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As we reflect on the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, it’s evident that while technology evolves, creativity remains the linchpin. Despite AI’s buzz on the Croisette, the actual impact in the Lions’ jury rooms was minimal. The focus instead was on diverse marketing transformations—from hidden consumer forces reshaping business strategies, to sports’ role in brand-building, to the power of entertainment-led advertising. 

Whether you’re winding down from the excitement of Stagwell’s SPORT BEACH or you’re absorbing Cannes’ big ideas from home, here are Three Quick Things you need to know. Find more Cannes insights here and here 

  1. YOU CAN’T SPELL BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION WITHOUT CREATIVITY: The future of the CMO is always a hot topic at Cannes. Marketing leaders are tasked with driving initiatives as impactful as their C-Suite peers. Good news—CMOs’ creative problem-solving skills equip them well. Emerging from the Creative Business Transformation jury room, Michael Treff, CEO of Code and Theory, emphasizes: “Business transformation must work across most company functions, or it isn’t truly transformation.” Looking ahead, Treff says marketers will miss out if they assume AI is the only opportunity for business transformation. “There are seismic changes in human behaviors happening…and ontological questions for a lot of businesses in categories that are going through disruption. What is the meaning of a financial services institution? What is the role of institutional education? What is the future of media?” Hear more from Treff here.  
  2. ATHLETES AS RENAISSANCE ENTREPRENEURS: “As an athlete, I was always being told to just play basketball,” said NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony at Stagwell’s SPORT BEACH, discussing the challenges of breaking into the exclusive wine and spirits industry. Now, “I’m kicking the door down and saying…give us a chance, let us come in and be creative, and let’s make magic.” Athletes like Anthony are diversifying into industries such as fashion, media, and philanthropy, proving pivotal in creating new economic opportunities. “We’re not made to be one-dimensional, we’re human – we’re made to do so many things,” said LSU Tigers basketball star and rapper, Flau’jae Johnson. Athletes are not just being sponsored by brands; they’re shaping them, suggests alpine skier and Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin, who advised brands on stage that equity-based collaborations are “one of the most surefire ways to create a really authentic connection and partnership” with this new class of renaissance entrepreneurs. But don’t just chase the biggest names. Both Johnson and Mark Kirkham, CMO of Pepsi International, spoke on stage about the need for more “grassroots” partnerships, or brands partnering early with up-and-coming stars. Watch all sessions from SPORT BEACH here.
  3. DEBUNKING MARKETING’S EMERGING TECH PROBLEM: Entertainment is a reflection of culture,” says GALE Managing Director, Creative and Entertainment Lions Jury President Geoff Edwards. So as culture changes and moves, so entertainment changes and progresses, and the category evolves as well. With consumers rebelling against intrusive ads, the focus on branded entertainment at Cannes has been on the rise in recent years. “But getting entertainment right requires more than being entertaining,” Edwards reminds us. Successful entertainment finds narratives that are captivating and uniquely convey the brand’s message. And the impact of technology in this realm is profound, with each year introducing new platforms, partnerships, and ways to experience content. “When it’s done well, [entertainment] is the most powerful force on Earth. Plus, it changes every year, because the entertainment industry changes every year. Technology, film, episodic, documentary, live experiences, gaming and music make this an exciting and interesting category.” Learn more from Geoff here.

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Relive every moment from Stagwell’s SPORT BEACH at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – without moving an inch. Stream mainstage sessions and interviews from the Content Studio on YouTube here. 

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Game on. Welcome to Cannes Lions, home of Stagwell’s SPORT BEACH, where everybody wins. 

Every morning for SPORT BEACH attendees and interested parties at home, we’ll recap the biggest moments from the day prior and break down today’s most impactful events so you can plan your schedule.

Questions? Reach Team Stagwell at cannescomms@stagwellglobal.com. It’s Monday, June 17, and here is what you can look forward to today..

Download the Official SPORT BEACH App 

Stay in the loop on all things SPORT BEACH 2024 by downloading our app today. The app allows you to view events, create your personalized schedule, browse the star-studded speaker line-up, and find all the information you need. There is even an AI-powered chatbot to help you make every moment count.

Three Quick Things: Our Cannes Lions Predictions

Brace yourself for discussions around the festival with our quick primer on the three trends (not named AI…) that we expect to dominate Cannes Lions this year. Click the image below to read the article.

 

SPORT BEACH Play-by-Play 

Get the download on today’s activities on the beach – stop by, say hello, and maybe break a sweat. You can always view the full SPORT BEACH schedule here.

  • Runner’s World x Saucony Monday Run Club | 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Off-site | Shake off the jet lag with a 3-mile loop through the heart of Cannes, led by Runner’s World’s Runner-in-Chief and Team Saucony.
  • Breakfast Hosted by the Ad Council: What CMOs Need to Know About The Mental Health Crisis | 9:00 AM -10:30 AM | Sky Deck | Join SPORT BEACH and Hearst for an exclusive look at the Ad Council’s Mental Health Initiative, featuring Heidi Arthur, Rich Dorment, Todd Haskell, Ryan Linder, and NFL great Brandon Marshall. 
  • Pickleball Clinic with Patrick Mouratoglou | 9:30 AM -10:30 AM | Main Court | Sharpen your pickleball skills with legendary tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has coached greats like Serena Williams and Holger Rune.
  • Dirt is Good: Resilience as a Key Success Driver | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Stage | Join Unilever in conversation with Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos and legendary tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou to discuss resilience and its correlation to success in life, sports, and business. 
  • Let’s Get Loud: The Sound of Sport, from Fans to Brands | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Court | No matter what sport, what city or what country, the sound of sport is unmistakable – and essential to the experience as a fan. Learn how brands are supporting this element of sport, and how its evolving for an elevated consumer. 
  • The Future of Winter Sports Competition | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Stage | Five-time Olympian Shaun White will be joined by business partner Jim Miller to discuss snowboarding’s growing cultural prominence and provide a sneak peek into some exciting snow-based news. 
  • It’s a Win-Win: Why Sponsorships Make Sense | 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Stage | Hear from top brands on why their sports partnerships make sense, and how they measure KPIs. Lioness goalkeeper Mary Earps will bring the athlete POV, digging into how brands can best leverage athletes to bring these partnerships to life for fans. 
  • Guinness x Sport: Building Vibrant Communities with The Premier League and Guinness Six Nations | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Stage | Hear the perspective of an iconic brand (Guinness) & athlete (Frank Lampard) on how to capture the infectious passion of football and rugby to bring communities together and how Guinness is using sport as a creative force for good.
  • #UnitedbySnapdragon: Manchester United and Qualcomm Level Up | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Stage | Join Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and Qualcomm CMO Don McGuire ahead of the Snapdragon brand’s debut on the front of Manchester United’s kit for the upcoming season. 
  • Whose Job Is It Anyways? Driving Equity in Sport | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Stage | This panel will explore the specific role brands can and should play as we drive for equity in sport, featuring WNBA legend Sue Bird in conversation with State Farm, Marriott and Amazon.
  • We Play Different: Alex Honnold x The North Face | 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Stage | This conversation will delve into how the “Playing Different” mantra dictates how both The North Face and Honnold approach exploration.
  • The Halfway Line: The Brands & Athletes Driving Women’s Sport Forward | 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Stage | The greateast female ski racer of all time Mikaela Shiffrin and Mark Kirkham from PepsiCo will share their perspectives on how we can cover more ground for women in sports today.
  • Business of Sports w/ AJ Andrews | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Content Studio | Join ReachTV’s AJ Andrews as she takes a deep dive into the trillion dollar business of sports. From athletes to executives, each guest will share their unique business perspective on how sports has evolved beyond the game. 
  • Open Play x Epidemic Sound | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Court | Join us to wrap up your first day of Cannes with Open Play, soundtracked by Epidemic Sound, including a live guest DJ and musical guest from their catalogue of royalty-free artists.
  • Cocktails with BxP | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Fan Zone | Cocktail reception hosted by Stagwell’s Brand Performance Network. Please note, this event is invite only.
  • Clio Sports Honorary Awards Dinner | 7:30 – 10:30 PM | Main Court | Please note, this event is invite only. 

On the Mainstage: Navigating Emerging Tech with Chairman and CEO Mark Penn 

Off the beach, Stagwell Chairman and CEO Mark Penn will take the Rotonde Stage on the Cannes Lions Innovation track for a keynote on how marketers can apply contrarian thinking to navigate emerging technology hype. Get all the details here

Catch other speakers from across the Stagwell network around the festival today: 

  • 72andSunny’s Damaune Journey at Playing to Win: Made on Culture @ Culture Mix | 1:00 PM | Culture Mix Cannes | Learn More.
  • Code and Theory’s Dan Gardner at ADWEEK House: You’re Using AI for That, Right? Delivering Creative Excellence with Artificial and Human Intelligence | 2:00 PM | 3.14 Rooftop | Explore the balance between data-driven decision-making and emotional connection. | Register

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Team Stagwell is on the ground at Cannes, ready to cover the Palais, fringe stages, and maybe even a yacht or two, bringing you the latest insights from the festival. Keep up with the latest, and reach out if you have questions or requests.

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Bonjour! Team Stagwell is headed to Cannes Lions, ready to cover the Palais, fringe stages, and maybe even a yacht or two, bringing you the latest insights from the Festival. We’ll also be bringing sports and business icons like Carmelo Anthony, Sue Bird, Joe Burrow, Jason and Travis Kelce, Megan Rapinoe, and JuJu Watkins to SPORT BEACH for some exciting action.  

Ahead of the Festival, we’re sharing three predictions to track as the programming unfolds. While AI will undoubtedly be a hot topic, in this edition we’re focusing on everything else – though you won’t want to miss our Monday mainstage session on “The Contrarian’s Compass: Navigating Emerging Tech Hype.”

Let’s dive in,
Beth Sidhu
Chief Brand Officer, Stagwell

  1. ALL ROADS WILL LEAD BACK TO SOCIAL: At Cannes, two key discussions will shape future investments in the social media space, where ad spend is set to surge in 2024, led by TikTok (anticipated to grow 38%) and Instagram. First is the future of social video. As the popularity of bite-sized videos diminishes and Gen Z gravitates towards longer-form content (although this mainly just means 90-second videos), expect significant discussions about new monetization and creative opportunities in social video. We’ll also be keeping an eye on how marketers view the viability of “challenger platforms like TikTok, which have built incredible momentum in recent years but face a shifting regulatory and consumer landscape in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about what social-savvy brands can do to prepare for the future in this blog from Movers+Shakers CEO Evan Horowitz 
  2. BRANDS WILL GET SCHOOLED ON THE RIGHT ATHLETE SPONSORSHIP PLAYS: Today’s athletes are multi-hyphenate leaders and aspirational figures who excel in business, media, nonprofits, and more, far beyond their achievements on the field. As the Cannes spotlight turns to sports, be sure to attend SPORT BEACH panels such as “It’s a Win-Win: Why Sponsorships Make Sense” with Channel Factory and Relo Metrics, and mainstage events such as “The Rapid Evolution of Athletes as Brand Builders” with the NFL. These sessions will guide brands on shifting from a brand ambassador approach to a true partnership mindset when collaborating with athletes. By involving athletes in product development, marketing strategies, experiential initiatives, and impact-driven projects, brands can benefit from their unique perspectives and vast audiences. Brush up on this shifting dynamic by streaming our SXSW 2024 talk, “Athlete as a Brand: Creating Authentic Connections.” 
  3. MARKETERS WILL TRULY PLUG INTO GAMING: Marketers are no longer overlooking gaming and e-sports, which boast 3.3 billion gamers globally and will reach $4.3 billion in global ad revenue this year. With immersive consumer experiences now a priority for brands, gaming is the perfect market. Keep an eye out at Cannes for insights emerging from campaigns that win big at the Entertainment Lions for Gaming and Brand Experience & Activation categories. Their success will demystify the nascent big-C creative and performance media opportunities. You also won’t want to miss Stagwell’s GALE in conversation with Lenovo, Activision Blizzard, and the National Women’s Soccer League at SPORT BEACH on Tuesday on the future of consoles and community. One other thing to track: 2023 was a big year for the convergence of gaming, marketing, and branded entertainment, as massive titles like the Super Mario Bros. movie and “The Last of Us” translated into branding opportunities galore. Brush up on the insights with National Research Group’s whitepaper, “Why Video Games are the New Frontier for Hollywood.” 

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GALE is a Business Agency. Founded in 2014, the agency currently has offices in New York, Singapore, Toronto, Denver, Los Angeles, London, Austin, Kansas City, and Bengaluru. GALE has received top industry awards including Ad Age’s A-List, Ad Age’s Data & Analytics Agency of the Year, Adweek’s Fastest Growing Agency, the Grand Effie and Adweek’s Breakthrough Media Agency of the Year. 

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Bomb Pop is the most popular ice pop that nobody can remember. GALE’s mission was simple: get tweens to remember the brand’s name. The team brought the favorite summertime snack into the virtual world of Restaurant Tycoon 2 in Roblox, where Roblox restaurant owners could serve eight virtual Bomb Pop flavors to their customers. Gamers served 48.5 million Bomb Pops — making it the #1 selling food item in Roblox history. 

Our Approach to Transformation

Introducing the Bomb Pop Update in Restaurant Tycoon 2. For two weeks, Roblox restaurant owners could serve virtual bomb pops to their hungry customers and earn limited edition gear to upgrade their restaurants – turning Restaurant Tycoon into a red, white, and blue bonanza, and making restaurant owners within the platform our very own virtual brand ambassadors, interior designers, and architects. In the process, using our limited-edition items, players completely transformed the restaurants into gaming lounges, family style buffets, and even high-end beach clubs with an average of 28 minutes engaged across the experience.  

Our Impact

Time spent was 133% beyond Roblox branded experience benchmarks. We also had over 500,000 unique users enlist as virtual bomb pop distributors who sold over 48.5 million bomb pops, making it the most sold food item in Roblox ever. Even more significantly, sales in the real world were also up with an immediate 28.6% increase. We proved that the virtual world can spur epic real world business results.

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ABOUT COLLE MCVOY

Colle McVoy (CM) is a full-service creative agency that builds enduring relationships between forward-thinking brands and people. We believe this time of rapid change is filled with opportunities, so we constantly strive to push the boundaries of creativity, pressure-test best practices and create new brand futures. As a Certified B Corporation, we believe a better future means we have a responsibility to use our expertise as a force for good to benefit all people, communities and the planet.

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We’re sure you’ve heard about JOMO (the joy of missing out). Here’s the reality: It’s one thing to miss out, it’s an entirely different thing to find the joy in it. 

To reinforce La-Z-Boy’s new platform, Long Live the Lazy, Colle McVoy’s creative technology team designed and fabricated “The Decliner,” a first-of-its-kind recliner allowing owners to AI-generate a cancellation excuse via SMS simply by pulling the handle. 36,000+ people signed up for a chance to win their own Decliner just in time for National Lazy Day as part of the earned creative brand act. 

Our Approach to Transformation

For a chance to put their feet up with AI assistance and La-Z-Boy style, people were asked to submit the most creative excuses they’ve ever used to protect their JOMO. And, influencers created content to amplify attention to the contest. The innovation was a technological hack—with 225 lines of code directing the AI server and 344 lines for each fabricated chair. An indicator of sorts had to be fashioned to let people know requests were processing, which took the form of an LED-lined puck at the handle base. The tech choices needed to be as reliable as the chairs themselves and couldn’t disrupt La-Z-Boy’s comfort and durability standards.

Our Impact

Colle McVoy drove 1.1B media impressions across 317 placements in the likes of USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, Architectural Digest and more. People definitely put their feet up, juicing La-Z-Boy’s website traffic by 200% and increasing brand sales by 50% during the first weekend of the campaign.

The La-Z-Boy Decliner has gone on to win several awards, including Best in Technology at the 2023 PRWeek Awards and Best in Research & Consumer Insights in MediaPost’s Planning & Buying Awards. Nearly 13,000 cancellations have been sent by Decliner owners, giddy with AI-assisted JOMO. 

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ABOUT LEFT FIELD LABS

Left Field Labs is a digital agency dedicated to solving our common challenges through uncommon creativity. Our team of over 100 designers, developers, and strategists has launched hundreds of digital products and experiences – from VR and websites to apps and experiential installations – for clients, such as Google, Discovery, Android, Estée Lauder, Uber, and Disney.  

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Google set out to create a 360° event-scale augmented reality (AR) experience at CES that would help attendees experience its presence in a whole new dimension. Google partnered with Left Field Labs to blend its physical booth location with a digital overlay, focused on bringing helpful and contextual information to attendees, as well as delightful moments.  

Our Approach to Transformation

LFL leveraged Google’s latest AR technologies in partnership with Adobe to inspire developers, creators, and brands at Google’s CES booth. The team aimed to demonstrate how AR has the potential to solve everyday challenges, whether orienting yourself around a busy environment, getting the scoop on more demos to see, finding transportation, or helping with decision making. 

First, LFL used Google’s Geospatial Creator, powered by ARCore and Google Maps Platform, in Adobe Aero to create an effective storyboard that integrated physical and digital elements seamlessly for the AR experience. LFL then built Google’s beloved Android Bot into the AR experience as a guiding figure with simple yet richly expressive interactions. Taking an agile approach, LFL iterated and tested on a wide range of Android and iOS mobile devices to ensure smooth performance for attendees.  

Our Impact

The AR guide to Google on Android at CES 2024 was a successful “show rather than tell” experience that helped attendees enjoy the space with immersive surprises along the way. The experience was activated nearly 9,000 times over the four-day event.  

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ARound is a first-of-its-kind stadium-level shared augmented reality platform within the Stagwell Marketing Cloud. ARound keeps audiences engaged by capturing their attention through immersive, interactive and shared experiences with fellow fans across the venue. Where other AR products offer isolating, singular experiences, ARound’s massive multi-user AR – which uses 3D spatial computing to localize content – redefines what it means to be part of a connected fan experience.

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Recognizing that smartphones are already part of the modern spectator experience, the Cleveland Cavaliers aimed to transform these devices from potential distractions into essential components of the game action. The objective was to introduce mass gamification and real-time visualizations to the NBA Playoff experience through Stagwell’s ARound, making every fan and brand feel like a bigger part of each magical moment.

Our Approach to Transformation

ARound implemented its cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) platform at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, transforming spectators’ smartphones into interactive gameday devices. This technology allowed fans to interact with larger-than-life players and mascots, live game animations, and immersive AR challenges directly linked with other fans and the ongoing action. Additionally, sponsored content was integrated into the AR experiences, enabling brands like Cliffs to engage with fans through captivating and interactive games right on the court.

Our Impact

The implementation of ARound’s AR technology led to a dramatic increase in fan engagement, with spectators actively participating for an average of 14 minutes per game. By making smartphones an integral part of the live event, the Cavaliers enhanced the game-day experience, deepened fan immersion, and created new opportunities for innovative sponsor activations. This strategic use of AR technology enriched the playoff atmosphere, ensuring fans were not just spectators but active participants in the excitement of NBA games.

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Code and Theory is the only network with a balance of 50% creative and 50% engineers at scale. The technology-first group within Stagwell is built to partner with businesses to navigate the complexity of changing consumer behaviors, emerging technologies and AI.

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Tipico engaged Code and Theory to lead Bet Like You’re From Ohio, an integrated campaign to capitalize on the moment sports betting would be legalized in Ohio and bring Tipico to market. The agency utilized ChatGPT for persona development and leveraged real-time data to inspire everything it did, including creating hyperlocal messaging that helped Tipico meet 57% of its annual registration target in one month. 

Our Approach to Transformation

To earn the trust of Ohioans, Code and Theory first had to understand Ohio. What became clear fast was that Ohio has a chip on its shoulder. On a good day, Ohio is viewed by the rest of the country as average; on a bad day, as a flyover state that’s the butt of the joke. And as a sporting mecca, the sports industry just views it as a “market.” So when sportsbooks descended on the state with a universal attempt to sanitize sports betting, making it feel like it’s “for everyone,” Code and Theory ensured Tipico took a different approach. 

Faced with an extremely tight turnaround, Code and Theory tapped into AI using ChatGPT for persona development. A process that would often take weeks took their agency less than 48 hours. They created three living AI personas — Jay “The VIP Bettor,” Eric “The Ambitious Amateur,” and Josh “The Social Bettor.” These synthetic humans answered the agency’ questions, and the team leveraged this real-time data to better inform everything it did. 

The AI personas continued to mature thanks to app and website data. The outputs proved so effective in producing what Code and Theory calls “4th party data” (1st and 3rd party data + AI = 4th party data) that the agency has implemented this system for all of its work ever since. 

Our Impact

Code and Theory’s work drove 40,000+ registrations in one month (accounting for 57% of the annual 2023 target registrations goal) and 32% share of voice in Ohio for Tipico. The work has been well received, picking up awards for Best in Digital Industries – AI at the Drum Awards and a Gold in Marketing at W3. 

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Generative AI is changing the marketing game. In April, Stagwell headed to Google Next to discuss that change, and what it means for Chief Marketing Officers and other C-Suite leaders in the next year.  

The event also marked Stagwell’s first software release via its Google Cloud partnership, introducing a data clean room to securely enhance client data with Stagwell’s extensive resources. More on that here.  

For now, hear from our at Stagwell Marketing Cloud and Left Field Labs about the three biggest takeaways from Google Next. 

The Sky’s the Limit But Use Cases are the Target

At Google Next – and at several marketing and technology conference this year, including CES and SXSW – the clear challenge to attendees was the two-step from theoretical implementations of AI to hard use-cases that provide value to consumers (and reasons for investment). It’s no wonder companies in attendance debuted over 101 real-world use cases for generative AI, spanning applications to consumer experiences, back-end-operations, insights, and more.  

Some common themes emerged as to where AI is providing the most immediate value:  

  • AI to accelerate the curation of essential business insights: AI21 Labs showcased how they use a BigQuery integration called Contextual Answers to allow users to query data across their businesses conversationally.  
  • AI to put the power of storytelling in everyone’s fingertips. Google unveiled Google Vids, a new AI-powered video creation app in its Workspace suite that can do everything from generate a storyboard, piece together first drafts of videos from stock multimedia, and do voiceovers.  
  • AI to bring real-time tracking to the customer experience: UPS is constructing a digital twin of its entire distribution network that will enable customers to see where their packages are at any time.

 

AI Will Mean a Rewriting of Every Customer Interface – Here’s Where to Begin

Artificial intelligence represents a quantum leap for creativity and productivity.  As a network on the beat of marketing, we know that AI’s rise will mean a rewriting of almost all customer interfaces as companies race to deliver consumers the personalized experiences they’ve desired since the dawn of the internet. At Google Next, Stagwell CTO Merrill Raman and Stagwell Marketing Cloud CTO Mansoor Basha emphasized that the first step brands should take to reap the benefits of AI should be assessing their organization’s data infrastructure to ensure it is primed for AI.  

Tactically, that may mean deep clean-up of existing first party data sources using data science best practices to get the information organized in a manner that AI can extract useful insights from. Or it may mean partnering with a third-party data provider who can supplement your view of existing and prospective consumers. 

AI Can Be the Bedrock for Trust, When Implemented Appropriately

As Left Field Labs CEO Sarah Mehler shared at Google Next: with growth in AI utilization, a critical question to consider is how do we build trust with audiences when considering AI implementation? Striking the right tone in AI-enabled communications is a primary step. And remember that communication that reflects cultural and demographic nuances is what ultimately resonates with audiences and builds trust in new systems. Well-practiced organizations will apply sentiment analysis to better understand the emotions of a user and provide appropriate responses (thus driving traction and building more successful outcomes).  

Attention to detail is also crucial for building trust in AI implementations. A “Chain of Verification” is one of several methods that can be employed to enhance the accuracy of information provided by AI systems. This process involves multiple steps to validate information before it is conveyed to the user. For instance, after our language model generates a response, we can employ a separate validation model to scrutinize the facts within that response. This secondary check helps to identify and correct any inaccuracies or ‘hallucinations’—instances where the model generates false or misleading information. By systematically verifying data through multiple layers, we can provide more reliable and trustworthy outputs. 

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Stagwell is a contender for Network of the Year at The 2024 Webby Awards with 23 nominations

With nominations across categories including Marketing, Innovation, Health & Wellness, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and more, Stagwell and its agencies are on course to take home big wins at the 28th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award recognizing excellence on the internet. Twelve Stagwell agencies are up for consideration in the People’s Voice vote: 72andSunny, Code and Theory, Doner, Instrument, GALE, PRophet, Rhythm, Left Field Labs, Movers+Shakers, Anomaly, Allison, HUNTER and Mediacurrent. Every vote countsclick through the nominations listed below to cast your vote.

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Advertising, Media & PR

Wisp: Anti-Choice Ads — Online Guerilla & Innovation

Wisp: Anti-Choice Ads — Video Ad Shortform

United: Believing Everything Changes — Best Media Strategy

Social

Wisp: Made By Choice — Public Service, Social Impact & Activism

NFL: The Table Read — Sports

Anomaly

Video

Johnnie Walker Red Carpet Strides — Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Code and Theory

Advertising, Media & PR

YETI: Map The Gaps — Products & Services

YETI: Map The Gaps — Best Use of Online Media

Amazon: Ads That Work As Hard As You Do — B2B Campaign

 

Apps & Software

Scout by Sutter Health: A Powerful Tool For Building Resilience in Today’s Youth — Health, Wellness & Fitness

Doner

Advertising, Media & PR

The NIL Student Nurse Initiative — Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical

The NIL Student Nurse Initiative — Best Partnership or Collaboration

Social

Hungry Howie’s: The Missing Slice — Public Service & Activism

GALE

Advertising, Media & PR

Chipotle: Doppelganger — Best Use of Data Driven Media

 

Video

MilkPEP: Wood Milk — Comedy

HUNTER

Advertising, Media & PR

Lactaid: Kelis Partners With Lactaid to Get You to Drink Real Dairy — Best Influencer Endorsements

Instrument

Websites and Mobile Sites

Catona Climate — Corporate Social Responsibility

Figma: Shortcut by Figma — Business Blog/Website

Microsoft: The hidden power of feelings — Health & Wellness

Microsoft: The future of work is neurodiverse — Responsible Innovation

Left Field Labs

Mediacurrent

Movers+Shakers

PRophet

Apps and Software

PRophet Influence: Koalifyed — Marketing & Content Management

Rhythm

Allison

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