Category Archives: Media

FB shows it’s claws

Google and Facebook are two Artificial Intelligence behemoths.

To them, we are data points and have been for the better part of two decades.

There is nothing that we think, do, say or act that they don’t have a detailed account of somewhere in the abyss of data that is ‘the cloud’.

So as the Australian Government leads the first real push back on these artificial intelligence (don’t be distracted by the marketing term social networking) companies, we have real insight into the intent of the organisations.

Now while the ACCC approach wasn’t the most refined. It was an unprecedented approach that sort to protect Australian interests online.

The response of the two organisations to the proposed News Media Bargaining Code was telling indeed.

Alphabet (on behalf of an all too arrogant Google Australia) could work with the concerns and come out in support of proactively nurturing locally produced news content.

Facebook, like all great white entities of entitlement, pulled it’s service without prior warning.

In a complete show of disregard let alone respect for the Australian community who have so loyally supported the business since its inception.

So if we’re smart, the question we should be asking:

Is Facebook an essential business need?

While that will take some habit breaking and reshaping across both the facebook and INSTAGRAM platforms, it might be a long overdue worthy consideration.

Facebook dropping the emergency services pages this morning – as part of their decision to cease providing Australians (both individual citizens and publishers) access to news content, following the new media laws coming into effect overnight, is exactly the type of ‘big end of town’ play that media organisations have been doing to advertisers for years.

But they don’t just cut news services.

Bloggers will no longer be able to share their musings via the FB related platforms.

What’s great about it (if you choose to think outside the square), is social media managers and their superiors might actually see how they have been building their brand and adding VALUE to another entities asset ALL THIS TIME. for them to SELL BACK TO THEM!

Question is, will they be ballsy enough to say NO MORE and invest capital in building self managed and controlled assets, trusting in their own capacity and knowledge of market to amplify their messages effectively and efficiently in favour of the convenience of contrived community…?

Wake Up People! This is your time to REALLY shine!

I double dare ALL media and marketing managers to Tell Facebook to f*ck Off. To cut the necessity of them from their advertising budgets and support Australian grown media.


We’ve all given Facebook enough data these past 17 years.

They’ve got more than enough info on how we think, feel and do than they could ever use.

So back yourselves, get creative and stop relying on the convenience of the Facebook algorithm.

Build your own assets and insulate your business – for the first time in a couple of decades!

To those of you who find this a bitter pill to swallow… comment below so we can engage in informed and respectful debate.

Otherwise, it can be assumed you agree with me.

#ThereisNoSuchThingasSustainedOrganicFacebookGrowth #PayToPlay

#ShortTermPain for LongTermGain


‘Tis the Season for Christmas Ads

In the US Super Bowl advertising can make and break careers.

In the UK, the advertising heavyweights concentrate their efforts (and a large percentage of spend) on Christmas.

This year Marks & Spencer (or M&S as it is more commonly referred) released their contribution to the corporate advertising ‘Christmas cheer’… and it’s an absolute winner.

Not only is it beautifully shot, its originality is decidedly refreshing… and VERY clever.

Don’t take my word for it though, judge for yourselves… and enjoy:


Up all night thanks to Online Gravity

Earlier in the week I received an inmail via LinkedIn from the overachieving Mr Paul McCarthy, letting me know his new book, Online Gravity  had been released.

Very generously, he forwarded a copy via post.

I first met Paul at a social media conference we were both presenting at last year and I was suitably excited for him.

Last night, before heading off into the land of nod, I thought I’d have a quick look through the newest arrival to my bedside reading collection.

This would soon prove possibly the most enjoyable mistake I’ve made in a long time.

Online Gravity is proof red bull now comes in paperback.
After flying through the first couple of chapters, my eyes were closed for less than 20 minutes before my brain sparked its first ‘must write down’ idea.

Wrestling out of bed and into the office to ‘brainstorm’ said idea, attempts to return to bed proved futile.

What is Online Gravity?
Paul McCarthy’s concept of the phenomenon of Online Gravity – an invisible force driving development (form and behaviour) in the age of the internet (online world) – is brilliant in its simple logic.

Online Gravity – the book,  demonstrates what the phenomenon does, how it develops and how it can be harnessed by individuals.

It marries the science of the universe, technology and business in easily digestible chunks – that makes you want to keep reading, to keep questioning and in consequence promotes deep and diverse, critical thinking.

With the unprecedented rates of change expected in global business structures, processes and workforce in the next five years thanks to digital ubiquity and the Internet of Things, Online Gravity is a tool every good educator should want to share with their students today to prepare them for a more evolved and much changed tomorrow.

While I still have a couple of pages left to read (full review to follow in due course), what I do know is Online Gravity should be on every digital media, communications and business syllabus.

It is an articulate, accessible guiding text on what we as digitally dependent individuals and businesses can expect in terms of process and practice. While articulating as a workforce, how best to harness the phenomenon of online gravity.

It is what true thought leadership looks like on paper and in practice.

What Online Gravity has given me
As someone who has been struggling with refining my PhD research question (just part of the joy of the process so I’m told), thought leadership such as Online Gravity motivates this humble researcher to stretch beyond convention in articulating the synergies and antagonisms of the new social business frontier and beyond.

As the principal mentor at, Online Gravity feels like a supportive hug as I jump off the new business precipice, confident in my ‘hunch’ of the ever-present need for and cultural importance of proactively enabling humans in and around new social and digital technologies.

Thank you Mr McCarthy for sharing the phenomenal read that is Online Gravity!


Online Gravity is published by Simon & Schuster Australia and is available in paperback ($32.99) and e-book($17.99) formats.

If you are looking for a copy to call your own, Paul’s website provides the following guidance:

A number of eBook versions are also available including:

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Super Bowl 2013: Creative is King

Super Bowl advertising is expensive and represents some of the best known ‘spots’ in global advertising.

Traditionally, it is the best cocktail of TV and outdoor that has the power (audience) and prestige (position) to make or break a brand, but cash alone (approx. USD 3.5 million for 15 second spot) does not guarantee position. That comes down to creative (and relationships).

With Super Bowl kicking off in the wee hours of Monday morning (Sydney, Australia time), Super Bowl creative is top of mind in corporate and creative circles around the world.

This year, Visa declined a spot in favour of social, while  Kia and Budweiser have put together some key spots.
Although, Mercedes inspite of the the use of fire, not so hot.
And while fellow automotive VW creative was controversial, ‘s shock and awe tactics won out, by pairing a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and nerdy computer type in a raunchy game of tonsil tennis.

Samsung, put a fresh spin on the use of celebrity ambassadors, as Coca-Cola raised the engagement stakes for gamification, but potentially at the cost of the creative. While also highlighting why Super Bowl ads are not always broadcast outside of the USA, with this gem. Anyone else thinking Bundy?

While Doritos reverts to its original point of (campaign) origin for Super Bowl creative: story-telling by an amateur creative and Doritos Crash the Super Bowl competition winner,  Pizza Hut keeps it simple in a fabulously contextually relevant way.
When it comes to ad creative EVERYONE has an opinion. Talk Super Bowl and quite frankly, it doesn’t get much bigger.
But as with all marketing communications, what works, and what doesn’t is personal.
So what works for you this Super Bowl final advertising season? And most importantly, Why?
For the Quantitatively-minded: Check out the latest Super Bowl consumption infographic from Nielsen:

Media Consumption by Nielsen

Media Consumption by Nielsen

What is Media?

A commonly posed question, worthy of a universal and definitive answer.
However, media is not always comprehensively or easily defined.

Research would suggest that the context of definition, significantly impacts how the term media is defined. For instance, a public relations practitioner will group various mass and niche communications technologies and businesses into ‘target media channels’. Whereas an advertiser and media planner will define ‘media types or categories’, such as print, broadcast, outdoor, online, with a view to creating target channels for campaigns.

But how can you define a term by using a term?

I guess it comes down to whether it is a noun or an adjective.

These are just some of the definitions proposed for media. Which one do you think is best?

These aren’t academic explanations, obviously, but they are invaluable for students new to the study of media.
Because a quick google/ online search enables students to ask the most basic of questions and potentially find an answer that enables them to access the concept and look for further content.
I encourage all of my students to start at the very beginning. Break down the keywords in any question or assigned task and ‘enter’ the project as comfortably as they can.
Task for this week:
What is the difference between traditional, new and online media?

The internet, HTML: a Western invention?

In discussing Jacques Derrida’s theories on the process and impact of writing on texts, in the greater debate of textuality, I couldn’t help but be drawn into thoughts on production and consumption, more specifically, the production of the internet and the world wide web as western technologies.

Chinese students generously sharing and taking the time to explain what is ultimately a convoluted and time consuming process of creating text online via two different systems in order to replicate (via a chosen software) and produce, edit and consume in the western sense.

I had never thought of the internet as a western text, until now.

Which begs the question, what does the eastern version look like and what could we learn from it if granted access?