In this week’s episode
Robert ponders whether we can teach ourselves to be more curious. On the news front, we discuss the state of digital advertising based on reactions to this year’s Cannes Advertising Awards, and offer our strong opinions on yet another article that throws shade at the term “content marketing.” Our rants and raves include CPA Australia and why content creators are crazy; then we close the show with an artistic example of the week courtesy of Botticelli.
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- (00:01): An advertising blast from the past: “Gumball Bank”
- (00:30): Robert muses on this week’s theme: Are you curious enough?
- (04:30): Welcome to Episode 190: Recorded live on July 3, 2017 (Running time: 1:06:05)
The PNR perspective on notable news and trends
- (08:32): Cannes delivers a lesson on the perils of the great, gushing fountain of content. (Source: The New York Times)
- (20:40): Don’t throw out the marketing practice “baby” along with the terminology “bath water.” (Source: Inside Intercom)
- (34:24): Digital advertising has become a “nightmarish joke.” (Source: Digiday)
Rants and raves
- (46:46): Joe’s commentary: Seeing so many amazing works of art on my recent family vacation in Europe got me thinking about three qualities that seem to unite so many of the world’s most creative minds. It all leads to an important lesson that I’d like to share with our listeners.
- (52:50): Robert’s rant-y commentary: CPA Australia’s CEO Alex Malley – considered to be a business celebrity, of sorts, in that country – was recently let go from his position with the company. Robert explores the potential risks that can result when a brand hitches its content wagon to a high-profile figurehead. (Source: Mumbrella)
This Old Marketing example of the week
(59:54): Botticelli: While this may not fit the mold of a classic This Old Marketing example, I think it’s well worth mentioning. On my recent vacation, my son and I had the chance to see the Botticelli painting, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels and the Young St John the Baptist (shown below). According to our tour guide, this particular artwork was commissioned by a doctor for display outside his office. This was during a time when most people did not have an opportunity to learn to read. However, as the angels depicted in the painting were widely associated with good health, the painting served as a powerful way to promote the beneficial nature of the doctor’s medical practice – without having to say a word.
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Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski/Content Marketing Institute