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Guest Lecture by Simon Blangiardo: Digital Strategist at Straight Out Digital

The Advertising & Digital Media students at Macleay College Melbourne were given another great opportunity to hear from someone who has started up their own agency – something that scares a lot of us.

Simon “SIMO/BALD EAGLE” Blangiardo is the Digital Strategist of Straight Out Digital.

Straight Out Digital describe themselves as a ‘kick-ass digital agency that believes design doesn’t need to be compromised when adding in digital strategy and goals.’

Simon told us all about how he got to where he is today; from early students days, to his first job being an Account Director, to now working in the digital world.

It was really cool to learn about how things work in the digital industry and how it’s important to stay on top of everything because of how fast technology and social media is moving.

He delved deep into the services Straight Out Digital offer, especially focusing on SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

The digital world seems like a pretty scary (but also extremely awesome) place to live in.

Definitely check out their awesome website to see what they’re all about and all the crazy stuff they get to do on a daily basis!

 

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By Jasmine Tambouras
Bachelor of Advertising & Media

Guest Lecture by Ben Fettes: Co-Founder & Head of Strategy at The Lumery

The Advertising & Digital Media students at Macleay College Melbourne were lucky enough to be visited by Co-founder and Head of Strategy at The Lumery, Ben Fettes. The Lumery is a full-service customer experience agency that specialises in marketing and advertising technology. They make the connections between people, process, data and technology.

Ben spoke about how he started out creating his own agency and how The Lumery works. He mentioned that he first studied  Marketing & Advertising but left university early and took an extra 6 months gap until he landed a job at Clemenger BBDO Advertising Agency in Melbourne.

He and a friend often joked about starting up their own agency and working by their own rules. One night after a few too many drinks, they decided to turn their jokes into a reality. They knew everything was on the line, but they were willing to take that chance.

It took a bunch of sleepless work nights to get to where they are today – a year and a half later from their original idea at the beginning.

Ben gave us a sneak peek at what The Lumery can do for their clients. It was quite interesting to see all the website data that can actually be seen from the client end. It was also a little bit creepy to know that all that data is kept forever and that someone can see exactly what we are doing and what we are looking for.

It was interesting that they can also personalise sites for the consumer that is online at any given moment.

It was super cool to see what goes on behind the scenes and all the strategy that goes into it. Being able to find out all the different aspects of an agency really made us all excited to see what is in our own futures in regards to working in agency after graduation.

We’re all super thankful for this opportunity to witness first-hand the ins and outs of the advertising industry.

 

 

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By Jasmine Tambouras
Bachelor of Advertising & Media

What if you could know these things?

What if you could get some sort of insight into the key qualities and skills an ad agency looks for from a Macleay College grad. What if you could understand in advance just how valuable an internship is within an ad agency – even if you’re not at first getting paid?  What if these answers were available ahead of time from the very people who make the decisions that help guide the future career opportunities for Macleay College grads? Wouldn’t knowing just these answers be very powerful career information?

Well, these and a handful of other questions were one’s I was able to ask of the Ad Industry at the recent Media Federation Australia ( MFA) “Lecture The Lecturer” conference in Sydney.  Along with my fellow Macleay College lecturer Cameron Horn the MFA took us on a journey of presentations and workshops that helped the educators understand what the ad industry requires for their grads of the future. For the tertiary providers, we were encouraged to provide feedback on how we work closely with our students to equip them with the skills, knowledge and industry experience to meet the challenges of the advertising world beyond 2018.

 

MFA Industry Panel Members
MFA Industry Panel Members: Steven Burt – UM; Danielle LeToullec – OMD; Marcho echo – Bohemia

 

The value of an internship

 “Anyone who has actual working knowledge of the industry when being interviewed for a job at UM has a considerable advantage and grabs our attention. As the industry grows there’s an increase in the needs for requirements of basic levels of foundation skills and knowledge of the ad agency industry.”
Gemma Beeley – Universal Media Digital Lead ; MFA Interactive Board member

Agencies take internships very seriously and encourage grads / students to be part of internships. As an intern you may not initially be paid a full time equivalent wage, but the BIG ground shaker is this:  Around 8 in 10 internships lead to a full time position. Internships lead to great workplace opportunities via exposure to the agency operations and eco systems.

 

The key qualities and skills required

What are those unique skills or qualities an ad agency requires as a minimum that sets you apart from another grad applying for a position in their company?

    • Passion – a degree of some sort combined with a knowledge of the industry beyond just the basics
    • Ambition – to do and go that extra beyond the degree. Get your own Google Certification; working pro bono on a campaign for a charity are just a start
    • Curiosity and initiative – At Macleay College we can train skill but curiosity and initiative goes beyond the trainable skills. Seek, look, follow, question.

 

The advertising eco system is changing

What did I learn from the MFA’s industry insights? Media agency roles have changed and continue to evolve with agencies now becoming consultants and advisors as well as solving specific client issues. Understanding the nuances of agencies, the fluidity of their roles and client requirements, then giving these understandings to our grads is vital across all areas of our Macleay College curriculum is vital. It’s something we strive to equip you with throughout each and every one of your learning experiences with us.

 

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By David Rogerson
Lecturer in Advertising, Digital Media and Business Entrepreneurship

Great advice from Zurich

Dr Zimper is welcomed to Macleay by Head of Faculty, Ian Thomson and Dean, Bob Robertson.

Great to have Dr Martin Zimper from the University of the Arts in Zurich at Macleay College. Martin was the international course consultant for the successful development and accreditation of Macleay’s Bachelor of Digital Media, which will be rolling out new specialisation streams in Content Writing, User Experience Design, Coding & Analytics and Digital Entrepreneurship in addition to the Digital Marketing and Content Creation streams from 2019.

You can read more about Ian’s trip to Zurich to consult with Dr Zimper here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/media-future-education-sydney-zurich-comparison-ian-w-thomson/

#digitalmedia #macleaycollege #digitalmarketing #entrepreneurship

It’s Award-Winning Month at Macleay

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Video Production lecturer Cisco Corea speaking to students about his award winning MTV Adidas campaign.

I’m pleased to announce that our Video Production lecturer Cisco Corea has just won a best advertising campaign of the year / Branded Content at the ASTRA awards for the MTV Adidas campaign he produced and directed.

Our Sydney copywriting lecturer Cameron Horn is nominated for the 6th year in a row at the ACRA Radio Awards, and up against his ex-student Katrina Fowler for the second year running. Account Management graduate Kyra Brown is also nominated this year. Congratulations to all three.

Ian Thomson’s latest short film THE INVISIBLE EDGE was also an official selection in the London Independent Film Awards, pre-selected for the New Zealand Film Awards, and was a finalist in the Mindscape Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film will also be screened as part of The Big Anxiety Festival in Sydney.

The Advertising & Media faculty are pleased to be launching a new unit in GAMIFICATION in T3, developed and delivered by the award-winning advertising creative director and author, Simon Veksner.

It will also be the first roll-out of the AUDIO STORYTELLING unit with multi-ACRA-award winning radio copywriter Cameron Horn. This unit teaches student radio advertising script-writing, audio production using ProTools and the increasing popular art of podcasting.

In Melbourne we will be running a new elective in COPYWRITINGwith the local Melbourne Social Media personality Candy Hertz.

We are looking forward to welcoming Lizzie Mack on-board to deliver the new STORY & NARRATIVE unit as part of the Digital Media Diploma and Degree in T3. Lizzie is not only a seasoned social media marketing and film teacher, but also a talented jazz vocalist (https://twitter.com/macklizzie). The unit explores a vast array of storytelling techniques for digital media projects, from online video, to interactive games and digital marketing campaigns.

Digital Design lecturer Jason Gemenis has just launched his new digital agency PEPPERMINT. This not only offers students great industry focused learning at the coal-face of digital marketing, design and media, but Jason also offers internships for budding digital design specialists.

In addition, in November this year our CREATIVE PROCESS lecturer Julieann Brooker will be travelling to Bhutan with Dr Lindsay Oades, Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, to study the measurement and embodiment of Gross National Happiness (GNH) in a combined program between GNH Bhutan and GNH Australia. 

Ian Thomson, Head of the Advertising & Digital Media Faculty

David Droga’s Emotional Rallying Cry to the Ad Industry at Cannes Lions Centres on Caring

“There goes my facade of being a rock.”

David Droga choked up several times during a heartfelt and surprisingly emotional speech at Cannes Lions last month—in the end, it was one of the highlights of the festival—as he accepted the Lion of St. Mark award for creative excellence across his storied career.

The Droga5 founder used the moment to look back at his brilliant career so far and to thank the people who’ve helped make it happen—a long list of work colleagues, of course, but also, most prominently, his mother and his wife.

He also had words for the advertising industry, which he initially cast as advice for his four children in attendance—about the single most important thing, in his view, that helps make a person, and a career, successful.

“Wanting something—wanting a career, or wanting to make something—doesn’t really mean much. It’s about finding something you care about. Because caring is the only thing that really matters,” he said.

Caring leads to everything else, Droga suggested.

“I would put down everything in my career to the fact that I cared—about what I do, who I work with, what I make,” he said. “Caring makes you want to work harder. People can’t pay you to care. People can’t teach you to care. But when you find something that you care about, you give it everything you’ve got. You never settle. And you are always pushing to learn and be better and support those around you. All I’ve tried to do in my career is care.”

He added: “That’s all we need to do. More agencies need to give a shit, work hard and try to make beautiful and impactful things.”

See the full speech video on YouTube.

3 great ads I had nothing to do with!

In the tradition of the popular Thinkbox series of shorts that explore some of the greatest TV advertisements in the company of leading Creatives ‘who know a thing or two about making them’, I’ve decided to put forward my own three choices of great advertisements that I had nothing to do with. Now, I’m no Chief Creative Officer of a huge agency, but I feel like I still know a good ad from a bad one. So here goes.

In the age of digital television recorders, advertisement skipping, product placement, overlay ads, Google and pretty much the internet in general, making a TVC stand out above the rest has become tough. Attention spans have shortened, and the point now is to make a TVC that instantly grabs attention and is genuinely engaging. I’ve selected three TVCs that have recently inspired me in my journey through studying advertising; brilliant commercials, old and new, that I admire. (Oh and by the way, if you’ve never heard of it, check out advert.ge on Facebook – absolutely brilliant page constantly posting great TVC’s from around the globe.)

Ad #1: It’s now or never.

As the rest of the world runs for their lives and civilization crumbles around them, the bar-goers enjoy their last moments together and make the most of theirs. The bartender pours shots of Cuervo, a man plays Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never” on the jukebox and couples tango while destruction around them ensues, because as for these brave souls; ‘tomorrow is overrated’.

The coolness factor is stratospheric here. CP+B’s campaign, directed by Ringan Ledwidge, features stunning visuals and uses an end-of-days scenario in charming fashion as a metaphor for living in the moment. The Elvis ballad, which was the second best-selling single of his career, is conceptually perfect and cuts right through the mayhem. The end tagline, “Tomorrow Is Overrated,” is a fun way to highlight tequila’s reputation as a liquor that can lead to unparalleled nights of abandon – and a way to emphasize the primacy of now in times of uncertainty.

Ad #2: Only time.

Who would have thought that more than 85 million people would watch the Muscles from Brussels doing his signature split with two Volvo trucks moving in reverse on a highway, backed by Enya’s “Only Time”? Volvo knew.

Directed by Andreas Nilsson, Volvo filmed the short on a runway in Spain in one take after three days of rehearsals. The short was, at the time, the latest in a series of videos Volvo used to promote how easy it was, and is, to steer its new high-tech big rigs – others have featured a woman walking a tightrope between to moving trucks heading toward a tunnel and a hamster steering one up the edge of a cliff.

The series, and the Jean-Claude Van Damme video in particular, are an insanely clever way to get attention to a type of vehicle most consumers usually don’t care or even think about while proving to other brands that they can use short clips to generate a Super Bowl-sized audience for little money when upping the creativity level of their campaigns.

Ad #3: Satisfaction.

While they sleep, a man’s tongue crawls completely out of his mouth and embarks on a journey to a house party down the road, bringing back home a cold Tooheys Extra Dry.

Yes, another alcohol ad. But prove to me that this isn’t one of the greatest Australian ads ever. I distinctively remember always rushing to the TV whenever I could hear Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” playing. “The tongue beer ad is on!”, I would say. I was 12.

This Tooheys TVC, created by BMF in Sydney, drew dozens of complaints but ranks as one of the best television commercials in the world. The Advertising Standards Board rejected a deluge of complaints about the ad, while Tooheys claims it reinvigorated Australian beer advertising. The advertisement is deliberately distinctive to reflect the diverse and growing consumer appetite for the brand, with a particular focus on younger consumers. At the core of the ad, the tongue is a simple yet strategic device to highlight the importance of taste.

The overall theme of my three advertisements, it seems, is that they all effectively make use of one huge feature amongst the impact of the visuals; that of music. Each advertisement conveys a strong message, but through the added characteristic of music, and specifically popularised music, the ad becomes something else. It becomes engaging.

Rowan James Slade