The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Something We Should All Remember …

I saw this quote by David Thoreau recently …

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

I have to say I love it because in some ways, it’s the best definition of creativity – and, to a certain extent, strategy – I’ve seen in ages.

Of course our job is to help clients achieve their goals.

Help them succeed in ways that are better than they imagined.

But too much of what we are doing is solving problems laterally rather than literally.

Or worse, simply executing what the client wants.

For me, the best creativity makes people think, feel, question … and to do that, you need people who see the World differently so that they can see what everyone else is just looking at.

Revealing possibility rather than reproducing what everyone already knows.

And doesn’t care about.

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Yes. It certainly isn’t about producing exactly what a client wants to say about themselves in the most boring, unimaginative and uninspiring way possible. And yet it so much seems to do just that.

Comment by George

Apparently creativity in advertising today is all about following the client demand/delusion to the absolute letter.

Or like you said, going to the doctor and prescribing your own medicine.

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Comment by Pete

Love this Rob. It might not be the best definition of creativity or strategy, but it is a good one. Works for “insights” as well.

Comment by Pete

Yep. Especially as many people – including planners, which blows my mind – thinks insights are what people do not why. Of course there’s value in knowing behaviour, but understanding the reasons it happens is where the real opportunity for magic happens.

Comment by Rob

most fucking planners couldnt plan their way out of a shitty paper bag. rewriting client briefs isnt fucking planning it means theyre corporate fucking toady wankers.

Comment by andy@cynic

I always like it when an alternative approach is challenged when their entire knowledge is based on a couple of focus groups, a trends report, some purchase data and their kids opinion.

Comment by Bazza

The icing on the cake is when their approach is the same one they’ve been blindly following for years with declining results. But don’t you dare challenge their deep insight on their audience and category.

Comment by Pete

Or when their reason for not doing something different is “we tried that and it didn’t work”. Ignoring it was 10+ years ago and executed casually.

Comment by George

Told what to do.
Reduce your fee.
Blame you when it goes bad.

Though to be fair, anyone who accepts those conditions deserves all they get. Haha.

Comment by Rob

Now this thread is getting somewhere.

Comment by Bazza

And then, it grinds to a halt due to timezones.

Comment by John

it grinds when it isnt about fucking america.

Comment by andy@cynic

the problem with fucking clients is they only hang out with other fucking clients so they know less about real life than fucking trump. but they all think theyre fucking cool cats in their chinos and fucking polo necks. they all need stabbing in the fucking neck.

Comment by andy@cynic

The bubble.

Though to be fair, so do most agency people too.

Comment by Rob

Perfect comment for MLK day.
Andy, not Rob.

Comment by DH

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