Author: Maximilian

  • An ad campaign for Tesla

    An ad campaign for Tesla

    Ad world has been waiting for this moment: Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk just announced that his company will try a little advertising in order to highlight lesser-known features in the company’s vehicles. Any advertising will have to be informative and aesthetically pleasing. Well, if this doesn’t sound like an open brief to me that invites […]

  • Of edges, flying, and falling – or: how AI misleads strategists

    Of edges, flying, and falling – or: how AI misleads strategists

    A few weeks ago I went out for drinks (a rare occasion) and ended up chatting with a guy about work (a not so rare occasion). “Well, I’m going to lose my job soon”, he shrugged, taking a big swig of his drink. It was the first time that this conversation, the robots-taking-over-our-jobs conversation, hit […]

  • Of frames and feelings – why empathy is the difference maker

    Of frames and feelings – why empathy is the difference maker

    I recently stumbled into a quarrel in the comment section below a provocative but uncontroversial LinkedIn post. It was as unnecessary as it was predictable. (I’d tell you to read it for yourself but the comment in question has since been deleted.) It was an iteration of a popular debate in marketing strategy: how valuable […]

  • The value of community for brands and businesses

    The value of community for brands and businesses

    It’s easy to be cynical, important to be cautious, and worth being curious about the idea of community – and how it can help brands and businesses create more value and make better stuff (products, services, and ideas.) Disclaimer: I’m leading brand strategy at ScienceMagic, a creative and strategic company helping businesses and talent build […]

  • Strategy Off A Page

    Strategy Off A Page

    A while ago we’ve been working on one of those briefs that are mainly exciting because they’re so open. So the strategy team went to work. We took apart the brief, scrutinised it, and reassembled it. All with the good intention of bringing some clarity to the task. Needless to say that a fair amount […]

  • Nine things to do to grow as a strategist

    Nine things to do to grow as a strategist

    One theme, nine things There are few topics that are as relevant for ambitious strategists as personal growth. It’s a topic that never gets old. Unsurprisingly, in a discipline that is only vaguely defined, there are hardly any frameworks for personal growth that are widely available. Every agency handles growth differently – and, to make […]

  • Getting to Great Creative Work and how the Brief can help

    Getting to Great Creative Work and how the Brief can help

    This is the second article of a mini series exploring how we can overcome the barriers that get in the way of great creative work. In the last article, I explored the elements that make creative work great from the perspective of the people who make it (account managers, writers, designers, strategists, and all other […]

  • The Barriers of Getting to Great Creative Work

    The Barriers of Getting to Great Creative Work

    If you’re reading this, chances are that you are one of those people who spend hours, days, weeks, weekends, holidays, anniversaries, and your partner’s birthday in pursuit of great creative work. And even though we might know it when we see it, it’s interesting to see that great creative work is different for all of […]

  • The Creative Work We Consider Great

    The Creative Work We Consider Great

    A couple of months ago I have sent out a survey to advertising professionals to find out more about what they consider to be great creative work. I wanted to find out what constitutes great creative work in their opinion – and what they think stands in the way of it. While I’m finalising that article, […]

  • The Great Creative Work Survey

    How do we get to great creative work? I’m launching a new side project to explore opportunities and obstacles on our way to great creative work – and I need your help. After months of faffing and idling around and keeping the blog dormant, I realise it’s time to get back into this: the thrill […]