Nominated again for the Marketing top 100! 🏆

What an honour to be among such big names

Ge Key and Michel van Houten from big AMS have been nominated again for the Marketing top 100! 🏆 Thanks to Marketing Report | Netherlands, Bas Vlugt, Peter Wybenga. The list of the 100 most influential people in the Dutch marketing world will be announced during the M100 Event, Thursday, December 7, 2023, in the Kromhouthal Amsterdam.

Hoe voorkom je pinkwashing, Marketingsfacts

Leander Wolters -Research Consultant Marketing Response

How do you really support the LGBTQ+ community? By actively involving that community in your initiatives. Involve organizations as equal partners in developing inclusive campaigns and products. A good example is Mastercard.

In the run-up to Pride, the company launched the podcast series The Pride Side, which focused not on Mastercard but on important stories from the queer community. The message is directly linked to a concrete action. A less good example is the rainbow bag from Albert Heijn. It was a pretty empty statement. A bag, but hardly any communication around it. A missed opportunity, because for a large part of the workforce (78% belong to Gen Z) and as a store for everyone, AH could make a more prominent statement.

A big hello to Nienke

Nienke comes with 10 years of screen production experience. With a BA in Media & Information and Minor in Experience & Event Management Nienke is able to combine practical production sense  with a deep artistic sensibility. As a producer at Magenta Films (Red Bull) and the VPRO (Nationale Wetenschaps Quiz, Arjen Lubach, Loenatik.) What drives Nienke most however, is nurturing human collaboration. Constantly looking to create an empathetic and inspiring relationship to achieve the highest level of execution possible.

A big talk by Eelko Lommers

This week Eelko enlighted us with a transformational journey, learnings and insights into Ikea’s UX-team structure and practices. Climate protection and embracing sustainability. And Ikea’s culture and recruitment process. ’A lot of brands are about the customer journey, right? It’s the journey, journey mapping, all of these different touch points, and all of that, in a sense, it’s great. But it’s not about the journey because journeys are only how you move, but it’s the experience you actually remember, not the journey. And from that perspective, IKEA is rapidly maturing towards that.’’

A big hello to Ruby

Priscilla lands at big Amsterdam with limited experience but with a truckload of talent. She eats social and search analytics for breakfast, creates content for lunch and manages communities for dinner. At big she is part of the content & social team with a laser focus on the organisation, production and analytics of all always-on-content.

A big hello to Priscilla

Priscilla lands at big Amsterdam with limited experience but with a truckload of talent. She eats social and search analytics for breakfast, creates content for lunch and manages communities for dinner. At big she is part of the content & social team with a laser focus on the organisation, production and analytics of all always-on-content.

A big talk by Rodger Werkhoven

This Thursday’s big talk, Rodger (AI nerd and member of the Commordore 64 Gen) preached at a dizzying pace the advantages and possible effects on the marketing profession. Accompanied by a fascinating wave  of examples with Midjourney, Dall-E, ChatGPT. One prompt to sketch three concepts in three minutes. What you throw in determines the outcome. Just like every briefing. An extra tool to do your work faster, making top execution more accessible. But a real Van Gogh will always retain the most value. If you rely solely on algorithms, the result will be gray. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

A big talk: MITBL Media

An inspiring insight into the state-of-the-art messaging options with smart devices. From shoppable tv-ads (CTV) to innovative service tooling. Footfall attribution, hyper local targeting. Great examples: helping golfers to reach their full potential on the golf course, branded race games and how to engage and add value for Dutch people driving through France for the ANWB,  Making one thing crystal clear (again): it’s 80% idea, 80% execution. The mobile devil is in the details. Thanks, guys. Up to the next big Talk.

A big hello to Bridget

Bridget started her graphic design journey at Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam and Signcraft, before trading the shores of the Port of Rotterdam for the canals of Amsterdam. Bridget always looks for stories beneath the surface, because she has one ambition: to express stories in one visual. Nijntje (Miffy) by Dick Bruna is her daily inspiration. At big Bridget is helping to realise creative design with both punch and class.

A big talk by Dr. Joeri Zwerts

Joeri Zwerts took us on a fascinating journey through the tropical forests of Central Africa. We heard all about Baka and Bantu peoples, bio diversity credits, 400 tree cameras, 1.5 million animal photos, algorithms tailored to the weight of animals, the number of kilos per camera, moped poachers, forest elephants, the collective memory of stinging bees, seed dispersal, Scientific Journal: Nature, Jane Goodall, Tool-using Chimpanzees, Angry Water Buffaloes and Timid Pangolins.

Irresponsible or illegal removal of timber from a tropical forest is a very small part of the problem; the real problem lies with the competition for land use. The increasing demand for agricultural products such as palm oil, beef, soy, and corn also leads to forest degradation and deforestation. In addition, new infrastructure, city extensions and the extraction of natural resources play their part in destroying the forest.

Timber can – if managed correctly – have very little impact on the forest ecosystem. At the same time, it can sustain the local economy.

Prohibition or boycotts of sustainably sourced tropical timber can very well be undermining the positive effects that timber export has to countries in the tropical regions. One of the incentives for the development of sustainable forestry in these areas is the substantial income that results from the international demand for timber. If this incentive is removed, the certification is often abolished, and the area becomes vulnerable to illegal logging, or to other kinds of land use at the expense of forests.

But although FSC has been claiming for 27 years that their guidelines result in more biodiverse forests, Zwerts says there is no conclusive proof of that yet. That is why Zwerts investigated whether FSC certification indeed has a positive effect on wild mammals in forests. To this end, he deployed 400 camera traps in the tropical forests of Gabon and Congo. He did so both in areas managed by companies that are FSC-certified, and in similar areas managed by companies that are not.

His analyses of the camera footage indicate that FSC certification has a very positive impact on larger mammals, such as leopards, gorillas, chimpanzees, forest antelopes and elephants. In non-FSC forest you see not only less larger mammals but also an overrepresentation of small rodent. According to Zwerts, this shows that FSC measures are successful at curbing hunting in certified areas. The results of the study are currently under review by the scientific journal Nature.

The goal of nonprofit organisation FSC is to promote responsible forestry, both regarding the effect on nature and the environment as well as the social