Future of Productivity Vision Video by Microsoft

In case you were wondering what the future looks like……..

Microsoft Store in Seattle’s U-Village is Impressive


OK, you know I work for the company, but that doesn’t mean I’m always rah-rah, especially given my under-stated Britishness. Winking smile

But Ashley, Maggie and I made a lunchtime trip down to Seattle’s University Village shopping mall to take a look at the new store that opened yesterday.



Video: Randall Rothenberg from The IAB on #MIXX 2011

One of the truly best things about my job is getting to talk to some of the biggest, brightest and best in the advertising industry.

Yesterday, IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg gave me nearly 9 minutes of his time to talk about the IAB #MIXX conference we have sponsored here at Advertising Week.

Professional Ambition Number 45 – CHECK!

Watch on…..

I Love Doug Zanger!

And after watching this video interview. Why wouldn’t you?

Baratunde Thurston Talks About The IAB MIXX Awards

Next week I’ll be in New York for Advertising Week.

We have a whole team going who will be flat out covering the event with our blogs, videos, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Here’s a link to our highlights video from last year so you get a flavour what we’ll be getting up to.

Check out Baratunde from The Onion, who’ll be MCing the IAB MIXX Awards and warns that anything can happen.

It can and it will next week. So stay tuned and don’t miss out!

Jaron Lanier at Advertising Week’s IAB MIXX Conference

Had the great fortune to interview Jaron earlier this year.

He’s going to be at Advertising Week in NYC next month where I hope to catch up with him again.

Watch this 90 second video to see what he has in store for the advertising folk at the world’s largest gathering!

And be prepared for stories of Maggie’s first flight, as she’ll be coming too…..

Ford Focus UK IAB Film Strip Ad

Quick 1 min video to share as the Microsoft Advertising UK team aired the 1st IAB Film Strip Ad on MSN yesterday with Ford Focus.

This ad format has cause quite a positive stir in the industry because of its innovation around engagement and interactivity.

It also won an award!

What do you think? Seen any other good examples of online advertising recently?

Can’t see the video? Click here!

I’m Writing a Book!


I was a terrible tease on Twitter and Facebook yesterday but can now share that I am writing a book!

Through an incredible set of events and connections – which include a paradise island, a Mayfair dinner, my first ever interview and a pint of Tribute in SW London – I’m co-authoring a book on digital advertising, marketing, search and social media with Professor Paul Springer of Ads to Icons fame.

Published through Kogan Page in the UK, US and Asia, it’ll be a collection of stories about people in the digital industry that have done ground-breaking things to help shape it and propel it forward.

There are some very good books out there about products and services, and there are some very good books on theory and best practice. Our writing will engage with, and expose the thinking and the stories behind those people who helped conceptualize those products and services, and who were the first minds to start mapping out the theories and online institutions that make digital what it is today.

That was the news. Winking smile

I’m incredibly privileged to be working with Paul and Kogan Page and we’ll have updates on the name and when and where you can pick up a copy of the book very soon…..

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Video: The Future of Mobile Advertising & Creative

Ever wondered whether this is the year of mobile? Listen to Jon Haber from OMD’s Ignition Factory, and tell me this form of connecting with consumers “on the go” hasn’t got a whole lot more exciting over the last 18 months!

Salivating yet?

Social Media Infographic on MSN Word-of-Mouth


So this is the longest post I’ve ever written! Winking smile

Above is a snazzy infographic our US team designed to demonstrate how “social” the MSN audience is.

In advertising world dominated by the buzz around social media, and budgets drifting that way from “traditional” digital channels, it’s important to show that stalwarts like MSN still have the necessary clout to start and prolong word-of-mouth discussion about consumer products and services.

Read the blog post here where you can get our social media/word-of-mouth research paper.

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