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Eye popping show

Without any preconceived ideas of what this show was about, I went along to the opening of the inaugural Visual Asia Expo show held at Suntec City on 5th November. It was certainly an eye-popping show in many instances.

The man behind the show is Thomas Ang, whose reputation comes from building up…

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Immortality

The AdFest 2015 closed this year with the announcement that Neil French had been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a well-deserved recognition of an advertising man who was not only one of the best English language copywriters to work in Asia but added a spark to the advertising industry in Singapore…

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The Art of Bore

At this time of the year, there is a tendency people (and especially silver-haired folks of my age) to hark back to bygone eras. Indeed, a few years back, business gurus were urging us to study Sun Tzu and his book ‘The Art of War’. Military men were expected to know the strategies of Napoleon. But the world is changing so fast that to study advertising and marketing strategies of even a decade ago will provide…

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Inspiring

I was invited to speak recently at Commwards 2014 in Dhaka. It was my second visit to Bangladesh. This time I was invited by Southeast University as well as Bangladesh Brand Forum who organised the event. The University has introduced a course on Branding for…

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The natives are restless

The latest buzz in the advertising and publishing industries is the term ‘native advertising’. The term seems to have arisen from the old colonial past, when any expatriate who adopted the habits of the locals, was considered by his more conservative colleagues as having gone ‘native’. Should he go further and take a local lady as his wife, he was soon dropped from ‘polite’ society and probably lost…

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Time to vacate and vacation

Age is supposed to bring wisdom. While I accept there have been several high-profile publishers of a mature age who have behaved foolishly, I pride myself on clarity of thought. And it tells me it is time to step aside. This week, I give up my publisher’s hat and my editor’s chair to another. It is never easy to let go of your own ‘baby’ but…

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Watching mobile grow

Attending the Mobile Marketing Association Forum last week reminded me of my meeting years ago at Raffles City with Rohit Dadwal when he first came to Singapore to promote the Mobile Marketing Association. Frankly, at that time, I didn’t see mobile advertising as being anything but a very minor player in the industry. Remember SMS and a few trials of running ads along the bottom of a tiny screen were the only options for an advertiser. This was the era when there were companies selling…

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The Golden Age of Art Direction

Wandering around the entries of print advertising displayed at the AdFest in Thailand (6th-8th March 2014), I was struck by the amount of illustration. For a long time, I feared illustration (within advertising) in Asia would never take off but here it was in full glory. Art directors and designers have been producing delightful and imaginative illustrations alongside digitally enhanced photography to create eye-catching ads. Often the visual was the idea and copy just…