The YCC sent Fernanda Gasparin and Alejo Sassano (Creative team @ TJX Europe.) to the latest #CSPresents event, here's what they had to say!
We went to the ‘Agency 2020’ talks hosted at DigitasLBi thinking about the distant future. And then we realised… 2020 is only 4 years away! We were interested in knowing what the actual and future scenarios were for the agencies, and also excited to see all the speakers:
Ed Warren, Creative Partner, Creature. @creature_ed
Shanice Mears, Culture Executive, Iris Worldwide. @shannieloves
Brian Cooper, CCO, Oliver Group, ECD, Dare. @_briancooper
Liz Jones, CEO, B2B Dentsu Aegis Network and Exec Sponsor of Diversity & Inclusion.
Sam Conniff, Joint CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Livity. @samconniff
Ed opened the event talking about what will change. He did it by mentioning 5 assumptions that will die by 2020. They were: 1- Advertising agencies only make ads, 2- We’re in the business of selling time, 3- Our job is to write the work, 4- The creative team is two people with a book of ideas, and 5- Media and creative are separate businesses.
Then it was Shanice’s turn. Her talk was from the perspective of someone who is now part of the change. She defined herself as a new type of employee as she has a ‘new’ kind of role, one you don’t find in traditional agencies. Her views about 2020 was that some brands are already preparing for the future, adapting to the DIY culture and starting to give some space to the non-mainstream scenario. She also commented on how she sees work will be in the future: refreshed teams, younger workers, hierarchies will dissolved and work culture will tilt towards the employee.
Brian then continued the talk with an interesting insight. He compared agencies to Marshal Haig, an army officer who didn’t want to adapt and attempted to fight WWII with WWI ways, ignoring the technological advances that occurred during 20-something years. He then added what were the factors that are putting this changes in motion: speed of business, economics (being faster and cheaper), and ad literacy (now clients can come up with ideas too).
Liz then shared her thoughts on how to be the change. She introduced the new Dentsu Aegis Agency: fortysix. It was born out of 3 needs: to win in a changing digital economy, to be a force for good and to be a Jedi (all Jedis look different but are after the same goals while enemies all look the same).
Sam then concluded the talks by creating a conversation around how agencies and brands need to be reactive and how they need to write the future (through an interesting comparison with pirates). He also shared the challenges that agencies are facing, but then added that there are a lot of interesting changes that will happen: business models, customers, talent, leaders and markets are changing.
The event was finished with a brief Q&A. We left the talks with a lot to think about, and excitement for what will come (by 2020). We also would like to chip in the conversation about the different topics that were discussed. As we said before, 2020 looks like the distant future, but it’s only 4 years away. Will already established agencies be able to change in such a short amount of time? How did they manage to change before? How can we -as ad people- contribute to end the assumptions that the ad world carry nowadays? It is our job to assume responsibilities and be active.
Because as we already know, the world keeps spinning. And changing.
Fernanda Gasparin and Alejo Sassano. Creative team @ TJX Europe.