July Event Recap: Conversations About The Future Of Advertising

Conversations about the Future of Advertising

It was a packed house at the Fine Line Cafe as MIMA members eagerly awaited the reigniting of CATFOA (i.e., Conversations About the Future of Advertising). This cafe Q&A between Rick Webb, venture partner at Quotidian Ventures, and Tim Brunelle, former MIMA president, was particularly riveting, talking about the business of ideas, starting up/founding an agency, and all things related to managing an independent agency — a topic, as it turned out, that many MIMA-goers related to.

Here are the key takeaways and best sound-bytes from this month’s event.

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The Future of Advertising in the Digital Age

How do Agencies Impact how we Stay Ahead of the Curve?

This article is written by MIMA Volunteer, Lyndsey Danberry

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The future of advertising today is all about agility and flexibility.  It sits at the intersection of technology and consumer behavior.  The hurdle that we, as marketers, face is staying ahead of the curve. Fortunately, there are agencies all over the US (with over 25 in the Twin Cities alone) whose goal is to strategically guide their clients through trends, help them stay ahead of the digital curve and help them solve for real world problems.

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Tactics in Twenty: May Event Recap

Tactics in Twenty, May 2015

All the acronyms! All the buzzwords! Lots of experts talk a big game when it comes to things like SEO, SEM, PPC, content strategy, marketing automation, big data and more. But what does it all mean? How do all of these data-driven, technical marketing practices fit together? And how do we plan, prioritize and execute against the most opportunistic tactics for our organization? Thats where Tactics in Twenty come in – the first of two events well host this year where three speakers give twenty minute knowledge bombs and tangible takeaways.

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Digital Marketing Buzzwords: The Enemy of Long-Term Strategy

Guest Blogger Chris Todd, Marketing Strategist at Spyder Trap

Marketing Buzzwords

Every industry has its share of buzzwords and acronyms, but it seems like digital marketing lingo takes the cake. SEO, PPC, SEM, big data, etc. — the industry speak is enough to make your head spin. And while buzzwords and acronyms aren’t inherently evil, they can be gateway drugs to harmful practices. Once a process gets labeled, it inevitably leads to people searching for shortcuts and tricks to get ahead of the pack, and MIMA is going to help you do just that during our next event on  Tactics in Twenty: Data + Tech.

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The Simple & Powerful Solution to Design with Confidence

Kelly Canavan and Fred ArsenaultWe sat down with Kelly Canavan, the market development manager, and Fred Arsenault, technology development manager, at 3M Visual Attention Technologies & Applications, to talk design, visual priorities, and the tools that help those processes succeed for this month’s sponsored blog post.

After all, you only have seconds to get your customers’ attention, so you’d better make sure your most important content stands out. That’s why many designers and marketers turn to 3M℠ Visual Attention Software (VAS), a tool that helps increase confidence in a design or marketing idea.

Here’s what we learned about VAS and how it helps designers and marketers alike.
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April Event Recap: Reimagining the Future of Advertising with the Google Art, Copy & Code Team

Reimagining the Future of Advertising

Nobody knows what advertising is going to be in 5 years. After all, it’s impossible to predict the future. Vikram Tank with the Google Art, Copy & Code team, however, knows how to use trending data to try and solve what will happen in the next 3-6 months. We were fortunate enough at this month’s event to get insight into what the folks at the Google Art, Copy & Code team have already accomplished in changing the advertising game, and what we can continue to see in the months (and maybe even years) ahead.

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Reimagining the Future of Advertising

Example from Google's Art, Copy & Code team's EA Sports gif campaign.

Example from Google’s Art, Copy & Code team’s EA Sports gif campaign.

What does the future of advertising look like? Thats a great question, and one we hope to get a closer answer to in this week’s MIMA event featuring Google’s brand lead, Vikram Tank. We all want to be ready for a future of advertising that may look drastically different than what it appears to be today. We all want our brands to be relevant, agencies to succeed, and to be a part of the conversation. But what does that mean for us in todays advertising landscape? And what does it mean for us in tomorrows?

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