2019 Attendees

Jack Gipp

, United Kingdom


After Creative LIAisons:
I recently attended the 2019 LIA Creative LIAisons program in Las Vegas, and it was one of the most exciting opportunities of my career so far.
LIAisons is an annual program open to creatives, and creatives only. Attendees aged 21–30 can meet, learn, and mingle with the creatives they look up to most in the industry — running concurrently with the judging for LIA. The program is funded by LIA and limited to 100 delegates.
Here are a few of my biggest takeaways.
Go from not to hot
Day two kicked off with what would turn out to be my favourite session of the entire program. Pum Lefebure, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army spoke about the value of creating images that can’t be ignored. Her passion and love for what she does became obvious as soon as she started to speak. She told us how she finds inspiration in just about everything and that you can create beautiful, bold and unexpected work for any client — even the ones that aren’t particularly sexy. She backed this up with an in-depth look at her mouth-watering work for the Hong Kong Ballet and Georgetown Optician. “Opticians aren’t sexy” she said — and with both examples she demonstrated that you can create beautiful, exciting and enviable work for even the most mundane of brands.
Emotion is persuasive
Matt MacDonald, Group ECD at BBDO gave a brilliant presentation on how to present your work — and yourself. He opened by telling us that coming up with brilliant ideas is not the hard part — the hard part is convincing other people your ideas are brilliant.
It’s emotion that persuades people.
He told us to connect our ideas to a larger truth, purpose or insight and then use that to hook them emotionally. He used a distressing but extremely powerful ad from Sandy Hook Promise to demonstrate the power of emotion.
It’s all in the storytelling
The biggest perk of the program was the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in the judging rooms as the jurors awarded the shortlisted work. I sat in on the Branded Entertainment category, led by Kerstin Emhoff.
Each juror had a completely different point of view and it was really interesting to see how they discuss each piece of work and ultimately how high it ranks. A small comment or question from a juror would spark an entire debate, which by the end would change how the entire jury felt about a piece of work.
The discussions weren’t just around the work itself, quite often they would be about whether a particular piece of work was actually right for this category and whether it would be best suited elsewhere. I saw a few entries moved around to give the work an opportunity to really shine.
I found that the highest-praised pieces of work had two very important elements — beautiful storytelling and how they were packaged. I saw entries marked up (and down) for this.
Advertising might just change the world
Malcolm Poynton, Global CCO at Cheil closed out the program by discussing how in today’s world, brands have more power than governments to make change.
He spoke about finding opportunities and causes that are worth pursuing with existing clients. He shared a bunch of examples illustrating the power of brands, most notably, Black Supermarket by Carrefour. The campaign won numerous awards, changed EU laws and was a great example of a brand making a difference to the world we live in.


Before Creative LIAisons:
1.    Prior to being chosen to participate in this program, what did you know or hear about the LIA Creative LIAisons program?
I found out about Creative LIAisons from Isobar’s Chief Creative Officer who spoke very highly of the program; with the opportunity to spend time with some of the world’s top creative leaders and the priceless experience of sitting in on the judging.
2.    What do you expect to get out of Creative LIAisons? What do you want to get out of Creative LIAisons?
I am expecting to come away from Creative LIAisons feeling inspired and energized. I want to soak up as much advice and creativity as possible. I think it’s also a great opportunity to network with an incredible group of creatives.
3.    Who from the LIA Juries would you most like to meet/speak with? (https://www.liaawards.com/juries/jury/)
Tiffany Rolfe, Tosh Hall and Leslie Sims.
4.    If you could choose any juror to interview for two minutes, who would it be and why?
I think I would choose Tiffany Rolfe, President of the Digital Jury, as that is my focus creatively. I also admire a lot of the work that her company creates, and I would love to know how great it felt to have her work featured on the cover of the New York Times!