One of the biggest global TV hits of the past few years has been Mad Men—a program about the birth of consumerism in the traditional advertising world, which aired primarily on “traditional” media. Not only does the success of this show help to make the point that so-called traditional media is not yet dead, but it is also a great demonstration of the shift from a world of image to a world of reality.
The marketer’s job used to be about creating the best possible image for any product. No matter how divorced from the truth that image might have been.
Consider the signature “It’s toasted.” It sounds like the slogan for a delicious and nutritious food product. But the following exchange from the above-mentioned TV show reveals it is anything but:
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Guardian Sustainable Business is hosting a live broadcast of Unilever’s debate on how consumers can be inspired to turn positive intentions into actions. The event will see an international panel of experts–Unilever CEO Paul Polman; David Jones, global CEO of Havas and Euro RSCG Worldwide; Tensie Whelan, president of the Rain Forest Alliance; and Malini Mehra, founder and CEO of Indian nonprofit Centre for Social Markets–come together to discuss how companies, brands, and people can help motivate the mainstream.
The event will be live-streamed on Tuesday, November 22, at 9 a.m. (EST) or 2 p.m. (GMT). Click here to register your interest or submit a question to the panel.