Agency New Business in the Digital World.

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I was returning from a trip to my hometown Toronto the other day. I have always learned from Toronto that the more things change the more things stay the same.

The Toronto Film Festival was on so the town was abuzz.

I remember when Gravity premiered there.

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield was on hand. He sang Space Oddity from above the world. It went Viral. He obviously wasn’t in the ad game but had the social media game down pat. David Bowie sent him a tweet. Continue reading

Can Your HR Department Find Today’s Best Digital Talent?

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Maybe yes. Most likely no.

I often connect with HR people.

Some live in the Old Normal and some live in the New Normal.

When I see an HR person with less than 500 connections irony overcomes me.

How can people who are supposed to find today’s digital talent be unconnected from the digital world?

That’s an Oxymoron.

Ever wonder why recruiters have more LinkedIn connections than HR people?  Because they have more skin in the game in many ways. Continue reading

Is It Time for a Digital Detox?

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I was listening to a news story on my CBC app on my Apple Smart Phone when I was working out at 24 Hour Fitness. I looked out at the Pacific Ocean. It was as tranquil as serenity. I was surrounded by music playing to people wearing ear buds and TV monitors screaming silent.

My CBC news story was about a digital detoxing.

The difficulty of disconnecting from our appliances and the constant content overload. Continue reading

Job Jargon Of The New Normal

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I love PR speak. I am an advertising guy. I have helped promote jargon and word speak.

I started my career aspiring to be an Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man.

When corporate America fires people their PR machines fire up the corporate jargon of today.

We have all heard the terms. Downsizing and right sizing, while salaries for those at the top are super-sizing.

“Honey and kids sit down.  My company just right sized me today. Where do you want to go out and have dinner?  Sweetie check the coupon draw.” Continue reading

Networking with Uber.

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I love Uber. I first used it in Chicago on Memorial Day Weekend this year.

I used to work at JWT Chicago in the Hancock Building. I felt the power of working in a 100 story building in my early 30’s. The lights of the city were always on.

When we hosted client lunches on the 95th floor I felt that I could see my hometown Toronto.

The office was founded in 1891 I was told. Twenty years after the Chicago Fire.

Unfortunately JWT Chicago closed a few years ago in the New Normal. Continue reading