SxSW –Music is even more social, stupid!

#SxSW. The social media community is making the last preparations for the yearly high noon in Austin, Texas. For a couple of days social media will and shall be noticed in every single corner of this buzzing town. The old cabdriver that calmly cruised me to my meeting today does not like it a bit, …

Dear Dennis: No Badges, No love…

I admit it, I’m a Foursquare junkie. I like to put places on the map, I upload pictures and tips like crazy… you can follow my every move on Foursquare’s map, and I collect mayorships and… badges.  Dear Dennis, I’ve never been this high on badges since my young boy scout days. And, now that …

Patti Smith: truth and ghosts from the past

I sat through all the sessions in the Palais in #canneslions. Some sessions were boring, uninspired,  over the top, could be predicted. Others were great, entertaining, educative, challenging. But true inspiration sparked when people from outside the industry were given time. Robert Redford: fabulous. And… Patti Smith. She’s 64, and looks like she rock’n’rolled every …

Hi I am Napoleon…

The power of social media, it amazes me every day. It brings back power to the people, literally. It brings down barriers, it makes people more brave, it gives people a voice. Meet Napoleon, Greek, and a big fan of Arianna Huffington. Hearing that his goddess was in Athens, he decided to give it a …

Cannes at the brink of civil war

Cannes. This is a plush city on the French Riviera. A city under siege. At thebrink of civil war. See, historically the city belonged in June to the big ad- and marketing agencies, coming together to celebrate their amazing work with their clients at a big festival: #canneslions. This is their city. They own it. …

Now who put “social” in Social TV?

It was pock ugly brown, with a ridiculous curved glass screen, and 4 buttons. That is how old I am. The realization came sudden, and brutal. Three buttons would get me: first Belgian Channel, second Belgian Channel, First Dutch Channel… and the fourth one would power the wooden piece of furniture on and off. My …

Golden bullets from the Sundance Kid

Thousands of top notch creative people in Cannes. The crème de la crème of the advertising, public relations and communications industry. Sessions on nice podia, given by the world’s most confident client facing people. A delight to attend this #canneslions thing, and watch. But still, this year it seems to be about content. The power …

Brilliance: The power of trust, team, respect and mutual sparks

#canneslions : this is the Mecca of creativity, here the world’s top talented people in advertising and PR meet, compete and interact. A mist of almost holy creativity hangs over the French Riviera city for a full week. The winners of the first Lions, the prestigious Cannes awards, have been unveiled, and even the very …

talking dust: you cannot harness the power

Buzz words, and buzzing phrases… it’s intriguing to see how concepts that made perfect sense when they were first used,  gradually erode to the dust of absolute hollow meaninglessness… The phrase I heard most so far at #canneslions is “harnessing the power of communities”. Seriously, every keynote or seminar I went to, used it: harnessing …

Community is your model, connection your strategy

Wandering through the old streets of Cannes, the various advertisings and teasers are about online. Digital, you know, and social media.  #canneslions 11 is going to be Social. For sure. Sipping cooled drinks, awaiting the official start of the event, conversation goes on about the future. The future of advertising, communication, news, influencing. The future …