The ROKKAN Retrospektive

In the past two weeks you’ve…

Met ROKKANite Travis Weber, our Senior Visual Designer.
Pondered the future of independent digital ad agencies.
Received our two cents (or Euros) on the Cannes Lions Winners.
Met ROKKANite Rebecca Matteson, one of our Producers.

And, just in case you’ve been under a rock, (we all know the world stops when you’re at Cannes) our Must-Reads from around the industry:

Photo: Twitter
The Golden Age of Advertising
An interesting op-ed piece by Tham Khai Meng over at Campaign Asia. Evidently, the Age of the Ad wasn’t circa Mad Men; it’s now.

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To Build or Not to Build, Mobile Style
This infographic from MDG Advertising spells out the key pros and cons in the mobile site vs. mobile app debate.

Banned “Make It Count” Tweets
When Nike’s “Make it Count” tweets were banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, people all over were buzzing about brand transparency and using Twitter for paid promotions. 

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Siri, Do I Have Parkinson’s?
Who needs a doctor when you have the iPhone 4S? (We kid, we kid.) Max Little, of the University of Oxford, has developed voice recognition software that analyzes your vocal patterns against a database with patterns associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Top 11 Most Valuable NYC Startups
Check out the (Near) Billion-Dollar Club, featuring the 11 most-valuable startups in New York. Spotted: necessities like Foursquare, ZocDoc, Etsy, Kayak, and more.

Photo: Aim Danismanlik
Supreme Court to the FCC: “You’re Too Vague!”
Why hello, profanity and wardrobe malfunctions! We’ll be seeing more of you after the Supreme Court’s ruling that the FCC’s regulations regarding “fleeting” indecency are “too vague.” Read more about the court’s unanimous ruling on the two could-be-landmark cases over at Tech Crunch.

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2012 London Olympics
Brands beware the crackdown of the LOCOG! Official sponsors of the 2012 Olympic Games protect their (contractually guaranteed) advertising exclusivity rights to the extreme. Read more over at Ad Age.

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