Friday, February 5, 2016

Media Insights & Engagement Conference Day 3 Recap

By: Jim Bono

The morning of the last day of the Media Insights Conference kicked off with co-chair Pam Pearce recapping Day 2. She mentioned some key points from Marilyn Stephens and Duane Varan's keynote presentations.


CYBRIDS: THE NEW FUTURE BEGINS - Erica Orange, The Future Hunters

Erica started off her keynote with a fun math game that had nearly the entire room thinking about grey elephants from Denmark.  She explained that these are the type of scenarios that she deals with on a daily basis. She went over how Future Hunters focuses on long term social trends and macro trends.

She pointed out there major observations of the global transformation of the economy:

1. Confluence of disruptive technology at each transition
2. Economies do not replace each other, they layer on top of each other
3. The amount of time between transitions is collapsing

She gave us an overview of how a new cyber-hybrid generation - "Cybrids" - has emerged from these economic changes.  We learned how they exist in different growth areas like Time Space, Cyber Space, Innerspace, and Play Space.   They are the generation that "could swipe before they could walk."

These people are well educated, go beyond "digital natives", and have fully symbiotic relationships with technology. They are also industrious, collaborative, entrepreneurial, community-oriented, financially prudent and eager to build a better planet.


Each finalist was given 10 minutes to present their case study, and the audience then did an online vote to determine winner.

·         Memory vs. Engagement: Tut Promo Research - Thomas Grayman, Spike TV
·         #ThisIsGenX - Rich Cornish and Tasja Kirkwood, Viacom (winner)
·         Visual Fixation as Viewability: Why Ads Require Less Than 1 Second to Process - Duane Varan, MediaScience and Nathalie Bordes, ESPN


Wednesday's Breakouts were broken into three groups:

·         Measurement: Defining a New Standard
·         Multi: Cultural/Generational/Platform
·         Audience Insights: Getting Beyond the Numbers

The Audience Insights breakouts were:

MILLENNIAL MOMS - Theresa Pepe, Viacom

Theresa gave us some interesting insights about the differences between Gen X moms and Millennial moms. The initial thought was a mom is a mom and there were a lot of similarities between the two.  But after some testing, and putting both groups in a room together, there were some very distinct differences between the moms from different generations, mainly which Millennials want to be the "fun mom" compared to the Gen X-ers who want to be the "responsible mom."

While Gen X moms are concerned about things like technology, work ethic, respect and tend to be conservative/traditional, the Millennial moms are more focused on technology, music/pop culture, clothes and tend to be more liberal/tolerant.

·         Millennial moms feel they are the first generation to...
·         Be connected to my parents by cell phone
·         Watch/buy anything on demand 24/7
·         Be famous, successful, own a business, ANYTHING
·         Have a vote, a choice, and a voice in all things
·         Focus on happiness over wealth


Karen Miller and Melanie Schneider, AMC

This presentation gave a look at the roadmap and obstacles that AMC faced once they needed to create a new series as Walking Dead comes to an end.  "Enter the Badlands" brought new challenges as they needed to understand Martial Arts vs drama.  The show couldn't just be martial arts and violence, and once the program description and character development was outlined, it became evident that a program could be created for martial arts fans and drama fans alike.
They were able to create a marketing plan that focused on 3 drivers: purpose, power, loyalty.



Kelley Styring, Insight Farm

The last keynote of the conference looked at how consumers filter through all the clutter that they face every day and how we can understand them and better reach them.  We heard how we as humans react to conflict and behavior, and how storytelling plays a large part of those reactions.

There's a human need for storytelling and interaction using multiple technology devices. We are evolving but technology is evolving much faster.  And though we have all of these devices, it's humans that communicate with each other, not the devices.   We need stories to connect, 
communicate and create genuine emotions, and have those stories become a currency of engagement.

About the Author: Jim Bono is a TV industry veteran of nearly 25 years, working in Cable TV research for over 20 years.  He’s coming up on his 15th year with Hallmark Channel and Crown Media, where he is VP of Research and heads the department on the East Coast.  A Long Island native all his life, Jim is married to his best friend and wife of 23 years and has 2 wonderful teenaged sons. 

1 comment:

Jordan said...

Thanks for this recap. Always good to have information from such useful conferences like this. Hope it was a great time for everyone involved!