Technology – Making a Better You at CES 2017

This post was contributed by Jodi Brooks, U.S. Chair, Technology Practice.

It’s hard to imagine, but every year the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets bigger and better than the year before. Next month, the Las Vegas Convention Center will be abuzz with 2.4 million square feet of the most awe-inspiring innovations around. But not all of them will be the brainchildren of the companies you normally associate with CES.

In my last post, I talked about the role health tech will play at CES – a market that has made enormous strides over the past years. With the technology industry continuing to influence  more and more industries, gone are the days where CES is a show exclusive to traditional consumer tech behemoths.

It goes without saying that trends such as wearables, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) have dominated this year’s headlines as advancements in these fields continue to

JWT New York and Black Lives Matter Unveil New Partnership

Black Lives Matter, a chapter-based U.S. organization working for the validity of Black life, has announced the start of a strategic and creative partnership with JWT New York, making JWT New York the organization’s first-ever agency partner. In the new partnership, JWT New York hopes to play a key role in tackling the racial challenges facing society in the United States. One of the agency’s challenges will be to help establish the movement in time and beyond the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag that made it famous.

Marking the start of the new partnership is the launch of BackingBlackBusiness.com, a Google map based web tool that allows consumers to easily discover Black-owned small businesses throughout the United States. At launch, the tool featured over 300 businesses and in the following two days the number grew by more than 150%.

 BackingBlackBusiness.com also allows Black business-owners to add themselves to the map.

The effort

Watch Fold7’s Year in Review

Oh, what a difference a year can make.

Last year Hilton and Magners appointed us. This year we launched Hilton’s biggest-ever global campaign and relaunched the Magners brand. Last year Marc Nohr joined Fold7 as CEO. This year our leadership team had 4 new additions, all of them being women. Last year we had plans for new ventures. This year we made them happen; launching experiential agency Hyperactive, standalone production company Film7 and Unfolded Talks. Last year we brought to you “Probably the Best Poster in the World.” This year we made Carlsberg talk of the town during the Euros with our “Substitutions” campaign. Last year we welcomed furry friend Tallulah into the office. This year the Fold7 dog kennel has quadrupled with the addition of tail-waggers Georgie, Bertie and Sadie. Last year we held bake-offs, cook-offs and coveted ping-pong tournaments. This year we did it all again and then some, introducing run club, kickboxing and book club.

Unseen Christmas – A Day In The Life Of An Unseen Project Worker

For an estimated 13,000 people in the UK, Christmas Day is just another day trapped in the chains of modern slavery, far from home and their loved ones.

Unseen is a charity dedicated to breaking those chains, helping to empower some of society’s most vulnerable people to become independent individuals.

This Christmas, to raise awareness and money we have created four paper chain decorations, each illustration inspired by a personal story of someone affected by slavery.

Today we’re highlighting a day in the life of an Unseen project worker, the inspiration behind one of our paper chain designs. Illustration by Radio.

8AM

I start my shift. A new resident arrived overnight and, after a handover from a tired night worker, I read through the new case notes. She’s from Romania, another in a long line of Romanian women who are tricked into coming to the UK and then forced

JWT London Host Inaugural Young Tribes Day

Throughout October and November, JWT London staffers across the Accounts, Planning, Creative, Social and New Business disciplines presented at nine schools across London, giving students an introduction to advertising, the power of diversity and inclusion and JWT’s Female Tribes initiative.

In each school, the staffers challenged the students to think about the vital effect of role models and share their thoughts. 38 Years 10s across the schools were invited to the JWT London office on December 14 for the inaugural Young Tribes Day, an all-day event was filled with presentations, meetings with staff members, and an opportunity to tackle a brief from Wagamama, a UK-based Asian food restaurant chain, alongside JWT mentors.

Students were then able to present their campaign idea to a judging panel that included James Whitehead, JWT London’s newly crowned CEO; Louise McCourt, Special Projects Fundraiser – Volunteer Partnerships; Claudia Southgate, Senior Creative at JWT

Looking to the future with WeTransfer

The launch of the new WeTransfer logo at the end of November roused a typically sparky debate at Moving Brands.

For many, the realisation that the company had a logo was news in itself.

“I’m pretty visually aware – and can honestly say that I have never noticed their logo before… bonkers!”

Jim Bull, Moving Brands.

As WeTransfer has such a distinctive UI, we had unconsciously come to know it by the layout of its transfer portal rather than the brand’s logo. We began to wonder, in an increasingly mobile-first world, does UI/UX offer more opportunities for differentiation than a brand’s logo? This question seemed to polarise opinion, both internally and externally:

“WeTransfer is a great example of how a UX/UI can become a distinctive symbol of a brand.”

Jed Carter, Senior Designer, Moving Brands.

“Logo and UX indicate difference but don’t create it.”

@DuffBrands

“Brand is decided by

Social Media Advertising Trend Predictions for 2017

The social media landscape has come a long way since the days of 140-character limits and AOL buddy lists. Naturally, certain fundamentals have stuck around (i.e. image sharing, link inclusions, Facebook-like social hubs), while others have gone on to greener pastures (RIP Vine, Meerkat, Brightkite, etc.).

Apropos to this time of the year, we wanted to take some time and outline our predictions of a few social media marketing trends for 2017.

The Last Platform(s) Standing

This year alone, platforms like Kik, Peach, and DUBSmash, to name a few, were overshadowed by flagship audio, video and messaging apps. Realistically, social media marketers can’t jump on every shiny, new app comes unto the scene, so it makes sense that so many have fallen by the wayside.

In light of that, 2017 will we a move towards fine-tuning the major apps in the wild, instead of constantly creating newer, more granular apps

MENA’s 15 Female Tribes

J. Walter Thompson Intelligence’s new Female Tribes™ study unveils original stats and research on the evolving female audience in the Middle Eastern market.

The study offers an “Arab Women’s Index,” which includes detailed research and stats that dismantle long-held stereotypes about Arab women. The study also defines 15 new attitudinal profiles, called Female Tribes, that describe trends and shifts identified by the Intelligence team.

Mennah Ibrahim, MEA Director of J. Walter Thompson Intelligence said of the study, “The world, its economy and the cradles of business can no longer afford to neglect the needs of Arab women – siphoning them off into one statistical column rather than recognizing their idiosyncrasies and nuances. If we look at this from a macro perspective; recognizing that women’s economic power is continuing to grow around the world, and coupling it with the data that confirms the Muslim segment is the fastest growing economic