Went to a seminar held by ANVIE in Paris. We discussed in general the changing landscape of the new media. Joseph Jaffe’s book “Life after the 30 second spot” was cited at the beginning, along with the Ries’ and Zyman’s book on the end of advertising (as we know it), to set the stage. You have to enjoy how the internet and the new media options are pushing the traditional media to be more inventive. This McDonald’s ad in Chicago tells you what time of day it is (sundial) as well as what you should be eating at that time. Among the many debates along the day, the one I enjoyed the most was the preeminence of image over text. What stirred people’s attention most was that it was positioned as a break with Judeo-Christian background which was more text-based than image–the Bible being central to that concept. One person in the room, departing from the core presentation, needed to express dissent as she felt Catholicism is replete with image. In any event, the interesting component to the discussion was that, while image is clearly a dominant element on the web and that we are working in an abstract, imaginary community-seeking world, there is some return to the value of text — text as content. Naturally, without playing to the mediatic strength of the format in which the text is presented (i.e. adding pictures or video, etc.), the audience’s reach and captivity will be diminished.
Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, author & consultant on Leadership, Branding and Digital Strategy. After a successful international career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has spent the last ten years helping senior management teams and Boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. He has worked with world-class organisations to help activate their brand strategies, and figure out how best to integrate new technologies, digital tools, devices and platforms. Above all, Minter works to catalyse a change in mindset and dial up transformation. Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). His newest book Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence, bowed in December 2018 and won the Book Excellence Award 2019 as well as being shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2019. It's available in Audiobook, Kindle and Paperback. He is also co-author of Futureproof (Pearson, Sep 2017) and sole author of The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press, Nov 2016), a book and documentary film, both of which have won awards and critical acclaim. Minter has a new book on leadership, You Lead, published by Kogan Page, that comes out January 2021. View all posts by Minter Dial