Mike Silver is the founder of Stretch Experiential Marketing (www.stretchexp.com), a Cape Town-based experiential agency specialising in concept development and activations for national campaigns. Contact Mike via , tel +27 (0)21 802 1344 and facebook.com/stretchexp, and follow @stretchmike on Twitter.
Mike Silver is the founder of Stretch Experiential Marketing (www.stretchexp.com), a Cape Town-based experiential agency specialising in concept development and activations for national campaigns.
He set up Stretch in 2009 after working in the UK for a number of years in experiential marketing and sponsorship consultancy for clients such as Unilever, Yahoo! and Diageo.
[Mike Silver] It's that time of the year where agencies are asked to haul out the old crystal ball and provide pearls of thumb-sucking wisdom. Before we do so, it would be wise to see how history might repeat itself. Reflecting briefly, for experiential marketing, 2012 was quite a year locally and abroad. Oh, and mazeltov on surviving the Mayan apocalypse - it was touch-and-go for a second there.
[Mike Silver] In many ways, the new business-development game has many parallels with dating. It all starts with making eye contact from across the room (or PC), then the manipulative schemes to frequently 'bump' into one another at random. This leads to the exchange of personal details, the initial credentials coffee-date, the follow-up credentials date, the opportunity to prove your worthiness and trust and, finally, all things going well, the first kiss.
[Mike Silver] Travelling one early evening back from Joburg to Cape Town, my tired mind was concerned only with berating myself for leaving my Slow Lounge card at home. En route to a rubbery toasted sandwich, I stopped, impressed by this large netted installation of empty bottles.
[Mike Silver] In days gone by, the university student was viewed as a dreamer. Their jovial and carefree existence was juxtaposed with real adult life of taxes, mortgages and in-laws. Until only recently, brands looked at them with a similar disdain. In recent times, though, businesses have been schooled that maybe it's time to take their studies into the student market a little more seriously.
[Mike Silver] When Christian Bale donned his plastic body suit to fight Gotham City's evil-doers, he was near invincible in his vigilantism crusade. In an environment fraught with corruption, inefficiency and lack of service delivery, Batman's approach was really a last resort for a desperate city in search of freedom.