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Head of US Digital, Gavin Blawie, Speaks at Advertising Week New York

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Yesterday, on the final day of a very busy Advertising Week in New York City, our very own Gavin Blawie (Head of US Digital) participated in a panel entitled, The Power of the Fan: How to Win Them (& Their Friends).  In front of a packed audience at the Liberty Theatre in Times Square, Gavin joined Nicholas Carlson (Editor in Chief at Business Insider’s popular channel: Insider), Jeff Gregor (CMO and Chief Catalyst Officer at TNT & tbs), Walker Jacobs (Chief Operating Officer at FANDOM), and Christopher Vollmer (Global Entertainment and Media Advisory Leader at PwC) in a discussion about how to engage sports fans in a true, honest way.

Gavin shared with us his three takeaways from the panel including:

“In a social era, fans are the cornerstone of every modern marketing effort, for they converse and share in communities self organized around what they care about most. 

“Whether it’s lifestyle or digital, all smart brand marketers connect and amplify on social through fans. It works because people believe people, and a fan can help convert non-fans faster and cheaper than brands can.”

“Smart marketers need to build on organic fan conversations, and complement them through the lens of making the fan experience better, richer, and more sharable”

Gavin received great feedback including this from the organizer: “Gavin, you added a ton to the conversation. I know Nicholas was really grateful!” For those of us in the audience, we can surely vouch for that! If you’d like to view the entire panel, it’s been posted here.

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle

October 2nd, 2017 at 9:27 am

Advertising Week New York: Girls Rule

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Kim Kardashian, The Girls Lounge founder Shelley Zalis, Linda Yaccarino from NBC Universal and Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” at the Chelsea Piers Gala


Now that Advertising Week in New York City has wrapped, I felt compelled to pen a short piece about my impressions of the monstrous confab that takes over The Big Apple each year.

For the last 13 years, Matt Scheckner and his team at Stillwell Partners who founded Advertising Week in New York as a B2B event, have evolved it to be THE must attend advertising, marketing and media industry summit. It’s also grown beyond NYC to London and Tokyo and they’re hosting a smaller gathering later this year in Cuba. Yes, Cuba.

Once again, they somehow seamlessly pulled off over 280 seminars and workshops, breakfasts, concerts, comedy shows, breakfasts, dinners across 30 venues in NYC. For those who couldn’t be in two places at one time, they also streamed every single session online. In all honesty, I was unable to head uptown on the Wednesday but streamed the sessions, sometimes two at once, and watched on my laptop and monitor from my desk.

No surprise, as it is technically an “advertising” conference, the hot topics once again of the week were digital and the hyper growth of programmatic and of course content marketing. But, another major underlying theme of the week was WOMEN – not only how brands are marketing to (and sometimes objectifying) women, but also deep discussion on the disparity of women in senior leadership roles in our industry.

One of the most popular satellite events and my absolute favorite outgrowth of the ad/marketing conference circuit is The Girls Lounge. Founded by Shelley Zalis, The Girls Lounge is my “go to” destination from Cannes to AdWeek to CES. Shelley founded The Girls Lounge to create a place for women, and men, to connect, collaborate and empower each other. A place to check in, unplug (or charge your device) and take a break from the grind.

Each Girls Lounge is different per the conference, but every day is programmed with casual panels and keynotes featuring powerhouse women not only from advertising and marketing but entertainment, sports, and even finance. In addition to the panels each evening, they host networking events and parties that often go into the wee hours.

While at Cannes Lions they set up shop in huge penthouse suite at the Martinez overlooking the Croisette, at Adweek they tricked out a double decker bus and parked it right in front of the Times Center, the hub of the conference. The downstairs area of the bus was the primping area with experts there doing hair blow-outs and make-up touch ups – because power women have no bones about looking polished – and upstairs they set up couches and directors chairs for the talks. They also transformed a large suite within the New York Times building where they hosted talks and lunches. Another space, a pop up gallery called #SeeHer displayed empowering images from the past and present in partnership with the ANA’s Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE). The Gallery’s aim was to end gender bias against women in ads by 2020 by bringing attention to the issue – a formal initiative from the ANA AFE.

The crowing jewel of Girl Lounge’s presence at Adweek was a gala event sponsored by NBCUniversal and held in the main ballroom at Chelsea Piers’ Pier 60 overlooking the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. NBC reached into its arsenal of powerful talent and Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal and Zalis interviewed Broadway and television starlet Kirstin Chenoweth. They were immediately followed by the uber-popular Bravo Network star Andy Cohen, who interviewed the one, and only, Kim Kardashian. The crowd of over 800, mostly women, hung on Kardashian’s every word as she talked about stereotypes and her personal focus to empower women, especially young women, to stand up for themselves and embrace their power and femininity. All in all, it was a hugely powerful night, not only due to the A-list talent on stage but the room of incredible women and the overall message permeating through the crowd.

In closing, Advertising Week in New York was a huge success and the programming was more diverse than ever. But for me, what came through loud and clear was that marketing to women and girls, as well as collectively supporting other women in business, is not a conversation that is going away. Men and women are talking about it openly and with platforms like The Girls Lounge being present at our industry’s main conferences, it’s only going to get louder!

–Contributed by Stephanie Rudnick, SVP Communications, MKTG USA | Global Brand Communications Director MKTG twitter and insta: @stephrudnick

 

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