‘We’ve got to bring art back to advertising’: 4A’s attendees talk storytelling in 2017

“Storytelling” and “content marketing” have been the buzzwords du jour of the ad world in recent years, so much so that the latter was voted as the ANA’s Marketing Word of the Year in 2015. While both are favorite topics of discussion at advertising panels and events, a number of industry execs at the 4A’s Transformation conference in Los Angeles said that there needs to be less talk around storytelling and more doing.

“We’re living in a world of story doing,” said Rosemarie Ryan, co-founder and co-CEO of Co:Collective. “Work out what your story is and start actually doing it.”

Scott Donaton, chief content officer at DigitasLBi, said that the industry as a whole needs to change its mindset around content and storytelling, noting that advertisers should stop treating content as “this experimental side thing” and start “paying real attention and investing real money” into it.

Founder and CEO of Kargo Harry Kargman said that the industry needs to stop obsessing with data so much and focus more on “[bringing] art back to advertising.”

Hear more of what they had to say in the video above. To find out what attendees had to say on the topic of how the business of advertising should transform in 2017, click here.

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Doug Zanger

Doug Zanger is the Americas editor for The Drum. He leads the Americas editorial team’s content activity in the growing region. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is committed to sharing the most meaningful stories that benefit the global industry and its people. A Minnesota native, Zanger has covered a wide range of brands, issues and personalities, including Aloe Blacc, Seu Jorge, Wendy Clark, Susan Credle, Dan Wieden, Jeff Goodby and more. Fiercely dedicated to diversity, equality and talent, he has interviewed several women in leadership roles through his Exceptional Women of the World podcast.

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