In November: @Vontz about Strava, @RosabethKanter about Strategy & @WarrenBarguil about Life

Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 18 from Briançon to Izoard, 179.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

November’s digest contains 6 articles: 2 about product strategy (Strava & Facebook), 1 about debunking fake viral stories (Facebook), 1 about management, 1 about a prominent cyclist’s outlook on life, and 1 about a really cool photography project. Let me wish you – reader – a great, loving and fulfilling month of December.
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#Propaganda : La série ratée d’Arte sur le marketing (notamment participatif)

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Et si on faisait des mini-films sur la société de consommation, ses dérives et ses abus ?” s’est-on dit chez Arte. “Super idée ! Révélons enfin au monde ce qui se cache derrière ‘Storytelling’, ‘Content Marketing’ et autres ‘Marketing participatif’ avec lesquels on nous manipule” a dû rétorquer le stagiaire. “Mais en 5 minutes maximum, les gens veulent des formats courts !” a dû gueuler quelqu’un du fond de la pièce, pour finaliser le brief. Tout ça aboutit à une série de 10 mini-films entièrement réalisés en visuels de banques d’images… Continue reading →

My Favorites of October: Trello’s Product, Calorie Counting & Can Data Dream?

calorie countingIn October, product strategy meets finance and marketing. One of the articles is about the perilous idea of prompting people to walk, especially when it comes to colored pastry comparisons. The last link is about Nike’s design process, more precisely an interview of the apparel brand’s chief design officer, who “doodles all day” while still managing to impart a creative direction to 1,000+ people across the organization. While I did read and enjoy all of this in the last month, I hand it over to you, and spend some time somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading →

My Favorites of September: Habit-forming companies, Feel-good capitalism & Airbnb’s marketing platform

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Just 5 articles for September, all about corporate and/or marketing strategy. The two former are generally about the role of marketing in tech companies, which is my job, and the three latter are (almost) case studies about GE, Unilever and Airbnb. These reads are great to take a step back and reflect on long-term vision rather than the daily stuff. It also gives a hint of others’ challenges, how they address(ed) them, which in turn helps you be committed to your own.

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My Favorites of August: Learning Culture, Assisted Shaving & Harbin Opera House

Harbin is a small city (10 million inhabitants…) in North-East China, just above North Korea. What is worthwhile about Harbin is neither its size nor its situation, but its brandnew Opera House. Below I share a video from an ArchDaily journalist visiting this incredible building, designed in China, for China. Also shared: an interview of Facebook’s HR head, an article about the network’s innovation benchmarks, a beautiful Gillette-ad & more.  Continue reading →

This 60-year old short film is worth watching again today. #DontBeASucker

We must never let ourselves be divided by race, or color or religion, because in this country we all belong to minority groups. […] And you belong to other minority groups too. […] Your right to belong to these minorities is a precious thing. You have a right to be what you are and say what you think, because here we have personal freedom. We have liberty. And these are not just fancy words; this is a practical and priceless way of living. But we must work at it. We must guard everyone’s liberty, or we could lose our own. If we allow any minority to lose its freedom by persecution or prejudice, we are threatening our own freedom. And this is not simply an idea, this is good hard common sense.Continue reading →

My Favorites of July: Keeping a Journal, @KuperSimon’s Frenchness & The #Jennergate Analysis

This beautiful image of Paris is taken from Time’s short video about France banning petrol cars by 2040, published on July 6th after our Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced the measure. A bold, courageaous and necessary one, even though I am convinced that the market will move there by itself before the end of the next decade. But it sends a strong message, signaling determination. Will we be in the prospective France imagined by The Economist in “The Macron Miracle”? We’ll see. Here are 7 articles I enjoyed this month. I would mostly recommend you the last, which compares two recent ads by Heineken and Pepsi, and explores brands’ motivations & ability to embrace societal issues.

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