Journalism’s future needs entrepreneurial ‘hackers’

MerjaThe future of the media, and in particular journalism, requires entrepreneurial ‘hacker’ journalists argues Merja Myllylahti in this cross posting from The Conversation.

The Guardian and The Washington Post have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their work in bringing to light documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Read more »

The Encore Score: The Logie Awards

Encore ScoreAhead of Sunday night’s Logie Awards, Amanda Meade looks at the numbers to see which celebrities might take out Australian television’s top awards. 

The TV Week Logie Awards, a celebration of Australian television, is a wild and colourful beast. Read more »

Behind the screens of the ABC’s China deal

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ABC International has reasons to be proud of its recent deal to provide ABC content in a long-term partnership with China’s second biggest broadcaster Shanghai Media Group writes Wanning Sun, in this cross posting from The Conversation.

ABC International has reasons to be proud of its recent “landmark” deal to provide ABC content in China. Read more »

Should agencies return to a full service model?

Nick CleaverOur current method of separating creative and media is more expensive and less effective, leaving us with the worst of both worlds, argues 303Lowe CEO Nick Cleaver. Is it time to bring media and creative back together?

Who ever actually proved that separating media and creative services was a good idea; that it represented a better more effective model; one that could deliver better value outcomes?

The simple truth is no one. Read more »

Answers for Adam: Why do agencies struggle to build their own agency brands?

adam-ferrier-2-copyYou’ve heard the story about the cobbler whose kids got around in old shoes, it reminds me of the current state of agency brands. Grab hold of any creative agency brand, and barring two or three notable exceptions very little pulls them apart.  Read more »

Media agency remuneration: It’s the smaller nimbler agencies which will thrive

As huge changes blow through the Australian media agency landscape Nikki Retallick argues the smaller more collaborative companies will be the ones to thrive.

It’s a great time to be in the Australian ad industry. The winds of change are blowing. With the recent launch of Department212 and the success of earlier start-ups such as Bohemia, there’s some real momentum towards the rise of the independent, performance-based media agency.

The big agencies are starting to follow suit, having seen the ‘race to the bottom on price’ hit their bottom line. It’s all about delivering measurable value now and being able to move the dial on the clients’ business. Read more »

Content marketing moves to centre stage

tim burrowes landscapeLast night ANZ launched one of Australia’s biggest branded content plays to date. Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes was at the launch.

It took a few minutes too long last night for it to dawn on me why there was a jazz band in the corner of the room at ANZ’s Melbourne conference suite. Blue Notes – gerrit?

And what last night’s event did make clear is that the opportunities of that developing subset of branded content, brand journalism, are beginning to dawn on local brands. Read more »

Answers for Adam: Is reality TV the way to tackle climate change?


Recently there was another report from the scientists of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) telling us that climate change (what used to be called global warming) is upon us and there are real changes happening now (I bet I’ve lost several readers already!)

The scientists are urging us to heed their warning and change our behaviours, yet we ignoring them in droves. Even though information they are giving us is dire. Read more »

The Tele’s textbook example of how to run a winning newspaper campaign

tim burrowes landscapeThe Daily Telegraph has delivered a great piece of old fashioned campaigning journalism, argues Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes

Back when I worked in newspapers, I was taught that if a newspaper is going to embark on a campaign, it has to pass three tests. Read more »

Piracy: At least the Lannisters pay their debts

Following a series of special reports on piracy on Mumbrella this week Foxtel’s Bruce Meagher explains why the company is airing Game of Thrones as it is.

Much has been made in the past few days of the fact that fans of Game of Thrones are unable to acquire the series through services other than Foxtel until after the final episode airs. Unfortunately, there has also been much misinformation about how Foxtel is making Game of Thrones available to the public. Read more »

Why hard-to-win awards are good awards

tim burrowes landscapeThis year’s Mumbrella Awards are going to be tougher to enter than ever before. Which makes winning one worth even more. As the call for entries goes live, Tim Burrowes explains the changes for this year.

Please don’t hate me.

I hear a common complaint about some industry awards, and I’m afraid it’s mostly my fault. Read more »

Encore Score: The newsreaders

Encore ScoreWith the battle for early evening eyeballs increasingly important for commercial TV networks Amanda Meade looks at the numbers to see if the most popular newsreaders are the most watched.

Despite dramatic changes to the media landscape in the past ten years, the traditional 6pm commercial news bulletin on free-to-air television remains a key building block in a network’s schedule – get it right and you can carry big audiences over to your primetime shows. Some bulletins have even expanded from 30 minutes to an hour in the main markets of Sydney and Melbourne.

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Answers for Adam: Should PR agencies and creative agencies be combined?

This week Adam Ferrier asks whether PR is starting to mean everything and nothing, and whether it is any different from traditional advertising.  

I’ve been thinking about the PR industry lately and where PR fits in the broader communications landscape. I’ve thought about it a lot, and worked with most models from integration under one roof to partner agencies, and a few things in-between.
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Australia’s class system of brands

tim burrowes landscapeAfter a rare business class flight, Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes argues that brands may miss opportunities when staff treat customers according to their perceived value.

So over the weekend, I finally got to make the metaphorical left turn getting onto a Qantas flight. And it was everything I could have wanted. Read more »

Answering Adam: Agencies need ideas as their engine

This week in his Answers for Adam column Adam Ferrier asked whether agencies should imitate startups. Here Nic Hodges argues agencies need to focus on their ideas, but modernise processes.

In his column this week Adam Ferrier asks  “would your agency be doing better work if it put data, behavioural sciences, and technology up on pedestal along with creativity? Or is a single-minded focus on creativity still the answer?”.

Here’s a secret – nobody at a startup is sitting around caring about acting more like an advertising agency.

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PR agencies will not exist in a decade

After Graham White’s response to Joe Hildebrand’s CommsCon speech generated some heated debate on the state of the PR industry, Rob Lowe argues ‘PR agencies’ are already dying out.

PR agencies will cease to exist in the next ten years. Is that shocking enough for you? Well it’s true. Too many PR agencies are outdated, the traditional media landscape is shrinking, and with increasing numbers of advertising, social media and even SEO agencies getting in on the action, we need to smarten up. Read more »

Why you should pull an all-nighter to get to Cannes

With Cannes Young Lions entries closing on Friday former winner Iggy Rodriguez has the reasons why you should pull an all nighter to finish your entry.

Okay, sure it’s the last minute, but plenty of famous campaigns have been written right before a big meeting or on the night before a pitch. You’ve got a few days, so you’re laughing. Read more »

Answers for Adam: Is creativity still the answer for ad agencies?

This week Adam Ferrier asks whether ad agencies should be embracing startup culture more, or continuing to focus single-mindedly on creativity.

“The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists”. Banksy (apparently?!)

adam-ferrier-2-copyThe above quote is around ten years old and I wonder if it’s still relevant. I’m getting the sense that the new breed of creative folk who want to make a buck are not entering advertising – but rather being seduced by the technology fuelled ‘start-up’ culture. For example is it cooler to attend the Cannes Lions or tweet about the latest gadget unveiled at SXSW? Read more »

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