Young Lions from Australia on Creativity, Then and Now

We are back from Cannes Lions and continuing to sit down with this year’s Young Lions Competition winners to get their thoughts on Creativity, Then and Now. Next up, we spoke with Sirisha Pulapaka and Helen Luong from Australia, Silver medalists in the Young Marketers category. See what they had to say below.

Have you always been compelled to create? Was the instinct there from a young age or did this happen later in life?

We believe creativity is in our genes and we continue to develop and nurture it through our experience and learning’s. Creativity needs to be harnessed by developing talent and skill, which are two very different things as creativity is a potential in all human beings. Sirisha said that in her childhood, analysing and rating ads during commercial breaks was a treasured pastime. She says “It’s all about keeping the inner child alive. We ‘ve continued to train our talent by gaining industry exposure and improving our skills by learning from those that have gotten it right through sheer hard work.”

What are your thoughts about how the creative process has changed in the past 50 years? What do you think are the differences between Then (such as the 1960’s, “Mad Men” style) and Now?

The digital revolution has drastically shaped the marketing and advertising space over the last few decades. In an amazing talk at Cannes; VP, Johnson and Johnson, Kimberley Kadlec introduced 4 new P’s to the marketing mix to include digital; purpose, presence, proximity and partnership. The 1960’s approach was more about connecting emotionally with the customer and influencing their thought process. Advertising today has taken a dramatic shift, focusing more on consumers as individuals with purchasing power. Marketing mediums have changed with the shifts in consumer behaviour and the technological evolution, defining marketing strategies today.

What are your thoughts on how creativity and marketing data have to work together? Page views, clicks, and other metrics are a big part of the creative world – not just “why” but “how” ads are created today. Do “Mad Men” need to become more like “Math Men?”

Creativity is the dark knight of marketing data; it’s that hidden saviour that finds a way for raw numbers and insights to become something that deserves the 1000 likes or tweet mentions. It’s no longer about the top ranking search results. To become successful marketers, you need to engage the community. People of today want to be a part of the conversation, be it around a brand, not for profit or a subject of interest. They want to see how they are benefitted, can be interactive or know how their contribution has helped achieve results. It’s the marketing strategy that ties creative and data together, finding solutions to a math problem using a new creative canvas. 

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