is vastly different from its traditional predecessor; where creative once represented the astounding idea comprised of art and copy, or a brand identity turn cultural icon. Now the best work is about coming up with relationships and interactions that connect people into networks — potentially never ending, always in beta. The era of strategic creative has begun, and the best campaigns are being executed by the most unlikely of sources. Let's have a conversation with Ana as she shares her insights from Groupon, Best Buy Shopkick, SCVNGR, and more — illuminating how brands can leverage new approaches to great effect.

Ana works as Planning Director at HUGE, Inc. Prior to joining HUGE, she worked at AKQA, Razorfish, The Barbarian Group, Create The Group and Wunderman for clients Citibank, Nokia, CNN, Kashi, Maybelline, Unilever and Burberry among others. She is a frequent contributor to AdAge, and her articles often inspire fierce discussions in the industry. Ana regularly shares her thoughts on digital marketing on her blog, "I [love] marketing." She was a guest on Bob Knorpp’s The Beancast in November 2009, and presented What is Digital Creativity?” at Miami Ad School in October 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Google Doesn’t Have a Jingle: How Digital Media Turns Brands Into Behaviors” is currently being reviewed for publication by Palgrave.

Once again, we'll be at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Avenue North in Minneapolis.

The event is free. No RSVP required. Just show up!

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Ana's presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.

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Here's the CATFOA video of Ana's presentation on January 31: