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  • Innovators Celebrate! 2015 New York

  • 2014 Innovators

  • The Internationalist at the Dana Point Event

  • Internationalist 1000 Millennials-Boomers Think Tank

  • Marketers Gather at the Marketers Make World of Difference Breakfast and Think Tank

  • CHINA 50 Marketers Gather in Shanghai to Share Peer-to-Peer Insights

  • A Celebratory 2013 Dinner for the Internationalists

  • Celebrating the Latin American 100 in Miami

  • Cannes Ad Festival- Promenade de la Croisette

  • The Innovators Summit—Times Square, New York

  • Awards for Innovation in Media

  • A Celebratory Group at the Internationalists Dinner

  • Awards Dinner- Innovative Digital Solutions

  • Singapore- Spikes Celebrations

  • Apple’s Co-Founder Steve Wozniak hosting Avaya’s Evolutions Tour

  • THE 100 Summit, New York

  • Winners Dinner- Awards for Innovation in Media










Sir Martin Sorrell Shares His Thoughts on a Changing Industry. The views of WPP’s CEO from Cannes on trust, talent, and client-agency relationships.

100 INFLUENTIAL MARKETERS: The Internationalist announces its annual list of 100 Marketing Leaders from around the world to acknowledge those executives who are influencing today’s marketing concepts.

Marketing Makes a World of Difference: Celebrating those programs that define new marketing thought leadership as they do good, while creating deeper customer relationships, enhancing brand growth and demonstrating the importance of the marketing function within the corporation.

Digital Views:

  • MEC’s Shenan Reed discusses the evolution of digital creativity
  • KPMG’s Bob Siegal outlines critical C-suite thinking on programmatic issues

Marketing 2015 at Midpoint: Emergent Trends, Lessons from Cannes, and the Drive for New Business Models

Latin America’s Marketing Champions:
Today’s leaders who are shaping this vital region for tomorrow

Around the World:
The most popular 2nd Languages illustrate in trends in people’s communications throughout the globe

Advertising Law Compliance: GALA releases video series to aid global marketers

Commentary: OMD’s Steve Blakeman on why talking too much can damage your career

GLOBETROTTERS: Antonio Lucio, moves to HP as Global CMO of its personal computer and printer company; PepsiCo veteran, Frank Cooper, joins BuzzFeed; Marc Mathieu, who helped shape Unilever’s consumer vision, takes on a new role at Samsung. Taco Bell has named former cosmetics brand marketer Marisa Thalberg as its first Chief Brand Engagement Officer; Jason Hill moves to BlackRock as Global Head of Media; Zita Cassizzi takes on a new retail role at Apple; Pepsi’s Manos Spanos Champions Greek economic cause with marketing. MINI’s Lee Nadler spurs action for KathmanDO SOMETHING!


HUB CULTURE: Cape Town is a melting pot of South African tastes, and a crown jewel of the continent in terms of development, cuisine and lifestyle. Economically, it’s on fire through a diversifying local economy.









Redefining the Power & Significance of Prestige Brands: JP Kuehlwein and Wolfgang Schaefer outline a complete rethinking of brand value in a purpose-driven, social media world, as well as the significance of changing one's view of "prestige.

Six Degrees of Integration for Marketer-Agency Alignment: Greg Paull looks at new models for managing partnership relationships in a changing agency world.

From Smart Phone to Smart Bottle, Johnnie Walker Now Sends Personalized Messages: From this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona... Printed sensor tags and smart phone technology are changing personalization as they underscore how a brand today is as much about the product and the packaging, as it is about the capacity for data to communicate with customers and the business process itself.

MEDIA INNOVATION: New Shifts in Brand Strategy, Planning & Activation Winning case studies underscore a number of major shifts now occurring in the industry: innovative work must go beyond the traditional scope of "media solutions," purpose and passion are essential to successful programs, brand activation now takes on a much wider scope, and meaningful, shared experiences are becoming a new barometer of success.  

Case studies include work from the following companies: 3M, Accenture, Addition Elle, Amway, Bank of America, Bentley, Bosch, California Garden, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Tire, Canon, Carrefour, Casa Caleb, Coca-Cola, Doctors Without Borders, Domino's Pizza, Dubai Media Inc., Duracell, Emirates Airline, Esurance, Evian, Expedia, GE, HP, IBM, IKEA, IZZE, Kellogg's, Lay's, Marriott, Mars Petcare, MasterCard, McDonald's Mobily, Mondelez, Pepsi, Quebec Milk Producers, Samsung, Sephora, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Tishman Speyer, Tourism Montreal, Universal Pictures, Vestas Wind Systems, Volkswagen, Warner Bros. Wyeth, XBOX, Xerox, and Zizin Water.

Procurement Refocuses on Talent, Training, Trust & Transparency: Joanne Davis tackles an important shift through new Internationalist research and outlines how the Marketing Procurement functioning is now shifting to focuses on what she calls the 4T's.

GLOBETROTTERS: Chris Carmichael to head Global Media for financial giant HSBC; Silas Lewis-Meilus moves to a new digital role at McDonald's APMEA; Roberto Ricossa becomes M/D Latin America for Aruba Networks; Chris Boles transitions from Xerox to MetLife; Latha Sundaram is named Global Account Director at OMD Chicago; Christophe Mayer to head Communications at Lancel Paris.






GE’s CMO Linda Boff Shares Her Strategy for Compelling Content

Trendsetters: Airbnb's Jonathan Mildenhall Wants to Create the First Community-Driven SuperBrand

Trendsetters: Dana Anderson of Mondelez Discusses the Power of Generosity—Setting a New Tone at ANA's Masters of Marketing

Trendsetters: Dentsu's Tim Andree Looks at a Changing Agency Business in a New Light

Trendsetters: Lenovo's CMO David Roman Embraces a "Never Stand Still” Brand Attitude

Trendsetters: Philips' Boon Lai Discusses Brand Transformation as Healthcare and Technology Intersect

Trendsetters: PepsiCo's Brad Jakeman Talks about Disruption's Effects on Marketing's Evolution and Structure

Trendsetters: Visa's Jessica Williams Talks about the Intersection of Innovation & Analytics

Trendsetters: GE's Andy Markowitz Discusses the Race for Accountability in a Time of Uncertainty

Trendsetters: Sir Martin Sorrell Shares his Thoughts on a Changing Industry

Trendsetter: KPMG's Bob Siegal Outlines Critical C-Suite Thinking on Programmatic Issues

Trendsetters: MEC's Shenan Reed Talks about the Evolution of Digital Creativity

Trendsetters: Darren Woolley Outlines 5 Ways to Insure that Agency Incentive Payments Work Fairly & Beneficially

Trendsetters: P&G's JP Kuehlwein Redefines the Power and Significance of Modern Prestige Brands

Trendsetters: GroupM's Irwin Gotlieb Addresses Media Transparency & a New Cross-Industry Task Force

Trendsetters: It's Time for Agencies to Evolve, says Finland's Eka Ruola, Awarded CEO & CCO of hasan & partners

Trendsetters: Joanne Davis Discusses Talent, Training, Trust and Transparency as the Role of Global Procurement Shifts

Trendsetters: Erick Laseca, Kraft's Big Data Evangelist, Talks about Next-Gen Relationship Marketing

Trendsetters: R3’s Greg Paull Discusses Six Degrees of Integration for Agency-Marketer Alignment

Trendsetters: April Fools’ Day Around the World. David McCaughan Asks-Which Nationalities are Most Truthful?

Trendsetters: Itau’s Andrea Cordeiro Changes the Rules for Sponsorship Marketing

Trendsetters: DQ's Barry Westrum Explains How to Turn Around a Brand by Understanding Data

Trendsetters: Unilever's Kathy O'Brien Shares how a Brand that Empowers Women can also Resonate with Today's Men

Trendsetters: Millward Brown's Duncan Southgate Shares How 2015 will be a Year for Marketers to "Get Media Right"

Trendsetters: Joanne Davis Discusses How C-Suite Leaders are Evaluating Media Today

Trendsetters: Pete Blackshaw Discusses Nestlé's Digital Transformation to Build Brands and Delight Consumers

Trendsetters: The Ritz-Carlton's VP Marketing, Clayton Ruebensaal, Cites a New Era of Brand Communications

Trendsetters: GE’s Jason Hill Shares Thoughts on Building a Global Brand in Today’s Content-Rich World

Trendsetters: The Age of Entanglement—Two Innovators Demonstrate a Move Beyond Engagement

Trendsetters: Barbara Basney of Xerox Talks about the Role of Content in Transforming a Legacy Brand

Dannon's Olesya Govorun Shares How Consumer Research Can Improve In-Store Communication

Trendsetters: JetBlue's Marty St. George Shares the Strategies of a Challenger Brand

Trendsetters: Vestas Wind Systems' Morten Albæk Champions "A Race We Must Win"

Trendsetters: Dana Anderson of Mondelēz Shares How Collaboration is Key to Marketing's Future

Trendsetters: Colgate-Palmolive's Nadine Karp McHugh Discusses New Structures for a Contemporary Marketing World

Trendsetters: MINI's Lee Nadler Discusses How Passion Creates a Successful Brand

Trendsetters: Zita Cassizzi shares Digital Marketing Insights as TOMS’ Global One-for-One Business Grows

Trendsetters: Subway's Global VP Jeff Larson Shares What it Takes to be an Effective Marketer Now

Trendsetters: Mondelēz International’s Bonin Bough Offers New Rallying Cry to Marketers

Trendsetters: PepsiCo’s Frank Cooper Talks about Transformation in a World where Mobile is a New Center of Gravity

Trendsetters: Brown Forman’s Carmen d’Ascendis Discusses the Nuances of Brand Relevance in a Shifting Marketing World.

Trendsetters: Rishad Tobaccowala Outlines 6 Trends to Shape the Future of Marketing

Trendsetters: Kellogg’s Aaron Fetters Shares Insights on Ad Accountability its Role in Product Sales

Trendsetters: LONDON’s Michael Moszynski Tells How New Wordeo Video Message App Brings Words to Life

Trendsetters: Brodeur’s Andrea Coville Talks about “Relevance” as a Single Word to Refocus a Complex Marketing Industry

Trendsetters: Millennial Leaders from Visa, Allstate and Capital One Talk Marketing and Share a View of the Industry’s Future

Trendsetters: Peter Hubbell Explains Why Marketers Should Care About Brad Pitt at 50, Cover Girl Christie Brinkley at 60 and Rocker Mick Jagger at 70

Trendsetters: Top Marketers Discuss Transformation at Brand Masters

Trendsetters: AMI’s John Price Sees 2014 as a Pivotal Year for Latin America

Trendsetters: GALA Defines How 43 Countries Manage Green or Eco-Friendly Advertising Claims

Trendsetters: OgilvyOne’s Gunther Schumacher Outlines Advertising’s New Currency, and Tells How British Airways Masters It

Trendsetters: Lowe Counsel’s Zoe Lazarus Shares Cultural Shifts that will Impact 2014

Trendsetters: SAP's Michael Brenner Offers a Perspective on the Future of Marketing

Trendsetters: Kraft's VP Media/Data/CRM, Bob Rupczynski, Talks about New Structures for a Real-Time World

Trendsetters: IKEA’s Camilla Hammar Shares Insights on Marketing in China

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Top Marketers

Who are Today’s 100 Top Marketers? MORE

International Marketers Gather in New York to Celebrate Brand Champions & Share a New Global Initiative MORE

THE CHINA 50: Recognizing China's Marketing Leaders MORE


Meet the Asia 50 MORE


Innovators Provide Guidelines for Brand Success in Today's Complex World CLICK FOR SYNOPSIS.

Hot Markets: Industry Leaders Share Insights on Changing Asia Markets CLICK HERE

Brand Growth in a Socially Transparent World: The views of industry leaders on our changing business dynamics. MORE

Top Marketers at THE INTERNATIONALIST 100 Discuss the Reinvention of Marketing Leadership amid Global Complexity CLICK FOR SYNOPSIS.


Marketing 2015 at Midpoint-- Emergent Trends, Lessons from Cannes, and the Drive for New Business Models MORE

Marketing & Technology's Inextricable Relationship MORE

Marketing 2014 at Half Time- World Cup & Cannes Coincide to Shape Attitudes about the Industry’s Future... MORE

Top Marketers Share Strategies for Brand Growth and Results Now MORE

President Bill Clinton Tells Ad Industry at Cannes they have Power to Solve World Problems MORE

Case Studies

Winners in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media Highlight the Emerging World, Social Causes and Purposeful Branding, B2B Wins Big; Banking is Back; Provocative Approaches Used for Hard-to-Reach Audiences; Responsible Branding Critical. (Awarded April 2013). MORE

Winners in The Internationalist Awards for Innovative Digital Marketing Solutions Highlight Use of 2nd Screen; B2B Wins Big; Mid East Shows Power of Youth; Responsible Branding Critical. (Awarded November 2012.) MORE

TOP TRENDS in Digital Marketing Solutions (Based on Awards- November 2012): 1. Global- more campaigns than ever now have truly global sweep—whether intended or not. 2. B2B campaigns are doing well in the digital world and show that they have understood B2C thinking. 3. Mobile applications without question are on the rise. 4. Gaming cannot be underestimated—in both serious messaging and in entertainment. 5. The power of Branded Content is being embraced by advertisers, especially in the digital space. 6. Social media elements are critical. 6. A Seriousness of Purpose is key. 7. Educate-- Many consumers more information. 7. Responsibility and Pride matter. 8. Recessionary thinking still fuels strategy.

Winners in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media Highlight Shifting Global Centers; Auto Wins Big; Middle East Makes Mark. (Awarded May 2012.) Automotive advertising roars back with wins (some multiple) for Audi, Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Peugeot, Volvo, and Subaru. South American entries were strong performers with wins from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Miami as a regional hub. . SEE LIST OF ALL WINNERS & READ CASE STUDIES

TEN TRENDS in Media Innovation (Based on Awards- May 2012): 1. Entertainment works. 2. Reach them when the least expect it. 3. Automotive is back! 4. Latin America on the rise. 5. Social media elements are critical. 6. Niche markets can make a difference and influence mass ones. 7. A Seriousness of Purpose and responsibility matter.87. Don’t hesitate to Educate. 9. Technology enhances so many of today’s experiences. 10. Serendipity. Some winning campaigns weren’t afraid to take advantage of coincidences… often resulting in a risk that paid off.

Awards for Innovative Digital Marketing Solutions (Awarded November 2011.) OMD offices on 3 continents, plus PHD US had the greatest number of wins. Campaigns from China, India and Dubai were among the winners. The US and the UK remain strong in innovative digital thinking. Independent Agencies like Vertic and Profero placed strongly. SEE LIST OF ALL WINNERS & READ CASE STUDIES

Bombardier, Dockers and Fidelity are all Big Winners in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media (Awarded November 2011.) For the 3rd straight year, Canadian and Australian work is among the top rankings; US & UK also have strong showings. Colombia sees its first award with a fun World Cup campaign for Davivienda Bank. The Integer Group in Denver outlined how they saved a company with their Victory Motorcycles campaign. Independent Agencies like Just Media and IW Group also place in the rankings. SEE LIST OF ALL WINNERS & READ CASE STUDIES

The Grand Prix is awarded to Starcom Amsterdam for their extraordinary work in launching the Samsung 3D television in the Awards for Innovative Digital Marketing Solutions. (Awarded November 2010.) The Awards are a response to marketers asking for international best practice examples of digital solutions that enhance brands and bring results. SEE LIST OF ALL WINNERS & READ CASE STUDIES


Johnson & Johnson's Stayfree "Women for Change: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media (Awarded April 2013) Submitted by OMD India. Women for Change showed how the Stayfree brand with UNICEF encouraged privileged women across India to improve the health and hygiene of underprivileged adolescent girls through a "support a woman" initiative. Aired exclusively on YouTube, Stayfree created a 3-minute anthem to evoke strong reactions about the plight of a girl's journey from childhood to adolescence, which resulted in nearly 1 million girls receiving aid from their more fortunate sisters. READ MORE

UTEC, the University of Technology & Engineering's "First-ever Water Billboard": Grand Prix in the Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media (Awarded April 2013) Submitted by BPN Media Connection and MayoDraftFCB Peru. UTEC encouraged enrollment by demonstrating that innovative engineers can find real solutions to real problems. In Bujama, a small town in Southern Peru that receives almost no rainfall, a billboard was created to convert humidity to drinking water. Not only did the billboard help provide much-needed water to hundreds of families, it awoke young minds in Peru who wanted to change the world through engineering. Applications to UTEC increased 28% SEE VIDEO & READ MORE

Coca-Cola Polar Bowl: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovative Digital Marketing Solutions (Awarded November 2012.) Submitted by Starcom MediaVestGroup. Polar Bowl showed inventive use of the phone and tablet in concert with television, which may be shifting our thinking of the “2nd screen” to a primary focus. SEE VIDEO & READ MORE

Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project (Diageo): Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovative Digital Marketing Solutions (Awarded November 2012.) Submitted by Profero. Not only did Smirnoff recruit a community of 10 million people across the globe to generate true social media scale, but provided unique occasions and tools for consumers to locally re-invent nightlife experiences from around the globe through a co-creation program in 50 countries. SEE VIDEO & READ MORE

Olay’s Eyes of Arabia: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media. (Awarded May 2012.) Submitted by Starcom MediaVest Group MENA. Olay’s Eyes of Arabia -- a beauty pageant based on eyes alone--moves from the classic pageant format to a 100% digital platform that gave even the most conservative Muslim women the ability to participate, vote and interact with the contest. SEE VIDEO & READ MORE

Paramount Pictures International-Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media. (Awarded May 2012.) Submitted by MEC Global Solutions London. By successfully associating the DNA of the movie with a naturally occurring solar eclipse a few days before release, Paramount was able to mount a truly global campaign on an inter-stellar stage. READ MORE

Sparkasse Giro sucht Hero: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media. (Awarded May 2012.) Submitted by AM Communications/MPG Germany. To help build Sparkassen Bank’s traction with young customers, Joko and Klauss – two popular Jackass-style comedians on MTV -- participated in the ultimate battle for who would become the bank’s next ambassador.. READ MORE

Samsung Project Teamwork: Grand Prix Winner in The Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media. (Awarded May 2012.) Submitted by ESPN International and Starcom MediaVest Group. To increase preference for the recently lunched Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Mobile teamed up with ESPN to create “Project teamwork” a 12-part original digital branded content series that traveled the world showing how Samsung enhances everyday sporting experiences READ MORE

The Grand Prix "MINI World Record" campaign was born when the Profero team wondered just how many people could fit inside the MINI's biggest car yet, the MINI Countryman. The challenge found a digital answer when people in 6 cities were given a chance to appear as if they were squashed into the new MINI through live green-screen video. MINI sold all 2,500 Countryman vehicles...before the product even launched. See case study video: