By Charlotte Williams
VP Content, Cannes Lions
Are we in for a decade of shattered budgets and clients obsessed with tech-driven results, or is the field wide open for more positive, collaborative change?
2030 seems such an incomprehensibly long way off. How could we possibly know what’s going to happen a decade down the line?
The thing is – a long-view is essential for everyone who wants to survive in our fast-changing industry.
We’re not deluded enough to think that we can solve all the challenges that our industry, society and the environment face, but we need to start somewhere. And we have an unwavering belief in creativity’s power to make a difference: for business, for change and for good.
Our community of creatives and marketers are solutions-orientated problem-solvers – finding answers to the things that baffle others is what we all do best. We need to be pragmatic though: the change we need to future-proof our very existence starts from the inside out.
William Goldman said, “Nobody knows anything.” He was talking about Hollywood, but he could have been talking about advertising. Here’s the only thing we know for sure: ten years from now, it will still be about big ideas. And indie shops are in the perfect position to deliver on it. Because they live idea-to-idea instead of quarter-to-quarter.