Nina DiSesa has worked in the quintessential boys clubs of advertising for almost thirty years. In 1994, she became the first woman EVP, Executive Creative Director for McCann Erickson New York, the flagship office of the largest advertising agency in the world. Under her creative leadership, the New York office enjoyed an unprecedented 5-year growth period adding almost $2.5 billion in billings. In 1998, she was made Chairman as well as Chief Creative Officer of McCann New York. She was the first woman and first creative director to be named chairman in the McCann global network.
In 1999, Nina was chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.” In 2005, she received the Matrix Award, given each year to a select group of women in communication. In 2007, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for CEBA (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising).
I think of what happened yesterday or just recently on face book, where are they developed away to capitalize on that fact that people are sharing information with 50 million people other people who are of a like mind and they are go in to attach advertising to these messages and I think you have to really careful that the advertising doesn’t become so intrusive that its greeted in a hostel environment. I remember a many years ago like 10 or 15 years ago, there was an idea to put advertising on the runways where the baggage was being the baggage runways in the airports, so that while you are standing there, wondering if your baggage was actually going to come through the door. You could be looking at advertising on the rubber strips and I don’t know if that was ever done. I don’t know some airports may have actually done that and that was an interesting idea to try so somebody something well they were board, was terrified but luggage wasn’t going to show up. I don’t know that was ever done in great numbers I certainly don’t remember seeing in the travels I have done, but you have to be careful when you surround the consumer with advertising messaging that you don’t you irritate them in the process, and that means that you have to be entertaining. You have to make them, you have to be appealing, you have to make them want to watch what you are saying you are messaging you have to be across. So a lot of the user generated advertising might be interesting now and I think its fun to think about it, and so get this actually pretty good. I think it still an art form, advertising in the creative end of advertising still needs RSS, craftsman, and people who are good at story telling and creating imagery and making things beautiful and interesting to watch. So I don’t know that the user generated commercials are going to take over of there kind of interesting now. I like them I think its fun, but there is always it’s like the mosaic, now there is a place for everything.
Recorded on: 2/29/08