The advertising industry may idolise extroverts, but when we stop talking and start listening we can make real progress. It’s the quiet ones you need to watch. That’s what ‘they’ say. And when it comes to the creative professions, I tend to agree. In a good way. This industry is traditionally perceived to be the domain of extroverted ideas people, but within it there is the skill and talent of the quiet individual.
What if we said forget your lovely big pile of sales leads – just concentrate on a handful? Sound counter-intuitive? Downright terrifying? Welcome to Account Based Marketing (ABM). Like so many things, it’s not at all scary once you understand how it works. In fact, ABM could be your best friend – for one thing it’s credited with turbo-boosting ROI for B2B marketing.
I’m sitting in a restaurant, enjoying the post-lockdown freedom of a meal indoors with my old friends Tim and Anna. My wife Katie laughs in the raucous way I love, as Tim regales us with a story about the time he and Griff Rhys-Jones found themselves in a heavy-metal club in Aberdeen thanks to some poor directions from a local who mis-heard the word ‘funk’ and thought he’d said ‘punk’…
Neame started his career at CDP, where he learnt all about the big idea and brand thinking. He then joined Mustoes, Publicis Chemistry where he helped launch EE and most recently PSONA Twelve working on the Cineworld campaign. Other household brands he has worked on include Emirates, Co-op Insurance, NatWest and Amex.
Who puts the maverick thinking into the Maverick Group? Who banishes mediocrity by coaxing extra creative brilliance from achingly talented teams? Meet Jamie Bell, one of the beacons of originality who lights up the soul of our business. In the first of a series of interviews with the Maverick crew, we’ve posed our ECD a few searching questions.
Your brand makes you stand out in the market and gives you an identity. It’s what customers look for and recognise, and represents your organisation’s values and personality. Given how hard your brand works, it deserves a little TLC. Even the biggest companies continually tweak their logos, slogans and brand positioning. The question is, how far do you want to go?