The Future Of Storytelling, Emirates Brilliant Strategy and ...

Greeting from New York and the Future of Storytelling Conference! This week I’m at one of my favorite events of the year learning about the future of VR, interpretative dance and lots more at this wonderful gathering of creative people and innovators. If you happen to be in NY this week, check out their upcoming

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Hermès Branded Film, Firefox’s Secret Browser & ...

Inspired by the Presidential Debate, the first story in this week’s newsletter features an amazingly smart “Rock The Vote” campaign from Doritos that could have wide ranging consequences. Also this week I feature an amazing branded film about silk from Hermes, how you can test Firefox’s most innovative new plans for creating the browser of the

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How Netflix Predicts Watching Habits, Awful Magazine Covers ...

This week the Internet went crazy talking about how Brangelina split. Despite how important that “news” might be – it’s clearly not the kind of “non-obvious” story I have to share today. Instead, this week’s underappreciated marketing stories feature YouTube’s desperate plan to fix their longtime problem with comments, a glimpse into what Netflix might do

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Strange Korean Video Trends, How Fabergé Sells Luxury and I ...

I am deep in the midst of writing the next edition of Non-Obvious and identifying new trends for 2017. The research has been leading me down some interesting paths as I curate this weekly email for you. You’ll see some of those emerge this week, in stories that take you inside the strange Korean social

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Apple’s Slow Decline, Cancer Innovations and Immersive ...

As news coverage this week approached frenzied levels in an attempt to report on insignificance in the form of “news” from the US presidential election and Apple’s press event – there were many other stories that were easy to overlook.  My choices for the most non-obvious stories this week range from two different stories about

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B2B Screenwriters, Instagram Travel Guides And The Most Anno ...

Content featured big this week as new initiatives from GoPro and IBM both received a lot of coverage and discussion. Brands moving into content is nothing new, but the depth and importance of these forays into content are clearly getting bigger and bolder. In other news, the “Millennial Whoop” was sadly unavoidable as a consequence

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Skinterface Tattoos, Future Shopping Malls & Nintendo&# ...

The future has been on display for the past few weeks, as new experiences, trials and initiatives from all kinds of brands and startups look to push us forward. As a result, my choices for the best stories to share with you this week take a varied look at these visions of the future, applied

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The $25,000 Olympic Bike And Google’s Stunning New Doc ...

I am traveling and living in Rio for the next two weeks and curating this newsletter for you from Brazil to share a combination of my favorite under appreciated stories of the week as well as a small second dose of Olympics marketing stories. Next week I’ll be traveling and taking a week off from

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Everything You Should Know About Rio 2016 Olympic Marketing ...

To help you get ready for the games, this week’s insights will feature some of the most interesting, controversial and important marketing stories from the lead up to Rio 2016, as well as a link to a my own curated YouTube playlist of marketing from all kinds of brands from around the world.  I hope it

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Political Conventions And The Worst Men On The Internet

Legendary ad man David Ogilvy once said that “political advertising ought to be stopped. It’s the only really dishonest kind of advertising that’s left.” I wonder what he would say about the frenzied circus shows of the Democratic and Republican political conventions that have been televised globally these past two weeks. My lead story this

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