You remember those first couple of years when Health and Wellness and Pharma were finally at Cannes? Anyone who was anyone flew in and there was an air of optimism for the future. And yet, how some of us lamented the fact that we seemed divorced from the main show, how we felt like second... Continue Reading →
The three ways to do Cannes.
1. As a Creative client. It was a few years ago now and it was my first visit to Cannes, and I swore I would never do it that way again. I had always been the senior guy who wasn't quite senior enough to go but was senior enough to hold the fort while the... Continue Reading →
Releasing the Lions.
So the week is over, and Lions Health is a distant Rose-tinted memory. It's been a weird period with the new CEO of Publicis, Arthur Sadoun, risking pissing off his entire creative workforce by pulling out from entering Cannes 2018 or indeed any awards, in order to spend money on an internal collaboration tool called... Continue Reading →
Cecil the cyber Lion.
So, whatever you think about Cecil's tragic and untimely demise, one thing is for sure, so-called 'hunters' might now think twice about loading up the old crossbow and rifle and heading off to needlessly slaughter our finest and most magnificent species for their own amusement. Lord knows something needed to be done to stop the... Continue Reading →
A typical day in pharmaland (part 2)
The trouble with satire is that it can be a rather blunt tool. So I think it is worth writing a short postscript to what has been a rather successful edition, if judged by visitors alone, of my last blog. (thanks for visiting) It just shows that controversial works. Some people thought it rather harsh,... Continue Reading →
A short guide to Lions Health (not a veterinary category)
The glorious month of June is upon us once more and sur la Croisette the Rose is being chilled, the pavements are being hosed down and the sea is reaching the correct temperature for midnight swims in soggy underwear. Mentioning no names, ahem.. Dear reader, will you be joining the thirsty adfolk from around the... Continue Reading →
It seems that clients in Pharmaland are beginning to get the taste for a bit of emotional content in their communications, which is always nice to see. I get emotional just thinking about it. But often the word is used to describe such low level concessions as having a person featured somewhere in the materials.... Continue Reading →
PMs Question time.
Here in London the PM awards are almost upon us and people are frantically dry-cleaning their shiny suits and their not-too-glam-for-lunchtime-frocks and preparing to cut short, by a day, Dry January. Now: This won't come as that much of a shock but these annual awards have rather a low level of credibility within the creative... Continue Reading →
The Healthcare world cup and a level playing field.
Having just returned from Cannes after two days of toe curling, interesting, a couple of dead boring and a few truly inspiring seminars, plus an awards ceremony that sent a very clear message to the world of pharma agencies, my over all impression is this: Finally we get our own world cup, the top... Continue Reading →
The 3 worst ways to judge creative
From outside the Pharma tent, you could be forgiven for thinking it all just looks like stock-shots and poor typography created by people not talented enough to make it in the big wide consumer world. OK, controversial start. But you and I both know that contrary to perception there is talent in them there hills.... Continue Reading →