Today I was pleased to receive through the post two copies of WPP’s Atticus Journal, the marketing behemoth’s annual journal of ‘original thinking in communications services’.
Pleased as I was selected as an Atticus winner earlier this year for a polemic on the changing nature of corporate reputation management in today’s digital and networked world, and despite the onward march of e-books, it is somehow flattering to see one’s name in embossed in print rather than simply listed on a website or online store.
As such, it also provides an opportunity to say thank you to three former colleagues at Burson-Marsteller who helped pull together my modest contribution: Sahala Sianipar, Craig Adams and Maggie Hicks. Sahala, in particular, was instumental in helping me refine my thinking, Craig was a merciless editor and Maggie transformed a stodgy word file into a friendly and engaging document.
The Journal features an extract of my submission; the full version is here:
I’d highly recommend begging, borrowing or stealing (to coin a phrase) a copy of this year’s Journal to read Chris Graves‘ piece on Japan’s ‘Cool Japan’ initiative and ‘Made in China’ by JWT’s Pete Heskett, both fascinating takes on a key challenge facing Asian companies and governments: how to market themselves effectively to western consumers.