May 13, 2018

CATFOA with Jeff Kling — Wednesday June 20



Ten years ago we launched an ongoing, always-in-beta speaker series called Conversations About The Future Of Advertising. Over 25 luminaries have participated since. In 2018 the series continues with a Summer of CATFOAthree different speakers, three different nights, and all kinds of ideas to expand your brain—presented by the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA.org).

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
FEATURED GUEST: JEFF KLING 


He created Dos Equis’s “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” rubber-stamped Nike’s “Write the Future” campaign and authored the Miller High Life manifesto and campaign that still forms the playbook for many strategists, agencies, and brands. Recently Jeff gave Arby’s “The Meats,” helped America win their taxes for H&R Block, and helped Loctite win advertising’s Super Bowl. Just imagine what he has in mind for the future. 

On June 20 we’ll hang with Jeff Kling (LinkedIn), former Chief Creative Officer of Fallon. A man who hopes: 1. His ambient dislike of advertising has bettered his own work; and 2. That no one will mind his not having fulfilled his imagined potential as a world-champion surfer. In his fourteen-hundred thirty-seven-thousand years in the business, Kling has quarterbacked national and global work for Heineken, Coca-Cola, Jaguar, EA, Nokia, Volvo, Honda, The Eye Film Institute Netherlands, Miller Genuine Draft, ESPN, Clearasil, Gore-Tex and many, many more—and for a host of dead dot-coms, for whose busted first-wave bubble he is personally responsible.


CATFOA with Sung Chang — Wednesday July 18


Ten years ago we launched an ongoing, always-in-beta speaker series called Conversations About The Future Of Advertising. Over 25 luminaries have participated since. In 2018 the series continues with a Summer of CATFOAthree different speakers, three different nights, and all kinds of ideas to expand your brain—presented by the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA.org).

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018
FEATURED GUEST: SUNG CHANG 


He helped build the future we’re living in now—so what does he see coming next?

Sung (LinkedIn) has built all kinds of mobile apps, payment systems, interfaces and experiential environments for Sony, Nike, Kraft and Time Warner. He's taught at Columbia University, Miami Ad School and the School of Visual Arts as well as designed album covers for the Wu-Tang Clan. 

He's spent the past 20 years leading creative teams, building new practices and departments, and helping brands and agencies embrace and integrate digital. He's currently the CCO of MRM//McCann East working across accounts such as the U.S. Army, NY Lottery, Cigna, IHOP and USPS. Most recently, he was the Executive Creative Director of AKQA NY, primarily leading the Verizon and Starbucks accounts And as ECD at Ogilvy & Mather he led Nestle, Motorola, American Express, Castrol, BP, Cisco, SAP, DuPont, Metlife and Yahoo!



CATFOA with Jen Faucon - Thursday August 16


Ten years ago we launched an ongoing, always-in-beta speaker series called Conversations About The Future Of Advertising. Over 25 luminaries have participated since. In 2018 the series continues with a Summer of CATFOA—three different speakers, three different nights, and all kinds of ideas to expand your brain—presented by the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA.org).

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018
FEATURED GUEST: JEN FAUCON 

Is Blockchain the future of advertising? Let's find out. 

Jen Faucon has lived and worked in Dubai and Singapore, Sydney and Detroit—developing new ecommerce brands, payment platforms, user experiences and integrated marketing. She’s fluent in Bitcoin, Blockchain and AI. And we’re going to talk about it all, and learn how code might just save the future of advertising.

Jen (LinkedIn) serves as Chief Customer Success Officer at Codelattice, a global digital solutions provider with expertise in cyber security, cloud computing, AI and digital marketing. She’s worked agency-side for MRM and BBDO and iProspect, and client-side for SendItLater. She graduated from Tufts University, hold a M.Ed. from Lesley University in English as a Second Language, and is a Babson College M.B.A. candidate in Entrepreneurship and Global Management.

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June 13, 2017

CATFOA with Faris Yakob - July 19 2017

He's back! Seven years ago strategist (and now author) Faris Yakob regaled the CATFOA audience with thoughts on "Stuff that doesn't work properly: How technology changes the nature of advertising," during our third year of hosting speakers.

After traveling the world, working nomadically, Faris returns to Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Fine Line Music Cafe to talk further about the future of advertising -- presented by the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, sponsored by BBDO MPLS and Fredrikson & Byron.

>> REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND

Faris will leverage his global experience to talk about four key themes, which present challenges and opportunities for the advertising and marketing industries: Attention Collapse, Everything is PR, The Great Blur and Integrative Branding. He'll share useful insights from his experiences developing strategies, creative briefs and presentations inside agencies and marketers all over the world. And he'll reference themes from his 2015 book Paid Attention.

It's certain to be a very useful and engaging event for strategists of all stripes, brand planners, insights junkies, design thinking aficionados and all manner of idea people.

Don't miss it!

Conversations About The Future Of Advertising
with Faris Yakob
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5:30pm - Registration
6:00pm - Presentation

Presented by MIMA. Please register to attend



August 3, 2016

CATFOA with Peter Nicholson, CCO Periscope - August 17, 2016

UPDATE:  Many thanks to the 120+ attendees and especially Peter Nicholson for elevating our 24th Conversation About The Future Of Advertising.

Click here to watch the video from the August 17 event via MIMA.org.

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Here we go again (but with a twist for you CATFOA loyalists). This time the Conversations About The Future Of Advertising speaker-series features Periscope’s newly minted Chief Creative Officer, Peter Nicholson. We're going to talk about the difficulties of change (see below). Doors open at 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. The twist? We're in a new location: The Minneapolis Event Centers' Riverside Ballroom next to St. Anthony Main. (Loyalists: please don't go to the old venue.) Huge thanks to the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association for hosting this event.

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Peter Nicholson has led an impressive 20+ career in creativity and ideas and leadership -- from Leagas Delaney to Goodby Silverstein, Deutsch, JWT, McKinney and now here in Minneapolis at Periscope.

On August 17 we're going to talk with Peter primarily about change management. It'll be a useful conversation for agency leaders, owners, creatives and pundits. 

Specifically, we'll talk about the challenges in making an agency or a marketing organization more fluent in the technology of modern advertising. We'll talk about how the efficacy of advertising has changed - and what that means for advertising ideas. And the changes in client/agency relationships, revenue models and staffing models. We'll also talk about what needs to change within agencies so there is a more even balance of genders and races (especially in leadership positions). 

It's going to be a rich, nuanced conversation. Don't miss it. 






June 8, 2015

The Return of CATFOA with Rick Webb - July 15

[UPDATE 07/27/15: VIDEO EMBED AT END OF POST]

We're excited to reignite Conversations About The Future Of Advertising with Barbarian Group co-founder, VC and author Rick Webb, who recently published Agency: Starting a Creative Firm in the Age of Digital Marketing.



Rick’s book is really strong. He’s cornered a lot of useful insights for agency owners, managers and anyone curious about how to improve their agency -- be it an advertising, design, technically-focused and/or in-house agency. You'll learn a lot!

We’re going to talk primarily about culture -- and how culture influences everything from great ideas to client relationships, budgeting to contracts, creative briefs to cash projections, lawyers to exit strategies.

It's an honor to regroup with the team at MIMA to produce this event (REGISTER HERE). And a huge kudos to Fredrikson and Byron for sponsoring the rebirth of CATFOA.

Event Details: 

CATFOA with Rick Webb 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Ave., Mpls.
Doors at 5:30pm
Rick at 6:00pm
This event is free to MIMA members only. Please register to attend.



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.