‘Marketing today is anyone, anywhere’ according to Ogilvy’s Richard Brett

Richard Brett, group managing director and consumer at Ogilvy Public Relations, highlighted the importance of creating a diverse campaign in a growing society, making anyone a potential marketer.

Richard Brett

Brett: “You have to be something important to just a few people”

Speaking at yesterday’s PRIA conference in Sydney, Brett said: “If you painted the average in the mass you will disappoint and eventually disappear. You have to be something important to just a few people, so marketing today is powered by anyone, anywhere, and it is the move away from celebrity to the diversity of humanity.”

In a session about ‘new thoughts on diversity’, Brett asked the audience to consider diversity and what it means for marketing when creating new campaigns.

“Marketers are now co-creating and co-marketing with the many diverse and real people to create new ideas, new products and new stories” he said.

Brett said”We are moving to a new generation of Youtube creators who are diverse flawed and vulnerable” creating a rise in credibility for audiences and a platform where viewers can hear and engage with stories and storytellers in a different way.

With Youtubers revealing “their struggles, their flaws and their weaknesses” audiences find them human, trustworthy and relatable allowing them to be a viable marketer.

“57% of Youtube subscribers said they would buy a product from what their vlogger endorsed,” he said.

Brett listed two ways in which companies can incorporate these ideas into their businesses: putting diversity into your organisation and suspending bias.

“Use empathy as a creative strategy, embrace the new diverse channels, challenge everyone’s perspective”.

When asked how to keep diverse campaigns relevant and long-standing, Brett offered some insight to the audience.

“Content today doesn’t last very long, but it’s how do you then make it last a long time in people’s minds and one way to do that is by owning the cultural moment, so finding something that actually can last”.


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