It’s all connected in Silicon Valley

OK, so it’s all connected in Silicon Valley right? And with 1 billion devices making people more connected than ever before, how should brands be thinking about and planning for the connected system of the future?”

It's all connected in Silicon Valley
It’s all connected in Silicon Valley

And the answer is; firstly, devices don’t connect people. People are really connected by their family, their lives, their play, their work and their imagination; the device is purely the means to an end.

The ability to communicate anything and everything across so many platforms and networks via a plethora of devices in a multitude of formats is merely the complex set of ground rules that marketers have to play by. In isolation, having all the technological solutions will never guarantee success; even the most adept brand will only make limited progress against its goals with tech alone as its partner.

It's family, life and imagination that connect people; not devices
It’s family, life and imagination that connect people; not devices

Why? Because the brand is of no significance to the potential consumer until they decide it is; and that is why the message will always be more important than the medium. So; think content and connections; not devices and technology. How should brands be thinking about the connected system?

They should be thinking about the consumer, not the device, or the channel – and they should be thinking about what gets the consumer out of bed at 4.00am in the morning. What is going on inside their head, what content and messages will they be interested or motivated or moved by?

Clients live in a volatile world, procurement has leapfrogged marketing and our job is to redress that balance by demonstrating real additional value to marketers via system thinking, investing in marketing that drives business outputs via a simple content and connections framework.

I strongly believe we are seeing the fruits of this approach at a local and regional level as well as clearly with our global clients. Our mantra to any client should be; stop measuring us on silo costs and value, start looking at your system and let us help you drive efficiency and deliver true value by understanding how everything works together.

So to get back to the question as to how clients should be planning; their data is at the heart of this process; they need to find it, share it and cherish it. In the new age of data planning and programmatic buying, clients need to think audience and outcomes, not channels and pricing, and plan for a connected future.

The 1billion devices that connect us all are not the issue; that is the easy part; it’s the data that flows between those devices that powers the system; it’s the context of that content that surrounds the consumer in all that they think and feel and do.

For us, Google is one of our largest relationships, growing more powerful each day, driven by mobile search and video, evolving and exciting, reflecting the dynamic growth in Silicon Valley companies and the opportunity this Summit presents to clients and staff alike.

To plan for the connected future, clients should of course be working with us!

Working together we can manipulate and optimized their system to deliver the very best business outcomes for their brand; making us an indispensable trusted partner for the future.

So please send me to California right now, and I will spread the word and get involved

Boeing Factory, Seattle

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Boeing Factory, Seattle

Now this is a propper boys day out, yes we had to hire a car to get out there from downtown Seattle, but it was worth it, to tour the largest building in the world!

The Boeing factory in Seattle
The Boeing factory in Seattle

in fact it was so good, we had to buy matchint tee shirts!

This is the largest building in the world – Amazing

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The Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington, is an airplane assembly building owned by Boeing. Located on the northeast corner of Paine Field, it is the largest building in the world by volume at 13,385,378 m3 (472,370,319 cu ft) and covers 399,480 m2 (98.3 acres).[1] It is where wide-body Boeing 747s, 767s, 777s, and the new 787 Dreamliner are assembled.

Plans for the factory were first announced in 1966 for it to be the site of the construction of the 747 after Boeing was awarded a $525 million contract from Pan American World Airways to build 25 747s. It purchased 780 acres north of the then little-used Paine Field, which was operated by the US Army in World War II. Boeing had an Everett presence since 1943[2] In 1968 it began offering factory tours with the first roll out of the 747.[3]

You are not allowed to take photos on the tour, but I have a few from the day and our wider trip to Seattle, so here are some of the memories that take me back.

The Space Needle

The Space Needle

The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.

Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River,[7] it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) andearthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude,[8] as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It also has 25lightning rods.

It has an observation deck at 520 ft (160 m) and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft (150 m).[7] The downtown Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains,Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands can be viewed from the top of the Needle. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle prominently, above skyscrapers and Mount Rainier.

Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The trip takes 41 seconds. On windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour (2.2 m/s). On April 19, 1999, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board designated it a historic landmark.[7][9]

Its pretty cool, very old and atmospheric – you can imagine it being cutting edge all those years ago, but now it feels rather tired and from a bygone era. We loved it!

 

The view from 520 feet up in the Space Needle are amazing!
The view from 520 feet up in the Space Needle are amazing!

 

Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California

California is amazing,

Yosemite National Park has to be one of its highlights.

Family trip to Yosemite National Park, summer 2007, part of a California extravaganza.
Staying three nights at the Evergreen Lodge, in a (bear-proof) cabin.

We all love a National Park.

And Yosemite National Park, California, USA is about as good a National Park as you can get!

Evergreen lodge, Yosemite California
Evergreen lodge, Yosemite California – a great place to stay.

 Lots to do on foot, on wheels and in water!

The Evergreen Lodge cannot be recommended highly enough as a base actually at the edge of the Park, for families looking to explore and stay a few days.

Lazy tourists, Yosemite
Lazy tourists, Yosemite

For those who want to do some walking, hiking and exploring, the above lazy day-trip on a low loader is not the right way to see Yosemite!

What you want to do is get out there and swim with your kids in the creek……..

swimming in the creek - and in the rain!  Yosemite National Park
swimming in the creek – and in the rain!
Yosemite National Park

Or taking a sunset safari in an off-roader with some strangers to sit and drink wine, looking out over california skies of every colour…

Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California
Sunset safari, Yosemite,Evergreen Lodge, California

There is so much natural beauty around you, from the landscape, to the wild-life, big and small!

little critters...
little critters…
This bear cub was up a tree in the park and being helped down by the rangers with some honey
This bear cub was up a tree in the park and being helped down by the rangers with some honey

The Evergreen lodge is welcoming, safe and clean. A great base for a family trip, we stayed in a wooden cabin and ate and drank in the clubhouse nearby.

Evergreen Lodge, cozy haven from bears
Evergreen Lodge, cozy haven from bears

What you really come to Yosemite for is the scenery, and it will take your breath away, believe me!

The open space, the joshua tree, the parched sun roasted rocks and the amazing forest and cliffs that soar above the valley bottom are amazing.

The Yosemite Park web site is a good place to start.

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Yosemite
Yosemite
El Capitan, Yosemite
El Capitan, Yosemite

This place is one of beauty and inspiration. Yes, it is teaming with tourists, and yes, you do need to plan your activities and take some time, rather than running through it in a couple of hours.

Just think how long it has been here, and how lucky you are yo have been; even if the bears didn’t get you, they may do next time!